I have had this recipe for Apple Cinnamon Cake printed out and ready to be made for years. I saw this cake with globs of apple pie filling in the middle and it screamed “MAKE ME!!!” Like many of you, however, I printed the recipe and then it slowly made its way into a pile and then to a shelf and then was forgotten. Then recently, I made up some apple pie milkshakes (and no, there are no milkshake recipes here, sorry), but I only used about 2 Tbsp of a whole can of apple pie filling. Suddenly, I remembered this cake. I dug through a few files, found it, made the cake and then promptly lost the recipe. Luckily, it was only yesterday and my memory extends that far.
It has always been really important to me that my kids love raisins. From the time they were little, I pushed California raisins as snacks because I knew they were full of fiber, potassium and iron. Also, I loved the portability of a super naturally-sweet snack. We could eat raisins anywhere and the kids wouldn’t have smudges on their cheeks or stains on their clothes. Now that they are mostly older (only one is still in elementary school, while three are in high school and one has flown the coop), they still love them. While eating them plain is fine, it’s fun to “fancify” them into fun snacks like these Oatmeal Clusters with Raisins.
Ah school; I love it and I hate it. I love that the kids are busy, but I hate that the kids are busy. That busyness floods the family’s schedule with homework, unscheduled trips to stores, school meetings, sports and so much more. I have to pack up my summer laziness and find my inner organization mojo for another year. It also means that I need to start making hearty, delicious meals that will bring the family to the table. Manwich is one of my little helpers. With its kid-stopping power, my family is sure to put down their homework, get up from the computer and come in from the yard to sit down to a #Manwich meal, especially if its a sloppy Joe lasagna.
I can never say no to baking books of any kind, especially when they are filled with chocolate, fruit and cinnamon in the form of cookies, breads and cakes. The Holiday Kosher Baker: Traditional & Contemporary Holiday Desserts by Paula Shoyer is just such a book. It takes the reader through the year of big Jewish holidays and all of the wonderful sweets and baked goods that go along with them.
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I believe in diving into local cuisine. When I moved to Florida a little over three years ago, I started making all things Southern. It wasn’t too long before I made grillades (pronounced Gree-Yahds). They are seared meat medallions served in a spicy gravy over grits. Because I moved to Florida from Arizona, there is still a lot of Mexican influence in my cooking. It should be no surprise that I opted for El Yucateco habenero hot sauce when I made the grillades gravy.
My family loves pie, but it’s gotten to be a bit of a chore for me to turn on the oven. You know, summer, heat, discomfort; I don’t care to mix the oven with the weather at all. However, once in a while, a storm blows through and the temperature doesn’t get up to the 90s. Then, I hurry to the kitchen and turn on the oven. After all, we might freeze with the AC cranked up and the wind howling outside. This last storm resulted in a Chocolate Cream Pie for the fam.
It’s Improv Cooking Challenge time again. I missed last month because I was on vacation sans computer or anything internet oriented. It was a glorious ten days of unplugging which gave me a chance to recharge and reorganize my life. I am back and rolling with this month’s theme, which is Peanuts and Popcorn. It’s summer, with baseball games and all that those bring, including the famous 7th inning stretch and the song “take me out to the ball game.” Well, I won’t be buying any peanuts and cracker jack, but these Chocolate Popcorn Squares, have peanut butter and popcorn in them, so it will do for the Improv.
When life gets busy, I often turn to baking mixes. There isn’t much quicker than a batch of brownies. Except, they get boring, says the lady who doesn’t even eat them. I hate making the same thing over and over again. So I add a little zip and zing. Sometimes I add chocolate chip cookie dough and chocolate frosting. Sometimes I add chopped up candy bars. This time, I made them into chocolate cheesecake brownies.
I have long been a fan of Mediterranean cooking. I love fruit, vegetables, whole grains, olive oil, nuts and yogurt. When the opportunity arose, I jumped at the chance to review Idiot’s Guides: The Mediterranean Diet Cookbook. This series of books breaks the subjects down to the nitty gritty. I read the whole book while sitting by the community pool one afternoon. I knew the first recipe I wanted to make from it was Garlic Scrambled Eggs. They sounded like something my entire family would devour.
A recipe similar to this Cheesy Sausage Biscuit Skillet is pictured on my kitchen calendar. All month, fourth son has been staring at it and mentioning it as he walks by it. When I told him that I was actually going to be making it for dinner, he was a happy camper.
***ANNOUNCEMENT*** I have started a new blog that is called Just Me, Gluten Free. From now on, that is where all my gluten free recipes will live and where new ones will be published. Frugal Antics will be the home of any full gluten foods I make. Continue reading
I have never made a skillet cookie or brownie or cake before. I have seen many all over the internet. I have also seen little mini-skillets sold in stores attached to cookie and brownie mixes. While I have been tempted by these awesome looking treats, I have been reluctant to dig out my cast iron because it involves sitting on the kitchen floor and removing about ten pans that are kept in front of them. Continue reading
With the number of school days left down to single digits, my efforts are focused not on making fancy gourmet dinners, but on just getting through. Luckily, I was asked to review Dairy Made Easy: Triple-Tested Recipes for Every Day which is full of easy, delicious meal ideas. For this review, I chose to make Sundae Pops, which have quickly become one of my favorite desserts to serve my family. Continue reading
No matter how old I get, I show no signs of outgrowing my love and adoration for peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. These days they are served up on toasted gluten free bread with unsweetened peanut butter and all-fruit jam. As I was making up smoothies this week, I got to thinking that a Peanut Butter and Jelly Smoothie would taste pretty good. I was SO right!