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Apple Pie Cupcakes

October 8, 2015 by braytonbb

Who doesn’t love apple Pie and cupcakes. I love the individuality of them and they look so perfect when completed. I like this recipe because its easy but it looks gourmet and you can tweak it to your own tastes just by adding as much of certain spices as you like.

1 box of yellow cake  mix, 20 oz. can of apple pie filling, 1 C room temp butter, 1 C powdered sugar, 1/2 brown sugar, 2 TB (approx) of cinnamon, divided, 2 tsp. of cloves, nutmeg and allspice divided, splash of milk and 1 tsp. of vanilla.

Apple Pie Cupcakes – Serves 9 Jumbo apple pie cupcakes

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a jumbo muffin tin with with cupcake liners.

Prepare yellow cake mix according to box directions. Add 1 TB of cinnamon and 1 tsp. each of cloves, nutmeg and allspice. Stir. If you feel like you want to add  more, go for it.

Fill cupcake liners 2/3 full and bake according to box. Cool completely!

While cooling, take your apple pie filling ( I like country style ) and dice up apples. Add remaining cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg and allspice and set aside.

When the cupcakes are cool, core out the center of the cupcake, without touching the bottom to create a hole. Fill cupcakes with apple pie filling. Save a little bit for decoration for the tops of your cupcakes.

Whip butter, brown sugar, vanilla and a dash more cinnamon  until light and fluffy.  Gradually add powdered sugar and milk until you get your desired consistency.  Pipe frosting onto each cupcake, add a dollop of apple pie filling and sprinkle with more cinnamon.


Open Faced Tomato Breakfast Sandwich

September 24, 2015 by braytonbb

This open faced tomato breakfast sandwich could not get any easier or faster to make in the morning. It has become my new favorite breakfast item I choose to eat in the morning. My teenage daughter tends to agree as well, and to get her to pull away from french toast, pancakes, muffins or cereal is a real breakthrough.  I did pull the recipe off the real simple site but substituted ingredients and added my own secret weapon at the end that I think turns it up just a notch. It a great alternative for those looking for a less than hearty breakfast in the morning, which most of my recipes tend to be.

Open Faced Tomato Breakfast Sandwich – Serves 1 tomato breakfast sandwich

1 English muffin, halved and toasted, olive oil, two tomato slices, 1 hard boiled egg, Parmesan cheese, oregano, sea salt, cracked black pepper and the secret weapon… balsamic glaze.

Halve one English muffin and toast lightly. Place on a cookie sheet and drizzle with olive oil. Add a slice of tomato to each half. Slice hard boiled egg and lay on top of tomato. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese, followed by salt, pepper and oregano.

Broil 2 minutes or until cheese starts to bubble. (watch closely as your muffins may burn). Drizzle with balsamic glaze.

Balsamic Glaze Recipe – Makes 8 oz. bottle. I use this on everything from this recipe to pizzas, flatbreads, bruschetta, popcorn, etc.

2 C balsamic vinegar and 1/4 C brown sugar. Mix vinegar and brown sugar together in a saucepan over medium heat, stirring constantly until brown sugar dissolves. Turn up the heat and bring to a boil, and then lower to a simmer for about twenty minutes until reduced to about half. The syrup should coat the back of a spoon. Keep in a squeeze bottle in the fridge.

Toffee Bars

August 13, 2015 by braytonbb

These toffee bars stemmed from an inspiration of a lonely bag of toffee bits in the pantry that I wasn’t sure what to do with. I am sure I bought them with great intentions and then I forgot and moved onto something else. I am not a big toffee fan, so I had to do some research on what I could make that would stand out from your average toffee recipe. I think I succeeded as these didn’t last too long around here. I also got many comments, that it was like eating a candy bar but smaller and better. This recipe is adapted from myrecipemagic.com

Toffee Bars – Serves – 16 bite size pieces toffee bars2

3/4 C butter softened, plus 2 TB, 3/4 C light brown sugar, 1 1/2 C flour, 10oz. can of sweetened condensed milk, 1 C milk chocolate chips and 1 C heath toffee bits.

Cream together 3/4 C butter, brown sugar and flour until the mixture sticks together. Press into an 8×8 pan. Bake 350 degrees for 25 minutes until light golden brown. Cool.

Heat sweetened condensed milk and butter in a saucepan stirring constantly for roughly 8 minutes until thickened ( if not it will burn quickly). Spread over the cooled base. Bake at 350 degrees for 12-15 minutes until golden.  Sprinkle chocolate chips evenly over the top. Bake another 2 minutes longer. Spread chocolate chips until smooth. Sprinkle toffee bits on top pressing lightly down into the chocolate. Cool completely. I found that if they were chilled, they cut nice and even and tasted great!


Coconut Creme Pie French Toast

August 6, 2015 by braytonbb

I wish my picture was better for this coconut creme pie french toast. The whipped creme melted way to fast before I could get a picture taken and served. You will just have to take my word on how wonderful this recipe is. I learned a long time ago that the key to perfect french toast are two very important steps. 1. Thick cut french bread and then after frying the french toast, bake it! It will puff up so pretty while keeping the outside crispy and the inside,  warm and soft. This recipe is adapted from the Minimalist Baker which I use often when looking for inspiration.

