Sunday, December 28, 2008

Holiday Treats

Moist Pumpkin Bread
1 (15 ounce) can pumpkin
4 eggs
1 cup vegetable oil
2/3 cup water
2 cups white sugar
1 cup light brown sugar (this makes your bread super moist)
3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves or 1 1/2 tsp pumpkin spice
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour three 7x3 inch loaf pans.
In a large bowl, mix together pumpkin, eggs, oil, water and sugar until well blended. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and ginger. Stir the dry ingredients into the pumpkin mixture until just blended. Pour into the prepared pans.
Bake for about 45-50 minutes in the preheated oven. Loaves are done when toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
Buckeyes-The best chocolate covered treat you'll ever eat! I'm not even kidding.
2 sticks of butter-softened
1 lb peanut butter
1 1/2 boxes powdered sugar
Dipping chocolate
Mix together till creamy. Roll into nickel sized balls and place on wax paper. Melt chocolate into a small bowl. With a toothpick, dip buckeyes into chocolate. Leave a bit of the peanut butter showing. When done, lightly cover the whole in top with the smooth part of a spoon. Chill then serve.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Sweet and Sour Chicken

This recipe is so simple and easy~~~no frying at all! The whole coating with corn starch then frying was always such a turn off to me because half the time the corn starch would come off. This recipe is just as delicious and totally simplified!

Sweet and Sour Chicken
1/4 c. butter
1/2 brown sugar
1 c. chopped green pepper
1/2 c. shredded carrots
2 Tbs. vinegar
1/4 c. brown sugar
3/4 c. ketchup
2 tsp. soy sauce
1 can crushed pineapple
2-3 lg chicken breast or 4-6 chicken tenderloins (cooked and sliced-I boil mine.)
garlic salt

Saute first 4 ingredients. Stir in everything else, except the pineapple and chicken. Season with salt, pepper and garlic salt. Cook and stir till mixture boils. Add pineapple and chicken. Simmer for 15 minutes. Serve over rice.