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Friday, September 19, 2014

7 up biscuits

I made these the other night for my grandson and his family.  They are the ones that just had the beautiful baby boy in the last post.  I had made a pot roast is the slower cooker at their house so they would have a nice dinner and not have to worry about cooking.  I saw these biscuits on pinterest and knew I wanted to try them.  I have also made them when I just cooked a turkey breast for the family.  They are so light and yummy.  A must try for sure.

4 cups Bisquick
1 cup sour cream
1 cup 7-up
1/2 cup melted butter
**I added about 1/3 cup shredded colby/jack cheese*
Mix Bisquick, sour cream and 7 up. Dough will be very soft - don't worry. Knead and fold dough until coated with your baking mix. Pat dough out and cut biscuits using a round biscuit / cookie cutter. Melt butter in bottom of cookie sheet pan or 9x13 casserole dish. Place biscuits on top of melted butter and bake @ 425 degrees for 12-15 minutes or until brown.
I think the next time I make these I am add some herbs and garlic and see if I can get them to taste like Red Lobster biscuits.
Have a great day everyone, and thanks for taking time to stop by.  Remember to Find the Time to Do ALL the things You L♥ve.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Caramel Apple Streusel Cake

I made this cake for my oldest grandson's birthday, he turned 22 on Sept. 7, he celebrates that day with my mom (who is no longer with us).  Lately he has not been much for desserts so I thought this cake would do just fine.  It was a big hit and people have asked for the recipe.  I used sweetened condensed milk made into caramel for the caramel part.  It's easy you just take a can and immerse it in water, bring it to a boil then for 2 hours your cook it on a slow simmer.  Do Not open it while it's hot.  I have included the recipe for the caramel from the site that I found this recipe at.  Hope you try this is a great cake and a nice change from the ordinary birthday cakes.

adapted from here

For the Batter
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
3 large Granny Smith apples (cored, peeled, and sliced)
Streusel Topping (recipe follows)
Caramel Sauce (recipe follows)
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 cup sugar
2 large eggs, at room temperature
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup milk
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 350° F (About 180° C). Grease and flour a 9-in (22.5 cm) springform pan. Reserve.
Melt 2 Tbsp. butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat; add the apples; sauté for 5 minutes or until softened.  Remove from heat; cool completely (about 30 minutes).  Meanwhile, prepare the Streusel Topping and Caramel Sauce. Reserve 1/2 cup Caramel Sauce to drizzle the cake with just before serving.  At medium speed, beat the butter with an electric mixer until creamy; gradually add sugar, beating well.  Add eggs, one at a time, beating after each addition until well blended. In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking powder, and salt.  Beginning and ending with this flour mixture, add to the butter mixture alternately with the milk, beating at low speed until well blended after each addition. Stir in the vanilla.  Pour batter into the prepared pan, top with apples, drizzle with 1/2 cup Caramel Sauce; then, sprinkle with Streusel Topping.  If using a dark, coated springform pan, bake at 325° for 45 minutes (if using a noncoated shiny springform pan, bake at 350° for 45 minutes). After these 45 minutes, cover loosely with aluminum foil in order to prevent excessive browning; bake for additional 25 to 30 minutes or until center is set (note: wooden toothpick will not come out clean due to the caramel).

Cool in pan on a wire rack for 30 minutes; remove the sides of the pan.  Then let cool completely on wire rack (about 1 1/2 hours).  Drizzle with 1/2 cup Caramel Sauce and serve.
For the Streusel Topping
1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup pecans, chopped
1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
1/2 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1-1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg**
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract**
1/4 teaspoon salt
** These ingredients are not part of the original recipe. They were added by me.

Stir together all the ingredients until blended.  Let stand for 30 minutes or until firm enough to crumble into small pieces.
For the Caramel Sauce
1 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
1/4 cup honey
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract**
** This ingredient is not part of the original recipe. It was added by me.
In a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, bring brown sugar, butter, whipping cream, and honey to a boil , stirring constantly. Let boil, stirring constantly, for 2 minutes. Remove from heat, add the vanilla, stir, and let cool for 15 minutes before serving.
This can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week. In order to reheat, microwave at high power for 10 to 15 seconds or just until warm; stir until smooth.

the original recipe was adapted from Southern Living

thanks for take the time to stop by, have a wonderful day and Remember to Find the Time to Do ALL the Things you  love.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Our newest family member

