Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Simple-icious Coffee Cake

Coffeecake that is SO simple and SO delicious~ It's Simple-icious!           
Fall is apple season, what better time to share my go to Apple Coffee Cake recipe with you. Again. I try to share this recipe once a year because it is THAT GOOD! . My family has been enjoying this recipe since 1985. How do I remember the year you ask? In 1985 Rick went to the bank to open a new checking account and was given a gift. ~Note to younger people *banks used to give incentives to open a checking account, like a toaster or a cookbook, some nice little gift. *note to REALLY young people *a checking account was before the advent of a card you swipe or insert or tap.~ The gift was a Sunset Cookbook. I tried many recipes in the book but this one stuck and I added a couple of short cuts. 

Bake the cake in 8x8 or for thinner slices a 9x9 pan. I have some really pretty red ceramic on aisle 9, also some glass which looks cool because you’ll see how gooey and brown the cake looks inside when it’s done. 

My daughter still talks about having this frequently while growing up. It is wonderful quick way to use up apples that are just about to be past their prime and since the ingredients are staples in my house it doesn’t require planning ahead. You will need:

1 cup flour
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
2 or 3 apples, the sweeter the better
1 egg
1/4 cup oil
1 cup sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/2 cup chopped nuts (optional)

Place apple in a bowl, break eggs over top, right on top of that add oil, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and nuts. Stir until well blended. Place all dry ingredients in a sifter together, sift onto apple mixture. Stir just until flour is moist. Mix will seem dry, don’t worry, you have done it right. Spread into pan, bake at 350* for about 45 minutes, test with a toothpick. top with sifted powdered sugar.
This turns out chewy on top, moist inside and a sprinkling of powdered sugar adds just the right amount of sweetness. I hope it becomes a regular in your house too. Let’s face it we all secretly want our kids to miss our cooking when they leave home. This should do the trick.

Monday, November 6, 2017

LoCaL Artisan

Looking up the difference between an Artist and an Artisan, here’s what I read on Google~ "An artist creates something whose only value is aesthetic. An artisan creates something that is functional -- bread, furniture, etc.” Here are just a few LoCaL ARTISANS featured on the shelves at Susanville Super~

Therese Bailey takes her vivid watercolors and makes lovely notecards. Some people purchase the cards to frame or make a collage!

Linda Erway forms clay into distinctive pottery in earth inspired colors and designs. I always discover another piece I need.

Tammy Hancock’s syrup is liquid amber happiness, not to mention all the cookie, crepe and bar mixes. Just add butter, eggs and LOVE.
Erin Woods creates the most exquisitely aromatic scented soaps, bath bombs, room sprays, bubble bars plus more with an ever expanding variety of items!
Erin told me how she got her start, "I have lived in Janesville most my life. My mother and grandfather are huge inspiration to me, they have always been extremely crafty people. I started making soap about 15 years ago, with my mom. We used to travel all summer to different craft fairs, and sell all of our mini hobby crafts. I took a break for a couple of years but now I'm ready to make a full time career out of bath and body products. The kids just love helping me, and always give me great ideas! We are an extremely artistic family and always have many fun projects going. The kids even enjoy making their own products, and selling at craft fairs with me. Soaping/ crafting is so therapeutic, it's very uplifting to make something with your hands that other people can enjoy. It brings me absolute joy when people tell me they love my soap.”

Linda Erway said one day, back in College, she saw an intriguing sign that read “POT SALE”, of course she had to check that out! Linda walked into the hall and saw all the pottery and just knew that this was what she wanted to do. Now, finally, after retiring from teaching her dream has come true. Luckily for us.

We are so Hometown Proud to carry items from just a few of our talented LoCaL ARTISANS!

Friday, November 3, 2017

Flu Season

*Grocerette note~ The Flu clinic was great! How does LCPH make getting shots so fun? 

Flu season can be a sketchy time. You never know if the friends/family or the person you just shook hands with is just not symptomatic yet, but carrying that nasty little virus. Lassen County Public Health is there for us, ensuring anyone that would like to protect themselves from influenza, has access to vaccines… for free. AND they come right to our market to vaccinate! I have mentioned this to friends and store owners in other locations and I can tell you this is indeed rare.

The good people at LCPH are what make this department so unique. One of those caring community members is Steve Tank. He is never too busy to talk to me and set up the Market’s clinic day, even coming in early to vaccinate our employees first so it won’t impact customers wanting shots. Also a pastor at the Southern Baptist Church (most call it the Log Cabin Church) in Janesville he never misses an opportunity to be a positive influence in our village.

Steve is also known as Jeremy Germ, the Germinator, another positive, plus I always check out Steve’s Facebook photos for lovely shots of sunrises, sunsets and his LoCaL hikes. Well, his and Jeremy Couso’s. So Steve told me that Jeremy Germ was an award winning creation from a group of Diamond View students, the students were even sent to DC as part of their prize! I needed to know more. A quick Google search took me to “the home of all things Susanville”, You can always count on Jeremy Couso to get all the good news out there. According to Susanvillestuff Public Health coordinated with the "DV Drama Club for a community wide hand washing awareness campaign”. The students won an award from an Absentee Prevention program! Nice work kids! Now Jeremy Germ (Steve Tank) has become a LoCaL icon frequently appearing at community events. Susanvillestuff even had photos (of course)!

On October 25th Lassen County Public Health was at Susanville Market offering free influenza vaccinations from 1:30 to 4:30, Jeremy Germ made an appearance too :) .

Huge thanks to Steve Tank and all the folks at Lassen County Public Health for helping us stay Hometown Healthy!

Thank you to for making it oh so easy to find “all things Susanville”!

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