Any-way you want it sushi

This isn’t actual sushi, but a whole-wheat tortilla filled with meat, then rolled up and sliced into maki-style rounds. A fun idea for back to school lunch options and there are so many things you could fill it with. You could even send a little honey mustard or sweet and sour dip on the side.

Main Recipe

1 Whole wheat tortilla shell

1 – 2 TBSP cream cheese

Choice of meat (ham, roast beef, cooked chicken, turkey, etc.)

Then add anything from lettuce, cheese, sliced cucumber, avocado, sesame seeds, dried cranberries to shredded carrot.

Spread cream cheese all over tortilla (right to edges), arrange meat and veggies in layers. Leave about an inch of cream cheese showing around the edge, this helps to seal the roll and keep it from unwrapping. Roll tight. If it won’t stay closed, simply add a bit of cream cheese along the edge. Using a serrated knife, cut the roll into 1 – inch rounds. Super easy and fun to eat!

Another option for this recipe is cream cheese and sliced fruit with a sprinkle of sugared cinnamon! Yummy!!!

 

 

School Supplies

Just saw a news clip on school supplies and it seems like the cheapest place to purchase them is in the States. I couldn’t believe the difference in prices compared to Canada, big savings! Looks like we will be heading to the States! Anyone else find any good deals?

Grandma’s Sweet & Savory Secrets

The Best Bran Muffins!

*This makes a large batch that you can keep in the fridge and use when you want fresh muffins.

In a large bowl: (mix together and let cool slightly)

  • 2 cups All Bran cereal
  • 2 cups boiling water

Add:

  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 1 cup veg, olive or grapeseed oil
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3 TBSP baking soda (mixed into 1 TBSP water)

Add:

  • 5 cups flour (whole wheat)
  • 2 cups raisins
  • 4 cups bran
  • 1 litre (less 1/2 cup) butter milk (3 1/2 cups)
  • 5 eggs
  • 1/2 cup black-strap molasses

Stir together until just mixed.

Bake in large paper muffin liners for 25 minutes @ 350 degrees

*Keep batter covered in fridge for up to 6 weeks & make muffins as you need them.

These are the richest, moistest bran muffins ever!

Grandma’s Sweet & Savory Secrets

Peanut Butter Power Bars

  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup almond milk, milk or soy
  • 1/4 cup honey or molasses
  • 1/2 cup coconut
  • 2 TBSP Oil (Coconut, Olive or Grapeseed)
  • 4 TBSP ground flaxseed
  • 1 TBSP vanilla
  • 3/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup oats
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1/2 cup nuts (your choice)
  • pinch of salt

Mix all ingredients together and spread in a greased 9 x 13 pan. The mixture will be sticky, so be sure to wet your spatula to press into the pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes, cool and cut into bars.

If your allergic to peanut butter you could easily use almond or nut free butter.

 

Grandma’s Sweet & Savory Secrets

Foxy’s Ginger Cookies

  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 tsp soda
  • 1 tsp cream of tartar
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp cloves
  • 1 tsp ginger

Method:

Combine all ingredients. Roll into small balls and then roll into white sugar. Place on a greased baking sheet (do not flatten) and be sure to leave room between as they will spread out. Bake for 10 – 15 min @ 350 degrees oven. Under baking will result in a softer, chewy cookie.

Top Form Tip

Will cracking your knuckles lead to arthritis?

A: Although it may sound horrible, you are not doing any damage to your joints, bones or muscles (unless you are feeling pain). If you’ve been cracking your knuckles for years though, you can develop soft tissue damage in the joint capsule, which can decrease your grip strength. If you do feel pain when cracking you may want to visit your doctor so they can asses if there is any kind of joint damage.

Grandma’s Sweet & Savory Secrets

Home Style Oatmeal Cookies

  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 2 1/2 cup quick-cooking oats
  • 1 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 cup chocolate chips or raisins
  • 1/4 cup coconut
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup pecans

Method:

Cream butter & brown sugar. Add egg and vanilla, then blend in remaining ingredients and mix well. Drop dough on cookie sheet, leaving space between. Bake 8 – 10 @ 350 degree oven.

These are a no fail cookie! I have deleted bits (like chocolate chips) and added bits (like cranberries & white chocolate) and they turn out every single time. If you under bake them, they stay soft and chewy.

Top Form Tip

Does chicken soup cure a cold?

A: You can’t cure a cold, you can only speed up it’s course. That being said, chicken soup can speed up your recovery time. The minute you feel symptoms, dose yourself with chicken soup, vitamin C and plenty of water and you will be able to reduce your cold from 5 to 3 days.

Grandma’s Sweet & Savory Secrets

Prawn Dip – Appetizer 

  • 1 – 2 lbs prawns peeled
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/4 olive oil
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp basil
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • 1 tsp rosemary
  • 1 tsp parsley
  • 1 TBSP cayenne pepper
  • 2 TBSP crushed garlic
  • 1 – 2 baguette’s

Method:

Melt butter, add spices & simmer for about 20 min., add prawns and simmer until prawns are cooked. Pour into a pretty dish and dip freshly sliced pieces of baguette in!

Yummy!!!!!!

Cute Idea for a Kids Party

I saw these adorable cupcakes by Grandma’s-Bakery. Are they not the most adorable cupcakes you’ve ever seen? Such a great idea to serve for a little girls party or a ‘girls night out’ party with friends. I think I might have to give these a go myself. Be sure to check out their Facebook Page for more great ideas!                                                                                                             cupcake shoes