Tuesday, April 28, 2009

As Promised (a day late)

Leave It To A Southerner To Totally Ruin The Nutritional Value Of An Apple

I was talking to one of my parent’s neighbors this morning about her wonderful fried apple pies I grew up loving so much. One of my favorite childhood memories is the heavenly scent of Mrs. C’s fried apple pies making its way two doors down to our house on a breezy day. Being the foodie I am and always have been, I never failed to come up with a clever excuse to go for a visit when my nose became aware it was “fried apple pie day” at Mrs. C’s house. Which wasn’t hard to do, seeing how her daughter was (and still is) one of my best friends.
Mrs. C said she made Paula Deen’s apple fritters recipe one day last week and knew I’d love them as much as I love fried apple pies. Bless her little heart - she was so right. Here’s the recipe:

Apple Fritters
Recipe by Paula Deen, 2008
Prep Time:10 min
Cook Time: 8 min
Serves: about 20 fritters

2 tablespoons oil (or as much as it takes to cover the bottom of your skillet)
1 egg, beaten
1/2 cup milk
2 teaspoons sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 cup sour cream
1 cup self-rising flour
3 apples peeled, cored and sliced horizontally, about 1/4-inch thick
Powdered sugar, optional
Note: although the recipe doesn’t call for it, I took it upon myself to add some vanilla flavoring to the batter. Granny Smith apples are very tart in this recipe; use a sweeter apple if you dislike the tart ones.
Heat 2 tablespoons oil to 375 degrees F.
Combine in a bowl the beaten egg, milk, sugar, cinnamon and sour cream. Mix well and add flour.
Dip apples in batter and carefully place in oil. Cook for 1 to 2 minutes. Turn and cook 1 to 2 minutes more. Remove fritters and drain. Maybe sprinkle with powdered sugar, if desired. Serve warm.

Two hours later, not even a measly crumb remains, but the scent of battered apples fried in a cast iron skillet is still lingering in the air. Stephen is most certainly his mother’s son. What I didn’t eat, he finished off with a glass of milk as soon as he got off the bus today. These are the simple things I want to remember and cling to -- which is why I journal such occasions. Yes, to share a recipe with my fellow foodies, but also to share a moment and a memory.

I hope those of you who decide to try this recipe will enjoy them as much as Stephen and I have today.

Monday, April 27, 2009

HEY this is a good sign!

I took the Christmas decorations down from my blog!

... And it's only April!

I'm really getting a handle on this procrastination thing! Don't you think?

Seriously, friends ... I have a new blog entry ready to add (and it involves food!) but at this very moment, I am busy with Stephen so I'll get to it soon.

See y'all soon!

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Yes, we're here ...

Hey guys. I apologize for the blogging hiatus. Life has been ... demanding. I'm not complaining, only stating the facts.

Some of you already know that I have been hanging out on Facebook a lot these days. If you do facebook, would you hit me up over there? My user name is Mia Renee and I am in the Birmingham, AL network. What I love about facebook is, I can do a 5 second status entry to stay in touch. That's perfect for someone with adult ADD such as myself.

Trust me, I'm NOT leaving blogger. I do have a few new ideas rolling around in my ever-so-busy mind and two other blogs in the works. One is totally about my spiritual walk and spiritual growth. The other blog is going to be about my photography. I'm sad that the move from AOL journals lost most of our photos from our old entries. I downloaded them, so they're in safe keeping but do you honestly think I'm willing to upload each photo entry I made for more than five years to match each blog? Hah, you know me too well to make that assumption, don't you?

Stephen is home sick this week. He's been sick since last Thursday and you know him, he doesn't bounce back like the average child would. He's on the mend though. And once he's back in school, I "might" make time to take these Christmas decorations down from my blog. (LOL)

thanks for the comments and emails to check on us. I will return ASAP!

Y'all take care!