Bariatric Surgery - My Story · desserts · fall · German · Recipes · Uncategorized · WLS

Blueberry Streusel Pie

David and I subscribed to the German Box monthly delivery for a couple of months to see what they would send.  We received some different items, but mostly box mixes of stuff I used to love when in Germany.

One of the items they sent was the Kathi German Streusel.   I had a can of blueberry pie filling, and wanted to give it a try.


I followed the instructions on the box.  Although it says to use a spring form pan, I used a pie plate.  But the mix came together really well.Sprayed the bottom with non-stick spray, and pressed in 3/4’s of the mixture to the bottom of the pie plate.I didn’t just want a blueberry pie.  I wanted something a little more German.  I used 1/2 cup of sour cream, an egg, and 1/4 cup of granulated sugar – mixed it together and poured in the bottom of the crust.Then I dropped the pie filling onto of the cream mixture.Again, followed the instructions to use the rest of the streusel mix to the top.Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean in the middle.Let cool, and enjoy.  (Refrigerate after completely cool.)

It was so yummy.  As like most German desserts, it wasn’t overly sweet.  The sour cream mixture made it creamy, and cheesecake like but without the density.   I will definitely make this again.  I have Googled where to purchase the cake mix, and hope to get it again before Christmas.

 

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Appetizers · Bariatric Surgery - My Story · fall · football · Pork · Uncategorized · WLS

Sausage Cheese Balls

My supervisor brought in some of these sausage cheese balls to share, and oh my, I loved them.  Original recipe at Plain Chicken.

Cream Cheese Sausage Balls
(Printable Recipe)
1 lb hot sausage, uncooked
8 oz cream cheese, softened
1 1/4 cups Bisquick
4 oz cheddar cheese, shredded

Preheat oven to 400F.

Mix all ingredients until well combined. (I use my KitchenAid mixer with the dough hook attachment)  Roll into 1-inch balls.  Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until brown.

Sausage balls may be frozen uncooked.  If baking frozen, add a few minutes to the baking time.

Plain Chicken’s advice to use the mixer with the dough hook attachment was the best ever!  It didn’t over mix making it tough.   They were blended, and completely mixed.

I froze half of the mixture.  These were creamy, moist, and had a bit of a kick due to the hot sausage (used Jimmy Dean’s Hot).  I loved the original recipe of the sausage balls without the cream cheese, but these are so much better.

Beef · crock pot · fall · family · Recipes · Uncategorized

Crock Pot Beef Roast

Cooler weather usually means crock pot roasts and soups for us.  David would have pot roast of some sort every day if he could.

Place chopped celery (4 stalks), and then chopped onion (2) layered in the crock pot.I coated the roast (on both sides) with McCormick Season Salt, and seared in some olive oil.Place on top of the celery and onion layers.  I had added some celery seed, pepper and parsley the top of the layer before laying the beef on top.Washed and quartered potatoes, and carrots, and layered those on top of the beef.Cooked on high for 7 hours.  I did add a cup of broth, and 1/2 cup of Apple Cider Vinegar (for some brightness).

The beef was moist, tender and full of flavor.  David and Stephen enjoyed the most of it for a couple of days (thank goodness).

Blessings!

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Time for Pumpkin

Pumpkin muffins that is…

Okay – it is officially Fall.  I turned down the AC, and decided it was time to bake.  I found this recipe for pumpkin muffin tops at Liluna.com and decided to give a whirl.

We followed the instructions, or so we thought, and it was runny.  Really too wet, like we didn’t add enough flour.

Well we didn’t add enough flour (actually we were missing half of it!).

So we followed the recipe this time, (added the correct amount) and we used a brownie pan to hold everything together.