Coconut Creme Pie French Toast – Serves 2 Coconut creme pie ft

1 C Almond Milk, I 15oz. ounce can of coconut milk (not the drinkable kind either),1/4 C agave, 1/4 tsp. sea salt, 3 TB sugar, 1 tsp. vanilla, 2 TB coconut oil, raw sugar, 7 Lg. eggs and 4 thick slices of French Bread. Optional – coconut whipped cream (regular works fine too if you want to add some coconut extract) – recipe below and toasted coconut flakes and maple syrup (of course)!

In a large bowl, whisk together the coconut  milk, almond milk, vanilla and 3 TB sugar, agave, sea salt and eggs.

Arrange your bread in a shallow baking pan and pour your wet mixture over the bread. Let stand for 10 minutes and then flip  your bread over to soak the other side really well. Cover and refrigerate overnight.

Preheat Oven to 450 degrees when ready. Heat a large skillet over med. high heat and add the coconut oil. Sprinkle your french toast with some raw sugar. Place the bread in the pan, sugar side down and cook for about 5 minutes until golden brown. Sugar the other side and flip, cooking the other side until it is toasted as well.

Transfer the bread slices to the greased cookie sheet and bake about 15 minutes  until puffed. Remove from the oven, dab a pat of butter of each slice and serve with coconut whipped cream, toasted coconut flakes and maple syrup.

*Toasted coconut – spread flakes on a cookie sheet and bake at 350 degrees for 3-4 min. Watch carefully because they will burn quickly.

Coconut Whipped Cream

14 oz. can of coconut cream or full fat coconut milk, 3/4 C powdered sugar and 1 tsp. vanilla

Very important-Chill your coconut cream or milk in the fridge overnight along with your mixing bowl. Keep coconut cream or milk in the can!

The  next day, scrape out the top of the coconut cream or milk but leave the liquid behind in the can or use for something else. Place hardened creme in mixing bowl. Beat for 30 seconds then add vanilla and powdered sugar and creamy and smooth.  Use right away or it will harden in the fridge.




Baked Potato Quiche

July 30, 2015 by braytonbb

We tend to have the same folks stay with us each year for EAA (for the most part). I think they have had every breakfast I make, that is within reason. When serving 12, you make a few things that you wouldn’t make for 2 and vice versa. With that being said, I like to experiment a couple times throughout the week. Last week I decided to make this baked potato quiche that I adapted from a Betty Crocker Recipe. It is one that I will make again. In fact, I might even make it for dinner some night as well.

Baked Potato Quiche– serves 6-8 baked potato quiche

Crust – 2 1/2 C Bisquick mix, 6 TB cold butter, 1/4 C boiling water

Filling – 1 1/2 C chopped cooked ham, 1 1/2 C frozen diced hash brown potatoes, 1 1/2 C shredded sharp cheddar cheese, 3 med. green onions sliced, 5 eggs, 3/4 C half and half, 1/2 tsp. pepper, 1/2 tsp. sea salt, 3 slices crisply cooked, crumbled bacon and sour cream

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 10″ deep pie plate.

Place Bisquick mix in a med. bowl. Cut in butter until crumbly. Add boiling water and stir until a soft dough forms. Press dough into the bottom and up the sides of the pie pan, forming an rough edge on the rim of the plate.

Sprinkle ham, potatoes, cheese and 2 1/2 green onions (sliced) in the crust. Beat eggs, half and half, salt and pepper until blended. Pour over ingredients in crust.

Bake 1 hour. Let stand 15 minutes before serving to set up. Top with sour cream, crumbled bacon and additional onions and cheese if you like.




Amish Sugar Cookies

July 24, 2015 by braytonbb

I received this Amish Sugar Cookie recipe from a friend of mine several years ago. I had never made them up until last Christmas because I had this hand me down sugar cookie recipe from my Grandma that I had used for years, which I don’t think I ever posted either, so I may have to do that this winter. Anyway, I decided that I might as well give it shot and try this recipe out. The dough is pretty sticky, so it makes it challenging to make cutouts, but I wanted to use this recipe this week because my time was limited. You only need to chill the dough for an hour rather than 24 hours like my Grandmas recipe.

Two years ago we had some guests from Austria stay with us for EAA by the names of Helmut and Petra. We adore them!  They sent me two airplane cookie cutters in the mail as a gift about 6 months after they were here. We do get gifts every once in a while from our guests but this was probably the most unique. Well this couple was able to make it back this year and stay with us again due to a cancellation that we had so I promised them I would make cut out cookies with their gifts. It took me awhile since the cutters are pretty small but they turned out pretty cute!

airplane cookies jarAmish Sugar Cookies

1 C powdered sugar, 1 C sugar, 1 C butter, 1 C oil, 2 eggs, 2 tsp. vanilla, 1 tsp. salt, 1 tsp. baking soda, 1 tsp. cream of tartar and 5 cups of flour.

Cream powdered sugar, sugar, butter and oil together until light and creamy. Beat in eggs and vanilla.

