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Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Lemon Brownies

If you asked me today what my favorite treat was...I would tell you THESE Lemon Brownies
have BEAT everything out...I ADORE THEM! I made one pan (9x13) and in a matter of 1 hour (yes, you heard that correctly, 1 hour)...THEY were gone and everyone was wondering 
WHERE they had all gone...NO I DIDN'T EAT THEM ALL....EVERYONE took credit for
their contribution to the eating fest...BUT THEY also wanted to know where there 
were more of them (as if I had hidden them...somewhere, which I didn't, but should have). NEXT time
I will make 2 pans of them...and YES, I will most likely hoard a few and hid them JUST for ME!
If you like lemon...you will LOOOOOVVVEEEE these!!

Lemon Brownies
1 c. butter (real stuff), softened
1 1/2 c. flour
4 eggs
4 T lemon zest + 4 T. lemon juice
1 1/2 c. sugar
1/2 t. salt
yellow food coloring (enough to make the dough yellow)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray 9x13 baking pan with cooking spray, set aside. Zest and juice 2-3 lemons (amount depends on size), set aside. IN a mixing bowl combine flour, sugar, salt and softened butter until combined. In a seperate bowl combine eggs, lemon juice and lemon zest. Whisk together. Pour into flour mixture, beat for 2 minutes, until smooth and creamy. Pour into prepared pan, bake for 27 minutes or until edges are golden brown. *The middle doesn't quite seem done at this point, but it IS..don't let it fool you. Watch them closely, if you cook them too long, they will be dry and won't taste good!

Cool completely. Top with frosting (recipe below).

Lemon Frosting:
2 1/2 c. powdered sugar
1/4 c. milk
1/3 c. shortening
1 t. vanilla
2 T. FRESH lemon juice (yes, you'll probably use 1-2 lemons for this)
yellow food coloring (enough to make frosting desired color of yellow)

Mix all ingredients together until frosting is fluffy. Spread onto COOLED brownies. Cut and ENJOY your heart out!!!
**Food coloring IS optional and doesn't change the taste, texture or yumminess of these fabulous brownies, IF you choose NOT to use it!

Julie~

Monday, July 29, 2013

Spinach Cottage Cheese Dip

I like spinach...fresh, frozen and YES, even from the can (I realize that this might be un-american!)
So this recipe was a "must make" for me. I like that it tastes great with corn chips or crackers. Its filling and can be served as a main course...if you live at my house, you will find ANYTHING can be 
served as a main course! THIS dip made for a great lunch one Saturday
afternoon...its hearty, yet tastes light enough to make you think of summer while you eat it!

 Spinach Cottage Cheese Dip

1 10 oz box of frozen, chopped spinach- cooked and drained WELL
1 c. roasted salted almonds, slightly chopped
1 16 oz container cottage cheese
1 package dry ranch dressing mix

Mix all ingredient together until combined. Serve with tortilla chips or your favorite crackers...mine happened to be wheat thins or triscuits.

Julie~

Friday, July 26, 2013

Almond Applesauce Muffins

YUMMY...and good for your too!! (AT least when compared to a frosted doughnut!)
Eat these for breakfast, for lunch, for snack, for dinner...and anywhere inbetween! They are crazy good!

Almond Applesauce Muffins
1/2 c. butter, softened
1 c. sugar
1 egg
1 t. vanilla
1 c. applesauce
2 c. flour
1/2 t. baking soda
1/2 t. ground cinnamon
1/2 t. ground allspice
1/4 t. ground cloves
1/2 c. chopped almonds (raw)
1/2 c. golden raisins

Cream butter and sugar. Add eggs and vanilla. Mix until fluffy. Stir in applesauce. Add dry ingredient. Fold in nuts and raisins. Line muffin cups with liners, spray with cooking spray. Fill each cup 2/3 full. Bake for 14-20 minutes OR until top bounces back when touched (DON'T overcook). Cool slightly (3 minutes approximately). Serve with butter. 

Julie~

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Julie's Steak Rub

Happy 24th of July to all of my 
UTAH fans...Have a very safe, fun and scrumptious holiday!
I thought this recipe might come in handy today
as many of you will be barbecuing and spending
time with family and friends! 

For those of you wonderful fans that don't live in UTAH,
you can enjoy this awesome recipe as well...you can 
even celebrate this FUN, UTAH holiday with us, if you want!

Happy Barbecuing Everyone!!
I don't eat steak very often...usually when we eat out, there are MANY other choices on the menu
that sound so much better to me...BUT on occasion I CRAVE a good steak...it has to be tender, 
VERY RARE and have excellent flavor. We barbecued some steaks a few nights ago and 
I decided that I would try my hand at a "steak rub", then if it tasted awful, I had no one to blame but myself!
After mixing a little of this and a little of that, I came up with just the RIGHT blend 
of all the right herbs and spices to my liking...so now comes the big test...
TO RUB IT ON AND COOK THE STEAKS!
I was a little leary of what they might taste like BUT the outcome was SOOOOOO good! I even ate
leftovers (which, eating any steak at all is HUGE for me!) I would have to say,
 "I THINK THIS ONE is a KEEPER!"

 Julie's Steak Rub
1 T. garlic powder
2 t. season salt
1 t. pepper
1/4 t. cayenne pepper
1 t. lemon pepper
1 package DRY ITALIAN dressing mix

Place all ingredient in a small dish, stir until combined. Rub liberally onto steak. Grill on barbecue grill until steak reaches desired color...(as you can see, my desired color is RED)! ITS so good, I think I want some right NOW!!

Julie~

Monday, July 22, 2013

Coming Back~

Did you think I was never coming back??? 
SURPRISE...I AM! 
Summer has been busy, I won't lie....life seems to scurry along whether 
I am ready for the ride or not. I haven't lacked for things to do...and sadly enough
there have been days, that cooking hasn't happened in our house....cereal OR TOAST was
the meal plan! NOTHING has slowed down...its only gotten busier
BUT I am going to do my best to 
get some recipes posted and try to get back in the swing of things.
UNTIL after Labor Day, things may be a little sporadic, BUT don't give up
on me...I haven't forgotten you and I hope you haven't forgotten about me...BUT
right now, I feel its important to put my best hours toward my family
AND THATS ONE OF THE REASONS WHY we have worked together...

 on trying to complete our new deck (which is coming along quite nicely I might add)~
see....what did I tell you?! WOO HOO!

 keeping a garden, weedless (as much as possible)~

 the flowers blooming and watered (that's progress for me!)~

And spending time with these beauties...

...these gorgeous little hunks....

 as well as my gorgeous BIG hunks....



...eating is something WE STILL DO, just not on as big of a scale 
as we USUALLY DO! 

SOOOOO....keep a close watch, I will be posting recipes
and getting back in the swing of things!

Thanks for your support, your kind words and checking out our recipes!

Monday, July 1, 2013

Summer Lovin~


Happy JULY 1st my fellow foodies!
Summer is in full force around here...schedules are crazy and life is full of, well you know...just "LIFE". I am taking a 2 week break from blogging to spend a little time "catching" up on some much needed things on a long list of "to-do's". NO WORRIES, I will be back on July 15th with new recipes to help you plan your summer menu's. Enjoy browsing around the blog, filling your "food calendars" with many fun and YUMMY recipes to try out until then. Thank you to all of the amazing fans, followers and for the kind thoughts and comments that many of you leave. I am glad that you enjoy trying out new recipes, experimenting with and eating scrumptious food as much as I do!
HAPPY SUMMER TO YOU ALL!