Friday, August 30, 2013

Cinnamon Apple Pancakes {Toddler}

Now that my little one is eating anything and everything, it is important for me to make sure I'm feeding her healthy meals.  I try to make lots of things myself so I know what is going into her little body.  She also has a dairy allergy, which limits what she can and can't have.  Pancakes are something I've been wanting to make for a while.  The recipe below is changed slightly from the original, I omitted the butter and swapped the milk for soy milk. I was a little nervous about not having any butter but it really didn't make a difference.  I think the recipe make about 23 pancakes.  I kept half out for the week and froze the other half.  The little one love them.  She has 2 each morning and they are gone in no time!

Applesauce Pancakes
1 cup flour – 
1/4 teaspoon salt – 
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder 
1/2 cup soy milk – 
1 beaten egg 
1/2 teaspoon vanilla – 
1 1/4 cups cinnamon applesauce 
a dash or two of cinnamon

Sift flour, salt and baking powder into a medium mixing bowl. Combine milk and egg. Stir into dry ingredients. Add vanilla and applesauce; beat well. Spoon batter into a hot, well greased griddle, enough batter to applesauce pancakes about 4 inches in diameter.
  **Freezes Well**

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Dr Pepper BBQ Ribs {Crockpot Recipe}

One thing you won't find in our house is soda.  We don't drink very often.  If we do, it's on an out to eat night and a fountain soda.  A few weeks ago after AG's birthday party we had tons of soda leftover.  Since I knew we wouldn't drink it all, I decided to cook with it.  It had been over a year since I made ribs for dinner, so that is what i decided on.  I knew hubs would be thrilled with my decision. 

 I found lots of recipes for Dr. Pepper Ribs online but none in the crock pot that I had all the ingredients for.  I decided to create my own and I have to say, this one was a success. 
Hubs over and over again praised them while devouring every last bit.  He would take a bite, look at me and say "wow, these are really good". Over and over again.  My toddler even had her fair share.  Hubs has already requested these again, I'm sure we will be having our fair share this football season.  Enjoy! 

2 1/2 cups of Dr. Pepper
2-4 lbs of baby back ribs
1-2 cups of BBQ sauce (sweet baby rays is our go to)
salt, pepper, chili powder

Create a rub with equal parts of the salt, pepper and chili powder.  I used about 1/2 tsp of each.  Rub it on the meat. 
Cut ribs into sections of about 2-3.  
Place ribs in a crock pot (I make sure to spray with cooking oil first). 
Add 2 cups of the Dr. Pepper (reserve remaining 1/2 cup)
Cook on low for 7-8 hours.  
Drain the Dr. Pepper leaving ribs still in the crock pot. 
Mix the BBQ sauce with the remaining Dr. Pepper.  
Brush sauce mixture over ribs and cook for another 30-45 minutes.  

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Monday, August 26, 2013

Slow Cooker Cranberry- Orange Pork Roast

I feel like most of my dinner recipes lately are pork recipes.  Like I've said before, I usually make it once a week.  MOst of the time in the crock pot.  It's just so easy and makes enough for dinner and lunch the next day. 
 So yes, I make pork a lot.  

This recipe was in the most recent Kraft foods magazine.  If you don't already subscribe, you should consider it.  It's a quarterly magazine.  Every time I get it, I find tons of new recipes.  They are all simple recipes with not too many ingredients.  My kind of recipes for sure! 

THis meal screamed fall, which is why I made it immediately.  Maybe I thought if I made it, fall will come sooner.  One can dream, right? Anyhow, the only change I made was how I cooked the meat.  I accidentally put my crockpot on high and by the time I realized it, it was two hours into cooking.  I turned it down to low for the remainder of the time (praying it wouldn't be over cooked).  And it was perfect.  Tender enough but not completely falling apart.  The sauce was my favorite part of this dish, sweet and savory.  definitely worth making and will be made here many times this fall. Enjoy! 

Slow Cooker Cranberry- Orange Pork Roast

Adapted from  Kraft Foods 


Tbsp.  oil

 flat boneless pork loin roast (4 lb.)

can  (14 oz.) whole berry cranberry sauce

cup  KRAFT Classic CATALINA Dressing

Tbsp.  less-sodium soy sauce

Tbsp.  cornstarch

tsp.  zest and 1/4 cup juice from 1 orange

HEAT oil in large skillet on medium-high heat. Add meat; cook 4 to 5 min. on each side or until browned on both sides. Transfer meat to slow cooker.
MIX cranberry sauce, dressing and soy sauce; pour over meat. Cover with lid.
COOK on HIGH for 2 hours then turn to LOW for another 2-3 hours.  Remove meat from slow cooker, reserving liquid in slow cooker. Cover meat to keep warm. Whisk remaining ingredients in small bowl until blended; stir into liquid in slow cooker. Cook, covered, on HIGH 10 min. or until thickened.
SLICE meat; place on platter. Drizzle lightly with sauce. Serve with remaining sauce

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Drunken Pork Tenderloin

I was going through my pictures and realized I never posted this recipe.  
I made it months ago and completely forgot about it. 
This recipe isn't as easy as the recipes I usually make. 
Most of my pork recipes are thrown in the crock pot but I had a half of bottle of wine and decided to give this recipe a try.  

