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Saturday Night – Spaghetti, Sour Cream Apple Cake (feast) and Feast of Love

I really enjoy a good apple cake and thinking about it also lemon cake (no contest next to chocolate though).  I tried a new recipe this weekend and it was very very yummy.   I had some sour cream I wanted to use up.  The sour cream helped make it so moist.
Sour Cream Apple Cake
1 c. butter/margarine, softened
2 1/4 c. sugar
4 eggs
2 1/2 c. flour
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 c. sour cream
1 tsp. vanilla
3 c. coarsely chopped peeled apples
1/4 c. brown sugar, packed
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1 c. chopped nuts
Mix together the butter/margarine and 2 cups of the sugar until light and fluffy and then add the eggs one by one.  In another bowl combine the flour, salt, baking soda, baking powder.  Next beat the flour mixture into the butter mixture alternating with the sour cream.  In another bowl toss together the 1/4 cup sugar to the chopped apples and hand mix that into the cake batter.
Combine in another bowl the brown sugar, nuts and cinnamon.  Scoop 1/2 the batter into the greased cake pan, then add the brown sugar mixture to that and follow with the second 1/2 of the batter.  Bake for about 70 minutes until toothpick comes out clean.
IMMEDIATELY when cake is done turn it over on a plate to cool.  Now I didn’t read that part and left it to sit for about 20 minutes before I realized what I was supposed to do.  Some of the top of the cake stayed in the cake pan.  I was able to remove it and “pack” it back on the top of the cake and tried to disguise the look by dusting icing sugar over it.  It was an amazing tasting cake though.  Next time I will really grease the pan well and perhaps flour it  and then remember to IMMEDIATELY turn it over when it comes out of the oven.
Spaghetti Dinner and Movie for 2
We were supposed to have dinner guests on Saturday.  Unfortunately my girlfriend’s husband has Norwalk Flu so we decided we couldn’t get together.  Marc and I decided to make spaghetti for dinner..well this particular dinner he delights in mastering himself.  He makes fabulous spaghetti.  He rolls the perfect meatballs  (adds just a touch of ground pork to it), then he adds Italian Sausage and pork.  He cooks it for a number of hours and it is soooo delicious!  

We decided to rent a video again.  We searched and discovered a Morgan Freeman movie called Feast of Love.   The movie had been on about a minute when we looked at each other and realized we’d seen it before.   After quietly watching it for another 20 minutes we looked at each other and decided we were really enjoying it the second time.  In fact we weren’t even remembering it all, so we watched it through again.    Its really a sweet movie.  If you haven’t watched it do so.  Morgan Freeman has such a calming, pleasant voice.  He could adopt me too.  :o)

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Tagged for 7 Weird Things People Don’t Know About Me

I have been tagged by Kathleen for this meme some time ago and I feel badly that I haven’t worked on it before.  Off the top of my head I couldn’t think about weird things I’d write about knowing full well there are weird things about me…

The rules are:

1.Link back to the person who tagged you.

2.Post “The Rules” on your blog.

3.Post 7 weird or random facts about yourself on your blog.

4. Tag seven people and link to them.

5.Comment on their blogs to let them know they have been “tagged”.

About me…

1.    We lived way up north in a place called Island Lake, near Chapleau,  Ontario.  Originally I was from the big city of Toronto.  During that time I was between 11-14 years old.   We didn’t have a television or a radio or a lot of “proper” appliances because the small village, I guess it was a big enough to be a village, used a generator for everyone’s electricity.   There wasn’t enough power for things like televisions.  I remember at 10:00 p.m. at night our radio would catch a station in Chicago and I would look forward to listening to the radio.  I remember hearing and LOVING the song, “When a Man Loves A Woman”.   All the Finnish  people (that would be me included)  lived on the lake road of the village and the others lived happily on the other road which was not the lake for some reason.  It was very much like “Little House on the Prairie” when I think of it now.  We had an 18 mile school bus ride to school every day.   Boy…I could stick to this topic and remember a lot of weird things….

2.  I saw the Monkees in about 1965.  We lived in Island Lake at the time and each spring the roads would get so bad where we lived during the spring break. It could take the bottom off your vehicle and never mind your car would get stuck in it.  That period was therefore known as “Spring Breakup” and everyone would leave for about a week while things dried up.  We came from Toronto to we’d visit friends during that time.  So therefore I was able to see the Monkees with 2 of of my big city Toronto friends.  I loved Davey Jones!

