Soft and Yummy Caramel Corn

For some reason, caramel corn reminds me of the fall and since we are celebrating September arriving… I whipped some up! I posted it to Instagram and a few people asked for the recipe so here it is – Soft and Yummy Caramel Corn!

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Soft and Yummy Caramel Corn Recipe

Pop 1 cup of popcorn – makes about 6 cups popped. Pour into brown paper bag. (when you hit up the grocery store – ask for paper instead of plastic!)

In a large sauce pan mix:

1 cube butter
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup Kayro Syrup

Bring to Boil

add 1/2 teaspoon baking soda

The caramel will foam. Pour onto the popcorn in the brown paper bag.
Microwave for 1 1/2 minutes – Shake and repeat!

Pour into large bowl or onto cookie sheet and enjoy!

Note: I like to double the caramel recipe and add about 3 extra cups of popped popcorn. It makes it softer and more chewy.

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Other Fall projects include:

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Homemade Jalapeno Poppers

If there is one thing we can grow in our garden… it is jalapenos! We grow soooo many that by the end of the summer, I just stop picking them because I have no idea what to do with them and we can only use so many in our salsa. (we are mild/medium people around here, well… except for Spencer who loves stuff Medium/Hot.) They other day our kiddos picked an entire bowl of Jalapenos and they sat in the fridge for a couple days while I wondered what to do – and then it dawned on me: Homemade Jalapeno Poppers!!

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I looked up some recipes on-line and found this one from CopyKat Recipes.

I’ll give you the list of Ingredients and a few tips but head over to her site to get all the instructions!

Ingredients
  • 30 jalapeno peppers
  • 2 8 ounce packages cream cheese, soften to room temperature
  • 12 ounces shredded Cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/8 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 cup seasoned bread crumbs
  • 1 quart of oil for frying

I prepped and cleaned the jalapenos. I cut the big ones in half, but the smaller ones I just sliced on one side and cleaned out the insides. I mixed the cheese and cream cheese and stuffed the jalapenos. Stuff them full! If you think you cannot fit anymore — stuff a little more in there! I wish I had a little more filling and the next time I makes these – I am going to “over stuff” them.

I rolled them around in the flour mixture and let them sit for a little bit longer than 10 minutes. DO NOT skip that step!

I love breadcrumbs on stuff so I rolled them around twice and made sure they were good and coated! Some I even sent through three times!

Then fry them up!

I fried all the ones I made (about 3 dozen) and froze some of them for later. We just baked them at 350 for a few minutes. They were still good but when they were fresh out of the oil they were simply amazing!! When I make them again… I will freeze them before frying them up and when we want to make them, I toss them in the oil.

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    Enjoy!!

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Easy 2-Ingredient Honey Ham

Growing up my mom and dad would make this really yummy ham in a honey sauce. My sisters and I loved it and it was one of our favorite meals. Now that I am the mom and make the menu, I make it for my family too! Quinn, my four year-old, loves it and will eat 3-4 slices of ham! The best part is that it is so easy to make – so if you need a quick and yummy dinner idea try this easy 2-ingredient honey ham.

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All you need to fancy up your ham is brown sugar and mustard.

Now don’t freak out… Spencer does NOT like mustard AT all and he LOVES this ham! I swear to you it doesn’t taste like mustard at all. The first time I made it, I made it before he was home so he never saw that I put mustard in it. After it was all gone – I told him and he couldn’t believe it!

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To make the sauce all you need to do is mix 1 cup brown sugar with 1/4 cup mustard. If you have a bigger family you can make more sauce – just do the math! For our family – since we love it – I usually do 2 cups brown sugar and 1/2 cup mustard. As you mix it, the brown sugar will sort of melt into the mustard. It turns into a brown gritty sauce and you have to spread it onto the ham.

Place your ham in a casserole dish. I make two rows and the ends of the ham sort of over-lap each other. I smear the sauce on like you would spread butter on bread. If you run out, just make up a little bit more.

Bake at 425 for 20-25 minutes. You want the sauce to boil in the middle for a minute or two and your ready to serve!

