French Bread Pizza

I am sooooo far behind on my posts.  Time is not on my side lately with kids school, cheer, hockey, work, harvesting, and preparing the farm for winter!!

This is a quick very economical meal.  No tricks here!  Add a green salad and your whole meal for a family of 4 is under $10.

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Another wonderful thing about this meal is everyone can have what they like on their pizza!

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How it should be

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I try to keep my posts short and will do my best here.  This is my mother.  She is 71 years old.  She has always been a very independent woman carrying on the legacy of most of the women on her side of our family.  This picture was taken yesterday, June 6th, in the Erie Canal.

I am sure some of you remember the song about the Erie Canal.  We are lucky enough to live very close to it and are able to take our boat on it and kayak.  It’s always a great time!!

My father passed away in 2002 from cancer.  A few years later my mother’s best friends husband passed away also from cancer.  Rosie is also 71 years old.  These two women are crazy together and keep us on our toes.  This winter they decided to take off and live like gypsies visiting friends along the East Coast driving from Buffalo to Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia and all over Florida.  They had no reservations, picked places to stay along the way, bought food to eat in the car and visited all of their friends and relatives.  They were gone for 3 months and spent less money than it would have cost our family of 4 to fly and stay somewhere for a week!!

They kayak almost every day in the summer in the early morning.  These pictures were from yesterday along the Erie Canal and the Ellicott Creek.  They loaded their kayaks onto their cars and off they went.

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driving off the Island to the Erie Canal (mom)

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Mom’s friend Rosie

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cruising along

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stopping along the way for lunch (they had an apple, banana, and blue chips lol)

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Rosie launching

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Where the two canals meet

Can’t imagine where I get my independence and determination from 🙂

Cake Pops

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The kids had a half day of school today.  Normally grandma comes to hang out with them until I get home but today she was sick.  So they entertained themselves by making these pretty (and messy) cake pops in the cake pop maker Chase received for her birthday.  She loves it as you can see and so does Chance.  They made quite a few but ate most of them before I got home. 

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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!!