Friday, August 26, 2011

Condensed Milk Cookies!!!

This is one of those really easy cheap versatile recipe that once you try it you'll never buy biscuits again!

After all who can go past 120 plus cookies for under $5!!!!!!

I came across this recipe on the FlyLady forum a few years back. One of them members had posted it then from somewhere else and they are awesome!!!

This recipe make approx 120 biscuits, depending on what you add in it will probably make more!

I love that this recipe is EGG FREE for those that need that, great to take to parties or to school events.

The batch I have made today will be coming on holidays with us. We have our own campervan with a full oven so I'll be able to make fresh cookies along the way!

Condensed Milk Cookies
500g butter/marg
1 cup sugar
1 can sweetened condensed milk {or try making your own}
5 cups self raising flour {wholemeal works well apparently too}

Cream the butter/marg and sugar.
Beat in the condensed milk.
Fold in the flour. You may need a bit more flour depending on what flavourings you add plus flours absorbency changes from season to season too.
Add your flavourings.
Roll into balls, flatten slightly and bake in a moderate oven {180C} for 15-20 minutes or until lightly golden.

I like to divide my mix into about four and make four different flavours.
Today I made milo, sultana and cornflake, choc chip and custard. OMG I haven't made custard ones before and the dough tastes divine!!!!

I like to roll my mixes into a log, set in the fridge for a little while and then I can just slice the biscuits off and bake as needed. This will keep in the fridge for quite a few days but it's great to pop the logs into the freezer. The dough only needs about 10 minutes to defrost just enough to slice up {I defrost while I preheat the oven and get the trays ready}.
If you keep a couple of logs of cookie dough in the freezer you'll always have cookies on hand for after school snacks or those unexpected visitors.

The other alternative is to roll the dough into balls, freeze on a cookie sheet, then pop them into a ziplock bag. But be warned! Those little frozen balls of cookie dough are VERY DEADLY!

The options for flavourings are endless! for some more ideas check out this post at Stay At Home Mum.

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Thursday, August 25, 2011

Crocheted Crochet Bag

Isn't this all so bright and lovely?

I particularly took tot he bag in the forefront full of scrummy yarn. So seeing as I had heaps of yarn leftover from my Garden of Flowers cushion I decided to give it a go.

At first I was going to make large granny squares like the photo but changed my mind on the square pattern. Then I thought I would make each side four squares big, but that wasn't going to be enough, so now they are going to be 9 squares big with the base the same.
I'll join them with more lavender yarn I think and make a couple of nice sized handles for it.

I have only just started the squares, have another 43 to go!

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Some finished crocheted projects

I have been busy this week finishing off some crocheted projects I had hanging around here before we go away. Some I actually needed to take with us!

First of all is my bright garden of flowers cushion.
I was inspired by this Pin on Pinterest

isn't it so pretty!

So I thought I'd make my own. I chose some very bright colours so it doesn't really have that vintagey feel :( but I love it! It has certainly brightened up my lounge after such a dull dreary winter.

the back

button closure

The pattern for these flowers is {here}

Next up I finished off the boys rice heat packs

the backs, I might have to add a button or two for a good closure

The inserts I made from an old pair of jeans, filled with rice, forgot to fragrance them though ooops

I have another project that I am dying to share but I can't just yet soon though.

I'm linking up with:
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Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Menu Plan 18th ~ 26th August

A slightly shorter menu plan this week as we are heading away on a little holiday, more about that when we get back.

