Jalapeno Zucchini Cheddar Scones

 Posted by on September 26, 2017  No Responses »
Sep 262017
 

These Jalapeno Zucchini Cheddar Scones are a delicious savory scone you can enjoy any time of day!

It may be fall, but the weather here in Maine has been screaming “Summer’s not over yet!” this week. It actually got up to 90 degrees here yesterday, and my husband and I were completely regretting having already taken the air conditioner out of our bedroom when the temperature was still 81 degrees at 11pm last night.

Even with the hot temperatures we’ve been having, I cannot get rid of this baking bug that I have. My mind is saying “It’s fall! Bake all the things!!” So, I’ve been trying to get any baking I want to do done during the early morning hours before it gets too hot in the house. This post contains affiliate links. I may receive a commission if you make a purchase after clicking a link in this post.

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Yesterday, I baked up the most delicious Jalapeno Zucchini Cheddar Scones. I have been craving a savory scone for what seems like forever, and I finally decided to make it happen.

Jalapeno Zucchini Cheddar Scones

We had a whole bunch of fresh jalapenos from our garden, and I took out some of the shredded garden zucchini that I had put in the freezer earlier this summer. I just love using up all of the delicious vegetables from our garden!

Jalapeno Zucchini Cheddar Scones

I know most people say scones taste best when fresh out of the oven, but I thought these Jalapeno Zucchini Cheddar Scones tasted even better as the day went on. They were so good, I ate three of them by myself!

Jalapeno Zucchini Cheddar Scones

INGREDIENTS:

3/4 cup packed shredded zucchini (drained very well)
1 large jalapeno (seeded and diced)
1 stick very cold butter
1 large egg
1/2 cup full fat sour cream
1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese, divided
2.5 cups all purpose flour
1.5 tablespoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
1 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. onion powder
1/4 tsp. black pepper
1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, combine flour, baking powder, salt, garlic powder, onion powder, black pepper and cayenne pepper.
  4. Use a grater to quickly grate the cold stick of butter into the flour mixture. For best results, place stick of butter in freezer for 10 minutes first. Cold butter makes the scones flaky!
  5. Quickly work the butter into the flour mixture with a fork until it resembles coarse meal.
  6. Beat the egg in a small bowl.
  7. Add sour cream to beaten egg and whisk to combine. Add egg and sour cream mixture to flour mixture and stir to combine.
  8. In a small bowl, combine zucchini, diced jalapeno, 3/4 cup of the sharp cheddar and 2 tablespoons of flour. Toss to coat. This will prevent all of the ingredients from sinking to the bottom of the dough.
  9. Fold zucchini mixture into flour mixture, until distributed evenly.
  10. Place the dough mixture onto a clean floured work surface and shape the dough into an 8 inch circle. You will have to knead it quite a bit to get it to come together.
  11. Cut the dough into 8 wedges and carefully transfer them to the prepared baking sheet.
  12. Sprinkle the top of each scone with a little of the remaining cheese.
  13. Bake for 22-24 minutes.

Jalapeno Zucchini Cheddar Scones

Let me know if you try baking these delicious Jalapeno Zucchini Cheddar Scones!


Old Fashioned Soft Pumpkin Cookies

 Posted by on September 22, 2017  2 Responses »
Sep 222017
 

You’ll love these old fashioned soft pumpkin cookies, just like Grandma made!

Old Fashioned Soft Pumpkin Cookies

It’s officially the first day of fall, and I am so excited! I have already been apple picking once this year, but my family is headed back to the orchard again tomorrow.

Our local orchard has so many activities going on all the time, that we visit a few times before the season is over. In addition to their bountiful supply of apples and pumpkins, they have squash and flowers available for picking. They also have an ice cream stand, fresh baked apple cider and pumpkin spice donuts, apple cider, goats that my kids just love to feed, chickens, rabbits, a bird cage, a sand box, hay rides, a corn maze and so much more! Tomorrow, they are having a performance from Timber Tina of the Great Maine Lumberjack Show!

The last time we went to the orchard, we picked a whole bunch of apples, and my daughter just had to bring home a million different pumpkins. This kid is going to have some serious fall decorating skills when she is older. She selected lots of different varieties, but I made sure we grabbed a couple that would be perfect for baking with.

The pumpkins we bought were so fresh that I could not even cut into them when we got home. They were just too darn hard! I had to let them sit for about 2 weeks before they were ready to be cut into. I really wanted to bake a pumpkin pie, but the kids insisted on baking cookies instead! I came up with these old fashioned soft pumpkin cookies, and they just loved them!

Old Fashioned Soft Pumpkin Cookies

My inspiration for these cookies was my grandmother. She passed away last year, and I often think of her when I am baking. She was the most amazing baker, and what I loved most about her baked goods was how simple, yet flavorful they were. She was all about baking soft, very plain looking cookies that tasted wonderful. I love cookies that are not overly fancy or sweet, and these old fashioned soft pumpkin cookies really fit that bill. They have just a subtle pumpkin flavor that’s perfect for fall! This post contains affiliate links. I may earn a commission if you make a purchase after clicking a link in this post. 

