Skillet Apple Crisp – Done in 20 Minutes!

We were driving home from church on Sunday and I was thinking about the egg and ham sandwiches I’d planned to make when I realized that Apple Crisp would be an excellent side dish.

I know Apple Crisp is considered a dessert, but if you eat it with your meal instead of after, it’s a side dish.  A sweet, cinnamon spiced side dish.

The only problem is that Apple Crisp takes a while to bake.  But you can speed the whole process up by cooking the apples on the stove top.   [Read more…]

Baked Sweet Potatoes Topped with Chicken Apple Sausage and Apples and Baked Potatoes Topped with Creamed Chicken

Would you believe that delicious stuffed potato is a 15 minute meal?  Now that’s fast food!

It’s super easy to fix, thanks to the sweet potato.  They are all scrubbed, wrapped and ready to microwave from Express Bake PotatOH!

As soon as I was contacted by the Express Bake PotatOH! people I knew what I wanted to do with the sweet potatoes.  And it didn’t disappoint.   Sweet potatoes have never been topped so well.  While the potatoes took a spin in the microwave, I fixed the sausage and apple topping.  The entire meal was ready in about 15 minutes.

I also had the opportunity to try baked potatoes and fingerlings.  Delicious and so easy!  I topped the baked potatoes with creamed chicken.  My kids loved it.  The potatoes bake perfectly in the microwave.  Express Bake PotatOHs are perfect for nights when you’re in a hurry.  They can be topped with all kinds of things or eaten as a side dish.  Either way, they are quick and healthy.

Here’s what you’ll need for  the Sweet Potatoes topped with Chicken Apple Sausage and Apples:  [Read more…]

Apple Cornbread Dressing

This is one of the tastiest dressings I’ve eaten.  The little bit of sweet from the granny-smith apple pairs up well with the onion, celery and other seasonings.  It tastes like Fall.

The best part is, it starts with a box mix.

A little side story – One of my sons thinks he hates apples.  I contend that he doesn’t know if he hates them, since he hasn’t tasted one since he was 2 years old.  He didn’t realize this dressing had apples in it and he loved the dressing.  Raved about it.  Had three helpings.

He was still talking about how good it was the next day.  I finally told him that he’d been eating apple.  He still swears he hates apples, but he had no problem eating the leftover dressing.  Crazy kid.

Here’s what you’ll need to make Apple Cornbread Dressing:  [Read more…]

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

apple pecan toffee bars done

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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