In a separate bowl combine flour, salt, soda and cream of tartar. Add to creamed mixture and beat well. Chill dough for one hour. When ready to bake, make into balls about he size of walnut, roll in sugar and place on a greased cookie sheet. Press down with a glass and bake 8 minutes at 350 degrees.

I cut these little buggers out and iced with a powdered sugar icing. Cute huh?

airplane cookies

Butter Pecan Shortbread Cookies

July 16, 2015 by braytonbb

These butter pecan shortbread cookies are a slightly adapted recipe from an old Martha Stewart magazine that I came across the other day. The recipe intrigued though, so I tried it out and then made some changes, like I usually do and they turned out absolutely perfect! They only make 12, so they won’t feed a crowd but will make a nice a treat for your family.

butter pecan shortbread cookiesButter Pecan Shortbread Cookies – Makes 12 cookies

3/4 cup crushed pecans, 1 stick butter at room temperature, 1/3 C sugar (plus more for coating), 1 vanilla bean (use seeds), 1/8 tsp. sea salt and 1 C flour

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Toast pecans about 5 minutes. Let cool.

Cream butter and 1/3 C sugar until light and creamy. Beat in salt, vanilla bean seeds and flour. You will have to scrape down the sides of bowl to make sure everything gets combined. Fold in pecans. Separate dough into 12 pieces and shape into balls. Roll in sugar and place on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.  Gently flatten, reshaping if needed. Sprinkle with  more sugar.

Bake about 15 minutes, turning half way through. Cool completely.

Taco Shrimp Bites

July 9, 2015 by braytonbb

We served these taco shrimp bites during or wine and cheese social hour last weekend. Lucky for our guests, I had made a couple extra so I could have some myself. They are so good, easy to make, fast and look really pretty on a platter. Not a fan of taco seasoning, try tequila lime, Cajun or other seasoning of your choice.

taco shrimp bites close up20 large shrimp, 1 avocado, diced, cilantro, 1 tsp. Lime zest, lime juice, 1/2 half jalapeno diced, 2 tsp. chili powder, 1/2 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp. pepper, olive oil, sour cream, Ritz crackers

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spray a cookie sheet with a nonstick spray. Combine half the salt, half the pepper, lime zest and chili powder together. Mix well. Lay shrimp on a cookie sheet and spray with olive oil. Sprinkle with lime zest mixture and bake 5-8 minutes until the shrimp curl into themselves.

While she shrimp is baking, combine diced avocado, lime juice and remaining salt and pepper in a small bowl.

Combine sour cream and diced jalapeno in another bowl.

Place a dollop of sour cream mixture on cracker or chip, a flower of cilantro, an avocado piece and top with a shrimp. YUM!


Strawberry Shortcake Cupcakes

July 2, 2015 by braytonbb

strawberry shortcake cupcakesplitThese strawberry shortcake cupcakes were a creation due to I had so many strawberries I didn’t know what to do with them. I went to Prellwitz’s Berry Farm near Ripon where I pick every year. They are always friendly, organized and it is weed free. I always pick four flats but this year I just couldn’t get them cleaned, eaten, jarred and made into fruit cups, desserts and breakfast items fast enough. I was very pleased how they turned out. The cupcake is more like shortcake than just a plain vanilla cupcake, which I really like. Because of the whipped topping, they need to be refrigerated. I like them when they sit out at room temp for about twenty minutes to soften up just a bit I promise, these will be a hit for your family, friends and co workers.

Strawberry Shortcake Cupcakes – Serves 15

1 1/2 C flour, 1 C sugar, 1.5 tsp. baking powder, 1/4 tsp. salt, 3 eggs (room temp), 1 C butter (room temp), 1/4 C almond milk(room temp), 1 tsp. vanilla, 15 whole strawberries with tops cut off, whipped cream frosting (recipe below)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line 15 cupcake tins with liners.

Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. In another bowl blend butter until soft. Add eggs one at a time until combined and then add milk and vanilla. Add the flour mixture and mix until light and fluffy. The batter will be thick though.  Fill cupcakes liners 1/2 full (trust me, they will expand). Bake 20 minutes until done. Cool completely! Once cool, hollow out the center of the cupcake so a whole strawberry will fit inside snugly. Cover with With whipped cream frosting and add some colored sugars or sprinkles.

Whipped Cream Frosting

4 oz. cream cheese, 1/4 C sugar, 1/2 tsp. vanilla, 1/4 tsp. almond extract and 1 C heavy cream

Whisk cream cheese, sugar and extracts until combined. While whipping, slowly pour in heavy cream.  Whip until soft peaks form.




