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Crumb Top Coffee Cake

Posted on 22 January 2012 by noelskitchen

Your family will enjoy the benefits of freshly-made bread in many forms and varieties.  There is a limitless selection of muffins, biscuits, rolls, yeast and quick breads. In this week’s menu, you’ll find we’re making some breads that are quick and easy like this  classic Crumb Top Coffee Cake along with others that are designed for a day of leisurely baking.


Crumb Top Coffee Cake

Serves: 6


  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 1 egg, beaten
  1. Preheat oven to 375.
  2. Combine flour and sugar; cut in 1/4 cup butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbles.
  3. Reserve 1 cup for topping.
  4. Add baking powder, cinnamon and salt; cut in remaining butter.
  5. Add combined milk and egg, mixing just until moistened.
  6. Pour into greased and floured 8-inch square pan; sprinkle with reserved crumbs.
  7. Bake 35 to 40 minutes. Serve warm.


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What’s Cooking With The Elves:Oatmeal Cranberry Coconut Cookies

Posted on 30 November 2011 by noelskitchen

This year, I have two more helpers this holiday season. Aren’t they adorable? You all know I’m a thrifty shopper and on one of my usual stops to the thrift store, this cute little pair caught my eye. I had to give them a home.  This holiday season, I’ve decided to change much of my holiday decor to a Santa’s Workshop theme. It’s still a work in progress but the kids seem already excited about Christmas with the decorations I’ve put up so far.

What’s Cooking With The Elves?

The elves were already getting ahead start on Christmas cookie baking last night. This cookie recipe was inspired by my Sweet Apple Oatmeal and Coconut Cookies .


Oatmeal Cranberry Coconut Cookies
Recipe Type: Cookies
Author: Noel’s Kitchen Tips
Prep time: 10 mins
Cook time: 12 mins
Total time: 22 mins
Serves: 60 cookies
Get a head start on your Christmas cookie baking with these chewy and scrumptious cookies!
  • 1/2 cup softened unsalted butter
  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1 cup plus 3 Tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup flaked coconut
  • 1/2 cup dried Cranberries
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. In a mixing bowl, cream first 3 ingredients until light; beat in egg. Add oats, dry ingredients, coconut and dried cranberries; mix well. Chill several hours.
  2. Shape into balls about the size of a walnut and place on cookie sheet lined with parchment paper or baking spray; flatten slightly with floured tumbler. Bake 10-12 minutes.

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Christmas Gifts From The Kitchen:Mixes-in-a-jar

Posted on 29 November 2011 by noelskitchen

Christmas Gifts From The Kitchen just makes me want to start baking cookies with the kids. Every year, we pull together some of our favorite baking mixes, hot cocoa mixes or soup-in-a-jar mixes and start making gifts. Mixes-in-a jar are a beautiful and yummy treat! Not only are they fun to make, but they are practical too!

You can make Christmas gifts using your favorite muffin, cornbread, scone, biscuit, brownie and even pancake recipes. Today, I’ve put together some of our favorite mixes-in-a-jar. Batter bowls like the one picture below are perfect for the mixes-in-a jar because you can decorate them with wodden spoons and a ribbon and they get the batter bowl as a gift too.

Celebration Cookie Mix


  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ¾ cup sweetened dried cranberries
  • ½ cup white or semi-sweet chocolate morsels
  • ¾ cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup quick or old-fashioned oats
  • ½ cups pecans or walnuts, coarsely chopped
  1. In small batter bowl or large jar, layer ingredients as follows, gently patting each layer before adding the next ingredient: granulated sugar, cranberries, chocolate morsels, brown sugar, flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, oats and pecans. Cover with lid. Attach the gift tag recipe.

Gift Tag Recipe

Celebration Cookie Mix

¾ cup (1 ½ sticks) butter, softened
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 recipe Celebration Cookie Mix

Preheat oven to 375˚F. In large bowl, combine butter, eggs and vanilla; mix until well blended. Add cookie mix to butter mixture; mix until well blended. Drop 2 tablespoons scoops of dough 2 inches apart on baking stone. Flatten dough slightly using back of spoon. Bake 13-15 minutes or until edges are golden brown. Cool 5 minutes; remove to cooling rack. Makes 3 dozen cookies.


Cowboy Chili Mix


  • 2 Tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano leaves
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ¼ cup dried cilantro or parsley leaves
  • ½ cup dehydrated minced onions
  • ½ cup dried black beans
  • ½ cup dried kidney beans
  • ½ cup pinto beans
  • 2 snack sized (1 oz) corn chips, unopened


  1. In a small batter bowl or large jar, layer ingredients for chili mix in order listed, gently patting each layer before adding the next. Place corn chip packages on top of chili mix. Cover with lid. Attach gift tag recipe, below.

