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I am alive but what just happened?

Thank you so much faithful followers for being so patient with me.  This last 2 months or so has been rough.  Life got the best of me and you all suffered.  I will be posting new recipes regularly again and can’t wait to hear how you like them.

Between 3 Holidays, 2 Birthdays, and moving life has just got the best of me.  Have you ever had a week that just doesn’t stop?  Well that is how I feel about the last two months.  I finally feel like I can breathe and most of my interior projects are done enough to live day-to-day.  Before I forget, we also added our first family dog which was just one more ingredient in the pot.

Our move was verily smooth.  Although Mr.Picky wanted to know how we acquired so much stuff.  I think he forgot that we didn’t have children the last time we moved.  How do kids have so much stuff?  My goal is to simplify their items even more.  I want to thank all the family and friends for helping watch our kids so we could do the moving!  I was overwhelmed with the lovely goodbyes from our wonderful neighbors.  You all are missed and I wish we could remain  close.  Within the first few days of moving I did meet a few of my neighbors and see great potential.

Thanksgiving was uneventful and tasty.  It was a quick in and out because we had moved just the day before.  Mr.Picky was already hard at work on our new home and checking projects off the list.  I was thankful this year to not have to do the turkey and main dishes.  I cheated and bought pies (this is terrible to buy food for Thanksgiving), but I had nothing unpacked to try to cook something.

Next was Mr.Picky’s birthday which was low-key and delicious.  I hope you all saw my Facebook post of the giant burger.  If you missed it tomorrow I will post how much fun we had eating and making it.

We adopted a 9 month old puppy at 70 pounds a few days before Christmas.  He is a Newfoundland/Lab mix and is one big love muffin.  He is fitting in so nice and was just the friend for us.  Mr.Picky has been hard at work to finish the fence around our place to keep the dog and kids in.  Having another boy in the house is just one more ball of energy.

Christmas was a bit overwhelming this year.  Every year we get invited to more and more events.  How does one say no?  We are our own family now and as much as I enjoy seeing extended family we need some traditions of our own.  Mr.Picky isn’t huge on crowds, especially when everyone celebrates on the same night and we have to go from house to house.  I see changes in the near future to this tradition.

My birthday and New Year’s Eve was wonderful.  I was surrounded by family and friends in our new home for the first time.  Lots of laughing, game playing, and junk food.  This was a night of new recipes for me.  We topped it off with an ice cream sundae bar.  We were so busy having fun we lost track of time and almost missed ringing in the New Years.

Between all these events I managed to paint the interior of our new house minus the bathrooms.  I am torn of the color scheme of both bathrooms.  The main bathroom will be an undertaking as I want to completely redecorated.  This kind of thing is fun for me and I can’t wait to share some before and after photos.

Now that life is calming down and school is about to start-up again I am happy to get into a routine.   Routine is everything in my life and I think that is what is making me so crazy.  When life gives you lemons start juggling until they all fall.  Of course you need to pick them up after that!
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Apple Cranberry Dumplings

Cranberry Apple DumplingsFor as long as I can remember my mom has made Apple Cranberry Dumplings. I love them and they are so delicate but rich in flavor.  This is a great time of year to make apple dumplings.  I am sure we will have a pan served at Christmas dinner.

Don’t let their cinnamon roll appearance fool you. They taste more like apple pie, meets biscuit with a little spice added.  The best part of this recipe is that there is no rising time.  It takes about 15 minutes to put together and 40 to bake.  You can have a dessert in 1 hour that looks and tastes like you spent all day on it.

Apple Cranberry Dumplings:

Syrup:

  • 2 cups water
  • 2 cups sugar
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp cloves
  • ½ cup butter

Dough:

  • 2 cups flour, sifted
  • 1 Tbs baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • ½ cup shortening
  • ¾ cup milk

Filling:

  • 4 cups or 4 large apples peeled and grated
  • 1 cup drained cooked cranberries or 1 cup dried cranberries
  • ½ cup chopped walnuts (optional)

 

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

Make dough by sifting all dry ingredients and cut in shortening.

Gradually add milk, tossing together into a dough. Turn out on floured board to mix a soft dough.

Lightly roll dough into 18×12 rectangle.

Rolled Dough

Rolled Dough

Now that your dough is rolled out time to make the syrup.  Combine syrup ingredients except butter and boil together for five minutes. Remove from heat and add butter.

Spread the dough with apples, cranberries, and nuts evenly.

Spread the filling, feel free to use helping hands!

Spread the filling, feel free to use helping hands!

 

Roll up like a jelly roll from the 18″ side. Cut into 12 slices and place in lightly buttered 9×13″ pan.

As funny as they look, they will bake nicely.

As funny as they look, they will bake nicely.

Pour hot syrup slowly over all.

Cranberry Apple Dumplings

Pour the hot syrup carefully as not to disrupt the filling.

Bake in 425° oven for 35-40 minutes until the edges begin to brown.

Golden Brown and Ready to eat!

Golden Brown and Ready to eat!

Serve warm with cream or half and half.

Apple Cranberry Dumplings //

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