I usually serve it with a potato of some kind and green beans. It I want to be a bit more fancy I will go with scalloped potatoes and fancy cut green beans and rolls. If I make it on a week day, I usually do a baked potato and green beans or peas. For some reason – I just feel like potatoes go best!

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Have a great Monday and if you make this, I would love to hear if you love it too!!

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How to Plant Herbs In Mason Jars

Mason Jars are all the rage right now and why not… they are affordable, super cute and you usually have a few hanging around! I even save pickle jars and pepper jars too to use for projects. Jars just rock! I recently planted my garden but wanted my herbs planted in pots instead of the garden area. After looking up awesome herb gardens and washing out a mason jar, I knew they would be perfect together so here is how to plant herbs in mason jars!

You will need:

Herbs
Jars (mason, kerr, pickle whatever!)
Potting Soil
Soil Cover Rocks
Water

Step One: Take your jars and fill the bottom 2-3 inches with the soil cover rocks. This is really important when planting in jars because it allows the water to seep into the rocks and prevents your plants and dirt from getting gross and moldy.

Step Two: Fill the Jar about 2/3 of the way full with potting soil. I like to use Miracle Grow Moisture Control potting soil in jars – it’s just an extra protection for your plants.

(If you are planting seeds, fill your jar up all the way, stick in your seed, water and be done!)

 

Step Three: Remove your herb from the container and crack the root. Sometimes the herbs can come in biodegradable containers you can plant but take them out and crack the root (loosen the dirt around the root).

Step Four: Gently shove the herb into your jar!

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Step Five: Add more potting soil to the top. Pack it in there because when you water the herb the soil will settle.

Step Six: Water!! If you look close you can see some seeping into the rocks… just like it is supposed too.

Now you are done and can enjoy fresh herbs all year long! Here I have planted Sweet Basil, Cilantro, Spearmint and Parsley.

Now I just need to find some really yummy recipes that call for herbs!

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S’more Krispie Bars

S’mores are a summer staple around these parts! We love to sit around our fire pit and roast marshmallows and watch the melty goodness ooze out the sides of our graham crackers! But sometimes, it is just WAY too hot to build a fire and sometimes we want to bring them with us so one of our favorite summer treats are s’more krispie bars! They are the perfect summer treat to bring to BBQ’s and Picnics or to just enjoy at home and you don’t have to strike up a fire to make them!

YUM! Look at all that ooey gooey marshmallow and melty chocolate!

S’more Krispie Bars Recipe

Large Bag of Marshmallows
3 Tablespoons butter
3 Cups of Rice Krispies
5-7 Cups of Golden Grahams
1 Cup mini marshmallow bits
1 Cup mini or regular chocolate chips

Melt the butter and marshmallows in the microwave for one and half minutes and mix it together to form sort of a marshmallow cream. Add your Krispies and mix. Add your Golden Grahams and mix. You want the marshmallows to coat everything and still be a little creamy so adjust your grahams accordingly. Add your marshmallows and chocolate chips and mix. Dump into a casserole dish that has been sprayed with non-stick spray and press down lightly. Wait (if you can!) for it to cool and enjoy!

I just play it by ear when mixing it up and adding ingredients. Sometimes I add more chocolate and sometimes I add more marshmallow bits – just whatever you are in the mood for!

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These s’more krispie bars are so yummy and will be a HUGE hit at any picnic or BBQ for sure – and you can make a huge dish of them in less than five minutes! woot!  I am off to eat one right now!

Have a great day!

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Cinnamon & Sugar French Toast Strips

My Cinnamon and Sugar French Toast Strip recipe is one of my best tips for keeping the morning running smoothly! They are super yummy, my kids love them and they are quick and easy and pretty much hassle free – freeing up valuable morning time.

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I don’t know about you guys but I have a love-hate relationship with bread. Sometimes we eat two or three loaves a week but then other times bread is for the birds… literally.

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When we have bread we need to use up, we usually bust out the skillet and make French Toast or Grilled Cheese Sandwiches. Either way, I will use up the whole loaf and make Cinnamon and Sugar French Toast Strips.

