Monday, September 21, 2015

Foodie Week & Weekend

Early last week I made this carrot cake.

I wanted to try one of these Duncan Hines Decadent cake mixes.
This one had dried carrots and raisins in the box.
The frosting was my own homemade cream cheese icing.
It was a good cake, but homemade carrot cake is much better.
You could tell it was a mix.
I gave half the cake to our neighbors.

Hubby has had the dehydrator out all week drying things for us to use in the winter when we may not be able to get out and drive a long way to a grocery store for fresh produce. So far he's done green peppers, jalapenos, mushrooms, beef jerky, and pears. 

Below is some of the Pioneer Woman stuff I got at Walmart. I've seen others showing things from her collection too. It's really popular.

I adore these teal Adaline goblets.

On my second trip, I got the chef's knife and kitchen shears, both of which I love.

The main thing I was after was this 5-qt dutch oven in teal.
It was so tempting to buy a butt-load of the stuff they had in this collection, but I refrained. I really don't need it and have nowhere to store it unless I just stuck it in the basement which would be dumb. So I'll just enjoy my few pieces and be happy. I also got one coffee mug which you'll see later in this post.

Fabulous recipe below!
I mean FABULOUS too!

All ingredients except the cheeses (ricotta & Parmesan)

Turkey Sausage & Zucchini Pasta

2-1/2 cups dry Penne or ziti pasta
3 cups sliced zucchini (3 large)
1 can Hunt's pasta sauce (about 2 cups), divided
1/2 medium onion, chopped
1 cup mushrooms, sliced
1/2 cup roasted red peppers (I used a jarred)
1 lb turkey smoked sausage, sliced
1 15-oz Ricotta (1-1/2 to 2 cups)
1/2 to 1 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
Garlic powder, dried basil, dried oregano, salt & black pepper

Cook pasta according to package directions until al dente. While pasta is cooking, chop zucchini, roasted red peppers, onions, mushrooms, and sausage. Spray a 9" x 13" baking pan or casserole dish and set aside.

In a large skillet, add 1 Tbsp olive oil and cook onions until soft (3-4 minutes). Add rest of chopped veggies and spices and cook 10-15 minutes until zucchini is soft (or done to your liking).

When pasta is done, drain and add about 2/3 of the pasta sauce. Combine well and add to the bottom of your prepared baking pan. Spoon ricotta evenly across the top of the pasta. Add your cooked veggies on top of the pasta and ricotta; spread evenly. Sprinkle the rest of the pasta sauce over the top and add the Parmesan to the top.

Cover with foil and store in refrigerator until ready to bake. Bake at 375 degrees F. for about 30-40 minutes until heated through. I baked mine right away and it only took about 20 minutes as the ingredients were already warm from previous cooking and the cheeses just needed to melt.

I'm telling you this is delicious! I thought it would just be okay and something different to make, but we both really loved it. The leftovers are just as good if not better. Try it! You won't regret it.

And then...

I sat in my sweet little kitchen and sliced the last of the apples from the orchard.

And made a Sour Cream Apple Pie.
Recipe HERE.
I doubled the topping.

It's our favorite apple pie recipe.
It's eggy and creamy and apply and delicious!

I crocheted a few hours this weekend on my doily.
Then I discovered an error and had to rip out about two hours of that work last night.
Ugh! I hate when that happens! Oh well.

I painted my nails, drank hot tea, and watched the Emmy's last night.

Fun. I did switch back and forth between that and the Packers/Seahawks game. The Seahawks have lost two in a row now. I think they might suck. My true loves, the Cowboys, won yesterday, but Tony Romo was injured and is probably out for several weeks if not the entire season.

See ya.


