Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Caramel Apple Crisp

If you love apples, you must try this delicious caramel apple crisp recipe. It's easy to prepare and will leave your home smelling absolutely delightful!

Photo: Amy Desrosiers

When it comes to baking, apples and oats were seemingly made for one another. They pair well together and complement each other's flavors perfectly. That's why I decided to share this delicious caramel apple crisp recipe with you all, because oats and apples share the spotlight so well.

This apple crisp recipe is perfect for dessert paired with some vanilla ice cream. It would also make a wonderful breakfast with a tall glass of ice cold milk or hot coffee.

2 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups quick oats
1 1/2 cups firmly packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 1/4 sticks melted, unsalted butter
2 cups apples, peeled, cored, and sliced
3/4 cup caramel ice cream topping
1/2 tablespoon cinnamon

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease a 9 x 11 inch baking pan.

In a large bowl, combine all dry ingredients. Melt butter in the microwave for 1 minute. Add butter to the dry ingredients, mix well. Reserve about one cup of your mixture for the crisp topping. Firmly pack the above mixture into your lightly greased pan. Bake for 8 minutes.

While the crust is baking, prep the apples (peel, core, and slice them). Once they're ready, toss them in a bowl with cinnamon until they are fully coated.

Once the crust has baked, line it with apples. Drizzle caramel over the top. Sprinkle on the remaining oat mixture.

Bake for an additional 20 to 25 minutes until golden brown.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Baked Oatmeal

Recipe is one of the hundreds of recipes, medicine, and crafts to be found in "Through the Seasons"

Baked Oatmeal
2 cups old fashioned oats
1 1/2 cups milk
2 large eggs
1/2 cup maple syrup or honey
1 tsp baking powder
1 tbsp coconut oil or butter
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 cup fruit (dried)
1/2 cup nuts

Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease an 8 x 8 cooking pan.
Mix the wet ingredients together well, and then combine dry ingredients into that mixture.
Spread into the prepared pan and bake for 30-40 minutes, until top is firm and a toothpick comes out clean in the center. Serve with milk if desired.
So many different additions can go into this breakfast mixture. All kinds of fruits, nuts, spices, things like shredded carrots, chocolate, seeds - only your imagination holds you back.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Jillian Michaels' Detox Water

Don't let the name throw you off - this isn't a detox where you only eat fruits and vegetables.  Nope!  This is a detox water that you drink along with your clean, healthy meals intended to reduce bloating and drop water weight!

Jillian Michael's Recipe for Losing 5 Pounds in 7 Days
Jillian Michaels' detox water consists of distilled water, cranberry juice, organic dandelion root tea and lemon juice.  Why these particular ingredients mixed together?  It's a natural diuretic drink! 

60 oz of distilled water
1 Tbsp cranberry juice
1 organic dandelion root teabag
2 Tbsp lemon juice

1. Brew the tea as listed on the box and let it cool to room temperature
2. Mix all ingredients together and add the tea (once cooled)
3. Drink the entire mixture each day for up to seven days (you will make a new batch each day)

Friday, October 10, 2014

Chicken Burrito Casserole

Chicken Burrito Casserole 
Heat oven to 350
Place chicken in a large pot and cover with water. Bring to a boil.
Reduce heat and simmer gently, covered, for 10 minutes.
Allow to cool and cut into 1/2-inch pieces.
Coat a 13 x 9 x 2-inch baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.
Add burritos, cutting to fit in a tight single layer (you will need 10 to 12 burritos, depending on the brand).
Scatter the chicken over the top.
In a medium-size bowl, mix together milk, soup, 1 cup of the cheese and the olives. 
Pour mixture evenly over the chicken and burritos.
Top with remaining 1/2 cup cheese.
Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes or until heated through and bubbly.
Cool slightly before serving; sprinkle with cilantro leaves, if desired.
*This is a easy & fast recipe for those day you need a lazy day easy and fast recipe (-: