Make it Monday – Snickerdoodle Cookies

Warm. Sweet. Soft. Delicious. These are the four words I use to describe these snickerdoodle cookies as they make their way out of the oven and into my mouth. So yummy. Chocolate Chip cookies are “the go to” cookie in this house, but every so often, I dig out my mother-in-law’s recipe and…this happens. One cannot deny them, especially when curled up on the couch engrossed in a captivating book or watching a favorite flick on the tv. Picture it – warm cup of coffee in one hand and soft warm cookie in the next. You with me? Good. Now, go – go and bake.

Snickerdoodle Cookies

What You Need:

* 1 cup soft shortening

* 1 1/2 cups of sugar

* 2 eggs

* 2 3/4 cups of flour

* 2 teaspoons cream of tartar (I used 2 teaspoons of lemon juice as a substitute, because, surprise…no tartar here)

* 1 teaspoon of baking soda

* 1/4 teaspoon salt

* 2 teaspoons of sugar

* 2 teaspoons of cinnamon

What To Do:

– Preheat oven to 350 degrees

– Mix shortening, sugar, eggs together

– Blend all dry ingredients.

– Mix all ingredients together. Mix well.

– Roll dough into small balls

– In a bowl, combine 2 teaspoons of sugar and cinnamon

– Roll ball of dough into cinnamon/sugar mix

– Place on ungreased cookie sheet

– Bake for 8-10 minutes

– Enjoy…with an ice cold glass of milk


I hope you enjoyed today’s Make it Monday idea. What are you making today? Please, share!


Make it Monday – Baked Oatmeal “Muffins”

Hello! Make it Monday is back today and with it comes a new/old recipe. New, because I haven’t posted it here before (pretty sure I haven’t anyway) and old, because it is one that I shared a few years ago on an older blog I had. This recipe will be a quick favorite that you can easily add for your busy mornings during the work week or for your lazy Saturday mornings when you don’t want to make breakfast.

So, to reiterate…why should you make these???

Busy schedule in the morning? Make these Sunday night and have them ready to go for the rest of the week as a quick healthy breakfast. Have plenty of time for breakfast? Make and eat them fresh from the oven with a side bowl of fruit and yogurt. Seriously, you can’t go wrong with these little gems.

Okay…the recipe.

Baked Oatmeal “Muffins”

What you will need:

1/2 cup applesauce

2 mashed bananas

1 tablespoon coconut oil

2 teaspoons baking powder

1 cup of milk

3/4 cup brown sugar

3 cups rolled oats

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon cinnamon

What to do:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees

Place the following items in a large mixing bowl:

1/2 cup applesauce

2 mashed bananas

2 teaspoons baking powder

1 cup of milk

3/4 cup brown sugar

3 cups rolled oats

 1 teaspoon sea salt

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1 tablespoon organic coconut oil

Mix all ingredients together and spoon into muffin tin

Place paper cupcake cake liners in muffin tin for best results

Spoon in oatmeal mixture into the liners

 Add any topping (strawberries, blueberries, chopped nuts, chocolate chips, etc.) you would like, I added chocolate chips and dried cranberries.

Bake for 25 minutes

Ready to eat right away or cool and then place in an airtight container and put it in fridge

Heat for 15-20 seconds in microwave after being refrigerated

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Make it Monday – Creamy Jalapeno Ranch Dip

A couple of years ago, my husband and I discovered this amazing thing called Chuy’s Creamy Jalapeno Dip. Umm, so so good. We loved it so much, my husband decided to do his best to replicate it. While it might not be exactly like the delicious one you can indulge in at Chuy’s, it is still pretty darn good.

Here is the recipe:

Creamy Jalapeno Ranch Dip

Place the following into a blender –

1 1/4 cup of sour cream

4 tablespoons of Mayo

1/4 cup of buttermilk

1/4 cup of Herdez salsa verde

1 small bunch of cilantro

1 – 2 teaspoons of salt

1 Ranch dressing packet

2-3 jalapenos (washed and seeded)

That is all! Now you can enjoy this delicious dip with many different foods. We use it with tortilla chips, pizza, baked on chicken, over rice, on baked potatoes and we even used it on our tater-tot casserole (recipe for that here). SOOO good!

This morning I used it over my Migas at breakfast. Yum.

I hope you try it and enjoy it. What are you making today on this Make it Monday? Please, share!