Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Simply Kitchen Organizing Tips

I'm not sure why in the middle of shopping, quilting, baking and a million other things happening during the holiday season, I choose to reorganize my kitchen cabinets. Well, that's just what I do!
To keep it simple, I donated any containers that I didn't use and only saved my favorites.
I used a file folder holder for my lids. I also decided to store my blender under the cabinet instead of on the countertop. The biggest hurdle for me is deciding what to keep. This year it was simple, if I use it, I keep it, the rest of the stuff has been given a new home!
Happy organizing!
Love and peace,
~ Simply TammiPin It

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Simply Apple Spice Bread

My favorite scents and flavors during the fall and winter transition are the spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and cloves. I recently purchased some Teavana apple spiced cider tea that was absolutely my most favorite tea ever! I'm pretty sure I will have to add it to my Christmas giving list because I want to share it with everyone! I also baked some apple spice bread that filled the house with the most wonderful smell (oh and tasted great too!) It's a simply delicious cake-type bread that only takes a few minutes to put together. It was a perfect little addition to our first snowfall in the Midwest and a busy family project weekend!
Ingredients:
1/2 c butter, room temperature
2 eggs, room temperature
2/3 c sugar (I use organic cane or raw sugar)
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 2/3 c flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp ground cloves
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp cinnamon
2/3 c buttermilk (add 2 tsp lemon juice or white vinegar to 2/3 c white milk if you don't have buttermilk and let it sit for at least 5 minutes)
2 medium apples, I used honey crisp, peel and chop into small pieces
Topping is 3 T brown sugar, pinch of cloves, 1 tsp cinnamon (mix it together with your fingers or a fork)
Directions:
Beat (on low speed of mixer) butter and sugar until smooth. Add eggs and vanilla and mix for about a minute. Add dry ingredients and combine until mixed together. The batter will be fairly thick.
 
Add the buttermilk while mixer is on low speed, it likes to splatter. Stir the apples into the batter with a spatula. Use parchment paper or your favorite grease/flour method for your loaf pan. I used a 9x5 glass loaf pan. Add your batter to the pan and sprinkle the top of the bread with the brown sugar topping.


Bake 350F for about 45-50 minutes, depending on your oven. I always use grandma's method and insert a toothpick into the bread, if it comes out clean, it's done. If not, try another 5 minutes until it's ready.
Enjoy your wonderful apple spice bread and don't forget to enjoy the scents of the season!
Love and peace,
~ Simply TammiPin It

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Simply Old Fashioned Pumpkin Cookies

I have to admit that I am one of millions using pumpkin as my favorite ingredient right now. Pumpkin and fall are a perfect match! I've been adding pumpkin to my yogurt with a little cinnamon, pumpkin in my smoothies, pumpkin spice lattes, pumpkin tea...the list goes on and on. I had a strong feeling that grandma would have a pumpkin cookie recipe and she did! My family loved them and they were great for the lunch boxes! Makes 42 cookies soft, delicious pumpkin cookies.
Ingredients:
1 stick room temperature butter (1/2 cup)
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup pumpkin
2 1/2 c flour
1 1/2 c sugar
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
pinch of salt
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/4-1/2 tsp ground cloves (I love the flavor so I used 1/2 tsp)
Directions:
  1. Mix butter, egg and vanilla together. Once mixed, add the pumpkin and beat until smooth.
  2. Add dry ingredients and mix until smooth.
  3. I used a cookie scoop and placed the dough onto parchment paper lined baking sheets.
  4. Sprinkle some sugar over the top of the cookies or make a thin frosting (after cookies are baked).
  5. Bake for 17-20 minutes at 350F.
  6. If you didn't use a sugar sprinkle, you can make a thin frosting and use as a glaze. You should glaze them while the cookies are still warm. I used 1 1/2 c powdered sugar, 2 T milk and 1/2 tsp vanilla extract and 1/2 vanilla bean (insides). Place frosting in a baggie, cut off a corner and squeeze over the top of the cookies.
I stored my cookies in an airtight container. Enjoy!
Love and peace,
~ Simply TammiPin It