Results: Good.  Not fabulous like I say about a lot of my recent pork recipes, but good.  The meal was full of flavor and I love the added mushrooms and onions.  I wasn't crazy about the gravy/sauce.  Maybe it was the wine I used or the fact that I'm not a huge gravy fan. Hubs like it and ate it, which always makes for a successful dinner in my book.  With fall quickly approaching, this would be a good recipe to try on one of the first cool nights.  

Robyn's Drunken Pork Tenderloin 

Robyn’s Drunken Pork Tenderloin Recipe

  • 2 lb (or so – I use one packaged pork tenderloin which has two pieces in it) pork tenderloin
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 large white onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 bottle red wine of choice (I’ve used merlot, burgundy, and zinfandel and like them all in this recipe. The zinfandel is my favorite though) **I used half a bottle**
  • 1 package brown gravy mix
Preheat oven to 350°. Remove the pork tenderloin from the package and trim off any silver skin – this is a shiny fat type piece that may (or may not) be on part of the tenderloin. Honestly though if you don’t take it off now it is not a big deal, you can cut it off the cooked pork as you are eating it if you need to. Sprinkle the garlic powder, salt and pepper (to lightly cover) over all sides of each piece of pork. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat and add the pork tenderloins. Let the pork sit without moving for about 3 minutes. Before that it will seem like they are “stuck” to the pan, but after 3 minutes or so the pork tenderloin pieces should release. Rotate the pork tenderloins so that you get each of the outside surfaces browned nicely. Remove the browned pork tenderloin from pan and place in a rectangular baking dish.
Now add the onions to the same pan you used to brown the pork tenderloin and saute them for about 5 minutes. Then carefully add about 1/4 bottle of the wine to deglaze the pan. It will steam up a lot and you need to take a wooden spoon and scrape the bottom of the pan right away to loosen up all of those nice browned bits – they are full of pork flavor! Once you have the bits scraped up, add the rest of the bottle of wine and bring to a boil. Let simmer for 3 minutes. Now pour the onion and wine mixture over the browned pork tenderloin in the baking dish. Now place in the oven and bake for approximately 35-40 minutes. Use your meat thermometer to make sure the pork is at 145° in the thickest part. Remove from the oven and place the pork tenderloins on cutting board to rest. Now pour the liquid from the baking dish into your skillet on high heat and whisk in one package of brown gravy mix. Cook on medium for about 3 minutes to thicken and reduce. Slice your roasted pork tenderloin, after it has rested for about 10 minutes, into about 1/4” thick slices and serve with the onions and top with the red wine gravy.

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Penne with Herbs, Tomatoes and Peas

Penne with Herbs, Tomatoes and Peas
Adapted from Cooking Light 

  • Ingredients: 
  • 8 ounces uncooked veggie penne pasta
  • 1 cup frozen green peas, thawed
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 6 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • 3 cups cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 pkg of turkey sausage, sliced
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons italian seasoning 


1. Cook pasta according to package directions, omitting salt and fat. Add peas during last 2 minutes of cooking. Drain.
2. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-low heat. Add oil; swirl to coat. Add garlic and sausage; cook 4 minutes or until garlic begins to brown and sausage is heated through, stirring occasionally. Increase heat to medium-high. Add tomatoes to pan; cook 1 minute. Add pasta mixture, salt, and pepper to pan; cook 3 minutes or until thoroughly heated, stirring occasionally. Stir in seasoning.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Rosemary Apricot Pork Tenderloin

There aren't many pork tenderloin recipes I pass on.  I always have one tenderloin in the freezer, we usually make it once a week.  There are just so many recipes you can try and we always end up with a good amount of leftovers.  This recipe looked perfect for a summer dinner.  It was easy to make and was really good.  The pork was full of flavor, I couldn't get enough of the apricot sauce.  Hubs also gave it two thumbs up and asked for it to be added to our monthly rotation.  Enjoy!

Rosemary Apricot Pork Tenderloin
Courtesy of Taste of Home 


  • 3 tablespoons minced fresh rosemary or 1 tablespoon dried rosemary, crushed
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 pork tenderloins (1 pound each)
  • GLAZE:
  • 1 cup apricot preserves
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced


  • In a small bowl, combine the rosemary, 1 tablespoon oil, garlic, salt
  • and pepper; brush over pork.
  • In a large ovenproof skillet, brown pork in remaining oil on all
  • sides. Bake at 425° for 15 minutes.
  • In a small bowl, combine the glaze ingredients; brush over pork. Bake
  • 10-15 minutes longer or until a meat thermometer reads 160°,
  • basting occasionally with pan juices. Let stand for 5 minutes before
  • slicing. Yield: 8 servings.
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