Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Lemon Bread and Tea Please...


I'm sure you all know by now
that I LOVE to bake!

I am always in the kitchen baking
something scrumptious to snack on.

I love quick breads!
You can create a wide range of flavors
 to a simple quick bread recipe!


So, grab a chair and sit for a bit,
grab a cup of tea and let me tell you 
about the recipe...

My grandma loved anything lemon.
You name it, she loved it!
She always told me that something so sour  
has a way of putting a smile on your face.

I really never of thought of it that way,
but it's does have some truth to it.

Have you ever given a slice of lemon to a toddler to see their reaction?
That indeed, does bring a smile! And a few tears of laughter.

I loved being in the kitchen with my grandma,
it's one of those many treasured moments I will always hold dear!

This china was my grandma's 
and when I got married, it was given to me.
What a treasure!

Thanks for stopping by and enjoying a cup of tea
 and a good recipe with me!


Pretty pink, china for tea, God's Grace Overflows


LEMON BREAD

1 3/4 c. flour
3/4 c. sugar
2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
1 egg
1 c. milk
1/4 c. cooking oil
2 tsp. finely shredded lemon peel
1 Tbsp. lemon juice

GLAZE
2 Tbsp. lemon juice
1 Tbsp. sugar


Grease a loaf pan and set aside.  Preheat oven to 350.
In a medium bowl stir together the flour, the sugar, baking powder and salt.

In another bowl combine the egg, milk, oil, lemon peel and lemon juice. 
 Add to the flour mixture.
Stir just till moistened.  
Spoon the batter into your prepared pan.

Bake for 50-55 minutes or until wooden toothpick 
inserted near center comes out clean.
While bread is cooling, make glaze. 
 Remove bread from pan and brush the lemon glaze over the top.

I always double this recipe, 
because 1 loaf of bread around here goes rather quickly!

Have a lovely week, friend!

In His Grace,


Friday, February 20, 2015

Pico de Gallo Salsa Recipe...


Who here LOVES a good salsa?
Have you ever tried making your own?

What do you put in yours?

My hubby loves this version
it's called Pico de Gallo.

It's made with fresh ingredients 
and then it's chopped into medium sized chunks.

Don't forget to grab your tortilla chips!



Here's what you'll need:

Pico de Gallo

6-8 medium sized tomatoes, washed and chopped
2 onions, any kind, chopped
small bunch of cilantro, rinsed and minced
4 jalapenos, seeds removed and diced 
( you can leave the seeds for added heat)
3 garlic cloves, diced
4-6 roasted green chilies, skins removed, chopped
1 half lime
salt and pepper to taste
A bag or 2 of tortilla chips

Combine all chopped ingredients into a bowl.
Squeeze a half of lime over the salsa and add in salt and pepper to taste.

Please don't forget to wear some rubber gloves while cutting the jalapenos
or your hands will burn for several hours. 
Trust Me on this one!  Ouch!

Enjoy!

I hope you all are staying warm and cozy!

Blessings,
Amy






Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Peanut Butter Bars...


Who Loves Peanut Butter??

This girl does...
And every chance I get I make something
 with peanut butter just for ME!

I have to hide these in the back of my fridge, 
so no one can find them!!
(Insert Smile here)

If you can't have peanut butter,
you can also use any other nut butters.

I made up some Almond Butter Bars
for my youngest son, so he can enjoy this sweet treat too!

Now for the recipe:

Peanut Butter Bars

3/4 c. butter, softened
3 1/2 c. powdered sugar
1 1/2 c. peanut butter or almond butter
1 tsp. vanilla
1 c. chocolate chips
1 Tbsp. coconut oil

Mix together the butter, powdered sugar, 
peanut butter or almond butter and vanilla.
Mix until a firm dough forms.
Using your hands press the dough into a 9x13 pan.

In a saucepan, melt the chocolate chips with the coconut oil.
Spread the chocolate mixture over your peanut butter dough.

Place in the fridge, until the chocolate is hardened.

Cut into bars.
Place in a tin and hide, I mean store in the fridge!


I hope you all have a wonderfully blessed day!

In His Grace,


Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Vanilla Caramel Sauce...






With Valentine's Day fast approaching...

I always make up a batch of 
homemade vanilla caramel sauce for my sweetheart!

This sauce is so yummy, you will never
 buy store bought ever again!

It's that good... Trust Me!

First off...
You need a large saucepan
and 1 cup of sugar


Turn on stove to medium heat and let sugar begin to melt.
Watch closely so the sugar doesn't get to brown too quickly and burn.

Your sugar should melt and turn a golden amber color
Like this...


Next, you will stir in your 1 1/4 cup heavy cream & 1 vanilla bean 
or 1 tsp. vanilla into the pan with the melted sugar.


Stir quickly, your sugar will clump once you 
pour the cold milk mixture into the sugar.  
That's okay, keep stirring.
It takes awhile to get the clump of hardened sugar to melt.
Don't give up, just keep stirring!


