Category Archives: Recipes 2013 – 2014

Autumn Apples For Homemade Applesauce

Years ago a friend of ours, SM, would give us big bags of fresh apples right off her tree. Those were some good apples! One of the favorite things to do with apples in our house is to make warm applesauce.

SM has since moved away and we must get our autumn apples from the grocery store nowadays; but that warm homemade applesauce is still a favorite around here.  Over the years we have kind of perfected our favorite applesauce recipe and I must say it’s pretty darn good!

I like it nice and warm with a big ol’ dollop of whipped cream on top!

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A couple of weeks ago while I was filling my shopping cart with an assortment of apples [D had requested a big ol pot of applesauce be put on the menu that week.] I heard a little voice behind me ask; “Do you have lots of kids who like apples?”. I turned to see a nice lady who was also taking advantage of the apple sale. I said “No; not lots of little kids that like apples. Just one big one that likes applesauce!” She apparently found that remark quite funny and when she stopped laughing she talked about how she hadn’t made applesauce in years… she just didn’t have the patience to stand over that pot of hot simmering syrupy goodness.

Well I couldn’t resist telling her that I cooked mine in the crock-pot and that it was pretty darn easy. I didn’t have all the exact measurements memorized but she got the idea and said she was going home to perfect her own version of crock-pot applesauce.

It’s contagious I tell ya!

Here’s our favorite applesauce recipe… What do you like to do with all your autumn apples?

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Crock-Pot Applesauce

10 to 12 large apples, peeled, cored, and cut into chunks
1/2 cup water
1 1/2 tablespoons lemon juice
1/2 to 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar, packed
1/8 teaspoon fine salt

Combine ingredients in a slow cooker.
Cover and cook on low for 8 to 10 hours.
Mix well, apple chunks will mash while you mix.
Leave it as chunky as you like.
Serve warm or cold.

Tip: For the best flavor use a variety of apples such as;
4 Gala + 2 Granny Smith + 2 Red Delicious + 1 Braeburn + 1 Fuji
or any combination of your favorite varieties.


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Eat Your Fire Crackers – Snack Recipe

The 4th of July is nearly here and normally I wouldn’t tell you to eat your firecrackers; but these Fire Crackers are a different story. Check out this tasty recipe for a spicy snack cracker treat. I’ll bet you have most of these ingredients in your pantry right now.

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Fire Crackers

about 50 Ritz crackers
1 packet ranch dressing mix, dry
½ tablespoon red pepper flakes
1/8 teaspoon ground red pepper
1/8 teaspoon dried dill weed
¼ cup olive oil

Arrange crackers in a single layer on a jelly roll type baking sheet.

Mix remaining ingredients and drizzle over crackers.

Bake at 275 for 10 minutes.

Carefully stir crackers around and bake for another 5 minutes.

Cool completely and store in an air tight container.


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