October has always been a busy month for me, and this year proved no different.
Though I’m retired from my position as a guidance counselor in a large school district, I still do a little work for them.
We test students in grades 7-12 who are still considered English Learners.
It’s always fun for me to travel to different schools to say hello to people I’ve worked with in the past, and then it’s a treat to sit across from students to issue them one-on-one questions.
Now finally my work is over, and I can concentrate on my home and friends!
The most outstanding work I do in the month of October is to follow my oldest granddaughter’s instructions for her birthday cake, which has been in the planning since
LAST October! Talk about a child (now 11) who knows what she wants!
I used the White Almond Wedding Cake and Rick’s Special Buttercream recipes.
I used store-bought fondant and Trader Joe’s lemon curd, too.
This was the result of this year’s creative vision:
My husband also has a birthday this month, so we had to have his favorite cake (he’s not much of a sweets eater).
This cake is not the usual chocolate cake---it’s really a cream cheese cake with a little chocolate thrown in.
This recipe, one I’ve made for many years, came from an old cafeteria in LA—Clifton’s—now gone.
The photo shows my son’s cake with a little extra chocolate for designs thrown in.
As an AR Ambassador I made a few Johnsonville sausage recipes, and I was so ecstatic to find several products of theirs that did not contain MSG (which does affect me
and two other family members, too). You should look for both Johnsonville All Natural Mild and Hot Ground Sausage.
I ended up mixing the two together because it was better for my granddaughters’ tastes!
I made a number of their recipes, and you can check my photos for them--all were good. But if you want yummy comfort food, you must try these two dishes!
Both are easy and delicious, too. The first one is Bowties with Italian Sausage in Cream Basil Sauce, and the second is Pizza Pasta by Johnsonville.
I also made several Ore-Ida dishes, but their recipes aren’t on AR’s site.
My favorites were those using tater tots, a fun memory for me because I remember when they came out in 1956, way back when I was in junior high.
They were a big hit in my Utah home town! Our small local ski resort could deep fry them so perfectly that people would make the drive into the canyon just to order them!
So Ore-Ida’s Veggie Totchos recipe was a fun one to eat, made very tasty by using White Nacho Cheese Sauce from this site.
To make that sauce, I also used the recipe for Self-Rising Flour!
I made several other recipes this month, and there are two standouts.
One was Chef John’s Homemade Hamburger Buns, which I’ve made several times now.
They are so easy and so light and perfect!
The other was bd.weld’s Popa’s Pickled Eggs.
To be honest, I made these a while back, but the recipe was recently published, so I raced to get my photo on there!
These are delicious!
I love being an Allrecipes Allstar Ambassador because I get to try such a variety of challenges.
I get to make a wide variety of dishes, express my own opinions, and help make our beloved recipe site as successful as it is.
We couldn’t do it without our sponsors! So this month my hat’s off to both Johnsonville and Ore-Ida!
Happy cooking, Allrecipeeps!
Recipes I used for sponsors: