Showing posts with label fall meals. Show all posts
Showing posts with label fall meals. Show all posts

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Seriously. No, Seriously .

i sat in the walmart checkout line and pretty much just drooled all over the place. i had picked up the new taste of home's fall baking magazine and when i opened it my eyes danced across this page. orange pumpkin cake it is called and after weeks of saying i was going to make it, i finally did and it was heaven in my mouth.

but first, let me just tell you about the fight that would have ensued if i would have spent the $12.99 taste of home was asking for this magazine. my husband would have been all "what the hell" and "save money save money save money" and i would have been all "but it is fall" and then he would shake his head at me and not talk to me for 2 hours, in which time i would come to my senses and remember all about the student loan debt we have up to our eyeballs and totally agree with him and then panic a little because what was i thinking?! we just want to get this crap paid off.

but that day was a good day and i remembered before i bought it and if memory serves me, we had a great night that night because of my good decision that he didn't even know about. (hi, honey.) and when i got home from the store i googled the recipe and what do you know? you don't have to spend $12.99 after all because every single recipe i wanted to try i just looked up and it is FREE on the internets. what a novel idea, yes?

so as i gathered all the ingredients yet another novel idea came to me: this cake would be even better as a cupcake. so i found pumpkin orange cupcake liners and invited one of my besties over and we made good cupcakes over good laughs over funny emails, watched a few inspiring videos, and filled up on cake.

it was a good day.

and then my kids came home and devoured them without even the slightest appreciation that these were orange pumpkin cupcakes with fancy pumpkin spice cream cheese frosting. cupcakes they were appreciative of, but yeah. i'm thinking the boys will probably never apprieciate the fall and fall baking like i do. it's a woman thing, yes? and i am glad they ate them so i didn't. seriously. i could have.

*here is the recipe. and as a bonus: the cupcakes are even better refrigerated overnight.

seriously. they are awesome.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Chicken and Dumplings, Baby.

My good friend Jamie gave me this recipe back in the Spring and it will make you die on the spot. I won't lie, I think it was better when she made it and brought it to work to share. You know, the whole I-didn't-cook-it-so-it-tastes-better kind of thing.

It is a perfect "cool weather" kind of meal, which is really why I shouldn't make it for dinner tonight because the high today is eighty-freaking three. Now my bestie down in Florida says, "Don't complain...when it is freezing to death up there you'll be glad you had an extra 80 degree day"...but yeah right. First of all, she doesn't have the luxury of switching out summer clothes for fall/winter clothes every season and she doesn't even have to wear a winter coat if she doesn't want to and can go to the beach in December because Florida is Heavenly like that. So, whateves.

I am rebelling against the 80 degree day and making this for dinner, anyway. Maybe I will turn the thermostat down to 60 and wear a sweatsuit. When the weather starts messing with you, you get all crazy like that.

Anyway, here's the recipe..

Chicken, I have used a whole chicken and also shredded chicken breast. Use however much you want (for a family of 4 I would use 3 breasts)
4 C. flour
2 eggs
1/2 stick butter
salt & pepper, to taste
2 T. Chicken Bouillon Powder

Okay, so these directions that my friend wrote down are kind of confusing the first time you make it. Bear with me.

First you need to decide how much water you want. Obviously, enough to cover the chicken in the pot, but you'll have to decide if you want a thick chicken and dumplings kind of meal or a soupy one. I like it on the thicker side, so I usually do about 4 cups of water to start with. And remember, you'll have to remove 2 cups of water to make the dumplings. Also, you can always add more later if you decide you need it.

Boil chicken in water until done. Remove chicken, but keep the water and add the Bouillon and let boil on low. Add butter to water until melted and then remove 2 cups of the seasoned water. Shred or cut up the chicken and place back into pot and mix well. Keep chicken at a low boil.

Add this 2 cups of seasoned water to the 4 cups of flour along with the 2 eggs and mix well. This is going to be your dumplings. If it seems to thick, just add more water.

Knead the flour and roll out on table. Cut into strips with a pizza dough cutter (or a knife) and drop dough into pot (with the chicken and seasoned water). Make sure it is still  boiling before you drop your dough.

Let cook on Med-Low, then sprinkle salt and pepper over top before serving.     

Yum. Yum. Yum. Yum. Yum.

Now, let's talk about this election.

We have just 8 measly days until D-Day. Here's a few facts....

Travis has A LOT of support from both parties. Obviously, all the Elephants are thrilled that he is running and, like I said, a lot of the donkeys, too.

We went through over 500 signs (that most people asked to have...others we asked if we could put them out), a billboard with his pretty little mug, a ginormous postcard that got mailed to 8,000 homes in Posey County (with all our pretty little mugs), over 10,000 brochures with all his information that went out to 4,000 homes that Travis personally walked to. 200 lucky ducks have a Travis Clowers t-shirt, and we see them frequently around town. A bazillion dinners and events were attended and we rubbed shoulders with the best of them...and by this I just mean we met a lot of nice people and ate a lot of pork chops. We attended private events, fundraisers, ect for our fellow candidates. Festivals, parades, and booths were the highlight of the summer and early fall months. Travis has had the opportunity for a few speaking engagements and had a few spots in the local papers.

We're tired.

A judge told Travis that when it came to the end he wouldn't care if he won or lost, he would just be glad it's over.

We care, but yeah. I totally get that.

