Monday, August 27, 2012

Apple Crisp

I really like a sweet apple crisp and if you do also, this recipe is for you. Apple crisp is really simple to make and doesn't require many ingredients. I love to use Jonathan Apples but any that you have on hand are fine. My grandmother always used Jonathan Apples so this is why I am partial to them. Give this a try when you want apple pie and don't have the time to make one. This is What's Cookin on Beaty's Creek today.

10 apples of your choice-peeled and sliced 1/4 inch thick
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 cups oatmeal
2 cups butter-softened
1 cup all purpose flour
2 cups brown sugar
1 t vanilla
1 T cinnamon

Place your peeled and sliced apples in a bowl and add your 1 1/2 cups of sugar and cinnamon. Stir long enough as to coat the apples very well. Now pour the apple mixture into a 9x13 baking pan. Now mix your butter, brown sugar, flour, oatmeal, and vanilla together until crumbly. I make a lot of the topping because I really like it!...never can have too much :) Place topping over apples evenly. Bake in a 350' oven for 1 hour. It may not need the whole hour so it is best to check it in 45 minutes to make sure that it does not burn. Serve with vanilla ice-cream.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Sodastream Machine

It has been well over 100° on Beaty's Creek for the last couple of weeks and that is hot even for Oklahoma folks!  Thank goodness for sparkling water!  I had never thought of homemade soda or sparkling water until I read about the Sodastream. My kiddos love it and have come up with some of their own mixtures that are really tasty. I love the Diet Pink Grapefruit flavor, it is pretty and tasty! The Energy drink tastes so much like Red Bull you will not be able to tell it is not the real thing. The Essences that they have for sparkling water are light but make my water intake much easier to get in. For my special treat I love their Black Current Pear, it has no corn syrup. In fact, they have a whole line of non corn syrup products! As you can tell I love my Sodastream. This would make a great Graduation or Wedding gift. This is What's Cookin on Beaty's Creek today!

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Sugar Free Beet Pickles like Granny used to make

I really love pickled beets, I can eat a whole jar in one setting if I don't watch myself. If you have never tried pickled beets you are missing out. This recipe is so simple you must give it a try even if you have never canned anything before.  Back when I was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in 1976, there was little to no sugar free anything.  So my Granny West took it on herself to make me my favorites and boy were they good. When foodbuzz asked for help promoting Sweet N Low I knew I had to submit this great recipe. This winter you will not believe how good home canned food tastes! I love to open a jar of something I have canned from my garden in the winter, brings a little Spring back to Beaty's Creek. This is What's Cookinon Beaty's Creek today.

50 beets 
2 cups beet boiling water
2 cups white vinegar
1/8 cup Sweet N Low Sweetener
2 t cinnamon

Remove beet greens and save to use later. Wash beets very well and place in pot covered with water. Bring beets to a boil and boil for 20 minutes or until fork tender. My beets were not real large, (I like small beets for pickles) so they cooked for about 15 minutes, size matters on how long your beets will cook. Once boiled let beets cool and then remove beets skin.Remember to wear gloves or you will have purple hands. Now get your jars ready to go, I use pint jars for pickled beets, I like the smaller jars for pickles but you can use quart jars if you wish. Prepare your jars as you would for canning anything. Once ready pack with your beets. Now bring beet water, vinegar, Sweet N Low, and cinnamon to a boil and pour over beets in jars and seal with a flat and ring. You will process beets in a hot water bath for 12 minutes. Let pickled beets sit for a couple of weeks before you eat them.