This Hip2Save.com Deal was hand-posted on Thursday, September 18th, 2014 at 1:51 pm.
If you’re looking for an outstanding basic banana muffin recipe, this one with a brown sugar crumb topping is so yummy! And consider making your own muffin liners with parchment paper for a fancy bakery presentation like my picture above.
Banana Crumb Muffins Recipe:
(Recipe found at Allrecipes.com)
1 and 1/2 cups All-Purpose Flour
1/2 teaspoon Salt
1 teaspoon Baking Powder
1 teaspoon Baking Soda
1/2 cup butter, melted
3/4 cup white Sugar
3 ripe bananas, mashed
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
2 Tablespoons flour
1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 Tablespoon butter
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Grease muffin pan, or use muffin liners. I used ten 5-inch square pieces of parchment paper. If you do this as well, it does help to spray a little non-stick spray in the pan and then firmly place the parchment paper in each muffin slot.
Mix together flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.
In a separate bowl, mash bananas and add sugar, butter, and egg. Combine this with the flour mixture and stir until just combined. Spoon into muffin pan.
For the crumb topping: In a small bowl, mix together brown sugar, flour, and cinnamon. Add butter. Sprinkle crumb topping on top of the muffins.
Bake at 375 for 18-20 minutes. Insert a toothpick and they are done if the toothpick comes out clean. Makes 10 muffins
These turned out super delicious, tender and moist! What a great way to use up really ripe bananas too!
This Hip2Save.com Deal was hand-posted on Tuesday, September 16th, 2014 at 1:22 pm.
Making your own flour tortillas at home is surprisingly easy and requires simple and inexpensive ingredients that you probably already have in your pantry! Plus, the homemade version is a million times better than what you’ll find at the store!
Homemade Flour Tortillas
(Adapted from City Wife Country Life)
Combine flour, salt, and baking powder in a stand mixer with dough hook, or large bowl if you are kneading by hand. Mix dry ingredients until well combined. Add sliced butter. Start mixer on medium low and slowly add water. Stop and scrape the bowl a few times while continuing to mix for about 4 minutes. Consistency should be smooth not sticky or crumbly. Roll into a ball and let sit for 10-15 minutes, covered with a towel. After that, split large ball in half and divide each smaller ball into eight portions – you will end up with 16 smaller taco-sized tortillas. Make your dough balls and keep them covered with a kitchen towel so they don’t dry out.
Heat a skillet on the stove over medium heat. Roll out a ball of dough on floured surface until it’s thin and almost translucent. I find it easier to roll out from the middle of tortilla equally on each side to make a circle. Sometimes I’ll also rotate the tortilla instead of the roller. Place on skillet and you’ll notice tortilla bubble up. Let it cook for about a minute or a little less on each side. You want the tortilla to be a little brown while still staying soft but not burnt. If the tortilla is burning, turn down the heat a bit.
I fold a kitchen tea towel in half lengthwise (see picture above) and then fold it up like an accordion as I make tortillas to keep them warm (or you could also use a tortilla warmer if you have one!). Store leftovers in an airtight bag or container and reheat in the microwave with a damp paper towel.
Yummy dinner/lunch/snack idea —-> pair these homemade Flour Tortillas with these Slow Cooker Refried Beans. This delicious bean recipe is super simple – just toss all the ingredients into your slow cooker, wait a few hours, mash them up and you’re done! So good!
This Hip2Save.com Deal was hand-posted on Friday, September 12th, 2014 at 1:54 pm.
Whip up a new and easy appetizer for your next party or gathering – try this crowd-pleasing Jalapeño Popper Dip! It has the same yummy flavors of a traditional jalapeno popper in an easy to serve and easy to eat dip. Yummy!
Jalapeño Popper Dip
(Found on KraftRecipes.com)
one 8 oz. package cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup real mayonnaise
4 oz. cheddar cheese, cubed (or Velveeta Cheese if you prefer)
3 jalapeños, finely chopped & seeds removed
1 green onion, chopped
12 Ritz crackers, crushed
1 tablespoon butter
Directions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix softened cream cheese and mayo well. Add in cheddar cheese and jalapeños. Mix well and press onto the bottom of a 9 inch pan. Mix crushed crackers with melted butter and sprinkle them on top. Bake for 20 minutes or until heated through. Top with sliced green onions. Serve with more crackers or tortilla chips.
