Thursday, September 27, 2018

Dessert Heaven - Cinnamon Apple Caramel Dumplings

Here is a delicious Fall recipe. It is very simple and delicious, you could use pre-made items to make it quicker  but I prefer to make my own, when I'm up to it.
These were delicious and definitely something I will do again. You could use any fruit or pie filling from a can if you prefer. Great for potluck, or even a small party. 
Cinnamon Apple Caramel Dumplings or little bites of apple heaven as I like to call them.

4 large Fuji apples, peeled and diced
3/4 cup brown sugar
2 TBSP cinnamon
1/2 stick butter
2 oz bourbon

12 yeast rolls, thawed
caramel sauce, optional
vanilla ice cream, optional

I used a square baking dish, 9x9, rubbed it down with butter to prevent sticking and add an extra layer of flavor.
In a non stick skillet, place the apples, butter, brown sugar, a splash of bourbon, and cinnamon. Cook until the apples are tender and allow to cool.
Take a roll and flatten it by hand, stretch it out or roll it. Fill with 1 TBSP of apple mix and fold shut. Place in the baking dish. Repeat until all rolls are stuffed. I had apple mix left over so I poured it over the rolls. Sprinkle with more brown sugar and cinnamon. 
Bake until done. 400 degrees for 25 minutes, depending on your oven. I have gas so it tends to be hotter.
Drizzle with caramel and serve with ice cream.

Friday, September 21, 2018

FOTW September

Sorry I missed August but from July 30th through August 27th I was in and out of the hospital. 

Welcome to a Fly on the Wall group post. Today 4 bloggers are inviting you to catch a glimpse of what you’d see if you were a fly on the wall in our homes. Come on in and buzz around my house.
Buzz around, see what you think, then click on these links for a peek into some other homes:
Baking In A Tornado        
Menopausal Mother           
Never Ever Give Up Hope  
Spatulas on Parade         

Just two weeks before going in the first time, my hubby blessed me with a new vehicle. I was still getting used to it when I went to the ER. Here is my beauty, still waiting to recover fully so I can drive.
Our poor little container garden. It did not do well this year and we can't figure out why. Oh well, we did get two cucumbers, 4 bell peppers, dozens of jalapenos and little grape tomatoes.
I normally cut the kitties claws each week, I've done it since they were babies. Well,  being sick the last thing on my mind was kitty claws. Until I came home from the hospital and Lily feels like hypodermics walking across my lap!

My spoiled babies were glad for me to be back home. Not as much as I was and am. The hospital is NO place to rest. They say "sleep and rest" then come in every 3 hours for vitals and to wake me up and say "do you need anything?" good land! BUT they did take very good care of me.
Ms. Lily on top, Sugar my baby bottom left and Beau my big love bug bottom right.

In August my youngest son and his family transferred to their new duty station. Now they are only 6 hours away!! I'm so excited. Hoping that means MORE grandbaby time!
** Surprise! They came to see me Sept 7-9! It was marvelous!!

So my husband, bless him, has had to cook and clean on top of holding down a job AND caring for me since the end of July. Bless him. It has taken its toll.
We sit down to breakfast and I'm thinking, huh? There's a jar of pickle relish sitting there. I said "Honey, why is there pickle relish on the table?"
He walks over and says "SHOOT I saw the purple lid and thought it was grape jelly."
We had a good laugh. I said "You know this will end up on Fly..."he said "yeah yeah." LOL

Watching jeopardy one night and I said "why aren’t you answering the questions?"
He replied ,"I was watching black head removal videos."
I turned and said "are you serious?"
He said, "uh huh". SMH 

Monday, September 17, 2018

Loaded Pumpkin Bread

I actually made this in July, yes July. My husband said, "pumpkin bread now?" I said YES why does it have to be Fall to enjoy pumpkin bread?
I set about making a loaded pumpkin bread that was DELICIOUS not just to me because it only lasted about 4 days with just the two of us. So I'd say it was enjoyed by both parties. hahaha
I found myself without pumpkin spice so I made my own. Very simple.
homemade pumpkin spice
4 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp cloves, ground
2 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp nutmeg
Mix well and store in an air tight container.

