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The Lazy Baker

We all know food prices are going up – and with that being said, I do not like throwing out any food (or food items) – if at all possible. So when I had a ball of pie dough about the size of a softball left over the other day from making a cherry pie, I just couldn’t bring myself to toss it . . . no pun intended. Wrapped it up in some plastic wrap and stuck it into the fridge. After the cherry pie was gone, took the pie dough from the fridge and made us an apple cobbler. Not sure anyone else would have called it an apple cobbler – but anything that is called cobbler where ice cream can be heaped on top is a winner with David. So we have lots of cobblers around here.

This was such an easy recipe to fix – especially since I do not like measuring ingredients – it was something I could just throw together. It was made even easier by using a can of ‘sugar free’ apple pie filling that I ‘fixed’ up. The recipe follows.

Quick Apple Cobbler

  1. In a oven-proof 1-quart dish, pour the canned apple filling.
  2. To this add: 1 teaspoon almond flavor, 1 packet of Sweet-n-Low and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon.
  3. Stir together and then level the filling.
  4. Cover the top of the apple filling with pie dough **. Weave a pattern or use the dough solid. If using it solid, cut a couple of slits for venting.
  5. Bake in a 425 degree pre-heated oven for approximately 20-25 minutes or until golden brown.

 ** For a crispy topping, sprinkle with streusel before baking.

This recipe is very good with either ice cream or whipped cream.  (PS – OOps, can you tell I was in a hurry to finish?  Messy!!!!!  But oh so Good!!!!)

 

Worx Leaf Vacuum

Fall is my favorite time of year but I could do without some of the leaves. The old oak in the front year started dropping its leaves last week and my front yard is now solid brown. I’d have taken a picture but it wouldn’t have looked like anything. We’ve plans to work in the yard, i.e., rake, this weekend. Since we’re supposed to have morning lows in the 60’s – it should be wonderful to be outside. Can’t wait!

One incentive to get us out there is our new leaf vacuum. With all of the ivy that is around the goldfish pond, it is an impossible task to get the leaves out. So David bought a Worx leaf vacuum – which also serves as a blower. But the vac part is what I’m most interested in. We’re going to see how it works on sucking the leaves from the ivy. Best part is that it has a catch-bag for dumping and mulches the leaves at the same time! What more could a girl ask for? I’ll let you now next time how that goes and if it performs as advertised.

I Hate Batteries

David is a gadget person – I’m not. And also I don’t like much of anything that needs a battery. Cars sometimes included. One of the drawbacks of living in the country is that if your car battery goes dead, unless you have a way to ‘jump’ it, or a portable battery charger that also serves to jump start – you’re up the creek.

My Jeep battery was dead last week but fortunately David got Jeeper going and the battery re-charged. To eliminate this problem in the future, he bought a gadget called Battery Tender 021-0128 Battery Tender Plus 12V Battery Charger. This little device plugs in to an electrical outlet and then hooks up to the battery – keeping it charged when the car is not in use. This is especially good if a car sits for a while between being driven. Granted if I were in the city – I’d probably be on the go a lot more, but here in the country, we don’t do nearly as much.

Back to the charger – nice thing about this gadget is that it self-controls so you don’t have to worry about over-charging. Just need to make sure the battery doesn’t run out of water. This should help eliminate a lot of problems this winter when our car batteries seem to suffer from the cold.

Have a feeling we’ll be buying some more of these gadgets for the tractor, ATV, lawn mower, truck, etc., etc., etc.

BTW – the morning glories are all that is left blooming around here – thought they look so pretty against the blue sky – wanted to share.

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