Peanut Butter, Oatmeal, and Honey ~ Dog Treat Recipe

I decided to make my dogs a treat yesterday; I think they liked them.  They don’t usually get treats; in fact the cable guy thought I was crazy the other day when I wouldn’t let him give them a biscuit after he stopped in to hang our downed line.  I taught my “kids” not to take candy from strangers; besides I would have thought their growling would have convinced him to get back in his truck and head down the road to the problem anyway.  I tasted them too; I thought they were a bit dry, tasted of flour too much, and needed more peanut butter and honey.  The dogs however keep coming back for more so to each his own.

  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 cup oatmeal
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 Tbs honey

Mix together dry ingredients and stir in remaining ingredients. Turn onto floured surface and knead a bit to work in the bits of flour that likely remained from stirring. Roll out to about 1/4 inch thick and cut with small cookie cutters.

Bake on lightly oiled baking sheets at 375 degrees for about 12 minutes.

Enjoy ~ Kimberly

Honey and Mustard Glazed Chicken

Just a quick post today for a simple chicken glaze I tried today.  3 easy ingredients for the sauce and some boneless chicken thighs made for a quick dinner. Pretty tasty; I almost felt it could have been sweeter but I wanted the mustard to shine through.  I did mine on the stove top but I am sure baking or grilling will work well too.

  • 2 Tbs honey
  • 2 tsp mustard
  • 1 tsp horseradish

Mix together all three ingredients and set aside.  I opted for a pan sautéed chicken today so I began by cooking the chicken over medium high on one side for about 4 – 5 minutes; until it had just started to brown nicely.  Season with salt and pepper if desired. Flip the chicken over; reduce heat to medium low and drizzle some of the glaze over chicken.  I flipped the chicken several times glazing throughout until chicken was cooked through.  Reserve a little of the glaze to drizzle over the chicken when serving.

Enjoy ~ Kimberly

Honey Glazed Salmon with Stir Fry Vegetable Blend

I thought I would try a honey glaze  for my salmon tonight.  This was just a quick dinner so I think I will make it a quick post.

  • 12 o.z. salmon
  • 1 bag frozen stir fry vegetables
  • 1 Tbs olive oil
  • 1 Tbs soy sauce
  • 1 Tb honey
  • black pepper to taste

Heat the oil in large skillet.  Add to skillet the stir fry vegetables and cook over high heat for about 5 minutes.  Push the veggies to the side of the skillet and place salmon in the clear area skin side up; reduce heat to medium.  Drizzle half of the soy sauce over the vegetables and cook the salmon for about 4 minutes occasionally stirring the veggies.  Flip salmon over and drizzle with honey and remaining soy; sprinkle with pepper.  Cook an additional 3 – 5 minutes until cooked through.

Enjoy ~ Kimberly

Simple Roasted Pork Loin

A pork roast is just about one of the easiest dinners to fix.  No fussing; just season it, stick it in the oven, and dinner will be served.  The one thing I notice though when I check my cookbooks for times on different size roasts is that it always seems to tell me to cook them too long.  I bought a 6 pound pork loin at the store yesterday and when I refered to my book it said 20 – 30 minutes per pound for a 4 pound roast; it didn’t really refer to a 6 pound roast in either book I checked.  Anyway, I knew 2 hours would be more than enough time and I was correct; it took just at an hour and a half for my roast to turn out perfectly.  I was flexible on time so it didn’t matter that it was ready faster; besides I knew a 20 minute rest would be good for a roast this size. My pictures don’t do it justice, it really had a nice crispy skin to it from the honey and was very moist when finished.

  • 1 pork loin roast ~ about 6 pounds
  • seasonings of choice
  • foil to line roasting pan

Line roasting pan with foil and season as desired.  I sprinkled mine with salt, pepper, garlic, cayenne, and thyme.  I then drizzled honey over the top and popped it in the oven at 350 degrees.

Bake for about 1 1/2 hours or until desired temperature is reached.  You will want to reach about 160 to 170 degrees depending on the doneness desired.  I like to shoot for the medium to medium well side so it  is still very moist. Allow to rest for at least 10 minutes before slicing.

Enjoy ~ Kimberly

Meatloaf with Honey Jalapeno Barbecue Sauce

I had a craving for some good old-fashioned meatloaf and of course I couldn’t resist adding some of that fantastic barbecue sauce Charles made earlier this week.  This came out wonderfully.  It’s a very moist meatloaf so if you don’t like it falling apart this probably isn’t for you.  I liked the combination it could have maybe used some more jalapeno; but I like spicy.

Meatloaf with Honey Jalapeno Barbecue Sauce

  • 1 1/2 pounds ground beef
  • 4 slices soft bread
  • 1/2 cup honey jalapeno barbecue sauce
  • 1/2 cup tomato juice
  • 1/4 cup finely diced onion
  • 1 Tbs diced pickled jalapeno
  • 1 Tbs Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 eggs

Combine all ingredients.

Shape into loaf; bake 350 degrees for 1 hour.

Glaze with addition barbecue sauce if desire.  Bake an additional 15 minutes.  Remove from oven and allow to rest for 5 minutes before serving.

Enjoy ~ Kimberly

Honey Jalapeno BBQ Sauce ~ Pork barbecue sandwiches

We are always experimenting with different barbecue sauces; I think this one that Charles made is a keeper.  He’s actually made it twice now.  It originally was created one evening a couple of weeks ago as he went to make bbq sauce only to find I had used all of our vinegar. We had the sauce with some fantastic pork that we’d smoked earlier in the week ~ with any luck I’ll share that recipe soon too.

Honey Jalapeno BBQ Sauce

  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup vinegar pickle juice from a jar of pickled jalapeno
  • 1 Tbs granulated sugar
  • 2 Tbs honey
  • 1/4 tsp ground coriander
  • 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper
  • 1/4 tsp granulated garlic
  • dash Worcestershire sauce
  • juice of 1/2 lime
  • 1 1/4 cup ketchup

Combine all ingredients except ketchup in sauce pan over medium heat; bring to simmer and reduce heat to low and cook for about 5 minutes for flavors to release.  Add ketchup and heat through.  Serve hot or cold.

Enjoy ~ Kimberly