Yeah, so winging it didn’t work too well

This blog is for all you foodies out there.  I guess pretending that I have a grocery and menu plan isn’t going to cut it.  We ate fine this week, but there is no way I could do that over and over and get away with it.  Today, I sat down and made a menu for the 5 day week and then a grocery list to support the menu.  Yeah, me, planning ahead.  First nuts, now planning, what have I become?  I hope these aren’t signs that I am maturing.  I also made a list of the foods I could prep this weekend to make the week days easier.

Muffins will be for snacks for the kids (freezing 4 mini-muffins in a snack-size ziplock, and freezing them that way so the kids can grab one in the morning and they will thaw by snack time.)  Applesauce bars will be for us to eat throughout the week; afterschool snack, perhaps.  I need apple crisp for both the 5th grade classroom and the staff pot-luck on Wednesday.  Chocolate pie is also for the 5th graders.  I made these things for the triplet’s birthdays last year and earned a reputation, and since I have been swarmed by begging kids since day one, I figure I will get it done and end the madness.  Brownies are for James’ Boy Scout patrol, he bribed them with brownies to vote him in as patrol leader.

I had helpers today! 

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Banana Muffins  (from my good friend Janelle)

1/2 c. margarine

1 c. sugar

1 c.  mashed banana (about 3)

1 egg, beaten

1/4 c. milk

1 tsp. vanilla

1 1/2 c. flour

1 tsp. baking soda

Mini-chocolate Chips (optional)

Cream butter and sugar; add bananas.  Beat egg and add.

Add milk and vanilla.  Stir in flour to which soda has been added.  Add chocolate chips.

Bake  for 25 minutes at 350 degrees.  Makes 12-15 muffins.  Or, I made mini muffins and they bake for about 20 minutes.


Applesauce Bars (From Grandma Pieper)

We handpicked these apples from the farm and canned the applesauce ourselves.  WHOOHOO for healthy desserts. 


Combine, then beat well:

1 cup sugar

¾ cup margarine

Add and beat in:

1 egg

Beat in 2 cups applesauce

Add 2 cups flour

½ tsp cinnamon

¼ tsp cloves

1 tsp vanilla

2 tsp soda

½ tsp salt

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Bake in greased and floured 15 x 10 pan  (note large size pan!!  Mine was brand spankin’ new!!)   at 350 degrees for approximately 25 minutes.

Frost while slightly warm with:

1/2 cup margarine

1 cup brown sugar  > melt and boil these 3 ingredients for 2 minutes.

¼  cup milk

Melt and boil these ingredients for 2 minutes.  Remove from heat and beat in 2 ½ cups powdered sugar and ½ tsp vanilla.  Spread fast – this stuff gets solid-ish quite quickly.

Apple Crisp (from Carol)

Mix together with fork:

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/2 cup flour

1 C (-2T) sugar

1/2 cup cold butter or margarine

1 cup quick oats

6 Cups(6 – 8 med) apples, pared, cored and sliced

Combine these ingredients and stir into apples:

2/3 cup sugar

2 T.  flour

1/2 tsp. cinnamon

1/4 tsp. nutmeg

Grease a 10” X 6” baking dish.  Pour apple mixture in and then sprinkle topping over apples.  Bake at 450 for 10 min and then 350 for 40-45 minutes more until bubbling & tender.  (Double for 9 X 13 and triple for 1o X 13)

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Chocolate Pie (old faithful recipe from Angie)

Today, I decided to make 4 X the recipe so I could make a 1/4 sheet cake pan of chocolate pie.  For the record,  I have never made pie crust before today, and I was not good at it, but it is done and next time I am with my mother-in-law, I will take lessons.

8” baked pie shell

1 cup sugar

3/4 cup + 3 Tbsp. butter (so for someone like me, it would be better to say one Tbsp. short of two sticks)

1/2 cup + 1 Tbsp. cocoa powder

1 1/2 tsp. vanilla

3 eggs (I use egg beaters)

Combine sugar, butter, cocoa and vanilla.  Blend well.  Add eggs one at a time blending each 3 – 5 minutes at medium speed.  Pour into pastry shell.  Chill at least 2 hours.  Serve with whipped cream.  (Do the math, I made this 4 times – 3 X 3 X 4 = 36 minutes + of hand mixer time)

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Open Hershey’s Ultimate Chocolate Brownie Mix from Sam’s club.  Follow directions.  YUM!

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This is a recipe for Salted Caramel Cupcakes that I think everyone should make sometime.  I am on the hunt for the squeezy bottle I need to insert the caramel sauce.  It is a fun hunt, and as soon as I find one, I am making these hummers.

Are these clean recipes?  Nope.  I can bake and not really eat the stuff as long as it all has a home away from my home.  I love to bake.  Somedays.


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