Stuffed Bell Peppers

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Here is a recipe that remind me of my childhood. My mom used to make these all the time, However she used green bell peppers. I actually didn’t care much for stuffed bell peppers until I got older, and now I can’t get enough of them.

I personally like green bell peppers, but I’m not a fan of using them for my stuffed peppers. Green peppers tend to be a the bitter side. I actually like using orange, yellow, and red peppers because the are more flavorful ( in my opinion), and they are sweet.

When I make these peppers, I serve it with a side salad, and I think that is plenty! Give this recipe a try and leave me a comment down below.

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Recipe

  • 3 large Orange, Yellow, or Red bell peppers
  • 1 small onion diced
  • 1/2 pound ground beef, turkey, or chicken
  • 1 cup cooked rice ( I like using leftover rice, because it holds up better than freshly made rice)
  • 1/2 cup of your favorite salsa
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp of seasoning salt OR salt free seasoning
  • 1/2 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup shredded parmesan cheese

Directions

  1. Place the ground meat into a pan, and sprinkle in the seasonings. Brown the meat of medium heat, and add in the diced onions. Drain all the fat, if any, from the pan.
  2. Add the salsa and the rice along with the meat, and stir. Reduce the heat to medium heat, and let cook for 5 minutes.
  3. Wash the bell peppers with cool water, then cut length wise. Remove the membranes and the seeds.
  4. Place the peppers into a lightly oiled bake dish, then stuff the peppers with the meat and rice mixture.
  5. Leave the peppers uncovered then put the bake dish into the oven preheated at 375 f. Let bake for 20 minutes.
  6. Remove the peppers from the oven, and sprinkle the parmesan and cheddar cheese on top.  Add color by sprinkling parsley flakes and smoked paprika on top.
  7. Place bake in the oven for 5 minutes or until the cheese melts.
  8. Let stand for 5 minutes, then serve!

 

Homemade Apple Cider

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Recipe

  • 2 medium sized granny smith apples
  • 3 large fuji apples
  • 2 large navel oranges
  • 3 cinnamon sticks
  • 4 whole cloves ( in the video my cloves were crushed)
  • 4 cups water
  • 1/2 cup sugar or splenda
  • 2 tsp of pure vanilla extract

Directions

  1. Wash all of the fruit under cool water, then slice and place into a large bowl.
  2. Add 3 sticks of cinnamon, and the clove.
  3. Wrap all of the contents in the bowl with a cheese cloth, and tie.
  4. Place the ingredients into the Crock Pot.
  5. Sprinkle in the sugar, and pour in the water.
  6. Cover the Crock Pot with the lid, and set it on high for 6 hours.
  7. During the fourth hour, use a kitchen utensil to mash the fruit in the cheese cloth. Cover, and let it continue to cook.
  8. Remove the cheese cloth, full of fruit, from the Crock Pot. Strain all of the liquid,and place it back into the pot. Discard the fruit remains.
  9. Strain the apple cider until all of the pulp is gone,  add in the vanilla extract, and stir…
  10. Serve!

Caramel Apple Cinnamon Rolls

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Here is an amazing recipe for you to enjoy this fall. It’s a little time consuming, BUT it is worth all the time and effort. Definitely try this recipe, and save it for the upcoming holidays!

 

Recipe

  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup apple juice
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 1/4 cup warm water
  • 4 1/2 tsp OR 2 (25 oz) envelopes of active dry yeast
  • 4 1/2 cup flour, sifted
  • 1/2 cup softened butter
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/8 ground nutmeg
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 large fuji apple, diced
  • 1 medium granny smith, diced

Caramel Sauce

  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 3 tbsp half and half

Directions

  1. Pour 1/4 cup of warm water into a large bowl. Sprinkle in 2 tsp of granulated sugar, and stir. Next sprinkle in the dry yeast. Stir, and let sit for 8 minutes of until it foams.
  2. Sift together the flour, 1/2 tsp baking soda, and 1 tsp salt.
  3. Pour the yeast ( which should look like foam) into a large mixing bowl, and add in the milk, vegetable oil, and apple juice. Mix.
  4. Now it’s time to mix the wet ingredients with the dry. DO NOT add all of the flour to the wet ingredients at once. Add one cup at a time, and use a fork to combine the ingredients. Mix the ingredients until it forms into dough.
  5. Lightly flour a flat surface, and knead the dough flour about 5 minutes.
  6. Place the dough in a lightly oiled bowl, and cover. Let the dough rest for 40 minutes.
  7. Flatten out the dough.
  8. Place 1/2 cup softened butter, 2/3 cup granulated sugar, 1/2 cup brown sugar, 1/8 tsp ground nutmeg,  1 tsp vanilla extract, and 2 tsp ground cinnamon into a bowl. Mix until it’s nice and creamy.
  9. Slather the butter mixture on the surface of the dough, and sprinkle the diced apples on top.
  10. Roll up the dough, jelly roll style, then cut into 1 inch sections.
  11. Grease a 9 X 13 bake dish, and place the rolls into the dish.
  12. Once all the rolls are in the bake dish, use your hands hands to lightly press the rolls down.
  13. Place the rolls into a preheated oven set on 375 F, and bake for 25 minutes.
  14. Once the rolls are done pull them out of the oven.
  15. In a sauce pan, melt down 1/4 cup of butter. Add in 1/2 cup brown sugar, and 3 tbsp of half and half. Boil over medium high heat for 3-4 minutes.
  16. Drizzle over the cinnamon rolls.
  17. Enjoy!

NOTE: the caramel will harden if stored in a cold area. To melt the caramel sauce simply zap in the microwave for a few second. You can also freeze these cinnamon rolls!

I hope you enjoy this with a cup of coffee or milk. Tell me what you think down below :-)

Homemade Caramel Popcorn

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 Sweet, Crunch and Lightly salted Caramel Popcorn…WARNING!!! This stuff is addicting!!!

The weather is changing and my favorite season is approaching! I LOVE fall. Everything from the crisp air, the rain ( I get lots of it since I live in the NorthWest) the colorful leaves, and the FOOD!! One  of my favorite things to munch on during the fall is Caramel Popcorn. I know it sounds simple, and a lot of people eat it year round, but during the fall, is when I make my very own homemade caramel popcorn.

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I love my homemade caramel popcorn more than any store bought or gourmet brand. It’s fresh, crunchy, and it’s easy to make.

I love making several batches of this popcorn for holidays parties, and it is always gone within minutes! Give this recipe a try, and tell me what you think!!!

Recipe

  • 5 cups lightly salted popcorn (make sure there aren’t any seeds in the mix)
  • 1/2 cup salted butter
  • 3 tbsp corn syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/4 salt
  • 1/8 baking soda

Directions

  1. Place the popcorn into a huge bowl.
  2. Melt the butter over medium heat, and add in the brown sugar, salt, and corn syrup. Stir the ingredients until it’s lump free.
  3. Turn the heat up to medium high, and let the mixture boil for 3 minutes without stirring.
  4. Remove the sauce pan from the heat, and now add in the vanilla extract and baking soda. Stir.
  5. Pour a little bit of the caramel over the popcorn  and fold in. Repeat until, all the sauce is coating the popcorn.
  6. Place the popcorn on a greased foil lined cookie sheet, or two.
  7. Place the popcorn into the oven on 250 F, for 1 hour.
  8. Remove the popcorn from the oven, stir, and let cool for at least 30 minutes.
  9. ENJOY!!!!