Thursday, September 29, 2011

Gooseberry Patch Recipe #10! EASY Apple Popovers

Dear Readers  I have saved you the fastest treat from Fast Fix Meals for my last recipe.

Don't blink!

You only need FOUR ingredients, and I only used TWO~!

1 10 oz. tube refrigerated flakey biscuits
2 C. sweetened applesauce
1 C.  Powdered Sugar
3-4 T milk

Press the biscuits into the pans.

Spoon the applesauce on top of the biscuits.  Yep, this is some homemade applesauce from last year. Yummy!

A closer look.

Now the book says to bake at 300 for 10-15 minutes, and here is where I had a problem.  After the allotted time, these little dears were no where near done, and it was getting close to leave time for the final soccer games.  The biscuit package said to bake them at 400 for the same amount of time, so I cranked up the oven, and took them out right before we left.!

Here is where you can mix the last two ingredients together and make some yummy icing to go over the turnovers, but I am trying to cut down on sugar, so I left it off, and they were dandy like this!

Ta Da!  I finished my ten recipes so it's time to give away my extra copy of this fun cookbook!

This is my first give away, so let's hope I set it up correctly.  Here goes and GOOD LUCK!  I will tell you the winner's name next Friday!

Monday, September 26, 2011

Gooseberry Patch Recipe #9: Cinnamon Apple Muffins

YEAH!  It's that lovely time of year when I can run out to our Golden Delicious Apple tree, pick off some fruit, and whip up some yummy goodies for the family to eat.  These treats, however, did not go to all the family.  It was time for Iowa Basic testing last week in Tink's class, and her teacher put in a request for "healthy snacks" during the testing break.

First, you have to go out and pick four apples, or you can find them in your local farmers' market, food stand, or grocery store.  It's best to choose the ones just out of the reach of the cows.  Remember we raise Apple-flavored Beef around here!

 Next bring them in, wash them off, peel them, and quarter them so they are ready for shredding.

 Ok, here we go!

P.S.  I doubled this recipe because there are 16 kids in Tink's class.  I may not have taken math in college, but I know a dozen doesn't equal 16!  Woo!  Go Ball State Cardinals and Purdue Boilermakers!

 Probably would have helped if I had moved the crock pot, but I didn't.  It's just the kind of crazy week I was having.  I put the apples in my salad shooter to shred.  I have one of those old fashioned do-hicky things around here somewhere that you can slide the apple back and forth on, but I usually end up serving part of a nail and some skin from one of my fingers when I use it.  With age comes wisdom!

Just apple without any foreign materials or parts!

The healthy part comes here because I'm using whole wheat flour.  I have to admit, there is a different taste to it, but the added fiber and other goodies is such a bonus that it's to good to pass up!

There goes the milk!

 Yummy!  I love everything in the batter stage!  

OK, I have to stop here and have a serious talk with you all.


All of a sudden the paper cupcake liners I have been buying do NOT fit my cupcake pans?!?!?!?!

I don't thing they shrunk in the dishwasher?

What the heck is going on?

See all these little puckers?  They can really mess up the appearance of the muffin!  Does anyone else have this problem?  Do they come in different sizes, and I am just needing to get my glasses adjusted to read the very fine print?

Well, anywho.... I filled them the best that I could.

And they baked up quite nicely......except......

 Ooops!  Now where did that one go?  Must have been a quality control inspection going on while I wasn't looking!  

I sent 17 to school, and the container came back empty, so this recipe is a keeper!

Hey!  Only one more recipe to go, and I get to give this great book from Gooseberry Patch, Fast Fix Recipes, to one of my wonderful readers.  Guess what???  I have that last recipe finished!  Stay tuned for one more yummy and SUPER SIMPLE apple recipe at the end of the week and then the great give away will begin!

This might be my first time, but I am linking up to some great baker friends of mine who just happens to also be RFOA bloggy pals too.  Check out Two Maids a Milking's Tuesday blog party!

AND I'm on such a roll that I am also linking up to another great Tuesday food linky party with another RFOA pal Jen here

Sorry gals, but I couldn't get the badges to pop up!  UGH!

Have a great day!

Sunday, September 25, 2011

What I Did This Weekend

The weekend used to start on Thursday night, but that was once upon a time when I was in college, the dinosaurs had just left the Earth, and Sue Ellen's sister, Kristen had shot J.R. Now they kind of start on Friday.