June 18, 2015 by braytonbb

Guacamole is one of those dips that was never one of my favorite. One, I don’t really like the creamy guacamole style. It reminds me too much of baby food and does not have a lot of spunk to it. Last week, we talked about diets, remember? Well, last fall I gave up cheese. I really don’t  miss it like I thought I would but maybe that is because occasionally I will splurge and have a cheese pizza. This is the only time though that I will have cheese, so I have gotten creative and guacamole is one of those things that if I put on my sandwich it takes away that feeling of missing my dear old cheese.  It is also one of those recipes that is  a lot like salsa or a bloody mary. Everyone has their own “special recipe” and it is always better than yours. I am not going to say that this is the “best” guacamole recipe out there because I have not tried one that I really thought was any better than the next. I do however like my recipe, but I am never opposed to trying yours, so if you want to share, please do. I would love to try it!
GuacamoleGuacamole- yield 3 Cups
3 medium ripe avocados, peel removed,  halved and pitted, 1 med. lime,juiced, 3/4 tsp. sea salt, 3/4 ts. ground cumin, 1/2 tsp. cracked pepper, 1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper, 1/2 med, red onion, 2 small Roma tomatoes diced, 1 lg. minced garlic clove, 2 TB fresh cilantro chopped, 1/2 jalapeno, diced, and 1/2 tsp. horseradish.
Place avocado and the lime juice in a large bowl. Take a fork and mash  slightly, but leave chunky.  Add salt, cumin, and both peppers and stir slightly. Add the rest of the ingredients, stir and mash more depending on chunky you like your guacamole. Serve right away, but I like mine a chilled, so I Iike to cover with plastic wrap(lay directly on guacamole) and chill for about 30 minutes.

Another Sampling

May 28, 2015 by braytonbb

Here is just another sampling of the different items we put out for our wine and cheese social that we hold for wine and cheese-salmonour guests every Friday and Saturday evening from 5:00-6:00. Of course, it always depends how many we have that are participating on what and how much we decide to provide but this one was a huge hit last weekend. Not only is it very colorful but it provides it a little something for everyone. Lucky for me there were extra so my dinner consisted of a few of the tortellini skewers. The platter consists of summer sausage and my favorite Satori Bellavitano cheese which is a little sharp, nutty and fruity all in one bite. Great with red or white wine. Home made fresh salsa (see previous recipe), home made Roasted red pepper Hummus (see previous recipe), served with pepperjack rice crackers (great for gluten free folks and yummy with all sorts of things) and Ritz crackers for those that are not, cheese tortellini skewers and toasted salmon baguettes. See both recipes for the skewers and baguettes below.

Cheese Tortellini Skewers

1 package of cheese tortellini (in the dairy case), cherry tomatoes, fresh mozzarella balls, hard salami, and fresh basil leaves. Boil tortellini as package describes. Cut cherry tomatoes in half. Assemble on the skewers. I used two of everything except fresh mozzarella which I only used one, but that is up to you. I then drizzled them with a  home made balsamic glaze (recipe is at bottom of page when clicking on link).

Toasted Salmon Baguettes

French bread, sliced about 1″ thickness, cream cheese(room temp) mixed with a little garlic, smoked salmon, capers, crush black pepper.

Toast bread slices at 400 degrees about 5 minutes. Spread cream cheese mixture on bread, add smoked salmon, a few capers and crushed black pepper.

Turtle Bars

May 21, 2015 by braytonbb

Is there anyone out there that does not like turtles, the candy? These turtle bars are scrumptious and yes rich, but its hard to say no to just one. I would usually save such recipes for when it is colder outside, but mother nature has not been too consistent with us lately so these bars seemed like the perfect time to get made over the weekend. Oh, by the way, super easy to  make too! Hope you enjoy.

turtle bars1 bag of caramel bits, 1 1/2 bags of semi sweet chocolate chips, 2 C pecan pieces, 2 cups crushed Ritz crackers, 1/2 C melted butter and 1 can of sweetened condensed milk.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly spray a 9×13 pan. Combine crushed Ritz crackers with melted butter until moist.  Spread evenly in the bottom of the pan, pressing down until firm.

Add half of chocolate chips on the crust, followed by the caramel bits and 1 1/2 C of the pecan pieces and then finally the rest of the chocolate chips and the rest of the pecans.

Drizzle with sweetened condensed milk.

Bake 30 minutes. Let cool completely before cutting or you are going to get a mess.

You can refrigerate these if you choose, but make sure you let them warm up before eating,  otherwise you may break a tooth on the caramel. Still good,  just not as easy to eat.



Lemon Muffins

April 23, 2015 by braytonbb

I am hoping these lemon muffins will bring on some warmer weather. Man, I got spoiled last week and now this snow, sleet and rain the last couple days has got me craving some warm sunshine so out comes what I consider summer feeling goodies.

Lemon Muffins – 8 Jumbo lemon muffins

1 lemon, 1 C sugar plus 1 TB sugar, 2 C flour, 2 tsp. baking powder, 1 tsp. salt, 2 eggs, 1 C buttermilk, 1 TB lemon extract and 1/2 C melted butter.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Zest lemon and chop if not using a microplaner. Slice lemon in half(short way) and squeeze out juice, removing any seeds. Mix lemon juice with 1 TB sugar

In a bowl combine remaining 1 C sugar, flour, baking powder, salt and lemon zest.

In a separate bowl, mix eggs and buttermilk and lemon extract. Stir in butter and add to dry ingredients and mix until combined. Spray 8 jumbo mix tins or use cupcake liners and fill almost full. Bake 25-30 minutes.

