Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Recipe Corner: "Apple Cinnamon Crumb Cake"

  1. It is our first autumn here in New York's Hudson Valley and what a gorgeous one it is! This crumb cake made with fall's bounty of NY apples is my newest creation and has The Southern Fried Husband's official seal of approval.
  3. "Apple Cinnamon Crumb Cake"

  4. cake:
  5. 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  6. 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  7. 1 teaspoon baking powder
  8. 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  9. 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  10. 1/8 teaspoon salt
  11. 1/4 cup milk
  12. 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  13. 1/4 cup oil
  14. 1 large egg
  15. 2 medium apples, washed, peeled, cored grated
  16. 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

  17.  crumb topping:
  18. 1/3 cup packed light brown sugar
  19. 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  20. 1/4 teaspoon salt
  21. 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  22. 1 stick unsalted butter, melted 
 Drizzle Icing:
1 cup powdered sugar
2 teaspoons milk
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spray an 8" round springform pan with cooking spray and dusting of flour. Grate apples into small bowl and sprinkle cinnamon over apples. Set aside. Prepare crumb topping in medium bowl by whisking together sugar, cinnamon, salt and flour. Add melted butter and fluff with fork until mixtures creates crumbs. Set aside. In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, baking soda and salt. Set aside. In separate mixing bowl, whisk together milk, vanilla, oil and egg. Add dry ingredients to milk mixture and stir mix slightly. Pour the cake batter into pan. Place grated apple mixture over the batter. Sprinkle crumb topping over the apples. Bake 30-35 minutes or until the topping is golden brown. Let cool completely in the pan. If desired, prepare drizzle icing by stirring  powdered sugar and milk together in small bowl and drizzle over cake. Transfer cake onto a serving plate or stand. Slice and enjoy!  

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Review: Glen Campbell's "I'll Be Me" movie documentary and soundtrack giveaway

I was incredibly honored to be given the opportunity to watch Glen Campbell's "I'll Be Me" movie documentary before it opens in movie theaters. I have been a fan of his since I was a young child as were the family members in my household growing up.  I have a list of my all-time favorite songs and at the top of that list is Glen's beloved hit "Galveston". One of the greatest concerts I have ever attended was when my husband, who was then my boyfriend, took me to see Andy Williams and Glen Campbell in concert together at Andy's Moon River Theatre in Branson, MO.

In 2011, when Glen Campbell was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, he would joined forces with his family to fight the biggest battle of his life. Glen and his wife, Kim, made history by going public with the diagnosis – the first time a major American celebrity would share this experience with the world. The Campbell family then embarked on what they thought was going to be a short “Goodbye Tour,” but the three-week engagement turned into an emotional and triumphant 151-show national tour.  

I lost a great-uncle to Alzheimer's Disease and the disease is near and dear to my heart. I remember my sadness when I first heard a news report about Glen's diagnosis. If you have had or currently have a family member or loved one suffering from this disease, the news of someone else's diagnosis seems to strike a raw chord inside of you. It's important to embrace the "hope" side of the disease, which is exactly what Glen and his family are doing. 

This movie documentary is an epic human drama about the undying bond between Glen and Kim, and their unwavering caring for each other, chronicles a story of love, resilience and the power of song. It tells the true tale of how America’s greatest country star would not give up his music or his family, against all odds.

The film features a star-packed lineup of those who know and love Glen, including Bruce Springsteen, Bill Clinton, The Edge, Paul McCartney, Jay Leno, Vince Gill, Jimmy Webb, Blake Shelton, Sheryl Crow, Keith Urban, Brad Paisley and Steve Martin. I love the rare vintage footage shared as well as extraordinary new performances of Glen’s most beloved hits. With joy and a tireless sense of humor, Glen and his family live each moment in the present while preparing for the future, all while playing their music to sold out venues on a star spangled voyage spanning the country from Carnegie Hall to the Hollywood Bowl.