Once your sauce is all combined, let it cool.
Pour into a jar and store in the refrigerator
until ready to use.


This sauce is perfect over ice cream, 
cream puffs, cake
and even apples!



Mmm... Doesn't it look heavenly?

I hope you try it for yourself!


Vanilla Caramel Sauce

1 c. sugar
1 1/4 c. heavy cream
1 vanilla bean, split or 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
dash of salt

Measure the heavy cream and add the vanilla, set aside.
Spread the sugar into your saucepan evenly.
Turn on your stove to medium heat and let the sugar begin to melt.
Lower the heat if the sugar begins to melt too quickly.

Remove the melted sugar from the heat and 
stir in the vanilla and heavy cream mixture.
If the sugar starts to clump, place it back on low 
heat and stir until its all combined and smooth.

Take saucepan back off heat and
 let the caramel sauce cool completely.

Store in a jar and keep in the fridge.


I hope you all have a Wonderful
Valentine's Week!

Blessings,

















Sunday, February 8, 2015

Valentine's Day Craft...


I LOVE Valentine's Day
and I LOVE Crafts!


My mother in law, Roxy and I decided we needed
to make something special for this Valentine's Day!
(After all it is MY Birthday!)
And who doesn't like a craft to do
to celebrate this double holiday?!


We decided to make these little heart pillows
to hang on our doors.

We started out with some muslin material
red material, white material,
heart lace, flower lace, buttons,
twine, wire, pillow stuffing
and anything else we could find to get creative with.

We cut out heart shapes onto the material
and Roxy sewed (because I am not the best sewer yet) 
the two hearts together to create a pillow.
I stuffed the little pillows with the stuffing
and then we decorated each of the pillows.


Some pillows we made into squares


And some pillows we made into large hearts
 to hang on our front doors!

These will be the perfect little gift to 
give to your girlfriends
for Valentine's Day!

Have fun creating something special for your friends and family!

Blessings,
Amy


Monday, February 2, 2015

Don't Cover Your Eyes...


I think everyone at some point in our lives
young or old, we have covered our eyes for something.

Have you ever thought that maybe 
you shouldn't cover your eyes?

Are your eyes covered now?
Well, UNCOVER them!

Now what do you see?

I've heard many people say "God hasn't shown me what to do?"
"Why can't I see His plan, His work in my situation?"

Well, it's probably because you have your eyes covered!

Take your hands off and look.
Really Look...

Sometimes, he is showing us, but we as children of the flesh 
are not really seeing what God is offering.

Have you ever thought to look through someone else's eyes?

Now what do you think you would see then?

Sometimes we can't explain to others what God is truly showing us,
but in some cases Maybe you are being shown what lies ahead 
or what God is trying to show you at that very moment.

But, the problem is that you really don't see it.
Or, you choose not to see through your spirit.

We have no clue what is ahead of us,
 if we don't uncover our eyes!
We will trip and fall and then feel like you didn't see the
Caution sign that was right in front of you.

Dear Friends,
We must always stay alert and be aware
 of our surroundings and situations at all times.
Or we may just miss out on something 
 that the Lord is trying to teach us.


Come on now,
UNCOVER those eyes!


I hope you all have a wonderful week friends!

In His Grace,


Thursday, January 29, 2015

Love Never Fails...


1 Corinthians 13:4-8

Love is patient, Love is kind.
It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.
It is not rude, it is not self seeking,
it is not easily angered,
it keeps no record of wrongs.
Love does not delight in evil
but rejoices with the truth.
It always protects,
always trusts, always hopes,
always perseveres. 
Love NEVER fails!

I just think this is the perfect scripture for February!

Now...On to a Chocolate recipe
perfect for Valentine's Day
or really any other day too... 


I've posted this a few years back,
and I just think this has got to be one of the best 
and easiest candy recipe ever.

Maybe you all can make these for your sweetheart as well!



Chocolate Cookie Truffles

1 package Oreo cookies-crushed
1 bar Cream Cheese
1 bag Milk Chocolate Chips
1 dollop Shortening or Coconut Oil
1 bag of mini baking paper cups
1 small Valentine Tin or another one of choice

In a large bowl combine the crushed Oreos and cream cheese. Mix well
 {I used my hands to mix them both, so they were well combined}
Roll into about a walnut size ball and set on wax paper.
Once balls are all rolled out, put them into the fridge
until they aren't sticky to touch, about 30 minutes or so.
Melt the chocolate chips and the shortening in a small saucepan.
Pull out your cookie balls and dip each one in the melted chocolate. 
Place the dipped balls back onto the waxed paper 
and set back in fridge till the chocolate hardens.
After the truffles are hardened, take off wax paper and place
 them in mini baking paper cups.

Store in a cute Valentine's Tin or a Tin of your choice.
These are extremely rich, but oh so good!!
ENJOY!

I hope you all have a wonderfully blessed weekend!

In His Grace,







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