Option 1: Brush tops of  muffins with lemon juice mixture and sprinkle with additional sugar.

Option 2: Best used when using muffin liners.  Let muffins cool slightly. Poke holes in tops of muffins with a toothpick  and pour lemon juice mixture over muffins. Sprinkle with a course sugar.

Vegan Peanut Butter Caramel Truffles

April 16, 2015 by braytonbb

Don’t be scared about by the word vegan. It just means healthier and you can still enjoy the flavor especially when you add peanut butter. These truffles are not made with caramel but an alternative. Since I am still somewhat new to the vegan world I am always looking for new recipes so I am really excited to share this 5 ingredient recipe, since we all need a little chocolate after dinner, in my opinion. This one came from the minimalist baker which I find myself using a lot. Hope you enjoy.

Vegan Peanut Butter Caramel Truffles – serves 20 Caramel peanut butter truffles

16oz. Medjool dates, pitted, 2.5 TB melted coconut oil, divided, 3/4 tsp. sea salt, 1/4 C all natural creamy, salted peanut butter, 1 C dairy free dark chocolate chips.

Add dates to food processor. Add 1 TB melted coconut oil and mix. ( do not melt coconut oil in the microwave. Heat in a bowl over a gas range or add to a saucepan for electric range).  If it doesn’t look like it is forming a paste, add a little bit of warm water. Not too much though other wise it won’t stick together. Add 3/4 tsp. seal salt and mix more, scraping down the sides.

Form into ball the size of a superball or a bit larger and place on parchment paper and freeze for 30 minutes.

While they are freezing, combine peanut butter and 1/2 TB melted coconut oil. Right before your 30 is up, heat peanut butter mixture in microwave for about 20 seconds. Remove truffles from the freezer and pour peanut butter mixture over the tops of the truffles. Freeze again for another 30 minutes.

About 5 minutes before you are ready to take the truffles out of the freezer,  warm the chocolate chips with remaining 1 TB melted coconut oil in the microwave until melted and dip truffles into the melted chocolate. Sprinkle with more sea salt if desired and place back on the parchment paper.  Put in the refrigerator until ready to serve.



Chocolate Cheesecake

April 2, 2015 by braytonbb

I am not sure why I have never had much luck with cheesecake, but this chocolate cheesecake turns out great every time. I have always made cheesecake in a water bath but this one doesn’t call for it. If you are not a chocolate fan, this recipe may not be for you. Covered with a chocolate ganache topping is just fine with me, but it is very rich and decadent so be prepared to be overwhelmed with goodness! Also, cheesecake is always best the next day so plan on two days for this goody.

Chocolate Cheesecake with Ganache Topping – Serves 12 generously chocolate cheesecake

Crust- 9 oz. of finely crushed Oreo cookies and 6 TB of melted butter

Filling – 10 oz.  Ghiradelli 60% Cacao Bittersweet chocolate chips(I have used Nestle semi sweet which is fine, but better chocolate always makes a better product!), 4- 8oz. packages cream cheese at room temp, 1 1/4 C sugar, 1/4 C Ghiradelli unsweetened cocoa (same goes here for brand), and 4 Large room temp eggs.

Topping – 3/4 whipping cream, 5 oz. Ghiradelli chocolate chips and 1 TB sugar

Spray a 10″ springform pan with high sides. Mix your finely crushed Oreo cookies with melted butter and press into the bottom of your springform pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 5 minutes.

While your crust is cooling, melt 10oz. of chocolate chips in the microwave until smooth. You should stir every 30 seconds to prevent from burning. While chocolate is cooling, blend cream cheese, sugar, and cocoa powder until smooth. Make sure there are not any lumps! Pour in chocolate. Add eggs one at a time until blended but do not overblend! Pour cheesecake filling over crust, smooth top and bake for 1 hour until sides are hour and center still looks a bit soft. Do not attempt to open oven door to check on cheesecake! Once done, turn oven off, open oven door and let cheesecake cook until at room temp. Once cool, run knife around the outside of cheesecake between pan to loosen. Cover tightly and chill in fridge overnight.

A few over before serving, make topping. Stir cream, 5 oz. chocolate and sugar in a saucepan over low heat until smooth. Pour over center of cheesecake but leaving edges bare. Chill until topping is set. When ready to serve, remove sides of springform pan.

Hints: If cheesecake cracks in the middle, no worries it will be covered up by the ganache.

To prevent cracking, use room temp. products, do not over beat eggs, and do not open oven door. Cheesecake needs to be cooled gradually. Opening oven door or cooling to quickly are sure ways to crack cake. Of course it will still taste great, but if you are going to go through the work, be patient!


