Friday, September 13, 2013

Tennessee Apple Cake

Several months ago I printed out a recipe that Gooseberry Patch had posted on their Facebook page for an apple cake. I had the recipe pinned to the icebox so it would be readily available when I finally decided to try it. Well, today was the day I thought I'd give it a whirl. The original recipe did not call for an icing but I thought a quick vanilla glaze would go perfectly atop it.

Tennessee Apple Cake
2 c. flour
2 c. sugar
2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
2 tsp cinnamon
21-oz can apple pie filling
2 eggs, beaten
1/2 c canola oil
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 c chopped pecans

Preheat oven to 350* Grease & flour a 9' x 13' baking pan; set aside. Combine all ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Mix lightly. Pour batter into prepared pan; spread batter evenly. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Serves 12.

Glaze: 1/4 c. powdered sugar, 1 tsp. vanilla extract, 3 Tblsp. milk
             Stir all ingredients together in a small bowl until well mixed. Add milk as      
             needed for desired consistency.
Click HERE for printable recipe

 * source: Gooseberry Patch facebook page


Saturday, September 7, 2013

Smells Like Spaghetti-O's

We had some errands to run this afternoon and I hadn't even thought about what to fix for dinner, so I made a quick run down of the pantry and freezer to see what I could throw together. I pulled out my trusty crockpot, dumped my ingredients in & said a quick prayer hoping that it would turn out ok. A few hours later we arrived back home and my bofriend says, "Man it smells like spaghetti-o's in here..." Since I really didn't have a name for my dinner creation, I just ran with it. LOL  I have to say, the LORD does answer prayer because it tasted pretty dang good too!
1 lb pasta noodles of your choice
1-12 oz package frozen prepared meatballs
1 jar three cheese alfredo pasta sauce (a little bit of milk to rinse sauce from jar that remains)
1 (10 3/4 oz) can Campbell's Harvest Orange Tomato soup
1 1/4 soup cans full of milk
1 Tblsp Italian seasoning
1/4 tsp garlic powder
pinch of black pepper

Add all ingredients, except pasta to your crock pot and stir to combine well. Cover with lid and place on LOW setting for 3 hours. About 15 minutes or so before meatball & sauce is ready, prepare pasta according to package directions. Drain. Spoon meatballs and sauce over pasta & serve.
Click HERE for printable recipe

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Pumpkin Snickerdoodles

I have been so ready for the Fall season now that I actually started decorating the inside of the house with all of my Autumn flair. With that, a friend sent me the link to a recipe for Pumpkin Snickerdoodles from the RecipeGirl blog.  She thought I would enjoy them as they seem to have all the tastes of Fall rolled into one. 

After a trip to the local dairy to pick up some fresh raw milk, I decided to give the recipe a try. It definitely smelled like Autumnal Heaven in the house & boy did they taste awesome! They're more of a cake like texture instead of a crispy cookie but add a glass of milk to it and yum! Here's the recipe as sourced from Recipe Girl.

Pumpkin Snickerdoodles
1 cup (2 sticks) salted butter, at room temperature
1 cup granulated white sugar
1/2 cup light brown sugar
3/4 cup pure unsweetened pumpkin puree
1 large egg
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

In a large bowl, use an electric mixer to cream the butter until fluffy. Add sugars and pumpkin puree and beat well. Mix in egg and vanilla, scraping down sides of the bowl to incorporate all of the ingredients.
In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, salt and ground cinnamon. Beat flour mixture into liquid mixture a little at a time just until incorporated. Cover dough with plastic and chill at least an hour, or until dough becomes slightly firm. When ready to bake, preheat oven to 350°F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper (or spray with nonstick spray).

1/2 cup granulated white sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon allspice


Mix rolling sugar ingredients in a small bowl. Remove cookie dough from refrigerator. Use a medium cookie scoop (1 1/2 Tablespoons) or a large spoon to scoop out dough and roll into balls. Use your hands to roll the balls in the cinnamon sugar and make sure they're coated really well.** Place 2 inches apart on the prepared baking sheets. Use a glass with a nice, flat bottom to dip in sugar and flatten the balls. Bake at 350°F. for 10 to 14 minutes, or until they are slightly firm to the touch. Let cool on baking sheets for 5 minutes or so, then remove them to a wire rack to cool completely.

** My personal tip: When you get to the point of rolling the dough into a ball, make sure you lightly sugar your hands. I tried flour but it helped keep the sugar mixture from sticking as much. When I used sugar it not only kept the dough from sticking to my hands it made for better coverage when rolling it in the topping.

Click HERE for printable recipe