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Oatmeal Raisin Baby Sticks

12 Mar

I haven’t been able to sit down and post much in the past couple of weeks. I’ve been a busy bee getting things ready for Adrian’s first birthday party this weekend (I can’t even believe he is about to be 1!)

It rained a few times last week,  and since  me and the little man were hanging out indoors for a bit I decided to make him a special treat!

Oatmeal Raisin Sticks!

The original recipe I got from All Recipes and made a couple of kid friendly adjustments to it.

Here is my revised kid friendly version!

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 2  ripe bananas
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup All Purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups quick cooking oats
  • 2 packs of raisins chopped

1. Cream butter, banana, vanilla extract and butter together.

2. Combine wet and dry ingredients.

3. Spoon log shapes or cookies shapes on a parchment lined cookie sheet and bake at 375 for about 20 minutes.

Oatmeal rasin 1

Oatmeal rasin 2

Honestly, I believe you could also omit the butter and they would still hold together and be even healthier.

I rolled them in log shapes kind of like a teething cookie and even though he only has two teeth I give him the entire cookie, they melt right in his mouth!

He absolutely LOVES them.

Nom Nom Nom 🙂

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Xo,

Christine Kay

Garlic Cheddar Biscuits – No Milk needed!

1 Mar

Seriously, why is every Momma always out of Bread, Eggs and Milk? It’s always one or the other or ALL!

Thank goodness to meal planning, I only go grocery shopping once every two weeks (I’ll share my meal planning tips with you guys soon, we save so much money doing it). Since this weekend is one of my shopping weekends, we’re getting low on some things. Today I planned to have breakfast for dinner (One of our favorites! Honestly, who doesn’t LOVE Bfast for dins?)

Some Jimmy Dean maple and brown sugar sausage – my absolute favorite,  Eggs – I eat mine fried with a runny yolk but since my fiancée thinks it’s absolutely disgusting…I make a large batch of scrambled eggs,  some  buttered toast and a nice cold glass of milk to drink it down. <—sounds perfect right?

Ok now let’s minus the bread and milk cause I’m OUT!

I don’t know if it’s just me but I can’t eat breakfast without some sort of bread. There’s gotta be toast, biscuits or an english muffin present or I won’t be satisfied.

So I went on a search for a good recipe for NO MILK biscuits and came across this sour cream biscuit recipe on allrecipes.com (<–love that site!). I’m not even the best baker and it looks easy to me!

The original recipe calls for:

  • 2 cups of All-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3/4 cup of sour cream (I used fat-free)
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons of water (I doubled it to 3 tablespoons)

I’m sure that recipe would be perfect just how it is with some jam etc, if that’s the way you’re going but I wanted to add some savory za-za-zing to it.

I added:

  • 1 teaspoon of garlic powder
  • 1/2 cup of shredded cheddar cheese (I used mild)

Lets’ get baking!

DoughJust use your hands to mix the ingredients and form into a ball.

Used glass to cut out circles

Roll the dough out and cut your circles, as you can see I used a glass

(I don’t even have a circle cookie cutter, that’s how much I don’t bake)

Biscuts shaped

Pre-heat your oven to 450 and bake between 13-15 minutes, depending on your oven.

 (This is not shown in the picture but you will need to line your pan with foil or parchment paper)

This recipe yields 10 biscuits

Biscuits 2

and I don’t wanna get all Paula Deen on you but I definitely ate them with butter. Butter makes everything better (except your health)

They are fluffy, chewy, cheesy, and so good!

Enjoy!! (Unless you’re on a diet) 🙂

Tata!

Christine Kay

Sip N Sniff

30 Jan

A few weeks ago I started drinking this Spa/Detox water. It tastes quite delicious and makes me forget all about the “bad for you” drinks that I love.

It’s simply made of  1 sliced lemon, 1 sliced cucumber and a few stalks of mint in a large pitcher of water (Mine is 2 quarts).

You let it seep for at least 8 hours before you drink it and after about a day or so you should change out the contents for new lemons etc….

To me, just throwing all of that away is so wasteful but at the same time I didn’t want to eat it. So, I started thinking about some cool things I could do around the house with it!

My favorite reuse for my spa water so far  is a house fragrance and it’s a must try!

I’ve seen a bunch of other recipes for these “simmer on the stove” fragrances and thought, why not just use my left over spa water ingredients?

That’s just what I did!

I added a drop of Vanilla Extract for good measure and it really does bring out the smell of everything else in the pot!

Lemon water

Lemon, Cucumber, Mint and Vanilla goodness! I’m totally doing this from now on!!

Cheers to a yummy smelling home!

