Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Chai Tea Concentrate

 I got this recipe from
 and since I like chai tea lattes iced... I made mine with milk!

Note: For Chocolate Chai Concentrate, add about 3 Tablespoons of chocolate syrup (more if you want it extra chocolaty)

Chai Concentrate 
Makes many servings (you can make a double batch and it filled three jam jars)

1 14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk
1 teaspoon granulated sugar
1 teaspoon ground cardamom
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1. Empty condensed milk into a jar or plastic container with tight-fitting lid. Stir in the sugar, cardamom, cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg. Store in refrigerator.

To use: Brew a cup of strong black tea, such as Assam, then add two heaping teaspoons of concentrate or more to taste. Stir well until concentrate has fully melted. I added mine to milk with ice because I like iced Chai Tea lattes!

To give: Pour into small jars with lids and tie with an attractive bow, or wrap the jar first. Attach a tag with instructions to keep the mix refrigerated and how to use it.

To keep: Store in refrigerator for up to 6 months.

Monday, June 27, 2011

Poor Boys Plate

Poor Boys Plate...

 Saute the onions, set aside, mix up the ketchup, mustard and brown sugar...

 Mix in beans and Worcestershire sauce...
 mix in ketchup and all ingredients together... pour in baking dish..

 peel apart 8 biscuits to line on top of the meat mixture..

 2 cups of grated cheddar cheese goes on top..
Bake in oven at 350 for 25-30 minutes... check while baking cause I baked too long and the cheese was too melted and crusted on top... would've been better... I might even check at 20 minutes..

Serve with a fresh salad... yum..

Poor Boys Plate

Saute the onions in a skillet over medium heat; cook until softened then remove the onions from the pan set aside. Brown the beef in skillet over medium heat. Once the meat is browned, drain grease (if necessary) and add the onions back into the pan. Add the can of baked beans and Worcestershire sauce; blend together; set aside.
In a bowl, mix together the ketchup, mustard and brown sugar; stir into the mixture. Salt to taste. Pour the beef mixture into a 9×13 inch casserole dish.
Peel the biscuits apart and place a layer of the thin biscuit layers over the casserole. If biscuits aren’t available, use a sheet of flaky pastry and cut into circles or squares. Top casserole with grated cheese.
Bake at 350F for 25-30 minutes. Serve with a fresh green salad.
  • 1 whole Onion, Diced
  • 1 pound Ground/minced Beef
  • 12 ounces, weight Can Of Baked Beans
  • 2 Tablespoons Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1 cup Ketchup
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon Mustard
  • 2 Tablespoons Brown Sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 can Buttermilk Flaky Biscuits (8 Count) Or A Sheet Of Flaky Pastry
  • 2 cups Grated Cheddar Cheese

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Caprese Salad

Caprese Salad

tomatoes chopped up
fresh mozzarella

Mix in balsamic vinegar and Olive Oil, salt and pepper to taste

Edible Arrangements

 I bought the green tin at the Dollar Spot in Target, bought foam filling in the flower/craft section at Walmart...bought the skewer sticks at the grocery store...
 I used cantaloupe, strawberries, watermelon, pineapple, red and green grapes and then I chocolate covered strawberries.... arrange as you wish, some sticks I had to break in half to fill it out towards the bottom.

Makes a great gift to bring to someone who was in the hospital or just delivered a baby, or a great bday gift! :)  Costs WAY less to make and this size was $60 if you ordered it from edible arrangements and I made it for $15 or less with the cost of fruit and everything!