I found this little treat on Pinterest and went out and bought the ingredients ASAP. I’ve been on a donut kick lately but making them at home seems like so. much. work. But then this glorious recipe came along…donut taste. Loaf work. Genius.
APPLE FRITTER BREAD. Stop reading. Start baking now.
This recipe was originally posted here at Rumbly Tumbly back in 2013. I COULD HAVE BEEN EATING THIS SINCE 2013?
Here’s the recipe: (I used lactose free milk but couldn’t find a way around the butter and added an extra 1/2 apple)
So, so good.
I just realized I haven’t posted about these noodles.
Wha? I can’t believe you could have been eating these for months and instead I’ve been keeping this AMAZING recipe to myself. I feel like a bit of a jerk about that.
How good are they?
I now have a plant – AN ACTUAL PLANT – so I always have fresh basil to make this specific recipe.
So, so good.
I’m pulling the recipe from here at The Cozy Apron. If you try them and like them as much as I do – (you know, ‘go out and get the only plant you have AND keep it alive just so you can make the noodles.’ like them) – pop over and let Ingrid know.
Saucy, Italian “Drunken” Noodles with Spicy Italian Sausage, Tomatoes and Caramelized Onions and Red and Yellow Bell Peppers, with Fresh Basil
• Olive oil
4 spicy Italian sausage links, casings removed
1 large onion, quartered and sliced thinly
1 ½ teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
½ teaspoon cracked black pepper
1 red bell pepper, cored and thinly sliced
1 yellow bell pepper, cored and thinly sliced
1 orange bell pepper, cored and thinly sliced
4 cloves garlic, pressed through garlic press
½ cup white wine (I used Chardonnay)
1 (28 ounce) can diced tomatoes with juice
2 tablespoons flat-leaf parsley, chopped
¼ cup fresh basil leaves, julienned, divided use
8 ounces Pappardelle noodles, uncooked
-Place a large, heavy-bottom pan or braising pot over medium-high heat; add about 2 tablespoons of olive oil, and once the oil is hot, crumble the spicy Italian sausage into the pan in small chunks (you want to keep the sausage fairly chunky), allowing it to brown in the oil for a few moments on each side; once the crumbled sausage is browned, remove it from the pan/pot with a slotted spoon and place into a small bowl to hold for a moment; next, add the sliced onion into the pan with the sausage drippings, and allow it to caramelize and become golden for roughly 5 minutes or so, stirring to keep it from burning (add a touch more olive oil, if necessary); once the onion starts to become golden, add the salt, Italian seasoning and cracked black pepper, and stir to combine, then add in the sliced bell peppers, and allow those to saute with the onion for about 2 minutes until slightly tender and golden; next, add in the garlic, and once it becomes aromatic, add in the white wine and allow it to reduce for a few moments, until almost completely reduced; next, add in the diced tomatoes with their juice, and return the browned spicy Italian sausage back into the pan, and gently fold the mixture to combine; allow it to gently simmer for about 3-4 minutes to blend the flavors, then turn the heat off; to finish the sauce, drizzle in about 2-3 good tablespoons of the olive oil to create a silky, rich flavor, and add in the chopped parsley and about half of the julienned basil; stir, and keep warm while you prepare the noodles.
-Prepare the pappardelle noodles according to instructions on package; then, drain the noodles very well, and add them directly into the sauce, using tongs to gently toss and combine the pappardelle noodles with the sauce and all of the ingredients in it; check the seasoning to see if you need to add any additional salt or pepper.
-To serve, add equal portions of the “Drunken” noodles to bowls, and garnish with a sprinkle of the remaining julienned basil; you can even top with shaved Parmesan, if desired, and an extra drizzle of olive oil.Enjoy!
note: 1 stick of butter is = to 1/2 C or 1/4 pound.
I use unsalted butter.
On Sunday, I talked about my new commitment to meal planning.
I mentioned this weeks plan had me making Slow Cooker Pulled Chicken Tacos from this recipe from Dinner With Julie.
Let me tell you, it is both easy and delicious.
