Fantastic ~ Bake ~ Along – Apples!

Hello my lovely friendsย ย ๐Ÿ’• It’s that time again…Time for the ‘Fantastic Bake Along’ hosted by our lovely friend Tracy over at It’s a T-Sweets Day Every month Tracy inspires a long list of friends to do some baking. Usually we all bake one thing….but this month she just gave us a theme: Applesย ย ย ๐Ÿ˜ƒย  ~ inspired by Connie’s @ Connie’s Creations Applesauce Cake. I decided to follow Connie’s recipe for the Applesauce cake…and I strongly advise you to do the same. That cake is absolutely fabulous! We had some for dessert last night, and right after hubby was already planning the size of the slice for breakfast! ๐Ÿ˜‚

Doesn’t it look amazing?

image Oh…btw…I didn’t put icing on…I was a little too generous with the flour when I prepared the pan. ๐Ÿ˜

Throughout the weekend I saw a lot of mouthwatering Apple Recipes…Tracy’s Award winning Apple Pie, Apple Waffles, Apple Scones, Apple/Prosciutto/Parmesan Wraps…just to name a few.

Take a look…

Brenna’s Apple/Proscuitto/Parmesan Wraps Kathy’s Apple Waffles Kate’s Apple Scones AJ’s Gluten- and Dairy Free Applesauce Cake Abbey’s Apple Coffee Cake *There are more wonderful bakers – but thanks to the Shenanigans of either WordPress or my Laptop – or maybe it’s a combined effort –ย  the links show up as weird letter combos and hieroglyphs. Pfft…
y and Brenna have the full list posted if you wanna check out and enjoy the whole Apple deliciousness of this month.

Everything looks so delicious that I will definitely bake my way down the list. Meanwhile,ย this cake will definitely be a staple in this house, and once you make it (just follow the ‘Applesauce Cake’ link up thereย ย โฌ†๏ธ ) you will feel the same. I promise!

Now I’m off to the kitchen…got some more baking to do. See – it’s Lorelai’s Birthday – and every year I spoilย  her with her favorite peanutbuttery Doggy-licious cookies๐Ÿ˜

Happy Birthday, Lorelai!

She keeps looking at me – I think she knows what’s coming! ๐Ÿ˜

Thank you for stopping by today! ๐Ÿ’•

I wish all of my US friends a happy, joyful, peaceful Thanksgiving Celebration! ๐Ÿ˜

Sending Smilesย ๐Ÿ™‚ Hugsย ย ๐Ÿค— and Loveย ๐Ÿ’œ your way! ๐Ÿ˜˜

img_2242-1

Advertisements

Fantastic Bake ~ Along – Quiche Lorraineย 

Hello my lovely friends ๐Ÿ’• Thanks for joining me today for a fantastic Bake~Along! 

Tracy from It’s a T-Sweets Day hosts this fun event full of deliciousness once a month. If you love cooking and baking you should hop over to her blog and let her know that you would like to join us next month. ๐Ÿ˜€

Here’s her invite 

This month we baked a Quiche Lorraine  โ€“ with pastry from scratch! The recipe came from Emma @ Emma Crafts Design ๐Ÿค— 

Here it is…

Preheat your oven to 180ยฐC (360ยฐF).
You will need for the pastry – for the bakers among you without a kitchen scale I added the cup measurements in parentheses.  

75 g (5-1/2 Tbsp.) butter or margarine

150 g (1-1/3 cup) plain flour

50 ml water (1/3 cup)

salt for seasoning

Mix all your ingredients together until well combined. Roll your pastry out and place in a pie baking dish- I don’t have one….yet! ….so I used a springform. I rolled my pastry on a sheet of baking paper and used it to line the tin, it makes it easier to clean! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Roll it on the paper to approximate size, set it into the form/dish, use your fingers to spread it to the edge. Lift out, trim the paper down, set it back in the dish, and pick the bottom of the pastry with a fork to prevent it from raising once in the oven.

You will need for the filling:

150-200 g of bacon bits  (6 – 8 oz.)

