Thursday, September 25, 2014

Dora's Homemade Applesauce

It is officially Autumn!  I love it!  I...LOVE...IT!! I love the changing leaves, the cooler weather, everything.  So this year, to celebrate the first day of Fall, I decided to head over to our local apple orchard Hidden Hills Orchard. This was my first time there and I am so glad I went!

I knew it was going to be a great day as we pulled over the ridge and it revealed the stunning farm complete with pond, rolling hills, and the most adorable country farmhouse you have ever seen.

Being that I am a West Virginia girl I was ecstatic to find out that it was the Golden Delicious Apple picking day (that is our state fruit).  The apples were so plump and ripe that you could smell the juices wafting in the air.  

Another thing that was appealing about this particular orchard is that they use what is called dwarf trees.  That means that even the smallest of pickers can get in on the action!

This is my Friend Traci and her little girl Kari

So after picking about 7 pounds of apples, and buying some of the BEST apple cider I have ever tasted, I headed home to make something very special for my mother-in-love, Dora.

Dora LOVES applesauce and she eats it with EVERYTHING.  I thought that it would be really nice for her to have some Homemade Applesauce that was hand picked and made with lots of love, just for her!  Here is how I did it and you are not going to believe how simple it was!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Vanilla Scones

I love the Vanilla Scones at Starbucks.  The thing is, there is not a single solitary Starbucks in my entire town.  NOT ONE!  Hard to believe, I know, but alas, I suffer.  That is when I decided that I had to come up with a recipe to make these at home!  Now these are not the prettiest scones you will ever see, but I promise you they are tasty!  

I can't wait to show you how I did it so let's get started!

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Wake Up Wednesday Linky Party #35

               Welcome to the 35th week of 

 Wake Up Wednesday "Linky" 

25 Blogs  -  1 Party

We are so excited to have you all party with us.
Thank you so much to all those who participate in our party.
Last week we had  342 awesome linkups!   

 Wake Up and be happy, get excited and have fun with us! 
We want to be inspired, entertained, laugh and have a good time!

 The hop is hosted and posted on these different blogs

Monday, September 22, 2014

Mexican Pizza

Have you ever had a craving that drove you insane?  You know the one.  No matter what you eat, what you drink, if you don't get it you will never be satisfied.  Well, that was me the other day.  I REALLY wanted a Mexican Pizza from that very popular fast food chain.  I mean REALLY wanted it.  The problem was that I was broke.  Yep, we are at the end of the month and I have just enough in the good ol' grocery envelope to get me through.  BUT I REALLY WANTED IT!  So that is when I decided to get creative.  I went to my fridge and pantry, grabbed a few simple ingredients, and made my own.  You know what?  They were DELICIOUS!  So, without further delay, let me show you how I made them.  You won't believe how easy it was!

Rigatoni alla Vodka

Studhubs and I recently went on vacation to Myrtle Beach, SC.  When we go to the beach we really don't plan on doing much more than sitting on the beach, swimming in the waves, reading books, and evenings in the hot tub.  *sigh*  I LOVE the beach.  However, the one thing we do enjoy doing while we are there is finding some great, locally owned places to eat.  On our first night there Studhubs requested pasta, so we went on the hunt for a great Italian place to eat.  What we found was this great little place, tucked away on N. Kings Hwy, called Toscana Italian Bistro.

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It was a BEAUTIFUL little place!  Our service was outstanding, and the food, oh my, the food was amazing!  While I was there I had Penne alla Vodka.  I had never tried this dish before, but I was SO glad I did.  It was delicious and I knew instantly that I had to try and recreate this recipe as soon as I got home!  The result was divine, and I can't wait to share it with you!

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Friday, September 19, 2014

Roasted Beef Tenderloin

Usually I try to keep my recipes pretty inexpensive, but sometimes you have occasions that call for something a little special.  To each of us that will look different, but one thing is for certain Roasted Beef Tenderloin is the perfect thing to put on any table!  Ahhhh tenderloin...king of beef.  It is where filet mignon comes from and it is truly the most succulent and tender piece of meat there is.  It is also a little pricey. A 4 lb. tenderloin will cost you around $40.  That is why you want to make sure that you prepare it just right!  Follow these simple instructions and I guarantee your family and guests will be BLOWN away!!!

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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Steakhouse Salald

We have been traveling a lot recently and that means lots of rich and heavy foods. With that being the case, sometimes I just want a nice salad for dinner.  However, because I have the King of Carnivores for a husband, a simple green salad just won't do!  This is when I use an inexpensive steak cut and some ingenuity to come up with a light, but filling, Steakhouse Salad.  I know you are going to love this so let's get started!