I am not much of a cold cereal eater but I do love a bowl of granola for breakfast. Topped with a little milk, or in my case some soy or almond milk since I am lactose intolerant, and it just makes for the perfect breakfast or snack. If you have ever priced store bought granola though you know how expensive it can be. The price per ounce for granola is sometimes two to three times as much as regular breakfast cereal and that is a ouchy on the pocketbook!
But making your own homemade granola is so easy (really it is, I promise) and you can flavor it up however you want. In the past I have shared my orange cranberry granola recipe and now I present you with this homemade apple pie granola flavor which is perfect for fall (or any time of the year really!)
Let’s face it, granola in the stores is pricey. A bag of granola where I live can easily run $3.00 -$4.00 for a 16 oz. bag. But making your own is so simple and frugal too.
This cranberry orange granola recipe runs me about $1.50 in ingredients. Much cheaper. Plus, I have 100% control of the ingredients in my granola. No artificial sweeteners, colors or preservatives. Just good old-fashioned ingredients! Making it could not be easier. It literally takes me minutes to whip up a batch of granola on a Sunday night after the kids go to bed and then I have an easy breakfast in the morning all-week long. [click to continue…]
Show mom just how very special she is (she pushed you out of her loins for Pete’s sake!) by whipping her up something very special this Mother’s Day.
Whether you are hosting a brunch get-together for your mom, mother-in-law, grandmother or you are a kid or husband wanting to find a special something to make for mom and serve her breakfast in bed this collection of 25 Mother’s Day Brunch Recipes is sure to inspire you with something delicious and special for this very special day.
Happy Mother’s Day to all you mom’s out there, and very special Mother’s Day to my own mother Carla and my mother-in-law Susan, I am blessed to have these two women in my life and wouldn’t be the person I am today without them!
Easy, frugal homemade yogurt so delicious you’ll never go back to store bought!
I have been curious about making yogurt for a long time but I always assumed it was much more work than it is. When I finally decided to make it I took something from the 2 recipes over at Kitchen Simplicity and Keeper Of The Home. Between the two recipes I was able to create a recipe that is super simple and delicious!
Serve this yogurt either plain, in smoothies, with some fresh fruit or topped with granola. Any way you you eat it is sure to be a winner!
Milk (I use whole milk, but you can make yogurt with any fat percentage of milk you prefer)
Yogurt (plain) with live, active cultures (2 teaspoons per 2 quarts)
Pour 2 quarts of milk in a pan & heat on medium heat, stiring often with a whisk.
Heat until the milk is very hot when you touch it with a clean finger.
Remove from heat & set aside to cool until you can you can comfortably put your finger in it but it’s still warm.
Add 2 teaspoons of yogurt & whisk to combine.
Put lid on pot, wrap in several clean towels & place it in the oven.
DO NOT turn the oven on. Turn the oven light on for some warmth & let yogurt sit for 8-12 hours (Mine is usually about 10 hours).
Store in airtight containers in the fridge for 7-14 days (mine is always gone before day 7!).
If you prefer Greek yogurt (I do!) Line a mesh strainer with cheese cloth or a tea towel & let is strain for about an hour (any longer & it is super thick! If it’s too thick for you just add some of the liquid back in until you reach the desired consistency. It thickens once it is refrigerated so I usually put mine in the fridge to strain & then transfer to mason jars.
Looking for some ideas and recipes for cooking some good for you and your family breakfasts? Then you will want to download this free Kindle eBook How to Cook Healthy & Natural Breakfasts (Cheap, Easy & Incredible Natural Recipes)
I just downloaded it myself and see a couple of recipes I may have to give a try!
One of my goals for the new year is to do more freezer meals for my family. In looking over my spending habits for 2011 I can clearly see that our family spent entirely too much money eating out and I need to bring that down in 2012. So the plan is, to make more meals at home and have items in my freezer ready to be warmed up or cooked for easy meals that don’t cost me a fortune.
Even though I have a stockpile of food there are many days where I look and say “we don’t have anything to eat”. What that really means is that I didn’t thaw out any meat or plan something for dinner or I just don’t want to cook. I am a lucky girl in that my husband cooks 50% of the meals for our crew. We switch days on who cooks and who cleans the kitchen. That works for us. We both work a full-time job. It was not always this way however because I have been a stay-at-home/work-at-home mom for 20+ years and I used to do all of the cooking and cleaning. It took my husband some time to get around to the notion that I now work a full time job, often longer hours than he does at his job outside of the home.
So, back to the goal….do more batch cooking and have options in my freezer ready to go for those days we don’t feel like cooking and are tempted to going out for dinner or grabbing a donut or muffin at the store.
I hate cooking breakfast. I am not a morning person. I dislike the smell of food cooking first thing in the morning. And I don’t want to eat breakfast until after 10 AM. The problem is, I am the only person in my household who is like this. Everyone else wants to eat as soon as they wake up and on the weekends they all want home cooked hot breakfast and not cold cereal. So in our first freezer meal project my husband and I whipped up some yummy breakfast burritos.
Breakfast Burritos – Freezer Meal
2 lbs. bacon, diced
2 lbs. breakfast sausage
1 large onion, diced small
1 cup diced bell pepper (I used frozen diced bell pepper)
36 fajita sized flour tortillas
1 (8 oz.) bag shredded cheddar cheese
In a large skillet (I used my electric skillet) cook the bacon until browned. Drain grease from bacon and set aside on a plate with a few paper towels to absorb the grease.
Looking for a great breakfast idea to serve mom this Mother’s Day? Then you may want to give this recipe for Cherry French Toast Casserole a try, it is perfect to serve mom breakfast in bed or to serve as a brunch dish. And best of all it can be prepared the night before and baked in the morning!
12 slices of day old bread (I pick up my bread at the local bread outlet store)
16 oz. of cream cheese (two 8 oz. packages)
1 cup of thawed frozen sweet cherries
2 cups of milk
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
Sugar to sprinkle on top (optional)
Cut bread into cubes. Place half of the bread cubes in a buttered 13 x 9 inch glass baking dish.
Cut the cream cheese into 1 inch cubes and layer on top of bread cubes in dish.
Top with thawed cherries (and juice) and then remaining bread cubes.
In a large bowl whisk together the eggs, milk and vanilla extract till completely combined.
Pour egg mixture over bread mixture.
Press bread down into the liquid to make sure everything gets absorbed.
Cover pan with aluminum foil and refrigerate for 8 hours or overnight. Remove from refrigerator 30 minutes prior to baking. Preheat oven to 350° F.
Bake casserole, covered, for 45 minutes. Uncover, sprinkle top with granulated sugar and bake until top is golden brown and mixture is set in the center, about 25-30 minutes.
Serve with syrup if desired along with bacon or sausage, coffee or juice and you have a lovely breakfast dish perfect for showing mom how much you love her!
You can substitute other fruits for the cherries as well as use fresh instead of frozen fruit. I have made this recipie with blueberries (add a little lemon zest – delish!) as well as fresh raspberries. I suppose you could also use strawberries however I dislike cooked strawberries so have not tried that.