Monday, April 6, 2015

Carmel Pie

Are you ready for awesome? This pie is ultra delicious. The crunchy, buttery oatmeal cookie crust surrounding tender, spicy apple pie filling and topped with warm, homemade butter caramel sauce. What could be better? We like ours with homemade vanilla ice cream and homemade caramel sauce, but store bought will suffice.
~ preheat oven to 375 degrees F. ~
for the oatmeal cookie crust:
1 and 1/2 cups old fashioned rolled oats (not quick cooking and not steel cut)
1/2 cup unbleached white flour
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup finely chopped pecans or walnuts (optional)
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted (no substitutes)
Mix all crust ingredients in a medium bowl. Mix well. Press firmly into the bottom and sides of a 9 inch pie pan, forming a thick and even crust. Reserve 1/3 cup of this mixture for the pie topping.
for the filling:
6 cups peeled, cored and thin-sliced tart apple (approximately 4 to 5 large apples)
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice OR orange juice
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon allspice
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
3 to 4 Tablespoons cornstarch or tapioca starch
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup sour cream OR cottage cheese
Place sliced apples in a large mixing bowl. Drizzle with the lemon juice/orange juice. Sprinkle with spices. Toss to coat. Sprinkle with the starch. Mix well. Gradually add the brown sugar and sour cream/cottage cheese until everything is evenly combined.
Spread filling into the unbaked crust. Sprinkle the reserved 1/3 cup oat mixture over the top of the pie. Bake for 45 to 60 minutes, or until apples are very tender and the crust is a deep golden brown. If the top seems to be browning too quickly, cover loosely with aluminum foil and continue baking until done.
To serve:
Serve warm or at room temperature, topped with THIS homemade butter caramel sauce, or your favorite caramel sauce and a scoop of the very best vanilla ice cream you can find (Sonny’s is our absolute favorite.)

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This is an easy, delicious, smooth caramel sauce that is wonderful for all your recipes that call for caramel. This recipe makes about 1 and 1/2 cups.
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup half & half
4 Tablespoons unsalted butter
pinch salt
1 teaspoon vanilla
Mix the brown sugar, half & half, butter and salt in a small saucepan. Whisk constantly over medium-low heat for 7 minutes (or until it gets thicker.) Add the vanilla and cook an additional minute. Turn off the heat and allow sauce to cool for 5 minutes before transferring to a jar. Refrigerate until ready to use.
for cinnamon caramel: add 1 teaspoon cinnamon and 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg when you add the vanilla. (wonderful in monkey bread)
for Jack Daniel’s Whiskey Caramel: add 2 Tablespoons JD in place of vanilla. (wonderful on ice cream or brownies)
for orange caramel: add 1 teaspoon orange extract in place of the vanilla (wonderful on caramel rolls)
for coconut caramel: add 1 teaspoon coconut extract in place of the vanilla (wonderful on banana splits)

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Queen of Clean window cleaner

Queen of Clean Linda Cobb CLEANING WINDOWS
This is for windows that have bug stains, screen stains, bird stains, hard water stains, and windows that have been neglected. Remember, there is NO WATER in this recipe. You can double this recipe making the amount you need.
1 pint rubbing alcohol
2 Tablespoons clear ammonia
2 Tablespoons dishwashing liquid
Appy to the window using a nylon-covered sponge, rinse and buff dry. 
NOTE: Fantastic for car windshields.

It's that time of year. The sun is shining and suddenly you realize that the windows are dirty......really dirty. Sometimes there is no better way than to give them a really good scrubbing, but other times something quick and easy works. Here is my formula for a Wipe on - hose off- window cleaner.
1/2 gallon warm water
1 Tablespoon liquid automatic dishwasher spot stopper such as Jet-Dry or Finish.
2-3 Tablespoons dish washing liquid
Mix all ingredients in a bucket
Spray windows down with your hose.
Using a sponge, apply the solution to the windows as you would to wash them.
Immediately hose off your window starting at the top and working down. Do this to each window as you go.
The remaining water will sheet off and the window will dry. No towel drying is needed. Do not do this in direct sun or it will spot.
** HERE"S MY NOTE: if you have a lot of hard water spots (white spots) on the window they are probably not going to all come off without scrubbing. If you have very hard water you may have a few spots, but in general it will give you a fast and passable job. I would wash the window after winter doing a really good scrubbing, rinsing and drying, but this will work the rest of the time unless you are REALLY picky. In this busy world it is nice to have a quick option.

