Monthly Archives: January 2014

Stuffed peppers

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Whew, once again, things have been crazy busy. I can’t believe how long it has been since I have had time to post! I guess winter has sucked all of the energy out of me…it’s been a long and cold one this year, so, all the more reason to do something creative! But, instead, I had to cook dinnr, so I will write about that…..I made these stuffed peppers once before and they went over pretty well with the family, so I thought I would share.

I started by putting about a cup of brown rice in the rice cooker. White rice would work too, but we have recently switched to brown rice, and no one has really complained, so I used brown rice. I did add a little powdered chicken soup base to the water to flavour it a little.

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Then, while the rice was cooking, I fried up a package of ground chicken in a large frying pan.

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I dumped the ground chicken into a bowl to cool and I used the same pan to cook a couple onions. I cooked them until they became transparent, and caramelized a little.

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Then, I dumped the onions in the same bowl as the cooked ground chicken, and once again, in the same pan I made a box of stuffing (just followed the directions on the side of the box)

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Then, I cut up the peppers into thirds, and spread them out in a baking pan. By the time I had the peppers cut, the stuffing was ready, so I dumped it into the bowl with the chicken. By this time the rice was cooked, so I added a couple cups of the cooked rice, and mixed everything together. I also added a bit of soya sauce and garlic powder for flavour.

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I spooned all of the mixture into the peppers…

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Then added some cheese on top. I would have used mozzerella, but all we had was cheddar, so that’s what I used. I also sprinkled a little greek seasoning on top.

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Then, I put it in the oven for about 20-25 minutes at 375 degrees.

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The best part is that it made enough for two dinners. The first time, we ate it as a meal (why not, it contained all four food groups, right?) The next night, we had it as a side dish.
Next time, I might add some corn, or carrots, but overall, it was good. I’ll make it again!
For those of you in cold places, keep warm, winter will be over soon! This weekend sounds like it’s going to be awful…up to 20cm of snow! ugh.

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Hugs and Kisses treats

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Hugs and Kisses treats

If you spend any amount of time on Pinterest, you have seen these before. They are quick, easy, cute, and pretty much impossible to mess up. (Ahem, wait…I did try to make these once before and I put them in the oven at 350, and the chocolate seized on me…so as long as you follow the directions…they are pretty hard to mess up! But, they still tasted good!)
To make these, you need waffle pretzels, these also work well with the circular or regular pretzels, I just like the look of the waffle pretzels. And, you also need some Hershey’s hugs and/or kisses (the hugs are the white and milk chocolate blend, kisses are plain milk chocolate), and somme m&m’s or smarties. I use the festive ones, or pick out colours according to the season or occasion.
I started by picking out all of the pretzels that were not broken, and spreading them out on a cookie sheet. I would do no more than 20 at a time.

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Then unwrap a bunch of hugs and kisses. Put the kisses and hugs on top of the pretzels…

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Put the cookie sheet in the oven at 200 degrees for about 5 minutes. The hugs and kisses should have just started to droop a little. They need to be soft enough for the m&m’s to push into. If they are not melted enough. pop them in the oven for a few more minutes. You need to work quickly here and add all of the m&m’s before the chocolate starts to harden. This is why it is best to melt no more than 20 at a time.

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Finally, that hardest part for our family is to wait until they cool. In the winter, I pop them outside in the snow for a few minutes.

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Then, enjoy!

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Deeelicious! Btw -I made these ones with a “Christmasy” theme, but you can easily make ones for Valentine’s day using red and pink, green for St. Patrick’s day etc.etc. For most holidays now m&m’s and Smarties make special holiday packs. I bet they would taste great with reeces pieces too….

Muffin-Waffles

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Muffin-Waffles

Over the holidays, we have been looking for some creative ideas for meals and breakfasts. So why not try some new ideas? So the new idea for today is…. making muffins on a waffle maker! I know, brilliant right? (Although, once again, not my idea…I saw it on Pinterest)
I wasn’t sure how well this would work, so I thought I would try it out with muffin mix first (you know, before investing all of that time making a batch from scratch). So, you need a package of muffin mix, eggs, water and a waffle maker. I tried it out with buttermilk blueberry muffin mix.

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Start by preparing muffin mix according to the directions on the package, and add a little extra water. The batter needs to be runny enough to pour into the waffle maker.

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Whenever I make waffles, I use a 1/3 cup measuring cup to pour the batter into the waffle maker, it just seems to be right amount to make a full waffle, without it overflowing as it is cooking.

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I set the waffle maker to medium heat. And, poured out 1/3 cup scoop into each waffle. Let it cook and….

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They turned out beautifully!

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Crunchy on the outside, just like the muffin tops! They were delicious with a little bit of butter and jam.

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So over all, this worked really well, and I will try it again. I have thought about, and heard of using cake mix too, but I am not sure I want to be serving the kids cake for breakfast…even if it is shaped like waffles 🙂 I think next time, I will try one of my own recipes.

2013 in review

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