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Friday, September 29, 2017

Crock Pot Boiled Peanuts

Today's recipe half of you will love and the other half with hate.  That is how it is with boiled peanuts. But to me boiled peanuts are a sure sign that fall is here.  I love them but my husband hates them.  I have friends that think they are slimy.  Now I will admit some are.  These were not.  This is an easy no fuss way to make them.  Cook up a batch before the games tomorrow.

Nothing better than warm boiled peanuts. 
This is all you need to get started.  Make sure your peanuts are green.
Add 1/3 cup kosher salt to the crock pot.  Yes I lined it.
Then add 2 quarts of water.
Stir to dissolve the salt.
Rinse the peanuts.
Then add them to the pot.  Stir well. Cover.  Cook on high for 5-6 hours.
After 5 hours I checked them.  Almost done.
At the end of 6 hours this is what they looked like.
I poured them back in the strainer.
Then scooped up to enjoy during the game.

Crock Pot Boiled Peanuts Recipe

2 lbs green peanuts
2 quarts water
1/3 cup kosher salt
Cook for 5-6 hours on high.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Red Velvet Gooey Butter Cookies

I know you hear this a lot but you know it is football season and I am always looking for red velvet items for our game day snacks. This was a very easy cookie to mix up before the big game.  During this time of year always keep at least one box of red velvet cake mix in the pantry because there are so many uses for it. 
Cake mix cookies are so easy and good.
You only need a few ingredients.
Start with one softened stick of butter and a softened 8 oz block of cream cheese.
I'm using my new spatula that I bought at Paula Deen's place.
Whip this until nice and fluffy.
Add one egg
1 teaspoon vanilla.  I used my vanilla bean paste.
See all the little specs of vanilla bean.
Now add the cake mix.  Mix well.
Add 1 cup white chocolate chips.
Mix well.
Get out the cookie scoop
Scoop on a parchment lined cookie sheet.  Place in a preheated 350 oven and bake for about 10-12 minutes.
The tops will be a little gooey still when they are done. 
And enjoy on game day.  You might have to enjoy one after every touchdown.

Red Velvet Gooey Butter Cookies Recipe

1 box Red Velvet Cake mix
8 oz softened cream cheese
1/2 cup softened butter
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup white chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350.  Bake for 10-12 minutes. 

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Vanilla Pumpkin Spice Sugar Scrub

You might be a little tired of the sugar scrubs that I have been making, but if you ever tried one you would be hooked. I really like it when you can use things you already have in the pantry to make them. 

It smells so good. 
See everything you already have.
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
Stir that into the sugar.
2 teaspoons vanilla
Mix that with the sugar.
Melt the oil
Add that to the sugar.
Mix that well.
You can soften it a little with the heat from your hand when you use it.  It will leave a little residue in the bathtub. You have been warned.  Cover and keep it next to your bath tub.

Vanilla Pumpkin Spice Sugar Scrub Recipe

1 cup sugar
1/4 cup melted coconut oil
2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
2 teaspoon vanilla

Monday, September 25, 2017

2 Ingredient Crock Pot Apple Butter

As most of you know it is apple season.  This year's crop seems to be pretty good.  Last week I went with a friend to find apples at a local orchard.  We weren't disappointed.  I came home with Winesap and Fuji apples with visions of all kinds of good stuff to make.  I had seen this recipe for apple butter and I really wanted to try it.  I have never made apple butter before so I wasn't completely sure about it, but this recipe couldn't be any easier.  I think you will like it.  
So while the apple butter was cooking I made some homemade bread to go with it.  It was really good on the warm bread.
All you need for this recipe is apples and cinnamon.
Cut and core you apples.  The main reason I decided to try this recipe is that you don't have to peel the apples. The peels have a lot of fiber in them right?  So why peel them off.
Fill your crock pot as full as you want.  I used a mixture of these two types of apples.  I also used the liner.  You know cleanup is important.  Cover and cook for 4 hours on HIGH.
After one hour.  Stir the apples.
After two hours.  Stir the apples. They are still a little firm.
After three hours. Stir.  They are getting soft.
After four hours. They are really soft now.
I stirred and mashed them with my spoon.
Now scoop them into a blender.
Blend them until they are smooth.
Doesn't that look good.
Pour them back into the crock pot.
Add about 3 teaspoons of cinnamon to the apples.  Stir well.  Cover and cook another hour on high.
At the end of that hour the apple butter is ready to sample.  Now it will be really hot.  So let it cook for a few minutes.
I made some bread but biscuits would be good as well.
It was so good.  It was a little sweet-tart.  So easy, but oh so good.  Apple season is so good.

Crock Pot Apple Butter Recipe

Your favorite apples
Crock pot
3 teaspoons cinnamon

Cut apples and add to crock pot.  Cook 4 hours on high.  Stir after each hour.  Blend in blender.  Cook another hour on high after adding 3 teaspoon cinnamon.