Delicious Crockpot Applesauce Recipe

Delicious Crockpot Applesauce Recipe

My huge stash of apples is gone and I'm sad. I miss them. I miss using my awesome new apple peeler. Have I mentioned how I came about a large stash of apples? This is going to sound made up, but I promise it's true. My friend Monica can vouch for me because she is the one who gave me access to 500 apple trees that have barely been touched.

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Fruit Salad with a Twist Recipe {VIDEO}

Fruit Salad with a Twist Recipe {VIDEO}

Despite the hood being ripped off my car for no apparent reason on the interstate, I am determined to make our upcoming road trip happen. Seriously, who does this happen to? Have you ever heard of a hood just flying off of a car? At any rate, the little boys and I plan to head toward the east coast starting on Friday.

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Candy Bar Fruit Salad Recipe {VIDEO}

Candy Bar Fruit Salad Recipe {VIDEO}

Today was a doozy. Dan is out of town for a few days, so I got one boy off to daycare and the other onto the school bus. The super-duper-ridiculously-freezing-cold temps formed black ice upon the roads on which I drove to get to work, giving me over 1.5 hours in Dan's old-man Buick.

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Homemade Fruit Roll-ups Recipe

Homemade Fruit Roll-ups Recipe

Commence the time of year when Dan is wrapping up his crazy summer work while I simultaneously begin my crazy fall work. We call this our craaaazy transition time. This year we can stack onto that having a six-year-old who is adjusting to full-time school, which is actually going better than I ever could have imagined.

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Fruit and Granola Parfaits Recipe

Do you ever take a series of photos of a particular food and forget that you took them? Only to find them, weeks later, screaming out to you from Lightroom? That's exactly what I did to these parfaits. And I feel terrible because they were delicious. I hope they can find it in their crunchy, creamy, fruity hearts to forgive me.

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I had made this delicious granola as one of my challenge recipes, and knew that I wanted to throw it together with some other ingredients to create some sort of parfait. I pondered these parfaits in my sleep. I do that every so often. Ponder food in my sleep. 

Here's what I did.

I purchased two of those convenient little 6-oz. containers of Greek yogurt and mixed about a tablespoon of honey in each container.

I put the yogurt-honey mixtures into the bottoms of two separate tall glasses. 

I put a few spoonfuls of granola on top of the yogurt.

For the top layer of one parfait, I mixed together:

1 kiwi fruit, chopped

1/2 of a mango, chopped 

1 pineapple slice, chopped

For the top layer of the other parfait, I mixed together:

4 strawberries, sliced

1/4 cup of blueberries

1/4 cup of raspberries 

Easy, delicious breakfast served! Just like that.

Lemon Buttercream Frosting Recipe

This lemon buttercream frosting is incredibly light and delicious. Finger-licking recommended!

I have a great weakness for frosting. Whether it adorns a cake or a cupcake or a spoon or my finger, I do not care. Consisting mainly of that ingredient I love so much called sugar, it is one of the foods I have a very hard time resisting. This lemon buttercream frosting is incredibly light and delicious. It went great with the three-layer lemon cake I recently made, and it would be a good topping for a number of other baked goods, as well.

In a medium bowl, beat the following ingredients with an electric mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy:

1 cup softened butter

2 tablespoons lemon zest

Add 3 1/2 cups of confectioners' sugar in batches and beat until light and fluffy. Add 3 tablespoons of fresh lemon juice and beat for 1 more minute.

Don't allow your three-year-old to try a sample or you will risk losing half the batch.

Lemon, Buttercream, Frosting
Dessert
American
Yield: frosts one double-layer cake or 24 cupcakes

LEMON BUTTERCREAM FROSTING

prep time: 2 minscook time: 5 minstotal time: 7 mins

It's finger-lickin' good! Incredibly light and delicious!

ingredients:

  • 1 cup softened butter
  • 2 tablespoons lemon zest
  • 3 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

instructions:

  1. In a medium bow, beat the following ingredients with an electric mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy: 1 cup softened butter and 2 tablespoons lemon zest.
  2. Add 3 1/2 cups of confectioners' sugar in batches and beat until light and fluffy. Add 3 tablespoons of fresh lemon juice and beat for 1 minute.
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Sparkling White Sangria Recipe

A festive sparkling drink, great for toasting in the new year! Mixed together quickly with fresh fruit making this sangria so light and ready to serve in minutes. So simple, yet so refreshingly tasty!

My husband and I love hosting parties. It is such fun to make a ton of food and create a fun, safe environment for friends for an evening. Since we've had kids, our gatherings have become much more low-key, much smaller and much less frequent. We hadn't had people over for an official gathering since well before I was pregnant with Samson, a year and a half ago. So, to slowly get ourselves back into the hosting scene, we decided to have a few people over for New Year's Eve. Just a few. We made it super low-key because we had just gotten home from our vacation in North Carolina the day before. I'm already planning a bigger gathering in my head. One involving a lot of cooking, Ebby and hungry friends.

Anyway, back to New Year's Eve. I wanted to make a festive drink to go with our spread of food that we could toast to the new year with! Except, it didn't last until 2011. It was tasty, though! And so pretty.

All you need is:

1 bottle sparkling wine or champagne

1 1/2 cups cranberry juice (I used cran-grape)

12 red grapes

1 apple, thinly sliced

1 orange, thinly sliced

1 lime, thinly sliced

1 lemon, thinly sliced

Throw everything into a pitcher, mix, and pour into champagne flutes. So simple, yet so refreshingly tasty! Happy New Year!

For a summer take on a sangria try my Watermelon Raspberry Sangria. It's fruity, it's bubbly and it's refreshing!

White Sangria

A festive sparkling drink, great for toasting in the new year! So simple, yet so refreshingly tasty!

Contributed by Megan Porta from pipandebby.com.

Published Jan 03, 2011

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Serves:6

Total time: 5 mins

WhiteSangria

Ingredients:

  • 1 bottle sparkling wine or champagne
  • 1 1/2 cups cranberry juice (I used cran-grape)
  • 12 red grapes
  • 1 apple, thinly sliced
  • 1 lime, thinly sliced
  • 1 orange, thinly sliced
  • 1 lemon, thinly sliced
Instructions:
  1. Throw everything into a pitcher, mix and serve!