Thursday, July 19, 2012

Pinteresting Recipes

This week I've tried out some new recipes courtesy of my beloved Pinterest. I swear I am seriously addicted to that blasted site. I've got unlimited ideas streaming into my iPad all the time! If Ryan watches shows in the evenings that I don't care about, I'll pin. When we drink our morning coffee and watch the news, I'll pin. If I take a bathroom break, I'll pin....kid you not, my friends! Don't tell me some of you out there aren't doing that exact same thing!

Last night I made cube steak and gravy in the crock pot. I've tried this recipe a couple of times and we've all enjoyed it. The only thing I think I'll change is adding some mushrooms next time. This is seriously a quick, easy meal that literally anyone can pull off.

All you do is put the cube steak in a crockpot, empty one pouch of onion soup dry mix, one can of cream of mushroom soup, and one can of mushrooms on top of the meat and you're good to go. Let it cook on low all day and you've got an amazingly good meal. I'll never fix cube steak and gravy the traditional way again!

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After the kids went to bed, I decided to try out a recipe for healthy oatmeal breakfast cookies. I really liked the idea of no flour, eggs, or sugar. They were super simple to make and everyone loved them for breakfast this morning! Below is the recipe by Vicki at "Watching What I Eat":

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  • 1 1/2 cups oatmeal, quick or old fashioned
  • 2 ripe bananas, mashed with fork until creamy  **
  • 1 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/3 cup raisins, or to taste ((optional ~ you can add in some dried cranberries (replacing some of the raisins) if you include the use of dried cranberries in your diet.  Trader Joe's makes a really good one.))
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts, toasted (or regular, if you prefer)***
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp cinnamon (or more, to taste)

    ** for those of you who don't like bananas, try using 2/3 cup pureed fresh or frozen mango in place of the mashed bananas. I've used it in place of the bananas & it's an acceptable substitute, just maybe not quite as sweet. 

         ***for those of you who don't eat nuts, just make the 

           recipe without them.  No need to replace them with 
           anything else.
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Preheat heat oven to 350 degrees.
Mix vanilla extract & cinnamon into the applesauce. 
Blend applesauce mixture with all other ingredients & let sit for 10 minutes
Drop cookie dough, by spoonfuls, onto a parchment paper lined cookie sheet & flatten cookies into rounds.
Bake approx. 30-35 minutes, or until golden & done.
Remove from oven & let rest on cookie sheet for 5 minutes, then move to cooling rack.
When completely cool store in a covered container.



  1. Christi TownsendJuly 21, 2012 at 7:58 PM

    Oh my word! We just made the cube steak and it was delicious! My kids even ate it and commenting that is was so good. It was so easy to make. Please post more recipes like this! Ha!

  2. I am thrilled you enjoyed it! We have absolutely loved it. I'll keep more coming. I've really had great luck with finding good recipes there.

  3. I make cookies almost identical to these all the time for breakfast! So yummy. & your last name is my mother's maden name. It's not a common last name around here.. have in relatives in WV? lol

    1. Actually my husband is! What's her first name?

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