Peanut Butter and Jelly Bar

There is a coffee shop in Nampa that I just love called The Flying M. MMMmmmm great coffee and great pastries. My favorite is their peanut butter and jelly bar. It was good, I thought I would try and make a recipe and have it all to myself, muah hahahahaha. 

I found a recipe in my friend’s family cook book and decided to add to it so here it goes!

  • 3/4 cup shortening
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 1/4 cup peanut butter, I used chunky, but smooth will do too
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 2 1/2 cups of flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup of jelly of your choice, I used grape
  • casserole dish

Mix the first 5 ingredients in one bowl. Stir together and blend the next 4 ingredients in another bowl. Mix these two bowls together. Pour and pack down about half of the batter. Using a spoon, randomly put spoonfuls of jelly over the packed peanut butter batter. Then, do the same with the remainder of the batter. Bake at 375 degrees for 20-25 minutes, check for crispiness. If it is not done, check every 5 minutes. Take out of the oven and let it cool for several hours. This will help set the jelly. Enjoy!


Note: I did not write down the changes I made to the family recipe therefore it is just an estimate. When I make it again, I will update the recipe if needed. Please feel free to comment with your experience.


Bread Machine – Apple Bread

So my boyfriend is out of town for a few days working and I decided to brave the bread machine for the first time. He usually does the bread baking… and I watch… from the livingroom. I thought that since he is out of town, I can try it and if it doesn’t work, I can throw it out. If it does work, then I can impress him with some mmm mmm good bread.

I tried to find bread recipes that had ingredients that we already had. My ma split a bulk purchase of yeast with us and my love bought a few bags of bread flour a while ago. So we have the basics, but I wanted something other than his norm of honey oat bread. Don’t get me wrong, his recipe is awesome, I just wanted to try something new.

I found this Apple Chunk Bread Machine Bread. Looked easy so I thought I’d give it a try. Then I thought, oh $*&^ I don’t know how to use that machine. Fortunately I found a PDF for the manual. Sweet, got that figured out. I love Google… and Pinterest.

I kind of… well did… read the instructions backwards… You are to add the chopped apples at the beep. Yeah, the beep isn’t after 2 hours and 25 minutes has past…. it is when the bread machine says that 2 hours and 25 minutes is left… I thought I had time to sew and then come back way later to peel and chop an apple… No… 35 minutes after I started the machine it beeped. I finally got the apple chunks in 10 minutes after I was supposed to. It looked so runny and the apples just piled up on the walls. So I used a spatula and scrapped the walls and prayed.

It turned out perfect. I am very proud of my first attempt! And looked who just walked in as I’m writing this post!

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Mustard Chicken Leg Quarters

We went to Winco to do some filler shopping and could not find the store packaged chicken breast, WTH? Meat is getting so expensive, too. However, I did find some store packaged (as in not Foster Farms) leg quarters. Four leg quarters for $5.17! Awesomeness. Even though it’s not chicken breasts, at least we can try something slightly different for a good price.

I was in the mood for mustard. I love mustard. Great for combating arthritis, asthma, gastrointestinal cancer, and many other things, and it tastes great! I found this recipe on, wait for it….. Pinterest and made a one modification. I added powdered mustard. Love it!

Try it out! It is cheap, tasty, and easy!



Baked Salmon Patties

I love salmon! Especially Kokanee Salmon caught, prepared, and canned by grandma and grandpa.

I wanted to try salmon patties but most of the recipes I have found fry the patties. I can’t have fried foods so I finally found one that gave baking instructions! Yeah!

I found a recipe on Pinterest and altered it to my liking. These are great for my small family because I can make the whole batch of about 9 and they last us for about 2 meals or more.

Here’s my recipes using the link above plus my alterations:

Preheat oven to 350*F

  • 1 (14.75 oz) canned salmon, drained and flaked
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1/4 cup seasoned dry bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup dry potato flakes
  • 1/2 cup onion, minced
  • 2 Tablespoons minced garlic (I like the refrigerated jar)
  • 1/4 tsp dried dill weed
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1/4 tsp celery seed
  • salt and pepper to taste


Mix all of the above in a large bowl.


