Biscoff Chocolate Chip Cookies

IMG_8703Cookies are the perfect little handheld snack. Delicious. Plus, it is a treat that everybody in the whole family loves. I mean really have you ever met a person who doesn’t like cookies? Ginger is my personal favourite, with chocolate chip being a very close second. As I have also recently discovered I love to bake with Biscoff spread, these cookies were a match made in heaven. The recipe was found over at Dinners, Dishes and Desserts and was almost immediately added to the menu plan. I helped that I had all the ingredients in the house already, that always helps the grocery budget along. They were a hit, and we quite enjoyed ourselves eating these little gems.

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup Biscoff spread ( or other cookie butter )
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/4 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. cinnamon
  • 2 cups milk chocolate chips ( one 12 ounce package)

1. Beat butter, biscoff, and both sugars until fluffy. Beat in egg and vanilla. Add flour with  next 4 ingredients. Beat until combined. Stir in 1 cup of the chocolate chips.

2. Refrigerate dough for 1 hour. Remove from fridge and scoop small spoonfuls of dough onto cookie sheet. Top each dough mound with 4-5 chocolate chips. Bake for 8 minutes. Remove from oven and let sit on cookie sheet for additional 2 minutes. Remove to cool.

3. Eat and enjoy!

Buttery Rolls

IMG_8588Warm, Delicious, Homemade Buns. Is there any side dish better? I could eat my weight in buns. I love my bread, and when you are smelling the whole process through out the day it just adds to the anticipation. With the help of a bread machine this makes the process so easy. It is a wonderful addition to any kitchen.

Recipe from Allrecipes

  • 1 cup warm milk
  • 1/2 cup softened butter
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 4 cups bread flour
  • 2 1/4 tsp. bread machine yeast

1. Place ingredients in bread machine in order listed. Select dough cycle. When that has finished remove dough and let rest 10  minutes.

2. Divide into 24 equal portions and roll into balls. Place in greased 13×9 inch baking dish.

3. Cover and let rise for 15 minutes in warm spot.

4. Bake for 15 minutes at 375 degrees. Serve with additional butter.

5. Eat and enjoy!

Roast Pheasant

IMG_8657Sometimes the family will pick something very challenging for “picks of the month”. This was one of those months when hubby announced Pheasant. What? The kids and I are really enjoying Roald Dahl books at the moment as I got a huge set for Christmas. The book Danny Champion of the World is a favorite, so when our youngest said she wanted to try pheasant dad’s pick was chosen. First of all we had to find one. Not something that you can just pick up at the grocery store. At 27 dollars for a small bird, it was a hefty portion of that weeks grocery budget. Then came the task of figuring out how to cook the darn thing. After a boatload of stress cooking a very expensive meat with no idea at all how to do it, I decided to just follow this recipe at Allrecipes to the letter. It worked perfectly. Phew. What does Pheasant taste like? Chicken. It tastes like chicken.

  • 1 pheasant
  • 2 sprigs fresh rosemary
  • 1 tsp. dried thyme
  • 1 cup olive oil
  • salt and pepper

1. Rub salt and pepper all over bird.

2. Strip leaves off of rosemary and chop. Stir into olive oil with the thyme. Place pheasant in small roasting pan. Cover with olive oil.

3. Bake at 250 degrees for 1 hour, basting every 20 minutes. Cover and continue to cook one additional hour, still basting every 20 minutes. Let sit for 10 minutes before slicing.

4. Eat and enjoy!

The Donut Mill – Red Deer

IMG_1575There is a land called Gasoline Alley, just on the outside of Red Deer. It is always, always a stop when driving from Calgary to Edmonton, or of course vice versa. A place to use the facilities, a place to stretch your legs and of course, a place to grab a snack to eat in the car. Or a whole meal depending on the time of day. So we stopped at Gasoline Alley for a sandwich, and of course a donut too. There was every possible flavor possible to choose from. If you can imagine it they have it. We didn’t just have a donut of course, although that was the real fun part of the meal. They have a nice little make your own sandwich station, fresh bread, fresh veggies and your choice of meat. So our sandwich and donut loving family left quite happy. On our way home from a long day.
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