Baked or Fried Mozzarella Sticks

One of my favorite appetizers in the entire world, besides stuffed mushrooms, would have to be mozzarella cheese sticks. I absolutely LOVE anything with cheese. In fact, the more cheese, the better. I found a recipe a little while ago on Pinterest that had simple directions on how to make them. The recipe DID NOT WORK so please don’t try it. But just so you know which recipe it was, it pretty much said cut cheese sticks in half, dip them in milk and then in the bread crumbs and then bake them for 15 minutes. All that did for me was give me a baking sheet covered in melted cheese mixed with breadcrumbs. It was a huge disaster and a big mess to clean, not to mention the fact that I couldn’t even eat the stuff! It was such a waste. Well this time, I found a better recipe using an ingredient that made a little more sense for me to use, egg roll wraps. They turned out DELICIOUS. Even though they weren’t breaded, it was still a tasteful replacement. Here’s the recipe:

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  • 12 Wonton or Egg-Roll Wraps, at room temperature
  • 12 Mozzarella String Cheese
  • Marinara Sauce for Dipping
  • Small bowl with water, optional

Baked Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Take one of your room-temperature wraps (less likely to break and ooze cheese all over if room-temp and slightly wet) and lay on flat surface in front of you, like a diamond.  Put cheese stick in middle, corner to corner (or slightly below).
  3. Take the bottom corner and fold it up over the cheese stick and stick to other side of wrap tightly.  You can add a few drops of the water here to make the wrap stick better.
  4. Carefully (here is the part where the wrap can break), fold over the right and left corners of the wrap onto the cheese stick to completely cover the cheese.
  5. Roll up the wrap.
  6. Bake at 400 for 10-12 minutes, turning once, until golden brown.

“Fried” Directions:
Alternatively, you can make this on the stovetop.

  1. Wrap cheese as described above.
  2. Heat 1 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil in a skillet over medium-low heat.
  3. Working in batches, add in half of the cheese sticks.  Roll/stir sticks around for about 2-3 minutes, or until golden brown, and remove from heat.

Serve with Marinara (seasoned with oregano/basil/garlic for more flavor) and Enjoy!

This recipe was borrowed from a fellow blogger who’s link is in the opening paragraph. I didn’t bake my cheese sticks, I fried them because I felt that frying them would cook the wrap on the inside better than if I would bake them.

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Homemade Churros

Per a request from a favorite facebook friend, I would like to share this homemade churro recipe. I actually copied it from a fellow blogger, but unfortunately I can’t find the link to her blog. But here’s my version based on what i can remember since i made these weeks ago.

2013-04-20_22-34-56_506Ingredients

  • Loaf of white bread
  • Rolling pin
  • 8 oz. Cream cheese
  • 1 cup confectioner sugar
  • 1 cup melted butter
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon

Directions

  1. Whip a thick icing using the cream cheese and confectioner sugar.
  2. Using the rolling pin, flatten all the pieces of bread excluding the ends.
  3. Spread the desired amount of cream cheese on the entire pieces of bread.
  4. Roll the bread up like a burrito.
  5. Mix the sugar and cinnamon in a bowl evenly.
  6. Dip the rolled churros in the butter and then roll them in the sugar.
  7. Bake on nonstick baking sheet at 350°F for 10-15 minutes or until golden brown.

Homemade Frappuccino & Pigs In A Blanket

Looking for a quick snack that’s both delicious and quick to make? Here’s the perfect recipe for you! These pigs in a blanket are AMAZING and they go well with my homemade caramel frapp that I chose to accompany this delicious snack.

2013-04-15_19-00-43_904Pigs In A Blanket Recipe
Ingredients:

  • 1 Package of Little Smokies (You can also use cut up hotdogs to improvise!)
  • 1 Can of Crescent Rolls
  • Parmesan Cheese (Optional)
  • 1 tbsp. Butter
  • 1 tbsp. Flour
  • Large Baking Pan

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. Boil Little Smokies & drain to cool.
  3. Grease Baking Pan with butter and Flour, Any flour left over put back in container or empty in the sink.
  4. Cut the crescent roll dough into little strips, as many as the number of little smokies you have.
  5. Wrap the smokies with the strips of dough and line them on your baking pan. You can sprinkle Parmesan cheese on top for extra flavor if you like.
  6. Bake for 12-15 minutes or until golden brown. Serve Warm

IMG_20130415_191004Caramel Frappe Recipe
Ingredients:

  • 6 oz Cold Coffee
  • 1 cup Milk
  • 2-3 tbsp Caramel
  • 2-3 tbsp Sugar
  • 1 cup Ice
  • Whip Cream to Top (Optional)

Directions:

  1. Blend all Ingredients except the whip cream in a blender until its to your desired consistency.
  2. Pour in a glass and your ready to go! Add whip cream and drizzled caramel on top if desired. (:

Simple huh?! Easy to make and very, VERY tasty. Enjoy! ❤

Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

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This recipe was nothing short of perfectly delicious. It is the perfect breakfast to savor that sweet tooth craving you desire. It was so soft and moist it reminded me of pound cake, but better! It’s also really easy to make, although it takes a little bit of time to bake and cool before you can actually eat it. My suggestion to you is that you do NOT grease the pan with any of those baking sprays! They are not only very VERY bad for you, but they stink, they make your food taste bad, and they burn the outside of everything you make with it! I’ve used it 3 times times and it never fails, so never again. I used butter and it still burned but just a little bit, where you could barely taste it. Next time I will use butter AND flour to perfect my baking skills and my food. (:

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  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt (I left this out and used salted butter instead)
  • 2 eggs
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup of melted butter (I would not microwave it! Just boil a pot of water, stick the butter in a glass measuring cup and set it in the hot water until butter is melted. It will take no more than 5 minutes and its healthier because microwaves radiate your food!)
  • 3 mashed bananas
  • 1/2 cup of chocolate chips (I used 3/4 of a cup, because well..extra chocolate!)

