Monday’s Musings #257 & Bananas Fosters Snack Mix

Bananas Fosters Snack Mix & Monday's Musings #257 | What Joy Is Mine

Maybe you know this about me or not but I love trying knew recipes! Literally, I am trying new recipes weekly. Although we have out tried and true favorites, having something new each week changes it up. Well, a couple of weeks ago, I found this recipe in one of my cookbooks and just had to try it. It was deemed a keeper by the family!

So, I had to share it with you all because my family really enjoyed it. It is easy, tasty and adaptable. Your family will love on you generously for making it! At least I believe they will.

Bananas Foster Snack Mix

  • 3 cups Honey Nut Mix
  • 3 cups Wheat Chex Mix
  • 2-1/4 cups pecan pieces (or halves)
  • 1-1/2 cups banana chips
  • 1/3 cup butter, cubed
  • 1/3 cup coconut palm sugar (or brown sugar)
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon banana extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon rum extract (or vanilla extract)

1. In a large microwave-safe bowl, mix cereals, pecans and banana chips. In a small microwave-safe bowl, combine butter, coconut palm sugar and cinnamon. Microwave, uncovered, on high for 2 minutes, stirring once after each minute. Stir in extracts. Pour over cereal mixture; toss to coat.

2. Cook, uncovered, on high 3 minutes, stirring well after each minute. Spread mixture onto waxed paper to cool. Store in an airtight container.

Some notes: If you do not desire to microwave, you could bake in an oven. I have not done this but I, personally, would bake the batch on a cookie sheet covered with parchment paper. I would watch it closely and stir it at least 2 times and rotate the pan as well. Bake it until it is a bit crunchy and slightly darker in color. Since I have not done it this way, it will be a learn-as-you-go process for you.

Also, any changes you might make to the recipe will result in change in flavor.

This recipe is so easy to do and quick. It makes 2-1/2 quarts and you can double it!!

Now we’ve got our treat in place so let’s get to the link up! Love that you stopped by!

Monday's Musings #257 | What Joy Is Mine

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To have others share encouragement about being a child of God, being a godly wife, motherhood, homemaking, homeschooling, healthy recipes, modest dress, etc. (I reserve the right to remove anything I deem unacceptable. Keep in mind this is a Christian blog.)

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Monday’s Musings #242 & Thanksgiving Ideas

Thanksgiving Ideas & Monday's Musings #242 | What Joy Is Mine

This week I wanted to share some of my favorite pins on Thanksgiving. I love Pinterest and that I can find and save recipes and ideas for holidays. These are some of I am excited to share with you.

Ideas for teaching thankfulness:

Thanksgiving Ideas | What Joy Is MIne

  1. The Thankful Tree
  2. The Thankful Turkey
  3. Our Thankful Tree 
  4. Count Your Blessings Tree (free download)
  5. Grateful Hearts (You can write names on the hearts.)
  6. Thanksgiving Chain (not pictured)

Ideas for desserts:

Thanksgiving Ideas | What Joy Is Mine

  1. Apple Butter Pecan Pie (Grain-free, refined sugar free)
  2. Pumpkin Cheesecake Dessert
  3. Mini Pecan Tarts
  4. Chocolate Pumpkin Cupcakes
  5. Mini Pumpkin Pie Cookies
  6. Brown Butter Apple Pie (not pictured)
  7. Classic Southern Buttermilk Pie (not pictured. I am so making this!)

Just other fun ideas for Thanksgiving:

Thanksgiving Ideas | What Joy Is Mine

  1. Thanksgiving Blessings Mix (free printable)
  2. Thanksgiving Mad Libs (for kids)
  3. Thanksgiving “To Go” Idea &  Printables
  4. 10 Minute Decorating Idea
  5. Thanksgiving Placemats (for kids)
  6. Caramel Apple Cream Cheese Spread (not pictured)

Make your Thanksgiving special! Now, let’s get to this link up.

Thanksgiving Ideas & Monday's Musings #242 | What Joy Is Mine

Monday’s Musings Purpose:

To have others share encouragement about being a child of God, being a godly wife, motherhood, homemaking, homeschooling, healthy recipes, modest dress, etc. (I reserve the right to remove anything I deem unacceptable. Keep in mind this is a Christian blog.)

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Friday Foods: Melt In Your Mouth Pancakes

Melt In Your Mouth Pancakes | What Joy Is Mine

I L.O.V.E. pancakes, and waffles, and french toast! However, I am on a strict diet to lower my triglycerides so these items, traditionally made, do not work. At lease for the time being. So, I am always looking ways that I can have these particular items, occasionally, without them hindering my food plan and yet still satisfy my desire to eat such yummy foods.

