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Vegetarian Lasagna Baked Shells Recipe

I’ve been really busy lately. I hardly have time for anything outside of work, kids school and appointments and trying to keep up with housework. I’ve been trying to do better though at balancing it all out. I’ve definitely been lacking though in the friend department so a couple weeks ago I invited some friends over one night to hang out, craft and of course eat.

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  Slow Cooker Apples Recipe

Have you ever had those fried apples from Cracker Barrel? They are one of my favorite things from there. Sometimes I’ll buy some of the jars and take them home but recently I decided to give them a whirl on my own. These slow cooker  apples were surprisingly easy and I love that they can be eaten as is or on something delicious like french toast. 

Cook apples in a slow cooker or pressure cooker

Slow Cooker:

Baked Slow Cooker Apples

Serves 6
Prep time 10 minutes
Cook time 3 hours, 30 minutes
Total time 3 hours, 40 minutes
Meal type Dessert
These baked apples can be cooked in a crock pot or pressure cooker!

Ingredients

  • 6 -8 Medium apples, sliced and cored.
  • 1 tablespoon Cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup Water
  • 1/2 cup Brown Sugar (packed)
  • 1 teaspoon Corn Starch
  • 1/4 cup Granulated Sugar
  • 2 tablespoons Butter

Directions

Step 1
Mix it all together minus the butter.
Step 2
Cook on slow cooker for approximately 3.5 hours on high.
Step 3
Once cooked to desired consistency, top with butter then cool to enjoy.

Pressure Cooker:

Adjust the timing to 5 minutes on high w/ quick pressure release.  I personally loved them from the pressure cooker, they were full of flavor and perfect for a quick breakfast turnaround!

The time you cook these in your slow cooker will really depend on how you like your baked apples. If you like them super soft, you’d leave them in there for longer.  The cornstarch is what determines the thickness of the syrup of the apples.

Cinnamon & Sugar Baked Apples

Cinnamon and Sugar Slow Cooker Apples

 

 

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#Ickies Awards ~ Win $2500!

I knew when I became a mom I’d have a lot of eventful yet gross moments, also known as icky moments. However, I don’t think my brain was prepared for exactly how icky those moments could be. Like when baby diaper blowouts would happen on a road trip where one box of wipes didn’t seem good enough. I also didn’t realize just how much babies could hold in their little baby bowels. It’s those moments where I relied on just a little bit of Clorox to help clean those ickies up.

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After diaper days the ickies never really go away, they just become different. Now that my kids are older I find myself still grossed out by fluids leaving the body in projectile ways like vomit. On more than one occasion my kids have gotten a tummy bug and I’ve turned around to go find a trash can for them to use. Only once I turn around it seems like that is the cue to just let it all out, right there. Cleaning vomit is definitely not my fav.

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Of course my kids aren’t the only ones who create icky moments. I find myself needing bleach for beyond their messes to clean up my own. An example would be that one time I was canning jam and bam! I dropped a jar and hot sticky mess went everywhere. It was so sticky that I am pretty sure I could use my jam as a booby trap for burglars in the future.

Peach Jam Ooooops

Being a mom has made me aware that I need an emergency clean up kit handy. I keep it in the laundry room right next to the kitchen and it has:

  • Clorox Bleach
  • Gloves
  • Disposable rags
  • Disposable bags (grocery bags)

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A salad featuring strawberries, cucumbers, oranges, sliced almonds, cucumbers, cranberries and an easy mango dressing recipe.

Summer Salad with Mango Dressing

The warm weather is upon us. Unless you live in Phoenix then it is already well on it’s way. Of course, you know what that means. Shorts, tanks and swimsuit time. Not my favorite time of the year and not just because soon it will feel like my sweat will come off but I LOATHE things like bathing suit shopping. I think I’d rather get a root canal. But I digress, it’s only because I may have put on a few pounds during the Winter time. 

On April 1st, I started a new journey of eating right (and no, that’s not an April Fools joke).  I’m committing to not drinking any root beer or any soda really it’s just that root beer happens to be my all time favorite. I’m also doing my best to eat well and exercise. When shopping and making my meal plans, I can tell you that salads are not my favorite. I mean, I’m not a rabbit so why would green leafs be exciting? Well, while they may not be exciting their caloric content takes the win for being awesome at a time of needing to eat healthy. So instead of fighting the non excitement for salad, I decided I’d dress up some of my salads and of course I’d share maybe one or two of them with you!

Summer Salad w/ Mango Dressing

When we were shopping for the healthy eats recently, we stumbled upon the 100% juice section and I picked up the mango juice. I was obviously excited not only for the flavor but this juice does not have pineapple juice in it. Very important as I am allergic to pineapples. I thought I could not only drink it, but I could probably make a delicious salad dressing out of it too!

This week I made a Summer Salad, a salad with summer flavors infused in every bite.

Summer Salad with Mango Dressing

  • Salad mix
  • Cuties (Clementine oranges)
  • Sliced cucumbers
  • Sliced strawberries
  • Dried cranberries
  • Slivered almonds

Topped with Mango salad dressing

Mango Salad Dressing Recipe with Mango Juice and Greek Yogurt

Mango Salad Dressing

Serves 8
Prep time 3 minutes
Meal type Condiment, Salad
A delicious and healthy recipe featuring Summer flavors like strawberries, cucumbers, oranges & more topped with a mango dressing.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup Mango Juice
  • 1/4 cup Greek Yogurt (I love Fage)
  • 1 teaspoon Honey

Directions

Step 1
Mix ingredients, use and then refrigerate the rest!

Summer Salad w/ Mango Dressing

If you are curious, I purchased this mango juice in Safeway http://www.bolthouse.com/product/amazingmango

Not all greek yogurts are created equal. I like to use a plain no fat or low fat yogurt like Fage. It makes a great base in smoothies, dressings etc.

Lemon Recipe Roundup

Spring is here and the citrus is in full bloom! I’ve gathered up some delicious lemon recipes with everything from sweet to savory flavors! Check out the lemon recipe collection below and leave a comment about some of your favorite lemon recipes!

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