  1. We had similar weekends but you were much more productive than I was. :-) I took it very easy to recuperate from a very hectic big event. I really want some PW tumblers.. your goblets are VERY pretty. I'm off to swim soon... then some meetings. I'm glad I had a slow weekend! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  2. Yum! My mom made a sour cream apple pie that was divine. I almost never make pie, but now I'm thinking I should dig out that recipe and make it. Brings back good memories. I love Pioneer Woman's stuff...I better stay out of Walmart.

  3. Your dutch oven is gorgeous. I've had one forever and love it, too. You can do so many delicious recipes in it.
    Love the pretty blue pineapple pattern doily. Your work is always beautiful - error or not!
    That Ree Drummond sure knows what we all like. Your cup'o tea - sweet!
    Do I spy little Cutie Pie Eli on the rug?
    Have a great week!

  4. Heading over to check out the apple pie recipe and love the Pioneer Woman kitchenware, so wish it was available in Australia.... well actually my bank account is pleased it is not available here LOL

  5. Wow you have had a productive weekend. Everything looks so good and I'm going to print out that pasta recipe. I haven't seen any PW merchandise yet. I know I'll want it if I let myself look and I really don't need anything. That Dutch oven sure catches my eye though. Pretty. I'm not a huge football fan but sure would like to see the Seahawks do well. Local team loyalty you know! :-). I still root for the Nebraska Cornhuskers and I haven't lived there for 23 years so I'm not surprised you still want the Cowboys to win! :-)

  6. I love the Dutch oven - such a lovely colour. Your cooking and baking look delicious and I'm sure were. Such a pity about your doily. I hate having to rip back my work.

  7. So many different subjects you have covered and love it all the pie is very different and love the goblets, got to check it out at Walmart yes!

  8. The Packers were on at my house, never ever turning the channel even for a commercial. I went to be early with a migraine so that is that. I think those books I sent you are lost, lost, lost in the mail. It has been weeks, where the heck are they?

  9. Love the color of your doily - and it matches the rim of your new coffee cup !! Haven't had a home made apple pie for many a moon and yours looks delish. Wish I lived closer LOL. Is that Eli photo bombing? xox

  10. Thanks for the apple pie recipe. I love the Pioneer Woman's new stuff! The goblets are gorgeous. I want one of her chef knives but they are either out of stock or haven't been put out yet at my Walmart.

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  12. Love you Dutch oven. All that food looks really great. Yum to it all. Love the blue crochet doiley, it looks really pretty. Shirley N.Z.

  13. Your pasta dinner sounds delicious! We are apparently going to have the worst winter here for about 50 years according to some reports I have heard, but you will be far better prepared for a bad winter than we will! Shops are not so far away here though thankfully! xx

  14. I've been thinking about getting a dehydrator, I don't know much about them. My son wants me to make jerky, it's nice to know that other things can be made too. What is a good brand?

    I like the homemade carrot cakeio best, never made it out of a box, your cake looks really good and so pretty on that dish.

  15. Reading this blog post made me very hungry!! Yum, so many great things!

    Take care
    Crochet Between Worlds

  16. All that food looks yummy Pammy Sue I would still have a piece of that carrot cake even if it was a packet mix, love your Dutch oven and your new mug. :) xx

  17. Oh, how I would love a slice of that delicious looking pie! And the pasta dish - yum! Wish I was eating at your house this weekend.

  18. Your turkey sausage-zucchini pasta sounds most yummy! Might have to try that soon. I LOVED catching up on all your posts--favorites were your bear "cone" (LOL) as that is me without my contacts:) Oh--and all the scenery photos and autumn leaves. LOVE, love, love this season. Only wish it could last longer!
    Blessings, Aimee

  19. Oh my gosh.......I am DROOLING!!!!!! miss my buddy!

  20. Looks like that new kitchen is getting a workout, lol. The jerky looks good. My brother has some deer meat in his freezer and wants me to make some jerky for him. I have to wait till all this with mom is over. I can't plan much of anything with her being so bad. The doily is pretty and love that color. So glad things are going well for you.
    Susanne :)

  21. All of that yummy food... damn!!


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