So, in steps these melt-in-your-mouth pancakes. Now this is an adaptation of another recipe I found in a low carb cookbook. I just started experiencing with stuff and found myself enjoying what I finally came up with. Well, let’s stop chatting about them and get to making some.

Ingredients:

  • 2 tbsp soy protein isolate
  • 1 tbsp almond flour (not almond meal)
  • 1 tbsp oat flour
  • 2 organic eggs (don’t substitute egg whites)
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tbsp safflower oil
  • 1/2 tbsp organic vanilla yogurt

Directions:

  • Beat the eggs briskly and well.
  • Then, whisk in the rest of the ingredients.
  • Mix well. I mean put your muscle into it so there are no lumps and everything is well incorporated.
  • Heat up a cast iron pan. Yes, it will cook them the best but you can use a favorite skillet as well.
  • Now, I use safflower oil and coat the pan lightly but grass fed butter will work, too. Once it is heated, pour in enough pancake batter to make a 4-inch circle. You may have to spread it out a bit.
  • Cook on medium heat. It only takes a few minutes. Flip and cook the other side. Again, only a few minutes.
  • Serve warm with organic yogurt.

Melt In Your Mouth Pancakes | What Joy Is Mine

That’s it! They are light and tender. They really do melt in your mouth and makes enough for one (maybe two) servings, four 4-inch pancakes. I love that it is a great fix for my pancake craving and healthier than traditional pancakes. If you like pancakes that are more bread then these won’t work for you. However, if you want a simple, healthier, and lighter meal to start your day then this is for you! Let me know how it goes.

A variation: Add 1 tsp. ground flaxseed and increase the yogurt to 1 tbsp. Whisk well and let sit for a minute or two. Then, make your pancakes.

P.S. My photos only show three pancakes because I ate the first one. Yum!

Melt In Your Mouth Pancakes
Author: 
Recipe type: Pancakes
Cuisine: Breakfast
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 1 serving, 4- 4 inch pancakes
 
Tasty, easy and quick healthier pancakes.
Ingredients
  • 2 tbsp soy protein isolate
  • 1 tbsp almond flour (not almond meal)
  • 1 tbsp oat flour
  • 2 organic eggs (don't substitute egg whites)
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tbsp safflower oil
  • ½ tbsp organic vanilla yogurt
Instructions
  1. Beat the eggs briskly and well.
  2. Then, whisk in the rest of the ingredients.
  3. Mix well. I mean out your muscle in it so there is no lumps and everything is well incorporated.
  4. Heat up a cast iron pan. Yes, it will cook them the best but you can use a favorite skillet as well.
  5. Now, I use safflower oil and coat the pan lightly. Once it is heated, pour in enough pancake batter to make a 4-inch circle. You may have to spread it out a bit.
  6. Cook on medium heat. It only takes a few minutes. Flip and cook the other side. Again, only a few minutes. Serve with organic yogurt of your choice.

 

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Friday Foods: Creamy Green Chile Chicken Potato Soup

 Creamy Green Chile Chicken Potato Soup | What Joy Is Mine

Today I am sharing with you a delicious dish perfect for a cold wintery night. Not only is it tasty good but it is easy to throw together. If you prep ahead, it really goes together quickly. To make this easy for me, I purchased a rotisserie chicken and deboned it. I had enough for the soup and some left over for homemade chicken salad for the next day. Sometimes, I already have cooked chicken in my freezer but not this time so the rotisserie was good in a pinch.

Also, homemade chicken broth would be great here but since I didn’t have enough, I used Better Than Bouillion Chicken Base (aff link) to make mine for the soup. I’m sure any potatoes would work but I used white potatoes here. Lastly, I have a freezer full of fresh green chile which is my recommendation but canned or frozen will work, too. Or you can omit it altogether if you so choose.

Well, let’s stop chatting about it and get to the recipe. I know you will love this soup.

  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 3 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 5 cups chicken broth (I make my own using Better Than Bouillion)
  • 4 cups diced potatoes
  • 2-1/2 cups shredded or chopped cooked chicken
  • 1 cup frozen corn
  • 3/4 cup fresh green chile, chopped
  • 1 cup 1% milk
  • 2-1/2 cups 2% evaporated milk
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 black pepper
  • 1/2 tbsp finely chopped parsley
  • 1/2 tbsp finely chopped chives
  • shredded cheddar cheese, optional
  1. Saute the onion in the butter in a large pot until soft and opaque.
  2. Add the potatoes and chicken broth. Bring to a boil then lower to medium heat and simmer until potatoes are tender.
  3. Add the chicken, corn and green chile. Stir.
  4. Add salt and pepper.
  5. Mix the flour and 1% milk together until smooth. Pour into the soup pot then add the evaporated milk and stir.
  6. Bring back to a boil then lower heat and simmer for about 10 minutes.
  7. Serve with a sprinkling of of the fresh parsley and chives.
  8. You can also top it with some shredded cheddar cheese and eat with tortilla chips or crackers, or a warmed tortilla.

