Apple Crisp #Recipe by @Donna_Fasano

It’s apple-picking season! Apple Crisp is a delicious reminder of autumn. Fresh, crisp apples with a sweet, buttery topping. And the cinnamon makes the house smell so good as this delicious dessert is baking.

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Apple Crisp with Oats

Ingredients –

For the filling:

  • 8 apples cored, peeled, and cut into bite-size pieces
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar

For the topping:

  • 1 1/4 cup of all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup old fashioned oats
  • 3/4 cup dark brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 cup butter, cold, grated on large holes of box grater

Instructions-

  1. Preheat oven to 350° F.
  2. Place chopped apples into a large mixing bowl. Add the lemon juice and stir to coat all apple pieces with the juice.
  3. In a medium size mixing bowl, add the flour, cinnamon, brown and white sugars. Stir to combine. Add sugar mixture to apples and stir to coat well.
  4. Place prepared apple pieces into a 13-inch x 9-inch baking pan. Set aside.
  5. Make the topping. In the medium size mixing bowl, add all the dry ingredients for the topping (flour, oats, brown sugar, white sugar, and cinnamon) and stir until thoroughly combined. Add the cold, grated butter and mix (clean, dry fingers work best!) until the topping is crumbly and all butter is evenly dispersed. Pour topping evenly over the apples.
  6. Bake for 45 to 50 minutes, or until the topping is golden and the apples are bubbling. Serve warm. Store leftovers in the refrigerator and reheat before serving.

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How to keep a guy interested?

Years ago I collected articles I found interesting, amusing, or useful for my writing. Here is one of them. I don’t know who the author is, and I don’t agree with everything he/she wrote. Many points are outdated, and many are still true.

Want to know how to keep a guy interested in you no matter what? Here are some sexy ways to make yourself dreamy and desirable in your man’s eyes.

Many girls may assume that guys are fickle and have a low interest span. But in reality, guys are no different from girls when it comes to staying happy in a relationship. Guys, just like girls, love novelty. And they always want to be with a girl who’s desirable, and one that’s envied by other girls and desired by other guys. Do you want to be that girl?

To keep a guy interested in you, you just need to remember a few ways to keep his interest aroused and his desire in you peaked.

Use these tips on how to keep a guy interested in you, and you’d see how easy it can be to make him want you all the time.

#1 Be spontaneous. Shock him, awe him, make plans for the evening or plan an entire elaborate date by yourself. Surprise him and never be too predictable.

#2 Don’t change yourself. Stay true to the real person that you are. Don’t change yourself constantly assuming he doesn’t like your personality. Be creative, but stick to your comfort zone.

#3 Take initiatives in bed. Your guy may like taking control in bed, but when you dominate him and show off your confidence, he can’t help but be awed by your confidence and sexiness in bed.

#4 Smell great all the time. Always smell great around him but don’t overpower subtle fragrances with sickly sweet perfumes though. Always smell good, and pay special attention to your personal hygiene and body odor.

#5 Awe his friends. Men are competitive. As long as he thinks he has the best girl in his social circle, he’ll always cling to you and want to be with you. Awe his friends and make them think you’re a great girl, and you’ve done a great job.

#6 Learn to seduce him. Seduction doesn’t stop in bed. Be sexy around him and be creative wherever you go.

#7 Show interest in his hobbies. A guy would absolutely love a girl who shows interest in his special hobbies, be it playing on his Xbox or climbing a mountain. Men want to spend their lives with a woman who truly understands them and connects to them.

#8  Be his shoulder to lean on. Give him your strength and support when he’s low on morale. Reassure him and help him confide his problems to you. Be his confidant and his warm pillow when he’s in the dumps and he’ll treat you like a goddess.

#9 Be his arm candy. Look good in his arms when both of you are together.

#10 Be financially secure. Be in control of your finances and have a well settled job. Guys love a girl with a steady head on her shoulders. At the same time, they stay a mile away from careless spendthrifts!

