Sunday, April 24, 2005

Knobby Apple Cake

My Grandma R. Doesn't bake much but she does make the best cake I've ever had.

She taught me a lot when I was growing up. Gardening, Jesus, Family, Babies, Flowers, Cooking, Climbing Trees, you name it she was there helping me and loving me.

Grandma's are the greatest.

Knobby Apple Cake

1 cup sugar
1/2 cup shortening
2 eggs
1 1/2 cups sifted all purpose flour
1 tsp soda
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla
2 1/2 cups chopped apples
1 cup chopped pecans

Cream shortening and sugar add eggs and beat well. Add dry ingredients and mix well, stir in vanilla, chopped apples, nuts and mix well. Pour batter in a 9x13 pan Bake at 350 for 40 to 45 minutes serve plain or with whipped cream.

Tuesday, April 19, 2005

Ranger Cookies

Cookies! My favorite food group.

Yesterday I visited Cathy at My Little Kitchen. Every Monday she posts a cookie recipe. She has the people at her work critique them and posts their comments.

My grandma M. Always made cookies for my grandpa sometimes she had to lock them up in the freezer so that my brother and I didn't eat them all. For me she made Ranger Cookies without the raisins. ( I don't like dead grapes.)

When she left us I received some of her cookbooks. I grabbed all the cookie cookbooks so I could find this recipe. I found it in a Better Homes and Gardens. Homemade Cookies. It's the very first recipe in the book.

I miss eating my grandma's cookies:(

1/2 cup margarine or butter
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
2 cups crisp rice cereal or 1 cup rolled oats
1 1/3 cups flaked coconut
1 cup raisins

In a mixing bowl beat margarine or butter with an electric mixer on medium to high speed about 30 seconds or till softened. Add about half of the flour, the sugar, brown sugar, egg, vanilla, baking powder, and baking soda. Beat till thoroughly combined. Then stir in remaining flour. Stir in cereal or oats, coconuts, and raisins.

Drop dough from a rounded teaspoon 2 inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake in a 375 degree oven about 8 minutes or till lightly browned. Cool on cookie sheet for 1 minute. Then remove cookies and cool on a wire rack.

Makes about 54 cookies...

Sunday, April 03, 2005

Apple Dumplings

I don't like chain letters. If I get one I delete it but I got one a few months ago that actually interested me. I was to mail a recipe to one person and forward the other persons e-mail to 8 people and then I would get 36 recipes. So I did and I only received one recipe. So I'm going to put it down here because this is as good a place as any. This recipe was sent to me by a friend of my moms' her name is Barbara.

Apple Dumplings

2 cans Pilsbury Crescent Rolls
2 apples peeled and sliced into 8 pieces each
2 sticks ( 1 cup) butter melted
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1 can Mountain Dew
1 cup chopped pecans
cinnamon /sugar mixture- 1 cup sugar to 1 Tbls cinnamon

Preheat oven 350
place each apple slice in a crescent roll and sprinkle a little cinnamon sugar on it before rolling up. Line the dumplings in a 9x13 baking pan. In a medium saucepan heat butter and sugar together until mixture is boiling. Remove from heat and add Mountain Dew and vanilla. Pour over crescent rolls and sprinkle with remaining cinnamon sugar. Sprinkle nuts over top bake uncovered 45 minutes. Serve with ice cream for extra happy eaters:D

Saturday, April 02, 2005

Beef and Noodles

Today was grandma's birthday she is 80 years young. We had a big party up at the church. Over 90 people were there. It was a potluck I brought Beef & Noodles it was gone in less than 1/2 an hour. Russ brought my great grandmother's version of Potato Salad. And Deb brought Eggrolls yummm. Hopefully they will share these recipes with me.

Beef & Noodles

3 lbs cubed beef
1 can beef broth
1 can cream of mushroom soup
3 cups of water
2 pkgs frozen noodles
1 bay leaf
1/4 tsp Tarragon
salt and pepper
2 Tblsp corn starch or flour

Brown beef cubes in a Dutch oven(big pan), add broth and simmer on low for 1/2 an hour. Add cream of mushroom soup, water, and herbs. Bring to a boil and add noodles. Salt and pepper to taste add some corn starch or flour(whichever you prefer)for thickness. Simmer on low for an hour or put in a crockpot for a few hours on low.

feeds 10 - 15 hungry humans at a large gathering depends on how big a helping they take.