That is it. It should be ready in 30-40 minutes and serves 6 people easily. This recipe is an adaption of a recipe in my soup book. I enjoy taking a basic recipes and making them fit our taste buds. Don’t you?

You can print out the recipe below. Enjoy!

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Friday Foods: Creamy Green Chile Chicken Potato Soup
Author: 
Recipe type: Homestyle
Cuisine: Soup
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 6 servings
 
This a delicious soup for a wintery night.
Ingredients
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 3 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 5 cups chicken broth (I make my own using Better Than Bouillion)
  • 4 cups diced potatoes
  • 2-1/2 cups shredded or chopped cooked chicken
  • 1 cup frozen corn
  • ¾ cup fresh green chile, chopped
  • 1 cup 1% milk
  • 2-1/2 cups 2% evaporated milk
  • ¼ cup flour
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ¼ black pepper
  • ½ tbsp finely chopped parsley
  • ½ tbsp finely chopped chives
  • shredded cheddar cheese, optional
Instructions
  1. Saute the onion in the butter in a large pot until soft and opaque.
  2. Add the potatoes and chicken broth. Bring to a boil then lower to medium heat and simmer until potatoes are tender.
  3. Add the chicken, corn and green chile. Stir.
  4. Add salt and pepper.
  5. Mix the flour and 1% milk together until smooth. Pour into the soup pot then add the evaporated milk and stir.
  6. Bring back to a boil then lower heat and simmer for about 10 minutes.
  7. Serve with a sprinkling of of the fresh parsley and chives.
  8. You can also top it with some shredded cheddar cheese and eat with tortilla chips or crackers, or a warmed tortilla.

 2015Siggy2

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Friday Foods: Crockpot Mexican Posole

 Crock Pot Mexican Posole | What Joy Is Mine

First, let me clarify, Posole is spelled with an “s” not a “z” as I have seen it spelled. Second, it is pronounced just as it is written, Posole, not Pozole with a “z” sound. Lastly, it is one of best meals to serve your family. Made with pork, Posole corn and chili, it is a warm the heart kind of dish.

I have made this Mexican dish many times. I’ve made it on the stove and in the crock pot. It is so simple to throw together and so yummy to eat on a rainy or snowy day. Truly, we can eat it anytime!

Today, I wanted to share our recipe with you. This is a crock pot recipe so you can prep everything the night before and toss into the crock pot in the morning. Plus, its an inexpensive meal for the family. Well, let’s get started.

Ingredients:

  • 1-1/2 pounds of thick boneless pork chops, cubed. 
  • 1 lb. frozen posole corn 
  • 1 medium white onion, chopped
  • 2 tsp. sea salt
  • 1-1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. oregano
  • 1/2 tbsp. red chili powder (or more is you so choose)
  • Sea salt taste
  • Water

Put the cubed pork chops, posole corn, onion and seasonings in the crock pot. Add water to the crock pot up to one inch from the top. Put the lid on and turn on low. It should be done in 5- 6 hours. You can turn it off if finished cooking early. When it gets close to serving the Posole, turn your crock pot on to warm and reheat it that way. Be sure to taste for flavor and add more salt if needed or maybe more red chili powder, if you so choose.

Now, you can serve Posole just as it is. But I like it with red chili and shredded cabbage. (Make my red chili for your Posole. It’s yummy.) Shredded cabbage on top is a Mexican way to eat Posole. I had it like that when I visited my sister-in-law’s family in Mexico. Now I have to have shredded cabbage with my Posole any time I eat it.

Well, there you go. Crock Pot Mexican Posole. Yum!

Friday Foods: Crockpot Mexican Posole
Author: 
Recipe type: Soup
Cuisine: Mexican
 
Easy Mexican Posole in your crock pot.
Ingredients
  • 1-1/2 pounds of thick boneless pork chops, cubed.
  • 1 lb. frozen posole corn
  • 1 medium white onion, chopped
  • 2 tsp. sea salt
  • 1-1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. oregano
  • ½ tbsp. red chili powder (or more is you so choose)
  • Sea salt taste
  • Water
Instructions
  1. Put the cubed pork chops, posole corn, onion and seasonings in the crock pot. Add water to the crock pot up to one inch from the top. Put the lid on and turn on low. It should be done in 5- 6 hours. You can turn it off if finished cooking early. When it gets close to serving the Posole, turn your crock pot on to warm and reheat it that way. Be sure to taste for flavor and add more salt if needed or maybe more red chili powder, if you so choose.

 

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