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Crockpot Apple Cobbler

Sometimes my inner June Cleaver gets a wee bit busy…(sometimes is an understatement)

On those days…nothing is better in my world than a “Set it and Forget it” dessert 🙂

Inspired by a recipe that I found that utilized cherry pie filling and cake mix…I decided to play

Here’s what I did…………..

Ingredients:

7 medium-sized granny smith apples

3/4 cup dark brown sugar ( I like the molasses flavor it adds)

1/4 cup flour

3/4 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon fresh grated nutmeg (you can used ground if ya want)

1 box of golden butter or yellow cake mix

1/4 cup butter softened

3/4 teaspoon ground cloves

1/2 teaspoon cardamom

1/2 teaspoon ginger

1 cup chopped walnuts or pecans

Crisco (for greasing crock pot)

Directions:

Peel, core, and slice all of the apples and place them in a large bowl.

In a separate bowl, mix together the brown sugar, flour, cinnamon, and nutmeg.

Pour the sugar mixture over the apples and toss them until evenly coated.

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Cleaver Contest 8 and Giveaway

Tis the season to give….So this Contest will be about JUST THAT!

What can you give as a GIFT from your kitchen???

Cookies, breads, jar mixes, cocoa with homemade marshmallows….Let’s get creative 🙂

I’m running this Challenge a bit longer this time so everyone has time before Christmas to get entered!

A winner will be randomly selected on Christmas Eve…who doesn’t love to get a gift on Christmas Eve?

The prize for this contest will be…….(Drrrr UMROLL)

Everything you need to make creme brulee….ladies it’s ok to tell your husband that he CANNOT steal the torch for the garage!

Can’t wait to see your submissions

Signing Off,

Modern Mrs. Cleaver

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Cleaver Challenge 7 Winner Announced!

As I wrap up the season of Turkey and Stuffing…(although we still have leftovers) It’s time to announce the Cleaver Challenge 7 Winner!

The name officially drawn by a pair of  legally approved nine-year old hands is 🙂

KRISTI EVANS-CHISM (insert audience clapping)

Congratulations Kristi…..please submit your mailing address via the “Contact Me” tab on the homepage or email me directly at modernmrscleaver@yahoo.com

Signing Off,

Modern Mrs. Cleaver

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Start a NEW Christmas Tradition….

Most of us have Christmas Traditions that have been passed down…and the holidays just wouldn’t seem the same without them!

But it’s never too late to start a NEW tradition, one that your kids will continue on for years and years.

When I was a child…a special family gave us a wonderful surprise each night during the 12 days of Christmas….NOW, we recreate the TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS by picking a house around town and each of the 12 nights, we ring their doorbell and run away, leaving a gift at the doorstep that represents that days lyric!

Last year it went like this…..

  • First Night we knocked on the door and left a small live tree in a pot and a basket of fresh pears. (A partridge in a pear tree)
  • Second Night was a box of Dove chocolates. (Two turtle doves)
  • Third Night a large stewing Hen and assorted veggies for a stew. (Three French Hens)
  • Fourth Night a trivet and potholders with christmas birds on them. (Four calling birds)
  • Fifth Night was butter rum flavored life savers and a can of pineapple rings to replicate the golden rings. (Five golden rings)
  • Sixth Night was a basket of eggs and omelet fixins’. (Six geese a laying)
  • Seventh Night we left some SWANson frozen dinners. (Seven swans a swimming)
  • Eighth Night was some eggnog and dairy creamers. (Nine maids a milking)
  • Ninth Night was christmas music for ladies to dance to. (Nine ladies dancing)
  • Tenth Night we left them cozy socks for the leaping lords tired feet. (Ten lords a leaping)
  • Eleventh Night was fresh sugar cookies and frosting bags with icing and sprinkles to PIPE the cookies. (11 pipers piping)
  • Twelfth Night was a large drum I filled with caramel corn. (12 drummers drumming)

 It’s always fun to watch ADULTS peep out the window and try to figure out who it is each night….Almost as funny as watching my rowdy and LOUD boys be quiet and stealthy 🙂

They call it “DING-DONG-DITCHING”…slang in their world for ringing the doorbell and running away. I just call it awesome FUN!

The final night we hold the gift at the door and sing them the 12 days of Christmas and introduce ourselves….

I’d love to hear YOUR traditions…who knows, maybe someone else will give yours a shot!

