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Baking bread is just wonderful….

 

It’s therapeutic for me mixing, kneading, waiting for the dough to rise…

 

 

 

The house smells so good while the bread is baking…

 

 

 

And then you get to enjoy the bread – in my case, I’m giving it to a friend, along with jars of homemade preserves.

I have to say, I love giving homemade food gifts to friends – the look
on their faces,
I can just tell they appreciate it and I’ve brought some joy to their day.

That makes my day!

 

 

Here’s the recipe:

Italian Bread

In a bowl, stir:
1 cup warm water
1 Tb sugar
1 packet of active dry yeast
Let stand about five minutes, until it’s foamy.

In a large bowl, mix together:
2 cups bread flour
1/2 tsp salt
Add to the bowl:
the yeast mixture and
2 Tb olive oil
Stir with a wooden spoon
Add up to 1/2 cup of flour until it forms a dough.

Turn onto a floured surface and knead for about 10 minutes.
Shape dough into a ball, place in an oiled bowl and turn to coat.
Cover with plastic wrap and let dough rise for one hour, until doubled.

Head oven to 400 degrees F.
Lightly oil the surface of a baking sheet with olive oil.
On a lightly floured surface, punch down dough and begin to
shape dough, long and tapered as in photo above.
I finished shaping it on the baking sheet so it would be easier to move.
Cover with plastic wrap and let it rise for about 20 minutes.

Use a serrated knife to make three slits in the surface of the loaf,
about 1/4 inch deep each.
Bake 20 minutes until golden brown.

Cool for a bit.
If you like warm bread, slice it while it’s still warm,
spread some butter and honey, or jam,
and Enjoy!

Have fun today.

Bake some bread. 😊

Daisy

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Homemade Pizza

I was craving pizza last night,

but I’ve been away and haven’t had time for grocery shopping,

so I just used what I had in my fridge & pantry…

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The result was an interesting (but tasty) combination
of some random items I normally would never consider putting on pizza.

 

I started out by making the dough for the crust.

I actually love this part.

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Peeking inside the bowl…

I love the smell of dough, and when I let it rise
and come back, it’s amazing how it’s doubled it size!

 

I cover the bowl with a light-weight towel and forget about it for about an hour.

 

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It’s pretty cool how it grows and becomes so soft.

I love this part, too… Now I get to play with the dough
and form the pizza crust.

It reminds me of playing with Play Dough! 🙂

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When the dough has risen, I put a little bit of flour on the counter
and I either roll it out to the size I want, or I just plop it onto the greased
pizza pan (or cookie sheet, in this case).

 

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I like this part, too!  I use my fingers to softly spread the dough
over the cookie sheet.

Someday I’ll buy a pizza pan!
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These are the simple ingredients I used on the curst.

 

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First, I sprinkle garlic powder over the crust,
then I spread olive oil on that.

 

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Then I pour some of the sauce…
Sometimes I make my own sauce, but this time I just decided to make things easy.

 

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I use this cheese for sandwiches…

I’ve never used this one on  pizza before, but it works well
if you like some heat.

I think it would’ve worked out fine…
…but I also put some hot chiles (in lieu of red/green peppers)…
In my defense, …I was tired, hungry, sleepy, exhausted,…
I wasn’t thinking.
…let’s just say the pizza was HOT!
But delicious.

 

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These are the toppings I came up with in my limited pantry:

Corn (I know! I know! It’s not traditionally a pizza topping, but…
I was desperate,…what can I say?)
Black beans (same excuse as with the corn)
Chiles (I didn’t have any red or green peppers so I thought this was the next best thing)
Black olives
Meatballs (Leftover from last night’s dinner) Cut into quarters.

 

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After the cheese, I put the meatballs…

 

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Black beans,…

 

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Black olives, and green chiles…

 

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I’m SO glad I had this cheese!!

I sprinkled it all over the pizza.

 

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It actually looked pretty good.

I baked it for about 20 minutes at 425 degrees.

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I was surprised at the flavor.

I didn’t expect it to be so spicy
—-(I’d forgotten about the cheese slices underneath everything)

I didn’t expect to like the mixture of the toppings as much as I did.
—-(maybe the fact that I was so hungry had something to do with it?)

 

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 The crust was crispy on the outside and soft on the center.

It was tasty and just what I was craving.

Not as good as the Pizzeria, but a little healthier.  🙂

 

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It’s really not difficult to make pizza
and it’s fun!

Hope you’ll give it a try!

Daisy

 

RECIPE FOR PIZZA CRUST:
1 cup warm water
1 envelope active dry yeast
1 Tb sugar

I warm the water in the microwave;
warm enough but not hot.
Then I add a tablespoon of sugar to the water,
add the yeast, and use a whisk to mix it well.
Let it sit for about 5 minutes, until bubbly.

While the yeast is working, I mix the dry ingredients:
3 cups bread flour
1 Tb sugar
2 Tb olive oil

Add the wet ingredients to the dry, until a dough begins to form.
Transfer to floured surface and knead until soft and smooth.
Place in greased (with olive oil) bowl, and let rise for one hour.
Remove from bowl and either roll dough or use fingers to desired
shape in pizza pan or cookie sheet.

