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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.



Nutty Bars (vegan)

January 8, 2015 by braytonbb

I am so excited to tell you about these nutty bars. I know its been a few weeks since I posted a recipe. I feel awful, really, but the Holidays took a lot out of me. Now, its back to experimenting and creating.

Some of you know this, but about 3 months ago, my family decided to do a cleanse. My daughter has had severe back pain for the last four years. Her nutritionist mentioned that she might want to try a cleanse. Sometimes there are certain foods we eat that can trigger aches and pains, much like an allergy. We figured since she was going to do this, that we would join her to make it easier for her. It was only 3 days so we started juicing. We mixed our our vegetable and fruit smoothies and made our own nut milks. Some were better than others but after three days, we all felt great! Our daughter decided three days was enough. My husband and I decided to go on with the 7 day cleanse which introduced us to a vegan diet. We then proceeded to go onto the 21 day cleanse. We both lost some weight and felt great.  Thanksgiving was a challenge, but we made it through. Christmas on the other hand, well, we both fell off the wagon but have decided to get back into the groove. This recipe make a great dessert when you need a little bit of indulgence after dinner, but without all the guilt.

One dessert that gets made a lot at the inn is peanut butter bars, so this recipe is a great healthy alternative. I didn’t know a lot about vegan cooking/baking when I started this, so this recipe along with any future recipes I share with you will probably be taken from somewhere else. This recipe is adapted from One Green Planet. I did change up the recipe though and used what ingredients I had in the pantry. I also blended the nuts longer than what they did since I like a little more creamy texture, compared to nutty, but you can do whatever your palette pleases you.

Nutty BarsNutty Bars – Makes and 8×8 pan

1/2 C sunflower seeds, 1/2 C raw cashews, 1/2 C raw almonds, 1.5 C walnuts, 1/2 C all natural peanut butter, 1/2 melted organic coconut oil(melted-not in microwave), 2-3 TB maple syrup, 2 TB honey(if your not 100% vegan) and 2 tsp. organic vanilla extract.

Chocolate Topping– 1/2 C organic raw cacao powder, 6 TB coconut oil(melted), and 1 TB maple syrup

For the bars, use a food processor. Combine all the nuts and the peanut butter and process until the desired consistency. Add melted coconut oil, honey and/or maple syrup and vanilla and blend again.

Put the  mixture into a non greased 8×8 baking dish and put in the freezer for about 30 minutes or until firm.

For the topping, mix melted coconut oil, cacao and maple syrup and stir until creamy. After bars have firmed up in freezer, spread the chocolate quickly over the bars as it will firm up fast. Return the bars back to the freezer for about 30 minutes to let the chocolate harden up and the bars to set up even more. Transfer the bars to the fridge and let stand for 30 minutes before cutting into them.

Store in the fridge or freezer because they will soften up and lose their shape.



Mint Fudge

December 23, 2014 by braytonbb

I wanted to publish this mint fudge recipe before Christmas in case anybody needed some fast, last minute ideas on what to bring to family or friends gatherings this season. Fudge has never been a big thrill for me. I grew up not far from Wisconsin Dells where I worked and visited often, so I had my share of many different flavors. I enjoy peanut butter probably the most but sometimes can be a bit cumbersome to make. This mint fudge recipe is not only easy but fast and really good. In fact, this time of year  like to have it around for a little bite size piece of dessert after dinner since its kind of refreshing and I still get my chocolate kick. Our first home that we sold, our buyers brought this fudge recipe to our new home (about 14 years ago). I like it so much that she she shared the recipe with me and I have been making ever since every Christmas. I hope you enjoy as much as I do.

Mint Fudge mint fudge

1 can of sweetened condensed milk, 1 bag of chocolate chips, 1 oz. baking chocolate and 2 tsp. of mint extract.

Melt everything BUT the mint in a saucepan over med. heat stirring frequently. Remove from heat and add mint. Pour into sprayed 8×8 pan. Chill 1 hour or more. It will seem soft but after one day, its perfect! I have never tried other flavored extracts but I have no doubt that they would be delicious. I am just partial to mint.

