Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Apple Cranberry Oatmeal

Apple Cranberry Oatmeal, Farmers Wife Original

It probably won't come as a surprise to many people that I'm posting 2 breakfast recipes in one week. But you know me and I LOVE breakfast foods! And with the holidays fast approaching... (Yes I realize that one is this Thursday... lol!) we can all use some healthier breakfast options after all the pumpkin pie we're about to consume.

This last week my hubby has been home a lot due to massive amounts of rain keeping them out of the fields, and when he's home I like to experiment with recipes. Well I've been playing around with oatmeal for a long time and this last week I made up a recipe my WHOLE family liked, and that is saying something since some of my family isn't huge on oatmeal. Now this recipe is something you could easily adjust to fit your taste. More sugar if you like it sweeter, or less if you like it more tart. Either way, it's fabulous, fast and easy!

Ingredients: yeilds 2 serving sizes, which actually fed all 4 of my family members
1 Granny Smith Apple, peeled and diced
1/4 cup Fresh Cranberries
1 3/4 cup Water
1 Cup Old Fashioned Oats
1 teaspoon Cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon Nutmeg
3 Tablespoons Brown Sugar

Put your water in a medium saucepan and allow it to come to a boil. Once it starts boiling add in the diced apple and the cranberries. Allow to cook for about 3 minutes, or until the berries have popped and the apples are softening. Add the oats, spices and sugar and stir. Allow the mixture to cook, stirring often for 5-6 minutes. Then cover and let sit for 2-3 minutes. Serve warm, with milk or however you like your oatmeal.

We give this 4.5 stars. My family loved it, my kids gobbled it up and so did I, my hubby said he'd like it more tart next time but otherwise loved it!

Happy Thanksgiving!
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Friday, November 22, 2013

Breakfast Sandwich

Breakfast Sandwich, The Farmers Wife Recipe

Today is a rainy day here in the southwest, which is something akin to a snow day for most of the nation. Things shut down, maybe not school unless it's flooding, but farms which is our biggest industry (and quite obviously my favorite!) and things just kind of slow down. For us being a homeschool family we take advantage of these rare and special days. My son gets the day off school because Daddy gets the day off work (well not really, he has paperwork but our 5 year old thinks that is fun too, I mean it's farm related so it must be awesome right?!?) And on days such as this I love making a special breakfast for my family.

Now don't take this to mean I ALWAYS make special breakfasts because it rains... Because I don't, I am in no way superwoman and there are times that a take out pizza suits me just fine! But then there are rainy days where all I want to do is bake, plus you add to it the holidays are just around the corner and it ups the baking desire. Well this isn't your normal baking recipe, and but my family loved it!

Now you can use whatever your favorite breakfast bread is, English muffins, bagels, sandwich thins, or even a tortilla and make it a burrito of sorts. But this is easy, and a great way to have breakfast on hand and ready for the whole week!

Eggs (no set amount, that is up to you!)
Canadian Bacon Slices (you can use ham, bacon or sausage as well, but this is our favorite)
Sliced Sharp Cheddar (again you can use your favorite, but sharp cheddar is AWESOME in this!)
English Muffins (or bread of choice, we used some honey wheat buns my Mom in law made!)

Spray the wells of a jumbo muffin tin with non stick spray. Crack one egg into each well, and break the yolk with a fork and add pepper. Bake at 350*F for about 20 minutes, or until cooked through. Meanwhile slice open your bread and place them open on a baking sheet. Place one slice of cheese on the top piece of bread, and the canadian bacon on the bottom. Once the eggs are finished cooking, remove from the oven and switch it to the broiler, place your pan with the bread under the broiler for a few minutes to melt the cheese and heat the meat, once done (keep a close eye on these!!) remove from the oven, place the meat on top of the cheese, and add the egg to the bottom bun, assemble and eat!

I know this isn't your typical recipe with strict guidelines etc. But it's really based on how much you want to make. Once these are made you can wrap them in wax paper and place in the fridge or freezer for a quick meal later in the week. Just make sure you unwrap it before heating in the microwave or oven. We loved these with homemade hashbrowns and some fruit on the side, and of course you can't forget the coffee! ;-) We give this 4 stars!

 Happy Eating!
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Friday, November 1, 2013

Banana Bread

~Banana Bread, Family recipe~
Happy weekend friends! Fall is among us now, even here in the southwest and I'm loving it! For me fall is all about soups, fresh baked bread, pumpkin coffee, hot chocolate, and delicious baked goods! What about the fall colors you ask? Well I'd love those too except I live in the desert and the only color changes I see are in the fields when the tractors are either Green (personal fave!) or Red (blech! hehe!). However I grew up back East and can totally appreciate the beautiful leaves changing colors, and at times do miss the change. But alas, I'm stuck baking up goodies in my kitchen instead of watching the leaves change... Hmmm... I think my waistline would be happier if I moved... ;-)

Ok, back to the recipe at hand. Well I have to admit I can't take all the credit for this one. It's a recipe I slightly adapted from my Mother In Law! Why did I change it you ask? No good reason, except pure laziness and my need to spice things up.... LOL! Ok, truthfully the original recipe has some wheat flour in it (which I rarely use and so it goes bad quickly) and OJ which doesn't keep long in my house... It's usually half gone by bedtime the day I buy it. I love the original recipe, and will post the original and tell you how I changed it so you can make it both ways and see it's fabulous no matter how you make it! 

Now I know, most everyone is posting sinfully delicious pumpkin recipes, and I love those too. But who doesn't love a good Banana Bread? This is great for fall, full of delicious flavor, and wonderfully moist! Enjoy a loaf or 2 this weekend, it's great with a cup of coffee! ;-)
1 1/4 Cup All Purpose Flour (or 1 3/4 cups if you're being lazy like me!)
1/2 Cup Wheat Flour
1 Cup Sugar
1 teaspoon Baking Soda
1 teaspoon Cinnamon (my additions, you can leave it out but I love the spiciness it adds!)
1/2 teaspoon Nutmeg (^ what she said up there!)
3 Mashed Bananas
1/4 Cup Margarine or Butter, softened
2 Tablespoons Orange Juice (I usually leave this out and just do all of it Lemon Juice)
1/4 teaspoon Lemon Juice
1 Egg
1/4-1/2 Cup Raisins (or chocolate chips, cinnamon chips, use your imagination here!)

Heat oven to 325*F, grease & flour (or use Baker's Joy!) the bottom and sides of a loaf pan, or mini loaf pans work too. Using your mixer blend all the the wet ingredients together, and while that's mixing whisk together the dry ingredients in a separate bowl. Add the dry ingredients to the wet and beat for 3 minutes at medium speed. Add the raisins, and gently mix. Then pour the batter into the prepared pan. Bake for 60-70 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. Remove from the pan and let it cool.

This is a pretty basic and classic recipe which is why we love it so much! My family gives this 5 stars, and I hope yours does too! ;-)
  Happy Fall Baking!
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