Jelly Jar Deserts

I found some of these floating around the internet and was wondering what I was missing. Is this a new fad that I didn’t catch or is it something that only a couple people are doing and if so why? Well, so I tried a couple of them out and I have to say they are way cool. Super cool. I’ll be testing more out as I go along (and as I get more jelly jars, all of mine are tied up storing jelly for me).

Peach or Berry Cobbler in a Jar

1 pound frozen peaches or berries
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 cup Bisquick mix
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup milk
1/4 cup butter melted

Preheat oven to 350. Spray 4 small (8oz) jelly jars with non-stick spray and set on a foil lined baking sheet.

Mix together the fruit, brown sugar, cornstarch, cinnamon and nutmeg. Spoon evenly into the 4 jars. In another bowl mix the Bisquick, sugar, milk and melted butter. Pour evenly over the fruit in the jars.

Put the jars into the oven while they are still on the lined baking sheet and bake for 30-35 minutes or until the fruit is bubbly and the top is brown.

Let cool some before eating, because of the jars it might take hours. You can serve in the jars with a little whipped cream or a spoon of ice cream on top or just by itself…they are wonderful.

Monkey Bread in a Jar
1 tube refrigerator biscuit dough with each biscuit cut into quarters
1 ripe banana, diced
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup butter melted
1 tablespoon cinnamon

Preheat oven to 350. Spray 4 small (8oz) jelly jars with non-stick spray and set on a foil lined baking sheet.

Mix together the biscuit dough pieces, banana, brown sugar, butter and cinnamon. Spoon evenly into the 4 jars.

Put the jars into the oven while they are still on the lined baking sheet and bake for 30-35 minutes or until the top is browned and slightly crispy.

Let cool some and eat right out of the jar.


Apple Pie Braid

I ran across a recipe for apple bread braid and it looked tasty but alas, I’m really bad at making bread. I decided to make it with pie crust (another thing I’m horrible at making but fortunately I can buy it ready to go). If you are good with bread you can try this that way though you’ll need to keep an eye on it for time as I’m not sure how long it’ll take.

Apple Pie Braid
4 granny smith apples
1/2 cup raisins or craisins
1/4 cup butter
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon apple pie spice
1 refrigerator pie crust
1 egg for egg wash
1 tablespoon sugar (coarse or raw sugar would be best)

Preheat oven to 375. Wash, core and dice apples and place in a saute pan with the butter and raisins/craisins. Saute on medium heat until apples start to soften up a little bit. Add spices and brown sugar and saute a couple more minutes until the sauce starts thickening up. Take off heat and let cool down to room temp.

Roll out pie crust until it’s in a large oval shape (I just rolled mine out in one direction a couple times and it went from circular to the perfect shape). Cut pretty deep strips into the pie crust (deeper than mine in the picture). Once filling is cool pour onto pie crust and start folding the strips over alternating sides. Seal up the top and bottom with a little egg wash. Then egg wash the entire pouch and sprinkle the sugar over it. Bake for 45 minutes or until the pie crust is shiny and golden brown. Let cool and cut, serve with some whipped cream or vanilla ice cream or just by itself. YUM!

apple braid step 1

apple braid step 2

apple braid step 3

apple braid baked

Clam Dip

I was looking at a post on FB and found an interesting question. What is your easiest holiday recipe? Well, mine would have to be my husband’s grandmother’s clam dip. Easy as could be and we HAVE to have it (served with ruffle chips of course) at every holiday. And it’s better if I make a double batch just in case he wants to eat all of the first one while we’re getting ready to go.

Clam Dip
1 8 oz package of cream cheese softened
1 can chopped clams, reserve liquid
1 tablespoon worcestershire sauce
1-2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
1 green onion

In your bowl combine cream cheese, drained clams, worcestershire sauce and lemon juice. Mix until smooth. If it’s too thick you can add some of the clam juice, a little at a time, until it’s the consistency you want (remember, it’s going to get thicker as it cools in the fridge). Fold in sliced green onions and put in a tight sealing container in the fridge for at least 2 hours before serving (though it can be served right away it won’t have the full flavor).

