Apple Pie Muffins

I got this recipe from the website.  It was entitled Erna’s Muffins.  I have made it several times and it has been a success whenever I make it.  It makes 24 muffins and is a great way to use us apples.  I accidentally got two cases and I can’t quite eat them fast enough to prevent spoilage.


  • 1cup packed brown sugar
  • 1cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 Tablespoons butter, melted



  • 2 14cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1teaspoon salt
  • egg
  • 1 cup buttermilk (or use 1 tsp vinegar in 1 cup milk)
  • 1cup butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 1cups packed brown sugar
  • 2 cups diced apples


    1. Topping-mix all together, until mixture forms crumbs.
    2. Batter- Whisk together egg, buttermilk, butter, and vanilla.
    3. Stir in sugar.
    4. Without mixing, add flour, baking soda, salt and apples.
    5. Stir just until combined.
    6. Do not over mix.
    7. Spoon into muffin cups.
    8. Sprinkle with the topping.
    9. Bake at 375 degrees F for 20 minutes or until firm to the touch.

January 11

Apple cake…..

I’ve been using up apples since I have so many through an error in an order at the grocery store.  I had forgotten the Apple cake recipe I found in a book I read by Charlotte Hubbard.  Actually it is listed under Parties and recipes on my blog and I made it this morning.  It is even better than I remembered and it uses a lot of apple slices.

It is not the least bit difficult, but it does take a lot of time to bake–an hour and ten minutes.  There is also a bit of cooling time involved, but it is worth the wait.

I’ve been looking for apple recipes and I thought of Apple Pandowdy which I did look up.  It sounds good, but is rather involved so I might not make it right away.  I have already made apple pie muffins which were very good and I am thinking of making them again for Muffin Sunday this week for coffee hour.

I have thought of Apple crisp and Apple cobbler and I am looking for other recipes too.  I am eating a lot of apples too and I also made baked apple dessert one night.

Father, thank you for apples and creativity and for all the ways you help and encourage me.  I am awed.  Amen.



Dinner guests….

I had dinner guests today and they are the best.

One of them offered to wrap my Christmas presents and she loves to wrap them. They were late getting to my house as they had bell practice and I had to go off to the church for Sunday evening with the kids.  I came back and the presents were all beautifully wrapped.

After I went upstairs I remembered two others so I took those downstairs where she was visit my tenant and she wrapped them.  What a nice blessing for me.

I served them a casserole that I had made long ago.  I remembered it and these women loved it.  I like it too.

Turkey-Artichoke Casserole

1 1/2 C cooked white rise

1 1/2 C cooked wild rice

Mix together and place in bottom of well greased 9×13″  pan

2 cans cream of chicken soup

1/2 C cooking sherry or red wine

1/2 C half and half

Mix thoroughly


4 C cubed cooked turkey (I had frozen my leftovers at Thanksgiving)

2 cans artichoke hearts (not marinated) cut in quarters

2 C blanched carrots cut in thin strips and then into pieces about 2 inches in length

3 C shredded mozarella cheese

Mix well and pour over rice mixture.

Sprinkle with parmesan cheese (I used fresh grated)

Cover with foil and bake at 350 for 45 minutes

Uncover, sprinkle with more parmesan cheese 15 minutes until heated through and bubbly.

Really good if you like these ingredients.


Green bean salad

Blanch 1-2 C fresh green beans (Be sure to stop cooking by immersing in cold water)

Put in bowl with toasted slice almonds or pecan halves

Dried cranberries

Any balsamic vinegarette dressing

Mix together

Add Feta cheese on top.

This is a great salad if you like these ingredients

I often vary the amount of them depending on my mood.


I hope you enjoy having new dishes.  I first served the casserole to the preachers at least 30 years ago.

I made homemade pepeprmint stick ice cream and served it with a plate of assorted cookies, especially Chocholate thumprints with peppermint filling and peppermint chunks on top.

God bless you.


World’s Best Chocolate Chip Cookies

This is the title of the recipe although I have read others with the same title and a different mix of these ingredients.  You be the judge.  They do look very pretty.

3/4 C white sugar

1 C. brown sugar

1 C butter, softened

Cream together


1 Tablespoon vanilla

2 eggs

Mix together and add

3 C flour

3/4 tsp. baking soda

3/4 tsp. salt

3 C chocolate ships

The recipe also calls for 1 C chopped nuts, but we omitted those do to allergies

Bake in a 350 oven for 10 minutes

My daughter puts the first tray on the bottom shelf and times it for 5 minutes.