#11 Have intelligent conversations. A guy may want an arm candy when he’s on the streets, but he also wants a lover who can communicate with him and have intelligent conversations at the end of the day.

#12 Help him deal with life. Men may behave like the saviors of the world. But inside, they’re still little boys who need a cuddle and a hug now and then. Help your man deal with the issues life throws at him.

#13 Public display of affection. Your man may shy away from a bit of PDA, but he still loves it when you cling to his arms like a damsel in distress. It makes him feel more powerful and sexy!

#14 Stroke his ego. If you want to keep your guy interested and happy, learn to stroke his ego. Compliment his achievements and give him a pat on his back when he’s proud of something. Make him feel like a man and he’ll stay your man.

#15 Be interesting. Be interesting and creative with your life. See the happy side in everything, even in the most mundane of days. When you’re an optimist, your infectious happiness will definitely rub on to him.

#16 Don’t make him feel insecure. Flirt with others and talk to men, but never at the cost of his insecurity. When he’s around, hug him close and he’ll swell with affection for you.

#17 Don’t be easily available. Spend time with him, but don’t be ready for him at his beck and call. Be there for him, but make him miss you when you aren’t around.

#18 Don’t be clingy and needy. Guys like a damsel who needs their help. But that stops once the infatuation period is over. Show him that you’re self-reliant and he’ll always look for ways to help you and please you.

#19 Be sexually innovative. Know your moves in bed and everywhere else. Have sex in different places, role play with him, wear an apron and nothing else while cooking something special, tie his hands to the bedpost… You get the drift, don’t you?

#20 Be a good cook. No matter what people say, the adage, the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach still holds good.

#21 Don’t ever be a pushover. Don’t be the submissive wife. You don’t need to sit at his feet to earn his respect and love. Instead, be opinionated and throw him around when he throws his weight around you.

#22 Whip him when he can’t behave. Treat him like a spoilt child when he doesn’t behave. Ignore his childish behavior. Be unpredictable and rude when he misbehaves, and he’ll fear you and respect you at the same time.

#23 Make him proud of you. Guys may be shallow at first sight, but they still want a girl they can respect and admire.

#24 Respect yourself. You’re not a doormat. Let him know that you have the strength to move on if he does something stupid or treats you badly. Be an achiever and a girl he can look up to in awe. Always make it look like you’re the biggest prize he’s won.

#30 Make him dependent on you. As long as he thinks he can’t live without you or if he feels helpless without you, he’ll always stay interested in you.

Pick the traits you can use and you’ll see how easy it can be to keep a guy interested in you. But never let him use you or treat you like a pushover. And don’t think twice about punishing him or putting him in his place when he doesn’t treat you right. Earn his respect and love. And let him earn yours. Treat him with love and affection, but only if he deserves it. After all, as long as he fears losing a catch like yourself, he’ll never put a toe out of line, would he?

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2 Wonderful Recipes by @PatriceWilton

Love to cook? I have two wonderful recipes from the Paradise Cove series. Enjoy!

The first recipe is perfect for company. It’s extra special and delicious.

Orange Pecan French Toast

Orange Pecan French Toast

Ingredients:

  • 12 slices French bread (1-inch-thick slices)
  • 1cup packed brown sugar
  • 1⁄3 cup butter, melted
  • 2 tablespoons light corn syrup
  • 1⁄3 cup chopped pecans
  • 1⁄2 cup nonfat milk
  • 1 teaspoon grated orange rind
  • 1 cup fresh orange juice
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3 large egg whites

Directions:

  1. Combine brown sugar, butter, and corn syrup; pour into the prepared baking dish.
  2. Sprinkle chopped pecans evenly over sugar mixture.
  3. In a bowl, combine milk, orange zest, granulated sugar, cinnamon, vanilla, whole eggs, and egg whites. Whip with a whisk until thoroughly combined.
  4. Arrange bread slices over pecans in dish. Pour egg mixture over bread.
  5. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour or up to overnight.
  6. When ready to eat, preheat oven to 350°. Remove baking dish from refrigerator.
  7. Carefully turn bread slices over to absorb excess egg mixture.
  8. Let stand at room temperature while the oven preheats.
  9. Bake for 35 minutes or until lightly browned.