Blue Cheese Stuffed Candied Pecans

December 18, 2014 by braytonbb

I have never been a big Blue Cheese or Gorgonzola fan, but I love the the pairings of sweet and salty together. A few weeks back we hosted a wine tasting gathering for a local business. Working with Gardinas we came up with some great wine and cheese pairings. They provided this wonderful Blue Cheese that wasn’t as sharp as I had sampled in the past. It almost had some sweet undertones to it. So, I tried using it again with this recipe and it really paid off. I will warn you though that these candied pecans with blue cheese are a tad bit addicting.  Its hard to have just one. I am planning on serving these at our next Holiday Party.

Blue Cheese stuffed pecansBlue Cheese Stuffed Candied Pecans

100 large pecan halves(perfectly shaped), 2 TB butter, 1/4 C honey, 1/4 C sugar, pinch of sea salt, 1/4 tsp. cracked pepper, 1/8 tsp. cayenne pepper, 1/8 tsp. curry powder, 1/2 C sour cream, and 1 C crumbled blue cheese at room temp.

First, prepare the pecans. Make sure your pecan halves are perfect. Keep the broken ones for another time. Spread them in a single layer on a parchment lined baking sheet.  Bake at 375 degrees for 10 minutes. Watch carefully, so they do not burn. White pecans are baking, melt butter and honey in a saucepan. When pecans are done baking, add to honey mixture, stirring until coated. Cool completely!

Combine sugar, salt, pepper, cayenne and curry powder in a large bowl. With a slotted spoon, remove pecans and place in the sugar mixture, tossing to coat.

Mix the blue cheese and sour cream until creamy. Using pastry bag(much easier), pipe the blue cheese mixture onto the flat side of one pecan. Top with another pecan and smooth out the edges. Serve right away, so you don’t eat them faster than you serve them.

Thanks ztastylife.com for the inspiration.

Mashed Potato Pancakes

December 11, 2014 by braytonbb

I have never been one to make a good potato pancake. In fact, its been a work in progress for me. However, when I saw this recipe, I had to get my hands on it and turn it into my own.  It couldn’t be any easier and any more delicious! Now, the key here is to have left over mashed potatoes. No leftovers? That is okay. I made a few of these up ahead of time, put them in the freezer and set them out in the morning to thaw and fried them up an hour later. It worked like a charm. In fact, you couldn’t tell the difference between the fresh and frozen.  I don’t think instant potatoes will work, but  hey, you can give it a shot and let me know. You want them to be thick, yet fluffy.

First off, you need a good mashed potato recipe. I typically only share my breakfast, dessert and appetizer recipes, but since you need mashed potatoes, I don’t think my Grandma will mind if I share this family secret.

Mashed Potatoes – feeds 6 generously

5# potatoes, 1 8 oz block of cream cheese, 1 C sour cream, 2 TB butter, 1 tsp. onion powder, and salt and pepper to taste.

Peel potatoes. Boil. Mash potatoes. Whip Potatoes. Add rest of ingredients and whip well again until thick and creamy.

Put in a casserole dish and bake for 30 minutes. ( Keeps up to 2 weeks in refrigerator before baking and freezes well too)

Mashed Potato Pancakes – 12 mini pancakes mashed potato pancakes

3 C mashed potatoes, 2/3 C shredded cheddar cheese,  2 TB chopped onions, 1 egg lightly beaten, 3 TB flour, plus more for dipping,  Tsp. garlic powder, vegetable oil(for frying) and sour cream(garnish)

In a large bowl, stir together the mashed potatoes, cheese, onions, egg and 3 TB flour until combined. Roll each portion into a ball and then flatten it into a 1/2″ thick pancake. I kept mine the size of a lid of a can.

In a shallow dish, add enough flour to coat 12 pancakes. Dredge each mashed potato pancake in flour.

Heat vegetable oil in a large saute pan over medium heat. I added enough to coat the bottom of the pan plus some. Fry the pancakes, flipping only once making sure that the get nice and brown on each side. Don’t flip too soon though, otherwise they won’t heat all the way through and they may fall apart. Transfer pancakes to a paper towel lined plate.

Sprinkle with a little Sea salt, a dollop sour cream and chives.