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I love this cookie sheet for several different reasons. For starters, this cookie sheet is HUGE. When they say “Jumbo”, they are not exaggerating. If you bake cookies often, this will save you lots of time because you can bake a lot of cookies all at once on this cookie sheet.

This cookie sheet is non-stick, which is just awesome. The cookies slide right off after they are done baking.

My cookies always bake up very evenly on this cookie sheet, and I love that it only has one lip on it. It makes it really easy to grab it out of the oven without smushing any of the cookies, and the cookies just slide right off the side of the cookie sheet.

This cookie sheet is super easy to clean! The cookies slide right off this cookie sheet, so there is pretty much zero clean up. I just wipe it down quickly with a wet cloth, and it’s good to go!

I’ve been baking cookies for many years, and these 6 kitchen tools are my absolute favorite for baking cookies. They make it so much faster and easier to bake up a whole bunch of cookies, and I would highly recommend them to anyone who loves to bake cookies.

I hope you enjoy these old fashioned soft pumpkin cookies as much as my family does!

Old fashioned Soft Pumpkin Cookies

INGREDIENTS:

1 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 stick of softened butter
1 cup fresh pureed pumpkin
1 large egg
2.5 cups all purpose flour
3 tsp. baking powder
2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
1/2 tsp. allspice
1/2 tsp. coarse salt

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a stand mixer, cream 1 stick of softened butter, 1 cup of granulated sugar, and 1/2 cup of packed brown sugar in a large mixer bowl until well blended.
  3. Add the pumpkin and egg, and beat on high speed for approximately 3 minutes until smooth and fluffy.
  4. In a separate bowl, combine 2.5 cups flour, 3 tsp. baking powder, 2 tsp. cinnamon, 1/2 tsp. allspice, 1/2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice, and 1/2 tsp. coarse salt.
  5. With the mixer on low speed, slowly add flour mixture to pumpkin mixture until combined.
  6. Use a cookie scoop to drop cookies onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.
  7. Bake cookies at 350 degrees F. for 15-18 min., until golden brown around the edges.
  8. Allow cookies to cool on the baking sheet for a minute, then transfer to a wire cooling rack.
  9. Store cookies in an airtight container. This recipe makes approximately 28 cookies.

If you love these Old Fashioned Soft Pumpkin Cookies, you’ll probably love these Pumpkin Spice Sandwich Cookies, too!

Pumpkin Spice Sandwich Cookies


I’m linking up at  Tip Me Tuesday and Too Cute Tuesday.

Sep 142017
 

Check out these super fun and easy Halloween treats kids will love!

Halloween is just around the corner, and my kids are already so excited to dress up in their costumes. Kayleigh wants to be Elsa this year, and Logan wants to be Spiderman.

Last year we found this one really long street in our city that was decked out like crazy. Almost every house was decorated with the finest Halloween decorations and there was plenty of candy to be found. My kids are still really little, so it’s nice to be able to just walk up and down one street, instead of having to travel all over the place with them to find Halloween candy.

We love to do all sorts of fun things leading up to the actual Halloween holiday. We watch family friendly Halloween movies, go to some trunk or treat events and I also like to make easy Halloween treats kids will go crazy over. This post contains affiliate links. I may earn a commission if you make a purchase after clicking a link in this post. 

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  1. Bat Cupcakes from MomDot (shown)
  2. Candy Popcorn Balls from Trish Sutton
  3. Candy Witch Fingers from Organized 31
  4. Chocolate Covered Pumpkin Pretzels from Simple As That (shown)
  5. Cupcake Monsters from Hungry Happenings (shown)
  6. Eyeball Halloween Pops from Frugal Coupon Living
  7. Frankenstein Twinkie Pops from The Unprepared Mommy
  8. Graveyard Dirt Cake Cups from Sugar, Spicy and Family Life
  9. Halloween Candy Bites from Cooking on the Front Burner (shown)
  10. Halloween Confetti Pumpkin Pancakes from Chicken Scratch NY
  11. Halloween Mummy Hot Dogs from Frugal Coupon Living
  12. Halloween Twinkie Mummies from Frugal Coupon Living
  13. Halloween Spider Cookies from Cincy Shopper (shown)
  14. Halloween Witch Hat Cupcakes from Frugal Coupon Living
  15. Mummy Pizzas from Centsable Momma
  16. Peeps Ghost Brownies from Cincy Shopper
  17. Pumpkin Rice Krispie Treats from The Farmwife Crafts
  18. Spooky Monster Brownies from Finding Sanity in Our Crazy Life
  19. Vampire Marshmallows from Finding Zest
  20. White Chocolate Banana Ghosts from Finding Zest (shown)

Do you have any recommendations for easy Halloween treats kids will love?

