Friday, September 19, 2014

Bacon Cheddar Scones

This classic scone gets a savory twist with crumbled bacon and cheddar cheese - the perfect breakfast on the go!

If you've never tried making scones before, you need to - pronto! It's so easy. Most recipes either call for Bisquick (or my Homemade DIY Baking Mix) or just flour, baking powder, and salt with cold butter. You probably have all of those things in your pantry right now! So jump on the scone making bandwagon because you're totally missing out, ha!

If you haven't guessed, I'm preaching to the choir here - this is the first scone I'm sharing here on Mostly Homemade Mom. I know, crazy right?! I had made a wonderfully delicious chocolate chip scone that I had planned on sharing with you, but they crumbled into a million pieces the second I cut into them. Doesn't make for a very pretty picture, you know?

If you don't count cooking and crumbling the bacon, these Bacon Cheddar Scones come together in one bowl - that means WAY less dishes for you! Or your dishwasher. I'm convinced we don't give those workhorses enough credit, am I right?!

These scones are absolutely perfect for busy breakfasts driving to work or sending your kids off on the school bus. These were gone REALLY quick around here so I'm definitely going to need to make a double batch next time for sure!

Bacon Cheddar Scones
makes 8 scones

8 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
1/3 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1 3/4 cup flour
2 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon ground mustard
1/2 teaspoon salt
6 tablespoons cold butter
2 eggs, beaten slightly
1/3 cup milk

In a large bowl, combine flour, baking powder, ground mustard, and salt. Using a pastry blender or two knives, cut in the cold butter until you have coarse crumbs.

(But seriously guys, if you don't have a metal pastry blender, it's in the bowl in the picture, you need to get yourself one! They're cheap and they make jobs like this in the kitchen REALLY easy!)

Add in milk and beaten eggs and stir until moist. Stir in shredded cheese and bacon. Plop dough out onto a greased circle sheet. Press into a circle as wide as the cookie sheet. Cut into 8 slices, but don't separate the slices. Bake at 400 for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown. Adapted from Taste of Home.

Seriously, the best way to have these is with a hot cup of coffee - sorry kids! Tea would do nicely as well, but you know me and my coffee. :)

Here are some more of my favorite breakfast ideas:

Peanut Butter Pancakes with Honey Butter

French Toast Muffins

3 Cheese Breakfast Bake

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Monday, September 15, 2014

Trail Mix Cookies

Loaded with raisins, chocolate candies, chocolate chips, and rolled oats - your trail mix favorites in cookie form!

I have to be completely honest with you, trail mix was definitely not my favorite snack as a kid. The real reason? There was not enough chocolate and raisins, and too much of the other stuff! I was the annoying one that would open the bag, pick the things out that I liked, and then put the bag back - haha! Real proud big sister moment right there. :)

I was the one in the family that didn't like nuts. Yuck. Still don't really, but I guess I'll suffer through the crunchy nuts if the rest it is worth it to eat! Raisins though were ALWAYS my thing! Those little red boxes at recess didn't stand a chance against me. The only problem was, they were usually never enough! 

I remember in high school sprinkling a ton of raisins in my maple oatmeal packet most mornings before school. And of course you've probably guess by now that it's one of the boys' favorite snacks, too! I love that they're naturally sweet, without being loaded with tons of sugar. Nutritionally, California Raisins have zero fat, no cholestoral, no added sugar, plus they're packed with 9% of your daily potassium and fiber and 6% of your daily iron. I love how inexpensive they are for a snack, according to the USDA raisins are the most affordable dried fruit. Plus, you have to love a snack with one ingredient listed on the box! Seriously, it's a rare find these days unfortunately. All that in something the kids actually WANT to eat! I usually keep a box or two in my bag for a quick snack on the go.

I have to say, the raisins are the highlight in these yummy Trail Mix Cookies! They really make a perfect lunch box treat or after school snack - just don't be surprised when they don't last very long in your cookie jar!

Trail Mix Cookies
makes 2 1/2 - 3 dozen cookies

1 cup flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
2 1/2 cups rolled oats
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup raisins
1 cup M&M's
1 cup chocolate chips

In a large bowl, mix together the flours, oats, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt. In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat butter until creamy. Add in sugars, eggs, and vanilla and beat until well combined. Gradually add in dry mixture while beating on low until all ingredients are mixed well. With a wooden spoon, stir in raisins, M&M's, and chocolate chips. Drop by rounded tablespoonfuls on lined cookie sheets and bake at 350 for 9-12 minutes or until they are just starting to brown on the edges. Cool completely on wire racks and store in an airtight container. *Recipe adapted from Hodgson Mill.

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Here are some more of my favorite after school snacks:

Lunchbox Smores Bars

Sugar Free Honey Clove Applesauce

Mini Dill Pickle Sandwiches

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Saturday, September 13, 2014

Autumn Apple and Sausage Skillet

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Apples and turkey sausage saute in sweet apple cider and fresh sage for this beautiful and delicious autumn skillet dinner for two!

I'm pretty much obsessed with all things apple and if you're frequent at all to this blog, you're WELL aware of that fact. I have a good amount of apple recipes already on here, and quite a bit to share with you yet this fall season so stick around! Always though, I've been using apples in sweet desserts or breakfasts. Their crunch and sometimes sugary sweet flavor just lends themself to that type of dish, and I clearly welcome that fact!

Dinner with apples, though? This was my first attempt and both making and having it myself! Apples have a deifnite sweet flavor, yes, but there are certain meats that pair beautifully with that as well - and this Butterball Turkey Dinner Sausage is definitely one of them! I really loved how lean this sausage is compared to others, no "oil slick" factor in the skillet when I was cooking which make me feels so much better serving this to my family. Especially on a busy weeknight when I definitely want to give them something wholesome and filling without having to give up taste - and this easy skillet meal and all that and more!

This skillet dinner serves two (generously) and I thought that would be a nice dinner for me and Paul, and then I'd just fix the kids something simple like PB&J's, which they usually only get at lunch. Silas smelled this cooking from upstairs and came down to watch me finish the whole thing - I'm not sure he'd ever had dinner sausage before and he really loved the smell with the apples! So of course I shared mine with him and he polished off all of the sausage and most of the apples, it didn't surprise me in the least that he picked off the sage and left the onions though. Just like his father, haha!

Autumn Apple & Sausage Skillet

1 tablespoon butter
14 oz package Butterball turkey sausage, sliced in 1/2 inch slices
2 medium apples, cored, peeled, and sliced
1/2 medium onion, sliced in rings
3/4 cup apple cider
3 tablespoons fresh sage, chopped fine and divided
2 tablespoons lemon juice

Melt butter in skillet over medium heat. Add sausage and saute until just beginning to brown on the edges. Add in apple slices and onion rings. Continue to saute for 5-8 minutes or until apples are tender and onions are wilting. Stir in apple cider, 2 tablespoons sage, and lemon juice. Continue cooking over medium heat another 8-10 minutes or until sauce has reduced, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and transfer sausage, apples, and onion to two plates using a slotted spoon. Ladle extra sauce from pan over plates and top with reserved fresh chopped sage.

This skillet dinner is such a fabulous way to get your house smelling like autumn! Be sure to click here for money saving Butterball coupons and here for more Butterball recipes. Do you have a favorite recipe with dinner sausage? Leave it in the comments, I'd love to hear!

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