Homemade Bread

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The boy and his classmates were asked to provide a loaf of bread to our local Golden Age Center (seniors center).  The school provided all of the ingredients and instructions which was enough for 2 loaves (one to donate and one for our family).  I let the kids make it together.

It was a simple recipe, a bit different from our regular recipe, but it was very good.  You can see how we made the bread on my facebook page here:  Homemade Bread

3 Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies

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Ok….it was 4 ingredients for half the batch as I added chocolate chips to some.

1 cup of peanut butter

1 cup of sugar

1 egg

mix all until smooth, add chocolate or butterscotch chips if desired, form teaspoon size balls and press with a fork.  Bake at 350 for exactly 12 minutes and you have a delicious cookie.  These are also gluten free!

This recipe is shared from Barefeet in the Kitchen and you can find the recipe on my post here:  Easiest Peanut Butter Cookies

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Grandma’s Applecrisp

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This is such a delicious comfort food/dessert.  It makes your house smell wonderful while it bakes and it’s such a sweet, buttery and moist dessert your family will love it!

I know I say it often but this is truly very easy!

Prepare your apples

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Add some brown sugar, white sugar, cinnamon and melted butter and stir it around

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Set it aside and make your buttery mouthwatering crumbly topping

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Once it’s incorporated and crumbly, pour the apple mixture into a lightly greased cake pan and cover evenly with the crumbles

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Bake at 375 for approximately 32 – 35 minutes or until it’s golden brown in color

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Grab some vanilla ice cream, whipped cream or eat it plain while it’s still warm!!  YUM

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And then hide it where you can’t see it and slice a little piece every hour on the hour so you can enjoy it for more than 3 hours 🙂

Recipe

6 large apples peeled, cored and sliced

2 Tbsp brown sugar

2 Tbsp white sugar

1 ½ tsp. cinnamon

4 Tbsp melted butter

Combine all in a bowl and set aside to marinate together

Make the sweet buttery topping

½ cup quick cook oats

½ cup brown sugar

½ cup white sugar

¾ cups heaping all purpose flour

1 ½ sticks of room temperature butter

Combine oats, sugars, and flour and mix until well incorporated. Add in the room temperature butter and use a fork or a pastry cutter to form crumbles

Place the apple mixture in a lightly greased 13×9 cake pan. Sprinkle the crumble top evenly over the whole top.

Bake at 375 degrees for approximately 32 – 35 minutes (or until evenly browned)

Apple Walnut Muffins

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With apple season in full swing, these are the perfect morning treat, lunchbox treat, after school snack, late night treat …well you get the idea.

Super easy to make.  I like to use my jumbo muffin tins to make these as..well..simply because a regular cupcake tin is just not enough.

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Delicious!

Ingredients:

1 stick of butter (1/2 cup) softened

1 tsp. vanilla

1/4 cup brown sugar

1 cup white sugar

dash of salt

2 eggs

1 tsp. baking powder

1 tsp. baking soda

1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon

1 3/4 cups flour

1/2 cup milk

2 cups of peeled chopped apples

1/2 cup chopped walnuts

Preheat oven to 375 and spray/grease your muffin tins

Cream butter, sugars, vanilla and salt.  Add the eggs.

In a separate bowl mix the baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and flour.

Mix the milk into the butter mixture and add the flour mixture slowly until just incorporated.

Fold in the apples and walnuts

Make your crumble topping:

3 Tbsp. butter

3 Tbsp. flour

1/2 tsp. cinnamon

1/8 cup white sugar

1/8 cup brown sugar

Mix this with a fork making it into crumble to sprinkle on top

Fill the muffin tins about 3/4 full (or make them even)

Sprinkle the crumble on top

Bake for approximately 25 minutes (or until toothpick comes out clean)

These freeze very well or store them in an air tight container for up to 4 days (they won’t last that long!)

Makes 12 jumbo muffins (or you can make the regular size cupcake muffin

Orange Cake (2 ingredients)!!

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Perfect for a nice light summer dessert with a beautiful light orange color!

This is an easy recipe when you are pressed for time!!

2 Ingredients.

I made this after work for dessert tonight. Super EASY!!

1 box of yellow cake mix
12 ounces orange soda
Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees

Mix together and beat until smooth about 2 minutes.

Pour into greased cake pan (I used 2 rounds)

Bake approximately 15-20 minutes checking after 15 so you don’t over cook it (toothpick should come out clean when checking)

Let cool and you can frost with glaze, cool whip or enjoy plain.

Glaze I used was:
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar sifted
1 Tablespoon melted butter
2 1/2 Tablespoons Orange Juice

I have made this with Sierra Mist (or any lemon lime flavored soda) and replaced the orange juice in the glaze with fresh squeezed lemon juice).

Great weeknight dessert!

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Cherry Season!!

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It’s cherry season here. It’s a little early and unfortunately the cherries are splitting because of all the rain we have had.  But we were able to take the kids and get a good few bucket fulls of sweet beautiful cherries.

I process our cherries 3 ways to have throughout the year:

1) Canning them

2) Flash freezing

3) Cherry Pies stored in the freezer (these are just like store bought, you pull them out and bake them when ready)

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You can see our recipes (and the awesome technique for pitting) on our Facebook page here:  Cherry Season

2 Ingredient Lemon Bars

I know this sounds too crazy to be true but it is!  These lemon bars are FABULOUS!!  And you don’t have to share your easy recipe with friends letting them think you slaved over a long recipe to make them something special!

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These bars are a perfect light dessert and sure to be a hit anytime they are served.

1 box angel food cake mix

1 22 oz can Lemon Pie Filling

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Gently fold all together in a bowl and pour into a greased cake pan (9×13)

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Bake at 350 degrees for approximately 30 minutes or until the top is perfectly browned as in the picture.

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NOTE:  this batter “puffs” up as it bakes.  As it cools it will fall down which gives the bars their moist/delicious texture.  You can see in the pictures the “puffy” version right out of the oven and after about 8 minutes of cooling it has dropped.

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Once cooled, sprinkle with powdered sugar.  Cut into bars and ENJOY 🙂

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DIRECTIONS:

1 box angel food cake mix

1 22 oz can Lemon Pie filling

Powdered sugar for dusting

Gently fold the cake mix/lemon filling together until all blended

Spread in a greased cake pan (9×13)

Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes (or top is evenly browned and batter is puffed up)

Remove and let the cake settle

After cool dust with powdered sugar

Greek Yogurt Apple Pie Bread

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This is truly one of the easiest breads to make.  I have shared a few other recipes (under Breads category) using greek yogurt.  I made this one yesterday and it was gone in less than 10 minutes.  It may look similar to a cinnamon roll but this is a bread so a bit less sweet and more dense.

You can see how I made it on my Facebook page here:  Greek Yogurt Apple Pie Bread