Lattice Baked Apple Recipe

baked apples

Cook up a sweet treat on the cheap and in a jiffy with this amazingly simple Lattice Baked Apple recipe. If you’re starting from scratch with supplies you’ll always have leftover to use for more than one batch but if you already have most of these supplies you’ll be making a quick dessert on a budget in no time!

INGREDIENTS

1 Refrigerated Pie Crust
1 tsp Cornstarch
1 tbsp warm Water
10 Granny Smith Apples
3 tsp Cinnamon
1/4 tsp Nutmeg
3/4 cup Sugar
1 Egg
Caramel Sauce Drizzle (optional)

DIRECTIONS

  1. Combine cornstarch and 1 tablespoon water In a small bowl and stir until dissolved.
  2. Core peel and dice 2 apples.
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  3. Add apple pieces, cornstarch mixture, 1/2 cup sugar and 1 teaspoon cinnamon to a pan and cook over medium heat stirring constantly.
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  4. Reduce to low and simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from heat.
  5. Preheat oven to 375.
  6. Slice off top of each apple.
  7. Use a spoon or melon baller to hollow out inside of each. Fill each apple with cooled fillling mixture.
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  8. Cut pie crust into 1/4″ strips just long enough to go across the apple. Form strips into a lattice pattern on top of each apple
  9. Whisk together egg and a little water to make an egg wash.
  10. Combine 1/4 cup sugar, 1 teaspoon cinnamon and nutmeg and mix well.
  11. Brush crusts with eggwash and sprinkle with sugar mixture.IMG_6500
  12. Place apples in a baking dish and bake for 30 minutes or until crust is brown and filling is bubbling. You can drizzle with caramel sauce if desired.
Lattice Baked Apple Recipe
Recipe type: Dessert
 
Ingredients
  • 1 Refrigerated Pie Crust
  • 1 tsp Cornstarch
  • 1 tbsp warm Water
  • 10 Granny Smith Apples
  • 3 tsp Cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp Nutmeg
  • ¾ cup Sugar
  • 1 Egg
  • Caramel Sauce Drizzle (optional)
Instructions
  1. Combine cornstarch and 1 tablespoon water In a small bowl and stir until dissolved.
  2. Core peel and dice 2 apples. Add apple pieces, cornstrch mixture, ½ cup sugar and 1 teaspoon cinnamon to a pan and cook over medium heat stirring constantly.
  3. Reduce to low and simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from heat.
  4. Preheat oven to 375.
  5. Slice off top of each apple.
  6. Use a spoon or melon baller to hollow out inside of each.
  7. Fill each apple with cooled fillling mixture.
  8. Cut pie crust into ¼" strips just long enough to go across the apple.
  9. Form strips into a lattice pattern on top of each apple.
  10. Whisk together egg and a little water to make an egg wash.
  11. Combine ¼ cup sugar, 1 teaspoon cinnamon and nutmeg and mix well.
  12. Brush crusts with eggwash and sprinkle with sugar mixture.
  13. Place apples in a baking dish and bake for 30 minutes or until crust is brown and filling is bubbling.
  14. You can drizzle with caramel sauce if desired.

Applesauce BBQ Spareribs Recipe

applesauce ribsWhy stand around waiting on those spareribs to cook when you can throw them in the Crock Pot and cook them with this amazing Applesauce BBQ Sparerib Recipe and forget they were even cooking (minus that amazing smell). You only need 7 ingredients, all which are usually super cheap and you have enough supplies leftover for the next batch.

INGREDIENTS

5 lb Pork Spareribs (2 racks)
1 1/2 cup Applesauce
18 oz BBQ Sauce
1/2 cup Brown Sugar
1/4 cup Apple Cider Vinegar
1 Onion, finely diced
1 Apple, cored and sliced

DIRECTIONS

spareribs

Cut ribs into portion sized sections (about 3 ribs each) place ribs around sides and bottom of crock, meaty side toward toward to crock,

Spread apple slices over ribs.

Combine onion, applesauce, brown sugar, vinegar and 1/2 of BBQ sauce in blender.

