Bacon + Asparagus = LOVE!

If I ever had to choose only 10 foods to eat for the rest of my life, this would definitely be on the list!  It is SOOOOOOO good!  And the best part–It’s as easy as it is simple.

One of my favorite buys at our local Fareway is a box of bacon ends and pieces.  It’s all of the stuff that is the leftovers or pieces of bacon that for some reason weren’t packaged in the 1 pound packages to be bought at the grocery store.  This is literally a staple at my house.

To start, fry up some bacon.  I really like bacon and know that I might eat a little while it’s cooking, so I usually cut up more than I probably should.  It’s completely up to you how much you want to use!  If you don’t have ends and pieces, that sure doesn’t stop you from making this, just cut up part of a package.  Fry up the bacon until it’s pretty crispy–Unless you like not crispy bacon.  Just cook it a little less if that’s the case.

While that is cooking, cut up one bunch of asparagus.  Again, you can use as much as you want.  I don’t have asparagus at my house, so I just use a bunch that you can get at the store.  I usually cut mine into about one inch pieces after cutting off and throwing away the bottom inch.

Once your bacon is cooked, add the asparagus and cover.  Cook while covered on medium-ish heat until the asparagus is cooked through, but still tender.  I usually then sprinkle it with some fresh grated parmesean cheese and cover it back up.  Let it steam until the parmesean is melted.  I usually add some garlic salt and pepper while I’m cooking it as well.

What does the final product look like? THIS!

I was going to grab a picture before Jason and I dug in, but as you can see, I was too late!  It seriously is just that good!  Between me and Jason, we can empty this pan out quite quickly and easily….but there’s asparagus….and bacon!  Seriously though, what else could a girl ask for?!?!?

Chop-Chop: Keeping Onions through the Year

We use a lot of onions at our house.  I am sure way more than the average family uses.  I plant them in the garden and use them from the garden all summer and then in the fall I harvest what’s left plus I buy about 40 pounds of them from the Amish.  In the fall the 10 pounds bags are only about $6 each and the onions are really nice.  Typically that many will last us about through May…but this time of year, several are starting to sprout.

I never want anything to go to waste so now’s when I pull all of the ones that have sprouted and chop them up….

Here’s the bunch that Kelli chopped….
We chop the green sprouts as well as the onions.  They are all tasty.

From there we put them in little bags and put them into the freezer.  I put about 1 cup into a snack sized bag.

When the onions are thawed they are not crisp anymore.  They are soft but still flavorful.  I used these in soups, hotdishes, or anything that I would typically add a chopped onion to.  Having them already chopped is quick and easy but the best part, no food waste.  Also this has me not buying onions at the grocery store where they get more expensive this time of year.

Do you have any tips like this?  I’d really love to hear them.

Kid Friendly Chocolate Peanut Butter Dip

The ho-hums have been bringing my snack offerings for the childcare kids to little variety.  I looked in the cabinet and there was the plain Jane snack ever graham crackers.  UGH.

I didn’t feel like I could “do graham crackers” again.  If I was sick of them the kids were bound to be sick of them too.  So I went to the other cabinet…I opened it and saw chocolate pudding.  Hmm.  That might be okay but shucks….I only had one box.  That’s when the idea jumped in my head to somehow make the pudding into a chocolate dip and offer the graham crackers with it.

Then in the same cabinet that the pudding was, I saw the peanut butter.  Hmm.

I ended up taking 2 cups of milk and mixed it with the pudding…I used the immersion blender but a whisk would likely work.  Then I added a 1/2 cup of peanut butter.  I blended it together and then let it set.

It looked like this….

I gave all of the kids a little bit in a cup and gave them graham crackers…
Here’s Carver giving it a try.

The verdict was delicious.
It was a great success…everyone loved it, including Kramer and me and Kalissa.

After Carver got done eating he said.  “Joey (yes he calls me Joey) me mustache.”  
Bahahahahaha…no kiddo, that’s just a dirty face.  He wanted his picture taken with “his mustache”.  Silly kid.

Anyway…if you have kiddos in the house, you’ll likely be rewarded with smiles if you serve Chocolate Peanut Butter dip.

Coffee Cake in a Cup

A bit ago a message popped up from Kalissa.  “I looked on the blog and there is no recipe for Coffee Cake in a Cup”.  Hmm.  I think she’s right.  I checked myself and there wasn’t.  So I walked over to the cupboard door and snapped a picture of the recipe and sent it to her.  (I love my phone for this!!)

Then a little while later my phone dinged again.  Pictures started showing up….This….

Then this….

Then this….

Then came a message that said, “Now you can blog about it”.  I smiled.  She knows me so well.  I know her so well.  She wants to help me with a blog post idea but she also doesn’t want to have to keep track of the recipes.  My kids all use the blog as their recipe book.  They just go to the search bar on the blog and type in what they want to make.  It’s a joy of the internet!!

I thought that was the end of it but then my phone dinged again with this….

Carver is trying to give the recipe a “thumbs up” but can’t quite manipulate his fingers.  So cute!

So if you’re wondering about the recipe, this is a microwave recipe.  It’s SUPER quick.  I love it for nights when we want something sweet but I don’t want to take time to dirty the mixer.  Being the recipe only uses a half of an egg, I typically make two at a time.  This recipe makes only one.  Something else to note.  I typically make this in a cereal bowl.  I’ve made other “in a cup” recipes and my cup has run over in the microwave.  Bowls are just safer.

Stir together
1 Tablespoon of softened butter
2 Tablespoons of sugar

1/2 beaten egg
2 Tablespoons sour cream
a few drops of vanilla
1/4 cup flour
1/8 teaspoon baking powder

Stir well.

Then make the crumb topping.
Crumble together
1 Tablespoon butter
2 Tablespoons flour
1 Tablespoon brown sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon

Add to the top.

Microwave about 80 seconds…maybe a touch longer or shorter depending on the wattage of your microwave.

Carver thinks it’s a “thumbs up” recipe and I do too!!