Thursday, June 30, 2011
Thursday, June 23, 2011
1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup rolled oats
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
10 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
4 cups thinly sliced plums, pit removed
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 tablespoon cornstarch
Juice of 1 lemon
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
:: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Spray an 8 by 8 baking dish with cooking spray. Set aside.
:: To make the crisp, mix the flour, oats, brown sugar, cinnamon, and salt together in a medium bowl. Stir in the melted butter and mix until mixture is moist. Press half of the crisp topping into the prepared baking dish.
:: For the plum filling, put the plums, sugar, cornstarch, lemon juice, and vanilla in a large bowl. Stir until plums are well coated.
:: Spread the plums evenly over the bottom layer of the crisp. Sprinkle the remaining crisp over the plums. Gently pat the crisp topping down.
:: Bake in the middle of the oven for 45 minutes, or until the crisp is golden and the fruit is bubbling. Let cool for 20 minutes before serving.
* I added some Pampered Chef Cinnamon sprinkles over the top of my crisp and then poured some over the ice cream when I served it.
Wednesday, June 22, 2011
Looks good, huh? We are in the midst of 107 degree weather. . . ugh! (I may have mentioned that I haven't had much motivation lately. . . the incredible temps, doesn't help!). Anyways, my wonderful husband braved the heat late last night and picked a bowl of them. Last year our tree produced about 2 plums, so this year we are quite suprised that we have had so many plums. Not to mention, they taste wonderful! My husband showed one of his co-workers (he happens to be very plant savy), and they came to the conclusion that this particular variety is best for plum pies. I'm not in the mood to make pie. . . so I found something else that looks incredibly delicious. . . hopefully I find the motivation to make it tonight!
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
Vacation Bible School is this week. That means early mornings, hot, tired kids and mommy, and no motivation to do anything. Plus, my camera has gone awol. . . have no idea where it is and don't know when the new one is coming (thank goodness for the iphone). So, I am spending my summer afternoon (btw, it's 105 degrees out!) sitting on my butt with the new FNM that came in the mail (yay!). Hopefully motivation will come back. . . there are dishes to be done and sewing to be had!
Monday, June 13, 2011
Monday, June 06, 2011
Friday, June 03, 2011
3. Sweet Sprinkles . . . I have mentioned these a lot in my posts. They are the perfect accent to so many of my muffins, scones, and pies. They just came out with an apple one. . . definitely on my shopping list!
4. Mini Spatula. . . this is by far one of the most used things in my utensil drawer. It is perfect for digging into a dish of brownies or rice krispie treats. Sometimes, I wish I had 2.
5. Large serving spatula. This is my lasagna getter out go to utensil. Did that make sense? I hope so. It has slightly sharp (not like a knife sharp, but sharp enough to cut through pasta or cake) edges so that you can cut right into your lasagna (or anything for that matter) and put a very pretty piece of cake or lasagna onto someones plate without looking like it oozed out all over the place. It is also really easy to clean up melted cheese on (some of my "pretty" spatulas don't).
6. Batter Bowl. I have a large one and a small one. I love that they come with a lid. You can even bake with them, although I haven't tried that (If I need to make a Barbie cake, you can bet I am going to use this bowl!). I use it for making my pancake batter or a quick dish of brownies. It's perfect!
7. Quick-cut paring knife. I love these. When I taught, these went into my lunch bag. When I went on a major road trip with gestational diabetes a few years ago, one came with me. I use them for apples, but they can be used for just about anything. They are super cheap, like 1 to 2 dollars a piece. My favorite part. . . if I lose them, it's okay. . . they are easy to replace.
8. Can Opener. I am weird about can openers. I don't like the metal shards that tend so come off the cans and sometimes end up in your food. . . it just seems gross and icky. . and dangerous? This can opener just loosens the glue from the lid and pops it right off. . . no metal shards. . . no mess. . . it's great!