Friday, June 6, 2014

Rhubarb Streusel Muffins

{I Think I Can} Rhubarb Streusel Muffins

Oh Rhubarb!  
How I love thee!  
I just love the tart accent/contrast it adds to things!  
Here is a very moist, cinnamon-y, streusel-y 
GOOD recipe 
for rhubarb muffins!  


1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1 cup applesauce, (or pear sauce is what I used)
1 egg, beaten
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 cup old fashioned oats
1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
2 teaspoons cinnamon
2 cups chopped rhubarb

Combine butter, sugar, applesauce and egg in a mixing bowl and beat on low speed until combined. The mixture will look curdled. In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves and salt; stir into butter mixture, just until moistened. Stir in cubed rhubarb. Fill paper-lined (or sprayed) muffin cups 3/4 full; generously sprinkle with Streusel. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 to 30 minutes. or until center is firm when touched, or toothpick comes out clean.
Streusel: Blend all ingredients with a pastry blender until crumbly. This makes a lot, so be generous on each one, you won't be sorry.


What are some things you use rhubarb in?

Adapted from a recipe in the cookbook: Gooseberry Patch Christmas, Book 12

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Pina Colada Salad

{I Think I Can} 2 Ingredient Pina Colada Salad

Need an idea for a refreshing summer fruit salad?  What about something that is quick & easy!?  

Perhaps an idea for a Memorial Day Picnic, coming right up!!?

Try some of this deliciousness, I guarantee you that you won't be disappointed!!  

{I Think I Can} 2 ingredient Pina Colada Salad


1 pineapple
1/4 cup Coco Real- Cream of Coconut

Dice pineapple into small chunks, & stir in the Cream of Coconut.  Chill until ready to serve.
(Yes, it's that easy!)

If you want to mix it up a bit, add other fruit of choice, maybe some blueberries & strawberries to make it festive...Get those creative juices flowing (as if your salivary glands won't be juicing enough when you take one bight of this! :) )


Wishing you all a wonderful Memorial Day with family & friends.  And thanking God for this freedom we have & those who have given their lives to make it possible!


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Saturday, March 15, 2014

Apple Streusel Coffee Cake

{I Think I Can} Apple Streusel Coffee Cake

Sunday morning we are having two of my cousins from Oregon here for breakfast. What a treat! Plus I love breakfast food, & when do I go "all out" for just the two of us?  

So here's the menu: Frozen Fruit Cups, Hard Boil Egg Casserole, Crescent Sausage Cheese Squares...and I used some of my homemade Canned Apple Pie Filling, to make this delicious Coffee Cake! 


2 tsp cinnamon
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 cup chopped pecans
3 cups flour
1 cup sugar
1 ½ cup milk
½ cup butter, softened
3 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
3 eggs
3 TBS butter, melted

1 ½ cup powdered sugar
2 TBS melted butter
1 ½ tsp vanilla
4-5 tsp hot water

Preheat oven to 350. Grease 9x13 pan.  Combine pie filling & cinnamon – set aside. Combine brown sugar and nuts – set aside. In large bowl or Kitchen Aid Mixer, combine flour, sugar, milk, ½ cup softened butter, baking powder, salt, & eggs. Mix on low for 30 seconds.  Beat on medium speed for 2 minutes. Pour half of the batter into 9x13 pan. Spoon half of the pie filling evenly over batter. Spread half the brown sugar mixture evenly over pie filling. Add remaining batter to pan and spread remaining pie filling over top. Mix 3 TBS melted butter with the remaining brown sugar mixture. Spread evenly over top of cake.  Bake 60+ minutes until tester comes out clean.  Drizzle with the frosting 20 minutes after cake comes out of the oven.

{I Think I Can} Apple Streusel Coffee Cake

Friday, March 14, 2014

Beef Pot Pie & 3.14

Did you know 
today is Pi Day? 

{I Think I Can}: Leftover Beef Stew Pot Pie

So, one thing I've been trying to do lately is find creative ways to use up left overs, because a certain someone doesn't like to eat leftovers in this house...and how do you cook for 2 people & NOT have leftovers?


I had some leftover Beef Stew, and thought...what about Beef Pot Pie?  Kinda like Chicken Pot Pie, right!?  It has the meat, potatoes, veggies... just add a crust ( & He loves Chicken Pot Pie, so it's worth a try...!)  

Plus today is Pi Day (3.14)...Get it?  Kinda neat, huh!?  :)  So here's the recipe for the easy way to use up left over Beef Stew.


1 9-inch pie crust
left over Beef Stew
1 pkg Brown Gravy Mix
1 egg, beaten

Place Beef Stew in pie pan.  Make the gravy according to package directions. Pour over top of stew (I didn't use it all, depends on how dry it is, and how much stew you used...).  Place crust on top.  Poke holes in it--make a cool design, be creative, make a secret message...:)  Brush with half of the beaten egg.  
Bake at 375 for 40 minutes.

Happy Pi Day everyone!


Thursday, November 14, 2013

Easy Apple Pie

{I Think I Can}: Easy Apple Pie with Streusel Topping

This morning I needed to take a pie into our local nursing home.  They have homemade pie day twice a month, 
where volunteers bring in pies for the residents to enjoy.  

I wanted to do something easy, since I didn't have a lot of extra time, so I decided to use a jar of my 
canned apple pie filling from earlier this year!  
It was ready to go in the oven in no time!
(Proving handy to have on hand, once more!)


1 9-inch pie crust
1/2 recipe of apple crisp topping

Place crust into 9 inch pie pan.  Pour pie filling into crust. Sprinkle with the streusel topping, then a little cinnamon over top.  Bake @ 325 for 15 min. then at 350 for 45 min. longer.  ENJOY!
I made a full batch of the streusel topping, and it was too much, so next time I'll just make a half a recipe, 
so there's no leftovers tempting me to eat them!

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