Playoff Hockey

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You may know from my past posts we are a true hockey family.  Right now I am averaging about 5 hours sleep staying up late watching the playoffs but how can I turn it off when so many of the teams have some of our beloved former Buffalo Sabres on them????  And yes this prayer is for last nights Blues / Blackhawks game.  While Patrick Kane is from Buffalo, I am sorry Ryan Miller and Steve Ott rule in our house.  It was a hard loss and I did yell a few choice words at the TV.  I did feel better though knowing Lindy Ruff tied his series!!!  So our new tagline at home is GFBS (Go Former Buffalo Sabres)!!

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Apple Cinnamon Loaf

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So this weekend my son is in the Bauer Hockey Tournament in Canada.  It’s close enough to us that we can commute back and forth to the games so we don’t have to rope someone into staying and caring for the animals.  On top of the tournament our daughter starts her first games of softball tonight and I am hosting the uniform exchange at our school where people can pick up and drop off gently used uniforms rather than buying new all the time.

If you know hockey you know most games are early mornings.  With that in mind and knowing my son (who like his mother) just can’t eat first thing in the morning, I decided to whip up a couple loaves of our Apple Cinnamon bread.  It’s easy to slice and wrap for him to eat in the car on the way to a game and an extra slice for the ride home.  This along with an orange juice should give him the energy to get that PUCK IN THE NET!!!! (who am I kidding that kid will not drink orange juice it’s chocolate milk or nothing in the morning).  But either way, I still hope he gets some goals!!

This is a simple recipe and I make many versions during apple season and freeze them (such as wheat flour, agave in place of sugar, applesauce etc).  I will post those when I make them.  But for these I followed my friends original recipe as follows:

There is no wrong way to do this.  It always comes out perfect!!

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Apple Cinnamon Loaf
1/3 cup brown sugar (not packed)
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2/3 cup white sugar
1/2 cup butter, softened
2 eggs
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 3/4 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 cup milk (I used rice milk just because I had it open)
1 apple, peeled and chopped (I used fuji apples)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour a 9 x 5-inch loaf pan. Mix brown sugar and cinnamon together in a bowl and set aside. Beat white sugar and butter together in a bowl using an electric mixer until smooth and creamy. Beat in eggs, 1 at a time, until incorporated; add vanilla extract.

Combine flour and baking powder together in another bowl; stir into creamed butter mixture. Mix milk into batter until smooth. Pour half the batter into the prepared loaf pan. Next add half the apples and half the brown sugar cinnamon mixture. Lightly pat apple mixture into batter.

Pour the remaining batter over apple layer; top with remaining apples and add more brown sugar/cinnamon mixture. Lightly pat apples into batter; swirl brown sugar mixture through apples using a finger or spoon.

Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted in the center of the loaf comes out clean, 30 to 40 minutes.

Yes, I made 2 loaves instead of one so we could eat some this morning and they can have it tonight with ice cream for dessert!! 

Kale Chips

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There are no easier chips to make than Kale chips in my opinion.  They are crunchy, lightly salted and so good for you!!  My kids asked for them after school so I made a quick batch before one was off to softball practice and the other to hockey practice.

I posted earlier about growing your own scallions for life (ok not life but it says a really long time) and I had to get some to try it.  While getting the scallions the kale was laying there all green and pretty just calling me to buy it.  I figured I would use it in a stir fry but that was not to be.  It’s now gone.

If you have never tried Kale chips and you like broccoli (as they have a similar flavor) I suggest you grab a bunch of kale at the store and try these.  Besides tasting great they are truly a healthy snack and a good way to get those greens in your body!!

Ingredients:

1 bunch of kale cleaned and de-stemmed (that means pull the leaves off the middle stem)

sea salt

olive oil

mix the leaves in a tiny bit of olive oil (just enough to give them a shine) and sprinkle with a few pinches of sea salt

lay them on a baking sheet and heat in a 350 degree oven until they are browning on edges and crisp to the touch.

Cool and Enjoy!!!

I could barely let mine cool enough to get a picture before my daughter photobombed and grabbed one.

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