This is Eli, he arrived August 29, 2014 at about 11:20.  He was 7 lbs 3 oz and 21 inches long.  What a beautiful baby boy.  Was a long day and a half waiting on him but well worth the wait.  Here are some pictures of him and his new family.
proud daddy
Eli, dad, grandma, grandpa and uncle

Uncle AJ and Eli

grandpa and Eli
 Mammy, Great Aunt Winnie and Eli
Great Aunt Winnie and Eli

Mammy and Eli
 Welcome to our family little man, it's going to be wonderful to see all the changes as you grow.  Will get pictures of Eli and Mommy today.

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Happy Birthday Lyndsey

 This picture is her on her first day of school entering 2nd grade.

 This is her today.

Today is my  granddaughters birthday she will be 14....where have all those years gone.  She is such a beautiful young lady with so many talents.  She is a champion in the rodeo arena winning many buckles, saddles and other items. This past summer she won the championship goat tying at the JR High Rodeo Finals.  She is also an accomplished dancer both in ballet, tap and jazz.  This year she will be going into high school.  So proud of you Lyndsey and wish we were closer so I could celebrate all these wonderful occasions with you.

 Love you so much.  Have a wonderful day.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

The Champion

 My granddaughter Lyndsey is the one of the right.  WTG Lyndsey.
2014 Grand Champion Goat Tying JR High Rodeo

I've been trying to get this posted for weeks now.  Don't know if I've mentioned that I've gone back to work.  It was suppose to just a part time job, maybe 20 hrs a week and it's turned into a 90 hour a week plus job.  Before I retired I was an apartment manager (tough profession), well after 4 years of retirement I decided I wanted a part time job so I got a job at Home Depot as a cashier, it was going pretty good, was not crazy about the hours but hey....well anyway this gentleman that I knew who owns many rental properties came into Home Depot and asked why I was working there and that I needed to come to work for him.  Well, after many back and forth phone calls I finally caved and took the job.  The first couple of weeks were just about 25 hours and then it got closer to what we call "turn" and I decided with all I had to do 25 hours were not enough time so I kept increasing the hours a day and here I am.

Anyway, what I am getting at is a couple of weeks ago my beautiful granddaughter Lyndsey made it to the JR High Rodeo finals, which were held in Des Moines, Iowa which is about 3.5 hrs from here so of course I was going to go and see her compete.  What an exciting and wonderful time it was.  She won all her go rounds and was in second place for the final competition and won by just 100's of seconds.  OH My it was heart pounding excitement. 
Here she is with some of her winnings.
We are all so proud of her, and I was so happy that I was able to share this special event with her.
Love you so much....Mammy.
thanks for taking time to stop by, I do have some new recipes to share and will do so very soon.  Have a great weekend and Remember to Always Find the Time to Do ALL the Things YOU Love.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Peanut Butter Cookies

Recently I made cookies to take into work for co workers as a good bye from me.  I am changing jobs and just wanted them to know I will miss them.  This is one of the cookies that I made, very simple but yet very tasty and who doesn't like peanut butter cookies?

1 cup unsalted butter
1 cup  peanut butter (plain or crunchy)
1 cup white sugar
1 cup packed brown sugar
2 eggs
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda


Cream together butter, peanut butter and sugars. Beat in eggs.

In a separate bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Stir into batter. Put batter in refrigerator for 1 hour.

Roll into 1 inch balls and put on baking sheets. Flatten each ball with a fork, making a criss-cross pattern.  (a simple tip, dip the fork in water then into sugar before making flattening)  Bake in a preheated 375°  oven for about 10 minutes or until cookies begin to brown. Do not over-bake.
Thanks for stopping by, have a wonderful weekend and always Remember to Find the Time to Do ALL the things YOU L♥ve.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

My beautiful Granddaughter

This is my beautiful granddaughter Lyndsey.  He just graduated from St. Mary's School.  No she's not a senior, she just finished 8th grade.  She will go to Public School in the fall.  We are so proud of her, she is a beautiful young lady with many talents.  She loves to Rodeo and also does ballet.  She is very accomplished in both.  She and her brother have won many saddles, buckles and awards in Rodeo.  She has been in the Nutcracker several times, and this past year did Point.

Love you very much Lyndsey....oh yes and Jake too.  :)
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