Gift Tag Recipe

Cowboy Chili

1 recipe Cowboy Chili Mix
1 Tablespoon vegetable oil
1 pound beef stew meat, cut into 1 inch cubes
1 garlic clove, pressed
4 cups water
1 jar (16oz) salsa
1 can (15 oz) tomato sauce

Remove corn chips, set aside. Heat oil in 4 quart pot over medium heat until shimmering. Add meat and garlic. Cook and stir 6-7 minutes or until browned. Stir in chili mix and water; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer 1 ½ hours. Stir in salsa and tomato sauce. Simmer, covered, 30 minutes or until beans and meat are tender. Top with corn chips. Makes 8 cups.

Brownie Mix


  • 1 1/3 cup sugar, divided
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour, divided
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 cup candy-coated chocolate miniature baking bits
  • 1/2 cup white chocolate morsels
  • 1/2 cup walnut halves, coarsely chopped (optional)


  1. In small bowl or large jar, combine 2/3 cup sugar and cinnamon, mix well and set aside. In a mason jar or decorative plastic bag, layer ingredients as follows, gently pat each layer before adding the next ingredient: salt, baking powder, 1/2 cup of the flour, cocoa powder, remaining 2/3 cup sugar, baking bits and remaining 1 cup flour. Top with reserved cinnamon-sugar mixture, chocolate morsels and walnuts(optional).
  2. Cover with lid or tie with ribbon depending on what you choose to put the ingredients in. Attach the gift tag and give it as a gift and don’t forget to attach the recipe below.

Gift Tag Recipe

Batter Bowl Brownies

  • 1 recipe Batter Bowl Brownie mix
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 tsp vanilla

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly spray square pan with vegetable oil. In large bowl, combine brownie mix, oil, eggs, water and vanilla; mix until well blended. Spread mixture into pan. Bake 35 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool completely.
Yields: 20 brownies


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Bigelow Pumpkin Spice and Apple Cider Tea-Perfect For Fall

Posted on 02 November 2011 by noelskitchen

Have you tried Bigelow’s Autumn Spice Teas? There’s an instant comforting feeling I get when holding and drinking a cup of hot tea. Fall is the perfect time of year to enjoy the taste of  these two wonderful teas Pumpkin Spice and Apple Cider from Bigelow.

I came across these wonderful teas at my last grocery shopping trip. The Pumpkin Spice Tea is wonderfully spiced with a warm pumpkin pie smell and there’s no other way to warm up after raking leaves than with the  Apple Cider Tea; plus it’s not just for drinking. Bigelow has a great recipe for Apple Cider Muffins I can’t wait to try!

These tea smells like fall and are a delicious seasonal tea to try! What are your favorite Fall Teas?

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A Moment For Family…Please Say A Little Prayer

Posted on 11 October 2011 by noelskitchen

I am not quite back into the groove this week as I had anticipated. It was a very exhausting past week with some devastating family issues going on. We found out mid week that my sister-in-law was in a tragic car accident caused by a washing machine falling off the back of a truck. Details on the accident are a little sketchy still but we know she was hit head on by another vehicle. The accident totaled the car and caused some serious injuries to her. She was in surgery for six hours Thursday morning where they tried to put her legs back together. She has broken ribs, cracked vertebrae, her leg (compound fractured) and foot (bone severed at the ankle). She had another surgery late yesterday on one of her knees and all went well. We found out this morning, she goes in for more surgery on Friday for her ankle. It will be a long journey to recovery. She’s in our thoughts and prayers every day. She has lots of family and friends supporting her. Just thought I’d ask  all of you to say a little prayer for her.

Family at Last Year's Thanksgiving

Our 10-year old son, had tubes placed in his ears on Friday. As a baby and until recently, he is prone to ear infections.  This caused some damage to his hearing and he is on the borderline of having hearing aids. He was having difficulty hearing people speak to him and failed his hearing tests. It was an easy procedure that lasted literally 10 minutes and he is recovering well.  The results of whether or not the tubes work will be determined at his post op appointment later this month.

Dante (middle) and friends having fun at the school walk-a-thon

On a much lighter note, I’m so happy it’s Fall. Every year, I wait for Fall to come around. Not just for the cooler temperatures or the beautiful foliage, they are just the icing on the cake. I wait for those satisfying flavors of fall: creamy pumpkin soups, easy savory stews, Apple Butter, pumpkin bread, yummy desserts like apple pie or pumpkin cheesecake are all top recipes to celebrate fall flavors.

Yummy Apple Pie!

Cooler autumn weekends definitely bring on bigger appetites so I’m sure I’ll be happily cooking in the kitchen.

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