Adapted recipe from justataste.com


Asparagus Strata

December 4, 2014 by braytonbb

This asparagus strata was inspired by these pretty singular casseroles that I found the other day. I get asked this question a lot. What is the difference between a strata and a frittata?  Well a a frittata is an open faced omelet that has fillings such as cheese, meat, veggies that is blended into the egg mixture instead of being added to the top. A strata is more of a casserole type item by pouring the egg and milk over the bread, cheese, meat and/or veggies. Stratas  are usually left in the refrigerator over night as well so the bread soaks up all the egg and milk goodness. I made this for one, but if you have a smaller appetite, this could easily work for two people.

Asparagus Strata – Serves 1-2asparagus strata

3 slices prosciutto, 3 asparagus stalks(ends cut), 2 eggs, chives, any leftover artisan bread( 3 thick slices), salt, pepper, butter, Havarti, Swiss or Fontina cheese(shredded), 1/2 tsp. horseradish and half and half.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a small casserole dish. Lay 1-2 slices of bread on the butter of the casserole dish. It is okay that it heaves over the sides.

Whisk together eggs, horseradish and half and half. Stir in half of the cheese and season with salt and pepper. Pour the egg  mixture over the bread, saving about 1/4 C. Layer the prosciutto over the bread and then lay the asparagus over the prosciutto or wrap the prosciutto around the asparagus (whatever you prefer). Pour the remaining egg mixture over the asparagus and top with the rest of the cheese. Bake immediately or put in the refrigerator overnight.

Bake until just set about 30 minutes. sprinkle with chives and paprika for added color.

Fig and Blue Cheese Bites

November 20, 2014 by braytonbb

These Fig and Blue Cheese Bites were actually an inspiration from one of our favorite restaurants here in town called Gardinas. Scott and I have changed up our diet as of about 6 weeks ago (story at another time) so we have gone out of our comfort zone and have tried some unique dishes as of recent. The other night we were out and had ordered Gardinas Fig flat bread. We were in love with the first bite and wanted to try to recreate it at home.

Of course Gardinas is a heck of a lot better, but I don’t think we did half bad. We did add some prosciutto ham but I don’t think I would again. It doesn’t really need it. If you are craving a little protein though, this would do the trick. We also used a baking stone, but if you don’t have, I think it would turn out just fine.

Ingredients: Store bough pizza dough, fig spread(found in the deli section), dried figs, Blue Cheese, and prosciutto(optional).

fig bites2

Fig and Blue Cheese Bites 

Preheat oven to 450 degrees. I used a round pizza stone. Put it in your oven while the the oven is preheating. Once you get 450 degrees, leave pizza stone in the oven for 30 additional minutes. In the meantime, stretch your dough on a piece of parchment paper to the size you want it. It will raise in the oven, so stretch it out good. Spread on the fig jam. Here you will add prosciutto if you desire. If not, cut figs in half or in quarters and sprinkle them on your pizza. Sprinkle on Blue Cheese.

Slice the parchment paper and dough onto your pizza stone. Turn down oven to 400 degrees and bake for 15 minutes. Watch carefully. Once done, we added a little balsamic glaze to the top of the pizza. Cut and serve. We served ours with Hughes Chocolates and some crackers.

Broccoli and Bacon Mini Quiches

November 13, 2014 by braytonbb

These mini broccoli and bacon quiches are so cute and tasty. I mean who doesn’t like anything that is mini, right? This recipe is for 2 servings, so you can share or make them both and have the other for lunch or dinner or even the following day.

I love making quiche but this time of year when we are a little slower, sometimes I only have 1 or 2 at the breakfast table, especially during the week. I had mini aluminium pie tins which were fine, but when I found these beauties about a month ago, they looked good enough to plate up. I have also tried some of my other quiche recipes in these single serve cuties and they have turned out great. Just remember to adjust your quantities on the ingredients.

Broccoli and Bacon Mini Quiches – Serves 2 broccoli bacon mini quiche

1/2 C fresh broccoli, chopped, 1/2 C shredded Swiss, 2 bacon strips, cooked and crumbled, 2 eggs, 1/2 C half and half, pinch of salt, pepper, garlic powder and horseradish.

Divide broccoli, cheese and bacon between two mini pie plates greased lightly. In a small bowl whisk the eggs, half and half, salt, pepper, garlic and horseradish. Pour over broccoli. Bake at 350 degrees, uncovered for about 20 minutes.

