No Empty Chairs: "Stout Hearts" around the Table

No Empty Chairs. . . "Stout Hearts" around the table.

Wanna Be A Stout... Eat, Don't Pout.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Banana Cinnamon Muffins

Source:  Betty Crocker


2/3 cup sugar
1/2 vegetable oil
2 eggs
2/3 cup mashed very ripe bananas (2 small bananas)
1 tsp vanilla
1 2/3 all purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

1/4 sugar
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 butter, melted

Heat oven to 375°F. Grease bottoms only of 12 regular-size muffin cups or line with paper baking cups.  In medium bowl, beat 2/3 cup sugar, the oil and eggs with wire whisk. Stir in bananas and vanilla. Stir in remaining muffin ingredients just until moistened. Divide batter evenly among muffin cups. Bake 17 to 21 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Immediately remove from pan to cooling rack.

In small bowl, mix 1/4 cup sugar and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon. Dip muffin tops into melted butter, then into cinnamon-sugar. Serve warm.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

No-Bake Energy Bites

I found these super yummy morsels on Pinterest.  Hooray for Pinterest--love it!  Anyway, they're quick, easy, and oh so yummy.  Thanks to for this awesome recipe!

1 cup dry oatmeal
2/3 cup toasted coconut flakes
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/2 ground flaxseed or wheat germ
1/2 cup mini chocolate chips (optional)
1/3 cup honey
1 tsp vanilla

Stir all ingredients together in a medium bowl until thoroughly mixed. Let chill in the refrigerator for half an hour. Once chilled, roll into 1 inch balls.  Store in an airtight container and keep refrigerated for up to 1 week.

Makes about 15-20 balls.

Friday, August 3, 2012

No-Bake Oatmeal Cookies



2 c. sugar
1/3 c. Cocoa
1/2 c. milk
1/2 c. butter
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 tsp. salt
3 c. quick oats
1 c. coconut
1/4 c. peanut butter


In large sauce pan combine sugar, cocoa, milk, and butter and boil for 3 minutes, stirring constantly.
Add vanilla and salt and peanut butter. Stir in oatmeal and coconut. If its too runny, add more quick oats to thicken. Drop onto wax paper, let cool.

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Onion Baked Chicken



  • 10 chicken breast tenderloins or strips
  • 1/4 cup margarine, melted
  • pepper to taste, salt lightly
  • 1 (1 ounce) envelope dry onion soup mix
  • 3/4 cup water


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. Place chicken in a 9x13 inch baking dish. Pour melted margarine over the chicken strips. Season with salt and pepper, and sprinkle with dry onion soup mix.
  3. Pour 3/4 of a cup of water into the bottom of the pan, helping the chicken stay moist.
  4. At 30 minutes, turn the chicken and pepper the bottom of the chicken.
  5. Bake 40 minutes in the preheated oven, or until chicken is no longer pink and juices run clear.
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