Sunday, November 29, 2009

Sundays In My City....






Hi Everyone! I hope those that celebrated Thanksgiving had a wonderful one! I managed to pull a feast off all over here. It's times like those that really make me miss home!

This week's Sunday In My City theme wich is hosted by Unknown Mami is "London,England". December is a big month for us. We have christmas of course but also my birthday, my husbands birthday, and our anniversary!! This time last year my totally awesome husband surprised me with my dream trip to London! It's been a dream since I was a kid to go there. We actually took a cruise ship to get there! Now in reality we could of taken a plane and been there within 45 minutes..but part of the fun was taking a train to our wonderful cruise ship. We spent the night on there and woke up in England. I can't tell you how incredible it was for me. I even started crying on the train going to London. It was a dream I never thought was going to come true.

We decided to only take the london tube when we had to and walk the rest...and walk we did. It was a quick trip. We arrived on a tuesday,spent that day walking and then then next day we did the rest and boarded the cruise ship to come home. In total we walked over 10 miles. I loved every single moment of it. The people were so friendly, the food was great, and I want to go back! It wasn't nearly long enough. We made sure to see all the tourist sites. So you can look at the London Eye, the Tower Bridge, Buckingham Palace..and we even made it for the changing og the guard, and Big Ben. I hope you enioyed visiting my and taking a trip down memory lane with me. Please head over to Unknown Mami and enhoy her city aswell as everyone elses. See you next sunday! I see a christmas tree post around then!
Unknown Mami

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving


I wanted to take a moment before everything got crazy around my house to wish you all a very Happy Thanksgiving. I have much to be thankful for this year and one of those things includes this blog and everyone I have met while doing it. It means the world to me that each and everyone one of you take the time to post a comment to me,give me tips, and encouragement. I hope you all have a wonderful day filled with family, friends, turkey, and every wonderful side dish that goes along with it!

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Pecan Pie Cookies


One more day until Thanksgiving!! I managed to do my shopping yesterday. I looked high and low for sweet potatoes but couldn't find a one. I know in other parts of the netherlands they sell them but for whatever reason it hasn't come this way yet. I prefer pecan pie over pumpkin for the most part. I find it to sweet after awhile but I can't resist a slice or two..or 3:) However over here they do not sell Karo syrup and I have yet to perfect my homemade version of it. So instead I bring you pecan pie cookies!

Well I bring it to you courtesy of Land O' Lakes. These cookies are soooooo good and they seriously taste like a real pecan pie. The pecan filling is so chewy,sweet, and a really nice alternative to the pie itself. I'd like to offer a few sugestions though. My first batch really spread, like pancake spread. I then made the balls smaller so instead of the 3 dozen amount it states, I got 4 dozen. It's not easy to get a teaspoons worth of filling into the cookie but I made sure to build the sides of the cookie up and put it all in there. It's very much like a thumbprint cookie so if you have made those before you won't have any problems with these. These would also make a nice addition to a christmas cookie plate.

Pecan Pie Cookie..3-4 dozen
1 cup Packed Brown Sugar
3/4 cup Butter; Softened
1 tsp. Vanilla
1 Egg
1 tsp. Baking Powder

Filling:
1 cup Chopped Pecans
1/2 cup Packed Brown Sugar
1/4 cup Whipping Cream
1 tsp. Vanilla

Heat oven to 350 or 180 celcius. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and set aside. It's important you put something under the cookies because the filling can spill over and then you have to deal with burnt parts stuck on the pan.

Combine filling ingredients in a bowl and set aside.

In a large mixing bowl combine the brown sugar, butter,vanilla, and egg; Beat on medium speed until creamy. Reduce speed to low; Add flour and baking powder. Beat until combined.

Shape dough into 1-1/4 inch balls and place 2 inches apart on cookie sheet. Make indentation in each cookie with thumb; rotate thumb to hollow out slightly. Fill each cookie with 1 teaspoons worth of filling. Bake 8-12 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool for 1 minute before removing cookies to wire rack.

These can be made and frozen up to 3 months in advance. Place cookies in containers with tight fitting lids,seperating layers with waxed paper.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Honey Cornbread Muffins


Wow I barely posted last week. I blame it on sick kids who sucked out my motivation to bake anything. Lets hope that the next few months prove to be a healthy one for them.
Tonight I wanted some cornbread muffins to go along with our dinner and I stumbled upon this recipe. It comes from The Neely's and I have to say that I have no clue who they are. I've read about them from other bloggers so I went looking for some of their recipes. Back home I always watched the food network but that was something I had to give up when I moved over here. I feel so out of the loop with alot of things now.

