Baked Apple Pancake

Thursday, October 19, 2017

We recently gave this breakfast casserole a try, and we were impressed! Not only was it easy to make, but it was also a welcome warm breakfast for a chilly fall morning.

What makes this so easy is that you mix everything up and then put it in a casserole dish to bake. So while it might taste like apple pancakes, you don't have to make them one by one. Give this recipe a try - you'll be happy to add it to your fall breakfast rotation.

Harris Sisters GirlTalk: Baked Apple Pancake

Baked Apple Pancake

6 medium apples, peeled and sliced
1/4 cup lemon juice
1 tsp cinnamon
3/4 cup confectioner's sugar
12 Tbsp butter, melted and cooled, divided
6 eggs
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup milk
1 tsp vanilla


  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Spray a 3 quart casserole dish with cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. Place apple slices in a skillet with lemon juice. Toss with cinnamon and confectioner's sugar. Add 8 Tablespoons butter. Cook on low-medium heat, stirring, for 4 minutes until apples are tender.
  3. Add flour, salt, eggs, milk, vanilla, and remaining butter to a mixing bowl. Beat with an electric mixer until all ingredients are incorporated.
  4. Spread apples evenly in bottom of casserole dish. Pour batter over top.
  5. Bake about 20-25 minutes, until no moist spots are left in the batter.
  6. Remove from oven and serve by flipping portions onto plates and sprinkling with confectioner's sugar. Serve warm.
Harris Sisters GirlTalk: Baked Apple Pancake

Harris Sisters GirlTalk: Baked Apple Pancake

Your family will really love this breakfast treat - it's almost like having apple pie for breakfast! (And who can resist that?) If you're looking for other tried and true fall breakfast recipes, give these a try:

Pumpkin White Chocolate Chip Cookies

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

The season for pumpkin is here! If you're looking for a new cookie recipe for fall, give this one a try. 

These yummy cookies have a cake-like consistency, and the pumpkin and spice flavors are perfect for the fall season. These are the perfect dessert to bring to any upcoming Halloween parties you might have - you'll be glad you tried this recipe!

Harris Sisters GirlTalk: Pumpkin White Chocolate Chip Cookies

Pumpkin White Chocolate Chip Cookies

4 sticks butter, softened
2 cups granulated sugar
2 eggs
4 cups all purpose flour
2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
12 oz. white chocolate chips

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Beat butter and sugar in a large mixing bowl until light and fluffy.
  3. Add pumpkin and eggs and beat until smooth.
  4. Add flour, pumpkin pie spice, baking powder, and baking soda and beat until well blended.
  5. Stir in white chocolate chips.
  6. Drop by rounded spoonfuls onto cookie sheets. Bake about 12-14 minutes (until set and bottoms are browned).
  7. Cool 5 minutes on cookie sheets and then transfer to wire racks to cool completely.
Harris Sisters GirlTalk: Pumpkin White Chocolate Chip Cookies


Notes:
Making pumpkin puree is easy (especially this time of year when you can find pumpkins)! Give it a try! Directions for making your own pumpkin puree to freeze and use throughout the year are here.

Takin' It Back to the Old School

Monday, October 9, 2017

It's that time of year again! This year, the Harris Sisters decided to go "old school" and dress up from the 1980s for Halloween. Since this is one of the decades we grew up in, we were all too familiar with the details we'd need to bring these costumes together.

Harris Sisters GirlTalk: 1980s Halloween Costumes

Choosing some items from our own closets, some from the local party store, and some actual vintage 1980s items, we were able to recreate three different looks from this decade.

Harris Sisters GirlTalk: 1980s Halloween Costumes

For those of you who might not remember, there were a lot of different popular styles in the 1980s, so the first step in creating a 1980s costume is choosing which style you'd like to replicate.

Harris Sisters GirlTalk: 1980s Halloween Costumes

1980s icons Madonna and Cyndi Lauper are good places to start, but you can also research 1980s street style and other popular 1980s characters like Jem and the Holograms.