To learn more about this inspiring film, you can visit the website here and watch a preview clip here.
Giveaway: One of you will win the film's 5 song soundtrack.  To enter, leave a comment below and let me know if you have a favorite Glen Campbell song or memory from a concert or TV performance. Giveaway closes Thursday, October 23 at noon EST and winner announced immediately. 
Disclosure: Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.
 Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.”

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Disney's "Frozen:The Songs" Music Review and Giveaway

I have grown up with Disney movies and music. I was so excited when Walt Disney Music gave me the opportunity to review their new CD "Frozen: The Songs" from the hit movie. This CD was just released on September 30.

The CD includes the 2014 Academy Award winner for Best Original Song, "Let It Go", which I found inspiring as a grown up. The fun songs so perfectly match the wonder-filled movie.  I experienced such heartwarming emotions throughout the sweet song, "Do You Want to Build a Snowman?"

The CD includes this fun "Frozen" foldout poster.

Not one, but two of you are going to win this CD. To enter, leave a comment below and let me know if you or someone you love has a favorite song from this movie. Giveaway closes tonight at 10:30 pm EST. 

Disclaimer: I received this soundtrack from Walt Disney Records, as well as two soundtracks to give away to two of my readers,  in exchange for my honest feedback. This post was sponsored by #disneymusic and #enmnetwork, If it come to this blogger's attention that the winner of my giveaway has won on a additional blog, this blog reserves the right to choose another winner.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Harvest Snaps Review and Giveaway

I'm always looking for snacks that have these three things in common: tasty, healthy and fun. 
I was excited to receive this box of Snapea Crisps and Lentil Snaps to try from Harvest Snaps:

I love the fact they are baked, a non-GMO product and a gluten-free snack offering. They are baked and I enjoyed each of the six flavors. They made a great post-workout snack, a fun and crunchy salad topping as well as a great side to a lunch sandwich.

I love that the flavors are not your usual flavor choices. My favorite Tomato Basil. My husband's favorite is the Caesar flavor. 

Wasabi Ranch


Onion Thyme

Tomato Basil

Black Pepper

Lightly Salted

To see lots of fun ideas on using these tasty snacks with your meal time, you can find "Lunchspiration" by clicking below:

You can also visit the website for Harvest Snaps

Here's a fun flash giveaway:

One of you will win a Harvest Snacks snack box. To enter, leave a comment below letting me know which flavor you would most like to try. Giveaway closes tonight at 11:59 pm.

This post was created in partnership with Harvest Snaps. I have been compensated for this post. However, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Saturday, August 2, 2014

The Uncharted Course

To My Dear Readers,

When I first started this blog in 2011 after making the cross-country journey as the lifelong Oklahoma girl to a new life in New York, I made a point to share slices of my life with you. This past year that began to change as one of the toughest years of my entire life unfurled. Now I will once again be sharing glimpses into my life with you, this time for the purpose of awareness.

Last week, I went home to Oklahoma for a dearly needed visit to see my friends and loved ones there, also spend cherished moments visiting and lovingly decorating my mother and maternal grandparents' graves. While I was in Oklahoma, I shared with my closest loved ones about a life-changing event that has come to pass as the month of July began a time of devastation in mine and my husband's lives, as well as the lives of people I have counted so dear to me as I lived life through a veil of sadness and despair. One loved one I did not get to see when I went to Tulsa, but very much felt her presence, was the late, great Susan Ponville, Tea and Magnolias shop maven who was a member of the SFB Family. I stopped at the store to pay my condolences to her daughter Jamie in person, and I couldn't help but wish Susan were here to give me some of her advice as I go through this heartbreaking season in my life. I looked up as I approached the cash register station and saw a book they were showcasing called, "Jesus and Me". I saw that as my answer to what she would share with me and I bought the book. I began reading it on the plane journeys back to New York and I have been tremendously blessed and encouraged by the author's anointed words.

In order to concentrate on my priorities of my family and Faith, I will be taking a break from this blog and what's become the SFB community that I so dearly love. I cannot say when I will return, but I will be chiming in from time to time to share updates with you. What I would ask of those of you who pray is that you would please lift up a prayer for me and my husband during this time and for loved ones affected by this heartbreak as a journey with an uncharted course begins this coming week.