 โ€ข 4 eggs

 โ€ข 100 g (1/3 + 1/4 cup) of thickened cream

 โ€ข 50 ml milk (1/3 cup )

 โ€ข block cheese (you can use gruyere or Swiss cheese too)

 โ€ข salt and pepper for seasoning

Cook your bacon bits in a pan for 3-5 minutes, then lay them evenly on your pastry. In a bowl, whisk the eggs, cream and milk together, adding salt and pepper to taste. Pour the mixture over the bacon bits, straight on top of your pastry. Grate about 50 g of your block cheese on top of your quiche.

Bake for 30-35 minutes or until the cheese is golden brown.

And here it is… ๐Ÿ˜Š

Of course there was a heart-stopping moment ๐Ÿ˜œ I poured the filling mix into the dish, on top of the bacon, turn around to walk it to the oven….and what do I see? ๐Ÿ˜ณ Yep – the sour cream, perched on top of the scale, smirking at me…

Oh boy….what to do? I went and poured the filling back into the mixing bowl….it did get a bit messy ๐Ÿ˜ฌ added the sour cream, whipped and poured everything again. I’m happy to report that everything after that went according to plan. ๐Ÿ˜Ž

My Quiche was a bit on the thin side. I’m not sure if it was the ‘pouring back and forth’ or if I didn’t whip the egg mixture long enough. Or maybe my pan was to big (11″). Either way – all this shall be corrected next time. ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

It was still delicious ๐Ÿ˜ Hubby and I took it on the patio – pretending we’re sitting in the courtyard of a nice restaurant in Nancy, enjoying the French Countryside. ๐Ÿ’œ

I hope you enjoyed this delicious recipe! ๐Ÿค— Will you join us next month? 

This made me hungry again ๐Ÿ˜„ I’m gonna go now and have the leftover piece….maybe with pineapple?! 

I’ll be back tomorrow with a new ‘New ~ Stitch ~ Sunday’ ๐Ÿค“ Hope to see you there! 

Until then ๐Ÿ’•

Recipe ~ Friday ๐Ÿฝ Fancy (low-cal) Tuna Saladย 

Hello my lovely friends ๐Ÿ’• Thanks for visiting. ๐Ÿ˜€ Wanna know what’s for dinner? 

I’m veering off course from last week’s plan/post …remember I showed you the book ‘I Hear America Cooking’ and wanted to ‘test cook’ something from Chapter 1? Well, turns out that it’s mostly Chilis and hot soups! While that will be awesome in the fall, it’s not so great during the heat wave we’re just sitting/sweating through. ๐Ÿ˜Ž๐ŸŒž๐Ÿ‘™

So tonight we’re having a fancy-ish Tuna Salad ๐Ÿฅ— It’s easy, perfect for this weather – the kitchen and you will stay cool ๐Ÿ˜- and low-cal! ๐Ÿ˜œ Doesn’t get better than that, right? 

All you need is 

~ a can of Tuna (or a Rotisserie chicken; or beans for a vegan version)

~ a jar of sweet relish 

~ Pepper 

~ Lettuce 

~ and anything cold and delicious you can think of ๐Ÿฅ‘๐Ÿ…๐Ÿฅ•๐ŸŒฝ๐Ÿฅ’๐ŸŒถ

๐Ÿ’ซMix the Tuna with an equal amount of relish. Add Pepper. 

Mix well (It won’t be exactly pretty at this point…but you will make it look awesome ๐Ÿ˜‹)

Arrange on a bed of lettuce, and garnish with all your favorite things. ๐Ÿ˜Š

Here are a few of mine…boiled Eggs, Olives, Banana Peppers, Cucumber, Radishes, Artichoke Hearts, Cherry Tomatoes. 

There! Now it’s pretty, right?! ๐Ÿ˜บ


What is your favorite hot-weather dish? We’re expecting a lot more hot days, so I’ll do a happy dance ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿป for each and every suggestion!  ๐Ÿ˜Ž

Have an amazing weekend! 