This Hip2Save.com Deal was hand-posted on Thursday, September 11th, 2014 at 1:34 pm.
If you love chocolate and avocados separately, try combining them for a delicious and creamy smoothie perfect for breakfast or a midday treat! This unexpected combo is my new favorite way to enjoy fresh ripe avocados and it’s super easy to make.
Chocolate Avocado Smoothie
1/2 cold avocado
1 frozen banana
3 tablespoons milk (I used chocolate almond milk)
1/3 cup Greek yogurt (I used vanilla yogurt)
1 and 1/2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
Combine all ingredients in a high powered blender or food processor, blend until smooth.
I usually make berry or green smoothies, but it’s fun to switch it up a little and try something different. Customize this recipe by using your favorite milk and/or yogurt to fit your dietary needs and taste. If you use unsweetened milk and yogurt, you may want to add honey or another sweetener.
This Hip2Save.com Deal was hand-posted on Wednesday, September 10th, 2014 at 12:10 pm.
Did you know you can make your own caramel dip or sauce using just one simple pantry item? This is a perfect treat to enjoy with apples this Fall and it’s super easy to make – all you need is a can of sweetened condensed milk!
One Ingredient Caramel Sauce/Dip
(Recipe from EagleBrand.com)
Stovetop Directions: Empty 14 oz. can of sweetened condensed milk into double boiler (or make your own double boiler by pouring milk into a Pyrex dish/measuring cup placed inside a pan of water!). Make sure the water level is above the level of milk. Cover and let simmer for 60-90 minutes over medium low heat until mixture becomes thick and brown in color. Stir occasionally. When done, remove from heat and let cool for 20 minutes. Store any leftovers in fridge.
This Hip2Save.com Deal was hand-posted on Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014 at 1:56 pm.
If you’re looking for an easy cake that doesn’t even require a mixing bowl, try this yummy three ingredient apple “dump” cake! This dessert tastes like a cross between a cake and an apple cobbler and so perfect for Fall.
Apple “Dump Cake”
(Adapted from Come Together Kids)
one yellow cake mix
7 apples, sliced
1 stick of butter
sprinkle of cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice (optional)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees, and grease or spray a 9×13 cake pan. Slice apples and place them evenly in the pan (optional step —-> sprinkle a little cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice over apples). Sprinkle the cake mix over the top of the apples. Melt butter and drizzle over the top of cake mix. Bake at 350 degrees for about 45-50 minutes until the apples are tender and cake gets nice and brown on top. (Tip: The water from the apples should soak in with the cake mix but if you’re noticing the cake mix isn’t completely cooking, just sprinkle a little water over those areas and put back in oven). Serve with some vanilla ice cream on top if desired.
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This Hip2Save.com Deal was hand-posted on Friday, August 29th, 2014 at 1:07 pm.
If you’re looking for an outstanding and easy to make side dish, check out this nontraditional loaded potato salad! It features a yummy combo of savory flavors including bacon, sour cream, cheese, and green onion. Even non-potato salad eaters will love this one!
Loaded Potato Salad
(Adapted from Taste of Home)
2 pounds potatoes quartered (I used Klondike potatoes)
7 pieces of bacon, cooked and crumbled
1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 cup real mayonnaise
3 tablespoons Ranch dressing
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1/4 cup grated cheddar cheese
1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
3 green onions, chopped
Directions: Cook the bacon and set aside. Bring a large saucepan of water to boil with potatoes. Reduce heat, cover, and let cook for 15 minutes or until potatoes are tender. Drain potatoes, toss them with chopped bacon, and refrigerate until chilled. Whisk together mayo, sour cream, garlic, mustard, ranch dressing, salt & pepper. Toss to coat potatoes and then mix in onions and cheese. Makes about 8 servings.
