Pumpkin Donuts

Pumpkin Donut RecipeIts pumpkin everything season and I, for one, am happy about that.

These homemade pumpkin donuts are soft, moist and fluffy with a delicious cinnamon-sugar coating. They have that wonderful pumpkin flavor we all know and love.

This recipe would be great to make on the weekend or to share with friends and family at a fall gathering. These donuts also freeze very well!

Ingredients

Donut mix

  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups canned pumpkin purée
  • 2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour

Sugar coating

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F and grease two standard size donut pans.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk all the donut mix ingredients except the flour until smooth.
  3. Add in the flour and stir just until smooth again.
  4. Fill the donut pan wells with the donut mix 3/4 full.  DO NOT OVER FILL PAN
  5. Bake for about 18 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean and let cool.
  6. Toss the sugar and cinnamon in a bowl.  While the donuts are still warm, gently toss them in the sugar mixture to coat.

Happy Baking!

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Not Your Ma Ma’s Meatballs

Recipe of the Month - Homemade MeatballsI remember how fun it was to sit with my grandmother and watch her make meatballs for Sunday dinner. She would really love to be in the kitchen preparing food to serve to our large Italian family. I can remember how the kitchen would smell while the meatballs were cooking in the oven till this day! My grandmother would remind me that it was easy to make homemade meatballs while singing “Not your Ma Ma’s meatballs” to me and I would laugh and laugh.

I thought I would share this recipe with all of you to remind you how memorable and fun cooking can be, especially with family.

 Ingredients

  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • ½ cup plain breadcrumbs
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • ½ cup ketchup
  • Dash of oregano
  • Dash of parsley

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Line 2 baking sheets with foil and set aside.
  2. Place all ingredients into a large bowl and gently mix together with your hands, careful not to over-mix. Just till blended.
  3. Once mixed, use your hands to divide meat mixture into desired size meatballs.
  4. Place uncooked meatballs on baking sheet.
  5. Bake in the preheated oven for 15 minutes, depending on the size. Be sure to check center to determine if they are cooked.

Makes 18-24 meatballs.

Enjoy!!!

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Grilled Corn on the Cob with Bacon

Do you love grilling season? I love grilled corn, especially with bacon.  When you wrap corn with bacon it adds additional flavor and tenderness to the corn.  Brush the corn with butter at the end if you would like.  It is easy and yummy! Continue reading

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Pea and Bacon Pasta Salad

July 4th is almost here!  This recipe only takes a few minutes to make and is fantastic to serve to a crowd. This is the perfect summer pasta salad to serve warm or cold too!! Continue reading

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Memorial Day Cookie Cake

With Memorial Day coming up next week, it’s time to think about stars and stripes!!!  Memorial Day cookie cake is a quick and easy dessert to take to your Memorial Day picnic or family BBQ. This treat is soft, chewy and smells amazing. It will be loved by all. Continue reading

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Hummingbird Bundt Cake

Hummingbird Bundt Cake with Cream Cheese frosting is so yummy!  This moist cake is made with bananas, pineapple, pecans and delicious spices.  Every bite of this Bundt cake is satisfying and sweet!

Ingredients

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground nutmeg
  • ½ tsp ground cloves
  • ¾ cup salted butter, softened
  • 3 eggs, room temperature
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 3 ripe bananas, mashed
  • 1 can-8 oz crushed pineapple (do not drain)
  • 1 cup chopped pecans

Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 8 ounces cream cheese , at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter , at room temperature
  • 1 pound confectioners’ sugar (about 4 1/2 cups sifted)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 325F.
  2. Grease a standard bundt pan.
  3. Whisk together flour, sugar, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves in a large bowl. Set aside.
  4. In a large mixing bowl, beat butter until fluffy. Add in eggs and vanilla and beat until mixed together.
  5. Beat in bananas and pineapple. Fold in pecans.
  6. Stir in flour mixture just until combined.
  7. Carefully pour batter into prepared bundt pan and bake for 70 minutes.
  8. Let the cake cool in the pan for 10 to 15 minutes before inverting onto a wire rack
  9. Let cool completely.

To make the frosting: Using an electric mixer on high speed, beat the cream cheese and butter in a large bowl until combined. On low speed, gradually beat in the sugar, then the vanilla, to make a smooth frosting.

Happy Baking!

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Valentine’s Day Puppy Chow (for humans)

Valentine’s Day Puppy Chow is the perfect treat for the holiday.  An amazing combination of salty and sweet!  With a few simple ingredients you can munch on this fun sweet treat right away.

