Apple Upside Down Cake

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Apple Upside Down Cake

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F Place 1/3 cup butter in a 9x9x2-inch baking pan. Place in oven 5 minutes or until butter melts. Sprinkle brown sugar over butter; stir. Arrange 9 apple halves in mixture, cut sides down. Bake in oven 10 to 15 minutes or until bubbly.
  2. Meanwhile, peel remaining apples. Coarsely shred; set aside. In bowl combine flour, granulated sugar, baking powder, ginger, and cinnamon. Add shredded apple, milk, 1/4 cup butter, egg, and vanilla. Beat with electric mixer on low until combined; beat on medium 1 minute. Spoon over apples, spread evenly (apple may be exposed; some butter may come to surface).
  3. Bake 35 minutes or until wooden toothpick inserted near center comes out clean. Cool in pan on wire rack for 5 minutes. Loosen edges; invert onto platter. Spoon any topping in pan over top. Cool 20 minutes; serve with ice cream. Makes 9 servings.

 

Beet and Potato Soup

This soup was just plain good. I think I will can the rest of our beets for this recipe instead of pickling them.

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directions:

  1. Saute onions with dill in butter until softened.
  2. Add cubed potatoes and saute for a few minutes.
  3. Add stock and beets.
  4. Bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer and cook for approximately 30 minute.
  5. Blend with a hand blender until desired texture.
  6. Finish with cream or half/half, salt and pepper to taste.
  7. Serve hot.
  8. Note: prep. time includes cooking of the beets.

We used deer stock in place of the vegetable stock and left out the cream.

 

 

A Picture Post

Because we have just been too busy with school, the garden, and life.

Our carrots don't usually grow this large!

Our carrots don’t usually grow this large!

We have almost finished putting up our corn.

We have almost finished putting up our corn.

A break from school to have a picnic with friends.

A break from school to have a picnic with friends.

Chocolate Chip Cookies!!

Chocolate Chip Cookies!!

Gluten-free, dairy-free pizza is actually quite tasty.

Gluten-free, dairy-free pizza is actually quite tasty.

Black bean brownies are tasty too.

Black bean brownies are tasty too.

Marigolds. Madison has started selling the seeds.

Marigolds. Madison has started selling the seeds.

Gluten-free cake with peanut butter glaze.

Gluten-free cake with peanut butter glaze.

A frog on a lily pad in our little pond.

A frog on a lily pad in our little pond.

Another break from school to enjoy a movie with friends.

Another break from school to enjoy a movie with friends.

Making grape juice.

Making grape juice.

Grape jelly & grape juice.

Grape jelly & grape juice.

Pumpkin bundt cakes.

Pumpkin bundt cakes.

And that just about does it. Have a great week!!

 

 

Habiscus Shampoo

Seems I’ll try anything for soft, shiny hair. :)

I used the petals from 4 flowers and 20 leaves.

I used the petals from 4 flowers and 20 leaves.

Soak the petals and leaves in 1/2 cup water for 10 minutes.

Soak the petals and leaves in 1/2 cup water for 10 minutes.

I put the leaves and petals in the blender along with the soaking water. I think, perhaps, I wasn't supposed to put in the water. :)

I put the leaves and petals in the blender along with the soaking water. I think, perhaps, I wasn’t supposed to put in the water. :)

Pour your mixture into a bowl. You now have 2-in1 Shampoo & Conditioner to use right away. It doesn't keep.

Pour your mixture into a bowl. You now have 2-in1 Shampoo & Conditioner to use right away. It doesn’t keep.

I didn't use a blow dryer and waited until my hair was completely dry to comb it. It was a messy process, but I was pretty pleased with the results.

I didn’t use a blow dryer and waited until my hair was completely dry to comb it. It was a messy process, but I was pretty pleased with the results.

Garden Update

Our garden sat dormant for a while but is really starting to produce again.

I find that kind of surprising since I am pretty sure I haven’t weeded it in close to a month. :)

Garden tomatoes are the best.

Garden tomatoes are the best.

Today we had steamed zucchini, okra, and tomatoes straight from the garden.

Today we had steamed zucchini, okra, and tomatoes straight from the garden.

Along with our first watermelon this year!

Along with our first watermelon this year!

After reading this post today, we checked our watermelons. We had been afraid to pick any. Thanks, Fabulous Farm Girl!

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