This recipe is good but it irked me a bit. I have a really big pet peeve when it comes to baked goods sticking to the muffin liners....and these..stuck...BIG TIME. When I peeled the liners back I lost over half of the bottom part..sooo not happy about that. The next time I make these I will just grease the muffin tin instead. These were good..not over the top great, but still good.

Honey Cornbread Muffins..12
1 cup Yellow Cornmeal
1 cup Flour
1 TBL Baking Powder
1/2 cup Sugar..I only used 1/4 and it was perfect.
1 tsp. Salt
1 cup Whole Milk..I used 1%
2 Large Eggs
1/4 cup Butter; Melted
1/4 cup Honey

Pre heat oven to 400 or 200 celcius. Line OR grease a muffin tin with liners or nonstick spray; Set aside.

In a large bowl combine the cornmeal, flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt; Whisk and set aside.

In another bowl whisk together the milk, eggs, butter, and honey. Add to dry ingredients and stir until just mixed. Fill liners evenly about 3/4 full. Bake for 15 minutes or until golden brown and toothpick inserted comes out clean.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Sundays In My City....






Happy Sunday Everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful week. Thanks for taking the time to stop by my blog for Sunday's In My City wich is hosted by the ever popular Unknown Mami. After you visit here, please head over to her site and check out everyone elses sunday.

This weeks theme is "Village Life". This is a typical look of a small town village..and I love it! If we could live in a village like this I would be one happy girl. Alot of the villages have these narrow streets where the homes are lined up. When we drove down it all I had to do was open the car door up,step half way out and I could touch their front door. All dutch people keep their windows looking amazing. They all have beautiful flowers and vases in there and I believe it's due to the fact that everyone is always stareing in there! I fell in love with the smaller homes aswell. The one with the bird in it..a Herring I believe it is, can be rented out. Along time ago those were used for the workers and they are scattered out all over this village. The house with the small bridge is where someone lives full time though..isnt it just out of a fairy tale? I hope you all have a wonderful upcoming week! See you next Sunday...
Unknown Mami

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

The Sounds of Fall

videoI don't know what your Fall morning sounds like at almost 9:30 am but this is what mine sounds and looks like: Windy,cloudy and the leaves falling down like snow. I'm staying inside with my sick kids and thinking about what new recipe to try. Have a good morning everyone!

Monday, November 16, 2009

Oatmeal Apple Cookies


It's a start of another new week! The weeks seem to be going by so fast for me now. I'm not complaining about it. The closer we get to christmas, the closer I am to buying a tree and decorating it. One thing I miss though are the trees from home. I went to buy one that we maybe paid 20 dollars for and the man told me those were 100 euros. I actually thought he was joking. The trees here although tall, are very flimsy. I am unable to put all my ornaments on any tree we buy and thats a bit of a bummer!

On to these cookies!!! This is another recipe straight out of my Taste of Home's giant cookie and bars magazine. I was drawn to the recipe because of the addition of apple and not raisin. I didn't have any of those to begin with and the idea of using something other than raisins was exciting. I must sya though that the original recipe called for dried apples but I swapped out equal amounts of fresh apples instead. If you go that route make sure you dice your apples small enough so that they can bake during the cooking process. These are delightfully chewy and although I actually missed the raisins, the apples filled in just fine!

Oatmeal Apple Cookie..4 dozen
1 cup Butter; Softened
1 cup Packed Brown Sugar..I used dark and it worked out fine.
1/2 cup Sugar
2 Eggs
1 tsp. Vanilla Extract
1-1/2 cups Flour
2 tsp. Ground Cinnamon
1 tsp. Baking Soda
1/4 tsp. Salt
3 cups Old Fashioned Oats
1/2 cup chopped dried or fresh apples

Pre heat oven to 350 or 180 celcius. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and set aside. In a bowl, combine the flour, cinnamon, soda, and salt; Set aside.

In a mixing bowl, cream butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Gradually add flour mixture into creamed mixture, beating well after each addition. Stir in oats and apples. Drop by rounded tablespoons 2 inches apart. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown. Let stand for 1 minute before removing to wire racks.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Sundays In My City....