Signing Off,

Modern Mrs. Cleaver

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Santa Baby….I’ve been an awfully good girl!

Santa baby…slip a shun knife under the tree… for me, been an awfully good girl…santa baby so hurry down the chimney tonight! 

Santa Baby, a vita-mixxxx blender will do…so true! I’ll wait up for you dear, Santa Baby so hurry down the chimney tonight!

Think of alllllll the meals I’ve fixed….think of all the bread dough that I coulda mixed!

Next year I could be just as good, If you check off my Christmas List 🙂

Santa Baby, I want a coffeepot and that’s NOT….A LOT! Been an angel all year, Santa Baby so hurry down the chimney tonight!

Santa HONEY…One little thing I REALLY need, THE BEAD…from a new piping bag…Santa Baby so HURRY down the chimney tonight….

Santa CUTIE…and fill my stocking with some Pyrex, and CHECKS…sign your X on the line, Santa Cutie…so hurry down the chimney tonight!

Come and trim…my Christmas tree, with some decorations bought at Gourmet Tea…I REALLY DO believe in you, let’s see if YOU believe in ME!!!!

Santa Baby, forgot to mention one LITTLE THING….BAKING! I need new a casserole….Santa Baby so hurry down the chimney tonight!

Hope you like my wish list….Here’s the original 🙂

Follow along and read my lyrics…It’s good for a laugh or two and if you LOVE your kitchen you’ll understand!

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Buffalo Chicken Burgers (aka Man-Pleasers)

Let’s talk about pairings for a second shall we….

Like peanut butter and jelly

or pork and beans….

Or how about the divine way that alfredo sauce covers a fettucine noodle perhaps?

It doesn’t even come NEAR how perfectly soft squishy buns go with buffalo chicken! (just humor me)

This is a half cloud short of HEAVEN…I ain’t kidding 🙂

ok Ok OK I can’t stop myself…..I’m going to flip my usual format around and show ya the finished product FIRST

Just in case I haven’t hooked ya quite yet….READY???

Grab a napkin…….

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You may or may not know….

I thought I would share some tips that “You May Or May Not Know”…..

Some are a little common sense, some may be a new tip, and some are too silly not to share 🙂

We’ll start with the practical and slowly lose our minds…..Please keep in mind that I have not (and will not) test ALL of these…especially the ones at the bottom!

VEGETABLES:

~Asparagus can be cooked standing up in a clean coffee pot in 2″ of water (a few old-fashioned ladys swear by this)

~ When cooking cauliflower, add a little milk to keep it white

~ To add flavor to baked potatoes, coat the outer surface with bacon grease and sprinkle with salt and pepper before wrapping in foil and baking.

~ For super fluffy mashed potatoes, put the boiled spuds through a ricer then add seasonings.

~Celery wrapped in foil, then stored in the fridge will last longer.

~To delay the budding of your potatoes…Add an apple to the potato bag.

FRUITS:

~To easily peel a tomato, slice a very shallow X in the bottom, then immerse in boiling water for 30 seconds. Immediately transfer to an ice bath, then peel the skin off.

~Don’t waste all that wonderful zest when juicing your fruits. Before you juice, remove the zest and freeze in bags!

DAIRY:

~To prevent a block of cheese from hardening at the end after cutting, lightly (very lightly) butter the cut end and tightly wrap the cheese in plastic wrap.

~Drop teaspoons of whipped cream (homemade) onto waxed paper and freeze. Then place the “plops” in a plastic freezer bag and save for quick hot cocoa toppings.

~To easily scald milk, rinse your pan with cold water before adding and heating the milk.

SOUPS & STEWS:

~Skimming a slice of bread along the top of soups and stews is a fantastic way to remove grease.

~When making chicken and dumplings you are supposed to LEAVE THE LID on for several minutes. Well how are you supposed to see those little suckers cook? I cover the pot with a glass pie plate, then I can see them and I’m not tempted to peek!

~When you add wine to a soup or stew, remember to cook for atleast ten minutes longer to cook out the harshness of the alcohol.

~Leftover wine that you know won’t get used? Pour it into ice cube trays and freeze. Store them in plastic freezer bags and add to your soups and stews as needed.

FISH:

~To take some of the “fishy” taste out of fish…soak the fish in equal amounts of lemon juice and water before cooking.

EGGS:

~You can hold poached eggs in an ice bath for several hours…just reheat gently in hot salted water before serving.

