Category Archives: Recipes

Amish Friendship Bread Recipes


Got my starter bag yesterday from a neighbor so thought I’d start a collection of yummy recipes to try it on.   These are the stand out recipes.  I’ll try them & record later as we bake them how they rate.

Lemon Blueberry (with drizzle)


Double Chocolate

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip (minus the chips!  yuk!)

Coffee Cake

Cinnamon Rolls (or as Nate would say, Simmer-on Rolls)

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies (substituting butterscotch chips for the chocolate)

Carrot Cake Bread w/ Cream Cheese Frosting (for my Anders: )

Apple Flax (got some of both that need to be used up)

Monkey Bread


Cherry Cheesecake Bread

Zucchini Chocolate Chip

* Update Ocotber 21 – Everyone loves the blueberry lemon & double chocolate.  Anders likes the cinnamon best & Jack likes the cinnamon with raisins best.  Cherry & pumpkin are good, too, but I like Mom’s banana bread recipe better.   And now we know. : ]

O Byrn Amish Friendship Bread side 1-2

(I LOVE this handwritten direction page!  Reminds me of my grandmothers.  Courtesy of bakingpictures.)

Apple Time

Spent the evening cooking up some goodies for church tomorrow. This recipe has been in the family cook book for a decade & I’ve eyed it for years. For whatever reason, I whipped it up tonight. My only regret is that I didn’t do it ten years earlier. This is a good one! Thanks for sharing it, Aunt Charley.

Knobby Apple Cake

1 stick of butter
1 & 1/2 cups sugar
2 eggs
6 cups diced apples (around 6 medium apples)
1/2 cup chopped nuts
2 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon

Mix all ingredients together & put in 13 x 9 pan.
Bake at 350 for 45 minutes.
Good topped with whipped cream. Tastes excellent served warm or cold!

2010 – The Year of the Fajita

So Keith & I were kicking around a new plan for meals that would be both delicious & nutritious when he suggested adding fajitas to the rotation. Never thought of fajitas as something I could make at home & stay on my points, but lo & behold, it’s AWESOME!!!! Here’s the super easy method I use…

La Tortilla Factory sells outrageously high in fiber yet soft & delicious tortillas. We use those. Old school WW let us count every fiber gram, making these puppies ZERO points. Now, WW only lets you count the first 4 grams, so they come in at only one point. Either way you go, they are great.

I got strip steak (about a half inch thick) & cut it sideways with my cooking shears into the frying pan. After the juices started flowing out of the meat, I doused it with a medium shot of Worcestershire Sauce & cooked until all liquid was gone & the meat was beginning to brown. Put the meat into a serving dish & cover so it’ll stay hot while you cook up the veggies.

Keith & I are the only two who like onions around here, so I cook veggies for two. For that, use three peppers (choose red, orange, yellow, or green) & chopped HALF of each into large strips. (Put the other halves in the fridge for next time.) You wouldn’t have to use three different colors, but it’s pretty. : ] Then I cut two onions up into bigger chunks & tossed them all into the same fry pan that you used for the meat – extra flavor. Add two teaspoons of oil at one point each & , stir fry for about five minutes & you’ve got a HUGE pan of yummy veggies for two points total – one point each serving.

Add salsa, shredded cheese (2% cheese is 2 points for 2 oz.), & plain yogurt as a sour cream substitute. You’ve got yourself a great meal!!!

For the kids, I just heat up a large can of refried beans to fill in for the foods they don’t like.