You make them just like you would make French Toast – I whip up a few eggs with some milk, coat each piece of bread and place them on my skillet. Thick bread works the best (think homemade or Grandma Sycamore) you want to pass on the cheap-o thin stuff.

When one side is cooked, flip them over and butter the cooked side.

Sprinkle with Cinnamon and Sugar.

Take them off the skillet and let them cool for a few minutes.
Cut them into strips. I use a pizza cutter and it works like a charm. I cut them in half and then cut the halves into half.

I put them all in a freezer bag and toss them into my freezer.

Now…. this is the best part! On a morning when you need a quick and easy breakfast for you or your kids, pull out as many strips as you need and place them on a cookie sheet. Bake at 400 for 7-10 minutes and serve with your favorite syrup.

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You can serve a delicious homemade breakfast with no effort at all!

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I love this because I can start the oven, fix my make-up, throw in the cookie sheet, fix Tenley’s hair and breakfast is done! easy-peasy!

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Perfect Whole Wheat Bread

This perfect whole wheat bread is soft and yummy and so easy to make! Plus it makes three loaves so each time I make it, I have bread for a week! Spencer and my kids love homemade bread so I try to make it once a week to keep fresh bread in our pantry.

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Perfect Whole Wheat Bread Recipe

1 TBS Sugar
2 TBS Yeast
1/2 C. Warm Water
3 C. Hot Water
2 TBS Dough Enhancer
1 TBS Salt
1/2 C. Oil
3/4 C. Brown Sugar
8-10 C. Whole Wheat Flour

Combine sugar, yeast and 1/2 c. warm water – let proof.

In a separate bowl add everything but the flour and mix. Combine your mixture with the yeast mixture and keep mixing – add your wheat flour a few cups at a time. You will want the dough to pull away from the side of your bowl but still be a bit sticky.

Knead for 10 minutes. Use oil instead of flour to knead your dough to keep it moist.

(Ugh! I hate that word… moist… bleh! One of the worst words ever!!)

Cover the bowl with a damp towel and let rise for 1 hour. Punch it down and divide into three loaves. Place each loaf in a greased pan, place in oven and let rise until it is double in size (about an hour).

Don’t take the bread out of the oven – just start preheating. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees – but when it gets to 280 degrees start the timer for 26 minutes. After 26 minutes make sure your bread is done. It will have a nice golden crust and will sound hollow when you tap on it. If bread is done, shut off your oven and let it cook for 4 more minutes.

Let bread cool in pans on a cooling rack for 5 minutes. Remove from pan and if you so desire, brush tops with melted butter

Add some butter and honey or throw some fresh turkey and avocado on there and enjoy!

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Soft Molasses Cinnamon-Sugar Cookies

These Soft Molasses Cinnamon-Sugar Cookies are a family favorite for sure and each year around Christmas we bake them up! We cannot get enough of the hard outside – soft inside texture, or the cinnamon and sugar or the frosting… the whole cookie is simply amazing! These will quickly turn into a family favorite in your home too!

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Soft Molasses Cinnamon-Sugar Cookie Recipe

1 1/2 cups shortening
1 1/2 cups butter
4 cups sugar
4 eggs
1//2 cup molasses

—– Mix —–

add…

2 teaspoons cinnamon
2 teaspoons ginger
2 teaspoons cloves
4 teaspoons baking soda
8 cups flour

—– Mix —–

Roll dough into balls.
Roll dough balls around in a cinnamon- sugar mixture. I use 1/3 cup sugar and a Tablespoon Cinnamon.

Place on ungreased cookie sheet and bake for 8 –10 minutes at 375.

Frosting

1 lbs powdered sugar
2 Tablespoons vanilla
1/3 cup water

Smooth over hot (out of the oven) cookies!

This recipe will make 12 Dozen — so be prepared to share with everybody!!

My kids love this recipe because they love adding the ingredients and after a good handwashing… rolling the dough!

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Enjoy!!!!

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