Recipe Contest

March 26, 2015 by braytonbb

So, as many of you know, we entered the Bedandbreakfast.com breakfast recipe contest for the second year in a row. Both years we made it to the top 16 out of the hundreds of people that entered. Once it gets down to the top 16, you are then paired up with another recipe and Facebook fans vote on whose recipe they would like to see go on to the next round (very similar to the March Madness Brackets).  Both years, this is as far as we have made it. Last year was the best “sweet” original breakfast recipe. This year, we had to use “regional” ingredients. I

chocolate covered cherry cheesecake bread puddingLast year, our chocolate covered cherry cheesecake bread pudding looked amazing in pictures.



breakfast grilled cheeseThis year, our breakfast grilled cheese didn’t have as nice of a picture, but I thought the recipe is one that I will not quit making. It is not real friendly to make for a full house just because its a little putzy, but for a few people its perfect. I had many requests to make this when people come back to visit, so do not be afraid to ask me to make it ahead of time. I just have to make sure I have all the specialty ingredients on hand. I don’t think you will be disappointed. It’s actually one of my favorites.

With that being said, no new recipes this week but I have included the links to both last years entry and this years.



March 19, 2015 by braytonbb

What else is there to say? Who does not like a warm glazed donut? I have not bought a donut from a grocery story or bakery for years. I love them but know how bad they are for me so I do have some self control in the donut department, expect when it comes to making my own. I mean, they are just sitting there, staring at me. I have to cave. Now, I don’t proclaim these to be any better, or any worse for that matter than a store bought donut, in fact you may argue that these really are not donuts, but just knocks off. That’s okay, I think once you try these you won’t complain. I did pull this idea off the internet because it just seemed too good to be true, but its not. Don’t like glaze, add some cinnamon sugar. That is what I did with the holes. Yum!

Semi- Home made Donuts – Serves 8(if you only have 1) donuts

1 can of Grands biscuits ( I used the honey and butter flavor), oil for frying, cinnamon sugar or a powdered sugar glaze. Recipe below.

Separate biscuits so you have 8 biscuits laying in front of you. Cut out a circle in the middle of each biscuit, so it looks like a donut. I used the top of my maple syrup bottle. Separate your holes from the donuts. The holes may look small, but trust me, they will get bigger once you fry them up.

Heat your oil in a deep frying pan, one that has a lid.  I used about 2 C of oil until it came up about half way in the pan. Here is the tricky part, heating your oil. I have an electric stove so for me 2-3 was my setting, or low for most. If you oil is to hot, your donuts won’t get done in the middle and if its too cool, they won’t get crispy on the outside and moist inside so you may have to try one out first. Make sure your oil is hot before adding your biscuits. Add one to two biscuits at a time. They will grow and you don’t want them to touch. Put on your lid and watch them get brown on the bottom side. For me, it took about 45 seconds on each side. Once you see it starts getting brown in the middle, carefully flip biscuit over and brown the other side. Once done, cool on a wire rack with wax paper underneath for a minute before glazing or sugaring. Eat right away! (Like that wasn’t obvious)

Powdered Sugar Glaze – 1 1/2 C powdered sugar, 2 tsp. vanilla, and 4-5 TB of milk. Mix well until smooth. You want this glaze to be a little thinner than usual, so don’t be afraid of the milk.

Brownie Cookies

March 5, 2015 by braytonbb

I posted a recipe for some brownie cookies about three years ago. Though I do try to come up with new recipes  and try out other peoples recipes to share with you, I also like to tweak the recipes I know that are good but could be better. This is one of them. I think these have really got a true brownie texture to them. I added some white chocolate chips too since I had them laying around, but if you want, leave them out or add even more chocolate, which never hurts.

Brownie Cookies– revamped from a previous recipe brownie cookies 2

8 oz, semisweet baking chocolate, 1 1/3 C flour, 3/4 C brown sugar, 1 tsp. vanilla, 2 eggs, 1/4 tsp. baking powder, 1/3 c pecans, 6 TB butter, 8 oz. of chocolate chips, and 4 oz of white chocolate chips.

Melt 8 oz of semi sweet chocolate and butter in the microwave. Every 30 seconds stop the microwave and stir and the chocolate and butter are melted and combined. It should take about 2 minutes. Set aside.

Beat together eggs, brown sugar and vanilla. Once combined, stir in chocolate mixture, followed by the flour. Fold in the nut and then both chocolate chips and white chips.

Chill dough for 30 minutes. After 30 minutes, scoop 1 TB of dough balls onto a cookie sheet. Chill cookie sheet for at least one hour.  Trust me, the cookies will stay their shape much better, otherwise you will have flat, hard cookies.

Bake at 350 after chilling for 15 minutes. Let cool and enjoy, if you can wait.

Raspberry Muffins

February 26, 2015 by braytonbb

These raspberries muffins may make you think of summer but I think that is what we all need right now to take our minds off this of this dreadful cold weather. I have used both kinds of topping on the muffins so I wanted to give you both recipes depending on your preference.  I also love these new parchment paper muffin liners. They are so simplistic and they don’t leave any crumbs on the paper.  These were great paired with our spicy sausage casserole this past weekend. Hope you enjoy.

Raspberry MuffinsRaspberry Muffins- 10 jumbo muffins

1 1/4 C sugar, 1 stick of butter, 2 eggs, 1 C sour cream, 1 tsp. vanilla, 2 C flour, 1 tsp. baking powder, 1/2 tsp. baking soda, 1/4 tsp. salt and 1 C fresh raspberries.