Pumpkin Creme Brule

November 6, 2014 by braytonbb

Its Thanksgiving month. what do you expect? Your going to get pumpkin recipes from me. I will try not to do it all month though, because as hard as it is for me to believe, I have found some non loving pumpkin people out there. I know, absurd! I don’t understand it either. However, for all you other pumpkin lover fans like myself, here is another for you. It tastes like pumpkin pie, but without the crust and a little more crunch with the toasted pecans on top. It literally is heaven in your mouth. I got this recipe from a Taste of Home magazine about 15 years ago, so you know its got to be good.

pumpkin creme brulePumpkin Creme Brule – Serves 4

1 can(15oz) of pumpkin, 2 eggs, , 1 C half and half, 2/3 C brown sugar, 1 1/2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice, 1/2 tsp. salt

Topping – 1/4 C brown sugar, 1/4 C chopped pecans, 1 T melted butter, whipped cream and cinnamon is optional but I think its a must.

In a large bowl, combine all your ingredients except the topping ingredients. Beat until smooth. Pour into four greased 8 oz. custard cups. Place filled custard cups into a 13×9″ pan. Pour hot water around the cups up to 1″. Bake 350 degrees for 20 minutes.

While the creme brule is baking, mix topping ingredients together. Sprinkle over the custard when done baking. Then, bake an additional 30 minutes. Serve warm if you can, otherwise room temp is great too with some whipped cream and cinnamon.

Pumpkin Tiramisu

October 30, 2014 by braytonbb

Tis the season for pumpkin. This pumpkin tiramisu sounds scary to make, but actually its pretty darn easy. Just give it 24 hours to chill and you have yourself a dessert that looks like it took hours to make. Don’t like that coffee flavor in tiramisu? You are in luck, since there isn’t in ounce of coffee in this recipe. I have  played around with this recipe for years trying different fillings for seasonal tiramisus like cherry for Valentines Day, or mint for St. Patricks Day, but pumpkin is my favorite.

pumpkin tiramisuPumpkin Tiramisu – Serves 8 large servings

1 can pumpkin, 1/2 C brown sugar, 1 TB, cocoa powder, 3/4 C sugar, 1 tsp, pumpkin pie spice, 1 tsp. vanilla, chocolate graham crackers, 3 (8oz) cream cheese blocks, and 2 TB half an half.

Beat cream cheese, sugar and brown sugar until smooth. Add pumpkin, half and half, pumpkin pie spice and vanilla until creamy.

Lay graham crackers in a oblong 4 qt. casserole pan. You may have to break pieces to get them to fit. Spread a quarter of the pumpkin mixture over crackers. Layer 3 or more graham crackers over pumpkin mixture, 2 more times, ending with pumpkin mixture. Cover and chill overnight. In the morning, cut into squares and dust with cocoa powder.

Blooming Apple with Homemade Caramel Sauce

October 23, 2014 by braytonbb

Recipes such as this blooming apple and home made caramel sauce really makes me think of fall, so I figured this would be the perfect time to post this.  So, lucky for you, two recipes in one this week. The blooming apple recipe I found on Pinterest and thought that it was rather genius. They made it sound like it would just fall and be beautiful while baking, but it doesn’t quite work out that way. Also, I should add, I have been asked if I feel guilty posting recipes I find intriguing on Pinterest. My reply is absolutely not!  I give credit where I find it and besides, I have said this before, but I feel it is my obligation to report back to you on the recipes you may have wondered about making yourself.

As for the caramel recipe, I have been making this for years. I used it on the blooming apple, but I have also used it as an ice cream topping, caramel bars, and a drizzle for caramel apples. With that said, it does not set up like a caramel apple would, which is why I use it as a drizzle.

caramelCaramel Sauce – 4 Cups

2 C sugar, 3/4 C butter, 2 C whipping cream, 1 C light corn syrup, 1/2 salt and 1 tsp. vanilla

Heat all ingredients except salt and vanilla to boiling in a 2 qt. or larger double boiler over medium heat, stirring constantly. Once ingredients are incorporated, turn heat down slightly and boil for 30 minutes, stirring frequently, until sugar is dissolved and mixture is a dark amber color.

