Sunday, January 24, 2016

Small Jewish Apple Cake -Loaf Pan Size

One of the things I hope to focus on this year is loaf cakes, I like the idea of scaling back and making snacks that won't tempt me all week. This Small Jewish Apple Cake was a great place to start! Orange juice, apples and cinnamon make a very flavorful cake that's perfect with a cup of coffee or tea.
Instead of using all of the cinnamon/sugar mixture I cut back on the sugar a bit and gave the top of the apples an extra sprinkling of cinnamon.
One day I'd like to try subbing apple sauce for the oil and see how that turns out.

As for the storm, it was a doozie! Very windy and it didn't stop snowing all day, this pic was around 10AM Saturday.
I woke up this morning to a little fort Mother Nature made...
This is a 3' wall of snow that the wind created around the front of my house!
Now for the clean-up... Glad I have some cake to give me strength:@)

Small Jewish Apple Loaf Cake
3 Tblsp sugar-can easily cut back on the sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
1 C A/P flour
1/2 C sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 C orange juice
1/4 C vegetable oil
1 egg
1 large apple, peeled, cored and diced
  1. Mix 3 Tblsp sugar and cinnamon in small bowl and set aside.
  2. Add dry ingredients to bowl, add OJ, oil and egg. Mix well (I used a whisk).
  3. Pour 1/3 batter into a well greased 8x4.5 bread pan (I used Bakers Joy). Add half of the apples, sprinkle with half of the cinnamon/sugar mixture. Add 1/3 batter, top with the rest of the apples and cinnamon/sugar. Top with the remaining batter, it's ok if it doesn't completely cover all the apples.
  4. Bake at 375 for 30-40 minutes or until golden brown and a toothpick comes out clean.
  5. Cool for 5-10 minutes in pan and then turn out onto a rack to cool completely.
Eat well and have a happy day:@)

Friday, January 22, 2016

Snow on the way

I've stocked up on all the major food groups...
Bread, milk, cookies, cake and potato chips:@)
Bring it on!

We're expecting up to 18" of heavy snow, 
please be careful if you're in the path of this storm!

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Pepperidge Farm's Banana Milanos

~Cookie Alert~ I have always had a fondness for Pepperidge Farm's Milanos! Did you know there's an new Banana Milano now? Yep, and they are good:@) I hear they won't be at Walmart (at least for now) but can be found at grocery stores, Giant and ShopRite have them here north of Philly.
 Now if I can just save a few to munch on during the snow storm we're expecting on Saturday...

Have a happy day:@)

Monday, January 18, 2016

Apple Cranberry Raisin Pie

This Apple Cranberry Raisin Pie was a great way to use up a handful of leftover frozen cranberries, just use your favorite apple pie recipe and leave out one apple. I had a little fun with the crust, I really wanted to write 'Damn The Diet' but my letters were too big... The sentiment, however, remains:@) 

I used four apples, a heaping handful of cranberries and a palm full of raisins.

Have a sticky sweet happy day:@)

Friday, January 15, 2016

Aglio e Olio Zoodles -N- Noodles (Garlic and Olive Oil Zucchini Noodles with Pasta)

Walmart had hand held spiral slicers for $2.88 so I finally decided to give one a try. While zucchini noodles are a great way to cut back on carbs and a fun way to add veggies to a meal I knew that I'd have to mix them with some spaghetti to be happy-and I'm glad I did:@) I chose a basic Aglio e Olio but wanted to mention that zoodles can be treated like any pasta and would be good with spaghetti sauce too.
I added the garlic to a cold pan with some olive oil and crushed red pepper, then cooked it as low and slow as I could. Some times I cook the garlic to a deep golden color, I kept this batch kinda light. My zoodles were added to the pan and simply warmed through, I wanted them to still have some bite. If you want them softer you can add them to the pasta pot when it only has about a minute left to cook.

 This inexpensive spiralizer worked fine for a nice soft veggie like zucchini.

Aglio e Olio Zoodles -N- Noodles for One
2 tsp olive oil
shake of crushed red pepper flakes
3 small/medium cloves garlic, sliced-I had a cold and went heavy on the garlic:@)
handful of zucchini noodles
S&P to taste
handful of spaghetti, cooked and drained
~Gently cook the garlic and crushed pepper in olive oil until it gets translucent and very fragrant.
~Add zucchini noodles and a hearty pinch of salt and pepper. Cook until zoodles are heated through.
~Add spaghetti and heat through.

Possible Additions:
lemon zest
Parmesan cheese
pickled peppers
fresh spinach

Eat well and have a happy day:@)

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Valentine Heart Ornaments from Dollar Tree Rings & 2015 Valentine's Tree

For Valentine's Day I either decorate my 28" feather tree or smaller silver tinsel tree. These blingy Valentine Heart Ornaments from Dollar Tree Rings are a cute idea! (Upper right and lower center of pic.) The hearts are a good 1 1/4" and are a nice shiny addition to the tree.

I like them as is but they could be embellished with ribbon, a ruffle, paper, tinsel or a string of beads like the middle heart below... 
Anything really
Simply snip off the ring with heavy duty wire cutters and glue some ribbon or string to the back for hanging.
This is a quick, inexpensive way to have 12 new ornaments for your tree!
The pack has six red and six pink/purple, but I stick to red, white and silver for Valentine's Day so that's what I used.

This year's tree topper.

Have a happy day:@)

Monday, January 11, 2016

Easy Jalapeno Popper Bread

There are many variations of Jalapeno Popper Bread floating around, but I wanted to make one that was as easy as possible. No exact measurements, simply build layers of flavor adding as many toppings and jalapenos as you'd like-this was a nice football munchie:@)

Easy Jalapeno Popper Bread
  1. Start with a loaf of Italian or French bread (or bread of your choice), slice it in half lengthwise. 
  2. Spread butter all over it. (You could toast it in the oven for a few minutes here, but I didn't.)
  3. Spread a layer of softened cream cheese all over it.
  4. Sprinkle with garlic powder, paprika and black pepper.
  5. Add some jalapenos, I used drained pickled 'penos for this layer, also dried them a little with a paper towel. Use as many or as few as you'd like, you know your crowd!
  6. At this point you could also add some crumbled bacon, cooked chicken, or anything else that sounds good.
  7. Top with a generous amount of cheese. I used cheddar and sprinkled on a little leftover mozzarella. 
  8. Top with thinly sliced fresh jalapenos or more pickled 'penos.
  9. Bake at 375 degrees until it becomes melted and bubbly, maybe 10 minutes. Finish under the broiler for a minute or two if desired.
  10. Slice, serve and enjoy with a nice cold drink!
Eat well and have a happy day:@)