Cinnamon Buns | From Lilly’s Kitchen

My mom  and I have been talking for a while now about posting the most amazing cinnamon bun recipe to my blog (I’m a little biased… it’s my mom’s recipe).  Long awaited, and it’s here!!!

This is the first, but in no way the last, original recipe from my mom that I’ll be posting to my blog.  We are going to call her recipes “Lilly’s Kitchen”.

If you came across this post by accident, count yourself very blessed, my friend.

I’ll pass this post over to my beautiful mama now to give you this wonderful gift to you and your family… Continue reading “Cinnamon Buns | From Lilly’s Kitchen”

A Granola Bar Recipe You Have to Try

This week I made more big, healthy, meals than usual.  I really enjoyed getting creative, although by Thursday I wanted to make lime coconut chicken (an original recipe, coming soon), which is a bit of a Thai inspired dish, but I was tired of rice… so instead, I made my potato wedges (which I realized I need to revise for you all, it’s 1/4 cup of mayo not 1/2 cup). So we had sautéed vegetables, lime coconut chicken… and potato wedges.  Random, but everything tasted great (if I do say so).

The kids ate way better than ever, which made me think I need to have them try new things more often, even if they do douse it with ketchup and plumb sauce.

I also did a bit of baking.  Last night, a banana loaf, and Thursday I made these amazing granola bars from the Pioneer Woman, Ree Drummond.  If you haven’t checked out her blog, you are missing out.  Her recipes are incredible, and her blogs are great to read.  You may have seen her on the food network.

Anyway, if you decide to make these granola bars (click for full recipe) I made them my own a little, here’s what I did:

  1. After adding the hot ingredients mix (which I added about 2 Tbs of butter to) to the dry ingredients, I added about 1/2 a cup of chocolate chips, which then melted.
  2. I also used parchment paper instead of tin foil on my cookie sheet and buttered it really well, and added chocolate chips on top rather than dipping them (chocolate…enough said).
  3. I only had them in the oven for 20 minutes (I have found in the past they get to crunchy if left longer).  Then you have to let them cool completely (she says this on her blog, but I never took her advice and cut too soon), then remove the entire parchment paper from cookie sheet so you can cut the bars on the counter.

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Try her recipe!  So yummy, and a healthy snack (minus the chocolate…).  I wish I could say my kiddos liked these, but their tastebuds are still in development and don’t know what’s good for them.

In other words, this is for you, not the kids.  My husband asks for these on a pretty regularish basis.

Happy weekend!

PS – Make sure you store the wheat germ in the fridge, it will last way longer.

Wrapping up 2016 | 7 Of My Favourite Posts of the Year

In 2008 I started a blog.  I posted here and there, and a few years later not at all.  Then earlier this year, I decided to start a brand new blog, by the Lord’s leading.

See my old blog was getting 3000 views per month before I switched blogging platforms.  That was earlier this year.  It was a bit of a faith walk to decide to start over, but this is what I felt I needed to do.  So here I am, starting fresh, but having a lot more tools at my disposal with wordpress.

My second post, back in June of this year, was called Seek Him First… seeking God first is a theme I so desire to be threaded through this blog.  Not Without My Morning Coffee is a place I hope people will walk away from feeling hopeful, inspired, and most of all pointed back to Matthew 6:33 (But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you). Continue reading “Wrapping up 2016 | 7 Of My Favourite Posts of the Year”

Chicken Barley Soup|Ben’s Recipe

Do you like new soup recipes as much as I do?  I have one for you.

This is the first of many posts to come featuring one of my husband Ben’s recipes (no pressure honey!).  He doesn’t love when I brag on him too much in this regard, but this guy really does know his way around the kitchen.  This guy can cook and bake.  I’m spoiled.  I took one spoonful of this chicken barley soup, eyes closed, and savoured.  2 Bowls at lunch and we pretty much finished it off at supper time.

Delicious.  Yum.  I want more.

If you are looking for a quick ish and pretty easy recipe for chicken soup, you have to try this one featuring pearl barley.  Wherever you are in the world, whether you have snow (as we do here) or not… or if you just love soups, do yourself a favour and try this soup recipe! Continue reading “Chicken Barley Soup|Ben’s Recipe”

Oven Roasted Potato Wedges

potato-wedges-roastedLooking for a potato dish for tonight supper?  Check out this easy recipe I came up with last week!

These yummy potato wedges are so yummy.  But finding – or in this case – figuring out a good recipe for the best potato wedges has been tricky, something I’ve been working on for a couple of years.

But last week… nailed it! (I just sang that in my head)

It might be December… or summer or some other time if you come to this post from the future… regardless of it being the Christmas season (or what have you), we all still lead somewhat regular lives with music lessons, mid week church services, Christmas shopping… I mean, we still need side dishes, right?  I like to mix it up with lots of different potato side dishes… but this one is going to be a favourite.  My almost two year old ate several of these.

So, here’s the recipe you- really have to try it, if I do say so myself, it’s a great side dish to mix up your recipe rotation (I don’t have this, but some people do)… Continue reading “Oven Roasted Potato Wedges”

Blueberry Pear Smoothie

We make this smoothie several times a week – some weeks almost everyday… it’s a great way to get your… self (you thought I was going to say kids didn’t you?) to get fruit in every morning!  And for the kids too…

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This recipe makes 2 regular size servings, but usually I pour it into 3 kid size cups, one for me, one for each of the kids.  It’s our favourite, mild and tasty flavour.  My son won’t eat a smoothie now unless it’s purple… trying to tell a three year old that it’s blueberries is useless since he doesn’t actually eat blueberries.  Normally.  Thank you smoothie! Continue reading “Blueberry Pear Smoothie”

Black Bean Zucchini Chili

Warm Up Your Fall With This Recipe!

These are instructions for stove top, but at the bottom you can find slow cooker instructions as well.

Note: Great way to use up chili leftovers is on nachos (directions… and mouth watering photo… also at the bottom).

My husband usually flavours our chili (and he’s great at it!!), but he and my cousin’s husband Tim had taken all the kids to the park… so I thought, hey I’ll figure this out myself and it turned out amazing… and now I’m sharing it with you!  Continue reading “Black Bean Zucchini Chili”