Darlene's Apple Bars

Apr 24, 2013

I've been on a bit of a baking kick lately. I think it has something to do with the weather lately. Isn't it depressing?

Honestly, our day time average right now should be around 12°C, do you want to know what it is... like 5°C.

Total bummer!

Anyway, so we've been discussing getting Maddox baptized, and decided to invite the priest over for lunch last weekend. He gave us some pointers, a couple videos to watch and some papers to fill out. I was a little stressed about having him for lunch, as I wouldn't have a nap time to prepare the meal, and with the weather (again with the weather!) being so unpredictable I wanted something quick and easy.

I ended up making pulled pork sandwiches in the slow cooker, and roasted potatoes. I had made these apple bars the day before. These bars have always been a favourite of mine, and lets just say I royally suck at making pastry dough. But I bought a food processor and haven't pulled it out in awhile and wanted to give it a try.

Needless to say, they turned out amazing!

Darlene's Apple Bars

by Renee Pihowich
Prep Time: 30 mins-1 hour
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Keywords: bake dessert breakfast apple cake fall

Ingredients (12 servings)
    Pastry:
    • 2 ½ cups flour
    • 1 tsp. salt
    • 1 cup margarine
    • 1 egg yolk
    • 2/3 cup milk
    Filling:
    • 5-6 apples (or crabapples)
    • corn flakes – crushed
    • ½ tsp. cinnamon
    • 1 cup sugar
    Topping:
    • 1 egg white
    Instructions
    In a food processor, or whatever you want to use to make the pastry, pour in the flour and add the margarine. It should be chilled and cut into small squares. Add in the salt, egg yolk and milk and process until it looks kind of like oatmeal. Take it out and hand kneed it for a couple minutes just to make sure everything is incorporated. Separate into two balls and flatten into a rectangle. Set in fridge to chill for a minute or two.
    For the filling, peel and thinly slice the apples. You should have about 6 cups total after they are prepared. Add in 1/2 cup of the sugar and the cinnamon.
    Take out the prepared dough and roll to fit over a cookie sheet. Sprinkle with the crush corn flakes, and then top with the apple mixture. Top with the second sheet of dough. Seal edges by crimping with a fork, and cut off extra dough. Pierce a couple times with a fork to let out steam.
    Paint with egg white.
    Bake at 400F for 25-30 mins.
    If you wish make an icing out of 1 cup of icing sugar, 1 tsp vanilla and 1/4 cup water (more or less). When the bar is cool drizzle the icing over top.
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    Blueberry Cobbler

    Apr 16, 2013

    Sometimes in our lives we crave something a little sweet. Ok, let's be honest ladies... about once a month we lose all control and shove sweet things into our mouthes without any care in the world.. just kidding.. sorta.

    Anyway, today I was craving something sweet, and I've been on a kick lately to use up all the "stuff" in our freezer. I have lots of "stuff" to use up in there, I mean I have two fridge freezers and one huge freezer full of "stuff". I won't get into detail about all the "stuff" I have in them because I think I would probably lose you somewhere with all the "stuff" in the bottom of the "stuff" pile.. if I haven't already.

    Still with me?

    Great!

    This cobbler, you can make it as sweet as you want. I used one cup of sugar in the batter, and probably sprinkled at least another 1/4 cup on top during the last 10 minutes.

    Blueberry Cobbler

    by Renee Pihowich
    Prep Time: 10 minutes
    Cook Time: 1 hour
    Keywords: bake dessert breakfast blueberries cake summer

    Ingredients
    • 1 cup self rising flour
    • (Or 1 cup white flour, 1 1/3 tsp baking powder, 1/3 tsp salt)
    • 1/2 cup butter, melted
    • 1 cup milk
    • 1 cup sugar (plus more for topping)
    • 2 cups blueberries, fresh or frozen, dried off so there's no extra water
    Instructions
    Preheat oven to 350F.
    In a mixing bowl combine the flour and sugar. Add in the milk and melted butter mixing well until there are no lumps.
    Pour the batter into a well greased 9 inch pan.
    Evenly spread the berries over the top pressing into the batter a bit.
    Sprinkle with some sugar, about 2 tbsp.
    Bake in preheated oven for one hour or until brown and bubbly.
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    Doesn't it look mouthwatering delicious! I may or may not be on my second or third piece, my "pieces" may or may not also be quarters of the whole cobbler.. so in other words it's half gone.. 