Hello Everyone! Can you believe how far into November we are? I have christmas on the brain these days.

That brings me to this weeks theme.."Sinterklaas" This is the dutch version of Santa Claus. Infact Santa is based on Sinterklaas. I highly encourage you to read THIS and it explains everything you need to know about this wonderful guy. Every year around this time, Sinterklaas enters the country by steam boat and it's basically a countdown to the night of Dec 5 when he brings presents. The zwarte piet (Black Piet) is his helper. In the U.S. the legend is all bad kids get put on the "Naughty" list..over here the zwarte piets will whip you with a roe wich is a bunch of branches that are tied together. When Sinterklaas comes into the country everyone gathers to the water and awaits his arrival. In almost everytown there is a Sinterklaas entering there and for us it's right down the street. When he comes the zwarte piets start handing out candy to all the kids.

The children start screaming with joy and waving their hands. When he gets off the boat he is supposed to ride his horse Americo into the town where he is welcomed by the mayor. However the poor Sint would be toppled over from all the kids so he boarded a bus instead.

On another note..Sinterklaas has nothing to do with Dec 25 like we associate Santa with that day...the gift giving and Dec 25 have two different meanings wich is why they have their present day on the 5th of december. We allow the boys a few presents to open so they don't feel left out but we still hold to the Dec 25th as our day to open gifts.
Thanks again to Unknow Mami for allowing me and others to share whats going in our city every sunday. Head over there and visit other people. See you next sunday! Unknown Mami

Friday, November 13, 2009

Apple Crisp with Vanilla Sauce


It's that time of year again for apple crisps!! Oh how I love apple crisps. I love how it fills the house with the most comforting smell ever. I almost wish for snow to fall when I bake one because that would just be the cherry on top of an already delightful cake.

Im always up for trying a new type of crisp. For me, it's all about the crunchy topping. As a kid I would eat only that and try and get rid of the apples. It took me a long time to like baked apples in any form. I still cant really eat an apple pie and I really dislike cold cooked apples. I stumbled upon this recipe and what caught my eye was the vanilla sauce that you poured on top of the apples. I hand't seen that before and really wanted to try that. I'm glad I did because it was really good. It almost went on the verge of being to sweet and ice cream would actually be something to kind of break that up a bit. The vanilla sauce was good but I don't know if it needed to be added like that. I kind of like the idea of tweaking with the recipe a bit and adding the sauce on top when you serve it. Im going to check into different types of vanilla sauces and trying it like that..or maybe caramel..ooohh that would be good too.

On a side note I mentioned that my two sons were sick for the past few weeks. I had one home with the swine flu and when he went back, my youngest was out for a week. Yesterday my youngest came home and told me he felt kinda funny. He said he was ok to go back to school and when he came home he had a really high fever and a dry cough. He mentioned that 5 of his classmates have been ill all week and still attending school. I don't understand that...espically in a country where staying home with your sick child is encouraged and there is no fear of loseing your job. Im hoping he gets better this weekend.

Apple Crisp with Vanilla Sauce..8 servings
1 cup Flour
1 cup Brown Sugar..do not pack it
1 cup Rolled Oats
1 tsp. Ground Cinnamon
1/2 tsp. Ground Nutmeg
1/2 cup Butter; Softened 5 cups Chopped Apples
Sauce:
1 cup White Sugar
2 TBL Cornstarch
1 cup Water
1 tsp. Vanilla Extract
Pre heat oven to 350 or 180 celcius. Lightly grease a 9 inch baking dish and set aside.

In a bowl combine the flour,brown sugar,oats, and spicesl Cut in butter until crumbly. Press half into the baking dish. Cover with apples.

In a saucepan combine the sugar,cornstarch,water, and vanilla. Bring to a boil stirring constanly and then lower the heat. Cook until clear and thick. Pour over apples and sprinkle with remaining crumb mixture. Bake for 30-40 minutes or until apples are tender. It's important to watch it if you chop up your apples like I did. The original recipe said one hour but with chopped apples it goes much quicker. Check after 30 minutes. Serve warm with ice cream.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Jalapeno Poppers


I sometimes think it's funny how as kids we seriously hate a certain food and then years and years later we find ourselves not only eating it but also loving it. I couldn't stand peppers and onions growing up. My mom always thought she was being all sly when she wouldn't mention that they were in the dish but it was something I could detect no matter how small she chopped them. I still have a love hate thing with onions but Im totally loving the pepper and all the forms it comes in.

