Katie’s Apple Cake

Katie’s Apple Cake

September is just around the corner, and one of my favorite things about this time of year is making apple cake. Apple cake is one of the first things I learned to bake.  It was also one of the first things my mom learned to bake.  Her neighbor, Mrs. Troutman, gave her the recipe when she was little.  And my mom taught me how to make it when I was little.  I remember making it for my neighbors, Mr. and Mrs. Nieusma, when I was probably about 8 years old. Just thought I’d share my favorite recipe with my favorite people! Here it...

Quick Dinner Recipe – “Taco Lasagna”

My kids love tacos.  So we came up with a new creative way to serve them… We call it “taco lasagna.” It’s so simple to make.  Brown 1 lb. extra lean ground turkey, drain.  Add one packet of taco seasoning, 1/3 cup water, one 14 oz can of kidney beans and one 14 oz can of Mexican diced tomatoes (drained). Let that simmer while you cut 6 fajita-sized soft tortillas in half.  Arrange four of the halves in the bottom of a 9×13 baking dish so they cover the entire bottom: Then add a layer of the meat mixture: Top with cheese: Layer and repeat until all of your ingredients are used up. Bake at 400 degrees until hot all the way through and cheese is melted. (Usually about 15 minutes). YUM! —————— Taco Lasagna (Makes 8 servings): 1 lb. extra lean ground turkey 1 packet taco seasoning 1 14-oz can kidney beans 1 14-oz can Mexican style diced tomatoes 1/3 cup water 1 8-oz package 2% shredded cheddar cheese 6 soft fajita-size tortilla shells Preheat oven to 400.  Brown ground turkey, drain.  Add taco seasoning packet, water, beans and tomatoes. Simmer.  Meanwhile, cut tortillas in half.  Cover the bottom of a 9×13″ baking dish with four halves.  Spoon meat mixture on top, sprinkle with cheese.  Repeat layers until all ingredients are used.  Bake at 400* for approximately 20 minutes, let sit for 5 minutes before serving....

Christmas Home Tour

I was a little late getting my Christmas decorations out this year.  Usually, I like to have the house decorated by the first weekend in December so we can enjoy it for the whole month.  This year, I had such a mess going on that I didn’t feel like adding to it right away.  We put the tree up and decorated it, but that was about it.  Last weekend, we decided to have some friends over one night to play Apples to Apples (a spur of the moment decision), so I quickly whipped the house into shape and finished my decorating before they came over!  I always get the best cleaning done before someone comes over! My great grandma’s musical cardinal Here is a recipe I tried last night for Saltine Cracker Toffee.  It is AMAZING. Perfect blend of salty and sweet.    http://www.iheartnaptime.net/saltine-cracker-toffee/ It really only took 15 minutes.  All you need is 2 sticks of butter, 1 cup of brown sugar and 50 saltine crackers.  Simple! I probably won’t blog again until after Christmas… so Merry Christmas!  ...
Apple Cake and Boiled Apple Peels

Apple Cake and Boiled Apple Peels

Apple cake is one of the first things I learned to bake.  It was also one of the first things my mom learned to bake.  Her neighbor, Mrs. Troutman, gave her the recipe when she was little.  And my mom taught me how to make it when I was little.  I remember making it for my neighbors, Mr. and Mrs. Nieusma, when I was probably about 8 years old. You will need: 4 apples, 1 3/4 cup sugar, 1 cup oil, 2 eggs, 1 tsp vanilla extract, 1 tsp. baking soda, 1/2 tsp. salt, 2 tsp. cinnamon and 2 cups flour.  Here’s what you do: First, preheat your oven to 350.  Grease and flour a bundt pan.  I usually use a bundt pan, but sometimes I use a cake pan.  Either one works. Peel and slice the apples.  (My mom gave me her apple/peeler/corer/slicer from Pampered Chef that she’s had since I was in elementary school.  It works like a charm and saves a lot of time.) Don’t throw the cores or peels away!  Put them in a big pot and cover with water.  Sprinkle in some cinnamon, bring to a boil, and let it simmer on your stove!  Makes your house smell AMAZING.  This has nothing to do with the recipe, it’s just what I always do when I make apple cake.  And I do it even when I’m not making apple cake. (another trick from my mom) Beat the eggs, oil, sugar and vanilla until combined.  Add the apples and stir.  In a separate bowl, combine flour, sugar, soda and salt.  Then add that to the apples mixture...
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