Now that fall is here and the weather is finally getting cooler, I am totally in Crock Pot mode. Especially since our evenings are filled with dance classes and soccer practice and lots of homework assignments.
I just don’t seem to have the time to deal with complicated dinner menus yet I still want warm, comforting meals at the end of a busy day. So Crock Pot to the rescue!
So if you haven’t tried making Crock Pot Baked Potatoes I thought I’d post about it today. I do this fairly often in fall and winter because really what is better then a baked potato? So delicious and a great opportunity to clean out the fridge by topping it with broccoli or red peppers, various cheeses, salsa, leftover chili — whatever you have on hand.
Crock Pot baked potatoes are incredibly easy and they turn out perfectly cooked. I am not a fan of microwaving potatoes- they always get a gummy taste to me- but putting them in the oven can take so long…. Not really practical for quick dinners. By cooking these in the crock pot you will get a perfectly cooked Steakhouse style baked potato and literally dinner is done in just minutes.
Oh and you can actually make these to go- that is nice for those of you with kiddos in sports and such. Keep them tightly wrapped in the foil and they will stay warm for awhile. Pack a small tupperware container with whatever toppings you like- just slice the potato open and add the toppings and it is delicious. The foil can even serve as the plate.
I make treats all the time for my girls and these little Monster treats have to be one of my favorites plus they are so incredibly easy!
I absolutely love how they turned out and if you are curious about the taste– have you ever tried White Chocolate Flipz pretzels? They taste just like that- so I had a hard time not sneaking one or two of them myself
To make these requires just a few super simple steps- the beauty is that you can make as many or as few as you like.
Well the Pumpkin Spice Lattes have hit the streets and I am seeing pumpkin everything on the internet these days.
I thought I would post a super simple recipe to make your own pumpkin pie spice. This is a delicious addition to baked goods, sprinkle it on coffee drinks or on top of piles of whipped cream for hot chocolate, on egg nog, on baked sweet potatoes and so much more. Oh and a little tip I learned when I was travelling in Europe from my darling Tanta Inge- just between you and me. Try sprinkling just a tiny bit of this in your coffee grounds before you brew your coffee. It adds just a hint of flavor without the artificial taste you sometimes get from flavored coffee grounds.
Now you might be saying- well I can just buy pumpkin pie spice premade at the store- why should I bother making it?
Here is why I like to make it- premade Pumpkin Pie spice is not always available at every store, often it can be a little expensive- especially if you are only buying it for one recipe, I think it is cheaper to make it fresh yourself AND the flavor is so much better. Fresh pumpkin pie spice will really add an extra oompf to your fall treats. You can also control the flavor of your spice- I went light on ginger (because I am not a big fan) and heavier on cinnamon (yum yum). You might adapt this a bit to your own tastes. Most premade Pumpkin Pie spices don’t include allspice and I do like to add allspice to my recipe because it adds just a little something.
Some of you might already have everything you need right in the cupboard but if not hit the bulk spice aisle of your favorite store and you can get the ingredients.
Oh goodness these granola bars are so good. I hope you decide to try them out because they taste almost like a yummy oatmeal chocolate chip cookie to me and the first time I made these I just couldn’t stop sneaking bites. The kids begged to have these in their lunchboxes which is a huge win because they are much healthier then the regular bars you pick up at the store. And I thought these tasted so much better!
These are not loaded with a bunch of junk so you can even use them for quick on the go breakfast options for the little ones.
These only take a few minutes to make and you can customize them with any flavors you like- chocolate chips, raisins, dried fruit, nuts., coconut… anything will work.
Here is the recipe and if you do decide to try these please come back and let me know what you think! I’d love to hear the flavor combinations you choose as well.
Oh these are yummy muffins and really delicious for fall! You can leave these muffins unfrosted and they make a wonderful grab n go breakfast or lunchbox snack. If you want to amp things up a little bit, add the cream cheese frosting and you have something really yummy!
Goodness I have such a simple recipe for you today.
This recipe is for White Chocolate Candy Bark and has a great combination of sweet and salty flavors. I like the white chocolate on this not only for the sweetness but also because the white makes the candy corn really pop out.
You can easily swap out milk chocolate if you prefer.
I wanted to make something cute and whimsical and fun for my little girls for the first day of school this year. (Our schools start after Labor Day).
I didn’t want a lot of fuss because things were already pretty crazy getting back from vacation and the laundry alone was enough to make a grown man cry. So most cute treats were out but one thing I can always count on are Rice Krispies treats. They are quick and easy and the kiddos love them.
I have seen little Rice Krispy treats shaped like Pumpkins and I thought how cute would those be as apples for school? I think the apples are also fun for fall in general.
I didn’t want a lot of bother and I didn’t have a lot of time to invest and I can tell you these were so fast and easy! Plus you can really make any size batch you like- I only made (4) of these for after school treats.
They do make gluten free Rice Krispies so you can always make these gluten free!
I have been a little slow to embrace the overnight oats movement. I tried overnight oats a long time ago and didn’t really care for it. The texture was odd and the flavor seemed chalky and it wasn’t for me.
But I realized later that I had purchased almond milk to use for the overnight oats and the one I choose was the culprit- it was a little thick and bland tasting. So I decided to give overnight oats a second shot and this time it was so much better!
Overnight oats are a great option if you want a change from standard oatmeal or you want to try something that is literally grab n go in the morning. This is a super hearty breakfast and you can adjust the ingredients to really suit your personal taste.
This is a very simple Apple Cinnamon Overnight Oats recipe and it can be eaten cold in the jar or you can pop it in the micro for a few seconds and warm it up.
To make overnight oats you simply pop all the ingredients into a container before bed and when you wake up it will be ready to eat! You just stir and you are on your way.
If the kiddos like this one you might consider adding it in a thermos to lunchboxes. A little maple syrup would be a great addition for children or maybe a sprinkle of brown sugar.
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