Maple Apple Chicken in the Slow Cooker

Did you know you can convert all kinds of recipes to cook in the slow cooker?  This one started out as a skillet meal.  I didn’t have time to cook it right before dinner, but I did have a few minutes earlier in the day to put ingredients in the slow cooker.

The ingredients are a bit odd – Italian dressing and pancake syrup.  Not your usual combo, but it makes for a flavorful sauce with a hint of sweet.  Here’s what you’ll need to make it: [Read more...]

Apples and Cranberries Baked in a Pumpkin

I’m in love with this pumpkin recipe.  I dream about it.  I’ve even eaten it for breakfast.  Twice.

It tastes seriously wonderful.  Sweet, spiced apples and cranberries add so much flavor to the baked pumpkin.  On top of that, it looks impressive.  I’m not known for making beautiful food, so this is something to be proud of.

I am known for creating simple recipes and this does fall into that category.  It can be ready for the oven in less than 20 minutes and that includes about 13 minutes of trying to cut the top off the pumpkin. [Read more...]

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.

Here’s what you’ll need: [Read more...]

Caramel Apple Pie

Thanksgiving means pie.  This apple pie fits right in with the required pumpkin and pecan pies.  Using brown sugar instead of white makes the filling rich, dark and caramely.

The recipe comes from a small cookbook my Aunt Gerry put together years ago.  I bet if she’d had computers and internet, she would have had a food blog! [Read more...]

Homemade Apple Sauce in the Slow Cooker

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This may be one of the best things I’ve ever made.  Warm, sweet and cinnamon-y.  It made the house smell wonderful while it was cooking.

I altered the recipe on A Year of Slow Cooking.  I used more apples, more brown sugar, more cinnamon.  I also used apple juice instead of water.  I will be making this again, it was so delicious.

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Apple Pecan Toffee Bars

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These bars reward patience.  Not because they take a long time to make, but because they taste so much better when they’re completely cooled.   They’re delicious warm too, but the spiced apple flavor is more pronounced when cool.

The inspiration for the bars is a jar of Smucker’s Apple Cinnamon Topping.

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Ingredient Spotlight – Apples/Applesauce

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This is the third post in a new series where you get to link up your recipes!  Each week I’ll focus on a different common pantry ingredient.  I’ll link to a few of my recipes that feature the ingredient and then give you a chance to link up to your blog.

Fall is here and so are the apples!  Is there anything better than a crisp, sweet apple just picked from the orchard?  Jim’s favorite Sunday night supper is an apple (he likes his tart) with cheddar cheese and a bowl of popcorn.  Simple and delicious!

Every week, I buy a bag of apples from the grocery.  I like having them for eating and for cooking and baking.  Here are a few of my recipes using apples:

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Apple Brown Betty Muffins

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Apple goodness and sweet brown sugar make these muffins delicious.  But you know what made them even better?  A friend stopped by to share them with me!

Good conversation, a cup of tea and muffins warm from the oven can make a plain old Wednesday morning the best part of the week.

Muffins are about the perfect snack food.  They are such a quick way to have the comfort of homemade baking.  Here’s what you’ll need:

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Apple Brownies

Despite the name, this dessert has no chocolate in it.  It is the texture of brownies, with a dense center studded with apples and a crisp top.  The cinnamon apple flavor is so good, especially warm.  And the ingredients are items I almost always have on hand.

The recipe was shared with me by Magistra, on a forum I frequent.  I followed her recipe, but only made a half batch instead of whole.  Double this recipe if you’d like a 9×13 pan of Apple Brownies. [Read more...]

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