Until next time ๐Ÿ’•

~ Tina xoxo 

Recipe (related) Friday ~ My New Cookbook ๐Ÿ˜€

Hello and ‘Happy Friday’ my lovely friends ๐Ÿ˜ Thanks for visiting! 

Look what I found at our library’s book sale (minus spoon and whisk ๐Ÿ˜)


Always on the lookout for new recipes I didn’t hesitate for a second and put it in my (big ๐Ÿ˜‰) pile. 

And what a gem it is! ๐Ÿค“  Not only has it recipes from every part of the country, there are also the author’s travel stories, and regional photos from days gone by. ๐Ÿ™‚

I plan to cook and share – starting next week! ๐Ÿ˜€

Here’s the index for part one 


Anything in particular you definitely wanna see here soon? Let me know! ๐Ÿค— I’m looking forward to your comments/suggestions! 

Now I’m gonna go sit on the patio, listen to the lovely birds, and read some more. ๐Ÿ˜Ž

Until next time ๐Ÿ’•

~ Tina xoxo 

Recipe ~Friday ๐Ÿฅ˜ Country Style Ribs ‘n Beer-with a twistย 

Hello my lovely friends  ๐Ÿ’• Thanks for peeking in ๐Ÿค—

Maybe you remember the recipe for Country Style Ribs ‘n Beer I shared a while ago. Did you cook the ribs? I hope you liked it. ๐Ÿ˜€

Today I have a variation to share with you. It was a spontaneous add-on last night…let me tell you how that came about. 

See, once in a while hubby and I like to go to the casino. ๐Ÿ˜Ž He likes to smoke his cigar, away from the cold/heat/wind, and I’m addicted to their cappuccino. ๐Ÿ˜ Anyway – usually I prep dinner, we eat when he comes home, and off we go. Well, yesterday he came home at 4:30 – a bit too early for dinner. So I decided to throw the (alread cooked) ribs into the Crockpot. Easy peasy! โ˜บ๏ธ Only problem….there wasn’t enough liquid in the pan. Out of broth,  I dove into the pantry and came up with a jar of ‘Chipotle & Lime’ Salsa. Hmmm…. maybe! ๐Ÿค”I enjoy a little ‘tastebud’ adventure….so I added that and 1/3 cup of water….oh my! That is awesome!!! ๐Ÿ™†๐Ÿป

We will try different Salsas – but from here on out Ribs will always have Beer & Salsa in it! ๐Ÿ˜

Is your mouth watering yet? ๐Ÿ˜ƒ Will you have ribs for dinner? I sure hope you enjoy them! 

Have a wonderful day! ๐Ÿค— See you next time 

Until then ๐Ÿ’•

~ Tina xoxo 

Recipe ~ Friday – German ‘Nut-Corners’ (Nussecken)

Hello my lovely friends ๐Ÿ’• How nice of you to peek in! And because you’re so sweet, I have an extra special sweet treat for you today! At least hubby thinks it’s extra special! ๐Ÿ˜Š That’s why I made these german cookies this week. See, last Tuesday was our anniversary, and because he’s a pretty nifty guy he got his favorite cookies. ๐Ÿ˜

Speaking of anniversary, I’d like to show you something related to that.

I gotta backtrack…..a few months after we got married my new husband had to deploy to Bosnia. For a whole year- ugh ๐Ÿ˜‘ With the kid in school I had a lot of time on my hands. And what does Tina do when she has time? Be creative, of course ๐Ÿ˜‹ So I got a cross-stitch kit, and made this sampler


It has to be the kitschiest thing in our house ๐Ÿ˜† but we love it! And…with this hanging in the hallway there’s no excuse to ever forget the anniversary! ๐Ÿ˜‚

Okay, enough with the memories….let’s get baking ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿปโ€๐Ÿณ

You will need (like I mentioned, this is a german recipe, so the measurements might seem a bit unusual) ๐Ÿ˜Š