I seriously think the U.S. is like the junk food capitol of the world. My husband was amazed at how much junk food there was to be had..espically at convienant stores. You could get some gas and stock up on slurpies and jalapeno poppers. Living over here they don't have that stuff and I suppose if you look at the larger picture it might be better but who cares about the larger pictures. We love poppers!

Since a friend from the netherlands sent me some jalapenos through the mail it was only right that I whip up a homemade version of it! I am not a fan of deep frying because of the smell it leaves in your house so I opted for a baked popper instead. These were so good! A great trip down memory lane. I do have a few tips though and one being you need to really season the bread crumbs or make a point to only buy seasoned. Also if you bake them I highly suggest drizzling some butter over the top to give the crumbs a nice cripsy texture. That was the only thing missing. The topping was crunchy but a little dry. Thats it though. These are so good! My recipe below is only a guide and depending on how many poppers you want to make determines what amounts you want to use. I only made a total of 12 poppers and they were fairly small so I only needed half a pack of cream cheese.

Jalapeno Poppers
Cream Cheese; Softened
Shredded Cheese: Cheddar,Mozzarella, or Flavored
Bacon;Cooked and crumbled
Seasonings of choice
Flour; enough to dust the poppers with
Breadcrumbs:enough to roll poppers in
Milk; enough to dip the peppers into

Split jalapenos and take out the membrane and all the seeds..thats where the heat is so take those out if you dont want a nasty surprise. Please be careful to not touch your face with your hands..better yet wear gloves!

Place peppers into boiling salted water and parboil for about 3 minutes: Drain and pat dry.

Place cream cheese,shredded cheese,seasonings, and bacon into bowl; mix it all together. Stuff poppers full with cream cheese mixture and slightly pack it all in there together. Roll into flour making sure to coat all sides and place onto a dish. Repeat with all peppers. Refrigerate for atleast 15 minutes. You want the cream cheese mixture to firm up before baking them.

Pre heat oven to 350 or 180 celcius. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and set aside. Dip poppers back into milk and then into breadcrumbs. Pat the crumbs firmly onto the popper to make sure it sticks on there. Repeat with all poppers and place onto cookie sheet. Bake for 25 minutes or until heated through. You can eat them as is or dip them into ranch but I suppose thats seriously over doing it.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Fun Mail


I have a facebook page with mostly expats who live here. There are lots of americans,canadians,british, and many other expats all scattered throughout this country. I love chatting with them on facebook because if I can't find something or have a question or just want to vent they are always there with a helpful suggestion or a shoulder to lean on. Recently one of them posted that she was going to an american/british store and wanted to know if any of us needed anything. I jumped on it and asked for canned pumpkin! This is an almost 10 american dollar can of pumpkin but I am so grateful to have it. I can now make something with it for ThanksGiving!! I went to one american food store in Amsterdam and they were selling Betty Crocker cake mixes for 12 american dollars..crazy isn't it.. I didn't buy it because I can make my own cake mixes but the prices shocked me.

Another woman said she had a grown a bunch of Jalapenos and wanted to know if any of us wanted some leftovers. Well I sure did! Edwin and I really liked the Jalapeno Poppers from back home. So I got both packages today. The great thing about living in the netherlands is that mail thats been mailed within the country reaches the person the next day. So tomorrow come back for a popper recipe!

Monday, November 9, 2009

Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies Take 2



I can not begin to tell you how amazingly addictive,delicious,wonderful,blow your mind good these cookies are. I told you in my other mint chocolate cookie post that I would be bringing you another recipe. Well this one totaly blows the other one out of the water. I have never had a mint chocolate cookie as good as this. Have I convinced you enough to try it??

Ok I will try one more time. I inhaled 5 without noticing. I actually got grumpy when I had to share them with my kids. When my husband came home from work and popped 4 in his mouth without notice I actually thought I was going to throw myself on the floor in a huge tantrum of kicking and screaming. They are that good. We all loved these,agreed I needed to make them again really soon and this recipe must be doubled..no question about it..double it,triple it and you will thank me for it. They are thick,chewy,the peppermint extract is perfect,the dark chocolate couldn't be better and I'm in love. I never add chocolate chip cookies to my christmas cookie list but from now on these will be made aswell.

