Simplicity makes me smile!

Monday, October 12, 2015

Stuffed Acorn Squash

I saw this recipe on FB as we were driving to the farmers market. 
So I quickly  jotted  the ingredients down on my grocery list. 
There were so many different types of squash to pick from. But I chose the classic acorn squash. 


Cut ends of squash off. 

Cut squash in half and hollow out. 
Drizzle with olive oil. 
Sprinkle with salt and pepper. 

So pretty. Place in 400 degree oven for 20 minutes. 
Dice two stalks of celery. 
One small yellow onion. 
Three cloves garlic. 

Sauté in oiled pan. With one pound Italian sausage. 
Italian seasoning 
All to taste. 

When done. Add 
One cup Panko bread crumbs. 

And 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese. Grated. 

Squash should be done. 

Start filling squash with filling. 

Sprinkle with shredded Parmesan cheese. And bake for about 20 more minutes. 

Smells so great! 

So delicious! Really. Yumm. 

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Five Points Pizza E. Nashville

This is th best pizza in East Nashville. 
I will drive 25 miles to get a slice. And a knot. Yes I will!! 

Those warm dough knots are dripping with butter and garlic. So delicious. 

Smile Aus!! 

Crockpot Apple Crisp

This was a test. Only a test. And it passed with flying flavor. 
Everyone loved it. Healthcare workers love to eat. 
Celebrating my friends at work October birthdays. 
Ingredients can be brought in a bag to work. It's so easy. And the break room smelled delish!!


One Duncan Hines cake mix in SPICE
2 cans of apple pie filling. 
2 sticks of butter
In a ziplock bag add 
1/2 cup dark brown sugar
1/2 cup oats 
2 tsp cinnamon

Crock pot liner is a huge must because they are the best invention ever!!

Add apples

Sprinkle Spice cake mix over apples. 
No stirring. 

Sprinkle streusel mix over cake mix. No stirring. 

Add butter. No stirring. 

Place lid on top. 
Set on high. For 2 hours. 
No stirring required. 

Add ice cream!!
Pic by S.Anderson. Thanks. 

Monday, October 5, 2015

Chocolate Cake with Chocolate fudge Icing

This is my tried and true chocolate cake I have been making for years. Everyone is shocked that it's a box mix. Doctored up. 
I made this exact cake for my sisters wedding cake. With my fluffy white icing from a few posts ago. 
It's easy. And delicious. My two favorite things. 

Today I made a to go 9x13 for a friends birthday. 
But here are a few others. From previous bakings. 

One Duncan Hines chocolate cake mix
One box instant chocolate pudding. 
4 eggs 
8 ounces sour cream
1/2 cup coffee
1/2 cup oil

Throw it all in mixing bowl. And blend. 
2 minutes. 
Pour in 9/13 pan
Bake 350 degrees for 45 minutes. 
Cupcakes. 23 minutes. 

 Ready to frost. 

Fluffy chocolate icing. 

One stick butter soft
1/4 stick crisco 

Beat until fluffy. 
1/3 cup dark cocoa 
1 tsp vanilla
2 cups powdered sugar 

Beat and scrape bowl. 

Hershey's chocolate ice cream topping. 
12 ounce jar. 
Beat for several minutes. 
It is unbelievable!! 

Frost your cake!! So stinking delicious!!

 Here is the wedding cake. Just for fun. 

Art in the Park 2015 and Hot Cider. Whoa!!

It's a lot of work. But fun. We have so much fun. This year we weather the drizzle rain. And the cold. We were freezing. But we made the best if the day. 

Hot Cider Recipe

One gallon cider 
One gallon apple juice
One lemon slices
One orange sliced
5 cinnamon sticks
10 whole cloves

It's good. It's real good. 

Our neighbor!!

Fun day. See you next year!!

French Toast ~ the real deal.

Here is my recipe for real French toast. When growing up we used to make French toast with regular loaf bread it was good And I loved it. A few years ago I made French toast with the bread I made for our local coffee shop and it was amazing. My bread was on the verge of being stale. That's why I decided to use it up and make French toast. 
I don't think using fresh bread is the way to go when making French toast. 

Well, first you have to make my easy French bread. And let it sit for 3-4 days. See previous blog post. 

The mix
4 eggs
1/2 cup milk
1 tsp vanilla
2 tsp cinnamon

Mix or whisk together. 

Slice the loaf in thick slices. 

Dip slices in the egg mixture. 

Place in medium heat skillet. With a drizzle of oil. 

Brown on each side for a few minutes. Making sure egg is well cooked. 

Remove from skillet. It's ready to go!!

A little butter. Syrup. Yumm

The extra will be bagged and placed in the refrigerator for this week!!