loaded pumpkin bread
1 cup oil
2 cups solid packed pumpkin, puree
3 large eggs
2 cups sugar
2 tsp vanilla
3 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
2 tsp baking powder
2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
*brown sugar (1/2 cup divided)
*candied pecans (1/2 cup chopped)
*chocolate chips (1 cup)
In a medium bowl, combine all dry ingredients.  In a large bowl combine all wet ingredients. EXCEPT for the optional ingredients.
Combine the wet and dry into the large bowl. Stir gently. Fold in the chips. Grease a bundt pan, sprinkle half the brown sugar and preheat your oven to 325 F. Pour half the batter in and smooth it out. Sprinkle in the brown sugar and pecans. Pour the remaining batter on top. Smooth out. Bake for 45-55 minutes. Oven time varies. I have a gas oven and it took mine right at 50 minutes.
My bundt pan is spring form so once the baking was complete I popped open the sides and allowed it to sit for about 20 minutes. Then invert on a plate to cool.

Monday, September 10, 2018

Tropical Sangria - Rock It - BWF

Welcome to another edition of Blog With Friends! This month's theme? Rock it.
Rock it? Like rock out with some 1980's big hair rock 'n roll?
Rock it like in a boat?
Rock it like you killed it? Meaning nailed it. Meaning did FANtastic?
Rock it like the rocks we paint and hide to encourage and uplift others?
Rock it? I think is pretty open to whatever you want it to mean.

So we rocked out with some tropical sangria. (this was before I got sick because I can no longer drink) But it was good and I'm not a wine drinker at all. Time to "rock it" with an adult beverage and chill one last time before summers end.

This was beyond simple.

1 bottle of wine, your choice
I used a California moscoto white
1 bottle of mango juice
2 cups pineapple juice
1 cup strawberries quartered
1 cup pineapple chunks
1 cup mandarin orange slices
Mix well and allow to sit in the fridge and chill. You can pour the juice and fruit into a container and freeze then add the chunks to the wine in glasses, I did and it kept the drink cold longer without watering it down.
Be sure to see what everyone else's interpretation of "rock it" looks like.

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Chicken A La King (two ways)

If you remember, in my Pink Champagne cake post, I was talking about recipes from the year I was born. Well, here is another. Chicken A La King. Nope, my mother didn't make this. She would NEVER make this or eat it. She is a good cook but she only eats about 12 things and they are your simple good ol' country meals. You know, fried chicken, pork chops, roast, fish, meatloaf, chicken and rice, chicken and pastry, BBQ chicken, once in a blue moon spaghetti or an even rarer occasion tacos! She has branched out over the years, she will fix BBQ wings or my bacon wrapped BBQ chicken tenders. But that's about as far out as she gets.
I had heard of Chicken A La King for years, but honestly didn't know what it was. So after browsing the internet and finding a few dozen recipes, I decided to make my own version.
We really enjoyed it. My husband especially enjoyed his over the spatzle. German noodles.
Chicken A La King
6 button mushrooms, finely diced
1 bell pepper, orange, finely diced
1 cup frozen peas and carrots
1/4 cup diced pimento
diced chicken, 4 chicken thighs cooked

1/4 cup butter
1 TBSP flour
1/2 cup milk
salt and pepper to taste
chicken bouillon cube

Use leftover chicken or boiled, cool, dice 4 chicken thighs or two breast. Prepare your veggies. In a skillet with a dab of butter cook your veggies al denta. Now add your butter, flour and seasoning, stir well then add your milk. Toss in all the other ingredients. Allow this to simmer and thicken.
Serve over rolls, rice, biscuits, puff pastry or spatzle for something a little different.