If you read my about me you’ll see that I have a special love for smoothies. They taste delicious, but they also can be packed full of wholesome, and healthy ingredients. A special perk, they totally can count as a meal. I’m not talking the […]
Normally on Monday I write my Make It Yourself Monday posts. This paticular Monday though, I am on vacation with family, so there is no making much of anything fancy over here. We are all about easy, semi-healthy, but fully delicious food. My homemade bladda […]
When our family first moved to Ohio, we discovered a local casual dining restaurant called Skyline. I proudly tout the fact that I have never eaten there, but my husband has sadly dined here on occasion. According to him, they offer a meal called Skyline Chili 4-Ways. This title is somewhat deceiving because the meal isn’t actually offered four ways, but rather has four components. Are you ready for this?
Spaghetti noodles with “secret seasonings”
A obscene amount of shredded cheddar cheese on top.
So thank goodness my recipe here has nothing to do with Skyline, chili, beans or some secret seasoning.
Aside from Ohio blessing the world Skyline, it did offer us our first apple picking experience. If you ever get the chance to pick our own apples, DO IT! We had such a good time and the tree branches hang low enough the little hands can help in the picking.
Picking your own also lets you buy bulk apples for a crazy good deal. We picked fresh apples for roughly $1.00 per pound!
This is all great until you get home and realize you have a mound of apple that will rot away on your counter until you do something with them. The options are really endless. There is apple butter, apple crisp, apple pie, apple juice, etc. My kids love straight up apple sauce so I spent three days and three rounds of crockpot cooking my apples. In the end I ended up with enough apple sauce to last us a couple months, and my house had a sweet aroma all weekend.
In order for my kids not to get bored of the sauce, I experimented with some fun flavor combinations. Add in some extra spices and fruit, and you have a delicious and new little snack for yourself or the kiddos. I ended up making a huge batch of basic applesauce for a base and freezing them into muffin tins for easy portions to thaw and use. You can use these to place in reusables pouches like these, for baking, or for adding into a delicious fall smoothie. Here are the flavors we loved so far.
Apple Blueberry Nutmeg (top left)
Apple Cinnamon (top right)
Apple Banana Clove (bottom left)
Apple Strawberry Cardamom (bottom right)
Oh and I haven’t even mentioned the best part. No added sugars and…wait for it… NO PEELING!
You are welcome.
Hope you enjoy! Let me know what you like to do with your apples? Any other flavor combinations you love?
This is one of those kitchen DIYs that seems a lot more daunting than it is. You really can’t mess this one up. I promise. I mastered it on my first try. Not because I’m just that good, but because it is just that easy. […]
It was the running joke amongst my family and friends that I could not cook. ‘She could burn a salad.’ ‘Does she know how to boil water?’ ‘Don’t bother asking Alex, she doesn’t know how to make anything.’ They weren’t far for the truth. Cooking […]
So let’s have real talk. You know those people who make their own EVERYTHING. Ya those people. They have a dirty little secret. Most of the things they make are super simple. As in, it probably only took-them-3-seconds-to-make-type-simple.
I am THOSE people. I’m sorry…I’m sorry. Before you give me an eye roll, let me show you how simple some of these DIY staples can be.
Let’s start off with a bang. Homemade BUTTAH!
I love butter and my family loves butter even more. We buy some high quality stuff and it’s pretty costly. When you look at the ingredients, there are two!
Not only is this recipe insanely simple, it is extremely cost effective too. We were spending $5.00 an ounce on our butter before. This recipe calls for an ingredient that is only .15 an ounce. So I’ll just leave you to that mental math for a second.
Let’s make this happen shall we?
My 5th grade teacher introduced me to the K.I.S.S. method in school. Keep It Simple Stupid. Since learning this, I have discovered I can apply it to most things in my life. Parenting, marriage, workouts, food, and now our gut health. By now, you have […]