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BAKED Maple Bars

MMMMMM maple bars are one of my favorite donuts ever!!!!!!!! But we all know right where they go (hmmmm maybe it has something to do with the title of my blog lol) SO when I started hearing about baked maple bars I thought well they have to be somewhat better for you right :) I know I totally justify eating whatever I want for the most part but that's why I am not a size 2. It you justify like I do u have to try this recipe!!!

Maple Bar
1 1/2 cups milk
1/3 cup shortening
4 Tbsp. sugar
2 tsp salt
2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 cup water
2 (1/4 ounce) package yeast
2 large eggs, beaten
4 3/4 cups flour
Maple Icing

1/3 cup butter
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup milk
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
2 tsp mapleine
1/8 tsp. salt

For Maple Bars: In saucepan scald milk.
Add shortening, sugar, salt and cinnamon.
Dissolve and let cool to lukewarm.
In large bowl dissolve 2 packages of yeast in water.
Add beaten eggs and stir.
Stir saucepan mix into yeast mixture.
Gradually add flour. Knead.
Let rise in bowl for an hour. Punch down and roll out to 1" thickness.
Cut into squares and let rise again on lightly greased baking sheets.
Bake at 425°F for 7-8 minutes or until light golden brown. Watch carefully.

For Icing: In saucepan mix butter, brown sugar and milk.
Bring to boil and simmer 3 minutes.
Remove from heat and cool for 15 minutes.
Add mapleine and then powdered sugar and blend well.
Add more powdered sugar if needed.
Spread on maple bars and enjoy!!

These are good the next day after being zapped in the microwave for about 10-15 seconds :)


Crock pot turkey steaks

MY most awesome sweet kind loving cousin TACI!!!!! (Did I say that all right Taci lol)

I love turkey steaks but my husband is not a fan because he says they are always too dry. SO I was speaking to my above mentioned cousin who is a FABULOUS cook and she told me how she makes them so they aren't dry in the crock pot so I thought win win situation and gave it a try and SUCCESSSSSS!!! My husband only ate 3 so not sure how much he liked LOVED them lol.

9 turkey steaks frozen
2 cans cream of chicken
3/4 can milk
butter or evoo
onion powder, garlic powder, parsley etc. any seasonings you want to use.

Fry turkey steaks in a pan until just a light brown on both sides. Season them with parsley or other seasonings you want I would hold off on the salts until time to eat it . Mix cans of cream of chicken soup and milk until smooth. Pour over steaks and cook on low for 6-8 hours or until done. Serve with some of the soup mixture for gravy.

Thanks Taci for sharing this great recipe with me!!!!


Wonton Soup

Why go out to eat when you can stay in during this winter freeze? My family LOVES Chinese food with wonton soup being one of there faves! My kids had 2 bowls a piece! I enjoy this recipe and recommend you have another hand in the wonton wrapping so they don't dry out as quickly. My kids got involved and had a blast but needless to say a lot of the meat ended on the outside of the wonton during cooking! I prefer to cut back on the ginger just a bit, use 3/4 tsp for the wonton filling and only add 1 1/2 tsp of the rice vinegar to the broth as well as just a smidgen less on the sesame oil. It was so good even my baby CLEANED it up, literally there was nothing left on her high chair except a little liquid!

Wonton Filling recipe:
1/2 cup finely chopped Napa or Savoy cabbage
Coarse salt
6 ounces ground pork, not all lean (Carolyn used ground chicken breast and loved it even more)
3 scallions, finely chopped
1 tablespoon finely chopped, peeled fresh ginger
1 teaspoon soy sauce
1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil

In a medium bowl, toss cabbage with 1/2 teaspoon salt. Let stand 10 minutes. Wrap cabbage in a double layer of paper towels; firmly squeeze out excess liquid. Return cabbage to bowl; add pork, scallions, ginger, soy sauce, and sesame oil. Mix well with a fork. Refrigerate leftover filling up to 2 days.


24 rectangular (3 1/2-by-3-inch) or square wonton wrappers
2 cans (14.5 ounces each) reduced-sodium chicken broth
Coarse salt
3 scallions, thinly sliced on the diagonal
2 to 3 teaspoons rice vinegar
1/2 teaspoon toasted sesame oil


After wontons are made then In a large pot, combine broth, 4 cups water, and 1 teaspoon salt; bring to a boil. Add wontons one at a time; return to a boil. Reduce heat to medium, and simmer until wontons are just cooked through, 4 to 6 minutes. Stir in scallions, vinegar, and sesame oil; season with salt. Serve