My finace Brian has just had a change of hours this last fortnight and is now working 3 nights in the fortnight 2pm-10pm. I have been surprised how well the evening have been running actually. Just been making sure that I am super organised in the mornings before he works.
Once we are back from holidays we will be stocking the freezer with lots of meat and then I'll spend a day or two cooking a heap of meals and packaging them individually for him to be able to take a decent meal to work with him.
But for now I have frozen a couple of leftovers for him to use. This fortnight I'll make a massive killer lasagne which I'll freeze a few extra portions for him to have. Luckily there is only one more night shift before we go away.
I will also be getting a few things prepared for being away. I want to cook a corned beef the day before we go so that we have some cold meat while away, will last us a couple of lunches.
Some cookie dough for the freezer so I can bake them for snacks. The freezer is only small in the camper but plenty big enough for some cookie dough and frozen peas.
I'll have some snack already baked for those first few days.
Plus we leave nice and early, before breakfast to get a head start, and then stop along the way for brekky. the first time we all travelled away we stopped for a cooked breakfast each at a roadhouse. Then we just had the bigger boys, teenagers though mind you, and it cost us over $60 for breakfast! So since then I ave cooked us Brekky rolls (will post a recipe up when I can, hopefully before we go away) and pack juice, muffins, fruit and yoghurt. Costs us way less that $60 and we usually have plenty leftover for a late 'lunch' when we arrive at our destination.

I must also make sure I have printed off a couple of easy recipes for snacks scrolls, brownies etc to make while we are away and make sure I have stocked the pantry with suitable items

So here's this fortnights menu plan:

Thurs ~ Chicken snitzels parmy and veg
Fri ~ Crumbed fish and veg
Sat - Lasagne
Sun - Roast Pork and veg
Mon ~ Soup of some sort possibly hocks and veg
Tues ~ Sausages and veg
Wed ~ Baked Chicken and veg
Thurs ~ Marinated Pork Chops and veg
Fri ~ Apricot Chicken, rice and veg - a no brainer the night before we pack

Condensed Milk Cookie Dough for the freezer
Fruit muffins for our brekky
Corned Beef
Brekky Wraps
Make up another batch of dry snacks for the kids (sultana buds, pretzels, banana chips and sultanas)

Linking up with:
The Organised Housewife

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Baking Pleasures!

I woke yesterday morning with wonderful plans of baking running around in my head.

Picture courtesy of Cooking for the Gang

First up I had to make this Anzac Cake that I saw while blog hopping the other day. OMG!
I did tweak the recipe a little though. I am not that keen on coconut, and the recipe didn't have rolled oats in it. Can't be Anzac without rolled outs, so I replaced half the amount of coconut with quick cooking oats, instead.
I made the icing too, amazingly my icing hating fiance loved it. He loved the touch of honey in it. It was nice, but honestly the cake is so yummy you don't need icing.

My other venture for the day was a bit of an experiment. I had thoughts the other day about making a variation on cinnamon rolls. I really wanted to replace the cinnamon with milo. How yum would that be!

Then I thought hmmmm I wonder if I add milo into the dough mix and then put choc chips in the middle!
So that's exactly what I did!

The recipe is an adaptation from one I used form Play Time Snacks on Facebook.

Milo Scrolls
3 cups Self Raising Flour
1 cup milo
3 T butter/marg
1 egg
2/3 cup milk
3/4 pkts (180g or so) of choc chips

Combine flour, milo, butter, egg and milk to form a dough. Mix is often a tad wet, so just add some more flour until it's right.
Roll out into a rectangle shape onto a floured board.
Sprinkle with choc chips, and roll up from the long end into a sausage.
Cut into 12 piece.
Place in a greased lasagne dish, Bake at 180C for 20-30 minutes or until lightly browned.

for those that are not in Australia Milo is a chocolate milk drink made from malted barley. Very good for you. You could add cocoa instead (but maybe only about 1/3 cup), and I would then add a couple of tablespoons of sugar to the dough too as milo is already sweetened a little. Or think about using something like Nesquick. Oooo now that has me thinking of strawberry scrolls with white choc chips!

***I tried the Strawberry Nesquik and it was aweful***

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Chicken Pie Casserole

I just love a yummy chicken casserole. I'm also quite fond of chicken pies. Just love that creamy gravy in them mmmmm.
The filling in this casserole is just like a chicken pie, but has a yummy potato top, no pastry to tend with or cling to the hips.
This make one massive casserole too.

 First up I start with the carrots. I chopped up about 4 carrots.

