Tomorrow is the official start of fall here in the U.S.
You would never know it, in my neck of the woods! It is hot and humid, and will be for at least the next week. We are reaching 90* and the humidity is thick!
Yesterday morning when I went out to feed the kitties, dew was actually dripping from the trees!! That is something I have never seen before.
I am sure there are places that are actually feeling like fall - and please note - I am NOT complaining. It will be here quick enough and then winter will be at it's coat tails. ICK!
There are certain things that just remind all of us that fall IS a lovely time of the year. There are special smells, crisp air, beautiful colors, and there is even a different sound in the air.
We all have different foods that we fix and enjoy once the weather gets cooler.
Soups, stews, casseroles, baked goods, apples, pumpkins, cider, and just about any comfort food.
Today I am going to list a couple fun recipes, mostly using what we would have on hand, that just scream fall in my opinion!
MOM'S SLOPPY JOES
1 lb. ground beef (or turkey)
1/2 C onion, chopped
1/2 C celery, thinly sliced
1 1/2 C catsup
1/4 C brown sugar - packed
1 Tbsp. vinegar
1 1/2 Tbsp. prepared mustard
salt & pepper to taste
Brown your ground meat along with the onion and celery. Drain and set aside. Mix the remaining ingredients, and add to beef mixture. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer until thoroughly warmed. Serve on sandwich buns.
There's nothing like a good sloppy Joe and chips or home fries on a cool winter's evening to me.
HAM AND CHEESE CUPS
2 C self-rising flour
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 C mayonnaise
1 C milk
1/2 C cooked ham (I would think you could use pork, beef, chicken whatever you have)
1/2 C shredded cheese
Combine flour and baking soda, set aside. Mix remaining ingredients together, and add to flour mixture. Fill greased muffin tins 2/3 full. Bake at 425* for 16 - 18 minutes. Makes about 12.
These are yummy for a quick breakfast, lunch, after school snack, or even with sides for dinner. These would also be great on a buffet!
3/4 C water
1 Tbsp. butter
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 C sugar
1 Tbsp. all-purpose flour
1 Tbsp. cocoa
Place water, butter and vanilla in a saucepan; bring to a boil. Remove from heat; set aside. Combine remaining ingredients together, and slowly whisk into the water mixture until thickened. Serve warm. Makes about one cup.
If you have never tried this - you are missing out!!! It is a southern 'thing' here.
Drizzle over hot biscuits, pancakes, or waffles on a cold morning and all will be right with the world!!!
You can adjust it how ever you choose. It is mainly things we probably all have on hand.
I hope you can try and enjoy a couple of these. I love having easy recipes that contain NO special ingredients that I have to go out and buy. I can fix them whenever I want - ingredients all from the pantry/freezer. Got to love no-spend meals!!!