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English Muffins are NOT Just For Breakfast

These delicious Bays English Muffins are not your father’s English muffins!

Way back when the only time mom would let you enjoy toasted English muffins was for breakfast. Eating English muffins after the noon hour was like wearing white after Labor Day. You just didn’t do it.

Luckily, Bays English Muffins is rewriting the rules, showing millions of people that English muffins are great any time of day. Bays English Muffins may be great for breakfast, but they aren’t just for your morning meal! Bays’ chefs are proving the versatility of Bays English Muffins with creative recipes for appetizers (Bacon, Beer & Cheddar English Muffin Wedges), mini pizzas, sandwiches, melts, paninis, burgers, and sides (like garlic bread.) Simply click here for great Bays English Muffins recipes!

Of course, never ignore the mastery of a Bays English Muffin for breakfast. In fact, if you love bagels, consider shaking things up by feeding your family Bays English Muffins instead (they will thank you for it!) The toppings are endless and your family deserves a change of pace. Bays Original, Sourdough, Multi-Grain and Honey Wheat English Muffins give you a lot of options. Go to bays.com to find out what stores near you carry Bays English Muffins, as well as getting some great Bays English Muffin recipe ideas!


Note, if you are local to me (well, New York, Vermont, Pennsylvannia, etc) Bays English Muffins are now being sold at Tops Friendly Markets with on-pack coupons and sweepstakes information.

After more than 80 years of family tradition, adhering to the authentic, original recipe Bays is making it even easier for you to enjoy the versatility of its English muffins. You can now find Bays at Tops Friendly Markets and to celebrate, packages at Tops will have a $1 off coupon on each package. Note: You will not find Bays English Muffins in the bread aisle. Look in the refrigerated dairy case next to the eggs and milk.

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Bays Bacon, Beer & Cheddar English Muffin Bites


And, by the way, Bays also says it is now okay to wear white after Labor Day, especially if you do it while eating these Bays Bacon, Beer & Cheddar English Muffin Bites! They look amazing. Here is the recipe to try:

Bays Bacon, Beer & Cheddar English Muffin Bites

The great taste of Bays Original English Muffins, cheese and beer – what could be better!?

Bays Bacon, Beer & Cheddar English Muffin Bites Ingredients:

• 6 Bays Original English Muffins, split, lightly toasted
• ¼ cup Mayonnaise
• ¼ cup Stout, OR Dark Ale OR Beer
• 2 TBSP Coarse gGrained OR Spicy Brown Mustard
• ¼ tsp Hot Pepper Sauce
• 2 cups Sharp Cheddar Cheese, shredded
• ½ cup Crisply Cooked Thick Sliced Applewood Smoked Bacon, crumbled (4 slices)
• Smoked Paprika (optional)

Bays Bacon, Beer & Cheddar English Muffin Bites Directions:

• Combine mayonnaise, stout, mustard and hot sauce in a medium bowl; mix well.
• Stir in cheese and bacon.
• Spread mixture evenly over muffin halves all the way to the edges to prevent edges from over browning.
• Sprinkle lightly with paprika if desired.
• Use a large sharp knife to cut each muffin half into quarters.
• Place quarters on a cookie sheet; freeze until firm, at least 1 hour. Place quarters in zip top plastic food storage bags; return to freezer. (Will keep up to 3 weeks)
• Place frozen quarters on a cookie sheet.
• Bake in a preheated 425°F oven until heated through and cheese is melted, 6 to 7 minutes.
• Serve immediately.

Makes 4 dozen Bays Bacon, Beer & Cheddar English Muffin Bites

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Herbs 101

Herbs 101 – An introduction to the basics on herbs. Herbs are something all of us can benefit from in one way or another; from using them for home remedies, baking, or crafts, they have so many valuable uses we can take advantage of. If you are new to using herbs though, it can seem overwhelming to know where to start and what exactly you are even dealing with. Here are a few tips on getting started with herbs!



Herbs 101 – An introduction to the basics on herbs.

Herbs are something all of us can benefit from in one way or another; from using them for home remedies, baking, or crafts, they have so many valuable uses we can take advantage of. If you are new to using herbs though, it can seem overwhelming to know where to start and what exactly you are even dealing with. Here are a few tips on getting started with herbs!