Pulse until blended. Pour sauce over ribs.

Cook on high 5 hours, or on low for 8 hours, until ribs are tender.IMG_6666

Remove from slow cooker and brush with remaining BBQ sauce.

To get more crispy ribs, transfer ribs to foil line baking sheet and broil for several minutes.

 


Applesauce BBQ Spareribs Recipe
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Ingredients
  • 5 lb Pork Spareribs (2 racks)
  • 1½ cup Applesauce
  • 18 oz BBQ Sauce
  • ½ cup Brown Sugar
  • ¼ cup Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1 Onion, finely diced
  • 1 Apple, cored and sliced
Instructions
  1. Cut ribs into portion sized sections (about 3 ribs each) place ribs around sides and bottom of crock, meaty side toward toward to crock,
  2. Spread apple slices over ribs.
  3. Combine onion, applesauce, brown sugar, vinegar and ½ of BBQ sauce in blender.
  4. Pulse until blended. Pour sauce over ribs.
  5. Cook on high 5 hours, or on low for 8 hours, until ribs are tender.
  6. Remove from slow cooker and brush with remaining BBQ sauce.
  7. To get more crispy ribs, transfer ribes to foil line baking sheet and broil for several minutes.

 

Minion Cupcakes from Twinkies – Despicable Me

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Yesterday, because Twinkies were back… I made Minion Cupcakes from Despicable Me.

The problem is that Target did not have real Twinkies, they had the Cloud Cakes, which are NOT Twinkies dang it! But it is what I had to use. Didn’t change how AMAZINGLY cute these little guys turned out though!

Twinkie Minions Despicable Me Frosting

First thing to do, make some cupcakes. I don’t care if you use a mix or make them from scratch. Or do vanilla or chocolate… up to you!

Then make some frosting. Again, either use pre-made or make your own. None of us can eat pre-made and it is fast to make your own, so I always make mine.

Either way, color the frosting blue, for the Minions little blue overall bibs.

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Take your Twinkies and cut them in half.

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These are the bodies of the Minions. My kids informed me more then once that they are all different sizes. Because I only had one box of Twinkies, I just cut them in half and called it a day.

Despicable me twinkie cupcakes

The best part of the Minions are their eyes and goggles. You have a few choices:

Using some black frosting, make some dots for the eyes, kind of close together. Then press the eye balls into them. Now make some thin lines down the side for the goggle straps.

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Some Minions have one eye and some have 2. I always see more 2 eyed Minions, but you can do whatever you want!

twinkie cupcake minions

Once you have a bunch done, you can add mouths, hair or whatever you want. I was trying to find something good for the hair…

Maybe the thin black licorice strings?

I frosted my cupcakes with a Wilton 1A tip and sprinkled with little blue sprinkles. Again, you can do whatever you want! That is the beauty of it! :)

I added a little more frosting to the tops of the cupcakes so that when I pressed the Minions onto the top the frosting came up around the base a little. They seemed to look a little more sturdy that way.

These were actually really quick to make and very cute when they are done. My kids all took pictures and then promptly ate their faces off!

Minion Cupcakes made from Twinkies

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How to make White Chocolate Popcorn Recipe ( Peanut Butter & Pecan )


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On Sunday the girls and I experimented with making white chocolate popcorn. I am completely HOOKED! I have always loved the salty and sweet, but hated the cost of buying it. We needed a treat for one of my kids teachers and this was PERFECT! It was soooo easy and amazing I can’t believe we had not made it before!

First air pop some popcorn. I had to make 3 batches everyone kept eating it. You could probably use plain microwave popcorn but I have not tried it that way.

Then get some almond bark ( Walmart $2.98) or white chocolate chips and melt them either in the microwave or in a double boiler. When it is all melted pour it over the popped corn and stir it up.

Next while the white chocolate is still a little “wet” toss in some toppings! I used chopped pecans and Reeses Pieces on this one. IT WAS AWESOME! You could use ANY finely chopped candy, cookie or nut. Try Oreos, Butterfinger, Heath, etc. You get the idea.

