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"Susie Homemaker"

When the weather starts to get cold I turned into my alter-ego Little Miss Susie Home-maker!  I pull out my big stand mixer & start baking.

I am not one to do things halfway & usually make at least 3 of everything & stockpile things in the freezer.   I see no point in making a gigantuous ( I made up that word) mess unless there something to be gained by it.  Usually Popster follows behind me cleaning up & doing dishes.  It drives him crazy as I own 3 of everything & usually will grab another measuring cup, spoon or whatever instead of washing the one I just used!

This is what I made this morning...unfortunately I had to clean up my own mess...Popster was at work!

By 8:00am I had made the pumpkin breads, a chopped salad & hardboiled eggs (my lunch for the week) & fixed a pot roast in the crock pot(Popster's dinner).  I even had all the dishes done & the kitchen cleaned!

Yesterday I made Apple Cranberry bread ....sorry no picture
Banana Sour Cream bread ...see yesterday's post
All three recipes are from
These are apple-raisin bars which I got from a magazine

2 cups all purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
11/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
2 cups packed light brown sugar
2 eggs
1/2 cup(1 stick) butter
1 tsp vanilla extract
11/2 cups diced apples
1/2 cup raisins

Preheat oven to 350.  Liberally spray 13x9x2 inch baking pan with non-stick cooking spray.

In a medium bowl whisk together flour, baking powder, cinnamon & salt.

In a large bowl, with electric mixer on med speed, blend together sugar, eggs, butter & vanilla for 3 mins until smooth.

Reduce speed to low & gradually add flour mixture for 2 mins until incorporated.  Stir in apples & raisins  & spread in pan.  I also used chopped walnuts

Bake at 350 for 35 mins.  Cool completely before cutting into bars.

I try to make everything a little healthier so I always use a combination of non-bleached & whole wheat flour & also cut back on the amount of sugar.  It doesn't appear to really change any of these recipes.

PS  Whoops....I just discovered I didn't plug in the crock pot...I guess Popster will be eating late tonight!!


  1. Mmmmmm....those all look fantastic! I might need to borrow the recipes!

    Hope you're doing well!


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