Cinnamon "Bun" Pancakes

I came across this recipe the other day on one of my favorite blogs, The Pioneer Woman, and just knew I had to make it!!  Oh man were they incredible!!!  Serve them with regular maple syrup or with icing.


Cinnamon Bun Pancakes

1 1/2 Cups Flour
3 Tbsp Sugar
1/2 Tsp Salt
4 Tsp Baking Powder
1 Tbsp Cinnamon
2 Eggs, beaten
1 Cup Milk
2 Tbsp Corn Syrup
1/4 Cup Butter, melted
1 Tbsp Vanilla

In medium bowl, combine flour, sugar, salt, baking powder, and cinnamon with a whisk. Whisk well to make sure everything is combined.  In separate large bowl, beat together eggs, milk, corn syurp, butter, and vanilla. Stir in flour mixture.

Heat a lightly oiled griddle or frying pan over medium/low heat. Pour about 1/4 cup batter onto griddle. Brown on both sides.

Serve warm with icing drizzled over the top.

Maple Butter Icing:

1 Cup Powdered Sugar
1/4 Cup Butter, melted
1 Tbsp Maple Syrup
1/4 Cup Milk

Whisk until smooth - you can add more milk depending on preference.


Jello Fluff Salad

There is a lot of texture to this salad, but I love it.  What I love even more is how easy and low-fat it is!  You can use any combination of fruit and Jello flavoring you wish - our favorites are strawberry or orange.  We've also added miniature marshmallows - the kids love this addition.  I often double the recipe and bring this to potlucks.


Jello Fluff Salad

1 Small Box Sugar-Free Orange Jello
1 - 8 oz Container Cottage Cheese
1 - Small Container Light Cool Whip, thawed
Mandarin Oranges, drained (I use 2 small cans)

Mix Jello powder with cool whip, fold in cottage cheese and oranges.  Chill for at least an hour and serve.


Betty's Fluffy Meat Loaf

This is a staple meal around here - more often than not, I use just ground beef because it's what I have on-hand.  An optional "glaze" for this is to add 3 Tbsp ketchup to top of loaf before baking.


Fluffy Meat Loaf

1 lb Ground Beef
1/2 lb Ground Pork
2 Cups Bread Crumbs
1 Egg, beaten
1 1/2 Cups Milk
4 Tbsp Minced Onion
2 Tsp Salt
1/4 Tsp Pepper
1/4 Tsp Dry Mustard
1/8 Tsp Sage

Mix all above ingredients thoroughly - pack into greased loaf pan (9x5x3").  Bake at 350 degrees for 90 minutes.


Caramel Pull-Aparts

I know it's been awhile since I've posted, but I promise when I make you wait, I'll make it worth your while!! :)  These rolls are a FAVORITE - incredible for a family breakfast, brunch, church bazaar...I've literally shared these (and the recipe) at all sorts of events!  Best of all, they're incredibly easy to put together!


Caramel Pull-Aparts

2 Loaves Frozen Bread Dough (thawed, not risen)
1/2 Cup Melted Butter
1 Cup Brown Sugar
1/2  Tsp Cinnamon
2 Small Packages Cook & Serve Vanilla Pudding Mix (NOT instant)
3 Tbsp Milk

Take loaves of dough and cut into small pieces (I use a clean scissors) and place in greased 9"x13" pan.  Mix melted butter, brown sugar, pudding mix, cinnamon, and milk together well and pour over top of bread dough.  Let raise 2 1/2-3 hours (or overnight in the refrigerator).  If making ahead the night before, pull out of fridge 30-60 minutes before needing to bake.  Bake at 350 degrees for 30-40 minutes.  Cool at least 5-10 minutes, then flip on cookie sheet lined with foil (foil is for easy clean-up).  "Pull-apart" and enjoy!

Rhodes Yeast Dinner Frozen Rolls Dough

Tip:  Frozen Dinner Roll dough can also be used - 24 rolls equals 2 loaves and I usually cut each roll into 4-6 pieces.  I like them because they thaw enough to cut in a shorter period of time if I'm making these on the fly.


Texas Sheet Cake

It seems I'm on some kind of cake kick.  What can I say?  I really enjoy a good slice of moist cake.  :)  This cake is more like a "cake" brownie though!  I've had this recipe in my arsenal for quite some time - it's a perfect recipe because I usually have everything on hand when a craving arrives.


Texas Sheet Cake

2 Cups Flour
2 Cups Sugar
1 Cup Water
1/2 Cup Butter
1/4 Cup Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
2 Eggs
1/2 Cup Buttermilk
1 Tsp Baking Soda
1 Tsp Vanilla
1/2 Tsp Salt

5 Tbsp Milk
1/4 Cup Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
2 Tbsp Butter
3 Cups Powdered Sugar
1 Tsp Vanilla

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Spray jellyroll pan (I use Pampered Chef's Stoneware Bar Pan) with nonstick cooking spray.  In small bowl; combine flour and sugar - set aside.  In medium saucepan; heat water, butter, and cocoa powder over medium heat; bring to boil, stirring occasionally.  Whisk in flour mixture.  Add eggs, buttermilk, baking soda, vanilla, and salt; mix well.  Pour into pan.

Bake 22-25 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean from center.  Remove from oven to cool for 10 minutes before frosting.

Frosting: Place milk, cocoa powder and butter in microwave safe dish or small saucepan.  Heat and whisk until smooth.  Add powdered sugar and vanilla; whisk until smooth.  Spread over warm cake.

Store in tightly covered container in refrigerator.


Parmesean Tilapia

I was looking for a new recipe to throw into our supper rotation.  I decide to give this one a try and it was a unanimous "yes" - the kids ate it so faster than we could put it on their plate!  :)


Broiled Parmesan Tilapia

1/2 Cup Parmesan
1/4 Cup Butter, softened
3 Tbsp Mayonnaise
2 Tbsp Fresh Lemon Juice
1/4 Tsp Dried Basil
1/4 Tsp Ground Black Pepper
1/8 Tsp Onion Powder
1/8 Tsp Celery Salt
2 lbs Tilapia Fillets

Preheat oven/broiler.  Grease pan or line with foil.  In a small bowl, mix together cheese, butter, mayonnaise, and lemon juice.  Season the cheese mixture with basil, pepper, onion powder, and celery salt - mix well and set aside.  Arrange fillets in a single layer on pan - broil a few inches from the heat for 2-3 minutes.  Flip fillets and cook for a few more minutes.  Remove from oven, cover in cheese mixture and return to broiler for 2-3 minutes or until topping is browned.  Fish will flake easily with a fork - be careful not to over bake.  Serve immediately.