 Popped them in a microwave container with a bit of water and zapped them for 3 minutes with he lid on, to start them cooking.
Just realised I didn't take a pic of the broccoli. I cut the broccoli into florets and half precooked them in the microwave too

Next I diced about 500g of chicken thighs. This was quite a bit of chicken and could have got away with about 300gms really. I have also used 2-3 cups of cooked chicken (either leftovers or taken from a takeaway chicken).

 Sliced up some mushies

 This is my cooking area. Everything laid out ready to go.

 In a nice sided stock pot I browned off the chicken and a couple of good teaspoons of crushed garlic form the jar. 
I didn't add any oil, just sprayed with some cooking spray.
Also add a couple of chopped onions here, I had run out, can you believe that, no onions! so I added in some dehydrated onion flakes later on instead.

 Next add in the mushies. Cook for a couple of minutes and then remove the meat and veg to a bowl.

 Now to make a roux. melt butter/marg in the stock pot.

 Add in the plain flour.

 Mix to a paste and cook stirring for a couple of minutes to cook off the flour.

 Add in the chicken stock a little at a time, making sure all the lumps have been worked out before adding the next amount of liquid. You can add a tablespoon or two of skim milk powder now if you like it really creamy, but it doesn't really need it.
If the stock isn't thick enough thicken with a little bit of cornflour and water paste

 Add all the meat and veggies in. Stir thought the sauce.

 Pour into a casserole dish

 Slice spuds fairly thinly. I always leave the skin on, extra roughage and vitamins, but feel free to peel if your family doesn't like the skin.

 Layer on top of the casserole

 Sprinkle with salt, pepper and paprika

 Bake for an hour at 180C or until nice a golden on top

Dish up!

Chicken Pie Casserole

4 carrots, peeled and diced
1-2 heads of broccoli, cut into florets
300-500gms of chicken thighs (thighs are best, breast tends to dry out, but can substitute with 2-3 cups of cooked chicken)
2 large teaspoons of crushed garlic
10 mushies, sliced
1/4 cup butter or marg
1/3 cup plain flour
1 ltr chicken stock (I just use water and stock cubes)
approx 4 large spuds, enough to cover the top of your casserole nicely
Salt, pepper and paprika to taste

This can be such a versatile meal. you can add in whatever veggies your family prefers or that you have on hand. I have thrown in corn kernels and sweet potato before, so yummy!

Would love to hear from you if you try this recipe!

Take Care

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Menu Plan 4th ~ 17th August

I picked up the new 4 Ingredients Kids Cookbook last week. OMG so many fantastic recipes in there! Can't wait to try some.

Thurs ~ Baked Spuds with lots of toppings
Fri ~ Chow Mein
Sat ~ Katrina & Amie (from The Block) Nans Chicken & Corn Chowder
Sun - Sausages and veg
Mon~ Roast Chicken
Tues ~ Fish and veg
Wed ~ Special Baked Beans on toast with a poached egg
Thurs ~ Devilled Sausages
Fri ~ Pork Sweet and Sour
Sat ~ Pumpkin Soup with homemade bread
Sun ~ Corned Beef
Mon ~ Baked Drumsticks and roast vegies (might have to look up my KFC recipe I think)
Tues ~ Spaghetti Bolognaise and Garlic Bread
Wed - Quiche and salad

This fortnight I need to use up some weetbix crumbs so I'll be searching the Sanitarium website for some yummy recipes. will be scouring the new 4 Ingredients Kids Cookbook for some inspiration too.

Linking up with:
The Organised Housewife

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Last fortnights menu plan

Ooops I forgot to post the rest of last fortnights menu plan after all the excitement of guest posting for The Organised Housewife.

Here it is:

Thurs ~ Sandwiches (we went out for lunch)
Fri ~ Sausages and veg
Sat ~ Chicken, Veg and Noodle Soup with homemade bread
Sun ~ Low fat Creamy Tomato Tuna Pasta and Garlic Bread
Mon ~ Roast Pork
Tues - Hawaiian Burgers
Wed ~ Tuna Mornay Pasta Bake and Garlic Bread

Top see the rest of last fortnights menu plan pop on over and check out my blog post at The Organised Housewife.

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