Breakfast, Uncategorized

Cooper’s Chocolate Gravy Oh YES!

I grew up with chocolate gravy. My mamaw would make this for us grandkids when I was little. I remember sitting around the table and us kids with a plate of biscuits and chocolate gravy. It was like heaven. It was the most amazing taste ever. The funny thing is as an adult I make it for my own babies. Sometimes they’ll tell people what they had and we get the weirdest looks. People think it must be gross. I suddenly let the Dr Seuss “Try it and you may like it” type voice come out….I’ve made it for several of the kids who have spent the night with us. They’ve all loved it. I’ve had parents come and say so and so “said that you made…” and then ask for the recipe. I encourage you guys to try it! You’re going to love it.

3 Tablespoons All purpose flour

2 Tablespoons unsweet cocoa

pinch of salt

2 cups of milk

4 Tablespoons sugar

2 Tablespoons Butter

1 teaspoon vanilla

Mix all of the dry ingredients together in a frying pan. Start adding your milk stirring constantly to prevent flour from lumping up. Once the mixture is thickened add vanilla and butter. Serve.

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Breakfast, Uncategorized

Back to School Breakfast

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Coop goes back to school. I always try to give him meals that are healthy and different. It must get boring to eat the same thing every day for breakfast. I’m always getting questions from people about what they can make that’s different for breakfasts and lunches. I’ve decided I’m going to post some of these things I make throughout the year. Hopefully, someone will have inspiration from my meals. I don’t always cook everything from scratch. I’d love to, but let’s face it, time is an issue. This mornings breakfast consisted of Oranges, M&M yogurt, and two mini chocolate chip muffins. I’ll say that normally I don’t like to give him so much chocolate…However, I forgot to buy different yogurt, so we make do with what we have. I always make the muffins the night before while I’m making dinner. It’s really not that much of an extra step. I also pre slice the oranges. Usually one orange lasts for two days. I try to not cut up a ton of fruit, because I don’t like it to just sit in the fridge.

Trips, Uncategorized

Dear Lancaster…

Dear Lancaster,

Let me tell you how I adore thee. Ok ya’ll. Don’t think I’m crazy, but I have a crazy obsession with the Amish. It’s something about the way they act, their beliefs, their lifestyle that fascinates me. Most of all their cooking and their crafting have me crazy excited! We went to Katie’s Kitchen when were in Lancaster. It was the most amazing restaurant. My husband had turkey, I had meatloaf, the boys had a philly cheesesteak burrito, and a mushroom swiss cheeseburger. I actually can say I didn’t care for the meatloaf, but the turkey I stole from my husbands plate was the most amazing thing ever. Then a whoopie pie for dessert….it was heaven. I have determined that I adore whoopee pies. I also love their cinnamon rolls, I just don’t care a lot for their icing. That’s just because I’m not really into sweet foods much. Guys if you go up go to Katie’s Kitchen and to the Bake Shop in Bird in Hand, Pa. You’ll love it.

Trips, Uncategorized

A New York Breakfast

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We woke up on our trip and decided to go for breakfast. We went to Bill’s which is inside of the Marriott. The breakfast was pretty good. I really didn’t care for the potatoes. The pieces were just too big and I just left the whole lot of it on my plate. I did eat my eggs. They were good, but they didn’t understand the concept of dry eggs. Yes, I’m one of those weird people who like eggs cooked just before they reach the scorched point. The reason I like this is because when I was little, we were eating breakfast before I had to go work in the field and another kid said to me…ew eggs look like snot! Thirty years later, I still can’t eat them unless they’re well, well, well cooked. Gross. Anyway, the bread was pretty good too. I didn’t even eat the bacon, my son did. I ate half a piece. Overall, I really enjoyed the stay in NYC. Maybe we can one day visit again!

Bread

Cinnamon Bread

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We used to have this when I was little. This is definitely an inexpensive meal. Usually I’d beg for it all the time, but usually I received this because we were almost out of food. All it requires is such a small amount of things, which all of these things are things we usually always had. It’s still a favorite of mine.

All you need is a few simple ingredients:

butter

sugar

cinnamon

 bread.

First spread butter on your bread. Don’t be too stingy, but don’t over do it either. Next you add sugar. I actually don’t add a lot to mine. Maybe about half a spoonful. Next you sprinkle on some cinnamon. Again I’m not a huge cinnamon fan, so I’m not one to add a ton on there. Next your going to put it in your oven at 350 degrees and you only do this until your butter is melted. Generally, I take mine out when it’s lightly toasted on the bottom, but if you prefer it more toasty, leave it in. It wont hurt nothing.

Breakfast

Breakfast Casserole

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This is a wonderful recipe. It is very easy to make. My family thought it was the best thing ever. This was definitely a hit. The first time I made this, I made it for Easter morning. They guys loved it and they literally ate every single bit of it. It’s a definite keeper.

1 can of Pillsbury Buttermilk Biscuits

7 eggs

3/4 cup milk

salt and pepper to taste

1 package of sausage

10 pieces of ham diced

8-16 oz mozzarella cheese

8-16 oz cheddar cheese

Brown Sausage and dice ham. Press biscuits in the bottom of a buttered dish. Add sausage and ham layer. Add cheeses mixed. Mix eggs, milk, and salt and pepper to taste. Pour over biscuit layers.

Bake 350 degrees for 30 minutes

Bread

Banana Bread

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My son LOVES banana bread. I never put nuts in mine because I have an allergy. What I usually do is change it up a bit. Sometimes I do put chocolate chips in it. Sometimes I do not. It really depends on what I have on hand.  I have made French toast with it before and the kids loved it. This can be a snack for after school too. My littlest one likes to do that with his. You’ll love this recipe.

2 cups flour

1 cup sugar

2 teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

1/4 teaspoon salt

3 ripe bananas

2 eggs

1/3 cup oil

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 cup chopped nuts, optional

1/2 cup chocolate chips, optional

Put bananas in a bowl and smash them with a fork. Add eggs, milk, oil, and vanilla and mix. Separately, add all dry ingredients to a bowl. Add the dry to liquid and mix. Pour into a bread pan and cook in a preheated 350 degree oven for 50-60 minutes until done.