This recipe comes from Une Gamine Dans La Cuisine and I cant thank her enough. I am not a dark chocolate fan at all but seriously dont use anything else in this. I think it's important to use a good quality dark chocolate. Over here I can get excellent dark chocolate for a good price and I actually love the flavor of it..still doesnt beat milk chocolate but the fact that I can say I love dark chocolate from here is amazing in itself. So here is the recipe..GO AND MAKE IT RIGHT NOW!

Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies..18-24 cookies
1-1/2 cups Flour
1/2 tsp. Salt
1/4 tsp. Baking Soda
1/2 cup Butter; Softened
1/2 cup tightly packed Light Brown Sugar
1/3 cup Sugar
1 Egg; Beaten
1/4 tsp. Peppermint Extract
1 cup Chopped Dark Chocolate

In a medium bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda, and salt; Set aside.
In a large bowl, beat the butter and sugars together on medium speed until light and fluffy (2-3mins) Reduce speed to low, slowly add beaten egg and extract. Beat to combine,scrape down the sides of the bowl.

Add the flour mixture and beat just until there are no more white streaks of flour. Stir in dark chocolate with wooden spoon.

Cover and refrigerate for one hour.**It's mentioned that you don't have to do this but I was glad I did. The cookies came out very round and firm..no spreading**

Pre heat oven to 375 or 190 celcius. Line cookie sheet with parchment paper and set aside. Scoop out well rounded tablespoons of the dough and roll into balls and place 2 inches apart. Bake for 8-9 minutes and for a crispier cookie cook for another 1-2 minutes. Cool for 5 minutes on sheet and then transfer to rack.

Now my oven is a little off so I had to cook them longer to reach the 8-9 minutes stage. They are soooo perfect that way. I accidently did some for a few minutes longer and they were just as good but slightly lost that thick gooey texture. Best eaten warm and in a closet where you don't have to share!

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Sundays In My City....






It's sunday again! I look forward to this every week now. I love taking a peak into everyone's world. Thanks to Unknown Mami we can all have that chance.

This weeks theme is "Around Town". All these photos come from my town Enschede..go ahead and try and pronounce it..I still can't get it down right..lol The Netherlands has a very close relationship with water so everywhere you go you see it. Their ability to section off parts,pump the water back into the sea and eventually build onto it is amazing. The house with the bridge and water is where we go fishing during the summer. I call it the mystery house because I have yet to walk over to see it all. The thatched roof is just so amazingly fairy tale like that I have to stop myself from walking up to the door and begging for a peak inside. I don't think they would like that to much.

What I like most about my town is that you can be in the middle of the city and you can still find a place to get out and feel like you are in nature....the downside? about 100 other dutch people have the same idea so you have to share your peaceful time with them :)
See you next week! Unknown Mami

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Hint O' Mint Cookies


I really like chocolate and mint. I really really reeeaaalllyy like it. Thank goodness I can purchase mint chocolate items here..atleast the dutch like that combo!! This is the first of two mint cookies I am going to post. This first one being more cake like than your typical crunchy cookie. There is an ever so lightly hint of mint in there and if you don't pay attention you could miss it. The chocolate frosting pairs well with the mint and makes a perfect dessert at the end of any meal.
This recipe comes from Taste of Home's Best Loved Cookies and Bars magazine. It has 265 recipes and I'm going to have fun this christmas season. I like to add a few new cookie recipes to my already favorite ones wich can be found Here and Here. Can you believe christmas is coming!!!!

Hint O' Mint Cookies..4 dozen
1/2 cup Butter; Softened
1 cup Sugar
1 Egg
1/2 tsp. Vanilla extract
1/4 tsp. Peppermint extract
2 cups Flour
1/2 tsp. Baking Soda
1/4 tsp. Cream of Tartar
1/2 cup Buttermilk

Frosting
3 TBL Butter; Softened
2 cups Powdered Sugar
1/3 cup Coco
1/8 tsp. Salt
1 tsp. Vanilla extract
2-4 TBL Milk

Combine the flour,baking soda and sream of tartar; set aside.
In a large mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and extracts. Add flour mixture into cream mixture alternately with the buttermilk, beating well after each addition. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour.

Pre heat oven to 350 or 180 celcius. Line cookie sheet with parchment paper and set aside. Drop dough by heaping teaspoons 2 inches apart. The directions call to flatten each cookie with a glass dipped in sugar. However mine flattened out fine by themselves. Bake for 8-10 mins or until set and lightly brown around the edges. Transfer to wire rack to cool completely.