The question you might ask is “What is a herb, exactly?”

A herb is a plant that is of value for the flavor, aroma it provides or the health benefits properties it may have. Herbs can come in many forms and sizes, depending totally on the type of plant and which part of the plant you are using.

Some herbs have more than one use, such as some of the cooking type you may already be familiar with, like oregano, parsley, or thyme. They have wonderful health benefits, and have been used medicinally for ages, in addition to their use for the flavors in cooking.

Most herbs are not so much of the woody type plant, but more of the soft and more tender type. If herbs are woody at all, it would be in the stems of the plant, but the leaves and buds would be soft and easy to use and break down. Rosemary is a perfect example of this type of woody-stem herb.

For years and years people have used herbs for preserving and flavoring food and this is easily their most popular use. Most people purchase them in the grocery or health food store and cook with them frequently. Herbs have also been used in religious ceremonies.

• Here are some tips for usage in each specific area that should help you if you are new to using them, along with a few cautions as well.

Herbs For Cooking:

If we did not season our food and use herbs in cooking, much of what we eat would not have a whole lot of flavor. Beyond buying the pre-dried type of herbs in the store, you can frequently find some of the more basic ones in the fresh plant form in many stores and also certainly in a garden center. Ask an employee for advice on which are easiest as starters, but mint, rosemary and basil are ones you will probably be able to find without much trouble. All three of those have great health benefits for your body, so know that while you use them to cook with, they are doing your body good too!

Many cooks do grow a lot of their own herbs because they taste so good when fresh. It also can be money saving to just be able to pick off your own plant the specific amount you need for a recipe (and talk about convenient!). In the dried form herbs do have a longer shelf life but some of the benefits will not be as potent and strong either.
If you grow a few different ones, just cut a few snips of each and add them to soups, salads, salsa and more (I walk out to the garden for oregano and basil all the time!) They work great in homemade sauces as well. You may want to read 10 Herbs You Need To Grow for some great herb gardening choices. In additions, this post on herb planting and care can help you get started! And, if you would like to enjoy fresh herbs even during the winter, this post on Tips for Growing an Herb Garden Year Round will be helpful!

The best way to start cooking with herbs is to use recipes you are already familiar and comfy with and then put them in there, tweaking it as you taste and try it. If you are nervous to do so, try one type at a time, like adding a tiny bit to a salad dressing or omelet. Add flavor to salads by using dill, cilantro and basil.

Here are a few recipes that make great use of herbs:

Chicken Salad recipe – Hubby’s best recipe (and that is really saying something!) – the herb addition is what makes it so fantastic!
Roasted Rosemary Mushrooms
Spicy Chicken Thighs
Four Color Caprese Salad
Cantaloupe Prosciutto Mozzarella Salad Recipe

Make a great dressing with an oil base by adding lemon juice and sea salt along with your favorite herbs.
One thing to note is to add them in the last few minutes of cooking, when they are fresh, or they will tend to lose much of their flavor the hotter they get. Do not cook them for more than 25 to 30 minutes.

Infuse either or both olive oil or vinegar with herbs by first placing the herbs in the bottle and then topping off all the way with the liquid. Keep closed tightly and use whenever you’d like. Garlic, Chives, Basil, Dill and thyme are great ones to do this with. Add a cute label and ribbon in a nice colorful bottle and you have a wonderful gift for a cook in your life! Here’s a great how to make herb infused oils post.

Herbal Remedies:

Aromatherapy is one great way to use as remedies. You can add a few snips to a humidifier or add some on the logs in your fire when burning in winter. Incense type sticks called herbal joss sticks are used to cleanse the air in religious rituals and they do help create a mood and make those who are familiar with that scent feel reverence and comfort at their smell.

Aromas can truly be good therapy for your body and mind. As you start using herbs and smell them, you will be drawn to certain ones, and you should listen to your body. If it likes one, use it, because your body is telling you you need it. It can evoke good memories for you as well, like the scent of Grandma’s apple pie that takes you back, many herbs can have that effect.

Your brain will release chemicals in reaction to aromas and it can be very helpful with emotional therapy.

