Sunday, January 21, 2018

Apple Pie Filling

Last October, Hyvee ran a month long special on two types of apples for $0.59 a lb.  I bought several pounds.  Sadly, I brought them home and left them a little too long, forgotten in their grocery bags in the basement.  Several weeks too long. A few were lost from having been stored that way.  Others have been eaten in the last couple of months and some where used to make two apple cakes in early December.  I still had a lot of apples left, but some were beginning to look worse for wear. 

I decided to make them into apple pie filling.  Twenty-seven apples were cored, peeled, sliced and seasoned.  

They smelled so good! 

All that work resulted in three quart size bags full that were frozen and someday will be used to make apple pies!  

Apple Pie Filling for the Freezer

8 medium apples
2 Tbsp lemon juice
3 Tbsp flour
3/4 c brown sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
dash of allspice
dash of cardamom (I omitted as I didn't have any)

Peel, core and thinly slice all the apples. 
In a large mixing bowl, toss the apple slices with the lemon juice, brown sugar and spices.
Place in a freezer safe baggie, remove as much air as possible and seal.
Freeze up to 3 months.
The recipe I used suggested thawing before baking. 

Friday, January 19, 2018

Lil Cheddar Meat Loaves

I love visiting my country friends!  Its one of the things I look forward to the most! 

Pretty cows and just enough moisture to make my vehicle a mess! A dirty car is a badge of honor!  Dare to do dirt or at least gravel!  There is so much to be seen and enjoyed, if you leave pavement behind!

The great thing about country friends is that they'll often cook for you! My friend Michelle has shared two wonderful dishes with me and today I'm going to share one with you!  

Lil Cheddar Meat Loaves

1 egg
3/4 c milk
1 c shredded cheddar cheese
1/2 c quick cooking oats
1/2 c chopped onion
1 tsp salt
1 lb lean ground beef
2/3 c ketchup
1/2 c packed brown sugar
1 1/2 tsp prepared mustard

In a bowl, beat the egg and milk.  Stir in cheese, oats, onion and salt.  Add beef and mix well.  Shape into eight loaves, place in a greased 13x9 baking dish. 
Combine ketchup, brown sugar and mustard, spoon over loaves. 
Bake, uncovered at 350 degrees for 45 minute or until the meat is no longer pink and a meat thermometer reads 160 degrees. 

Look at those beauties!  We paired them with a spinach salad and fresh fruit salad!  

While Michelle and I caught up, she baked me a loaf of banana oatmeal bread!  It is Huge and oh so good! 

Michelle doubled the meatloaf recipe and she sent me home with this tray full!  Bread and extra meat loaves!  Thank you, Michelle!  


Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Baptism Samplers

I was baptized January 5, 2010 and since then I've stitched a religious themed piece annually starting on/about the anniversary of my baptism.  I call these my baptism samplers.  The  first one I stitched was a Plum Street Sampler piece; Stories to Live By - Jonah.  I added my name, the date and the initials of my church.

Sorry for the poor picture quality, these pictures are from my Facebook page.

In 2011 I stitched La D Da's Lord's Prayer on a wild fabric from PTP with eggplant thread.  I believe that's a Weeks thread.  

In 2012 I stitched this piece.  I can't recall the designer or pattern name.  Odd that I can remember the thread color I used in 2011, but nothing about the 2012 piece!

In 2013 I stitched the Little House Needleworks pattern Love Your Neighbor. 

In 2014 I stitched My Big Toe's Apostles Creed.  

In 2015 I stitched Silver Creek Samplers Do Not Worry.

In 2016 I stitched La D Da's A Right Spirit.

And last year, 2017, I stitched La D Da's Praise God pattern.  

All these beautiful pieces and only two have been framed.  This year's pattern has been started, but little progress has been made.  Its a large piece.  I'll share my progress in my Wipocalypse January update. 

Monday, January 15, 2018

Sweet Potato Biscuits

I love sweet potatoes baked with butter melted over the top and salted.  Yum!  I'm not that crazy about sweet potato casserole or candied sweet potatoes, but I'll eat both.  I had a couple crock pot sweet potatoes leftover and decided to try sweet potato biscuits.

I only needed one sweet potato or this recipe.  You can used leftover baked sweet potatoes, candied sweet potatoes or sweet potato casserole.  I might reduce or omit the sugar if I were using candied sweet potatoes or sweet potato casserole. 

Sweet Potato Biscuits

1 1/4 c all-purpose flour
2 heaping Tbsp sugar
4 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 c mashed cooked sweet potatoes
1/4 c (1/2 stick) softened butter
2 to 4 Tbsp milk (depending on moisture of the potatoes, I used water as I didn't have any milk on hand)

Preheat oven to 450 degrees.

Sift together flour, sugar, baking powder and salt.  In a separate large bowl, mix the sweet potatoes and butter.  Add the flour mixture to the potato mixture an mix to make a soft dough.  Add milk a tablespoon at a time to mixture as needed, adding as little as possible.  

Turn dough out onto a floured surface, flour the top and roll out to 1/2" thickness.  Cut with a biscuit cutter (or glass as I didn't want to dig out the cutter).  Place the biscuits on a greased pan (I used a splat) and coat tops with melte butter (I omitted the butter).  Bake for 15 minutes.  If they're browning too fast, lower the oven temperature.

These were really good!  I ate them with a little butter, but I think they'd be good with some apple butter or jam. 

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Leftover Roast Casserole

Remember the applesauce roast?  It was good, but I only care to eat a meal a few times before I grow tired of it, which was the case with the roast and sweet potatoes.  My coworker makes a dish with pasta and leftover roast that I was hoping to duplicate without her recipe.  This isn't it, but it wasn't bad either.

It was very easy to mix up.  Boil 2 cups dry pasta according to package directions to al dente.  Chop up some leftover roast, stir in 8 oz of shredded cheese and 1 can of cream of chicken soup.  Add to the drained pasta and transfer to a casserole dish.

Bake at 350 degrees for 30-45 minutes or until hot and bubbly. Serves 4.  

It wasn't bad, but it wasn't exactly healthy either!  In a pinch, I'd make it again, but I'll probably use leftover roast to make   
Beef Salad in the future. 


Thursday, January 11, 2018

A little help for our friends!

With low temperatures below zero and wind chills -15 to -30 range, I decided to built a shelter for the local tom cat. 


I used a tote that I wasn't using, an empty 20 lb cat litter container (also already had) and straw. Josey assisted. 


I cut a whole on the side of the tote (the most difficult part of this project) and added a layer of straw on the bottom. I removed the lid from the empty cat litter container, turned it on its side and stuffed straw all around it and on top of it. 


Josey consumed several pieces of straw!

I taped around the opening as the cuts weren't perfect and added straw to the litter box. 


I taped the lid on top and sat it out end of December.  I think someone has been in it, but I don't believe anyone is sleeping there overnight. I still see the tom daily, so I guess he's got another place to keep warm. 


Of note, I suggest doing this outside before winter arrives! I had straw everywhere! 

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Final Finish of 2017

I forgot to share my final 2017 cross stitch finish;


Prairie Schooler Christmas Sampler stitched on 18ct Aida using called for threads (DMC). I hope to frame this myself or finish it into a flat fold.