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Un Stuffed Cabbage Rolls

You can eat the whole pot with very little carbs and calories. Weight watcher 7 points for the whole pot!
A great recipe to increase your energy levels! Healthy, too!
1 1/2 to 2 pounds lean ground beef
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1 large onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
1 small cabbage, chopped
2 cans (14.5 ounces each) low sodium diced tomatoes
1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
1/2 cup water
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 teaspoon sea salt
In a large skillet, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add the ground beef and onion and cook, stirring, until ground beef is no longer pink and onion is tender.
Add the garlic and continue cooking for 1 minute.
Add the chopped cabbage, tomatoes, tomato sauce, pepper, and salt. Bring to a boil. Cover and simmer for 20 to 30 minutes, or until cabbage is tender.
Yield: Serves 6 to 8.

Queen of Clean Cleaning Guidelines

You will be amazed at what you can accomplish in 1 minute-5 minutes-15 minutes-30 minutes of focused cleaning.
1 Minute
Family Room
• Find all the remotes and return to where they are kept
• Stack and tidy magazines, paper etc.
• Remove any dirty clothes to the hamper
• Clear off dresser or chest of drawers
• Be sure there is a supply of extra toilet paper etc and add necessary items to shopping list
• Put a teaspoon of orange flavored breakfast drink in the toilet to clean it, swish and let sit until you need to flush it
• Put some ice down the garbage disposal to keep it clean, fresh smelling and running well
• Fill garbage disposal side of sink with 3” of warm water. Add a handful of baking soda. Turn on disposal and immediately pull the sink stopper. Cleans out the holes and food that is stuck.
5 Minutes
Family Room:
• Gather up yesterdays papers etc and toss Remove anything that doesn’t belong in the room
• Dust lampshades with a micro fiber cloth
• Make the bed
• Shake out any rugs or throws (outside) Put in washer if needed
• Wipe down the sink(s) with a damp micro fiber cloth
• Put ½ cup of baking soda in drains and add ½ cup of white vinegar to keep drains free-flowing. Next time you are in the bathroom run cold water down the drain.
• Brush off seats on kitchen table chairs or bar stools with a soft brush
• Wipe down the front of the refrigerator with a 50% solution of white vinegar and water.
10 Minutes
Family Room
• Dust furniture with a lambswool duster to attract the dust and add some shine
• Take pet beds outside and go over with lint roller or brush
• Change Bed
• Dust all furniture
• Clean mirrors
• Clean mirrors
• Tidy medicine cabinet
• Clean countertops and buff
• Dust light fixtures/chandeliers with a telescoping duster
15 Minutes
Family Room
• Polish wood furniture with a mixture of 1 cup olive oil and ¼ cup of white vinegar. Apply with soft cloth and buff
• Vacuum soft upholstery with vacuum attachment
• Strip bed and vacuum mattress and pillows. Put sheets in washer
• Wipe down window sills and dust window treatments
• If you have a shower curtain (plastic) toss in washer with a couple of old towels, laundry detergent and 2 cups of white vinegar. Hang immediately
• Wash windows inside and clean window treatments
• Wipe out refrigerator with a solution of 50/50 water and white vinegar and dry. Discard old food
• Clean stove top area and microwave as appropriate 
30 Minutes
Family Room
• Pull out furniture and vacuum baseboards and all floor area
• Wipe down fans , clean overhead lights and clean decorative pieces
• Clean out bedside tables and remove things that don’t belong. Clean tops of all dressers, tables etc and remove and dispose of junk
• Vacuum dust ruffle and under bed area
• Thoroughly clean tub, shower and shower doors.
• Clean out under vanity area and cupboards
• Clean out as many drawers as you can in 30 minutes. Race yourself to see what you can get done.
• Wash baseboards and thoroughly clean edges of floor. Hand wash entire floor to get it really clean.
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Friday, March 13, 2015

Mushroom Soup Pork Chops


Thursday, March 12, 2015


This is so delicious. Serve for breakfast, brunch, even appetizers.
Super easy to make.
1 (16.3 oz) Pillsbury Grands Flaky Layers Biscuits (I used the buttery flavor).
1 egg
2 tablespoons milk
3/4 cup diced ham
1/4 cup thinly sliced green onion
1/2 cup shredded cheddar
1/2 cup Monterey Jack cheese
1/2 teaspoon granulated garlic
Heat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 11 x 7 or 12 x 8 glass baking dish with cooking spray. In a large bowl, beat egg and milk with a wire whisk until smooth.
Separate dough into individual biscuits and cut each biscuit into quarters. Gently stir biscuit pieces into egg mixture to coat evenly. Fold in ham, cheese, onions and granulated garlic. Spoon mixture into prepared dish, arrange biscuit pieces in a single layer.
Bake at 350 for 23 - 25 minutes or until golden brown. You can either cut into squares or just pull apart and serve.
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