Saturday, March 19, 2016

Honey Oat Bread

This is the bread that I make regularly for my family.  It's our favorite.  We don't eat much bread in our house except for the Honey Wheat Rolls and this Honey Oat Bread.  This is a soft bread which is how my family likes bread so it's great for kids who are used to that bread from the store that squishes into nothing.  And the honey and oats make it really tasty.

Honey Oat Bread


1 1/4 cup water
1 1/2 cups oats
1/4 cup butter
1/4 cup honey
1 tsp salt
2 1/2 teasp. yeast
2 eggs
3 1/2 cups flour

1. Grease and flour the bread pans.  I sprayed my pans with baking spray.  I use light colored metal, ceramic, or tempered glass pans.  These pans give a softer crust which is how my family likes bread.  A dark metal pan, will give a crustier crust.

2. I put all of the ingredients in the bread machine and put it on the dough setting.  I never bake in my bread machine.  You could also use a stand mixer with the kneading blade.  I'm going to try that next time.  You could also knead it by hand but that's way more work than I want to put into it.  If you don't use a bread machine, after kneading, cover it and leave it rise until it's doubled in size.

3. Once it's risen divide the dough in half, (this makes 2 loaves) and shape each half into a loaf shape and put the dough in the pans to rise again.  (I'm not picky about making a perfect loaf.  The rising takes care of the imperfect shape.)

4. When the dough doubles in size, they're ready for the oven.  Preheat the oven to 375 degrees  and let the bread bake for 25 minutes.

5. Let the bread cool in the pans for 5 - 10 minutes then remove the bread and let it cool on a cooling rack.  Okay, let's be honest, I never let it cool.  Because warm bread from the oven with butter melting all over it is almost the best thing ever.


(This bread freezes really well.  Because we don't eat much bread, I slice the bread and divide it into four bags.  I leave one bag out and freeze the rest until we're ready to use it.  I have a family of 4 and we only use about half a loaf of bread each week.)

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Salmon Patties/Salmon Cakes

Do you have a food from your childhood that you haven't seen for a long time and completely forgot about? We live in a world of fast food burgers and french fries, and the way we eat has changed a lot since I was a kid.

Recently I was at Sam's Club and  I saw some cans of salmon.  It reminded me that my mom used to make salmon patties all the time when I was a kid.  I don't eat much seafood, but this was one thing that I liked.  I have no idea how my mom made them, but I've been playing around with ingredients and I've come up with a recipe that tastes pretty similar to the ones my mom used to make.

Salmon Patties


7 oz. can of salmon (I used the one from Sam's Club.)
1/3 cup bread crumbs (I used panko bread crumbs.)
1/4 tsp. salt
1 egg
2 tablespoons milk
2 tablespoons oil (I used canola.)
1/2 tsp. dried dillweed


1.  Mix everything together.

2.  Make 4 patties.

3.  Put them in an oiled pan on medium heat.

4.  Turn them when they are browned.


Friday, May 1, 2015

Oatmeal Cookies

Hey everyone!  Contrary to popular belief I haven't fallen off the face of the earth.  I'm just trying to be up and about more than sitting at a computer.  You see, I gained 10 pounds over the winter and I'm trying to get rid of it.  It's a full time job and I'm not making any progress.  I eat salad every day and walk 10,000 steps (I guess that's the magic number), but still nothing seems to be changing.  I'm spinning my wheels and getting nowhere.  I might just buy some shapewear and call it done.  Anyway, in honor of my lack of weight loss, I'm posting a recipe for cookies!

A few weeks ago we went to an 80th birthday celebration for my father in law.  It's hard to buy a birthday present for someone 80 years old, but I know that he has a huge sweet tooth.  I decided to give him an assortment of homemade cookies.  Chocolate chip, chocolate chip with pecans, oatmeal raisin, and oatmeal with dried cranberries and walnuts.  I think it was a hit.

For the oatmeal based cookies I used my mom's Oatmeal Cookies recipe.  Anything can be added to these cookies to make them exactly what you want.  I usually add chocolate chips because I don't like raisins.  The cranberry and walnut cookies were good also.  Just add whatever you want to make them your own, or eat them plain.  They're good no matter what.

Oatmeal Cookies

1 cup sugar
1 cup shortening
1 egg
3 tablespoons milk
3 cups oatmeal
1 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon soda
1 teaspoon vanilla

Mix wet ingredients, then add dry ingredients.

Bake at 375 degrees for about 12 minutes.  (Mine were done after about 10 minutes.)


Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Honey Wheat Rolls Update

Hey, I'm back!  I took a little time to regroup and now I'm ready to move on.

A couple of weeks ago I saw my recipe for Honey Wheat Rolls and realized that I hadn't made them in a while.  Then I looked up the blog post and saw that all the pictures are missing.  That's what happens when I clean things out and don't bother to look if something is still needed.  Anyway, I took some pictures while I made them and updated the post.  I don't know why I stopped making them.  They're so good!  Give it a try!!

**I really am back but I will only be posting once a week now.  If I spend all my time making blog posts then I don't have time to do anything.  I'm sure you understand.  I'll keep the same rotation of writing, cooking, sewing so all the topics will continue being covered evenly.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Surprise Cookies

A surprise!

I'm not really a fan of surprises but this is one I love.  I make these every year around Christmas.  This year I made them 3 times!

These are really called Dream Bars or Seven Layer Bars but there's a reason why they're called Surprise Cookies in my family.

When I was in elementary school in the 70's my family lived in a little town in the middle of Michigan.  The park in St. Louis, Michigan even had a mark put on the spot that is supposedly the very middle of the state of Michigan.  My dad was the director of the Baptist Children's Home and when he wasn't preaching somewhere else we attended the First Baptist Church of St. Louis.  One Sunday as we were leaving church my mom realized that she forgot her Bible in the pew and she went back to get it.  Someone had taken the opportunity to slip a recipe in my mom's Bible called Surprise Cookies.  We had never heard of Surprise Cookies.  I'm sure these Seven Layer Bars were a new thing back then.  My mom made them and we loved them so much that we've been making them ever since.  We never did find out who put that recipe in my mom's Bible.  And that's why they will always be Surprise Cookies to us.



  • 1/2 cup butter (1 stick)

  • 1 cup graham cracker crumbs

  • 6 oz. chocolate chips

  • 6 oz. butterscotch chips

  • 1 cup chopped nuts

  • 1/2 cup coconut

  • Eagle brand milk (sweetened condensed milk)


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.DSCN4536a

  2. Melt butter in pan.  I always put the stick of butter right in a 13 x 9 pan and stick it in the oven while it's preheating to melt the butter.DSCN4531a

  3. While the butter is melting make the graham cracker crumbs.  I usually put the crackers in a storage bag and use the rolling pin to make them crumbs.  A proper chef would probably put them in a food processor.DSCN4537a

  4. When the butter is melted make sure it's evenly distributed in the pan and then cover it with the cracker crumbs.  Spread out the crumbs so they cover the whole bottom of the pan.DSCN4538a

  5. Sprinkle with chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, nuts, and coconut. DSCN4541a

  6. Pour Eagle brand milk over everything.DSCN4577a

  7. Bake until it looks done, about 20 - 30 minutes. The coconut should be turning a golden brown when it's done.

  8. Let them cool and then cut them into squares. (I meant to get a picture of one square but they were gone before I knew it.  I'll have to update with a picture the next time I make them.)

Then eat them!!  So good!!