Harris Sisters GirlTalk: 1980s Halloween Costumes


The Devil's in the Details:

Harris Sisters GirlTalk: 1980s Halloween Costumes
  • As always, shopping your closet will be the easiest way to acquire the items you need for a 1980s costume. Pieces like light colored denim, neon/bright colors, and graphic T-shirts are items that you might be able to find.
  • Thrift stores are another good resource for purchasing items like bright colored shoes, belts, and 1980s jewelry.
  • Bright makeup and glitter eye shadow are a must for your costume! You can purchase these at your local dollar store around Halloween.
  • You can purchase any additional 1980s accessories you need to fill out your costume, such as scrunchies, big lace hair bowsslouch socks, neon jelly bracelets, buttons, crimped hair extensions, and leg warmers, online or at your local party store.
  • We used many props and pieces that were original to the 1980s, such as a 1982 Little Orphan Annie necklace, an oversized acid-washed jean jacket, Coca-Cola sunglasses, Pepsi sunglasses, Swatch watches, a Mickey Mouse watch, and a few 1980s yearbooks.
  • Because all of the Harris Sisters were in elementary school in the 1980s, we chose a local elementary school as our photo shoot location.
Make sure to check out our costume section of the blog for more tips, tricks, and ideas for this Halloween!

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Old Fashioned Lima Beans and Ham

Thursday, October 5, 2017

I am a fan of good old fashioned ham and beans.  It's a southern thing, and it just doesn't get much better.  So I cooked up a batch of these oversized limas with ham earlier this week, and they were PERFECTION.  Slow cooker meals are so easy, and there is just nothing better than a pot of beans on an early autumn evening.  


Old Fashioned Lima Beans and Ham


1 lb. dried lima beans- sorted, rinsed, and soaked
2-4 cups meaty ham hocks or leftover ham
2 onions, chopped
1 tsp minced garlic
1 tsp chili powder
Salt and pepper, to taste
4 cups chicken broth
Additional water

  1. Place beans in your slow cooker.  
  2. Add ham and onions.
  3. Add broth and additional water needed to bring liquid 2 inches above beans. 
  4. Stir in seasonings. 
  5. Cook on high for 2 hours, then switch to low for an additional 4 hours, or until beans are tender.


Note: 

I followed this recipe exactly as it is written and it was hands down the best ham and beans I've ever tried.  Enjoy!  

Harris Sisters Halloween Rundown: The Good Witches

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Halloween is big business these days, but always has been for the Harris Sisters.  In fact, here's another quick and easy costume idea that you can literally throw together in just a couple minutes. These throwback pics date back to 2014.  I was a first time mom with a little babe just a few months old, and we decided at the last minute to take some Halloween pics together.  A classic witch costume with a modern spin on it would do just the trick. 


Witch hats are super easy (and inexpensive) to find this time of year.  


Use the Harris Sisters Halloween tip of shopping your own closet to add a black top or dress.


Then strike your best good witch pose and you've got it!


Oh, but I did mention that these costumes had a bit of a twist.  Yep, here it is.  :)  Stripey socks completed our good witch looks, and we added our own coordinating sneakers to give these witches a modern flair. 


So there you have it.  Super simple but really cute costumes don't have to be elaborate or break the bank.  And on that note, I leave you with a bonus picture of another little good witch that got in on the action back in 2014.   See?   This costume stuff really is child's play, my pretties. 



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DIY Raggedy Andy Costume

Friday, September 15, 2017

Well, the calendar now officially says it's September, so it's time to start talking Halloween.  

I am partial to homemade put-together costumes myself, and to this one in particular.  It's so much fun to "create" a costume- so much more so than just buying one.  Well last Halloween, we decided our little redhead of a babydoll would make the perfect Raggedy Ann, and what better companion costume than Raggedy Andy.  So it happened that this costume was born into life. And although the youngsters didn't really know who we were (sad, sad), their parents sure did.  What a fun and easy costume.  Let me tell you all about it. 