This recipe is so easy and you only need a few ingredients.

Ingredients:

  • Chex Mix Cereal (any variety)
  • White chocolate chips – 1 package
  • Powdered Sugar – about 1 cup
  • Mini Pretzels Twists
  • M&Ms – Valentine colors
  • (2) Gallon-sized Plastic Bags
  • Parchment paper

Directions:

  • Grab a cookie sheet and line it with parchment paper. Set it aside.  Next, you’ll divide your Chex Mix between two plastic bags and set aside.
  • Now, melt your white chocolate in the microwave for about 20 seconds, mix and heat again until melted.
  • Pour the candy in the plastic bags and toss/shake around to coat all the cereal.
  • Add your powdered sugar and toss that to cover the candy coated cereal pieces.
  • Now, add in your pretzels and mix.
  • Finally, place it on your cookie sheet and sprinkle your red, pink & white M&Ms.

Happy Valentines’ Day!

 

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Bisquick Quiche

This Bisquick Quiche Recipe was a Bisquick recipe on a box at some point, and I still use it and love it every time I make it for my family.

This recipe is simply the easiest and best quiche ever! It can be an easy vegetarian recipe too, just add your favorite veggies (minus the bacon)!!

Ingredients

  • 12 slices of bacon, cooked, drained, and crumbled
  • 1 Cup Swiss cheese, shredded (about 4 ounces)
  • 1/3 Cup onion, diced
  • 2 Cups milk
  • 1 Cup Bisquick
  • 4 Eggs
  • 1/2 Teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 Teaspoon ground black pepper

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 400 °F.
  2. Lightly grease a 10-inch pie plate.
  3. Sprinkle the crumbled bacon, shredded cheese, and diced onion evenly over the bottom of the pie plate.
  4. Beat the eggs with the salt and pepper and then stir in the milk.
  5. Add in the Bisquick and beat until smooth – it must be smooth to work.
  6. Pour the liquid mixture over the ingredients in the pie plate.
  7. Bake in the preheated oven for 35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the quiche comes out clean.
  8. Let cool on a wire rack for 15 minutes.

Enjoy!

 

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Italian Soft Biscuits

This month’s recipe comes from MSAA Staffer, Kaitlyn G.

My grandmother’s recipe for Italian Soft Biscuits always reminds me of the holiday season. They are the perfect treat for those who want to make something simple, but still get in the holiday spirit! Jazz them up with red, green, or blue sprinkles and you’ll have the perfect dessert for any holiday party. Enjoy!

Ingredients for biscuits:

  • ¼ lb. of butter
  • 1 ½ cups of sugar
  • 6 eggs
  • 3 teaspoons of baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons of vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon of lemon juice
  • ½ teaspoon of anise
  • 3 cups of flour

Ingredients for icing:

  • 1 ¼ cups of powdered sugar
  • 3 tablespoons of milk
  • ½ teaspoon of vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon of lemon juice

Instructions for biscuits:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. In a bowl, cream the butter and sugar. Add eggs one at a time into the batter. Add vanilla, lemon juice, and anise. In a separate bowl, combine the flour and baking powder. Add this to the batter. Grease and flour three cookie sheets – the batter will create about 9 rows of dough. Put three rows onto each cookie sheet. Put in the oven for 15-20 mins. Allow the biscuits to cool.

Instructions for icing:

Combine powdered sugar, milk, vanilla, and lemon juice into a bowl, and mix with spatula until icing consistency is similar to milk. Once the biscuits are cool, drizzle icing over top of the rows and then cut the rows to the size you would like. Throw some colorful sprinkles on the top to complete the dessert!

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Candied Sweet Potatoes/Yams

This is a simple and quick way to enjoy a Thanksgiving classic! Canned yams or sweet potatoes may be used.  Bruce’s Brand of canned yams is easy to find this time of year at your local grocery store.  It is a crowd pleaser and easy to make.

Ingredients

  • 1 (29 ounce) can sweet potatoes or yams
  • 1/4 cup butter, cut into pieces
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups miniature marshmallows
  • Pinch of cinnamon
  • Pinch of salt

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Place sweet potatoes/yams in a medium baking dish. Place butter pieces evenly over the top of sweet potatoes/yams. Sprinkle with brown sugar, cinnamon and salt.
  3. Layer with miniature marshmallows.
  4. Bake in the preheated oven 30 minutes and marshmallows have melted.

 

Wishing you a wonderful Thanksgiving from my table to yours!

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