Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Simply Decorating A Fall Mantle on a Budget

Happy Fall everyone! It has been a busy month but I am finally enjoying my clean kitchen. It has actually stayed clean for more than 2 days in a row! Between canning and freezing my favorite summer goodies, my kitchen started looking like a disaster zone. But it was totally worth it! My pantry is now filled with jams, jellies, butters, dilly beans, pickled peppers and apple sauce. One more trip to the apple orchard and I think I will give my canner a break until next year. My freezer is looking full with the addition of corn, pesto, peaches, apples, roasted tomatoes and herbs. Stay tuned for some simply wonderful canning and freezer recipes.
I decided to take a break from the kitchen and decorated my mantle for fall. This is an easy little DIY project and you can use items you may already have. I used some of my pumpkins from last year and painted all of my old pumpkins white. You can dress them up with some pearls or sparkly bling after they are painted. I wove a strip of burlap between the pumpkins, left over from my burlap fall wreath, directions here Simply DIY Fall Burlap Wreath Project and used my corn of all of colors as an accent. I like the simplicity of the white with a few fall colors. For a look at last year's fall decorating project you can click on this link Simply DIY Pumpkin Decorating Project.
We are looking forward to one more camping trip this weekend! I made these little goodies, indoor smores, and will share the recipe next week!
Enjoy and be blessed!
Love and peace,
~ Simply TammiPin It

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Simply Homemade Peach Upside Down Cake

I spent most of the weekend in the kitchen and loved every minute! My canner was on the stove from Friday night through Sunday afternoon. I canned peach jam, peach butter, mint jelly, blueberry jam, pickled banana peppers and dilly beans. My basil was getting out of control in the garden so I picked enough to fill a basket then made and froze pesto. We visited the local farmer's market so I froze enough sweet corn, Simply Freezing Sweet Corn to take us through the winter months. I bought 2 lugs of peaches and had some left over so I froze about 6 quarts, Simply Freezing Peaches. Three peaches were left on the counter so I pulled out Grandma's 1929 cookbook and discovered a peach upside down cake recipe. I love the old recipes and once again the taste testers said it was the best ever!
1/4 cup butter
2/3 cups brown sugar, firmly packed
2-3 fresh sliced peaches
Cake Dough:
1 1/2 cups flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup white sugar ( I used organic cane sugar)
1/4 cup butter, softened not melted
2 eggs, beaten
1/2 tsp almond extract
1/2 cup milk
  • I started with a 9 inch round cake pan and buttered the sides.
  • In a small pan I heated the butter and brown sugar over medium heat on the stove just until the brown sugar was melted.
  • Pour the melted sugar and butter into the cake pan.
  • Arrange the peaches in the bottom of the pan over the melted mixture.
  • In a medium size bowl, mix the cake dough ingredients together and beat on low with a hand mixer until all of the ingredients are combined. 
  • Using a spatula, spread cake batter dough over the peaches. It'll be too thick to pour.
  • Bake in a 370F oven for 30-35 minutes. The cake will spring back when touched with the finger.
  • Cool 10 minutes on a cooling rack.
  • Place a large serving plate over the top of the cake and turn upside down. Lift the pan off the cake.
And there is your beautiful cake! This makes 8 delicious servings. Serve warm and enjoy!
Love and peace,
~ Simply TammiPin It

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Simply Quick and Easy Mini Pizzas

My daughter gave me a great idea for a quick meal. You can choose your own ingredients, use gluten free, organic, homemade, fresh from the garden...the list can go on and on. These little pizzas only take a few minutes to put together and they are delicious!
English muffins or bagels
2 T Pizza sauce or pasta sauce per serving
1 tsp garlic powder
Mozzarella cheese, fresh is the best
Fresh basil
  • Toast muffins or bagels
  • Spoon about 1 tablespoon of sauce on each half of muffin
  • Lay 1 slice of fresh mozzarella cheese over the sauce
  • Lay 1 basil leaf over cheese
  • Slice tomatoes and place on top
  • Sprinkle lightly with garlic powder and salt and pepper 
Heat muffins until the cheese melts. If you use the microwave, it takes about 30 seconds. These are great for camping too so if you have a grill, just place them on a hot grill for a couple of minutes.
Have a great weekend and enjoy!
Love and peace,
~ Simply TammiPin It