Scoop out enough to cover your palm and pat it to form a patty.


Place the patty on a baking sheet. Then bake for about 15 minutes. You are just cooking the egg. We like to squeeze some lemon juice on each of them while they are still hot! Or when you are about to reheat them in the microwave.



Rice Brainstorm

I love bulk rice. I love WINCO’s bulk section. I highly suggest buying two of the big containers that have the black lid that spins on (entertaining to spin on and off and preserves your dry foods well). Also, buying the 25 pound bags of beans and rice are well worth it.

With my sensitive tummy, rice can be a life saver. My doctor put me on the BRAT diet a while back until he figured out what was wrong with my stomach. Turned out my gallbladder (or lack of one) made my body intolerant of many things. Rice is a great source of energy, is easy on the tummy, and it is inexpensive per serving.

I like to cook my rice in two cup batches in the rice cooker. This sometimes lasts us one meal but usually it lasts us for 3 or more meals. Just put it in a zipping bag, and let it cool, then refrigerate it.

Here are some easy and inexpensive meal ideas for rice:

Rice cereal – Heat up some rice, a bit of milk, little bit of butter, spoon full of sugar, a dash of cinnamon, maybe even some raisins. Mmmmm

Taco/Burrito/Huevos Rancheros – Add rice to these.

Casseroles – Like Chicken, cream of chicken, and rice baked.

Fried rice – dice up some cooked meat, add some frozen veggies, add a few scrambled eggs, and fry it up!

Soups – Add already made rice to your soups!

Check out my Pinterest board on food for more ideas!

Patty Pan Cornbread

Today I made some quick chili and really wanted some cornbread to go with it. However, I did not want plain Jane cornbread. So I looked around the kitchen at what I had to spruce it up.


I had these patty pans just sitting on the kitchen counter staring at me for about 2 months. They were left over from an overflowing garden that a neighbor gave to us. I have never ate them, let alone cooked with them. They look like a Thanksgiving decoration to me.

Have I told you how much I love Pinterest? Well I love Pinterest for brainstorming, recipes, crafts, fashion, remedies, makeup tutorials, boredom, etc. So I searched for patty pan recipes on Pinterest.  I found a recipe for patty pan bread as inspiration.

Here’s what I made:

Kick’n Cornbread with Patty Pans

  • Box of cornbread mix (Like Jiffy)
  • Half a cup of chopped Patty Pans
  • 1+ Tablespoon of canned chopped green chilies
  • 1/2 cup of milk
  • 1 egg


Mix ingredients as specified on the boxed cornbread mix. Boil chopped patty pans for 5 minutes. Drain and mash patty pans. Add mashed patty pans to the cornbread mix. Add the green chilies. Mix lightly, until the patty pans and chilies and even through the mix. Cook as indicated on the cornbread mix box.


YUMMY and delicious! According to, patty pans are packed with vitamins and minerals!



Easy Turkey and Rice Soup

The clouds and cold wind started coming in today. We had just finished doing a yard sale and were beat and cold.

We still have a lot of turkey left over. My handsome honey is not a fan of soup nor cooked veggies so my lil one and I made ourselves some throw together soup just for the two of us. I made my honey a simple turkey salad sandwich with cheese. He’s easily pleased.

I also like to make a bunch of rice ahead of time for future meals. So I started up about 2 cups of dry rice in the rice cooker. Then started my soup. This is just a guide. There is no exact measurement. If you have a can of chopped tomatoes, or white onion, or want to add corn, do it!!!

  • About 1 cup of turkey stock (I had made some a few days prior)
  • 2 coups of water
  • Cut up one medium – large carrot
  • Cut up one celery stock
  • 2 chopped garlic cloves
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 cup of chopped cooked turkey
  • 1/4 cup of onion (I used red)
  • Optional: if you are feeling down from the weather, add a slight pinch of cayenne pepper. Clear those sinuses up.

Bring all of this to a boil and cook until the carrots are tender to your liking.

Usually, when the rice cooker is done, so are my boiled veggies.

I DO NOT like over mushy rice so I added took the soup off the stove and added about 1-2 cups of rice and served it up.

Mmmmm…. simple, cheap, delicious.