Side Note: I wasn’t initially a fan of potato salad until a friend made one like this a few years ago at a party. It was sooo good and had everyone asking for the recipe and this adapted version has become a family favorite! I’ve used different types of potatoes and it works well with goldens, reds, the fancy blue potato varieties, and also Russets. I’ve also used shredded Parmesan cheese for a different and equally great flavor. Enjoy! :)
This Hip2Save.com Deal was hand-posted on Tuesday, August 26th, 2014 at 1:35 pm.
If you’ve got a Disney’s Frozen fan at home, try making this super easy and fun snack inspired by the enormously popular movie. “Muddy Buddies” (or “Puppy Chow” as it’s sometimes called!) are a yummy crunchy snack made with Chex cereal, chocolate, and powdered sugar. This gluten-free version uses the vanilla variety of Chex cereal, white chocolate, and festive snowflake sprinkles. This recipe would make a cute snack for a Frozen themed party or special play date.
Frozen-Themed Vanilla “Muddy Buddies”
(Adapted from Chex.com)
9 cups vanilla Chex cereal
1 cup white chocolate chips
1/4 cup butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 and 1/2 cup powdered sugar
blue, white & silver sprinkles (snowflake ones found at Target)*
* NOTE for Gluten-Free readers: Please take care to read the labels on the sprinkles as some sprinkles are indeed produced in facilities that manufacture wheat
Directions: Melt white chocolate chips and butter in the microwave for 30 seconds or until smooth. Stir in vanilla. Pour mixture on top of Chex and gently stir until evenly coated in a large bowl. You can either pour mix into a 2 gallon Ziploc bag with powdered sugar, seal & shake, or just gently sprinkle in powdered sugar a little at a time and stir to coat evenly like I did. Spread out on wax paper to cool and add decorative blue and white sprinkles on top. Store in an airtight container.
My kids are crazy about the Frozen movie and were super excited to make this easy no bake treat! How fun would this be in baggies or small containers for a Frozen-themed party?
This Hip2Save.com Deal was hand-posted on Friday, August 22nd, 2014 at 1:48 pm.
If you’re looking to add some more veggies to the dinner table, try these easy and super delicious Baked Zucchini Fries. They come out crispy, full of flavor, and can be made with just a few simple ingredients. Such a great way to take advantage of summer zucchini!
Baked Zucchini Fries
(Adapted from thecomfortofcooking.com)
3 medium sized zucchini
1/2 cup seasoned panko bread crumbs (or regular bread crumbs)
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup flour
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
Directions: Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Spray a roasting pan with nonstick spray. Slice zucchini in skinny strips. Mix bread crumbs, Parmesan cheese, and garlic powder in a small bowl. Whisk eggs well in another small bowl. Place flour in a third small bowl. Dip zucchini in the flour, then egg, and last the crumb mixture. Place on the roasting pan and bake for 20-25 minutes until golden brown. Serve with ranch or marinara sauce if desired. (Serves 6).
This Hip2Save.com Deal was hand-posted on Thursday, August 21st, 2014 at 1:24 pm.
Take advantage of sweet summer tomatoes with this delicious appetizer that calls for roasted tomatoes and garlic! Roasting brings out the intensity of the tomatoes and garlic makes the olive oil burst with flavor. Serve this easy to make crowd-pleaser on top of crusty bread. So good! :)
Roasted Tomato & Garlic Bruschetta
2 pints cherry tomatoes sliced in half (I used both yellow and red tomatoes)
1/4 cup basil, thinly sliced
2 cloves garlic, peeled & sliced
1/4 cup olive oil
1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
loaf of crusty bread, sliced
2 tablespoons butter
Directions: Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Toss sliced tomatoes, sliced garlic, olive oil, salt & pepper together and place on a roasting pan. Bake for 20 minutes. Slice and butter bread. Either toast bread in the oven or use a grill pan on the stove like I did to get those beautiful grill marks. Mix roasted tomatoes and garlic with the basil and balsamic vinegar. Top slices of bread with mixture. Serve warm or at room temperature. This recipe made 9 slices for me. Enjoy!