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Sep 072017
 

Thanks to Hannaford for sponsoring this Turkey, Cheddar & Apple Crescent Roll recipe post. All opinions are 100% my own.

Back to school season is in full swing, and with the holidays just around the corner, now is a perfect time for busy parents to find quick and easy dinner ideas that are affordable too.

Hannaford’s everyday low prices and quality brands can help save both time and money. With their wide selection of Hannaford brand products, it’s easy to create a fun and delicious meal that the whole family will love, even if you are on a tight budget.

I know I’m going to be very busy over the next few months, so I recently stocked up on a large assortment of Hannaford brand products. To make things even easier, I used their to-go service (available at select Hannaford locations) and was able to place my order online and pick my groceries up without even leaving my car! As a Mom of two kids, this is such a huge time-saver for me.

One of my family’s favorite meals starts with Hannaford brand crescent rolls, so I purchased quite a few packages of them. I love how quick and easy they are to bake (ready in just 11-13 minutes!) and how versatile they are. You can stuff these crescent rolls with pretty much anything your heart desires before baking them, to create something absolutely wonderful!

Hannaford Brand Crescent Rolls

For tonight’s dinner, I filled the crescent rolls with thin sliced roasted turkey breast, shredded cheddar cheese and thin apple slices. After they were done baking, I paired our tasty crescent rolls with a delicious honey mustard dipping sauce. The flavors all worked together so wonderfully, and my family really enjoyed them.

Turkey, Cheddar & Apple Crescent Roll Recipe

This Turkey, Cheddar & Apple Crescent Roll recipe is super affordable because I used Hannaford brand ingredients! As you can see, they are fresh, high quality products.

Hannaford Brand ProductsTo make these Turkey, Cheddar & Apple Crescent Rolls, simply separate the crescent rolls and lay them out on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Place a rolled up slice of turkey, a tablespoon of shredded cheddar cheese and thin sliced apples on top.

Turkey, Cheddar & Apple Crescent Roll Recipe

Then, roll them up and bake them in the oven at 375 degrees for 11-13 minutes, or until they are golden brown.

Turkey, Cheddar & Apple Crescent Roll Recipe

So yummy!

Turkey, Cheddar & Apple Crescent Roll Recipe

The honey mustard dipping sauce is just a 50/50 mix of Hannaford brand honey mustard and mayonnaise.

Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce

Add some Hannaford brand sweet potato fries to complete this easy, delicious and affordable meal!

Hannaford Sweet Potato Fries

My kids gobbled these right up!

Turkey, Cheddar & Apple Crescent Roll Recipe

I like to switch this Turkey, Cheddar & Apple Crescent Roll recipe up and elevate it even further by adding different flavors to it. Some of my favorite additions are maple bacon, carmelized onions and apricot preserves. Play around with different flavors and find your family’s favorite combinations!

Hannaford’s affordable products make it easy to please everyone in the family. From canned and dry goods to dairy and frozen, they are made from the best ingredients and always the lowest prices on the shelf! When you’re looking for ingredients to fill your crescent rolls with, don’t forget to shop the perimeter and middle aisles of the store to discover new ingredients that your family will love and fit in your budget.

Hannaford bacon, apricot preserves

Turkey, Cheddar & Apple Crescent Rolls

INGREDIENTS: 

  • 1 8 oz. tube of Hannaford brand crescent rolls
  • 8 slices Hannaford brand thin sliced roasted turkey breast
  • 1/2 cup Hannaford brand fancy shredded mild cheddar cheese
  • 1 thinly sliced baking apple (I used Braeburn)

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Remove crescent rolls from package.
  3. Separate crescent rolls and lay them out on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  4. Top each crescent roll with one rolled up slice of roasted turkey breast, one tablespoon of shredded cheddar cheese and apple slices.
  5. Carefully roll up the crescent rolls and bake in the oven for 11-13 minutes, until golden brown.

HONEY MUSTARD DIPPING SAUCE

To make honey mustard dipping sauce, combine 1/4 cup Hannaford brand honey mustard and 1/4 cup Hannaford brand mayonnaise.

OPTIONAL ADDITIONS

Add 1 tablespoon of carmelized onions. Here is a great tutorial for carmelizing onions. It’s a bit time consuming, but so worth it!

Carmelized Onions on Crescent Rolls

Turkey, Cheddar, Apple & Carmelized Onion Crescent Rolls

Add 1 slice of fully cooked Hannaford brand maple flavored bacon.

Maple Bacon on Crescent Rolls

Turkey, Cheddar, Apple & Bacon Crescent Rolls

Add 1 teaspoon of Hannaford brand apricot preserves.

Apricot Preserves on Crescent Roll

Turkey, Cheddar, Apple & Apricot Cresccent Rolls

Crescent rolls filled with thin apple slices dusted in sugar and cinnamon make a quick and easy breakfast that the whole family will love, too!

Apple Cinnamon Crescent Rolls

What amazing flavor combinations would your family make with Hannaford brand ingredients?