Friday, July 4, 2014

Happy 4th of July! "Easy No-Bake Apple Pie"

The 4th of July is here! One of my favorite traditions on the 4th is making an all-American dessert: apple pie. This apple pie is a no-heating-up-the-oven required recipe perfect for this hot summer weather. It is a lightened up treat that can be enjoyed by diabetics as well as those who strive for healthier eating. You can substitute any of the lightened up ingredients in this recipe for the regular version, but I love the flavor created with the sugar free versions. I'm getting ready to come home to Oklahoma for a visit and I'm sure excited. 

Happy 238th Birthday America and I hope y'all have a "blast" on the 4th! 

“Southern Fried Bride's Easy No Bake Apple Pie”

 5 medium apples, peeled and sliced
 2 cups water
 1 package (4-serving size) sugar-free JELL-O lemon gelatin
 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 teaspoon brown sugar
 1 package (4-serving size) sugar-free JELL-O cook-and-serve vanilla pudding mix
 1 (8 inch) Keebler reduced-fat graham cracker pie crust
 Optional: 1 cup Cool-Whip Sugar Free whipped topping

In large saucepan, combine sliced apples, 1 1/2 cups water, gelatin, cinnamon, nutmeg and brown sugar. Bring to boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 4-6 minutes or until apples are tender. Combine dry pudding mix and remaining ¼ cup water. Stir into apple mixture. Cook for 2 minutes or until mixture begins to thicken. Remove from heat. Pour into crust. Refrigerate for at least 3 hours before serving. Garnish, if desired, with a dollop of whipped topping before serving. Enjoy!

Monday, June 30, 2014

""Be Yourself, Together" with #TargetWedding and a Giveaway- Sponsored Post

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Wedding season is in full swing! Have you already been to a wedding this summer, or looking forward to going to one? 

I am a Target fan. It is my go-to website for gifting across the miles and I can be found perusing my local store on any given day. One of my common gifting pursuits at Target is shopping for an ideal wedding gift for a special couple in my life. 

This year's theme at Target Weddings is "Be Yourself, Together". I love that this theme celebrates the distinct personalities of each person in the relationship and combines to make something truly unique for the couple.  Target Wedding Registry has so many possibilities to find unique and memorable gifts for special couples in your life.  

I know just the gifts I would pair to make a memorable summer wedding gift for a special couple. 

1. I'm crazy about this Menu Chalkboard, one of June's featured registry items. The 14x30" black wooden board is available at Target for $34.99. features unique hand-lettering by graphic designer Dana Tanamachi plus plenty of space to write the day's menu, party drink selections or a cute message for your spouse to find when they come in the kitchen.  

2. I swear by cast iron for my cooking. I'm loving seeing it once again rising in popularity. The Lodge Logic Cast Iron Set is available through Target's website for $64.99 and I think the 5 pieces in this set make it a great cooking resource for a couple's kitchen. It comes with a Dutch oven and several different skillets. I love it that they come pre-seasoned and are oven-safe.    

3. The Pyrex Smart Essentials Mixing Bowl Set has my go-to bowls for so many different uses in my kitchen. They are available in stores and online for $13.19. They are odor and stain resistant, come in a variety of sizes, each with a BPA-free plastic lid. I love the color coding of the lids and the fact they are dishwasher and microwave safe. 

4. The finishing touch to this pairing of swaggin' summer gifts is one of my most-used kitchen utencils. I'm topping things off with their own lovin' spoonful served up with love with the  Wood Spoon and Turner Set by Calphalon. Made of sturdy bamboo and dishwasher safe. Available in stores and online for $9.99.   

How about a giveaway? Leave a comment below and let me know your favorite item on the Target and one of you will win a $25 Target gift card! Giveaway closes Tuesday, July 8, 2014 at noon EST.

Content and/or other value provided by our partner, Target. All opinions are my own.