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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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Cuban Pastries

Whenever I visit my Dad, I look forward to eating specialties that are  found only in the area where he lives.  When he took me to the bakery all I had with me was my cell phone, but I still had to take some photos…

 

I’m not sure what these are called, but they are filled with creme, the outside is made with phyllo dough, and it has a crispy thin crust of the most delicious thing you can imagine!

 

 

This is flan, which you have probably had in the past… but not like this!

 

 

These are filled with guava and made from millions many layers of phyllo dough.
When you bite into them, it is so good that you begin to smile almost immediately.

 

 

These are my favorite!!!
They are filled with a meat mixture that is so delicious!
When you take a bite, a symphony begins to play in your mouth
of sweet phyllo dough,
with salty filling,
all nice and warm.

 

Have I made you hungry?!

Happy eating! 🙂

Have a terrific weekend!

Daisy

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Banana Bread

This is my favorite Banana Bread recipe…

This recipe is easy but delicious! My favorite part is the top crust.
Instead of a loaf pan, I use a baking pan…that way there’s more of that nice crust to enjoy.  It looks more like a cake but tastes like banana bread.

Banana Bread Recipe:
1 1/2 cup of mashed bananas
3/4 cup of sugar
3/4 cup of vegetable oil
2 eggs
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup chopped nuts (optional)
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt (I use only a pinch)
pinch of cinnamon
pinch of nutmeg
2 tsp vanilla

Preheat oven to 325.  Grease pan.  Mix bananas, sugar, oil, and eggs in a large bowl with wooden spoon.  Stir in remaining ingredients.  Pour into pan.
Secret to top crust:  Sprinkle top with sugar.  The more you sprinkle, the crispier and thicker it will be. (Just don’t overdo it)  🙂
Bake until wooden pick inserted in center of bread comes out clean…
If baking in a cake pan: 45-50 min.
If baking in loaf pan: 50-60 min.
Let cool 5-10 min.
Enjoy!  Feel free to serve with whip cream.

Happy Baking,
Daisy

 

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