Herbal teas and infusions are another way to use them as remedies. Infusions are done by pouring hot water over the herb leaves and blooms and letting them steep in it for at least 15 to 20 minutes, then inhaling and drinking while fresh. Teas are steeped for a shorter span of time and drank.

A few commonly used medicinal herbs are: rosemary, sage, oregano and thyme. They can be used for sinus relief, to help get over a flu or cold, for antiseptic uses, relief for wounds and scars and for allergy relief. There is a lot of information online on these herbs so be sure to research before using for this type of remedy and always consult your physician as well.

Herbs For Crafts:

Herbs can be used as natural dyes, for use with bath products and spa treatments, to make wreaths and bouquets, potpourri and sachets, natural candles, and homemade soaps.

Drying and storing herbs is not too complicated but you do need a good dark space to keep them in while drying and for you can tie them together in bunches and hang upside down as well as laying flat on a screen. They can also be dried in the oven, for faster results.

Once dried, be sure to store in clean, airtight containers, or if storing hanging in bunches, just be sure to protect with a cover to keep off the dust. How to Harvest and Dry Basil!

Cautions:

• If you are pregnant or nursing, or have heart conditions, please consult a physician before using herbs for remedy purposes.

• Here are two herbs that, while beautiful in their plant form, contain poisonous and volatile oils that in small doses may not harm us, but can be toxic if used in larger ones, so it is best to avoid usage and never ingest either of these: Foxglove and Lily of the Valley. Even when growing these plants, be careful to keep pets and small children away from them.

If you would like to learn more about herbs and their uses, one of these books is sure to have the information you seek:

Encyclopedia of Herbal Medicine, 3rd Edition

The Complete Book of Herbs: A Practical Guide to Growing and Using Herbs

Rosemary Gladstar’s Medicinal Herbs: A Beginner’s Guide: 33 Healing Herbs to Know, Grow, and Use

Rosemary Gladstar’s Herbal Recipes for Vibrant Health: 175 Teas, Tonics, Oils, Salves, Tinctures, and Other Natural Remedies for the Entire Family

The Herbal Apothecary: 100 Medicinal Herbs and How to Use Them

Please remember that none of this is meant as medical advice. I am not a doctor and do not play one on the internet. Please consult a physician if you have any questions about using essential oils or herbs so your doctor can better explain to you the benefits, possible side effects, and any warnings about essential oils and herbs.


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Raisin Bran Cereal Cookies Recipe

Raisin Bran Cereal Cookies Recipe. If you like raisin bran you will love these unique and easy to make Raisin Bran Cereal Cookies. Dark and crispy on the outside, soft on the inside, these cookies are filled with the sweet taste of raisins!



Raisin Bran Cereal Cookies Recipe

If you like raisin bran you will love these unique and easy to make Raisin Bran Cereal Cookies. Dark and crispy on the outside, soft on the inside, these cookies are filled with the sweet taste of raisins!

If you would like to make your own vanilla (it is soooo easy to do!), click here for instructions on how to make vanilla extract!

I have a lot of cookie recipes on the blog (check out my Recipe Index Page!) If you enjoy unusual (truly not your run-of-the-mill) cookie recipes, you may want to consider making a few of these:

Bear Claw Cookies Recipe – Love bear claw Danish pastry but do not want to spend the time making them? These unique Bear Claw Cookies are an easy way to get the great sweet buttery taste of a bear claw pastry in minutes!

Bacon Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe – Like chocolate chip cookies? Like bacon? Then I bet you and your family will enjoy these delicious bacon chocolate chip cookies. The bacon adds a bit of salt to compliment the sweet. For some reason, bacon and chocolate just go together well!

Chocolate Chip Slice and Bake Cookies Recipe – Make your own chocolate chip slice and bake cookies with this easy to put together slice and bake cookies recipe!

Pumpkin Cheesecake Thumbprint Cookies Recipe – These Pumpkin Cheesecake Thumbprint Cookies combine the spicy taste of pumpkin with the smooth taste of cream cheese for a truly decadent cookie!

Watermelon Cookies Recipe – These adorable Watermelon cookies are so simple to make! Use a cake mix to make these delicious cookies that taste look and taste like a watermelon.