The meat is so tender and so tasty. Husband couldn’t believe it was a 5-ingredient dish! Took me maybe 10 minutes to get it ready – and that includes pulling the recipe up online and digging out the slow cooker.
We made soft-shelled tacos with avocado, cheese (lactose-free for me), salsa and fresh tomato. It’s only as I type this that I remember that we had fresh lettuce too and I forgot all about it. It could have used a little cilantro but was still super yummy.
Here is the recipe in case you’re too lazy to click the link. I think this one will be making it’s way into regular rotation.
From Dinner with Julie
Pulled Chicken Tacos
Adapted from Sweet Potato Chronicles
8 boneless, skinless chicken thighs – * I used boneless chicken breasts
5-6 garlic cloves, crushed or chopped *I pressed. I’m lazy like that.
1 – 1 1/2 cups salsa
1 Tbsp. chili powder (this sounds hotter than it actually is)
a pinch of salt
soft flour tortillas or hard taco shells
grated cheese, diced tomatoes, shredded lettuce, cilantro, guacamole, sour cream – whatever you like
Put the chicken, garlic, salsa, chili powder and salt in the bowl of a slow cooker and toss with tongs to combine everything; set it on low for 6-8 hours.
Pull the chicken apart with two forks and serve with flour tortillas or taco shells and your choice of additions. Serves 6.
Wow! Everything seems to get done at the last minute around here lately. But I’m happy to say that BOTH kids will have an advent calendar this year. I squeezed out an extra day, as the boy is visiting grandparents tonight, so although it’s not hung, it’s ready to go.
I got the idea from Lindsay over at Little House Blog a few years ago here and have enjoyed filling it ever since. Here it is handing last winter.
I needed to make one for Obi so I went back to Little House Blog and used this free printable to create a second set of bags.
I love the colours and set the numbers off to the side to give it a modern feel.
They’re all done and ready to hang.
His will be filled with the contents of a LEGO advent calendar and hers will be filled with baby things like socks, headbands and some Little People.
Around here, we hang day by day to avoid the whole “Why can’t we open them all at once?” drama.
If want to make one (next year, maybe, since it’s December tomorrow) you can order the bags from Lindsay’s shop.
Oh Happy Day. December tomorrow. And we’re diving into the Christmas Baking binder to start the 12 Treats of Christmas. Are you ready to get your bake on?
A few weekends ago we hosted the boy’s Fourth Birthday Party. Given his current obsession with Lego and Police, choosing a theme wasn’t an issue… As I posted a few days ago, the theme started to come to life with these great wanted posters from 733blog.
Even the littlest Crook got in the spirit!
But what’s a party without snacks? I created these great Lego head Marshmallow pops that I found the tutorial for here. I used a half mini marshmallow for the head and cake decorator gel for the face.
Now you can’t have a party without cake. And I stole the show by putting actual working lights from the boy’s Playmobil Police car onto the Police Car cake I baked.
As I can’t seem to decorate a cookie to save my life, I ordered some Lego Cops and Crooks cookies from the amazing Dolce. So cute and so, so delicious.
Then we made these super cute loot bag tags.
A huge shout out to Oaks n’ Acorns for being a super swell venue and to my brother-in-law who really helped out a ton. All in all, the party was a great success, despite the boy saying he only wanted to have grown up parties from now on. We’ll see if that’s the case when next year’s party time rolls around.
So my Sis (STOP READING NOW SIS) is embracing a sugar free life. But we’re both big fans of advent and this year, the Starbucks advent calendar.
But what’s the fun in opening a calendar when you can’t enjoy the spoils? So I took it up on myself to adapt the calendar to include non-food trinkets. I tried to do this on a tight budget as the calendar itself is a little spendy. So cool though…the tins are sitting on a magnetic chalk board with a simple wooden frame. Nice! You should reveal a caramel each day…but instead my sis will find all sorts of weird and wonderful things.
There are little ball magnets in there, a tea-set of erasers, post-it type notes, crafty things, little puffy nativity stickers, eye shadow, rubber bands and more. Nothing fancy for sure, but a little surprise to count down to Christmas? Love. Advent is one of my fav holiday traditions.
I don’t think I’ve ever missed a year.
