Friday, June 9, 2017

Sweet & Smoky BBQ Sauce

I had one of those moments the other night with hamburgers and chicken on the grill and found myself with NO BBQ sauce.  Ugh! I think it was even a Monday!  Bah!

I decided my hand at making some since I prefer my burgers and chicken heavily sauced.  Sometimes my hubby likes my homemade stuff and sometimes he is not having it, he wants store bought.  Luckily for both of us, he loved this sauce!!  I tweaked a recipe I found to produce my version of this sweet & smokey sauce.  Our chicken and burgers were nearly finished so all I could do was stir it up and use it.  I'm sure it would be best if you had time to simmer it for a little while, but if you don't - no worries!  Just mix it up and use it.

BBQ sauce is so expensive.  Why buy it when you can make it, right?  This sauce is smooth, sweet, and just delicious!  It tastes so much better and fresh compared to bottled sauce.  Doug agreed that I needed to post this recipe so we can make it all the time.  Good stuff!

Here's how I mixed up some Sweet & Smoky BBQ Sauce AT HOME MY WAY:

Sweet & Smokey BBQ Sauce - 
Fast & Homemade

  • 16 oz tomato sauce
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 8 Tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons molasses
  • 1/2 Tablespoon fresh ground pepper
  • 1/2 Tablespoon onion powder
  • 1/2 Tablespoon ground mustard
  • 1/2 Tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 Tablespoon lemon pepper
  • 4 1/2 Tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon liquid smoke


I just mixed mine well, heated it in the microwave for a minute to warm, stirred well again, and poured it in a jar. 

You can also add a little tabasco for heat but I didn't have any when I made it.  Store leftovers in the refrigerator.

We used this on chicken and burgers and the next day poured some over cubed pork loin BBQ "pulled" pork.  DELICIOUS STUFF!



Thursday, May 11, 2017

Make your Mom a Strawberry Pie! (Only 3 ingredients + water!)

This Strawberry Pie recipe is SUPER EASY!  I know your family will love it!

I don't usually incorporate very many boxes of "stuff" in my recipes but I made an exception for this one.  It was so fast to make and I will be making it often!

Apparently this is Weight Watcher friendly.  I couldn't believe how delicious it was!  It is made without a crust, but in a pie plate and it cuts like pie.  

You can make it sugar free, however, I don't like to eat sugar substitutes so I just made it with regular jello and pudding mix.

Make this pie for your mom! Remember, it needs time to chill so go ahead and get it ready on Saturday.  Sunday, you will be hoping that she lets you have a slice!

Here's the recipe for SUPER EASY STRAWBERRY PIE and how I made it AT HOME MY WAY:

Super Easy Strawberry Pie

  • Strawberries, washed and sliced - enough to fill a pie plate.  (I bought about two quarts of berries.)
  • 1 small box of strawberry jello, sugar free or not - whatever is your preference
  • 1 small box of COOK & SERVE vanilla pudding mix (NOT INSTANT!)
  • 2 cups water
  • Pie plate

Spray pie plate.

Wash, slice and removed stems from strawberries.  Fill the pie plate full.

In a small pot, combine two cups cold water with the vanilla COOK & SERVE pudding mix (not instant).

Cook a few minutes, stirring constantly, until thick.

Then, add the jello mix and stir until well dissolved.

Pour over the strawberries in the pie plate.

Refrigerate until well set - overnight is best.

*You could probably place this in a baked pie shell but it was great all by itself.  I served it with whipped cream and it was DREAMY!



Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Made these on Monday!  So yummy.

I decided an update to the photo on the original post was badly needed and this one turned out great!

For the recipe, SEE HERE!

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Soft & Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies (Vegan & Eggless!!)

Do you like soft & chewy chocolate chip cookies?  I have found the recipe for you!  They happen to also be eggless and can be vegan if you want to use those options.  The key to the softness is the coconut oil.  Every time I use coconut oil in cookies, they turn out THE BEST!

I've been really hating that so many bloggers bog my phone down with lots of chatter and ads before I can get to the recipe, so without much chatter, here's the recipe.  I will list a few tips for making cookies with coconut oil down below.

Soft & Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies
(No Eggs & Vegan)

2/3 cup coconut oil (warm just slightly to soften-stirrable)
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup granulated/white sugar
1/2 cup applesauce
1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups flour
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons cornstarch
2 cups chocolate chips (dairy free, if vegan)


Warm measured coconut oil until not melted completely but stirrable (micro for like 10 seconds).  Add all ingredients except flour and chocolate chips.  Stir until creamy.  I had to warm mine in the microwave a few seconds more and stir again to get a smooth texture.  Add flour, stir well to completely incorporate the flour.  Make sure the dough isn't overly warm, and then stir in the chocolate chips.

Refrigerate about 10 minutes (no longer) just until dough is firm but scoopable.

Scoop as you would for cookies on a sprayed or parchment covered baking sheet.  Flatten slightly with fingers.

Bake in preheated 350 degree oven for 13 minutes, or until browning.

(These do not raise much and pretty much stay as thick and in the shape that you place them in the oven.)

(I like that these don't use eggs.  I don't always have eggs.  One less thing I need to buy!)

Oh, and if you haven't used coconut oil, no worries!  I don't taste coconut at all.  Not even a smidgen, when using it!  My husband even uses it to make his popcorn and he hates coconut!  Jump on in there and try it!




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