Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Sloppy Jane Casserole...

I am constantly cutting recipes out of magazine and then I let them pile up.  This past week I went through a pile and chose a few new recipes to try.

This was a casserole called Sloppy Jane and was quick and easy to prepare:

1 c crushed tomatoes
1 1/2 T brown sugar
1 1/2 T Worcestershire Sauce
1 lb ground beef
1 c chopped onion
3 c frozen shredded hash browns, thawed
1 1/2 t garlic pdr, 1/2 chili pdr, 1/2 paprika, salt and pepper

Preheat oven to 375' and spray 8"x8" pan with non-stick spray.
In a large bowl combine tomatoes, br sugar, Worc. sauce and seasonings.
Fry up beef and onion and then add to bowl of sauce. Add to baking pan and top with thawed hash browns.  Bake about 25 min until bubbly.  Turn on broiler and broil about 5 min until hash browns are crispy.  Serves 4 and 250 calories per serving

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Apple Pie....

Making an apple pie can be quick and easy if you use an apple slicer and a plastic bag for mixing!

I peel the apples and cut them into wedges and then slice each wedge into two pieces....

I mix the flour, sugar and spices in a plastic bag and toss the apples into the bag to coat:

I use a prepared pie crust: 

And then dump everything into the bottom crust, and drop a few dabs of butter on top, and then put the top crust on:

A few slices or an apple cut out so steam can be released:

And let it sit for 1/2 hour before slicing!

The sun was shining so we had a mid afternoon snack on the front porch!

And it was delish!


to 1/2 cup sugar
cup Gold Medal™ all-purpose flour
teaspoon ground cinnamon
teaspoon ground nutmeg
teaspoon salt
cups sliced peeled apple wedges (8 medium, I used Empire apples)
tablespoons butter

Mix first 5 ingredients in a large ziploc bag.  Add sliced apples to bag and toss to coat.  Drop them into a prepared pie crust and dot with butter.  Cover with top crust, slice a few steam openings and bake at 425' for 40-50 min.  Let sit for 1/2 hour before cutting into it!

Sunday, October 18, 2020

Brazilian Cheese Bread (Pao de Queijo)

This is a very easy bread roll to make, it has only five ingredients and is mixed in a blender!

Pao de Queijo 
Pão de queijo or Brazilian cheese bread is a small, baked cheese roll or cheese bun, a popular snack and breakfast food in Brazil. It is a traditional Brazilian recipe, originating in the state of Minas Gerais. Pão de queijo originated from African slaves like many other Brazilian foods. 


1 1/2 c tapioca flour
1/4 olive oil
2/3 c milk
1 lg egg
1/2 parmesan cheese (or cheddar - I used parmesan/reggianno)
Add flour, oil, milk and egg to blender and blend to combine.
Add parmesan cheese and pulse until cheese is broken up into small pieces.
Pour into greased  mini muffin tins until almost full.
Bake 15-17 min at 400'
Remove from muffin tins and serve warm.

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

A "Sweet-cuterie" Tray

Sunday was our "Apple Cider Making Day" with family in Williamson, NY, the "core of apple country"!  This where my SIL and BIL live and they have a few apple trees, pear trees and an apple press.

I brought dessert:

I used my large enamel tray....

...and decided to make some "pumpkin" cupcakes using 2/3 of my silicone pan (the center molds are roses, so I didn't use those):

I found round Pumpkin Spice wafers to use as stems and I put the cupcakes in little paper cups from Sophistiplate.

I cut "stems" from the long wafers and added green frosting leaves:

I also made cupcakes with chocolate frosting, brownie bites and peanut butter cookies!

So, I called this a "SWEET"-cuterie Tray!

As for the Apple Cider making, it was delish:

Saturday, October 10, 2020

A Stamped Velvet Pumpkin and a Giveaway....

Today is 10 on the 10th hosted by Ann from Apple Street Cottage, where we create something while keeping our budget under $10.00 on the 10th of each month.

This project is very simple, and expensive!  I bought a foam, hollow pumpkin at the Dollar Tree and cut out the stem:

I purchased a 1/2 yd of velvet and cut it into two 18" squares ($7.00 1/2 yd OR $3.50 per pumpkin).  I also went thru my old rubber stamps and pulled out this leaf stamp, and heated up the iron:

I placed the stamp under the right side of the velvet, facing upwards: 

I held the hot iron on it for 10 seconds, holding it steady:

The stamp and heat flattens the pile on the velvet:

Using this same technique, I randomly stamped all over the 18" piece:

The pumpkin was placed in the center of the fabric, wrong side up:

The fabric was then pushed into the center hole of the pumpkin:

The stamping added a little more texture and design to the fabric:

I added an old dried out pumpkin stem from out last year's pumpkin, by hot gluing it over the hole:

I gathered some scraps of ribbon and stacked simple bows with a silk leaf:

I attached it to the stem with hot glue:

I can make another pumpkin with the leftover fabric, so 2 pumpkins cost only $9.00 to make!

If you would like a chance to win this pumpkin, leave a comment below and I will pick a name in a few days!

Here is one I made last year with cotton fabric:

Hop over to see what my creative friends made for under $10:


Winner is Karenann S.
Send me a message with your home address and I will ship it out ASAP!

Saturday, October 3, 2020

Cocktails and beverages to take off the chill this fall.......


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