Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Hikers Survived and Recipes

Everyone will be happy to know that the older boys survived their scout adventure. Apparently the third time was the charm for actually making it to the top of Mount Washington. They had tried two times before and weather was a problem and they didn't make the summit. I believe this is the highest peak in New England. They also had a great day of river rafting and also paintballing. They came back tan and all in one piece, which is all a mother can really ask for so I feel very lucky.
To switch gears completely, here are a couple of recipes that people have asked me for lately:

Weight Watchers Muffins (aka Hidden Health Chocolate Chocolate Chip Muffins)

1 chocolate cake mix
1 can pumpkin
2/3 cup water

Mix these well and then add chocolate chips, about a cup or so. Bake at 350 in muffin tin sprayed with Pam for about 20 minutes.
A great way to trick your kids into eating lots of fiber and vitamin A, though to them it tastes like a treat!

Two Egg Cake

2 Cups flour
1 & 1/3 C sugar
2 1/2 tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp salt
1/2 C shortening
2/3 C milk
1 t vanilla
2 eggs, unbeaten
1/4 C milk*

Mix above with mixer for a couple of minutes. Spread in 9x13 or two 9" rounds that have been greased and floured 25-30 minutes at 350.
I'm sure this cake would be good many ways, but we make it into the best strawberry shortcake ever by splitting it in half and filling with smashed sweetened strawberries, then topping with (real) whipped cream. It is sooo yummy, everyone always wants the recipe.
*I do not know why there are two separate measurements of milk, but I just follow the recipe as it is printed in Grandma's cookbook and it works! It is kind of funny though. Also, if you need to double this, I recommend doing two separate cakes, not one big one in an oversize pan. That just hasn't worked well for me.

Noone asked for this, but I've made it twice in the last couple of weeks and thought it was really yummy. I got the recipe from my friend who brought it to our ward Cinqo de Mayo party.

Cinqo de Mayo Salad

Finely chopped iceburg lettuce (about 1/2-1 head, depending on how big you want the salad to be)
Finely chopped red onion (about 1/2 of a large one)
2 avocados chopped small
two or three tomatoes with seeds removed and chopped small
1 can of white corn, rinsed and drained
1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
cooked, chopped chicken breast (about 2-3 cups, I guess, which I made by baking with just salt and pepper, then chopping up)
shredded cheddar cheese (about a cup)
ranch dressing with a little bit of bbq sauce to coat, but not smother in dressing
serve with tortilla chips

You could vary the amounts to make it however big or small you want. Chop everything small so it's more like a salsa with lettuce than a salad It's really good but only for about two days after which it will get soggy, so just make as much as you will eat in two days or less!


ellen said...

I love that photo!!

Dantzel said...

Thanks for the recipes Lamb and I'm glad the boys survived!! It was so great to see you.

Mother said...

Thanks for the update and the recipes. How about the french toast one? We loved seeing you all , I don't know how to change this, it will say mother, but I'm really Aunt Carolyn