Simple Apple Cake #Recipe for #Foodies @DonnaFaz


I had some time on my hands, so I deep-cleaned my refrigerator. You know what I mean—I completely emptied it out, removed the shelves for hand-washing, wiped down the inside walls, and then put everything back. I threw away anything I couldn’t remember buying (pickle relish, cocktail sauce, creamed horseradish, etc.); the jars were nearly empty anyway. There were 3 apples in the crisper drawer that were on their last legs, so I decided to use them to bake a cake. I found a recipe in my Betty Crocker Cookbook and decided to fiddle with it. Instead of all white sugar, I used half white and half brown. I added some cinnamon and increased the apple content. All in all, I’m very happy with this Simple Apple Cake. I hope you like it, too.

Simple Apple Cake

1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup brown sugar 
1/2 cups white sugar
2 eggs 
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
3 medium apples, peeled and grated (about 2 cups)
1/2 cup heavy cream, whipped (for serving, optional)

1   1. Pre-heat oven to 350°F. Spray 9-inch square cake pan with baking spray.

2   2. In large bowl, beat butter, brown sugar, and white sugar with electric mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs, one at a time. Stir in vanilla, flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt. Stir in apples and spoon into pan. Spread out evenly.
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     3. Bake 40 to 45 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center of cake comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes. Remove from pan to cooling rack. Cool 10 minutes longer and then cut into squares. Serve warm with whipped cream (optional).

Other options: Feel free to toss in a half cup of raisins or a half cup of toasted, chopped walnuts… or both! I didn’t have them on hand when I made the cake or I’d have added them.

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#Recipe - Bacon Zucchini Fritters Plus 2 eBooks for You!

I've had one of those days today. You know the ones, where you’re feeling creative in the kitchen. I pulled some ingredients out of my refrigerator and pantry, and I wondered what I could make with them. I had bacon, a zucchini, Locatelli cheese, eggs, flour, you get the picture. I came up with a recipe that is so delicious I decided to write it down. When you write it down, you know it’s good.

Bacon Zucchini Fritters 

Ingredients:
5 strips of bacon, fried crisp, drained, chopped
3 cups zucchini, grated (leave the skin on)
2 eggs, beaten
1/2 cup Pecorino Romano cheese, grated
1/2 cup flour
1/4 cup scallions, thinly sliced (slice a little extra for garnish)
1 teaspoon salt, or to taste
1/2 teaspoon fresh cracked pepper, or to taste
2 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil for frying

Directions:
  1. Mix together all ingredients, except the oil, until well incorporated.
  1. Heat a frying pan on high until it’s hot, add oil to the pan, and then
    turn the pan down to medium heat. You want the oil almost to the
    smoking point.
  1. Use an ice cream scoop (a large spoon works too) to portion out the
    batter and fry in batches for about 5 minutes or until golden brown.
    Flip and fry on the other side until golden. Remove to a serving
    platter and keep warm.
  1. I serve these fritters as a side dish, garnished with thinly sliced
    scallions and a dollop of sour cream.
Serves 3-4

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15 Feel Good New Year Resolutions


Many people will make New Year Resolutions to ring in 2020, but we seldom keep those promises for very long. Reevaluating your life is hard stuff! Here’s a list of New Year resolutions that will make you feel better, physically and mentally. These suggestions aren’t that difficult and are sure to make you happier and keep you healthier.   

1.     Practice anonymous random acts of kindness.
2.     Make at least one person smile each day.
3.     Read at least one book each month. (Don’t forget to review it. The author will SMILE! See resolution #2.)
4.     Go someplace you’ve never been.
5.     Be kinder to yourself.
6.     Be kinder to others.
7.     Be quick to listen, slow to speak.
8.     Take the stairs. It’s good for you.
9.     Let go of old hurts and grudges.
10.  Forgive.
11.  Try a new hobby.
12.  Donate all clothing you haven’t worn in a year.
13.  Start and end each day consciously feeling happy and grateful.
14.  Buy less plastic. It’s bad for our planet.
15.  Stay in touch with the people who matter.

What New Year’s resolutions would you add to the list?

Happy New Year!