Sugar Topping- 2 TB sugar, 1/4 tsp. cinnamon and 1/4 tsp. nutmeg (blend)

Streusel Topping – 1/2 C butter, softened, 1/2 C sugar, 1/2 Brown sugar, 2/3 C flour, 1 tsp. cinnamon, and 1/2 tsp. of nutmeg.  Blend butter until smooth. Gradually stir in other ingredients until crumby.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Cream together sugar and butter. Add eggs, sour cream and vanilla. Add remaining ingredients and mix until blended. Gently fold in raspberries. Place batter in muffin liners or spray a jumbo muffin pan. Sprinkle on topping mixture or streusel mixture onto each one. Bake 25-30 minutes.

*Note- You should have left over topping(which over one you decide to make). I keep my left over sugar topping in the pantry for use at another time and my left over streusel topping in the fridge for a couple of weeks.

Bagels and Lox Benedict

February 19, 2015 by braytonbb

This Bagels and Lox Benedict recipes serves one generously when served with hasbrowns or tater tots which I prefer and a side of fruit such as grapes. The key to this recipe I think is using an everything bagel with sesame seeds, poppy seeds, cracked pepper, onion and garlic. It adds a lot of flavor to this great breakfast dish. If you have never poached eggs before, it does take some practice, so try a couple times, you will get it. It took me a little bit of practice too.

Bagel and Lox BenedictBagels and Lox Benedict- serves 1

1 Everything Bagel, sliced in half, 2 oz. of smoked salmon, 4 thin slices of red onion, 2 poached eggs

Lemon Caper Sauce – 1/2 C vegetable broth, 3/4 TB cornstarch, 1/4 C sour cream, 3/4 TB lemon juice, 1 TB drained capers, fresh dill and salt and pepper to taste.

Whisk vegetable broth and cornstarch until smooth. Stir over medium heat until boiling for 2 1/2 minutes. Whisk in sour cream, lemon juice and capers. Stir often until steaming until 2 1/2 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Keep on low until ready to serve.

Poached eggs – Recommended method, if you do not want to buy a poacher. In a sauce pan big enough for two eggs that do not touch, simmer about 2″ of water(not boil, but heavy simmer). Add a small splash of white distilled vinegar to the water. Crack one egg into a soufle cup or small bowl. Do the same with the second egg in a second bowl.  Gently swirl the water as it is simmering to make a whirlpool. This helps the egg stay together(trust me). SLOWLY add 1 egg to the whirlpool water. With a slotted spoon, keep egg off the bottom of the saucepan by sliding slotted spoon underneath egg every few seconds. Do this for about 3 1/2 minutes more or less depending on you like your eggs. When done take your slotted spoon and gently lift egg out of water onto a strong paper towel that won’t stick to the egg, to absorb any water.

Cut bagels in half horizontally and toast. Put bagel halves on a plate and top each with onion and then smoked salmon. Add poached eggs on each  half of the bagel. Spoon sauce over eggs and garnish with dill.

Oatmeal Butterscotch Cookies

February 12, 2015 by braytonbb

These Oatmeal Butterscotch Cookies are not going to be a new recipe to many of you, but they are still a goody. You can pick up a bag of butterscotch chips and probably find some variation of the recipe on just about any name brand bag. I like to add a little extra butter and of a course a few extra chips if you have a couple bags sitting around. Not only are these cookies great for kids or adults, but they freeze well too. That means if you find that your family doesn’t eat the whole batch, throw some in a Ziplock bag for future nibbling.

Oatmeal Butterscotch Cookies


Oatmeal Butterscotch Cookies – about 36 cookies depending on size. I like using a 4 oz. cookie scoop

1 1/2 sticks of butter at room temp. , 1/2 C sugar, 1 C brown sugar(light or dark), 2 eggs, 1 tsp. vanilla, 1 1/4 C flour, 1 tsp. baking soda, 1/2 tsp. cinnamon, 1/2 tsp. salt, 3 C quick oatmeal, uncooked and a bag of butterscotch chips, plus more if you like.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees on convention if you have or 375 bake.

Beat butter, sugar and brown sugar in large bowl until well blended. Add eggs and vanilla; beat again.

Add flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt to butter mixture and blend well.  Stir in oatmeal and butterscotch chips; mix well. Drop onto a cookie sheet and bake 9 minutes and slightly brown. Let cool, if you can.


Black Forest Mini Cheesecakes

February 5, 2015 by braytonbb

February in my opinion, is the perfect time to make these Black Forest Mini Cheesecakes. February is National Cherry Month and with Valentines Day around the corner, these sweet little desserts for perfect to show someone how much you love them. I borrowed this recipe off of the Cooking Classy website and will be making often. These miniature versions are hard to resist since you only get a few bites, which doesn’t seem like quite enough. This recipe is super easy, but you do have to have plenty of time for them to set up, so don’t expect to throw this together quickly.

Black Forest Mini Cheesecakes – Serves 18 Black Forest Mini cheesecakes

Crust- Crushed Oreos and 1 1/2 TB butter melted. I bought Crush Oreos off of the shelf and figured 1 heaping TB per regular muffin cup.