First Tink's class went to visit The Feast of the Hunter's Moon. It's a pretty big historical event around these parts that allows kids from 0-99 to revisit the early 1700's when we were just Indians and fur traders. Here are two posts about it from last year when the whole family was able to attend. It's well worth the time to take it all in! Part 1    Part 2

The bus made it back to school with about 20 minutes to spare before the Great Walk started. It's actually our SHape Up for Sacred Heart Walk. This is our fifth year for it. The kids take pledges and walk about a 5K around the town. As I drove in (because I was co-chair), I was praying like crazy because it was raining at my house, just five miles south of town. The Good Lord heard me;  the skies opened up to sunshine and warmth for the walk! Wooo! Let the walking begin!

The leaders of the pack

Tink decided, apparently, to run or fly through the walk this year.  She was one of the first third graders to finish.  She said she was looking for me, and I didn't get to walk this year because I had to stay behind and pass out water and snacks for everyone to have when they returned! Sniff Sniff!  I took these pics as I walked up toward the walkers as they finished.

Forth grade girls ROCK!  They still like to hold hands!

These two are 2/3 of one of my most favorite pictures I have ever taken.  Bear and one of her dear BFFs!

Two crazy young ladies!

While the kiddos were out walking, men from our church were in the gym setting up tables for our first Show and Tell Night!  It was a very informal Open House with pizza and pop served.  The kids showed Mom and Dad around their rooms, and then everyone came in to eat and socialize.  It was a HUGE success!  WOOO!

After all this fun, it was home to bed so we could be on the soccer field at 9:00 for the last games of the year.  There was some talk of just pitching up tents and waiting for the sun to come up, but I'm glad we only thought about it for like two seconds because it rained over night!

Too funny but both teams waited until the last game to take team pictures!  Bear is in the first pic, and Tink is in the second.  

Of course both girls played at the same time, so I had whiplash by the time it was 10:00.  Tall Guy plopped his tush in one spot and watched one game!  Is that legal????  


Then it was home to finish clearing out all the old insulation from the front wall of our house. Uhm,...yes it's kind of naked, and yes...we are probably partially responsible for the rain this weekend since the front of our house is exposed with no siding on it.  There is a porch, and we did put plastic on the east/west sides. The front of our house faces the north. OH!  I also have been allowed back on the mower, so I mowed the yard until Tall Guy came home from hauling all the crap refuse from the house away somewhere.

Next was baking cookies and a pie for the chicken dinner in the gym pictured above.  I have to admit that I had boxes of cookie dough to use and a pie in a box to bake, but I did get it all in the oven and to the gym this morning.  The dinner was wonderful!  I LOVE going to dinners where I don't have to cook much or clean up.

So there is my weekend.  I may just have to get in the hot tub tonight and soak some of this crazy away.  Good news?  I crossed off FIVE things from my calendar and TO DO list!  WOOO!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Gooseberry Patch Recipe #8 Chicken Turnovers

I think I just found a HUGE winner here my dear readers!  This wonderful recipe is soooooo good it just might find its way out to the field in a week or two when harvest hits high gear!  I did make a few changes or rather omissions, but we really liked these turnovers!

 I chopped up my chicken BEFORE cooking it so it cooks faster.

Have you seen this in your grocery isle?  

I really like the fact that I can clip out these box tops for the kids to take to school.  Gotta love products that help our schools!

For the onion part, I went to my favorite add-it-in the mix, Onion Onion from Tastefully Simple!  Yummmm.  Tall Guy doesn't like onions, but I LOVE them, so it's a bit of a compromise.

For this recipe, I used another new fav, Philly Cream Cheese 1/3 fat Chive spread.  LOVE IT!

The sealing up part was a bit tricky, but I just kept pinching edges until all the creamy part looked to be contained.

DANG!  Just when I think I will find a bit of peace in the kitchen, Pumpkin is all under my feet wanting some attention.  Shoo big fat cat!  (she is kind of cute isn't she???)

After everything is tucked and pinched in, sprinkle with the Parmesan cheese and bake.

Ooooooo...... Ahhhhhhhh........  These were soooo good that I didn't put the soup part over them.  We are not soupy people truth be told, so while I am sure these turnovers would be good with the soup over them, they are also wonderful "naked" as we like to call things around here.

I am sure I can heat these up and pop them into a To - Go container for the field once we are headed that way.  They will be so tasty on those chilly afternoons.


Wordless Wednesday: The Girls of Fall

Linking to Pinke's Post for Wordless Wednesday