Classic Cuban-Style Picadillo

This is a classic Cuban picadillo recipe for ground beef that is typically eaten over white rice. It can also be used as a filling for tacos or empanadas. It’s delicious with fried ripe plantains.

Recipes

Prep: 10 mins – Cook: 20 mins – Total: 30 mins – Servings: 4

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • ½ green bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced, or more to taste
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 6 large pitted green olives, quartered
  • ½ cup raisins
  • 1 tablespoon capers (optional)
  • 2 (1.41 ounce) packages Sazon seasoning (such as Goya®)
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon white sugar
  • salt to taste

Directions:

  1. Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium heat; cook and stir onion, bell pepper, and garlic, onion in the hot oil until softened, 5 to 7 minutes.
  2. Add ground beef into the skillet; cook and stir until crumbly and completely browned, 7 to 10 minutes.
  3. Stir tomato sauce, olives, raisins, capers, cumin, Sazon seasoning, sugar, and salt into the ground beef mixture.
  4. Cover the skillet, reduce heat to low, and cook until the mixture is heated through, 5 to 10 minutes.

 

Both recipes sound great, don’t they? I hope you try one of them and let your family or friends enjoy something different this Fall.

My latest book, A RECIPE FOR DISASTER will be on KU by Friday, Sept. 23rd! It’s a fun, fast Romantic Comedy. It will be $.99 and I hope you give it a try!

 

A Recipe for Disaster

Available for Kindle readers Friday, Sept 23rd!

ALL THE FOURS Luscious Sponge Cake by Katy Walters

To make this ALL THE FOURS Luscious Sponge Cake, you will need two 7-inch cake baking tins lined with greased paper or baking parchment. I usually forget the parchment and it turns out okay.

Lemon Sponge Cake

Four ounces butter, softened, or you can use margarine. But butter does give a richer and sweeter taste. Not good for the waist, but there are times when we have to forget our figures.

Four ounces of self-raising flour.

Four ounces caster sugar. Ordinary granulated sugar can be used if you have run out of caster sugar. I always run out so I use granulated. It tastes and looks the same. Save some money too.

Now back to the ingredients for the sponge cake.

Three good-sized eggs.

For that Chef’s touch of expertise, cream the sugar and butter together until the mixture is soft and creamy – no lumps! You can do this by hand using a spoon or fork. Or, you can use your mixer.  Don’t use your hands or fingers, it can get too sticky. I don’t. Some insist on all ‘handmade,’ but I think this does not apply here.

Then, one at a time, beat in the eggs. Be gentle!!

This is not the time to do the Zumba. Swinging hips and jumping with wriggles does not a sponge cake make! Actually, I have never done the Zumba, I don’t know the steps.

Sift in the flour and gently fold into the mixture with a large spoon. Don’t lick the spoon!!! The infants might be watching.

Now, the mixture should be very thick and creamy.

Pour the mixture into the pre-heated tins and put the tins in a preheated oven on 180C Fan or Gas 4.

The sponges should be baked for 25 minutes. Test with a knife but don’t be too rough. It needs a smooth surface, not gauge marks. Someone will start looking for blood. And that’s a big put-off.

Make sure the cake is baked and not sticky. If it is, leave the tins in the oven for another few minutes, but don’t forget it and start watching some hunk on the TV or some lady from the 18th century teaching tapestry. Forget the hunk and discard the tapestry. Check!!

LEMON ICING

Mix together:

  • 1½ tablespoons lemon juice
  • 150 grams icing sugar

Plaster this mixture over the sponge.

Enjoy. Leave some for the family.

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