Fruit and Oatmeal Breakfast Bars

The residents at my house have come to expect a big breakfast on Sunday mornings.  The usual breakfast feast includes pancakes, eggs, or French toast.  Sometimes, of course, I'll try something new.  This morning I decided to try my hand at giant oatmeal breakfast cookies. 

Well, after mixing in some extras, the cookies turned into bars.  They weren't as sweet as I was anticipating them to be, which is a good thing.  This recipe is a keeper and it's versatile.  Now that I have a basic mix, I'll use some different add-ins to keep it interesting.  When I'm feeling naughty, adding chocolate chips may be a good idea.  



Fruit and Oatmeal Breakfast Bars
  •  1 1/2 cups quick oats
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup sweetened coconut
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup pecan pieces
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup apple or plum jelly 
Directions:
  1. Preheat the oven to 375°
  2. Mix all ingredients together in a medium-sized bowl
  3. Press into a greased 8x8 inch pan
  4. Bake for 20 minutes or until bars are browned lightly
  5. Cut into bars and serve warm
  6. Enjoy.






 
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Dad's Scrambled Eggs

When I was a little girl, one of my three favorite toys of all time was my Easy Bake Oven. Once I figured that little machine out, I kept it hot! Chocolate cakes with white frosting or yellow cakes with chocolate frosting, no matter what was on the light-bulb baked menu that day, Dad dramatically devoured it. I credit his spirited, comedic enjoyment of those little cakes for encouraging my love of cooking and baking. The thrill I feel from watching the happy effect food has on people began with giggling at my dad.  Now, many years later that satisfaction over the contentment good food brings to others continues. 

It hardly seems possible that nearly 10 years have passed since Dad lost his battle with cancer in the spring of 2002.  Myself along with the entire family think of him often and miss him still.  I want to honor my dad by including one of his recipes, maybe the one I remember the best, as the first actual food post on my blog.

My dad wasn't much of a cook, but like most other men in America he looked forward to a day by the grill.  The few things he did cook in the kitchen were simple, unpretentious and savory.  Whenever dad was making breakfast for my four siblings and myself we all expected his soft-scrambled eggs and buttered toast. Simple, traditional foods were some of his favorites.  Scrambled eggs sound traditional enough, but Dad always add a dash of garlic power and bits of American cheese to the beaten eggs.  The cheese adds a velvety smoothness to the eggs and hint of garlic makes scrambled eggs seem like much more of a meal...it also turns plain-old scrambled eggs into my dad's eggs.

Dad's Scrambled Eggs

Ingredients:
  • six large eggs
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  •  garlic powder
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 slice American cheese, torn into small pieces
  • tablespoon of butter or margarine 
  Instructions
  1. In a medium-sized bowl, beat the eggs using a wire whisk.
  2. Add in the milk, a small dash of garlic powder (just a dash is all you need!)
  3. 2 dashes each of salt and pepper
  4. Mix well
  5. Add in the cheese pieces and lightly stir.  Set egg mixture aside.
  6. Place butter in to a warm skillet and melt
  7. Add egg mixture to the skillet and stir constantly until eggs are cooked to a soft consistency 
  8. Serve with buttery toast and enjoy. 


    Dad's eggs were quite tasty in breakfast tacos. 






     
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