Stir in Vanilla and salt. Serve right away warm or store in the refrigerator  and heat up when needed. Will keep a couple of  months in the refrigerator.

blooming appleBlooming Apple – serves 2

2 large honey crisp apples or something sweet and tart at the same, 3 TB brown sugar, 4 caramels, 1 tsp. cinnamon, 1 tb flour and 2 tb butter.

Slice 1/4 top horizontally off the top of the apple. Scoop out the core with a melon ball or small teaspoon. Then use a thin knife to make two deep circular cuts around the center of the apple. Next, turn the apple over and  make narrow cuts all the way around the apple. flip it back over and add unwrapped caramel to the center.

Heat butter and brown sugar in the microwave just until melted roughly 30 seconds. Stir and heat more if necessary. Remove from microwave and stir in flour and cinnamon. Divide mixture over the top of the two sliced apples. Bake at 375 degrees for about 30 minutes. Remove from oven and use a large spoon to move the apple from the pan to a plate or bowl. You may have to help spread the apple slices out. I drizzled mine caramel sauce and added whipped cream and cinnamon but ice cream would be good too for a dessert.

I am including the website  where I got the blooming apple from since they do a great job of showing how to cut the apple if you need.

Gingersnap Pears

October 16, 2014 by braytonbb

This gingersnap pear recipe is great in the summer but the pears are so juicy right now, I just can’t resist. If you find that the pears are not to your liking in the store, canned pears work just as well too. Not a fan of gingersnaps? I am  not really either so sometimes I use graham cracker crumbs, depending what I have in the pantry. Two different flavors, but same concept. This recipe will serve 6 generously using a 6 oz. ramekin. If you don’t have, use an 8×8 pan and scoop into dessert cups when done baking.

Gingersnap Pears – serves 6

6 large pears peeled and diced or 2 large cans of diced pears, 1/4 C melted butter, 1 C graham cracker crumbs or crushed ginger snaps, 1 TB flour, whipped cream.

Put your diced pears into a bowl. Sprinkle flour over the top and stir gently. Add pears to ramekins.

Mix melted butter with graham crumbs or crushed gingersnaps. Sprinkle over pears.

Bake 350 degrees for 15 minutes. Top with Whipped Cream and sprinkle some cinnamon, or pumpkin pie spice over the top and enjoy.


Carrot Cake Oatmeal

October 9, 2014 by braytonbb

This carrot cake oatmeal is the perfect recipe for this time of year when you the whether starts to chill and something hearty but something just slightly sweet is just what you are craving. I have made this with gluten free oatmeal and also with quick oats and you can’t even tell the difference. Feel free to add extra cinnamon, brown sugar, honey or maple syrup to make this the sweetness you desire. Served with a side of peppered bacon and some yogurt makes this the perfect fall breakfast.

Carrot Cake Oatmeal – serves 1 carrot cake oatmeal2

1 small carrot shredded (about 1/4 C), 1 C hot water, 1/3 C quick oats or gluten free oatmeal, 1 TB raisins, 1 TB shredded coconut, 2 TB candied walnuts, 1 tsp. cinnamon, a dash each of nutmeg, ginger, ground cloves, and sea salt, 2 Tb brown sugar, 1 TB honey, 1 tsp. maple syrup, 1/2 tsp. vanilla and 2 TB half and half or skim milk.

Add shredded carrot and water to a small saucepan. Bring to a boil and stir for a few minutes. Once the carrots have softened, add the oats, raisin, coconut, 1 TB walnuts, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, ginger and sea salt. Cook until the oats have absorbed  the liquid, about 1 minute, stirring constantly. Turn off heat and add honey, maple syrup and vanilla. Transfer to a bowl and add half and half or skim milk and the rest of your walnuts.

The half and half gives it a much creamier taste, but if you are trying to cut back on calories the skim milk is great as well.

The picture shows bananas on top. I got confused. I also make a banana bread oatmeal and put these on top by mistake. Oops.

Apples, Sauteed

October 2, 2014 by braytonbb


I just love the smell of apples this time of year. Sauteed apples, apple cider, crisp, applesauce, pies, I could go on and on. I just don’t get sick them. This sauteed apple recipe that I want to share with you can be used for so many things. Sometimes I just use it as a side dish like the picture shows or sometimes I will make a batch and and layer them over my apple pie french toast, or serve them with pork chops with my family. Either way, you can’t go wrong since they are so easy to make. 

