Can not screw up this apple pie

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving holiday. We did. My sister in law and brother in law hosted the holiday in their beautiful and cozy home in Maryland. Big group of us and so much fun.
My husband loves this apple pie I make. The recipe is from my other sister in law on the Craig side of our family.  She is Debbie Craig, too. Two of us out there. Lol. She is blonde and I am not, haha.
Ok so here is the recipe.
I always buy the pills bury pie crust. Let it sit on counter as you prepare the filling.
3/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
Dash salt
6cups sliced apples. Machintosh, Rome, tart variety
2 tbsp margarine or butter
Heat 425 degree oven
Mix everything but the apples together along with 1 tbsp margarine
Stir in apples, winds up being 6-8 apples. Sometimes my pie is filled pretty high.
Set one pie sleeve on the bottom of 9" pie plate
Fill with Apple mixture, then rest of butter in shavings on top of mixture
Cover pie with second crust sleeve and pinch top n bottom together.
Cut thin strips of foil and cover crust for first 30 min.
Make a few slits in the top of the pie for steam to escape. You can be fancy with little cookie cutters.
After first 30min take foil off and continue to bake til juice bubbles and pie is alittle brown. Total bake time is 40-50 minutes.
I also set the pie on a tray in the oven so if any juices overflow they won't make a mess in your oven.
Top with ice cream or I like So delicious cool whip, coconut whipped topping.

Carrot Soufflé. Last minute addition but will be a staple for years to come

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

I make this carrot soufflé dish every Christmas Day but I wanted to share with you all in case you want to try for Thanksgiving. This is a huge crowd pleaser. It was given to me years ago by my child's elementary school teacher, Mrs Muller. @Melinda jack muller. She had received it from Judy Firsichbaum which was stolen from Fran Skiba. Lol, well worth the theft.
Ok. So here it is. I double the recipe easily but of course you don't have to.
1 lb cooked carrots soft
3 eggs
1/3 cup sugar
3 tbs flour
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp baking powder
1 stick melted margarine
Dash cinnamon
The topping:
1/4 cup finely chopped walnuts
1/4 cup cornflakes crumbs ( sometimes I delete these and add 1/4 cup more nuts)
3 tbs brown sugar
2 tbs melted margarine
This gets mixed together as the topping, last 4 mentioned ingredients

In food processor or kitchen aid or mixer, blend carrots til not lumpy and then add all ingredients but the topping. Pour into greased 1 1/2 quart casserole dish. Sprinkle on topping
Bake uncovered 350 degrees 45min- 1 hr. Serves 6-10
You can cook carrots n mash them up the day before and keep covered in refrigerator to save time day of if you like.
Enjoy! Xo

Bar carts, Yes Please!

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Holidays are Here! Time for celebrating and getting our homes ready for visitors. Don't stress out. It's about enjoying your family and friends. If you want to decorate alittle great! Come by my blog from time to time for ideas and inspiration.
Ok Bar carts. Any IG or Pinterest board has a bar cart decorated to the 9's. I love them. I don't have a tradional one but there are ways to make use of pieces you have already in your homes.
You can style with expensive items, heirlooms, or really inexpensive items from target dollar spit, hint, hint. @Target

Here are a few ideas. Bar carts can be for any kind of beverages. So fun to style them! I can remember being maybe 11 yrs old and my aunt had a silver chrome bar cart and I just thought it was the coolest thing. I was a weird kid, I know.  I would cut pages out of better homes and gardens and decorate my pretend home in my head. Please don't judge. Lol

Sugared fruit to Look At, not to eat

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

I made this years ago for a bridal shower decor piece and thought you would enjoy this easy project.
It looks pretty on a table as a centerpiece if you use a large pedestal stand. I was at a wedding years ago where they had sugar dusted fruit with a pretty ribbon as the centerpiece. It was perfect for a November wedding.
You need
Egg whites
Super fine sugar, white
Dry fruit, small in size. I like grapes any color, blueberries, small apples or pears
A pretty pedestal stand
Wire ribbon
Brush the egg white on the dry fruit
Roll in the sugar
Place on the pedestal and arrange the ribbon however you like

Grandma Camella's Pizza bread recipe

Monday, October 23, 2017

Wanted to pass along my Pizza Bread recipe. Well, not My recipe, it's my grandmother's that was passed down thru the years. It is easy to make and great for tailgates, a good snack to make for your college student, of course a big favorite as an appetizer to bring to a party or serve at your next get together.
I make a simple sauce and keep it warm
I buy the dough. You can find in the dairy section of most stores. I buy two bags of dough as two pies fit on one baking sheet.
Take the dough out of the bag and put in a bowl and cover so it can rise
After it rises, spread out on a cookie sheet that is lined with parchment paper. As I said, two fit on one large baking sheet. Form into two rectangles and make little indents in the dough for the sauce to hang onto.
Preheat the oven to dough package directions.
Let rise a bit more in the baking sheet
Spread sauce onto the dough,not too much. Then spread a generous amount of grated Parmesan cheese.
Insert into oven and watch it often as to not over cook.
After it's done let cool and then cut with pie cutter. I just love this @Williams and Sonoma pizza cutter. It sits at an angle that doesn't dig into the pie.

Easy Tailgate Food

Monday, October 2, 2017

Ok, so even if we aren't a big football fan we all can enjoy a good tailgate.
For those who are attending weekly tailgates for college games I want to share some fun recipes that I know you will enjoy.
For earlier games we have been making PEC's Porkroll, egg and cheese sandwiches on a soft roll. In New Jersey Porkroll is a big favorite breakfast meat. Sometimes we mix it up and also do bacon egg and cheese. They are easy to put together and stay warm in foil and big batch goes a long way.
Along with them we have been doing mimosas and procecco.
If you want to incorporate some school spirit you can find straws in the school's colors. Party City has a huge selection. @Partycity #partycity.
They have the colored napkins as well
It's totally informal but trays are a good idea to keep the food and drinks on a flat surface. The one in the photo is from @hobbylobby.
I have been bringing an assortment of fruit, something sweet, and these cheese and sausage puffs are always a hit. My mom started making these years ago, not sure where the recipe originated before her, but no matter the event everyone loves them.  I recently made them for a bridal shower brunch.
Here is the recipe
1 lb of hot or sweet sausage
1 lb sharp cheddar cheese shredded
3cup bisquick mix
3/4 cup water
Remove sausage from casing, or buy it already out of casing cook in large skillet breaking it up til its crumbly
Put in a bowl
Cool then add cheese, bisquick mix, and water mix
Roll into 1" balls put on cookie sheet that I line with parchment paper
Bake at 400 degrees 12-15 min.
You can cool the and freeze and reheat at 375 degrees for 10 min.

Early Fall

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Almost time to winterize our outdoor bar but there are a few warm days and crisp fall evenings left to enjoy.
Here s a few photos of Gil's turning alittle Fall.
I just love the idea of a throw or oversized scarf at each seat when you entertain outdoors. These are from target, 7.00. I want to have them embroidered with GIL's on them. For another day. Lol
So many cute pumpkins out this season, different textures and sizes. I like neutrals.
Plaid is just so versatile for the autumn season.  It s available in any combo you can think of. Got yo get some buffalo check for my tabletop.
Enjoy these pictures and remember to keep using your outdoor spaces.