Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Pumpkin Pancakes

The obsession continues! 
Pumpkin this and pumpkin that, Id even eat pumpkin with a bat! 

Well when I start rhyming like Dr. Seuss its probably time to just post a recipe, sooooo...shall we?

My friend julie has been begging me for this recipe for a week now. 
I originally had planned to post it last week right after i made them for everyone, but between prepping for halloween festivities & taking a much needed trip to Santa Cruz for my sons 16th birthday things got crazy. 

So here ya go Julie! Recipe time! 

Once again i feel the need to remind you all im not big for measuring things. I am an eyeball & see what works kind of cook so i will be adapting my own recipe to the general pancake mix recipe for you all to follow but i prefer a little thicker batter so get creative if you are a rebel like me hehe. 

So after you have the batter to your liking follow these steps and make sure to adjust to your own preference. I love pumpkin flavor so this is a very strong pumpkiny flavor. 

2 Heaping Cups of pumpkin (not pie filling) 
1 Cup brown sugar
1 Tsp pumpkin pie filling

Whisk all ingredients into pancake mix until smooth 

I like to make big pancakes so i use the 1 cup to drizzle batter into hot buttered pan & then some. 

Each side takes about 1 1/2 - 2 minutes 

I hope you all enjoy them as much as we did and as always please leave feedback or questions if you would like. 

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Pumpkin Meringue Cookies

Tis' the season for all things pumpkin! 
My favorite time of year, and as some of my friends would say its also the time of year where i accept the challenge of living off of pumpkin everything!Aha, so it would seem. 
My lovely friend Rachel over at Up Your Cupcake  pointed this out last night by posting this on my facebook wall. 

Im extremely guilty! 
So of course I have been busy creating pumpkiny goodness in my kitchen. This first pumpkin installment of the 2014 autumn season is in the form of a re-creation that you've seen here before. Meringue Cookies! These by far are my favorites right now. I was a little anxious to make these considering the unstableness of a meringue. Fortunately it was alot easier than i thought, just took a little more time. My sister & I enjoyed these with some Pumpkin Coffee. It went very well together as you can imagine. So here it is! Enjoy, share, & feedback is always welcome! Have a Peaceful Day!


4 egg whites
1 Heaping Tbsp Pumpkin Puree' 
2 Tsp Cream of Tartar
3/4 cup sugar ( I tend to use less because I like mine less sweet)

Preheat oven to 225
Whip egg whites on low until frothy, then add  Cream of Tartar slowly.

Continue to whip on low until soft peaks form. Slowly add sugar & Pumpkin Puree. 

Turn to medium speed & continue to whip until stiff peaks form & will stand up on their own. 

Spoon mix onto cookie sheet lined with parchment paper & bake for 2 - 3 hours. Let cool for 1 hour before eating.

Enjoy the pumpkiny goodness! 

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Melody's Version of Chop Suey

1 lb of hamburger lean
a little ginger
a little brown sugar
a little garlic powder
balsamic vinegar
one onion chopped roughly
lots of mushrooms
salt and pepper

brown hamburger
add brown sugar
add balsamic vinegar and let cook for a few
add ginger and garlic & stir
add wine & stir
cook on med/low for 20 min stirring occasionally
make slurry with milk and corn starch and add and stir

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Mel'z 20 Minute Parmesan Mac & Cheese

A few months ago after a family camping trip I got sick & was in a rush to get dinner done. 
Matt was almost home, the kids were grumpy, & I was physically & mentally drained. 
So i grabbed a few staples & decided to see what happened. 
20 min later dinner was served!
This happened & i think its quite good. 
So ill share with you all & you can tell me what you think. 
Here we go.

1 LB Fusilli Pasta
4 Tsp Garlic Powder
3 C. Parmesan
1 C. Cheddar
Broccoli Florets (to taste)
2 Tbs Italian Seasoning
1 Tsp Cayenne
1Tbs Butter or Margarine
3 Cups Heavy Whipping Cream or 3 cups Half & Half for a lighter version
1 Cup Water 

Boil pasta until its half way done & drain
Add Butter & all wet ingredients.
Turn to Medium Heat. 
Add Cayenne, Garlic Powder & Italian seasoning to pot
Once the liquid starts to boil again add 1/2 the cheese & stir frequently adding the rest of the cheese in slowly. Sauce will thicken pretty fast after this so stir diligently until pasta is done. 
Add broccoli on top pr mix in (as I did) 
Add Salt & Pepper to taste.

This is a pretty versatile recipe & i have added fresh garlic & chopped sauteed onions to it, green onions top it very well as well. 
Get creative! 
As always if you use this or any of my recipes please let me know how it came out. 
I love feedback!

Monday, July 28, 2014

DIY Taco Seasoning

You know, Ive never considered myself a "Do It Yourself" er. 

I guess my idea of a DIY'er  were these picture perfect, Donna Reed, Artsy Fartsy, Super Moms. Well sometime between 2009 & today I discovered my inner culinary & beauty DIY'er side which brings me to this recipe. 
Last night was Taco Night! I love me some tacos man! 
So the hubby & I prepped everything & started the meat & as it would happen....no taco seasoning left in the cupboard. So i did a pinterest search & found some basic recipes for 1 lb of ground beef. I however needed a 2lb recipe & something that used less cumin because I just dont like cumin much. So in true form I used a more unique but equally as flavorful recipe for 2lbs of meat. The beauty of making your own seasoning is that you can make it to suit your own or your family's likes & dislikes. Try it! Youll like it! Literally takes about a minute to do which is so cool to me.

  • 1 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1 tsp. sea salt
  • 3 tsp. chili powder
  • 1 tsp. Italian Seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp. Cayenne Pepper
  • 3 tsp. paprika
  • 3 tsp. onion powder
  • 2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. black pepper
Mix well in a small bowl or add ingredients to a ziplock bag & shake vigorously