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    Yum!

    Turkey Quinoa Meatloaf

    Apr 10, 2013

    Quinoa.. its intimidating. I mean come on.. its new, its bland, hard to cook, and nobody really knows what to do with it. Yet it is one of the healthiest, protein packed foods out there!

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    I came across this recipe the other day, and thought, hey why not.. I have this bag of quinoa in my pantry I have been trying to figure out what to do with it. I bought it for Maddox, but couldn't figure out how to cook it for him to eat. Well folks.. this is it..

    Turkey Quinoa Meatloaf

    by Renee Pihowich
    Prep Time: 30 minutes
    Cook Time: 50 minutes
    Keywords: bake entree turkey quinoa

    Ingredients (5 Servings)
    • 1/4 cup quinoa
    • 1/2 cup water
    • 1 tsp olive oil
    • 1 small onion, diced
    • 1 carrot, chopped
    • 1 large garlic clover, minced
    • 1 lb ground turkey
    • 1 tbsp tomato paste (or ketchup)
    • 1 tbsp hot pepper sauce
    • 2 tbsp worcestershire sauce
    • 1 egg
    • 1 1/2 tsp salt
    • 1 tsp pepper
    • 2 tbsp brown sugar
    • 2 tsp worcestershire sauce
    • 1 tsp water
    Instructions
    Preheat oven to 350F.

    In a small pot, bring quinoa and water to a boil over high heat. Continue to boil, covered, over medium-low heat for 15-20 minutes or until all the water is absorbed. Set aside to cool.

    Heat the olive oil in a small skillet over medium heat. Stir in the onion and cook until softened and translucent. Add the garlic and cook for another minute, remove from heat.

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    Stir the turkey, cooked quinoa, onions, tomato paste, hot sauce, 2 tbsp worcestershire sauce, egg, salt and pepper in a large bowl until combined. The mixture will be very moist. Shape into a loaf on a foil lined baking sheet (or press into a small loaf pan as I did).

    Combine the brown sugar, worcestershire sauce and water in a small bowl and rub over the loaf.

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    Bake, for 50 minutes, or until no longer pink in the center. The internal temperature should be at least 160F.

    Let the meatloaf cool for 10 minutes before slicing and serving.

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    Ola, we have returned!

    Hey everyone, we are back.. with sunburns, peeling skin, and I'm pretty sure alcohol withdrawal.. just kidding!

    We had a wonderful vacation, and I'm sad to be home, but half way through the week I was already starting to get homesick, especially for my little man. Here is a quick run down of our week away!

    On the first day we landed in Cancun around lunch time. We had a super quick flight thanks to some awesome tail wind! But we couldn't check into our room until after three so we just sat around at ate.. good times.

    On the second day we laid on the beach for awhile, then went to the pool and drank our faces off.. drinking + heat = forgetting to put sunscreen on = baaaad sunburn!

    Our third day we figured it was a good day to head to the ruins.. with spf 60 slathered on so we don't burn anymore!

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    The ruins were amazing, definitely one of the coolest things I had seen to date..

    Day four, of course, was the beautiful wedding...

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    Then on day five.. we got brave.. no alcohol involved because well.. drinking and driving is bad ya'll!

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    Yup, I look like a dork!

    And day six.. we went to a restaurant called "Alux". Now.. I thought Tulum was amazing and the coolest place I had every been.. well Alux takes the cake! Its a restaurant built underground in one of those water caves. We shared a seafood platter for two and oh my word it was a huge plate of seafood and the most amazing food I have ever eaten. I don't think I will ever be able to eat shrimp or lobster ever again. It just won't be the same!

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    And day seven we spent flying home. I thought for sure my kiddo would be happy to see him, turns out he wanted absolutely nothing to do with me. Until he woke up the next day and remembered who brought him into this world and nursed him and fed him.. jeeze!
     

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