Yesterday was a special day! Christopher turned 12 years old. Holy cow! 12! This year his birthday fell on a work/school day, so we will officially celebrate tonight with a Glow-in-the-Dark party and tomorrow with a Gelato Festival. But we made his morning a little sweeter by making Double Chocolate Cake Donuts with Sprinkles. He ate 5 of them!! The recipe was super easy especially when you have a donut pan. I may pick up a second one because you can't make just six of them. Updates on party for middleschoolers coming.....wish me luck!
For the Doughnuts
Time to make the donuts.. mmm
Can I just say if you don't own a donut pan you NEED to get one.. If you have one or are planning on getting one, my one suggestion is. Other than get one.. Is make sure you pipe the donut batter into the pan.. Makes all the difference..
On a side note. I've made several donut recipes and depending on what you like oil and butter make for two very type of donuts. Oil tends to make for a lighter donut where butter makes for a more dense donut. For me personally I like the lighter ones.
Sour Cream Baked Donuts
For the Donuts
For the Glaze:
I debated between baked and fried. Baked donuts won out. I decided to keep with an Autumn theme, since it's Autumn. I found a recipe in Pumpkin by DeeDee Stovel for Pumpkin Doughnut Muffins and retooled it to make healthy-ish donuts. Because I'm diabetic and I wanted to also share some with the neighbor's dogs. Because my neighbors are annoying but their dogs are cool. Amy had donuts and coffee with the doggo's this morning and aren't you all jealous?
So here's my Amy's Pummy Donut's to Share with Doggie's
*While this recipe has spices, they are merely accents not the main focus. I suggest getting good quality canned pumpkin for these donuts. Organic pumpkin is well suited.
Is there anything they can't do? So in love with all these donut recipes..
Happy Saturday ,
Nikita, Georgia and Amy
Happy birthday shout out to the little man (LC or as his mama calls him Christopher) who made me a GREAT aunt for the first time 12 years ago.
Y'all really need to make this pizza! It is FIRE...
Beyond that I have nothing more to say. Just make it!
Super-Stuffed French Bread Pizza Rustica
From Cooking 'Round the Clock
Rachael Ray 30 Minute Meals
Earlier this week I got a text from Nikita explaining to me that she made pizza and it was so bad that they had to go to Subway instead.. :(
I've borrowed a page from Nikita's cookery book and have borrowed her idea of using naan as the crust for pizza. This is the second time I've made pizza this way. I love it for several reasons. Naan is an unleavened Indian flat bread. It's the perfect size and thickness for making individual pizzas. This way everyone gets what they want on their pizza.
There is no shame an using cheats where you need to. I confess I try to make what I can.. But time is a major factor for us working ladies. There a lot of pre-made foods that are very healthy.
Until next week where donuts are on the table..
Amy, Nikita and Georgia
This week was my choice.. And I wanted comfort food.
And meatloaf screams comfort food.. And don't forget the mashed potatoes..
This is no fancy meatloaf recipe. As a matter of fact it changes all the time depending on what I have on hand.
The base ingredients are:
What you add after that is completely up to you
This time I added
Mix all ingredients. Place in ovenproof dish. I usually use a glass bread pan. With a spoon or your hand put a crease or line along the top of the loaf. Pour some BBQ sauce along the crease.
Bake in a 350 oven for about 45 minutes to an hour.
We served ours with mashed potatoes and steamed veggies.
Well ladies, this comes on the heels of an exhausting day so it may not look too pretty. It's a lovely mix of flavors though.
I went with easy peasey this go round. And a bonus recipe! I served it with a simple green salad.
Italian Mini- Meat Loaves with Mac 'n Three Cheeses
From Cooking 'Round the Clock
Rachael Ray 30-Minute Meals
Nikta's mom has been visiting for the week and Nikita and family have been showing her all around this new(ish) home of theirs.
Georgia, Amy and Nikita
Summer is out, and Fall is in! This means it's apple season. This week, I made Apple Butter in my crock pot. It was so easy that I felt like I cheated on the challenge. Peel and quarter apples then dump them into the crocker for 8 hours with cinnamon, nutmeg, and brown sugar. After work, I pureed them and gave Matt a little taste that night. He was laying in bed later talking about how excited he was to have some english muffins and apple butter for breakfast the next morning. 😍 I could eat this on pancakes, ice cream, crepes, or just by the spoonful. Highly recommend!
Recipe from Closet Cooking on Pintrest:
It's easy to go sweet when you think of different ways to prepare apples. So I went to the ever so trustworthy Pintrest for a not so sweet apple recipe.
Lots to choose from. This was the one that appealed to both myself and the husband. The end result was dee lish ous.. The flavor combination was really fantastic. The rosemary balsamic on the apples.. mmm mmm good.
Oh.. I still made a sweet apple recipe. You'll have to check back tomorrow for that.
Rosemary Balsamic Sheet Pan Chicken with Bacon and Apples
I marinaded for about 15 minutes. I think the next time I might prep the night before and add the brussel sprouts to marinade with it.
I got so excited about this that I had difficulty deciding which apple recipe to use. Perhaps I will send more than one this week. We shall see. Now this recipe is a favorite of mine. Most of the time I have all of the ingredients on hand. I altered it slightly but it's so easy and comforting. As the cooler weather approaches I feel some of you may find yourself making this for lunch or a light dinner.
From Apples by Olwen Woodier
You can make this with leftover chicken and rice as well.
2 tablespoons olive oil or butter
1 medium carrot, chopped
1 medium onion, chopped
1 small stalk of celery, chopped (I toss in the leaves as well)
1 medium apple (Granny Smith, Newtown Pippin, Braeburn, Stayman)
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
3 teaspoons curry powder
5 cups chicken or vegetable stock
1 cup cooked rice (I used orzo)
1/2 cup heavy or light cream (I used a dollop of plain Greek yogurt)
1. Heat the oil in a 3-quart saucepan and saute the carrot, onion, and celery for 5 minutes.
2. Peel, core, and dice the apple. Stir into the vegetables and saute for 5 minutes.
3. Stir in the flour and curry powder.
4. Gradually pour in the stock and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat, cover the pan, and simmer for 20 minutes.
5. Add the rice and simmer for 10 minutes longer. Remove from the heat.
6. To scald the cream (if using), heat it in a small saucepan to just below boiling(tiny bubbles will form at the edge of the liquid). Add to the soup and serve.
As I was typing this up I began to wonder if I've contributed this recipe to Saturday Bites before. If so, I apologize. However, I did alter it slightly so. .
Apples! Peace out!
Happy Apple season!!
Nikita, Georgia and Amy
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