Then pour it out onto a cookie sheet to cool and harden. When it is set up break it apart and store in an air tight container.

I had some really cute boxes I put ours in to give away, I added some whole pecans to make it even prettier for our friends.

This is a SIMPLE and EASY and CHEAP gift to give someone. Give it a try this year!

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Homemade Microwave Popcorn

Homemade Microwave Popcorn?  Sign me up!  We love popcorn and it’s such a great option for a fairly healthy snack.  Like most other things though, I hate feeding my family things with tons of added ingredients and preservatives.  Making homemade popcorn on the stove top isn’t terribly hard and it is delicious but it does take some time.  Since we don’t always have that kind of time and the kids often want to make popcorn themselves, I came up with this great recipe for DIY Microwave Popcorn.

homemade microwave popcorn

Homemade Microwave Popcorn

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1/3 cup Popcorn Kernels
  • 3 tbsp Butter
  • 1 Brown Lunch Bag
  • Salt to taste

diy microwave popcorn suppliesDIRECTIONS:

Place ingredients in bag. Fold top over and place on side in microwave. Cook times vary by microwave, mine took 2 minutes.

diy microwave popcorn in brown paper bag

That’s it!  This seriously could not be simpler to make.  Not to mention, it tastes amazing!  Who needs an expensive popcorn popper when you can make homemade popcorn this easily?!?  You may want to stock up on brown paper bags and popping corn because this is going to become a family favorite.

You can use a butter substitute if you’re looking for a healthier option (although when butter is so much better than so many substitutes).

Homemade Microwave Popcorn
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Recipe type: Snack
Cuisine: American
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 2-3
 
Homemade Microwave Popcorn
Ingredients
  • • ⅓ cup Popcorn Kernels
  • • 3 tbsp Butter
  • • 1 Brown Lunch Bag
  • • Salt to taste
Instructions
  1. Place ingredients in bag. Fold top over and place on side in microwave. Cook times vary by microwave, mine took 2 minutes.
  2. That’s it! This seriously could not be simpler to make. Not to mention, it tastes amazing! Who needs an expensive popcorn popper when you can make homemade popcorn this easily?!?
  3. You can use a butter substitute if you’re looking for a healthier option (although when butter is so much better than so many substitutes).

 

EASY 4th of July Treats and Drinks {I really mean EASY! :) }

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I have found with kids and adults alike that sometimes presentation is all that matters.

Last year I was playing around with some ideas of things I can do for the 4th of July fun we have every year. I made a few fancy punches and drinks to serve, and some nice brownies with 5 different steps. I had some mason jars sitting on my shelf and the kids were coming in from gymnastics, so I grabbed the Kool Aid from the fridge and served them a drink in a jar with some fruit.

YOU WOULD HAVE THOUGHT THEY WON THE LOTTERY!!

4th july drinks

In my head I was thinking, ” it is Kool Aid guys, I just bought it from Kroger for $.79 a container…” it is the extra little touches they don’t normally see from home that made it sooooo special to them.

The little paper straws came from Amazon, and I had them left over from a birthday party. I had the jars, and the fruit.

The kids felt like a million bucks sitting on the porch drinking their Kool Aid.

easy 4th july treats

You have seen my posts on popcorn treats many times.

Bunny Bait 

Lucky Charms Munch 

Valentines Crunch 

White Chocolate Popcorn ( my favorite )

It is super simple to make and you can add any candy, nuts, pretzels etc. that you might have around. There is no baking involved and both kids and adults love it.

Last year I made some white chocolate popcorn with M&M’s and added the 4th of July Twizzlers. I put it in the leftover lunch bags from the school year and again the kids thought they were rock stars.

It doesn’t have to be expensive to be fun and look good. It also doesn’t have to take you all day to make something really fancy for people to think you spent a lot of time. Keep it simple!

35 Fourth of July Recipes

35 Easy Fourth of July Recipes

The 4th of July has to be one of my favorite Holiday’s pretty much tied with Christmas. I get to spend the day with my family, celebrate my amazing country and EAT some really, really, good food!

