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Spaghetti & French Bread

Spaghetti is one of those recipes that everyone should have up their sleeve, not only because it’s delicious, but also for nights that you want something delicious but you’re fresh out of ideas. Plus you’ll have left overs for the next day! Or if you’re like me, you’ll have left overs for the next week–I always seem to make way too much!

Here’s what you’ll need:
Hamburger
Onion
Green pepper
Mushrooms
Spaghetti
Pasta sauce

Spaghetti

Spaghetti

Cook hamburger, onions, mushrooms and green peppers over medium heat until meat is browned and veggies are tender. Add in one jar of Ragu pasta sauce and let simmer until sauce is thoroughly heated.

Spaghetti

Bring a large pot of water to a boil, add in a package of spaghetti, cook for 10-12 minutes, or until desired tenderness. Strain noodles using a large colander.

Spaghetti

Mix meat sauce into noodles and serve with french bread :)

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If you’ve got a little extra time and a bread machine you can whip up a couple loaves of french bread to go with it.

French Bread

{French Bread Recipe}

Ingredients:

1 cup very warm water
2 1/2 cups flour
1 tbsp white sugar
1 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp bread machine yeast
1 egg yolk
1 tbsp water

Directions:

1. Place first five ingredients in bread machine, in the order listed above, and set on dough cycle. When cycle is done, place dough in warm place for 30 minutes (or more if necessary) let rise until doubled.

2. Once risen, punch dough down. On a lightly floured surface roll into a 16 x 12 rectangle. Cut dough in half to form two 8 x 12 rectangles. Roll up each half tightly, lengthwise. Taper end.

3. Place loaves on a greased cookie sheet. Make deep diagonal slashes every two inches. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled.

4. Mix together water and egg yolk, brush on top of loaves. Bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown.

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Cinnamon Buns & Vanilla Glaze Recipe!

We recently started making our own bread and it seemed to really catch on. We follow my Nan’s 2 hour bread recipe and we usually make loaves of bread, buns and dinner rolls but we decided to switch it up and try something new– Cinnamon Buns!

These delicious cinnamon buns start off the exact same way as our 2 Hour Bread. Here’s a quick recap of what the first few steps should look like:

First you just add warm water into a small bowl and stir in sugar until dissolved, then sprinkle yeast on top. Stir and leave for 10 minutes to rise and it should look something like this.

Once you have all of your wet ingredients worked in you start adding flour, two cups at a time. This is the part that can take a little practice- once you’re familiar with how the dough should feel you can use your judgement and add more flour as you need it. As a rule, this recipe takes between 7 and 8 cups of flour.

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Your ball of dough should be nice and smooth without any sticky spots. This is the part where you may need to add a little extra flour, just to ensure it’s well covered and not gooey.

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Make sure you keep the top of your dough ball oiled so it does not dry out while it’s rising for an hour. Each time you punch your dough back down make sure the top is moist with oil.

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Then I took some dough and rolled it out into a 17 x 10 square and spread a 1/4 cup of butter onto the dough.

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Next, I sprinkled a 1/2 cup of brown sugar mixed with 1 tsp cinnamon onto it, then rolled it up.

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Then I sliced the roll and put them into a greased 9 x 9 pan and let them rise for about 10 minutes or until they are nice and puffy like the ones in the picture above.

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Lastly, I baked them at 350 degrees for 15 minutes and they came out of the oven looking like this!

Almost done…but you can’t forget the delicious vanilla glaze that you must slather your cinnamon buns in!

While they were baking I made a vanilla glaze with  1/2 cup of icing sugar, 1/4 tsp vanilla and 2 to 3 tsp milk. Spread that over them when they come out of the oven and they are absolutely scrumptious!

Cinnamon Buns

This cinnamon bun recipe is perfect for a day that you’re already whipping up a batch of bread. You can divide it up and have dinner rolls to go with supper and a pan of delicious cinnamon buns for dessert!

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Macaroons

Hello everyone, today is a snow day for us here in Fredericton. The whole city is pretty much shut down which means no work for me today! So far my day has consisted of cozy pajamas, french toast and coffee. Sounds awful doesn’t it? ;) I decided to revamp one of my old faithful recipes, so here goes!

Peanut Butter Macaroons

I’ve posted an original macaroon recipe, but I thought I’d also share this macaroon recipe with a twist. The only thing that goes better with chocolate than milk is peanut butter! Total no-brainer :)

Peanut Butter Macaroons

I think this was the first recipe I learned to make when I was a kid. My friend and I used to mix them up and just eat them straight from the bowl while they were still warm! If only things were still that simple– I have a feeling it wouldn’t be as socially acceptable for me to do that now! At least not while anyone’s looking ;)

Peanut Butter Macaroons

Chocolate Peanut Butter Macaroons

Ingredients:

2 cups white sugar
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup cocoa

1/2 cup smooth peanut butter
1 cup coconut
3 cups oatmeal

Directions: 

1. Combine the first four ingredients: sugar, butter, milk and cocoa in a sauce pan and boil for 3 minutes

TIP: For extra moist chocolate macaroons, set your timer and let this mixture lightly simmer then immediately remove from heat. Do not over boil. 

2. Add peanut butter and stir until melted

3. Slowly add coconut and oatmeal until well mixed

4. Drop by spoonfuls onto wax paper and let stand until set

Guess what guys? That’s IT! Doesn’t get much easier than that! This is the perfect go-to recipe when you’re in need of sweet treat and you don’t have time to waste :)

I hope you’ve enjoyed this quick and easy little recipe, and remember, if you’re not a fan of peanut butter then you can just skip that step and voila you’ve got delicious chocolate macaroons!

Happy Snow Day to all my friends who are snowed in today! xo

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