To make frosting combine all ingredients and enough milk to achieve spreading consistency. Frost cooled cookies.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Potato Soup For The Soul


I'm really enjoying Fall this time around. Sometimes it's hard to stay positive when the sun has gone and is replaced with a grey sky that threatens rain at any moment. It's harder living away from home around this time. There are several important holidays coming up and I can't tell you how much I would love to hear a knock on my door with my family on the other side with big smiles on their faces and goodies in their hands from back home. We could all laugh about my super tiny kitchen as we all try to fit in there to cook. I love thinking about those things...

Since I don't work I have alot more time to try new things and one of those being soups. Seriously they are crazy easy and I never paid attention to that before. It was so cold lastnight that I knew a steamy bowl of potato soup would be loved by all..and I was right! This is a hearty thick soup with a great flavor. The photo shows it looking thinner but I wanted it that way for the photo. I wanted to show off everything in there. You can play around with the ingredients aswell. If you don't want carrots,add in some sauteed mushrooms,celery or a little of each. I served these with crusty rolls that I split in half and layered cheese on. I popped them into the oven until the cheese melted. So good.

Potato Soup..serves 4 generously with leftovers
6 Bacon Strips, Diced
3 cups Cubed Peeled Potatoes
1 can (14 1/2ounce) chicken Broth
1 small Carrot; Chopped Finely
1/2 cup Chopped Onion
1 TBL Dried Parsley Flakes
1/2 tsp Each Celery Seed,Salt and Pepper..or your seasoning choice
3 TBL Flour
3 cups Milk
1 cup Shredded Cheese..could use Velveeta aswell

In a pan cook the bacon until crisp. I reserved some of the bacon fat and sauteed the onions until translucent.

In a large cooking pot add potatoes,broth,bacon,onion,carrots,parsley and seasonings. Simmer until potatoes are tender; 15 minutes or so.

Combine flour and milk until smooth; Add to soup. Bring to a boil; Boil for 2 minutes. Add in cheese, stir until melted and heated through.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Apple Strudel Muffins


It's 1 pm and it's dark outside..I mean really dark..like turn your lights on dark. It's also raining. So that means it's a perfect day to craft and bake! Im super behind in my crafting projects. Im swapping a semi handmade advent calendar with a friend in germany and I need to make and buy 25 items to open up for everyday in december. My family and I are heading to germany at the end of the month to meet up with her and her family and we will swap our advent goodies. It's the first time we meet in person and I'm super excited. We're also going to hit a christmas market together and Im excited about that too....nothing says christmas like a german christmas market. So anyway the days are ticking down and Im behind. I have my youngest home sick this week and let me tell you I am super lucky with my kids. They don't nag me for this and that. They lay on the couch with a blanket,water and the tv remote. I'm blessed I tell you.

I'm so blessed that I wanted to make the men in my life some muffins! Muffins are great. They are the pick up and go food. My youngest says they are the perfect sick kid food because if you don't want to eat alot then a muffin is good. It doesnt make my stomach hurt and eating one more couldn't hurt either,right mom? nice one kid.

These muffins are moist,the topping is soooo good. Although mine doesnt look nice in the photo. I didn't crumble up my butter enough because I was in a hurry..so it spread..next time Im doubling the topping and making sure I crumble it correctly:)

Apple Strudel Muffins..15 or so
2 cups Flour
1 tsp. Baking Powder
1/2 tsp. Baking Soda
1/2 tsp. Salt
1/2 cup Butter; Melted and slightly cooled
1/2 cup Sugar
1/2 cup Brown Sugar
2 Eggs;Beaten
1-1/4 tsp. Vanilla
1 tsp. Ground Cinnamon
1/2 tsp. Nutmeg
2 cups Apples;peeled,diced,OR shredded..I did half shredded and half diced

Topping
1/3 cup Packed Brown Sugar
1 TBL Flour
1/8 tsp. Ground Cinnamon
1 TBL Butter

Preheat oven to 375 or 190 celcius. Grease 15 muffin cup tins and set aside. In a bowl combine the flour,baking powder,baking soda,salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg;stir to combine and set aside.

In a large bowl combine the eggs,butter, both sugars, and vanilla; stir or whisk until combined. Add in apples and gradullay stir in flour; stir until combined. Spoon batter into muffin tins.

