Make the Ultimate Apple Pie

Everything You Need to Know to Make the Ultimate Apple Pie |

I’m out here on the ship and REALLY starting to miss my sweets!

They try, but somehow they just don’t ever seem to get it right. I’ve very rarely been aboard a ship without great cooks. Most companies understand that a good, hot meal is the only thing the crew has to look forward to during the day and it helps morale enormously to have good food to eat.

I’ve been on this ship a few times now and I have to give them credit. They have improved a lot since I was first here. I just wish they would get the snacks and sweets down!

They have a BBQ on Saturdays here, and they make a very nice apple crumble. I had it yesterday. It was really good. The only problem with it was the “crumble”. It didn’t. I know a couple of easy recipes to fix that part. Or maybe this lesson on apple pies in the link above at would help?

White Chocolate-Raspberry Cheesecake Bars

White Chocolate-Raspberry Cheesecake Bars Recipe – Kraft Recipes.

I love cheesecake! I love chocolate! I love white chocolate! And, I love raspberries!

This is the perfect combination. 🙂

Looks so good and simple to make. Use some Oreo cookies for the crust like they say, or make it even easier and use a store bought crust. It should just take a few minutes to make this and then you have to wait at least a couple hours for it to cool off.

That’s the hardest part…


I’ve got at least 2 more weeks before I can go home and try some of this. 😦

How to Host an Oktoberfest Party

How to Host an Oktoberfest Party – Betty Crocker.

Since I’ll be going back to work soon, I’ll be missing Octoberfest this year. It actually started in Munich yesterday.

It’s already over here in Houston. I might have gone if I knew about it earlier. Really, I just had too much to do at home to check out fun things to do. 😦

It’s always like that when I first come home from being offshore for a month or more. With this new job I recently started it looks like I’ll be missing ALL of the things I’d like to do for the next few months at least. 😦

Here are some fun suggestions for those of you who DO get a chance to enjoy some interesting events on your time off. 🙂

Those pretzels look especially interesting. And beer is always good, I even have some Saint Arnold Octoberfest brew in my fridge right now, I’ll just have to settle for a few of those before I leave for work. 🙂

Cheesy Chicken Alfredo Skillet Recipe

Cheesy Chicken Alfredo Skillet Recipe – Kraft Recipes.

Well this looks quick and easy and it sounds like it would taste pretty good too.

I have to admit I haven’t tried this one yet. I’ve never bought that particular dinner ‘kit’ before tho I have used other ones like the hamburger helper.

This one looks even easier than the way I usually make chicken lately (which is pretty easy). I like to start by saute-ing a bunch of onions and mushrooms in a big cast iron skillet (with REAL butter- I don’t like the fake stuff!).

Get the onions to where they’re turning clear, then throw in the sliced up chicken with the mushrooms. I’ll add some cream cheese (if I have it) and sour cream. If it gets too thick, I’ll thin it out with some heavy cream.

Boil up some pasta (whatever kind you prefer), I usually use plain spaghetti and mix it around in the pan when the chicken is done cooking. Sometimes I just skip the pasta (it’ll save a FEW calories) and just have the chicken like a thick creamy stew in a bowl.

Season it up with my usual stuff (Mrs Dash, onion salt, garlic powder) and then top it off with some Italian style cheese to melt all gooey on top. Sometimes, depending on how I feel, I might mix in some lime juice, or tequila (or both). It adds a little kick. 😉

Good stuff!

I don’t know if the mix will be as good as my recipe (I doubt it), but since it’s so quick and easy I guess it’s worth a try. I can probably find ways to fix it up some. 🙂

Give mine a try too, I think you’ll like it. You can use the ‘light’ alternatives and make it much healthier if you prefer. 😉