Top crust with your favorite toppings and sauce.
Bake for 20 minutes at 425 degrees, in preheated oven.
Enjoy!

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Apple Pie

Apples were on sale again…

 

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I just had to make a pie.

 

 

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The filling is just apples, cinnamon, nutmeg, and butter.

 

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It turns into the most delicious sweet and tender filling.

 

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The crust gave me a little trouble this time…

But since I wasn’t going for perfect….

I was ok with it.

 

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The smell of apple pie baking in the oven. . .

 

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You just can’t hardly wait for the pie to be done . . .

 

 

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. . . So you can take it out and have a piece.

 

Enjoy the apples while they’re in season!

Daisy

 

Apple Pie

6-7 apples peeled, cored, and sliced
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
6 Tb butter

Pie Crust (you can either make your own or use frozen)

 

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Cornbread

I have been missing out all these years…

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A cast iron skillet makes cornbread (among other things) so much better!

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I know, I know, …where have I been?!
Everybody, EVERYBODY has a cast iron skillet.
Except me.

But now, (thanks to my daughter, who helped me see the benefits) I will be getting one.
Very soon.
Maybe even before I unpack all those boxes from our move? . . .

Happy cooking,
Daisy

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Whenever I’m on the road,  away from home,
I try to find time to go to local Historic Downtowns…
I love going in and out of little shops,
(although I mostly do window shopping).

 

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My favorite has to be the little antique stores…
I especially enjoy when I get to go with my daughter
because we both love history and we ooh & ahh
over the old stuff, wondering who it belonged to
and what their story was.

One of the things I’ve enjoyed getting are Cookbooks…

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I never pay more than $3 for one…

 

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I found these for .10 each at a Library Book Sale.

 

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I’ve been looking for this one for a long time!
Couldn’t believe it was only $2.50.

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I took the book jacket off and I like the hardback cover so much more!

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I was so excited when I found this one…
I’d been looking for a Rachael Ray cookbook for ages.

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These magazine-style ones are usually between .25-$1.00.
I got this one because it had lots of cheesecake recipes…

(My husband loves cheesecake, and I love him, so…)

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Next time you’re driving through a small town,
check out the historic downtown…
you might find something that you can take home 🙂

Happy Hunting!

Have a blessed weekend!

Daisy

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Today is a rare day…

I’m home.
I’m alone.
I had time to bake a cake.

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I’ve had this recipe for many, many years…

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(It says Washington Apple Cake, but you can use any kind of tart apples)

 
I just love the smell of apples & cinnamon through the house
when this cake is in the oven.

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Apples and cinnamon… yum

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Simple ingredients:

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Core, peel, and slice the apples.

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I can’t help but love how these apples look.
(I guess I’m always looking through the lens of a camera) . . .

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Place the sliced apples on bottom of pan.  You don’t have to make them all lay
a certain way because you won’t be flipping this cake over (like you do with
Pineapple Upside Down cake).

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Mix the eggs with the sugar & oil, then add the dry ingredients and mix well.

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Spread this mixture (it will be thick) over the apple slices:

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Put in oven at 350 for around 50 min or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

 

The moist bottom with apples and cinnamon-y goodness is another one
of those best parts of this cake.

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But the top crust is still my favorite part!

 

Have some.
With Whip Cream.
Or better yet…
With a nice scoop of vanilla ice cream.

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Enjoy!

Daisy

 

Here’s the recipe:

A P P L E   C A K E

Ingredients:

3 eggs
2 cups sugar
1 cup oil
2 cup flour
2 tsp cinnamon (less if you don’t like cinnamon)
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup chopped walnuts or pecans (I did NOT put in nuts since I don’t eat them – they are a migraine trigger)
4 cup thinly sliced tart apples

Beat eggs with a mixer until thick and light.
Combine sugar and oil;  pour into eggs with mixer on medium.
Stir together flour, cinnamon, baking soda and salt;  add to egg mixture with vanilla.
Beat to mix.
If adding nuts, stir them in now.

Spread apples in buttered 13×9 pan.
Pour batter over apples, spreading to cover.
Bake at 350 for 45-50 min. (time will vary depending on your oven).

OPTIONAL:  You can spread or drizzle this icing over the Apple Cake:
Cream Cheese Frosting:
Soften 2 cream cheese squares (3 oz each).  Beat until fluffy.
Beat in 1/4 cup melted butter.
Beat in 2 cup of 10x sugar and 1 tsp lemon juice.

 

 

 

 

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Corn Casserole

This is a good, old-fashioned recipe…

My family loves it, and I wanted to share it with you.

If you don’t already have a good corn casserole recipe, try this one… You won’t be disappointed.

 

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Here are the simple ingredients.

You can add a small can of jalapenos or green chilies if you want some heat in it.
Some recipes also call for grated cheddar cheese (I tried it, but even though I love cheese, I prefer this recipe).

 

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Ingredients:

1 c sour cream
1   14 oz can corn, drained
1   14 oz can creamed corn
1/2 c  butter, melted
1 egg, beaten
1 box Jiffy corn muffin mix

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350.
Mix first 7 ingredients.
Pour into buttered 9″ square pan
(I use a slightly larger rectangle ceramic country dish)
Bake 1 hour.
Serve with heated maple syrup, if desired.
Enjoy!  🙂
Daisy

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