Bramble Beans

A friend gave me this recipe years ago.  I make it every once in a while and we like it.  The only reason I haven’t shared it with you before is that it isn’t very photogenic.  Some of my past attempts to photograph it have been dismal.

One reason I like this dish is that it can be cooked on the stove top or in the oven.  I’ve never tried it, but I bet it would work in the slow cooker too.

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Oatmeal White Chocolate Chip and Cranberry Cookies

Last year, I saw recipes for cookies like this floating around the internet.  A friend brought some to my house and they were so good.  How can you go wrong with white chocolate chips and cranberries?

I decided to make them yesterday, but didn’t want to look up the recipe.  Googling is so hard, you know?

So I tweaked the Oatmeal Chocolate Chip recipe from the back of the Walmart brand oat box.  As soon as I finished making them, I noticed the recipe on the back of the Craisin package.  Oh well.  My tweaked recipe tasted buttery, with the sweet-tart flavors of the white chips and cranberries.  And the recipe made a lot.  Enough to munch and freeze some for later.

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Easiest Ever French Toast – Taking a Slice of Bread to New Heights

Last month when I went to the I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter test kitchens they fed us some delicious foods.  Lots and lots of food.  All made with ICBINB, of course.

Leave it to me to pick out the simplest idea to share with you.  In a room full of cheesecake, stuffed mushrooms, truffles (I may still have to share those) and scones, I zeroed in on toast.   I love simple, easy, manageable, effortless recipes.

Grab that tub of ICBINB and get ready to transform your morning toast. [Read more…]

Cranberry Pecan Sticky Rolls and My Trip to the I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter! Test Kitchen

When I was contacted about the I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter! Holiday Bake-Off trip, I quickly agreed to participate.  Then I realized I would need to come prepared to bake something. (Pictures from the trip are at the end of this post.)

Cranberries are a natural holiday food, so I created two recipes featuring these beautiful gems.  Cranberry Muffins with Orange Marmalade Glaze is the recipe I chose to enter, only because I was afraid the roll dough in this recipe would not have time to rise in the 2-hour time limit.

But the rolls are a cinch to make and have all the sticky-sweet goodness you expect from a sticky roll.  As a bonus, they’re studded with tart, red cranberries making them perfect for the Holidays. [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…]

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…]

Whole Wheat Apple Pancakes

I’m pretty sure my family eats more pancakes than the average household.  We rarely ever have them for breakfast.  My kids know if Jim is out of town, we’re probably having pancakes for dinner.  Or if I need a super-quick meal, pancakes it is.

I served this stack for lunch after church, with ham and a fruit salad.  I dressed up the whole wheat pancake recipe with apples, applesauce, cinnamon, nutmeg and brown sugar.  Delicious appley goodness on an October afternoon.

Grab a few common pantry ingredients and you’re all set:

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Homemade Apple Sauce in the Slow Cooker

homemade apple sauce ingr

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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Chili Sauce Chicken Legs

chili sauce chicken legs done

The beauty of a chicken leg is not in how it looks.  They may be ugly, but they’re a kid-pleasing food that’s easy to fix.

I cooked these in the slow cooker, but you could do them in the oven instead.  Here’s what you’ll need:

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