  1. Taco Salad in a Bag :: My Litter
  2. Berry Cheesecake Trifle :: My Litter
  3. Fourth of July Punch :: My Litter
  4. Chocolate Lasagna :: My Litter
  5. Strawberry Dream Cake :: My Litter
  6. Cherry Pie Filling Fruit Salad :: My Litter
  7. Fourth of July Candy Kabobs :: My Litter
  8. Strawberry Crumb Bars :: My Litter
  9. Red Velvet Cake Bites :: My Litter
  10. Cherry Fudge :: My Litter
  11. Stars and Stripes Oreo Bark :: Pink Cake Plate
  12. Very Berry Moscato :: the Grant life
  13. Red, White and Blue Blondies :: Your Homebased Mom
  14. Fourth of July Rice Krispie Treats :: Lil Luna
  15. Star Spangled Sugar Cookies :: the Nerd’s Wife
  16. Red, White and Blue Popcorn Jars :: Whipperberry
  17. Chocolate Dipped Pretzels :: Cupcakes and Cashmere
  18. Fourth of July Snack Mix :: Glorious Treats
  19. Red, White and Blue Candy Apples :: Tidy Mom
  20. Flag Waffles :: The Kitchn
  21. Fourth of July Cupcakes in a Jar :: TomKat Studio
  22. Red, White and Blue Ice Box Cookies :: Shugary Sweets
  23. Patriotic Jello Dessert :: Marty’s Musings
  24. Fourth of July Pancakes :: the Grant life
  25. Brownie and Fruit Kabobs :: Mel’s Kitchen Cafe
  26. Fourth of July Surprise Cake :: I am Baker
  27. Red, White and Blueberry Popsicles :: The Nourishista
  28. Fourth of July Oreo Pops :: Makoodle
  29. Patriotic Mini Cheesecake :: Kleinworth and Co
  30. Steak Sandwich Stackers :: Lady Behind the Curtain
  31. Red, White and Blue Layered Shortcakes :: Yummy Healthy Easy
  32. Homemade Candy Corn :: Taste and Tell Blog
  33. Fourth of July Cake Pops :: Pint Sized Baker
  34. Red, White and Blue Salad :: Julie’s Eats and Treats
  35. Layered Fourth of July Drinks :: In Katrina’s Kitchen

Taco Salad In A Bag! – Perfect for camping and kids!

taco in a bag ingredients This has long been a fun snack/dinner for my kids camping and after school. You can see my Taco Salad recipe HERE for a bigger dish with catalina dressing. Making this for groups, camping or teens is an awesome way to feed a crowd easily. ground beef for tacos First brown some ground beef with taco seasoning. I often have this on hand frozen in my freezer anyway. Next cut up or pull out your toppings, which can include the following:

  • Onions
  • Cheese
  • Sour Cream
  • Salsa
  • Lettuce
  • Tomatos
Whatever you like, and if you are camping can travel easily. My kids like to eat theirs with Doritos, but you can also use Fritos.

Taco in a bag Tucker Now find a kid who will gladly demonstrate how to eat this with perfection! Lucky me I had one walk in the door from school and he was STARVING! Taco in a bag Take the bag and break up the chips a bit. Open the bag. Add toppings and meat. Enjoy!

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Key Lime Cake with Cheese Cake Pudding in a Jar Gift!

Key Lime cheese cake in a jar gift

Here is a very simple and easy Key Lime Cake recipe, that you can turn into a Key Lime Cheese Cake truffle in a jar very easily. If you are not a fan of the lime flavor, remember that you can use ANY jello flavor that you want! You can also adapt this for dietary needs like Sugar Free etc

You will need:

  • Mason Jars
  • 1 Box Jello
  • 1 Box White Cake Mix
  • 1 Box Pudding Mix
  • Key Limes
  • Cool Whip (optional)
  • Graham Crackers (optional)

 

My daughter held up a bag of Key Limes the other day and was making fun of the “baby” limes. After explaining that I had NO idea what a key lime actually was, other than a small lime and promising to Google it when I got home I bought a bag for $1 and took it home!

grating key lime

Key lime pie is one of my most favorite desserts out there! But I have made that a few too many times this year and so I thought I had better try something different…

My sister had just eaten in a cute cafe where they made easy jello cake, and layered it into little mason jars with pudding and cool whip. PERFECT for teacher’s gifts this week!