Cheesecake – 3/4 C semi sweet chocolate chips or chopped chocolate, melted and cooled slightly, 2/3 C sugar, 2 TB cocoa powder, pinch of salt, 12 oz. cream cheese, 2 LG eggs, 1 tsp. vanilla, 1/4 C heavy cream, and 1/4 C sour cream.

Topping – Canned Cherry Pie Filling, 1 1/4 C heavy cream, 2 1/2 TB sugar, and shaved chocolate(decoration)

For the crust, preheat oven to 325 degrees. In a mixing bowl, blend Oreo cookie crumbs and butter. Divide mixture among 18 regular sized paper lined muffin tins. Bake 5 minutes and allow to cool.

For the cheesecake filling, whisk together 2/3 C sugar, cocoa, and salt until smooth. Add cream cheese to sugar/cocoa mixture and whip until creamy and smooth. Mix in eggs one at a time, blending until combined. Add vanilla. Pour in melted chocolate and mix. Add 1/4 C heavy cream and sour cream and mix again. Divide mixture among cookie lined muffins cups about 3/4 full. Bake 20 minutes. Remove and allow to cool at room temp for 1 hour, then cover with plastic wrap and chill in the refrigerator for 2 more hours.

For the topping, Whip 1/4 C heavy cream until soft peaks form. Add 1/2 TB sugar and whip until stiff peaks form.  Spread a thin later over chilled cheesecakes and then pipe a rim around the edge to hold the filling. Spoon a heaping amount of cherry pie filling  in the center of the cheesecake. Sprinkle shaved chocolate over the cheesecake to dress up.  Store covered until ready to enjoy.

Apple Bites (Vegan)

January 29, 2015 by braytonbb

These Apple Bites are another great vegan recipe that I wanted to share with you. I don’t want to overwhelm you with too many vegan recipes at one time, but this is great for breakfast, lunch, a snack and even the kids will love it. Thanks to Rachelshultz.com, she has just given me a broader selection of healthy foods. This one though, is like dessert. Yumm!



Apple Bites – 1 apple serves 2

The serving size can be disputed, but a half of apple with all these goodness on top is about all my belly can take, but feel free to indulge.

1 Granny Smith Apple, 2 TB Peanut Butter, pecans or walnuts, and chocolate chips. Rachel suggested coconut. I opted out, but add whatever toppings you like.

Core Apple. Slice apple into thin rings. Spread peanut butter on one side. Top with nuts and chips. Enjoy!


Carrot Pineapple Muffins

January 22, 2015 by braytonbb

I came across these carrot pineapple muffins the other day in my recipe box. I have not made these in years, probably because I make carrot cake so often as dessert that I forget about making them as muffins in the morning for breakfast. I am so glad that I found this recipe though since its a great and I look forward to sharing it with you.

Carrot and Pineapple Muffins – Serves 8 (jumbo) carrot pineapple muffins

1 C sugar, 1 1/8 C vegetable oil, 2 large eggs, 1/2 tsp. vanilla, 1 1/4 C flour, 1 tsp. cinnamon, 1 tsp. baking soda, 3/4 tsp. salt, 1/2 C raisins, 1/2 C walnuts, 1/2# carrots shredded, and 1/4 C crushed pineapple. ( I have used tidbits too if this is all I have and it is really good as well if you like the plumpness of the pineapple with the raisins).

Frosting – 1 stick of butter (room temp), 6 oz. cream cheese (room temp), 1/2 tsp. vanilla and 1/2 bag of powdered sugar. Blend and set aside. If its too thick, add a little milk to get to the consistency you want, but be careful not to get too thin.  If it does, add more powdered sugar.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray jumbo muffin tins or line with muffin liners.

Beat sugar, oil, and eggs until light yellow. Add vanilla. Add flour, cinnamon, baking soda and salt. Stir until well blended. Add raisin and walnuts. Stir. Fold in carrots and pineapple until well blended.

Bake 30 minutes. Add frosting when muffins are cooled.


Potato Tomato Frittata

January 15, 2015 by braytonbb

I have been making this Potato Tomato Frittata for years. I love it, because its a great gluten free recipe without feeling like you are missing out on anything. The recipe serves six but I have it made it for just one person before in a single serve pie plate or single serve casserole dish which even works better.

potato tomato frittataPotato Tomato Frittata– serves 6

1 TB butter, 2 med baking potatoes peeled and sliced, salt and pepper, 6 large eggs, beaten, 4 oz. shredded cheddar, 2 oz shredded swiss, 1 C sour cream, 2 TB chives, 1 LG Tomato, 2 TB parm cheese, grated

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Melt 1 TB butter in a skillet. Add sliced potatoes and sauté until tender. Season with salt and pepper. Transfer potatoes to a 9” greased pie pan. Sprinkle potatoes with ½ cheddar and swiss. Spread sour cream over cheese. Sprinkle chives over sour cream. In a sprayed skillet, scramble eggs leaving fairly liquid. Salt and pepper to taste. Add eggs on top of chives. Add more cheese. Slice tomatos and add on top of eggs. Sprinkle parm on tomatoes.

Bake 40 minutes until puffed and slightly brown.