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350° F.
  2. Take a bowl and whisk together 2 cups flour, 1 tsp baking soda (and 1/4 salt if you used this instead of salted butter).
  3. In another bowl whisk together 2 eggs, 2/3 cup sugar, 1/2 tsp vanilla extract, 1/4 cup melted butter and the 3 mashed bananas. *You don’t have to use a whisk, actually using a whisk would be more difficult to clean and the clumps will get stuck in between the metal pieces. A fork will do just fine. Gradually add the flour mixture. Fold in 1/2 cup chocolate chips.
  4. Grease 9.5 x 5.5 in. loaf pan with butter and flour (not too much, just enough to cover the bottom and sides) and pour in your mixture. Bake 50-60 until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Bread will be golden brown.
  5. Remove from oven, cool in pan for about 30 minutes. Remove from pan, place on cooling rack and cool completely before slicing. *I leave my bread in the pan to save dish washing and let it cool completely over night so it’s ready to eat in the morning. I usually cook bread the night before just for this reason.

Walnut Banana Bread Remix

2013-01-16_23-32-12_48I fell in love with the bread I made last time, and the amount I made was enough breakfast to last me a whole week and a half! So I made another loaf. (:

This time I’ve decided to make some bread that has nuts in it. I got this Walnut Banana Bread Recipe off the land-o-lakes website (They have great recipes you should check out!). It takes 15 minutes to prepare, 1 hour to bake, and another hour to cool. Although fresh home-made bread always tastes better the next day after it’s cooled completely. I made my last loaf of bread at night so it would be ready in the morning, which turned out great, so I’m doing it again this time around. Also, I am going to remix this recipe because I don’t have walnuts. Instead, I’m using pecans, which taste just as good!

2013-01-17_11-00-26_576Ingredients:

  • ¾ cup sugar
  • ½ cup softened butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 medium (1 cup) bananas, mashed
  • ½ tspn. vanilla
  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts (*pecans)
  • ½ tspn. baking soda
  • ½ tspn. salt
  • ¼ tspn. ground cinnamon

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  1. Pre-heat oven to 350°F.
  2. Combine sugar, butter and eggs in large bowl. Beat at medium speed, scraping bowl often, until creamy.
  3. Reduce speed to low; add banana and vanilla. Beat until well mixed.
  4. Stir in all remaining ingredients.
  5. Spoon batter into greased and floured 8×4-inch loaf pan. Bake for 60 to 70 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

Cool in pan 10 minutes; remove from pan. Place onto wire cooling rack. Cool completely.

Sweet Potato Casserole

Now this is the perfect side dish to go with ANY meal. It’s sweet, healthy (somewhat) and tastes oh so delicious! I have made it once before and it turned out amazing. This is the second time around, and it seems to taste even better than before. I don’t remember where I got the recipe from, but here it is for you guys to try. It takes about an hour for the potatoes to bake, but after that it only takes 5 minutes to prepare and about 15-20 minutes to cook.

2013-01-13_20-54-23_985Ingredients:

  • 6 medium sweet potatoes (about 2 lbs.)
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tbsp. barley malt syrup
  • 2 tbsp. softened margarine or butter
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 tbsp. cinnamon
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 2 tbsp. honey
  • ½ cup pecan halves

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 425°F.
  2. Bake sweet potatoes until tender, about 45-60 minutes. Remove and discard skin.
  3. Reduce oven to 375°F.
  4. Mash Potatoes & beat eggs, syrup, 1 tbsp. margarine, salt & cinnamon. Add enough orange juice to moisten and make fluffy.
  5. Spoon into a 1 ½ qt. baking dish and drizzle with honey and remaining 1 tbsp. margarine. Sprinkle with pecans and bake for 20 minutes. Serve warm.

NOTE: I only had three potatoes, so I used half of the amount of ingredients.

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1 Serving :

179 Calories
3 g. Protein
168 mg. Sodium
18 g. Carbs
12 g. Fat
71 mg. Chol.
25 mg. Calcium

Cinnamon Banana Bread – My First Baking Experience

Okay, I’ve never really baked any kind of sweet dish other than a Betty Crocker cake. Nor have I ever baked anything from scratch. While browsing the internet, I came across some delicious breakfast recipes, and found one that satisfied my cravings. Its called cinnamon banana bread and I got it off of the land-o-lakes brand website. Here’s the recipe and a few pictures of how my very first homemade baking experience turned out:

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup Land O Lakes® Cinnamon Sugar Butter Spread
  • 2 Eggs
  • 2 ripe (1 cup) bananas, mashed
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Directions:

Ingredients - I used an extra tsp. of cinnamon.

Ingredients – I used 1 tsp. of cinnamon in addition to the cinnamon butter.

1. Heat oven to 350°F. Grease and flour 8×4-inch loaf pan; set aside.
2. Combine sugar, 1/2 cup Cinnamon Sugar Butter Spread and eggs in large bowl.

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3. Beat at medium speed, scraping bowl often, until creamy.

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4. Reduce speed to low; add bananas and vanilla. Beat until well mixed.
5. Stir in all remaining ingredients until just mixed.

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7. Bake for 55 to 65 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

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8. Cool in pan 10 minutes; remove from pan to wire cooling rack. Cool completely.

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9. Serve with additional Cinnamon Sugar Butter Spread, if desired.

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I should have taken a picture of it with the butter on it, but this is the result.
It was so tasty! (:

This bread was as soft and savory as the vanilla loaf cakes you buy at Walmart or any grocery store that has a bakery. It was so delicious, I’m going to start making something like this once a month for breakfast. (: