Friday, August 12, 2016

Cauliflower "Mac and Cheese"

Nothing beats smooth, cheesy macaroni and cheese for comfort food.  We do healthy versions when possible now.  Or we try to do the healthier version : )  Just cutting the pasta out and replacing with fresh cauliflower qualifies as healthier for me.  Fresh cauliflower florets are the base of my new comfort food.  Add in the smooth, creamy cheese sauce and it is a perfection.
The healthier version of Cauliflower "Mac and Cheese" gets a thumbs up from all at the table tonight!

Cauliflower "Mac and Cheese"
Basic cheese sauce:
1/4 cup melted butter
1/4 cup flour
whisk flour into butter to create a roux
add in 2 cups milk and 8 ounces of cheddar cheese
melt cheese into milk mix until smooth.
Stir in cauliflower.  Put in spray oiled pan and bake at 350 degrees 45 minutes until cauliflower is fork tender.

Mmm...healthier is sooooo good!

Monday, August 8, 2016

Banana Crumb Baked Donuts

When it comes time for a coffee break, nothing compares to these Banana Crumb Baked Donuts to accompany the cup of Joe.  In my humble opinion.  Mmm...
The tasty rings of yum easily become the lunch box snack favorite for the brown baggers in the house.

Banana Crumb Baked Donuts

2 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup butter
3/4 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 large bananas
3 oz. cream cheese

Mix all together and put into greased baked doughnut form pans.

Banana Crumb Baked Doughnuts Topping:
3 tablespoons butter
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup brown sugar
Using a fork cut all ingredients together and make crumb topping.  Sprinkle over the top of donut batter.
Bake @ 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 9 - 14 minutes until done.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Fight Song

What's on your playlist when you are running your marathon?  What sets you in motion towards your goals and dreams?  The Fight Song is on my playlist.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

"Tis the Season for Everything Graduation is about time I made an appearance here.  Some days my life goes a 100 mph, with gusts of a 150 mph!  Let's just leave it at that.  It is good to be "home" here on The Moonlight Factory and back to sharing with all you.

I have been blessed to meet so many wonderful entrepreneurs and business owners through The Moonlight Factory.  In the coming months I will be introducing you a few of them.  I have not received products, services, monies of any sort, I just think you may want to see a few fun businesses.  Businesses you should know, a series of irregular posts introducing you do some of the most creative, hard working, passionate people I have met.

Up first is my daughter Marie and her new company M&E Event Planning Team.  Yep, she could never say no to her Mom and agreed to being the first in the series.

'Tis the Season for Everything Graduation is the theme of this handy party idea list to help you with the never ending graduation parties you will be planning and attending, from  my daughter Marie and her friend and business partner Elaina, at M&E Event Planning Team.  If you are planning a party for a grad, check the post out @ 'Tis the Season for Everything Graduation.

Monday, April 18, 2016

Cinnamon Chip Bread

1 cup warm milk (120 degrees Fahrenheits)
1 cup warm water (120 degrees Fahrenheit)
1/3 cup sugar
2 1/4 teaspoon quick rise yeast
  • Combine above ingredients and let bloom (bubbly) for 5  minutes.
1/3 cup oil
1 egg
  • Add to yeast mixture above ingredients.
5 to 5 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 Tablespoon salt
1 cup Hershey's Cinnamon Chips
  • Slowly add 2 1/2 cups flour and blend in salt to mixture.  Continue to add remaining flour until dough pulls away from side of bowl.  Add in cinnamon chips.  Let dough rise in mixing bowl for 30 minutes.
  • Cut dough in half and form into loaf shape.  Put into spray oiled loaf pan, cover to rise an additional 30 minutes.
  • Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 30- 40 minutes until golden brown.  Remove from oven, cool on rack and brush with melted butter.
  • Makes two loaves.

Happy Birthday Brody and Bailey!

Two years!

Sunday, November 29, 2015


Season's Greetings!

I know, I disappeared for a bit.  Months.  So without excuses, the last post led to more home improvements.  Which led to selling our home.  New job for DH.  New home in a new state to go with that new job.  Hit reset with the home improvements with our new home, beginning after the holidays.  I am still unpacking and will be back after the holidays.

All the best of this season to you and yours,