Slow Cooked Apple Oatmeal

I was going to call this Apple Pie Oatmeal, because it really does taste as good as apple pie.  I’ve made it twice now.  Once I used regular oatmeal (not quick cooking).  The second time, I used steel cut oats.  They were more expensive, but I thought they held up better in the slow cooker.  Jim thought that the regular oats were just as good.  They were good, but they were a little mushier than I would like.

The taste of both versions was delish!  Apples, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, brown sugar…all for breakfast!  And the leftovers heat up great the next day.  Just add extra milk and microwave. [Read more…]

Sweet Potatoes and Apples in the Slow Cooker

Using a slow cooker can really simplify your Thanksgiving dinner (or any other meal, for that matter).  It allows you to prep a dish earlier in the day and it frees up the oven for other things.

Sweet potatoes and apples make a delicious side dish.  They cook wonderfully in the slow cooker, with a sweet, cinnamon spiced syrup.

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Warm Caramel Apple Drink

Warm Caramel Apple Drink

Have you ever ordered a Caramel Apple Spice drink from Starbucks?  You can make a pretty decent version at home for much cheaper and about half the calories.  The fact that I’ve cut the calories in something just thrills me, because I’m not known doing that.

Pour apple juice into a mug.  Add a cinnamon stick.  Microwave for  1 1/2 minutes or to the temp that you like.  Remove the cinnamon stick.  Add a squirt of caramel syrup and stir it all up.

Starbucks version rings in at 310 calories.  It has whipped cream on top, which I don’t add.  My version has about 160 calories and no fat.

Often, I skip the cinnamon stick because they are expensive.  I’ve also been known to pull the stick out and save it for the next cup.  I’m not sure if this is a good idea or not, but I haven’t keeled over yet from it.  Be cheap at your own risk :-)  A bit of cinnamon syrup would be the way to go here, but I don’t happen to have any.

Enjoy Autumn!

Honey Apple Ham Glaze

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I had two huge hams in my freezer from my nephew’s 4-H project. I decided Thanksgiving Day was a great time to try out baking one of them. Just as I was about to put it in the oven, I decided it needed a honey glaze so I make this one up on the spot!

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I used:

Apple juice (I think Apple Cider would be great, but we had just drank all of ours)
Honey
Corn syrup (if you have enough honey you could skip this)
Brown sugar
1/2 stick of butter
nutmeg

I’d like to be able to tell you the exact measurements I used, but I can’t. I melted the butter in the measuring cup and then just started adding in the other ingredients. I think I used about 1/2 cup of apple juice, 1/3-1/2 cup honey, a big squirt of corn syrup, several big spoons of brown sugar, a shake of nutmeg. I also stuck a few cloves in the ham just because I had some.

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You can see I ended up with about 1 1/2 cups of glaze. I don’t think you could really mess this up. Use the sweet, fruity ingredients you have in your kitchen. There was plenty of liquid after the ham cooked. I covered the ham tightly with foil to bake it. It tasted delish!

As I’m typing this, I’m thinking it would be great poured over the top of cut-up sweet potatoes and baked. Yum!

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