Sunday, December 15, 2013

Christmas Wreath Salad with Lemon Poppyseed dressing

  You  can make this wreath anyway  you like.  You  just need a large round platter.  I used mixed  greens, red and green apples and strawberries and blueberries, feta cheese , grapes and  nuts if you like.
* noted, If you take this salad to a party make sure to  put a little lemon juice on the apples to keep them  from turning brown and cover with  plastic wrap.
Lemon Poppyseed Dressing ingredients:
1/2 cup lemon juice
1/2 cup honey
1 Tbsp diced fresh onion
1 tsp dijon mustard
1 Tbsp poppy seeds
2/3 cup olive oil
Wisk together and put in a small bowl and place in the center of your wreath and serve.

Friday, December 13, 2013

7 up cake

 Ingredients :
1 box yellow cake mix
3 eggs
1 1/4 cup  7 up ( Sierra Mist works also)
3/4 cup vegetable oil ( I used  melted coconut oil)
Combine all ingredients and mix well with mixer.  Spray 2 (8 inch) cake pans and divide batter.  Bake in preheated 350 degree oven for 35-40 minutes testing for doneness.  Let cool and frost.
Pineapple Filling for 7-Up Cake
1 (20 ounce) can crushed pineapple, undrained
1 stick butter or margarine or 8 tablespoons or 1/2 cup
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups coconut
Mix pineapple, butter, sugar, eggs and flour together.  Cook on medium heat until thickens, stirring  often.   Remove and add coconut.  Let cool and spread between cooled cake layers and on top.  Keep cake  refrigerated.

Ultimate Breakfast Strata

You'll need:
1- 16 oz  Potato  bread loaf
1 lb fully cooked ham, cubed (  I used Turkey ham)
1 1/2 cups shredded Swiss
For the custard:
6 large eggs
1 cups whole milk
1 1/2 cup low fat half & half
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp salt
1/4-1/2 tsp black pepper
 maple syrup
4 slices of stick  butter
Butter the bottom and sides of a 9 x 13 inch baking dish.   Slice the potato bread into 3/4 inch slices.  Cut each slice through the middle then into bite size cubes.
Layer half of the cubes in the bottom of the baking dish.  Arrange the cubed ham over the bread.
Sprinkle  shredded Swiss cheese over the cubed ham layer, and arrange the top layer of  bread cubes over the cheese.
Take the sliced butter and cut into little pieces and dot over the bread cubes.
In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together 1 cup of whole milk, 1 1/2 cups of low fat half & half, 6 large eggs, 1 tsp salt,  1/4 tsp black pepper and 1 teaspoon  cinnamon Pour the custard evenly over the layers of bread cubes, ham and cheese.
Using a spoon, gently press the bread cubes into the custard, then cover tightly with plastic wrap.  Place the dish into the refrigerator to chill overnight.
Preheat oven to 350 and remove plastic wrap , lightly cover with  foil and bake for 30 min.  then remove foil and drizzle strata with maple syrup and bake for another 20 min.  Serve with maple syrup.  serves 12