Thursday, January 23, 2014

Week 3 Thursday (1/23/14)

Recipe Review

Today’s Recipe and Location:  Apple Dumplings
         Found in: The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Food From my Frontier
                           Pages 234 - 235      Copyright:  2012  Harper Collins

I figured out that there are 295 calories per dumpling  (Please note that the calorie counts vary depending on the specific brands of ingredients that you choose to use.)

         As a teacher, apples have been a frequent gift received throughout the years.  Doctors always tell us that apples are the healthiest food in the world. As a person whose heart is in AFib, the apple is the perfect fruit.  Apples help control the fat in the bloodstream and so this is really the fruit for me. 
         When I read the recipe I was surprised that Mountain Dew is used in a recipe. What were they doing when they thought about pouring a can of pop over a pan of dumplings?  What this an accident or a planned event? This recipe is one of the fastest desserts to make.  I followed the recipe to a T and loved every bite for two days.  This is a keeper. This is another Ree masterpiece!!

This is just a bite of pure happiness!

Today’s critics:  Brandy Lehman and Nicole Serpico
         Brandy:  “Apple Dumplings - Yum, Yum Yum! And just from the looks of them, they seemed fairly easy. Totally I will be making those and thinking I could even get Nick to eat them.”

         Nicole: Suggestion – ‘do not leave the dumplings in the dish until the next day. The dumplings become soggy or doughy on the bottom.”

Random Reflections

         I love this little cute barn. This little beauty sits next to Mighell Rd. west of Jericho Rd. southwest of Sugar Grove.  What does someone keep in a barn this size?  I’m sure it holds a tractor and maybe some small equipment. I loved the shadow of the tree upon it’s wooden sides.  It stands alone – no house… no other buildings.  Just a little cute barn across from a country cemetery.

I think I am developing a new passion for barns - what's up with that?

Irksome Ideas and Images

         Commercials are a really annoying part of television.  I am aware that this is a necessary evil because they pay for the shows we enjoy. I am trying to enjoy a Hallmark movie and the commercials come on and blast me out of my seat. I know they are louder to get our attention, but REALLY???  I did hear that the networks have to reduce how loud the commercials are, because the people have had enough!  I like to be informed about products, but I am not so foolish to be convinced to buy a produce just because of a paid star or sports athlete. Ok – so they must work or why would a company put out the big bucks?  I guess I have to just live with it because I do like my t.v. and they are a part of it.  No more whining – I am just going to sit back and cry – not about the commercials, but at these blasted Hallmark shows which always make me shed a tear…or two…or three. 

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