Then she moves it up to the upper shelf and puts another tray on the bottom shelf.  She continues to bake the trays in this fashion.

The recipe says it makes 6 dozen, but we only got 4 dozen.  I am sure it depends on the size.

Happy baking.

Chocolate Zucchini Cake


½ C. margarine
½ C. oil
1 ¾ C. sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
½ C. buttermilk, sour cream or plain yogurt
2 ½ C. flour
¼ C. cocoa
1 tsp. each salt and soda
1 T. cinnamon
2 C. grated unpeeled zucchini
½ C. chopped nuts
1 C. chocolate chips
2 T. sugar

Preheat the oven to 325º. Cream the margarine, oil and sugar. Add eggs and then vanilla. Sift the dry ingredients together and add alternately with the buttermilk/sour cream/yogurt. Stir in the zucchini and spread in a sprayed 9×13” pan. Sprinkle with the sugar, nuts and chips. Bake for 45-50 minutes. Freezes well.

I got this from Charlotte Hubbard’s website.  She writes Amish books.  You might enjoy her Seasons of the Heart series.

May 23, 2015

Golly; this has been a true party week.  Tonight I went to a bridal shower, my third party this week.

It was a lot of fun and one of the games we played was decorating a little tired cake.  The two young women hosting the party at the bride’s parents’ home had made sheet cakes and then cut them with two different sized round cutters.  They stacked them up and frosted them and then gave the guests icing and gel in tubes from the store which we were supposed to use to decorate them with.  They also had some sprinkles, some dragees.  One woman, the winner, used some of the baby’s breath on the table which made hers very much like a wedding cake.  Another woman decorated her with images of lupine which was very pretty.  It was a fun idea and seemed to be enjoyed by all.

The other game was oversized rings which each guest wore.  They got to keep theirs as long as they did not use the word wedding.  The person who got the most rings was the winner.  Honestly I only heard one person use the word, but I must not have been near those who did as the winner had several rings.

The punch was interesting too. . It was like the punch we served at the retirement party with the big difference being the addition of crushed pineapple and crushed strawberries.  The strawberry lemonade and 7 up were the same.  Ours at the retirement party had sherbet and this one didn’t but the taste was very similar.

It was a nice party and people seemed to have a great time.

I pray you had a blessed day too.

God bless you.

Bite-sized Cheesecake

1 12×18 sheetcake pan or any size you want

This recipe fits that size pan, but you can adjust it for any pan you desire.

18 oreo cookies crushed with 3 Tablespoons melted butter

Combine and press into half of the pan

1 1/2 C graham cracker crumbs

3/4 C sugar

1/3 C melted butter

Combine and press into other half of pan

(I admit I did this out of necessity when it was late at night and I did not have enough of either type of crust ingredients to fill the whole pan, but it was a good idea as several people liked one type of crust and others preferred the other.  I would probably do it this way again.)


8 packages of 8 oz. cream cheese softened

3 C sugar

8 eggs

4 Tablespoons lemon juice

4 teaspoons vanilla

Beat the cream cheese until softened.  Add sugar and beat well.

Add eggs one at a time and beat until combined

Add lemon juice and vanilla and beat in thoroughly.

I added this mixture to my pan of crust (not baked) with a cup until the bottom was covered.  Then I add the rest.  I did this to make sure not to separate the crust from the bottom of the pan since it was not baked.

Bake at 350 for 30-35 minutes or until the creamcheese is set.

It will be higher on the sides when it cools.

Cool completely.

To cut into bite sized pieces, use a big pizza cutter and cut along the sides to remove the higher part.  Then cut into bite sized pieces.  Run the cutter under hot water as often as necessary to insure smooth cut lines.

I added small icing flowers with leaves since I had leftover frosting from a cake I had decorated.  A friend suggested putting a chocolate chip on top of each piece.  They would be good served plain too.

Lift from pan with a metal spatula and serve on a plate or tray.

My pan made 176 bites.

If you are having a dessert reception, experts suggest planning for 10 bites per quest so this recipe goes a long way.  I had originally planned to buy them from the store, but they were not available, hence I made my own.