Note: This recipe used a handheld mixer, but there is no reason you cannot use a stand-up mixer. Just add the raisin bran and stir by hand (so as not to make mush of the bran flakes).

Raisin Bran Cereal Cookies Ingredients:

• 1 cup firmly packed Light Brown Sugar
• ½ cup Butter, softened
• 1 Egg
• ½ tsp Vanilla
• ¼ cup Milk
• ½ tsp Salt
• ½ tsp Ground Cinnamon
• ½ tsp Baking Soda
• 1¼ cups all-purpose Flour
• 2 cups Raisin Bran Cereal

Raisin Bran Cereal Cookies Mise en Place:

Measuring Cup
• Spatula
Measuring Spoons
• Handheld or Stand Mixer
• Baking Sheet
• Cooling Rack

Raisin Bran Cereal Cookies Recipe. If you like raisin bran you will love these unique and easy to make Raisin Bran Cereal Cookies. Crispy on the outside, soft on the inside, these cookies are filled with the sweet taste of raisins!


Raisin Bran Cereal Cookies Directions:

• Pre-heat oven to 375°.
• In a medium sized bowl, using a hand or stand mixer, cream butter and light brown sugar until fluffy and well combined (approximately 5 minutes).

Raisin Bran Cereal Cookies Recipe. If you like raisin bran you will love these unique and easy to make Raisin Bran Cereal Cookies. Crispy on the outside, soft on the inside, these cookies are filled with the sweet taste of raisins!


• Add egg, vanilla, milk, salt, cinnamon and baking soda. Mix until well blended.
• Slowly add in flour. Mix until blended evenly.

Raisin Bran Cereal Cookies Recipe. If you like raisin bran you will love these unique and easy to make Raisin Bran Cereal Cookies. Crispy on the outside, soft on the inside, these cookies are filled with the sweet taste of raisins!


• Add in raisin bran cereal, and mix batter using a spatula by hand until the cereal is evenly coated and blended.

Raisin Bran Cereal Cookies Recipe. If you like raisin bran you will love these unique and easy to make Raisin Bran Cereal Cookies. Crispy on the outside, soft on the inside, these cookies are filled with the sweet taste of raisins!


• Using a tablespoon, drop dough onto cookie sheet.

Raisin Bran Cereal Cookies Recipe. If you like raisin bran you will love these unique and easy to make Raisin Bran Cereal Cookies. Crispy on the outside, soft on the inside, these cookies are filled with the sweet taste of raisins!


• Bake for approximately 8-10 minutes.
• Allow to rest for 1 minute on cookie sheet before transferring to cooling rack.


Raisin Bran Cereal Cookies Recipe

If you like raisin bran you will love these unique and easy to make Raisin Bran Cereal Cookies. Crispy on the outside, soft on the inside, these cookies are filled with the sweet taste of raisins!

Prep Time: 15 Minutes
Cook Time: 10 Minutes
Total Time: 25 Minutes

Ingredients:

1/3 cup Butter, melted
1 ½ cups Graham Crackers, crushed
1 can Sweetened Condensed Milk
1 cup Semi Sweet Chocolate Chips
½ cup Coconut Flakes
½ cups Walnuts, crushed
2 ½ cups Mini Marshmallows

Directions:

• Pre-heat oven to 375°.
• In a medium sized bowl, using a hand or stand mixer, cream butter and light brown sugar until fluffy and well combined (approximately 5 minutes).
• Add egg, vanilla, milk, salt, cinnamon and baking soda. Mix until well blended.
• Slowly add in flour. Mix until blended evenly.
• Add in raisin bran cereal, and mix batter using a spatula by hand until the cereal is evenly coated and blended.
• Using a tablespoon, drop dough onto cookie sheet.
• Bake for approximately 8-10 minutes.
• Allow to rest for 1 minute on cookie sheet before transferring to cooling rack.

• Makes 36 Raisin Bran Cereal Cookies

Raisin Bran Cereal Cookies Recipe. If you like raisin bran you will love these unique and easy to make Raisin Bran Cereal Cookies. Crispy on the outside, soft on the inside, these cookies are filled with the sweet taste of raisins!


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