3.  I scare myself with my premonitions and thoughts.  I could say I am “mindly” connected at times in particular with my eldest son.  I’ll think of him and the phone will ring and its him, or I’ll be in the car wondering about something about him and my cellphone will ring from him, he’ll leave me a message to call and some very bazarre reason for why he might be calling turns out to be why he’s calling.  But then it doesn’t stop with him.  It happens with people at work, other people in my family, with Marc and on and on.  It isn’t all the time but it is as if I go through very frequent periods where it happens over and over to the point that I expect it to happen that way.

4.  My beloved kitty Kelly was approaching 21 years of age when I had to put her down with a tumour just before Christmas 2007.  Thats quite a long time for a cat to live.  She was in good health otherwise and very active and very friendly and loving.  It was difficult putting her down.  To the whole family it was like we couldn’t remember a time she wasn’t with us.

5.  President Kekkonen of Finland (President 1956-1982) was related to me….or me to him.  I never met him though.   He was my grandmother’s cousin.    I have to confirm the exact connection.

6.  Five years ago I was on a Dragonboat Team.  A colleague at work who is about 23 years younger than I am and always interested in something new was able to persuade me.  I can’t believe she did that.  We would practice in boats on Lake Ontario.  Our team was the Sting.  We had never been clocked nor did we have any idea what to expect on the race day which was held on Centre Island, Lake Ontario in Toronto.   You might just imagine how we all pushed our oars through the water in unison to our boat drummer…so hard…unable to see, hear or focus on anything else.  Not knowing how we were doing, not knowing how fast we might be.  After 3 races that day we ended up coming 3rd in our group.  We were very proud and pumped up thats for sure.

7.  I have always loved to make things as long as I can remember.  I enjoy making something special that I’ve seen rather than just buying it.  I guess I enjoy accomplishing that challenge.  Many different things and crafts interest me.  Often times I wonder what I will be when I “grow” up and wonder why I have such difficulty even at this age determining what I would do in my life if I was starting over.  There is so much I would like to do and study for but haven’t because I couldn’t make that decision.  I think I could be described sort of like the “jack of all trades and master of none”. 

I tag Barb,  Lily’s mom, Kajsa, Kristen, Linda, Vicki and Barbara.

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Stuffed Red Peppers

 

My workplace office is really a great place with great people to spend the day with.   Everyone is part of a great support team, with laughter, helpfulness and regard for each other.  And I think the fuel of it is…………….food!  *grinning*.  Everyone loves to eat and participate.  It doesn’t take any particular reason to celebrate something with food.  An email requesting a response for anything else  is not answered as quickly as asking what we would like to bring for our chili bakeoff, or soup day, or Mexican day, or high tea etc.   We love to share recipes and discuss and admire each other’s lunches. 

Today at work a colleague was heating up a stuffed red pepper she had prepared last night for dinner.  It looked and smelled so good and a few minutes I had the recipe firmly in my hand.   As I packed up to leave work another colleague was asking her for the recipe.  This is the recipe and pictures of the Stuffed Red Peppers I made and enjoyed tonight.  Very yummy.

Stuffed Red Peppers

6 red peppers

1-1/4 lb lean ground beef

2 cups chopped onions

3 cloves garlic

2/3 cup cooked rice

2-1/2 cups tomato sauce

3 tbsp. fresh chopped parsley

1/2 tsp allspice

1 tsp salt (to taste)

1 tsp pepper

1 tsp paprika

olive oil for sauting

Take the top off the peppers and chop the tops.  Saute the chopped pepper tops, chopped onions and garlic in the frying pan with the olive oil for about 8 minutes until the onions are softened.   Into a large bowl combine the rice and the sauteed vegetables, beef (uncooked) and spices and mix well.  Add 1/2 cup of tomato sauce and mix again.  Fill each red pepper with the mixture and place them into a pot.  Spoon the 2 cups of tomato sauce over the peppers.  Bring to a boil, cover and lower heat but allowing a low boil for about 50 or until pepper is soft.  Voila.  Thats all there is to it. 

 

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