These were not bite sized but a good snack.  I really did enjoy the bite I had.  Took a bunch to work as it ended up making about 60 of them.  We sent a package to Carmen as well.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • ¾ cup vegetable oil
  • 1½ tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp allspice
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp ginger
  • ½ tsp nutmeg
  • 1 – 15 oz can pumpkin puree
  • 2 eggs
  • 3½ cups flour
Streusel topping
  • ½ cup old-fashioned rolled oats
  • ⅓ cup all purpose flour, leveled off
  • ⅓ cup light brown sugar, packed
  • ⅓ cup pecans, finely chopped
  • 1-1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • ⅛ tsp salt
  • 4 TB unsalted butter, melted

Directions

  1. In a large mixing bowl. beat together sugar, brown sugar and oil, until blended.
  2. In a separate bowl, mix baking soda, baking powder, salt, allspice, cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg. Add to sugar/oil mixture and beat until blended. Add pumpkin puree and eggs. Beat until combined and mix in flour.
  3. Drop ¼ cup of batter, 2 inches apart, on baking sheets lined with parchment paper (or into greased muffin tops pan if you have one).
  4. Sprinkle streusel over tops.
  5. Bake at 375 degrees 12-15 minutes or until done.
Streusel topping
  1. In a medium bowl, combine the oats, flour, brown sugar, pecans, cinnamon, and salt. Drizzle melted butter over the top and stir to combine. Sprinkle over batter.

Blessings!

 

beach · beaches · blessings · fall · Random Thoughts · thoughts · Uncategorized

Sunday Thought

I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.” ― L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables.

I miss Fall in Northwest Arkansas.  Fall in Florida, well, it was 92 degrees yesterday.  David and I went to the beach.  It was beautiful, and I am very grateful to be able to live here.  I really do love Fall here.  It is still warm enough to enjoy the beach (even get into the water), and it is a lot less crowded than in summer.The water was crystal clear, and a nice breeze.  It was just nice to sit and enjoy the sound of the waves.  This is something I normally do with Carmen.  David hates the sand, and would rather stay indoors or go to the mountains.  I don’t blame him.  But I love it here.I just miss trees that turn a color other than brown.  I miss the crisp air in the evenings.  I miss this…  Oh, I know, that I should be grateful, and I am very grateful to live where most people come for their vacations.  I just need to see this again in person.  Fall.  Trees with colors, yellow, orange, and bright reds.

Fall NWARK

Maybe next year we will travel to Northwest Arkansas for the turning of the leaves.  I would love to do that again.

What is your favorite season, and why?

Blessings.

Anxiety · beginnings · college · fall · goal · Goals · school · Uncategorized

Back to it…

Today I begin classes again. I am nervous and excited. 

I got my toes done on Saturday and realized that the color matches my new backpack. 


I just purchased the backpack.  I have lots of totes and bags but not a backpack.

So on our recent trip to LSU, I got a backpack. I so feel like an actual student! 

Ready for what today holds…

Happy Monday…blessings. 

Arkansas · Auburn · Day 10 · fall · football · LSU · NaBloPoMo 2012 · southern girls

Southern Girls and Football

NaBloPoMo 2012 – Day 10

I live in the panhandle of Florida in between Pensacola and Panama City.  Some people call it South Alabama, but I don’t.

But we are part of South East Conference in college football.  I say this because everyone here is a fan of either Florida, Alabama, Auburn (lots of those) or LSU.  I am a lonely girl by liking Arkansas.  I was raised twelve miles souteast from the University of Arkansas, and went there some.  (Partied there, more than anything.)

So, as far as I am concerned, Fall is football season.  We look forward to this time of year more than most. Which in itself really insane.  But most of the SEC fans are insane.  We have to be to do what we do on game days, or during the season.

My wonderful hubby is an alumni from LSU, and LSU and UofA (Arkansas not Alabama) have a game at the end of the season called the Boot Game.  I love it. We have more fun cheering on our teams. Hurts most of the time (especially this season), but we love each other and football.

Southern girls and football  I found this picture (quote) on Pinterest, and it is truth.

Hope you are enjoying your Saturday.

Blessings, 
Jerry Ann

fall · Random Stuff

Fall, ya right.

Okay – it is officially fall.  Well, not here in Northwest Florida. 
Here it was 90 degrees yesterday. 
No rain for a  while so things are starting to die.

This is our crepe myrtle outside our front door. 
 
Things here turn brown, not a pretty red, orange or even a yellow just brown.
Today is an overcast today.  We need the rain, so I will not complain about that.
I am moving slow this morning.
I think I would enjoy the rain and clouds if our trees would be in pretty colors.