Harris Sisters GirlTalk: DIY Raggedy Andy Halloween Costume

I have always said that when you are looking to create a costume, the first place you need to shop is your own closet.   You can likely find many of the basic pieces there and then start dressing your look up with some key accessories.  In this case, I used my own wide leg "sailor" jeans (rolling them into a cuff to show off my Raggedy-style striped stockings.)  I added my own button down red gingham top and black booties.  That gave me the basic attire that I was looking for.  See?  Here's the real Raggedy Andy- you can barely tell us apart, right?

Harris Sisters GirlTalk: Raggedy Andy Doll

Now, if you will notice, good ol' Andy has several key accessories that add to his signature style. First off is his sailor hat.  That was a piece I didn't already own, but was easy enough (and cheap enough) to score.  You can certainly look to your local costume stores for these types of accessories, but I ended up purchasing my sailor hat for a deal on Amazon.  

Next up are his white collar and bow tie.  As it happened, I had the red gingham shirt but it did not have the right collar.  That's when I remembered a box of vintage handmade collars that I first shared with you all back in 2013.  I started digging around and deemed this one was perfect.  Again, I added my own black scarf and tied it into a long bow.  

Those red stripey socks are a must when recreating this costume, so again I turned to Amazon to find what I needed.  

And lastly, the red ragdoll wig was also a foregone conclusion.  They are actually easy enough to create on your own if you have the time and desire.  Check out this YouTube video for all the details, including some tips on makeup too. 

 

Speaking of makeup, it is the finishing touch.  Give yourself a few extra minutes in the mirror to complete your look with exaggerated eyes, big blushy cheeks, and freckles.  Don't forget to draw in Raggedy Andy's perpetual smile.  And voila!  You've got it!  Such a fun and easy look to create!  


Harris Sisters GirlTalk: DIY Raggedy Andy Halloween Costume

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Cajun Shrimp Foil Packets

Thursday, August 31, 2017

I recently cooked up this quick and yummy and healthy summertime meal for my family, and we all just loved it.  And I bet you will love it too!

Harris Sisters GirlTalk: Cajun Shrimp Foil Packets

Cajun Shrimp Foil Packets

1 lb. cleaned large shrimp
3 oz fully-cooked turkey/ chicken andouille sausage, thinly sliced
1 Tbsp cajun or creole seasoning
1 medium zucchini, sliced into 1/4 inch rounds
1 large red bell pepper, seeded and cut into thin strips
1 1/2 cups of corn kernels
1/4 cup chopped fresh Italian parsley leaves
1/4 cup chopped fresh basil leaves
1/4 cup dry white wine
2 Tbsp olive oil
Salt and pepper, to taste

  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. 
  2. In a medium bowl, combine cajun seasoning, salt and pepper. Add shrimp and toss to coat. 
  3. Place 4 large pieces (10 x 18) of heavy duty aluminum foil on a flat surface.  
  4. Divide the sausage, zucchini, bell pepper, and corn among the foil pieces.  Top each with shrimp (about 6 pieces each.) Sprinkle each packet with about 1 Tbsp each of parsley and basil. 
  5. Drizzle each packet with about 1 Tbsp of wine, and 1/2 Tbsp of olive oil. 
  6. Fold each piece of foil to form a packet, sealing tightly but leaving a little room for air to circulate. Packets may be refrigerated or frozen at this stage. 
  7. Arrange packets on a baking sheet.  Cook at 425 degrees until shrimp is cooked through and vegetables are crisp-tender, about 15-20 minutes. 
  8. Open packets slowly and transfer to bowls or rimmed plates. 
Harris Sisters GirlTalk: Cajun Shrimp Foil Packets


Notes:

The only change that I  made to this recipe was the addition of onions, because we love onions and add them to almost every meal.  :)