MEATS:

~When broiling meat, add a few slices of bread to the bottom of the broiler pan under the rack…the bread soaks up the drippings and you won’t have so much smoke…or mess! A little water in the bottom does the trick too.

~Rinse bacon under cold water before frying…supposedly this reduces the amount of shrinkage.

DESSERTS:

~Cover your cooling rack with a paper towel before setting cakes upon it…It still allows the cake to breathe but prevents the rack from sticking to the cake.

~Want a nice smooth icing, like the flawless cakes at the bakery? Run a metal icing spatula under hot water and pat dry before smoothing the icing…Repeat as needed as the spatula cools.

~Don’t like those soggy bottomed pies? Brush the bottom of the crust with a lightly beaten egg white and allow to dry before filling.

JUST PLAIN CRAZY!!

~You can cook a salmon fillet in the dishwasher!!! Season the fillet, dot the top with butter, wrap in foil and set on the top rack of the dishwasher. Run on the longest cylce and leave the fish in through the drying cycle…Then WALLA the fish is done and you have a smelly dishwasher (couldn’t resist posting this one)

~Cooking polish sausage and hot dogs is as simple as taking a road trip! That’s right ladies and gents’ wrap them in foil, place on your engine, and take a long drive. When ya get there, you’ll have dinner already ready already 🙂

~If your child has a fever, take a potato and cut it in half. Take each half and put it on the bottom of their feet, keeping the in place by putting socks on over the potatoes. Keep the potatoes on for a few hours. When you take them out your child’s fever will either be a lot lower or gone. There is something in the potatoes that helps draw the fever out.

~Soak your hair in beer, and go lay out in the sun. It pulls out some great highlights. Make sure to shampoo afterwards, or you’ll smell like a brewery! (not sure I’ll be trying THAT one)

~Use lemons to stop excessive perspiration under the arms. Cut a thin slice and place it under each arm for about 30 min. It will dramatically reduce the “pit drench” when coupled with a good anti-perspirant. This works well for about 1 week and then must be repeated. (I have no words)

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Outta this and that…..

We’ve ALL had a moment, usually right in the middle of a recipe, when we discover we are OUT of that one ingredient…..

I just opened a new tab on the webpage that is dedicated solely to meal saving substitutions 🙂

So before you pull your hair out, or make a mad dash to the store…check out the “Pinch Hitters” tab and see if there just might be a substitution!

I will constantly be adding to this page so feel free to throw any ideas my way!

Signing Off,

Modern Mrs. Cleaver

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A time to be thankful…even for popcorn!

With Thanksgiving right around the corner I thought I would share one of my all time favorite holiday clips! No matter what goes on our tables, or who sits around it…Let’s all just remember to slow down a bit and just be thankful!

Thankful for our homes, our food, our friends and family…and for life itself! Bring your kids into the kitchen this Thanksgiving and teach them how to make your traditional recipes! Even if that famous pie gets a little “too golden” around the edges…and who really cares if the gravy has a few lumps? Get those little hands in there and make sure those recipes get handed down!

What you’ll end up with is a fantastic meal and the kids will be so proud…and THEY will now have recipes to pass down to THEIR children! Not to mention…it can’t possibly be as rough as eating toast with pretzels and popcorn like Snoopy served 🙂

Don’t be a Peppermint Patty….embrace what you have and let your LITTLE SNOOPYS help cook!

Signing Off,

Modern Mrs. Cleaver

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HUGE Chocolate Cookies….Just Like The Bakery

Let’s face it….being an adult is not always fun! There’s bills to pay, rules to make that aren’t always followed, mess after mess after mess to clean up….

BUT there is ONE reason I LOVE being an adult….WE GET TO EAT HUGE COOKIES!!!

By huge I mean as big as your hand 🙂

Do you love those cookies from the bakery, that are firm and hold their shape, yet soft and wonderfully chewy at the same time? THESE ARE THEM!

I have made these cookies a thousand times and keep changing them everytime…so feel free to switch the chips around and add different extracts…As adults, we get to play with our food too!

Ingredients:

2 cups all-purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon coarse salt (I use sea salt)

3/4 cup unsalted butter (melted)

1 cup brown sugar, packed

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1 tablespoon vanilla extract

1 egg

1 egg yolk

1 1/2 cups semisweet chocolate chips

2 semisweet baking chocolate squares

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