Slow Cooker Gingerbread Oatmeal

Gingerbread Slow Cooker Oatmeal - best oatmeal ever!

I’ve made this Gingerbread Oatmeal twice.  Both times, Jim has texted me later in the morning to say it was an awesome breakfast.  These really are fantastic.

In addition to the common cinnamon and brown sugar, they also have ginger, a bit of cloves and vanilla.  The combination is full of fall flavor.

Even my daughter, who has never eaten (or been willing to try) oatmeal, liked these.

And they’re really easy to make too.  Set them up at night before going to bed and they’ll be ready to eat in the morning.  I do use a timer for my small crockpot so they don’t have to cook all night.  You can read more about making your own programmable crockpot here.

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

Ingredient Spotlight: Baking Spices

Cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, cloves, ginger…  Don’t they just taste like the holidays?

I love bundling up some of these spices in cheesecloth and letting it steep in hot apple cider.  It makes the house smell so good and tastes warm and festive too.

Here are a few other recipes that use these spices:  [Read more…]

Chicken, Broccoli and Red Pepper Stir Fry (and 2 Tips to Fixing Any Stir Fry Fast)

Stir fry is one of the simplest things to make.  Providing you have a good knife to do the chopping.  That’s the first tip for making it fast.  You can’t be quick with a dull knife.  (The Rada Cutlery giveaway is still open, in case you’re in need of a sharp knife.)

Colorful veggies and lean chicken make this a healthy dinner.  It’s one of my kids’ favorites.  Here’s what you’ll need: [Read more…]

Gingerbread Pancakes with Sweet Cider Syrup

I made these pancakes for dinner last night and they quickly bumped to the top of my “recipes to share” list.  Please schedule a breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner or snack time to cook up a batch.  You’ll thank me later.

The pancakes are sweetened with molasses and spiced with ginger, cinnamon and allspice.  But it’s the Sweet Cider Syrup that steals the show.

Here’s what you’ll need: [Read more…]

Honey Pork Chops

I don’t have a picture of the finished Honey Pork Chops, but they were a hit.  The recipe is a simple marinade that you freeze the chops in, then you can grill or bake or cook them in a slow cooker.  Easy and good. [Read more…]

Gingersnap Sandwich Cookies with Orange Cream Cheese Filling

gingersnap sandwich cookies done close

These cookies taste like old-fashioned Christmas.  The flavor combination of molasses, ginger and orange is wonderful.  I found the recipe on Recipe Girl.  She has an awesome list of Christmas cookies.

I did make a couple of adjustments to the recipe.  I doubled it, because I wanted to end up with more than 2 dozen cookies.  I didn’t count how many I had, but it was a lot and it took quite a while to bake them.  They’re so good though, I’m glad I doubled it.  I made a few other adjustments too. [Read more…]

Gingerbread with Lemon Sauce


gingerbread with lemon sauce

This easy dessert is perfect for this time of year.  Serve it warm with the lemon sauce or with whipped cream.  The molasses and spices go well with either topping.

Here’s what you’ll need: [Read more…]

Honey Hoisin Chicken in the Slow Cooker

honey hoisin chicken ingr

This dinner was waiting for us when we came in from a marathon dentist appointment today.  It was so nice to throw some rice on to cook, steam some broccoli and sit down to dinner.  We ate every bite of it too.

The prep is simple, with just a few ingredients.  In case you’re wondering what the dixie cup in the picture holds, it’s white wine.  I froze wine in dixie cups instead of using ziplock bags this time.  It works great.

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Gingerbread Waffles with Vanilla Cream Sauce

gingerbread waffles done

Scrumptious!  Gingerbread Waffles are a spiced up version of classic waffles with a touch of molasses.  The vanilla cream sauce compliments the waffles perfectly, although they’re also good with maple syrup.  We drank apple cider with these and it made for a very Octoberish meal. [Read more…]

Sweet and Sour Chicken

We celebrated my oldest daughter’s birthday with Sweet and Sour Chicken. The recipe is adapted from the More with Less Cookbook.

Gather up your ingredients:

For the marinade:
1 egg, beaten
1 Tbs. sugar
1 tsp. salt
1 Tbs. soy sauce

1 lb. pork or chicken, cubed (I used 4 boneless chicken breasts)

To stir fry later:
1 clove garlic, minced
4 slices ginger root, finely chopped
1 green pepper, cut up
1 onion, cut up
20 oz can pineapple chunks, drained (reserve the juice)

For the sauce:
3 Tbs. vinegar
3 Tbs. brown sugar
2 Tbs. soy sauce
1 Tbs. cornstarch
the reserved pineapple juice

Mix up the marinade and add the chicken or pork. Let it stand 20-30 minutes while you prepare the other ingredients.

Combine the sauce ingredients and set aside.

Dredge the meat in cornstarch. Fry on all sides until brown. Remove from the skillet and keep warm. Stir fry the garlic, ginger and vegetables in oil, 2-3 minutes. Add the sauce and cook just until the sauce thickens and clears. Return the meat to the skillet. Serve with hot rice.

I keep thinking I need to double the pineapple and sauce amounts, but I haven’t done it. We would like more sauce than what the recipe makes.