Garlic Cheddar Biscuits

This is a super easy to whip together recipe to go great with dinner. I love to make these when I don’t have the time to make homemade rolls or bread.

Garlic Cheddar Biscuits

½ cup butter

1/8 cup dried chives

1 tsp minced garlic

1 ¾ cups milk

3 cups baking mix

1 ½ cups shredded cheddar cheese

 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease 16 muffin cups.

In a small sauce pan, melt butter over medium heat. Add chives and garlic and cook for two minutes. Remove from heat and let cool for two minutes. Wisk in milk.

In medium bowl combine the baking mix and cheese. Add in the liquid mixture and stir until dry ingredients are moistened. Spoon into muffin cups and bake for 25-30 minutes.

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Pancake Brunch

Tomorrow morning our church is putting on a free, all you can eat pancake brunch from 10:00 till noon at the YWCA in Wausau. We have invited people, we have advertised, we have passed our many, many fliers. We have no idea how many to expect, but we are praying for a good turnout. We simply want to show  Christ’s love to our community and let them know who Harvest Baptist Church is, where we are, and that we care. This is quite a big undertaking for the small group that we are! So if you live in the area, please, come out and join us for a nice hot stack of pancakes! And then we also ask that you would pray with us as we seek to minister to those in our community.

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Homemade Pancake Mix

Pancake’s are easy, inexpensive, and quick to fix. I recently came across this new pancake recipe, and we have been loving it.

Pancake Mix  

4 cups whole wheat flour

6 cups white flour

2  ½  cups powdered milk

½ cup sugar

¼ cup baking powder

2 Tbsp salt

Mix together and store in container.

To make pancakes mix:

3 cups pancake mix

2 cups water

4 Tbsp canola oil

2 eggs

Makes approx. 10-12 medium size pancakes.

The Taste of Summer

I love the change of the seasons and all the many things that includes. There is just something about the sunshine and warm weather that makes me head back to the cook books looking for some fun new recipe ideas. We have been grilling out quite a bit since we bought Adam a grill for Father’s Day, and we have landed upon a new marinade recipe that we love. I have used it on shrimp and venison steaks, but I am sure it would be fabulous on a variety of other meats. Along with the meats, I found a great veggie recipe for the grill that has become my new favorite side for the grill. Then there are those new baked beans….let’s just say “YUM!”. Even people who don’t normally like beans were scarfing down these beans at our last picnic. We also have been loving a new smoothie recipe lately, and just typing those words makes me want to run to the store get buy the ingredients! So I thought I would do a round-up of some of our favorite new summer recipe’s. Let me know if you try any of them and what you think. Enjoy!

Grilling Marinade

Grilled Broccoli & Cauliflower

Baked Beans with a kick

Strawberry Orange Julius 

Homemade Lemonade (I wasn’t crazy about this one, but my husband really liked it.)

Dinner from the Grill {Finer Things Friday)

Dinner out on the grill means less cleanup inside. And so delicious. Now that is a Finer Thing!

Amy at The Finer Things in Life hosts Finer Things Friday each week. I always enjoy reading her post, and am planning  to join in each Friday. Head over there to see her Finer Things!

Good Reads from Around the Blogosphere

There are varied opinions in our country about how we should react to the death of Osama Bin Laden. Justin Taylor writes a good article about the proper Christian response. You also might want to read Desiring God’s article “Is God Glad Osama Bin Laden is Dead?”

If you are a mom of little’s then you should read this good post on showing hospitality with small children at home.

The power of the Gospel doesn’t begin and end with salvation. It extends to all areas of life.  Read about that power transforming our reactions to life circumstances in “Despising the Shame“.

My husband mentioned at lunch that he could get into some brownies…..I think I might go up whip these yummy looking delights while the boys are at nap. All the reader comments rated the recipe with a 10!

Resurection Celebration

We added something new this year to our celebration of Easter with the boys, and I think it will become a yearly tradition from now on. We made Resurrection cookies. The boys had a blast, and it was a wonderful opportunity to teach them again many details about Christ’s death and resurrection. With each ingredient that you add, you read Scripture and then have a corresponding action to represent the events in Scripture. You can find the recipe and instructions here.

Saturday night:

Sunday Morning:

  

We had a wonderful Resurrection Sunday with our boys and with our church family. We had a beautiful morning service followed by lunch and afternoon service. It was a blessed day as we remembered that we have a risen Saviour!

Worth Reading

Here are a few good reads from around the blogosphere.

If you are a woman, you can totally realate to this article on hormone overload.

The good and brave hero, Dick Winters, died last week at the age of 92. You know him if you know the Band of Brothers. If you don’t, get to know who he was.

“A Deafening Silence” speaks to our Nations need for God, not silence.

I bought baby carrots on sale this week at Aldi’s. I might have to give this a try.

This is a great reminder for parents. If you  only read one of these links, make it this one.

Frosting and Sprinkles

Big Batch Cinnamon Rolls with Cream Cheese Frosting

This cool fall weather puts me in the mood for baking! This week I made a big batch of cinnamon rolls. We had some for dinner, and then I put the rest in the freezer for next weekend when our house is full of guests staying with us for my sister’s wedding. Most often I make this quick and easy bread machine cinnamon roll recipe, but when I need a great big batch, this is the recipe I use.

Big Batch Cinnamon Rolls

1. Mix 3 cups hot water with 3 tablespoons yeast and 3/4 cup sugar. Let sit a couple of minutes to activate yeast.

2. Add 2 cups flour and mix.

3. Add 3/4 cup oil, 1 teaspoon salt and 3 eggs. Mix.

4. Add 7 1/2 cups flour, a little at a time. Mix and then knead until all flour is incorporated and dough isn’t sticky.

5. Set dough in  a large greased bowl. Let rise in warm place until double.

6. Divide dough in half. Roll out halfs into rectangles.

7. Spread  rectangle with softened butter.  In a small bowl mix together brown sugar, white sugar and cinnamon. Use as much or as little as you like for your filling. Sprinkle on the rolled out rectangle. Roll up.

8. Slice into 16-18 pieces per rectangle. Place into a greased baking dishes.

9. Cover and let rolls rise 30 minutes.

10. Bake at 350 degrees for approx. 20 minutes.

11. Spread with cream cheese frosting.

Cream Cheese Frosting

Mix together until smooth 8 oz cream cheese, 1/4 cup  (or half stick) butter, 1 cup powdered sugar, and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla.

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