Archive | January, 2012

Iced Cinnamon Raisin Biscuits

26 Jan

This has to be one of my favorite things to eat in the whole world..and they are SO easy! I have been guilty of going through Whataburger’s drive-thru just for some biscuits like these. To put it mildly, I was DEVASTATED when they stopped serving these! The only solution was to come up with a recipe, so here it is!
(By the way, I used buttermilk in my biscuits because I had some in my fridge, leftover from making homemade butter. I needed to use it up, so I added it to this recipe. Regular milk will be just fine in here!)

Iced Cinnamon Raisin Biscuits

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons light browns sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 stick butter
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1/2 cup cinnamon chips
DIRECTIONS:
  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  • Lightly spray a baking dish with cooking spray. (I actually used two pans)
  • Mix all ingredients well in a bowl.
  • Pat out your mixture on a flat surface, leaving it about 3/4 inch thick.
  • Use a biscuit cutter to cut biscuits.
  • Place biscuits your oven-safe dish.
  • Bake for about 20-25 minutes.
  • Remove from oven and top with icing
(Note: I do not have an exact recipe for the icing. I just mix powdered sugar, vanilla, and a small amount of milk and whisk it until it looks right! I’d be lying to you if I gave you measurements! Just know that a little milk goes a LONG way. If I had to guess, I would say, 1 cup powdered sugar, 1 tsp vanilla, 1-2 tbsp milk. I should have measured this out while I was making this, but I forgot to!)

Granola Cups & Almond Date Balls

13 Jan
I guess I am in a baking kind of mood. This is a recipe 2 for 1 post! 🙂 Not that either of these are actually “baking”. However, I did stick them both in silicone baking cups, so I guess that makes it qualify. I made the granola cups for the girls for breakfast or snacks. I figured making them is a LOT less expensive than buying granola bars.. because these girls can go through some granola bars!
I also decided to make the Almond Date Balls in honor of Tamar (and because I had a huge box of Rice Krispy Cereal) 🙂 I am reading a book right now that was recommended to me from a friend.
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2009 Retailer’s Choice Award winner!
In this compilation of the five books in the best-selling Lineage of Grace series by Francine Rivers, we meet the five women whom God chose—Tamar, Rahab, Ruth, Bathsheba, and Mary. Each was faced with extraordinary—even scandalous—challenges. Each took great personal risk to fulfill her calling. Each was destined to play a key role in the lineage of Jesus Christ, the Savior of the World.
This book is actually only about $9 on the Kindle and it’s one download for all 5 books. Lineage of Grace is a book with all of them combined into one. So far, I am really enjoying it!
Anyway, Tamar’s name in Hebrew means “Date Palm”….so it made me think of making something with dates. See how no matter what I do, the thought of food just creeps in there??! 🙂 I actually made my grandmother’s recipe, but her recipe called for pecans, not almonds. I had almonds on hand so that’s what I used, and they turned out FABULOUS.
My recommendation is to make some of these Almond Date Balls and download the book on your Kindle or iPad and RELAX! It’s a good combo. 🙂


Granola Cups

INGREDIENTS

2.5 cups of quick oats
1/2 cup rice krispy cereal
3/4 cup brown sugar
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
3 tablespoons of ground flax seed
1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
DIRECTIONS
  • Mix everything together in a large mixing bowl, except for chocolate chips.
  • Once everything is well incorporated, mix in your chocolate chips.
  • Spoon mixture into your silicone baking cups.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 12 minutes.
  • Let cool, and enjoy!
Almond Date Balls

INGREDIENTS

1/2 stick of butter

8 oz. package of dates
1 cup brown sugar
2 Tablespoons Karo syrup/.
1 cup finely chopped almonds
3 cups of Rice Krispy cereal
Powdered sugar
DIRECTIONS
  • Mix all ingredients, except for the rice cereal in a saucepan on the stove.
  • Cook for 3 minutes.
  • Remove from heat and transfer to a large mixing bowl and add the 3 cups of Rice Krispy Cereal.
  • Mix everything together well and let cool a little so it will not burn your hands.
  • Once cooled, roll mixture into balls
  • Roll in powdered sugar.
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Birchbox January 2012

12 Jan
What is in this month’s Birchbox??


I am loving Birchbox!! 🙂 This gives me a chance to try out some new products without spending tons of money! I have to say that I am loving this polish! I have had several compliments on it. If you are interested, check out the link above. Sign up to get your beauty fix.

—Amber

Salted Caramel Sauce

9 Jan
Earlier this year, I had surgery to remove my wisdom teeth. I decided not to have the anesthesia since it costs more, and let’s just say that if I had to do it over again… drug me up! Maybe I am a wimp, but it was HORRIBLE. I decided I would rather go through labor again. (Although, I am sure that if I were actually in labor, I would be thinking I’d rather have the wisdom tooth extraction.)
Anyway, while I was laid up in bed, I realized that we had the cooking channel for free that week. WOOHOO! I caught an episode of Kelsey Nixon’s show called “Kelsey’s Essentials“, and she made salted caramel sauce. And even though I was in pain, throwing up, and bleeding.. I still wanted to make salted caramel sauce. SO, I finally did! I used her recipe as a base, and made a couple of changes. (More salt and butter….what?! In my defense, the butter that I bought came in 4 TBSP sections, so I was lazy and threw it all in.) Had I known how easy this really was, or how delicious, I would have made it sooner.
I’ve been adding a bit to my coffee in the morning, with a splash of creamer. It takes the place of sugar…just tastier! You can do whatever you want to with this. It makes a great topper for ice cream or cheesecake, or whatever your heart desires! 🙂

Salted Caramel Sauce

INGREDIENTS

1 cup sugar
1/4 cup water
3/4 cup heavy cream
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
1-1/4 teaspoons kosher salt
DIRECTIONS
In a saucepan, combine the sugar and water. Bring the mixture to a slow boil without stirring.(While your sugar mixture is on the stove get all of your other ingredients measured and ready to add.) Continue to boil the sugar water (about 5-6 minutes) until it reaches an amber color. Remove mixture from heat and carefully whisk in the heavy cream. The mixture will harden for a few seconds and bubble up, but continue to whisk until everything is smooth. Stir in the butter and salt. Transfer to a mason jar and enjoy!