Saturday, September 26, 2020

Saturday ReView: Apple Brownies and Crochet Poncho for Barbie-Free Pattern

I think we'd all agree, fall means pumpkin and apple season! These Apple Brownies are a nice treat that have all the flavors of apple pie, but it's a bit easier to put together with no pesky crust to wrestle with. This dessert works well for any day, for anything from an after work snack to a fancy holiday meal, and if you're inclined, a scoop of ice cream makes these brownies even more special:@)

And to represent pumpkins...
I made an easy Crochet Poncho for Barbie waaaaay back in 2013...
This is a cute little project that whips up in about an hour, and of course it can be made in any color desired.

Make something just for fun and have a happy day:@)

Friday, September 25, 2020

Inspirational Friday


Have a great weekend:@)

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Creamy Potato, Sausage and Sauerkraut Soup -Oktoberfest or Any Day

If you'd like to try something new, and are willing to think about using an ingredient in a different way, I highly recommend this Creamy Potato, Sausage and Sauerkraut Soup! While sauerkraut in soup might sound odd, it adds a bit of a tangy taste and naturally goes well with potatoes and smoked sausage. It's rare that I use a whole can of kraut, so it's nice to have another recipe to help use it up. This makes a nice hearty lunch on a crisp fall day, and it comes together fairly quickly too:@) 

Creamy Potato, Sausage and Sauerkraut Soup-from Hot Eats and Cool Reads
4 Tblsp butter
Large onion, finely diced
1/4 C A/P flour
1 1/2 C chicken broth
2 1/2 C milk
14 oz polish kielbasa or smoked sausage, halved and sliced
1 1/2 C cooked, diced potatoes
1 C sauerkraut
1/2 tsp dried parsley-I just sprinkled some fresh on top of mine for garnish
1 C cheddar cheese-I forgot to add this, didn't miss it!
Black pepper
  1. Cook onion in butter until softened, maybe 5 minutes.
  2. Add flour, stir, cook for a minute.
  3. Add liquids, stir until smooth and broth begins to thicken.
  4. Add sausage, potatoes and sauerkraut, heat through. Add cheese if using.
  5. Serve with black pepper.
Eat well and have a happy day:@)

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Monday, September 21, 2020

Seasoned Oyster Crackers -No Bake, Less Oily, No Ranch, a tad healthier...

This is a dangerous recipe folks... I could toss these little Seasoned Oyster Crackers into my mouth just as quickly as popcorn! I love a few things about them, they don't use processed dry ranch dressing mix, they call for less oil/fat (and I went a tad healthier and used half olive oil, might try all olive oil next time), everyone seems to like parmesan cheese and we here at Pig In Mud ~love~ dill, so, yea, they were a big hit:@) Mix well in a large bowl, store in zip top bag or Lock-N-Lock bowl for an hour and you will be enjoying this snack before you know it!

Seasoned Oyster Crackers -Adapted from

1/4 C vegetable oil-I used half extra virgin olive oil
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp onion powder
1 tsp sugar
1 Tblsp parmesan cheese-the grated kind in the can
2 tsp dried dill weed
12 oz oyster crackers

  1. Mix everything ~except crackers~ in large bowl. 
  2. Add crackers, mix well with spatula.
  3. Store in plastic bag or tightly sealed bowl for at least one hour, shake occasionally.

Snack well and have a happy day:@)

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Saturday, September 19, 2020

Saturday ReView: Canned Peach Upside Down Cake & Capri Pants for Barbie from Headband

This Peach Upside Down Cake is a nice little treat any time of year because it uses readily available canned peaches. I also like that it makes a smaller, one layer 9" cake. This was a big hit with my crew at Sunday dinner, and I do highly recommend giving it a try folks:@) I'd love to see some red (and maybe even green) maraschino cherries added for a pop of great color too!

And this week I'm sharing some fun Capri Pants from a Dollar Tree Headband for Barbie. This is a quick little project that just looks cute on the doll:@) While it does call for some sewing, I think this is a project older girls can make for themselves. Bonus: There's a link showing how to make a long gown from the same headband, two Barbie garments for $1...

We're having our first taste of cooler weather here in Philly, and loving it!
Make something just for fun and have a great weekend:@)

Friday, September 18, 2020

Inspirational Friday


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Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Applesauce Sweet Potatoes -Slow Cooker

These Applesauce Sweet Potatoes get cooked in a slow cooker freeing up even more oven space during big holiday meals. They come together easily using basic pantry ingredients and would be a nice sweet addition to the menu. You could always sprinkle some toasted pecans or marshmallows on top for fancier presentation. I had one huge sweet potato and made a half batch in a 2 quart Crock Pot. I was pleased with this side dish and I think sweet potato lovers everywhere will be happy too:@)

Cooking for one or two? Scale the recipe back a tad more and make this in a Little Dipper Crock Pot.

Slow Cooker Applesauce Sweet Potatoes -from Taste of Home
3 lbs sweet potatoes, peeled, washed and sliced-I used approx 1/2" slices cubed into 1" chunks
1 1/2 C unsweetened apple sauce
2/3 C brown sugar
3 Tblsp butter, melted
1 tsp cinnamon-can sub pumpkin spice if desired
1/2 C glazed pecans for garnish, optional
  1. Place sweet potatoes into 4 quart vessel (a liner comes in handy if you have one).
  2. Mix everything else ~except nuts~, pour over sweet potatoes. 
  3. Cover, cook on low 4-5 hours or until potatoes are tender. I placed a towel under the lid to catch condensation, did not lift lid until 4 hrs, mine took a tad over 4 hours. A test batch to check timing is always a good idea.
  4. Stir and serve. Sprinkle with nuts or marshmallows before serving if desired.
Let's start saving those holiday recipes and have a happy day:@)

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