Saturday, March 15, 2014

Apple Streusel Coffee Cake

{I Think I Can} Apple Streusel Coffee Cake

Sunday morning we are having two of my cousins from Oregon here for breakfast. What a treat! Plus I love breakfast food, & when do I go "all out" for just the two of us?  

So here's the menu: Frozen Fruit Cups, Hard Boil Egg Casserole, Crescent Sausage Cheese Squares...and I used some of my homemade Canned Apple Pie Filling, to make this delicious Coffee Cake! 


2 tsp cinnamon
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 cup chopped pecans
3 cups flour
1 cup sugar
1 ½ cup milk
½ cup butter, softened
3 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
3 eggs
3 TBS butter, melted

1 ½ cup powdered sugar
2 TBS melted butter
1 ½ tsp vanilla
4-5 tsp hot water

Preheat oven to 350. Grease 9x13 pan.  Combine pie filling & cinnamon – set aside. Combine brown sugar and nuts – set aside. In large bowl or Kitchen Aid Mixer, combine flour, sugar, milk, ½ cup softened butter, baking powder, salt, & eggs. Mix on low for 30 seconds.  Beat on medium speed for 2 minutes. Pour half of the batter into 9x13 pan. Spoon half of the pie filling evenly over batter. Spread half the brown sugar mixture evenly over pie filling. Add remaining batter to pan and spread remaining pie filling over top. Mix 3 TBS melted butter with the remaining brown sugar mixture. Spread evenly over top of cake.  Bake 60+ minutes until tester comes out clean.  Drizzle with the frosting 20 minutes after cake comes out of the oven.

{I Think I Can} Apple Streusel Coffee Cake

Friday, March 14, 2014

Beef Pot Pie & 3.14

Did you know 
today is Pi Day? 

{I Think I Can}: Leftover Beef Stew Pot Pie

So, one thing I've been trying to do lately is find creative ways to use up left overs, because a certain someone doesn't like to eat leftovers in this house...and how do you cook for 2 people & NOT have leftovers?


I had some leftover Beef Stew, and thought...what about Beef Pot Pie?  Kinda like Chicken Pot Pie, right!?  It has the meat, potatoes, veggies... just add a crust ( & He loves Chicken Pot Pie, so it's worth a try...!)  

Plus today is Pi Day (3.14)...Get it?  Kinda neat, huh!?  :)  So here's the recipe for the easy way to use up left over Beef Stew.


1 9-inch pie crust
left over Beef Stew
1 pkg Brown Gravy Mix
1 egg, beaten

Place Beef Stew in pie pan.  Make the gravy according to package directions. Pour over top of stew (I didn't use it all, depends on how dry it is, and how much stew you used...).  Place crust on top.  Poke holes in it--make a cool design, be creative, make a secret message...:)  Brush with half of the beaten egg.  
Bake at 375 for 40 minutes.

Happy Pi Day everyone!