Combine topping and mix until it looks like coarse crumbs. Sprinkle on top and bake for 20 minutes or until toothpick inserted comes out clean. Cool for 5 minutes in tin and remove to wire rack to cool completly.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

False Advertising..


I think all of us can relate to this: You purchase a product based on the packaging. It looks promising. You pay for your purchase and begin to think of all the things you can do with it. You come home, you open up the container..and BAM you see red. Now a part of you thinks that yeah you should have known better because more often then not,there is more than meets the eye. However this should NEVER be done to an expat(foreigner). The urge to return to the store and kick one of the workers in the shin was so overwhelming that I thought of several different ways that I could carry this act out.

Seriously..this is labeled or leaves you to believe that there are AMERICAN hotdogs in there..it's in english.it even says hot dogs...yet it was a nasty poor excuse of a piece of, I don't know what you want to call this..a long Vienna sausage maybe? The reason I was so excited is because they don't have hotdogs here. They have these long looking squishy things called Knackworst wich isn't even in the same ball park as a hotdog. I miss all beef or chicken hotdogs and I thought this was a taste from home. I paid wwaaaaaaaaaaay to much money for this. It's no wonder people here think american food tastes bad..when they come in contact with these types of products you can't be left with anyother choice than to suspect that american food really is crap tasteing.
I suppose the mere fact that is came in a can should of been warning enough..plus it said there was 8 and how can you fit 8 american hotdogs in a soup can size? lesson learned

Monday, November 2, 2009

Applesauce Cupcakes


Wow I can't believe that we are into the first part of november already! I have a mile long list of things I need to get done this month in order to be ready for next month. I love it though. I love this time of year and always look forward to christmas. I try to get everything done this month so I can chill out and just bake and get ready for christmas without to much stress...of course I say that now but next month I will post something about being stressed out!

These cupcakes are a nice fall treat. Infact when my husband took a bite he said the cupcake tasted like fall. If you are a fan of applesauce then these might be something for you to try. It has a strong applesauce taste and it took me a few before I really warmed up to them. Infact I ate one more before posting this and decided I liked it even better the next day. The flavor mellowed a bit and I really liked it. These are harmless tasteing cupcakes. The flavor is mellow,the frosting has a nice caramel flavor and it all works well together. I had to much leftover frosting though. I could of easily frosted another 6..maybe I have lost my willingness to pile the stuff on there!

Applesauce Cupcakes with Caramel Frosting..18 cupcakes
1-3/4 cups Flour
1 tsp. Baking Soda
1/2 tsp. Ground Cinnamon
1 cup Sugar
1/2 cup Butter;Softened
1 Egg
1-1/2 cups Applesauce

Frosting
1/2 cup firmly packed Brown Sugar
1/3 cup Half and Half or heavy whipping cream
1/4 cup Butter
2-1/2 cups Powdered Sugar
1/2 tsp. Vanilla

Pre heat oven to 350 or 180 celcius. Line 18 cupcake tins with cupcake liners and set aside. Combine flour, baking soda, and cinnamon in medium bowl; set aside.

Combine sugar and 1/2 cup butter in large bowl. Beat on medium speed until creamy. Add egg; continue beating until well mixed. Reduce speed to low; add in flour mixture and appleasauce. Continue beating until well mixed. Fill 18 cupcake liners 2/3 full and bake 18-22 minutes or until toothpick inserted comes out clean. Cool completely before frosting.

Frosting: Combine brown sugar, half and half and 1/4 cup butter in 2 quart saucepan. Cook over medium heat until mixture comes to a full boil..stirring often. Cool 20 minutes; add powdered sugar and vanilla. Beat at medium speed until smooth and creamy. You can either let it cool all the way or frost then. Mine was slightly warm but I had no problems frosting the cupcakes. The frosting sets almost right away so make sure you frost all the cupcakes at once. If it becomes to stuff add more cream to thin it out a bit.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Sundays In My City....






I almost skipped today's sunday in the city. It was a really bad week and didn't feel like I was worth a whole lot. Isn't that bad to say? However I took a walk today and felt better. These are the pictures I took. I can not believe how many of these beautitful mushrooms I always run into. I also received an e-mail from someone else who is living in the netherlands and how my blog has helped her out a bit. That made my day in more ways than one. Anyway with that being said, Unknown Mami started this awesome thing called Sunday's In The City. Go there..see the other bloggers and peek into different worlds. I love it. Have a wonderful sunday! Unknown Mami