Lemon Custard Bars

 

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I’m trying to make more things from the Riesberg Recipes cookbook. These are the yummy lemon custard bars. I made them using my mini muffin tins to create ready to serve pieces. The last time I made these I used my brownie pan and they ended up burning, so this time I really watched them closely since I was making them even smaller. I don’t think I baked them long enough as most broke in half. They still taste great!

Lemon Custard Bars

1 c flour
¼ c powdered sugar
½ c butter
Pat in 8” pan and bake 20 min @ 325°.

2 eggs
1 c sugar
3 Tbsp lemon juice
Beat until creamy. Fold in 2 Tbsp. flour and ½ tsp. baking powder. Spread over crust. Bake 25-30 min @ 350°.

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Lasagna

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I dove into the family cookbook to make some lasagna. There are a few recipes to choose from the Riesberg Recipes, this one is easy and of course I made some alterations to it. Below I have both the original recipe and the substitutions I have made.

Lasagna

8 oz lasagna (I’ve been using no boil)
1 lb hamburger (ground turkey)
32 oz spaghetti sauce
15 oz cottage cheese
12 oz grated mozzarella cheese (riccota, from a deli it comes in a pie shape)
¼ c grated Romano or Parmesan cheese
spices as desired (i.e. oregano, basil, ground pepper)

In greased (or lined) 9×13 pan place small amount of spaghetti sauce, put 3 layers of 3 strips of uncooked lasagna, spaghetti sauce with hamburger, cottage cheese and mozzarella. Top with Parmesan cheese. Cover and bake at 375° for 30 minutes, remove cover and continue baking for 30 minutes. Let stand 10 minutes.

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Swedish Apple Pie

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Apple season is upon us! This new take on apple pie is simple because you don’t even have to worry about making a crust. You also pretty much just mix everything together, put into a pie pan, and bake. This tasted like something familiar I think it’s the cinnamon and apple flavors together. If possible I would highly recommend using toasted walnuts, it adds really great flavor.  Your house will smell really nice after baking this. I cut back on the sugar, as usual. This recipe is adapted from Taste of Home.

Swedish Apple Pie

¼ c sugar
½ c flour
1 tsp baking powder
½ tsp salt
½ tsp ground cinnamon
1 egg
¼ tsp vanilla extract
2 (187g) medium tart apples, chopped (I’m lazy and didn’t peel the apples, it still turns out great)
¾ c chopped walnuts or pecans, toasted

In a large bowl, combine the sugar, flour, baking powder, salt and cinnamon. In a small bowl, whisk egg and vanilla. Stir into dry ingredients just until moistened. Fold in apples and walnuts. (Mixture will be dry and crumbly)

Transfer to a 9-inch pie plate coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350º for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Serve warm.

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Mock Apple Strudel

Mock Apple StrudelThis morning was my first attempt at making a pastry. I’ve never had success with dough. It just never works out in my favor. This time I wasn’t so stingy with the “lightly floured surface”. For the most part this worked out. The center of my board however seems to be a black hole for flour, it just disappeared. Anyway it all worked out and made it into oven.

This recipe came from Beth Dauenhauer of Taste of Home, I’m really glad it’s not too hard to make. I modified the sugar amounts a bit, so feel free to add more, but I think it tastes great with less, but then I never had it with the full amount.

Mock Apple Strudel

2 c flour
31 tsp baking powder
1 Tbsp sugar
½ tsp salt
¼ c
cold butter
¾ c milk
1 Tbsp butter, melted
3 c cupped tart apples
1 tsp ground cinnamon

Frosting
½ c confectioners’ sugar
2 tsp milk
¼ tsp vanilla extract
Chopped nuts are optional, I didn’t use any.

In a large bowl, combine flour, baking powder, sugar and salt. Cut in butter until mixturecutting butter into flour resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in milk just until moistened. Turn onto a lightly floured surface; knead 8-10 times.

Roll out into a 14-in. x 10-in. rectangle. Brush with melted butter. Top with apples; sprinkle with cinnamon and remaining sugar. Roll up jelly roll style, starting with a long side; pinch seams to seal. Place on a parchment paper lined baking sheet about 15-in x 10-in. Bake at 425° for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown.