*This works best in a food processor or a mixer but you can do it by hand if you bring the cream cheese to room temp before mixing. If you do use a food processor leave the clams out of the recipe and stir them in by hand with the green onions at the end.

Tandoori Chicken Wraps

A great way to use up left over chicken. I just happened to have tandoori chicken so I used that but you can use anything you like. Be creative, add bell pepper, or green onions, or sprouts, or cucumber….for veggies you can add as many as you like, I only had cabbage and carrot so that’s what’s in mine.

Tandoori Chicken Wraps

2 whole wheat or flour tortillas, burrito/wrap size
2 cups chicken diced
2 cups shredded savoy cabbage
1 large carrot, shredded
1/4 cup thin sliced red onion
1 tablespoon mayo
1 tablespoon fresh basil or cilantro
1 teaspoon fresh lime juice

Divide the chicken and place 1 cup of it on each tortilla. Microwave for about 30 seconds until the tortilla is soft and the chicken is warm. Mix together the mayo, basil or cilantro and lime juice. Pile on 1/2 of the cabbage, carrot and onion. Top with 1/2 of the mayo mixture. Carefully roll up into a burrito shape. Enjoy!

Pumpkin Bread

I lost my favorite recipe. I can’t believe I didn’t write it down somewhere (here) where I could find it again. But there are hundreds of pumpkin bread recipes out there so I figured I would find one similar to the one I had and tweak it to my liking (less oil since all the recipes seem to have a ton of oil in them and extra spices). Here it is for my future reference and for your baking enjoyment.

Pumpkin bread
2 cups pumpkin puree
1 cup apple sauce
1 tablespoon oil
4 eggs
3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
3 cups white sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons ground allspice
2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
(1/2 cup walnuts, optional)

Preheat oven to 350. Mix eggs, pumpkin, apple sauce, oil, sugar and spices until well mixed. Mix in baking soda, baking powder and flour a little at a time until completely incorporated. Pour into loaf pans (2 big ones, 4-6 small ones) which have been sprayed with non stick spray. Bake at 350 for 45 minutes or until a tooth pick comes out clean. You may need to add a couple minutes for the big loaf pans(mine took an extra 15 minutes). Let cool mostly then un-pan and slice.

Sausage Pasta

This one was a “hope it turns out” and ended up being a very tasty meal. A little bit of heat to this but not much, lots more veggies than it looks like, very good overall. Even my (soon to be) 4 year old son liked it.

(Sorry for the fuzzy pic, the steam kept fogging up my lens…)

1 pound spiral pasta (save 1 cup of pasta water before draining)
1 pound mild pork sausage
2 cups sliced bell pepper
4 cups fresh spinach (or 1 cup frozen and thawed)
1/4 cup sliced green onion
1 jar roasted poblano alfredo sauce

Cook pasta until al dente and set aside. Brown the sausage and drain the fat off. Add the bell peppers to the sausage and brown until slightly soft. Add spinach and wilt. Add pasta water and alfredo sauce. Stir together well and pour over pasta. Add green onions and stir. Let sit for a couple minutes so the pasta can absorb some of the sauce, serve and enjoy!

The Best Chocolate Chip Cookies

Ok, so here is my recipe. The thing with this one is that you can add anything to this recipe and it works. It makes great plain cookies without anything in it too. So I’ll give you guys the recipe and some combinations of different stuff you can add to it.

1 cup butter softened
2.5 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
2 eggs
1 Tbsp vanilla
2 cups “something”

Cream together butter, brown and white sugar, add in eggs, vanilla and baking soda. Mix in flour. Mix in your “something” Bake at 375 for 8-10 minutes.

“something” can be:
2 cups chocolate chips
2 cups chocolate chunks
1 cup chocolate chips, 1 cup dried fruit
2 cups any other chips (peanut butter, butterscotch, vanilla, etc)
1 cup chips, 1 cup nuts (walnuts or pecans work great, but you can use anything)
And so on. Like I said pretty much anything works. I like using 1 cup white chocolate chips, 1/2 cup walnuts, 1/2 cup dried cranberries.