I’ve continued the tradition with the boy. And now need to make a version for Obi. I’m not crazy – I know you can’t have for one and not the other, even if one is only 1. I’m on the hunt for things to fill hers with. And the bags for the creation arrived from the Penny Paper Co. today!
I’ll post about that undertaking on the weekend. I also have another great advent idea to share then too!
I just realized today that December is just around the corner, so if you’re thinking of creating an Advent project you’d better get crackin’.
The boy isn’t a big party guy, despite my pulling out all the stops this past weekend. Like, spent the whole party saying “I want to go home!”
I’m working on a post about the party, my new lens and other goodness, but in the meantime, that there is the grumpy guest of honour. I got this superfab idea and template for the sign here at 733blog.com.
For me, these days, it’s trying a new recipe and having it turn out to be as good as the picture looks. For one lucky blog commenter, it’s winning the stamp of their choice! For a little more on the stamp winner, scroll to the bottom of the post.
This weekend I tried 2 recipes from Pinterest and BOTH were great. There’s no point in showing my photos since the original posters’ look far more appetizing. I have to say both of these will be part of the regular rotation around here. They def get the MOMMYDO two thumbs up.
Both are slow cooker recipes. The first is from La Creme de la Crumb
Tried it! So, so good. Like, leave-what-you’re-doing-right-now-and-go-to-the-store-and-get-what-you-need-and-go-home-and-put-it-in-the-slow-cooker-right-now kind of good. Quick and easy to prepare. Tastes super fab and is fancy enough company.
The second is from The Comfort of Cooking
Crock Pot Honey Sesame Chicken.
Also super yummy and easy to make. The chicken is juicy and the sauce is sweet and tangy. We put both onto tortillas to make tacos one day and served on rice the next. 4 days worth of meals (with lunches) for less than 20 min prep each.
What’s also awesome is winning a stamp! There weren’t a lot of comments, and I didn’t count my sister. So, of the seven, it’s Lucky #7 that won.
I’ll contact you to let you know you’ve won and give you the details. If you haven’t responded in 72 hours, I’ll pick a new winner.
Thanks to Lindsay at The Penny Paper Co. for donating our wonderful prize.
I’ll contact you with the details.
I went looking for food ideas for Halloween. I pinned them. Then, instead of forgetting all about them and opening some chips and goldfish crackers, I tried them.
Two worked great. One, not so much. (Um, mostly because I didn’t follow the directions…)
They Do: Yummy Mummies:
MommyDo: REALLY Yummy Mummies:
They Do: Scary Ghost Pizza:
MommyDo: Scary-How-These-Don’t-Look-Like-Ghosts Pizza:
They Do: Halloween Puppy Chow
Mommy Do: Halloween Puppies-are-a-Mom’s-Best-Friend Chow
So three recipes.
The first, Mummy Dogs is pinned all over the place but can be found here on the Pillsbury site. The secret to the mummy wraps is Pillsbury Crescent Roll dough.
I used big fat dogs so they took a little longer to cook than expected.
I am a little food-safety nuts and did check them with a meat thermometer. I thought they were pretty delish but both my kid testers (4ish) pulled off the bandages and just ate the dogs (sigh.)
Pinsperiment #2 was the Ghost Pizza. This was the one I was most excited about. I bought a new cookie cutter just for this! I used some cheater ingredients to make it quick and apparently, just skimmed the directions. Which is not advised.
The cheese looked so cute before baking…
Which was part of my problem. You’re supposed to cut out the ghosts…
I did cut a little meat to see how that would work and I think it’s a nice addition. I think I will try these again (following the directions) as I still think they’re so friggin’ cute.
But they are oh so delicious.
I halved the recipe. Which has been a good thing…does anyone really need to eat 18 cups of chocolate and peanut butter coated cereal tossed in sugar and scattered with Reeses Pieces? I think not. It’s super addictive though. The bowl you see above only lasted an hour.
On the photography front, I realize it’s still pretty abysmal. Good thing EMMA is coming to the rescue this November with all the food photography tips we’ll need to ensure all our holiday goodies will look as good as they taste.