Thursday, September 29, 2011

Honey Lemon Apple Jam

After Ott, E and I went apple picking I canned my usual apple products: Carmel Apple Jam, Applesauce, and applebutter.  But this year I thought I would also try a new recipe.  One that I actually found on Mrs. Wages website which was originally from Marisa, the blogger over at Food in Jars.
I tweaked the recipe from hers a little so here is my version of this jam recipe which both Ott, E and I will admit packs and citrus punch and is sure to jump start your mornings on your breakfast toast or biscuit.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Winner of September's Iron Chef Challenge: Yeast

Photobucket Well let me first tell you that Red Star Yeast had quite the time choosing a winner for the Iron Chef Challenge!  They told me that they really enjoyed the variety of recipes that were submitted from root beer and ginger ale to a bread that combined two rather unlikely ingredient companions--rosemary and raisins. 
But they did make a decision and the winner of Septembers Iron Chef Challenge is................

Monday, September 26, 2011

Gooseberry Patch Recipe #8: Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

I was not surprised in the least when Ott, E selected this recipe out of Gooseberry Patch's Homemade Christmas Cookbook. You see he is crazy about Pumpkin and chocolate chips. (Remember the story about our pumpkin pie???)  So combine those two ingredients and make them into a cookie and he was hooked. This recipe is ideal for fall, has a moist taste, nice consistency and the combination of chocolate and pumpkin is sure to please your taste buds.

Friday, September 23, 2011

5 Unique Apple Recipes

It's officially fall and Ott, E and I have already been apple picking once this year and plan on going back again some time here in a couple of weeks.  I love baking with apples, canning apples and making all kinds of delicious treats with apples, so this got me to thinking..... perhaps I could share some of my favorite apple recipes with you.

Who doesn't love homemade applesauce?!?!  But did you know it's great in lots of recipes too??

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Gooseberry Patch Recipe #7: Cheesy Garlic Pull Apart Bread

You know that saying; kill two birds with one stone. Well that's what I am doing with the recipe I am sharing this week. I'm using a recipe that calls for yeast to suffice this month's Iron Chef Challenge and selected one out of the Gooseberry Patch Homemade Christmas Cookbook that I've been cooking out of for the past few weeks.  Therefore I share with you the recipe for Cheesy Garlic Pull Apart Bread.  (See....I told you... two birds..... one stone.)
Somewhat similar in taste to the cheddar bay biscuits they serve at Red Lobster, this recipe is easy to make and utilizes a bread machine (which you all know as one of my all time favorite kitchen appliances.)
1 1/2 tsp. Red Star active dry yeast
1/2 c. warm water
4 tsp. butter softened
1/2 c. sour cream
3 T. sugar
1 1/2 tsp. salt
3 c. bread flour

Monday, September 19, 2011

A "Cancer Sucks" Bouquet

The Real Farmwives of America & Friends are having a "Love for Leontien Day" so I am blogging today to encourage Leontien in her fight against cancer.  Leontien blogs over at 4 Leaf Clover Tales, she is a dairy farmers wife who moved here from the Netherlands and writes fun stories about her life.  Be sure to check out her blog because everyday you read it you are sure to have a smile on your face by the time you are done.  Today I'm joining with some of the other Farmwives to find a way to make her smile.

So I thought about what I could make for Leontien, and came up with this idea. 
A "Cancer Sucks" Bouquet
Basically a collection of suckers, but I thought it would be fun for Leotien to have for times when she needs something sweet.  It's colorful, tasty and hopefully will brighten her day.  I gathered up Blow Pops, Tootsie Roll Pops, Dum Dums and various other suckers and arranged them in a bouquet like fashion.    
To make this bouquet I started with my stem and wrapped a paper towel roll with ribbon.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Ott, A's September Iron Chef Challenge: Red Star Yeast Linky Party

The theme for September's Iron Chef Challenge is Yeast, sponsored by Red Star Yeast.

Rules: Chefs (aka bloggers) will prepare something using Red Star Yeast in the recipe and blog about it.  Included in this blog post must be the recipe (stating what kind of Red Star Yeast you used) along with pictures and any tips on preparing the item. Posts must include Ott, A's Iron Chef Challenge Badge (code found in sidebar).

Prize: The winning blog post will win "The Kneaded Loaf" recipe book, a Red Star "I love to Knead" apron, a bread pan, oven mitts, thermometer and of course Red Star Yeast!!!
The winner will be announced on this blog the week of September 26th.

Judging the recipes will be Kelly Olson, Consumer Relations for Red Star Yeast.  She will be looking for content, pictures and how the product was enjoyed by your families and/or guests as her criteria for selecting a winner.