I have included some of the links to past recipes that I have posted for your convenience.

Sauteed Apples – Serves 2 apples, sauteed

1/8 C butter, 2 apples(diced big or sliced hearty) 1 tsp. cornstarch, 1/4 C cold water, 1/4 C brown sugar, and 1/2 tsp cinnamon.

Melt butter in a saucepan. Add apples. Cook and stir constantly for about 5 minutes.

Dissolve cornstarch in water and add to skillet with apples. Stir in brown sugar and cinnamon. Boil for about 2 minutes, stirring occasionally. Keep on low with a cover on skillet until thick and gooey.

Carrot Cake Cupcakes

September 25, 2014 by braytonbb

carrot cake cupcakes2These carrot cake cupcakes are not only cute, 3 bite size(it only takes 3 bites to eat the whole thing) but darn right delicious. This recipe isn’t really new since I published my carrot cake recipe a few years ago, but the concept is a little different. I love my carrot cake recipe, however it makes a lot of cake. There is nothing wrong with leftovers since my friends don’t mind when I share, but I really like making things that people can just pick up and eat. That is exactly what happened last weekend too. These little devils walked right out the door with everyone so they are so easy to eat.

So, with that being said, see my carrot cake recipe here, but instead of making layers of cake, pour batter into paper lined standard muffin tins almost full.  Bake at 350 for about 25 minutes. Let them cool completely!

Once cool, slice cupcakes in half and spread your favorite cream cheese frosting in the middle. Put top back on cupcake and add more frosting to the top. sprinkle with pecans or walnuts (whatever you used) and gobble up.

My cream cheese frosting recipe-

1 block of cream cheese, 4 TB butter and 1 C powdered sugar. Whip until creamy. That’s it!

Cinnamon Chip Bars

September 18, 2014 by braytonbb

These cinnamon chip bars are my first fall recipe, though I am pretty sure they would be tolerated year round. I fell in love with cinnamon chips when I started making my famous cinnamon chip coffee cake and having been trying to use these decadent little chips more. These are Pinterest inspired and I don’t feel bad at all saying that. I’ve said before and I will say again, I feel it is my obligation to try out as many recipes as possible and report back to you on all recipe I decide to keep in my rotation at the inn. I hope you enjoy. Our guests, my family and friends did as well.

Cinnamon Chip Bars– Serves 12 cinnamon chip bars

1 egg, 1 C flour, 1 C brown sugar, 1 TB cinnamon, 1 bag (10oz) cinnamon chips, 1 TB vanilla, 2 C butter and white chocolate (melted, I used white chips)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray an 8×8 pan with  non stick spray.

In a large microwaveable bowl, melt butter. Add brown sugar, vanilla, and cinnamon. Stir. Whisk egg and blend in bowl. Add flour and stir until just combined. Stir in 3/4 of the bag of cinnamon chips.

Pour batter into pan and smooth the top. Bake for 20 minutes. Allow bars to cool while you are preparing the white chocolate frosting. I melted mine in a double boiler, but if you feel comfortable doing it in the microwave, go for it. Just remember to keep stirring it every 30 seconds, because it will burn.

Smooth the white chocolate  over the bars and sprinkle the rest of the cinnamon chips over the top. Wait until the bars are cooled completely before cutting.


Sugar Cookie Brownies

September 11, 2014 by braytonbb

I usually only make sugar cookies around Christmas, but once in a while my daughter will get the craving and ask me for them before the season. So, I decided to switch it up a bit and try making a sugar cookie brownie. Here is the results.

Sugar Cookie browniesSugar Cookie Brownies

1/2 C butter, 1 (12oz) bag of white chocolate chip, 1 1/4 C flour, 3/4 C sugar, 1 tsp. vanilla, 1/4 tsp salt, and 3 eggs

Frosting – 3 C powdered sugar, 6 TB butter, softened, 1 tsp.vanilla, 1/2 tsp. almond extract and milk

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 8×10 or smaller pan (thicker brownies), and then sprinkle with flour.

Melt butter and white chocolate chips over low heat, stirring frequently. The mixture will seem lumpy but that is okay as long as all your chips are melted. When cooled slightly, stir in flour, sugar, vanilla, salt and eggs until well blended. Spread evenly in your pan of choice. Bake for 30 minutes and cool completely!

