Thursday, September 27, 2018

Apple Kuchen

Wow! This stuff is GOOD!

I'm glad I stumbled upon the recipe on Pinterest...yes it's another "Pinned it..tried it...and LOVED it!"

I could have used this recipe a LONG time ago. I'm thinking's so easy and feeds quite a few. I'll be putting it to good use in the future though, that's for sure.

It's basically an apple crumb pie in a  9 x 13 pan. First you make the crust....but NO ROLLING....yay! You bake that,and let it cool while you make the filling and the crumb topping.

It's amazing, and right in time for baking with all those apples that are around this fall!

Apple Kuchen

2 c. flour
1/4 tsp. salt
1 c. cold butter

Mix with pastry bender until size of peas.

Add 3 to 4 tablespoons of cold water until crumbs are just moistened. Pat in a greased 9 x 13 pan. Bake at 350 for about 20 minutes until edges are just turning slightly brown. Cool on a wire rack.

Meanwhile, peal and slice 8 cups of apples. Mix with:

1 c. sugar
2 tsp. cinnamon

Place on top of the cooled crust.

Mix until coarse crumbs form:

1 c. flour
1 c. sugar
1/2 c. cold butter

Sprinkle on top and bake at 350 for 60 to 70 minutes or until apples are soft and crust is lightly browned.

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Halloween Smore Munch

My daughter has been talking about the new white chocolate M & M's and how hard they are to find. Her hubby loves white chocolate, so he was pretty excited when he found a package at a gas station on his way to work one day. Well of course I had to try to find some too!

I looked everywhere.

 Finally while Brent and I were out for breakfast the other day...there they were...right on the counter of a tiny restaurant in a tiny town.  It was the last place I'd think to look for!

I grabbed a pack and took them home thinking I would chop them up to add to my Halloween Munch.

Halloween Munch is for SERIOUS candy snackers. It's loaded with all sorts of fun things.

First, you layer a pan with parchment paper, then dump on a layer of Golden Grahams, mini marshmallows,candy corn,chocolate chips, and the new white chocolate M &M's. Then you melt some white chocolate and drizzle it all over.'s not done yet...then you melt some milk chocolate and drizzle that all over the top too.

Put it in the frig for awhile until it sets, and then break it into chunks. I like to store it in a ziploc bag.

You can pretty much add or delete anything you want, and make as much or as little as you want too!

It's addicting!

Monday, September 10, 2018

Blueberry Bars....... Monday's with Mom


I haven't had much time to give my blog some love this past year so I'm going to try to remedy that. Now that we have moved back into our home, I won't be doing as much traveling back and forth anymore. Brent will still be commuting to work though, but for the most part I am now in one place!

 I SHOULD have more time for lots of cookin' and posting.... that's the plan anyway!

Several people have asked me for more Monday's with Mom posts, so I dug out some of her recipes. I came across tons of them that she had cut out from newspapers and magazines. The ones she had tried, she always put the date she made it and maybe a note beside it. I still do the same. I always mark every recipe, so my cookbooks are kind of a mess...especially my fave ones.

 I also have the habit mom taught me of planning every holiday meal to the tee....with a final copy of my recipes written out on an index card. I keep them all, dated by year, so I know what I have served the year before, and also if the dish was a keeper or not. Yes...I do try new recipes on holidays or even for entertaining....I try new recipes ALL the time. Nobody seems to mind...even if one is a flop! I know I should test them before.... but that seldom happens!

It's alot of fun to come across a note about a meal that my mom planned....brings back so many good memories. It's also fun to see her collections....I'll find several recipes using garden produce....then several with no-sugar...Christmas...etc. Now I know what she was up to all those long cold northern winters when I was growing up! She always sat at the kitchen table, the warmest place in the house, while Dad and I watched TV in the living room. She was cutting out recipes! And reading her Bible. She did alot of that too.

The Blueberry Bars she had made for a church potluck, and had marked it as a keeper. I don't ever remember trying it, and I had some fresh blueberries in the frig, so I gave it a go.

The verdict is .....she was right! It's a keeper. It's really not too sweet, which was what I was expecting, and it tastes especially great warm....with a dab of ice cream on top. I LOVE the hint of cinnamon.

Mom would be pleased to know I have followed her footsteps collecting recipes...and that her granddaughter does too. In fact, my daughter probably has the most recipes of all 3 of us and is one of the best bakers I know. That would make mom really happy too!

Blueberry Bars

1/2 c. sugar
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1 1/2 c. flour
pinch of salt
1/8 tsp. cinnamon

Mix together., and add:

1 stick butter
1 egg

Mix until crumbly, and pat half the mix into a 9" greased pan.

Mix in another bowl:

2 c. blueberries
1/4 c. sugar
1 1/2 tsp. cornstarch

Pour on top of  the crumb in the pan, and then sprinkle the rest of the reserved crumb mixture on top. Bake at 350 for 40 to 45 min. until lightly browned. 

Saturday, September 1, 2018

Apricot Chicken Wraps

I usually have a sandwich for lunch, but sometimes it's fun to switch it up and have wrap!

 I like to make these when I have some leftover chicken. The apricot jam really adds some great flavor. Sometimes I will throw on some chopped pecans too.

Here's the recipe:

Apricot Chicken Wraps

1/3 c. reduced fat Cream Cheese,softened
3 Tbsp. Apricot preserves
4 tortillas
1 c. chicken
2 c. spinach

Mix the cream cheese and apricot preserves. Spread on tortillas and add spinach and chicken. Roll and serve.

Have a great day!

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Peanut Clusters

Leftover peanuts?

Make a small batch of these!

Nothing is better than chocolate and peanut butter!

Peanut Clusters

5 oz. chocolate chips
1 c. dry roasted peanuts
1/3 c. peanut butter

Melt chocolate and stir in peanut butter until melted. Add peanuts and drop onto parchment paper until set.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Strawberry Spinach Salad with Walnuts

It's hot...AND humid out today! 

We are never very hungry when it's this warm, so I like to serve salads for dinner. This one is so fresh and tasty! You probably have the ingredients on hand already. Any type of greens or nuts taste great. The dressing is premade...just combine poppy seed dressing and raspberry vinaigrette for a fun twist!

Strawberry Spinach Salad with Walnuts

6 c. spinach
1/2 c. thinly sliced red onion
1/2 c. chopped walnuts
1 to 2 cups of sliced strawberries

Arrange on plate in order given.

1/2 c. raspberry vinaigrette
1/2 c. poppy seed salad dressing

Mix well and pour over salad.

Friday, July 6, 2018

Patriotic Popcorn

Here's another fun treat for the 4th of July weekend...Patriotic Popcorn. All it is some white chocolate melted and mixed with popcorn...and then add some festive red,white, and blue sprinkles and M &M's.

The first batch I tried the popcorn was too I had to make some more. The brand of popcorn I used is a new one to me, and I have to say it just isn't as good. But you never know until you try!

I didn't measure...I just dumped some white chocolate Ghirardelli melts into a bowl and melted them in the microwave. I used 2 bags of microwave popcorn and mixed lightly until I liked the consistency, then I added sprinkles and M & M's. I spread it out on parchment paper until it set, and then bagged it up in some fun 4th clear plastic bags from the dollar store. Fun to make and eat!