Big thanks to Red Star Yeast for sponsoring this event! Be sure to check them out on facebook and twitter (@RedStarYeast).

The Linky will be open from September 16-23.

So lets fire up those ovens!
Good Luck and may the best Chef win!!!

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Gooseberry Patch Recipe #6: Slow Cooker Corn Chowder

Ott, E picked out a soup recipe from the Gooseberry Patch Homemade Christmas Cookbook that can be made in the crock pot.  So naturally I was thrilled to have something so simple and easy to throw in before heading out the door to work and he was thrilled to come home to an already cooked and ready to eat meal.  This recipe for Corn Chowder has a rich and creamy taste and it loaded with vegetables.  It is sure to stick to your ribs on these chilly fall nights.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Fire Pits & Fireflies

One of my favorite things about summer is sitting outside in the evenings and just relaxing with families and friends.  Ott, E and I enjoy sitting on our patio and just watching the fireflies light up the back yard.  This summer we had a new addition to our backyard with a CobraCo Steel Mesh Rim fire pit with 2 benches from Avant Garden. 
Now, I must admit this fire pit was really easy to put together.  It came in a box with all the parts and instructions and in under an hour I had it all put together.  (All by myself, mind you.)
What I like most about this fire pit is that the mesh wrought black iron pattern of this pit and the two matching benches match the rest of our patio furniture perfectly.  (The benches can also double and end tables.)

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

When in Rome.... throw cow chips

I don't even know where to begin with this post.... so I guess I'll start at the beginning.

Ott, E and I went to Wisconsin for Labor Day weekend to visit his family.  We were going to go to his hometown's festival parade, grill out, visit with the relatives and then stop by the festival.  His hometown (Sauk City, Wisconsin) hosts this festival and contest every year on Labor Day.  What kind of a festival you ask???   .....a cow chip festival with the state's cow chip throwing contest.
Now, if your asking what's a cow chip you may want to stop reading about now.  A cow chip or cow patty is dried cow poop.  And apparently seeing how far you can throw it, is a sport in some areas of the country.  In fact there is even a National Cow Chip throwing contest in Oklahoma each year which the winner of this contests gets to attend. 

Well now your probably asking how did I get entered into this contest?  I was sitting at Ott, E's parents house minding my own business when his uncle called and said he was going to sign me up to be in the contest.  At first I declined, but then when I found out his mother, aunt and cousin were going to compete I figured I'd at least be in good company, I'm mean... when in Rome.... (I still didn't know for sure what I was getting myself into.)

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

plOTTing & planting: butternut squash

We planted butternut squash for the first time in our garden this year.  We had three vines, several flowers and only one squash.  At first we thought something was eating the blossoms.  Then we thought maybe due to the weather the blossoms were rotting or drying up before getting pollinated. 
Then Ott, E spoke with a co-worker who deals with curcurbits (squashes, melons, and gourds) and he said butternut squash were notorious for having more male blossoms than female.

Monday, September 5, 2011

Gooseberry Patch Recipe #5: Maple-Baked Acorn Squash

Do I ever have a treat for you today?!?!?  I was coming home late from work one day and Ott, E started dinner and had it on the table ready to eat when I walked in the back door.  Now normally I would think; wow am I ever lucky to have a guy who can help in the kitchen.  But this time I was completely thrilled to see that he fixed a recipe he selected from the Homemade Christmas Gooseberry Patch cookbook. 
Oh but wait it gets even better than that......He took pictures while he was making it.  (Do I have him trained to be a blogger or what?!?!?)

So if Ott, E can make this tasty fall side dish...... so can you!

1 acorn squash, halved and seeded
1/2 cup maple Syrup, divided
2 tsp. Butter, diced and divided
salt & pepper to taste

Thursday, September 1, 2011

September's Iron Chef Challenge: Red Star Yeast

PhotobucketWith the start of fall right around the corner, what better time to fire up your ovens for some tasty breads and rolls to enjoy during those chilly evening dinners.  Fall just says soups and crock pots and warm bread fresh out of the oven to me.  So what better product to feature in this months' Iron Chef Challenge than Red Star Yeast!!!

Red Star Yeast has a great website with recipes and tips on baking with yeast.  If you are a baker/blogger then break out your bread pans and feel free to link up a recipe featuring Red Star Yeast to the Iron Chef Challenge Linky Party which will run September 16-23 on this blog.  Simply grab the code for the linky party badge (found in the right sidebar) and insert that into your post. Then come back to this blog and link up!!! 

Please note all recipes must contain this month's themed iingredient: Red Star Yeast

Judging the recipes will be Kelly Olson, Consumer Relations for Red Star Yeast.  She will be looking for content, pictures and how the product was enjoyed by your families and/or guests as her criteria for selecting a winner.