For the frosting, mix all the ingredients together until smooth. Add a little milk at a time to get to the consistency that you like. If you like more of a glaze rather than frosting, add more milk. It will be less sweet this way.

Chocolate Chip Brownie Cookie Dough Bites

September 5, 2014 by braytonbb

I found these chocolate chip brownie cookie dough bites on Pinterest and they caught my eye. They are super easy to make but a bit putzy. You either need to have the time or work on them in stages throughout your day(s). Needless to say, they are quite tasty and look impressive. Mine turned out a bit large but no one complained.

cookie dough bites 2 (1)Chocolate Chip Brownie Cookie Dough Bites -Depending how big you make them, I got 12 and had left over cookie dough which is in my freezer for when I feel naughty or decide to bake it.

3/4 C butter, softened, 3/4 C brown sugar, 1/4 sugar, 2 TB  milk, 1 tsp. vanilla, 2 C flour, dash of salt, 2 C mini chocolate chips, 1 package of fudge brownie mix- has to be fudge! (baked and cooled) and 1 package of melting chocolate.

First,  make the cookie dough. Beat the butter and sugars together until creamy. Add milk and vanilla. Beat to combine. Beat in flour and salt. Stir in 1 C of mini chocolate chips.

On a foil lined baking sheet, drop rounded balls of cookie dough on the pan. ( This is where I made a mistake) Don’t  make too big. They will look small, but trust me, go smaller like tsp. size. Freeze the cookie dough balls for at least an one hour.

Bake brownies as directed. Once cooled cut into squares. You don’t have to be exact. One the cookie dough is frozen, pull out of freezer. Take a brownie square and wrap it around the cookie dough until surrounded. As you can see, it ball gets bigger. Once they are all covered, return to freezer for at least 30 more minutes. Longer is better though.

Prepare melting chocolate in a double boiler. I used Ghiradelli dark chocolate squares. Dip brownie bites into chocolate  and sprinkle with remaining mini chocolate chips. Store in the fridge until ready to enjoy.

Southwestern Quiche -Vegetarian

August 21, 2014 by braytonbb

This Southwestern quiche is an oldie but goody. I am not sure if you noticed, but it has been a couple weeks since I have posted a recipe and even longer since posting what is going on in Oshkosh. We have been crazy busy, so thank you for that, but it has left me a bit behind in my blogging duties. I just have not had the time to try new recipes or come up with anything, so please forgive me. I think you will like this recipe though.  It has a little zip and great garden goodness.

 Southwestern Quiche – Severs 6-8 southwestern quiche

6 eggs, 1 tsp. salt and pepper, 1 1/2 C shredded hash browns (thawed), 1/2 C diced red pepper, 1/2 C sweet corn or canned or frozen, 2 green onions thinly sliced, 2 TB chopped cilantro, 1/4 C pepperjack cheese, shredded, 1/2 C shredded cheddar, and 1/2 C milk.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Lightly grease a pie pan. Whisk 1 egg with a dash of salt and pepper. Stir in thawed, shredded hashbrowns. Put potato mixture in the greased pie pan. Press down to form a crust. Bake 15 minutes.

After baking sprinkle crust with diced red pepper, corn, green onion and cilantro. Top with cheeses.

Whisk together remaining eggs, milk, remaining salt and pepper. Pour over vegetables and bake 25 minutes.


Bagel and Lox Benedict (vegetarian)

August 7, 2014 by braytonbb

Bagel and Lox Benedict 

Bagel and Lox Benedict

1 Everything bagel, 2 slices of thinly sliced smoked salmon, 2 slices of thin red onion, 2 poached eggs.

Lemon-Caper Sauce

1/2 C vegetable broth, 1 Tb cornstarch, 1/3 C sour cream, 1 TB lemon juice, 1 1/2 TB drained capers, salt and pepper and dill.

Separate bagel into 2 halves and toast lightly. Put 2 bagel halves on a place and top each with onion and salmon slice. Place egg on each half.

For lemon caper sauce- whisk broth and cornstarch until smooth in a sauce pan. On med. heat stir until boiling a few minutes. Whisk in sour cream, lemon juice and capers. Stir frequently for a few minutes until steaming. Season with salt and pepper. Spoon sauce over egg and garnish with dill.