First thing to do: Make a white cake, just follow the directions on the box. Add 3 T key lime juice and 2 T of the peel grated.

making jello cake lime

While the cake is in the oven, boil 1 1/2 cup water. Add 1 box of your favorite flavor jello. Usually we use strawberry but this time I am using Lime. Stir it up until it is dissolved. When the cake is done baking, pull it out and poke holes all over the top of the cake. Now just pour the liquid over the hot cake, and put it in the fridge to cool down.

* When making a jello cake, all you do at this point is add cool whip to the top and you have an awesome dessert.

assembling cake jars

While the cake is cooling, take your favorite pudding mix and make a bowl. We used cheesecake flavored (my favorite) but you can use any flavor as long as it compliments your cake flavor. Also, have a carton of cool whip handy and some crushed graham crackers.

layers cake in a jar

When your cake is cool, and the pudding is set up, grab some of the smaller 2 cup mason jars. You can find these at Walmart, grocery stores, and even Home Depot and Lowe’s.

Cut chunks of cake and add them to the bottom of the jar. Next add a few spoon full’s of pudding and sprinkle graham crackers on the layers.

cake in a jar layers

To me the graham flavor is a must with key lime, they just have to go together. I suppose you could also add some coconut in as well. Repeat layers until you have reached the top and end with some cool whip.

filled cake in a jar

If I didn’t have to transport these or send them to school with kids :) I would serve them just like this with a little graham cracker sprinkled on top and maybe some toasted coconut. But since they have to make their way to school, I needed a lid!

The girls and I tied matching ribbon around the jars to make them pretty, and added a matching spoon so their teacher’s wouldn’t have to find one! They put them in a white lunch bag and were headed to school this morning!

It would not have mattered what was in the bag, just giving their teacher’s something is what they wanted to do!

key lime Cheesecake in a jar

Remember that you can make these with any flavor and any color. Even a blue raspberry would be cook for a baby shower. They sky is the limit!

Smoothie Recipes – Berry Nutella Smoothies

Smoothie Recipes are great for breakfast, dessert, or even to replace a meal.  Berry Nutella Smoothies are so delicious!  While Nutella isn’t necessarily a health food, the berries and bananas are really good for you so you won’t feel guilty about enjoying this yummy beverage!  You could substitute peanut butter or any other nut butter if you’d like.

Berry Nutella Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups frozen mixed berries
  • 2 frozen bananas
  • 1 cup dairy free milk (we like rice milk)
  • 1 cup Nutella
  • additional Nutella for topping
  • Mason Jars or other Cups for serving

Instructions:

Place frozen berries, frozen bananas, milk, and 1 cup of Nutella into your blender.

Blend on medium/high until mixture becomes smooth.

Divide smoothie mixture into mason jars.

Top smoothies with a small amount of Nutella.  I used a piping bag with an extra large star tip to make it pretty.

Serve!

Smoothie Recipes - Berry Nutella Smoothies
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Recipe type: Breakfast
 
Berry Nutella Smoothies are great for breakfast or dessert
Ingredients
  • 2 cups frozen mixed berries
  • 2 frozen bananas
  • 1 cup dairy free milk (we like rice milk)
  • 1 cup Nutella
  • additional Nutella for topping
Instructions
  1. Place frozen berries, frozen bananas, milk, and 1 cup of Nutella into your blender.
  2. Blend on medium/high until mixture becomes smooth.
  3. Divide smoothie mixture into mason jars.
  4. Top smoothies with a small amount of Nutella. I used a piping bag with an extra large star tip to make it pretty.
  5. Serve!

This smoothie is sweet and filling.  It would even be a great after school snack, especially on some of these Indian Summer afternoons we’re having.

Do you have a favorite smoothie recipe that uses Nutella or a nut butter?