~ 1 1/2 c Flour

~ a pinch of salt

~ 1/2 cup ground hazelnuts or almonds

~ 1/4 c + 1 Tbsp. Sugar

~ 1 egg

~ 9 Tbsp Butter

Topping:ย 

~ 3 Tbsp. heavy cream

~ 10 Tbsp. Butter

~ 1 scant cup sugar

~ 3 Tbsp. Honey

~ 9 oz. sliced Almonds or Hazelnuts

Mix the flour, salt, nuts, and sugar together, add the egg. Cut the butter into small chunks. Mix everything with a knife, cutting the butter as you go. Knead until a soft dough forms. Shape it into a ball, and set it in the fridge for about 30 minutes.ย 
Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil or parchment paper (I prefer non-stick aluminum foil, because with that you can line ‘up-the-edges’….the topping gets a bit runny, and sticky as it cools)

Prepare the topping- Melt the butter, honey, and sugar on medium heat. Add the almonds, bring to a boil – watch it carefully…1 roll then take it off the heat! Stir well, let cool for a few minutes.

Roll out the dough into a rectangle (appr. 12″ x 8″)


Spread the heavy cream on the dough, then the topping.


Bake at 400ยฐ ย (convection oven) – 425ยฐ for 15, 20 minutes until golden brown.


While hot cut into triangles- as you can see in the picture in the cookbook, the original cookie is quite big. We prefer the smaller triangles (plus you get more out of one batch ๐Ÿ˜)

The last step I can only tell you about….I gotta run to the store and get some chocolate chips ๐Ÿ˜†

The corners are dipped into melted chocolate….hmmm, right- don’t wanna miss out on that!
For that you need

~ 2 c semi-sweet chocolate chips

~ 2 Tbsp shortening

In a microwave safe bowl, melt both ingredients; stir until smooth. Dip all 3 corners into the melted chocolate, and set on wax paper until set.

I hope you enjoy this treat! ๐Ÿค— Let me know if you did!

See you soon ๐Ÿ’•

~ Tina xoxoย 

Recipe Friday ~ ‘Country Style Ribs’n Beer

Hello my lovely friends ~ it’s Friday…that means (at least in this house) cook once, eat 2, 3 times!
*Before you start, just one word of advice….

img_1390-1

Bahahahaha ๐Ÿ˜‚….nah, didn’t happen!

Everything went well, so tonight we’re having ‘Country Style Ribs ‘n Beer’
(The beer comes in before the cooking – so it is safe for the kiddos!)

Here’s what you need

~2 pounds Country Style Ribs
~seasoning (I use Steak seasoning)
~1 bunch green onions (cut in 1/2″ pieces)
~ 12 oz. Beer
~Coconut Oil (or whichever one you normally use)

1. Start by rinsing and seasoning the ribs (I found that in a lot of seasoning mixes the sodium content is real high, so I only season one side of the meat!)

2. Heat the oil in a large pan, and add the meat (beware of grease spatters) ๐Ÿ˜ณ

3. Brown the meat on both sides…

img_1389-1

…and add half of the green onion.

4. Add the beer, cover, and turn down the heat to low.

5. Simmer for 1 – 1 1/2 hours, turning the meat once half way through.
or spoon everything into a crock-pot, and cook on low 3 – 4 hrs.

While the meat is cooking, and filling your house with the most delicious smells, you can take a little break  ๐Ÿ˜Ž and then prepare the side dishes.

Recently I discovered frozen, diced Butternut Squash….eeeek! ๐Ÿ™†๐Ÿป Needless to say, we’re now having a lot more squash for dinner than in the past!

Defrost the squash in the fridge overnight (can be done in the cooking dish),
season it with pepper, add butter, and cook it at 350ยฐ for 40 minutes. Done! Easy-Peasy!

img_1391-1

Boil some potatoes or pasta ~ and you’re ready for the hungry crowd.
So easy – yet delicious….and enough for tonight and tomorrow! ๐Ÿ˜

Garnish with the rest of the green onion, and it’s time to eat…

img_1393-1

I hope you enjoy your dinner ~ let me know how you liked it! ๐Ÿ˜˜


 

 

Previous Older Entries