Not really a rectangle, but for a first try not bad.

Not really a rectangle, but for a first try not bad.

Remove from pan to a wire rack. In a small bowl, combine confectioners’ sugar, milk and vanilla; drizzle over the warm strudel. If you chopped some nuts sprinkle them on now.

Still Going

Well it’s taking me a while to get through the wedding photos. I’m taking my time trying to make sure each picture looks awesome, but I’m doing this while watching TV. Needless to say I am farther along on my TV watching than on the photos.

This weekend I have set myself some lofty goals. Most of these goals involve food! So hoping that means a few new recipes will be posted here so you can enjoy my food. Well it’s not completely mine, but I have trouble following recipes, so they are (sometimes heavily) altered versions of what I have found either on Pintrest (great source for quick dinner ideas), in Taste of Home or just around the blogging world.

My other goal this weekend is to get those wedding photos done. The formals are just holding me up.. We weren’t able to have as much fun with them as I had hoped so I think that’s why I’m just not moving through them faster. Then there’s a photo book I want to make of my honeymoon from almost 3 years ago. We went to Jamaica and I never really went through all of the photos. That should be really exciting to see what I did get and finally have an album of sorts of it. (Those lovely coupons are the only time I can afford those darn books).

My other lofty goal is to get the calendar done for Julie, and get a journal/sketchbook made to list on Etsy. I’ve been falling behind on that kind of thing and need to try and get back to it.

Not sure if there is enough time this weekend to finish everything. I normally end up sleeping through most of my days off and get next to nothing accomplished. If all goes well though there should be some posts with photos again!

The Plan

We all have plans of what we want to do. It feels that my list just keeps getting longer. I started out this year wanting to read more. Now I hindered myself a bit when starting my third book of the year, continuing the Vampire Chronicles by Anne Rice. I’m not even much of a vampire fan, maybe in high school a few years back, but I remember more about pirates than vampires. I think I’m determined to read the books just to say I did and so I will understand any references in the rare case someone might be so inclined to reference books from the ’80s.

Anyway as we have now entered into month 2 of this year I have rediscovered my love of all things crafting. And continuing my new enjoyment of cooking. This week I have meals planned for every night. Mostly chicken dishes. Apparently mushrooms go really well with chicken. But tonight will be the test of my new Star Wars® cookie cutters. I not only decided to try a whole new cookie recipe (to get rid of some sour cream) I am going to test out new cookie cutters. We will see how this turns out. I hope to remember my camera while making them for another post on, well just ending up with cool looking cookies. Sadly I have not mastered the art of frosting, so these will be plain tan cookies.

Also on the horizon are lots of new and a few old projects that I am working on. If anyone is interested I can keep a running progress on a counted cross stitch kit that I have bee slowly working on over the last year or so (too many other things to work on, so it’s been back burnered). I also make these cool note cards out of card stock and old wallpaper samples. I am going to test run some postcards too, not sure if the glue will hold through the mail process. These are my old things that I have been doing for a while. (I just love working with the wallpaper samples and their fun textures.)

The new projects are going to include transferring photos to wood, it looked cool on Pintrest and I am just waiting for some nice weather and a few kids I know to be available to be my models. I hope this can be a project I can promote with Etsy and make custom art from people’s photos. Another possible custom Etsy project are pins. I was thinking “save the date” or even putting a logo or symbol on them for businesses to hand out to potential clients. I think for “save the date” it would be something different than the customary postcard or magnet. Those are the two things that I am hoping to get started on first, but I’m always adding new stuff.

So keep checking in once in a while to see what I might be up to next.

Welcome

time for me to start a blog. It’s a companion to my Etsy shop. I enjoy doing things from photography, crafts to cooking and baking. Maybe if I get around to it I might write some of what I do down. In the meantime check out my sparse shop at: http://www.etsy.com/shop/CraftyKatie3 and just some general what my photos are like at coroflot.com/kaite3.

Stay tuned for (hopefully) more exciting posts.