If you use 4 oz. of the meat (the highest point part of this meal), you can indulge in three super big & tasty tortillas & come in at under 12 points!! Top off the meal with a bowl of orange jello topped with whipped cream & you’ll forget you are on a diet! It’s that good. We will be having this one a week until further notice. Thought I’d pass along the great new find. : ]

Lightened Up Broccoli Salad

Mercy me!! I concocted a “to die for” summer recipe that comes in at only about 1.5 WW points per cup. I have always loved the broccoli salad with the red onions, bacon, raisins, & mayo dressing but never made it myself. Figured I’d have more self-control if I ate it only at picnics & had no leftovers. BUT, if you make substiutions, you can have all the taste & a fraction of the calories. Here’s how…

1 1/2 to 2 bunches of fresh broccoli, chopped up to bite-sized pieces (free)
11 slices turkey bacon cut up (that was 1/2 the package I had)
– Turkey bacon is 1 point per slice fyi.
2/3 cup raisins (4 points)
1 small red onion, chopped (free)
1 1/2 cup fat free Miracle Whip dressing (7 points) – use less if you want less points. It’s 5 points per cup.
1 cup Splenda (free)
3 Tbl vinegar (free)

Refrigerate for supposedly 2 hours or more. I couldn’t wait, so ate some after 1 hour – INCREDIBLE!!! So good!! This recipe has made it into the summer rotation. The bowl I made had about 12 cups of salad in it & totaled 20 points!! I like plenty of dressing.

Gotta go. More broccoli salad calls!


April Fool’s Prep

It’s never too early to think about April Fool’s around these parts. For history on this subject, read here. Anyway, since the kids don’t read this blog, thought I’d share some ideas for you to get the juices flowing. I’m thinking of going the food route this year. I’ve never done that before, so the kids will be unsuspecting. : ) Perfect! Here’s a great site with oodles of ideas. Personally, I’m thinking of doing a variation of this one and/or this one. A lot of them are sweet treats & cute, but I’m looking for a tricky meal. The faux french fries & pizza are awfully cute, though! Check them out & let me know if you’ve got any more fun ideas for a healthy-ish tricky meal. Here’s another site with a few more ideas. My boys would sure love this one!

Pumpkin Squares That Won’t Make You Round


Here’s a great substitute for pumpkin pie. And let me tell you, they are delicious! This recipe makes 9 servings, 2 points each.

Pumpkin Squares
1 envelope unflavored gelatin
1/2 cup cold water
1 can (29 oz) pumpkin
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 cup Splenda
5 whole graham crackers
1/2 cup low-fat Cool Whip

In saucepan, sprinkle gelatin over cold water & let stand for 2 minutes. Heat over low heat, stirring until gelatin is completely dissolved. Add pumpkin, brown sugar, cinnamon, vanilla, salt, ginger, & cloves. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Reduce heat; simmer uncovered for 5 minutes stirring frequently. Remove from heat & cool to room temperature. Stir in Splenda. Line bottom of an 8-inch square dish with graham crackers. Pour pumpkin mixture over crackers. Cover & refrigerate overnight. Serve with a dollop of Cool Whip.

Stats: 120 calories, 2 g fat, 190 mg sodium, 4 g fiber, 5 g protein, 23 g carb.
Taken from Light & Tasty Magazine.

Quick & Easy-on-the-Scales Potato Chowder

Here’s a new recipe for those of us Weight Watching…

Point Chopper Potato Chowder
6 cups of water
6 cubes of chicken bouillon
1 envelope of Pioneer Brand Country Gravy
1 pkg. frozen southern style hash brown potatoes
1 can of corn, drained
1 can of creamed corn
salt & potato flakes as desired
I throw in about 2 or 3 Tbl. dried minced onions

Bring the water & bouillon to a boil. Make sure the cubes are dissolved. Add everything else. The potato flakes add “body”, but don’t add too much or you’ll start adding points. I gave this two squeezes on the flake box – I call it two “poofs”. : ) 1/3 cup? This soup is delicious! I added the corn, creamed corn, onions, & potato flakes on my own so haven’t figured out the points exactly yet, but without that stuff (which I wouldn’t think would add more than a point per cup) it’s one point per cup!! Again, this new recipe makes the weekly rotation.

FYI – I did try a new recipe last week that didn’t work, but why bother sharing that here? I’m gonna give that recipe one last chance in a few weeks with a few new tweeks before probably ditching it. The family seemed to like it more than I did. It was Pineapple Chicken from the WW booklet. I added too much ginger for one thing, so we’ll see what happens when I lay off that a tad.