Friday, February 20, 2009

Pumpkin Muffins


2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups sugar
1 t pumpkin pie spice
1 t baking soda
1/2 t salt
2 eggs
1 cup canned or cooked pumpkin
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 cups finely chopped peeled apples

1/4 cup sugar
2 T all-purpose flour
1/2 t ground cinnamon
4 t cold butter or margarine

In a bowl, combine the first five ingredients. In another bowl, combine the eggs, pumpkin and oil; stir into dry ingredients just until moistened. Fold in apples. Fill paper-lined muffin cups two-thirds full. In a small bowl, combine sugar, flour and cinnamon. Cut in butter until crumbly. Sprinkle over batter.
Bake at 350 degrees for 35-40 minutes or until golden brown. Cool for 5 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks.

Tomato Basil Soup

This is Amazing- truly


4 Cups Canned Whole Tomatoes- use fresh garden ones too!
4 Cups Unsalted Tomatoe Juice
12-14 Fresh Basil Leaves (fresh is what makes it but it's fine with dried. Use 3 T)
1 Cup Heavy Whipping Cream- or Plain Yogurt if your watching the calories
1/2 Cup Unsalted Butter
And I add 1 can artichoke hearts- chopped

Puree tomatoes and basil
Put all ingredients in slow cooker about 4 hours

Top with Homemade Croutons and Parmesan Cheese
*We dip the homemade rolls in it, ohhhhh

I have this on my food storage list but it's one of those that I stock up on the the things that are no perishable but rely on the grocery store for the rest. So this would not be my full proof FS meal.

Fruit Balls "Ballie Balls"

A great way to get all your fiber in! These are an all time favorite of mine from Aunt Marian. She made them up, and she's Italian so no recipe. Just a little of this and a little of that! But here is how I make them, and it's very easy to do your own thing with these.

Dried Fruits:
1/2 Cup of each, and chop in food processor

Place all chopped fruit in a bowl and add
1 Cup Peanut Butter (I use the crunchy)

Add In's if desired
Oat bran
Powder Fiber

Mix all together and roll into balls. Then roll into coconut or chopped nuts. Or leave it alone. What ever! I prefer the coconut because then it becomes a little dessert for me!

Keep covered and store in fridge.

I'll get a picture of these soon!