So, if you would, say a few prayers. Ones of peace and humbleness. Because when it comes down to it, if the Lord has this plan for Travis, then he will win. If not, he won't and something else is in store.

Ya know? I'll let you know...

Friday, October 1, 2010

My Favorite Time of Year...

 Hello, October!

Can we talk about something for a second? My mom painted or replaced all of her decorative orange pumpkins with silver, aqua, green, and white. There is a level of madness to this, I think. I like to see giant orange pumpkins all over the place in October. They can be fake, but they've got to be orange. And maybe white ones are okay, too. Anyway, I am baffled by this.

I am happy to report that the morning sickness is waning. I can look at recipes and cook without gagging. Hooray! This comes just in time for the best time of year to cook.

I'm not happy to report that our computer crashed and we had to get our tower re-vamped (pun intended, it is Halloween season). So my camera software is no longer on my computer and I haven't had time to try to figure it out. Maybe I can download it from Kodak? So for now, I'm going to have to use generic pictures.

And now for the best part: In honor of my favorite month, I am going to be cooking up all kinds of good food. I'm starting with my Sticky Pumpkin Buns, which I first posted around this time last year. In spite of how delicious they are and how beautiful they look, they are really very easy to make.

I've also got some great crock-pot recipes planned. You can't beat the crock-pot, right? In fact, I am making one tonight that will be perfect for our 65 degree evening.

And in the meantime, I am getting out my Halloween decor and making costume plans for a mummy, scarecrow, and army guy. Plus, finalizing plans for our annual "Fall Party", which just happens to be a few days before the election this year and we're all going mad. Especially by then.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

We interrupt this [not so] regularly scheduled food blog... talk about something that has been on my mind today.

First, any other moms out there feeling like everybody needs something from you ALL THE TIME?  Sometimes at the end of the day, I feel like there is nothing left. Seriously, kids are draining.
(I know, have another! Feeling uneasy about this now.)
Second, my second born was a total monster today. I canceled soccer practice for him because he was so bad. And by bad, I mean he was throwing food on the floor at dinner and refused to pick it up until I physically made him all the while he was laughing hysterically...until I popped him on the bottom. That is just one example, it would take days to list on the shenanigans he was up to today.

Third, in the midst of playing my metaphorical violin, my third born brings me one of my favorite pairs of shoes that someone (and I am suspecting number 2) broke. Ripped the strap right off of one side. And of course no one is talking.

So everybody had to go to bed at 5:56 p.m. I am going to finish the kitchen, finish the laundry, pick up all the crap that is strewn about, and eat a giant bowl of plain salted popcorn all by myself.

Heaven, help.

In the meantime, I added this to my recipes list. Looks perfect for fall!

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Sticky Pumpkin Buns

These may be the crowning glories of my baking experiences--so far.

Super easy and soooooo good.

You should try one.

1 envelope of active dry yeast
1/4 hot-warm water
1 t. plus 2 T. sugar
2 eggs
1/2 stick unsalted butter, melted
1 15 oz. can of pure pumpkin
5 1/2 c. all-purpose flour
3/4 t. salt

1 stick butter, softened
1/4 c. sugar
1 c. packed brown sugar
1 T. cinnamon

2 c. confectioner's sugar (powdered sugar)
3 T. milk (plus a little extra)

Sprinkle yeast over warm water in lg. bowl. Add 1 t. sugar, let stand until foamy--5 to 10 minutes. Beat in remaining sugar, eggs, butter, and pumpkin. Gradually add 5 c. of flour and salt, scraping sides of bowl until soft dough forms. Put dough into mixer or knead by hand--you'll add 1/2 c. flour into the dough and continue kneading. Knead for 10 minutes. Grease a bowl, add dough. Cover with plastic and let rise about 1 hour and 20 minutes. Make Filling and set aside. Punch dough down and roll 1/2 out onto a floured surface into a rectangle. Spread with half of filling and start to roll dough from the long side--in a jellyroll fashion. Pinch seam to close--repeat with second half of dough and filling. You'll have two logs--cut crosswise into 10-12 1 in. pieces, and place each piece into a muffin tin. Cover with plastic and let rise another 30 minutes. (You can also freeze dough at this point. Just cover with plastic and foil and stick in the freezer.) Heat oven to 350 degrees. Uncover plastic and bake buns until bubbly--about 25 minutes. Transfer to wire rack and let cool 10 minutes. Make glaze and generously pour on top! Enjoy!

***If you'd like a tasty pumpkin roll, omit the filling and glaze. After the dough rises, pull apart into little balls, stick each one into a greased muffin tin (or sheet) and bake until done. These are popular around here in Brown County. Serve with butter.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Pumpkin-Ginger Waffles

Happy Fall! I love pumpkin, but it's hard to eat all year round--so I kicked off the season this morning with these pumpkin-ginger waffles. The recipe is adapted from one in a magazine--Country Living, I believe.

1/4 c. all-purpose flour

1 1/2 t. baking powder

1/2 t. baking soda

1/4 t. salt

1 t. ground ginger

1 t. ground cinnamon

2 large eggs

3/4 c. buttermilk

1/2 c. 100% pumpkin

1/2 sugar

3/4 t. vanilla

3 T. melted butter

Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, ginger, and cinnamon together in a large bowl. Set aside. In another bowl, whisk eggs, buttermilk, pumpkin, sugar, and vanilla. Combine with flour mixture and mix until blended smooth. Stir in melted butter. About 1/2 c. per waffle in waffle iron. Enjoy!

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