Tata,

Christine Kay

The stuff that cures all ails

11 Jul

When I was growing up I wasn’t as lucky as my son to have a stay at home mom. I remember both of my parents working hard to provide for 4 daughters and that meant a lot of fast and easy dinners  like hamburger helper and any kind of helper for that matter. It’s definitely not something I would ever frown upon, working all day,  feeding a large family, getting all of us ready for bed and then trying to get a little sleep before the next day of work.  Jeez Louise, I think my mom was secretly super woman sometimes. On top of that we were all sassy little brats running around fighting like wild hyenas!

It’s not the hamburger helper meals we had that brings a warm fuzzy feeling to my tummy but the momma’s cookin  yummy stuff that I remember so well that was like…the stuff that cures all ails.

My mom made (and still does make) a lot of comfort foods that make you want to nap after eating them. That’s how you know its good, when you fall into a food coma shortly after eating. Stews, Soups, Chicken, Steaks…Just anything that you think of as comforting.

Yesterday, Adrian decided it was the type of day where he wouldn’t do anything unless I was holding him and if I thought he was napping…..guess again. By the end of the day, Wes was running late from work and  I was completely exhausted. I was in the “I want my mommy” kinda mood……but wait……I AM the mommy now.

So that meant it’s time to do something my momma would do and that’s create a huge vat of chicken and vegetable stew!

Now if I would ask my mom for any of her stew/soup recipes she would say…”Chrissy, just throw some stuff in a big pot and let it simmer for an hour. If it’s too thin add some corn starch, if it’s too thick add some water.” Shes a home cook like that, she never measures, she only eyeballs it.  Now that’s the sign of a good cook if you ask me!

With my mother in mind I browned some chicken thighs (3 thighs I had thawed out at the time) then took them out and shredded them up, added some peeled diced potatoes (about 3 large), 1 diced onion, and I had a  bag of frozen mixed veggies that I threw in there with it (if it’s the big bag use half). After cooking for a few minutes I added a cup of milk and then enough water to cover it all. Bring it to a boil then simmer for 30 minutes. If it’s too thin do what my momma says and add some corn starch (about a teaspoon)! Should thicken right up!

One slurp of this and it always makes everything allllll better doesn’t it? I’ll make this kind of stuff for Adrian like my momma made it for me. I hope he remembers it as fondly as I do….

BTW: It’s around 280 calories per serving with 12 servings a pot! Til next time!

xoxo,

Christine Kay

For the love of Pizza (Low Cal Style)

10 Jul

I’ve recently been coming up with a bunch of recipes that are low cal and mimic my favorite foods. Pizza being in my top five; I couldn’t imagine living life without its cheesy goodness! The photo above is the finished product of one of my favorite’s, BBQ chicken pizza. Because I can only have 1200 Calories per day I count everything on www.MyFitnessPal.com and these recipes are 400 calories or under! The best thing about it is that pizza possibilities are endless and if you copy the secrets to making it low cal ANY pizza you can think up will be under 400 Calories!

  • Make sure you have low-fat, whole wheat tortilla shells. I used whole wheat medium-sized tortillas and they are 130 Calories each but you can find tortillas that are even lower calorie than that. I started making these healthy pizza’s on English muffins (same calorie count as a tortilla) but my friend told me about the tortilla idea and i never went back! Plus, I like eating English Muffins for breakfast not lunch/dinner.
  • Cover your tortilla with a tablespoon of sauce. Depending on what kind of pizza you are making a tablespoon of sauce can range between 40 calories to about 5 calories! The BBQ sauce I used for my BBQ chicken pizza was 30 calories (per tablespoon) and the marinara sauce I use for the pepperoni pizza was only 10 calories. Spread the sauce over the tortilla with your measuring spoon like this…..

this is the BBQ Chicken pizza in the making….one for me, one for my hubby.

  • Next add your toppings but this is where you need to make sure you measure! A 4 oz piece of chicken is 200 calories or more so that alone can make this meal go overboard! I had some left over chicken that I chopped up into really small bites. I measured mine in about 1/2 a cup and put the rest on my hubbies pizza (cause he’s tall and skinny and doesn’t need to count calories ::sigh::). Next I added the cheese which is low-fat skim mozzarella. Use 1/4 of a cup at 80 calories.

The blurred one in the back is my husbands which has more than twice the toppings of my delicious and healthy one in front!

  • Bake for about 7 minutes at 400 degrees until you can feel the edges are crispy!

I cut mine into 8 mini slices and it’s just perfect! The BBQ Chicken one is only 370 Calories but I’ve also made a Pepperoni (Turkey pepperoni) pizza that is only 270 Calories!

Considering that a single slice of delivery pizza is an average of 280 Calories I’d say go for this if you are having a pizza craving and live without the guilt of ruining your whole day! I promise it’s MEAL sized not snack size!

Hasta Manana!!

Love ya,

Christine Kay

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