25 Delicious Apple Recipes

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There is something about apples and fall.  They just seem to go together!  Below you will find a round up of TWENTY-FIVE (25) amazing apple recipes from donuts to ice cream and more!  Click on each link below to go directly to the website to learn more!

  1. Caramel Apple Bars
  2. Fall Harvest Cake
  3. Cinnamon Apple Cake
  4. Apple Strudel Cake
  5. Caramel Apple Spice
  6. Apple Muffins
  7. Apple Crumb Bars
  8. Apple Spice Cake with Maple Cream
  9. Custard Style Apple Tart
  10. French Apple Pie
  11. Caramel Apple Dip
  12. Apple Cider Ice Cream
  13. Apple Pie Ice Cream
  14. Apple Cider Doughnuts
  15. Apple Streusel Muffins
  16. Zucchini Applesauce Bread
  17. Cheddar Apple Biscuits
  18. Apple Bacon Cheese Bread
  19. Roasted Carrot-Apple Soup
  20. Apple Avocado Salsa with Honey Lime Dressing
  21. Butternut Squash Apple Bake
  22. Apple Cider Punch
  23. Apple Cider Milkshake
  24. Mulled Apple Cider
  25. Apple Butter

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I cook so my family doesn’t starve.  I don’t love it – and admit that freely.  Part of the reason is that my family is very picky and so fixing dinner can be frustrating.  I recently found this new way to find recipes – based upon your OWN flavor profile and preferences!

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  1. Click HERE and click the red Let’s Get Started button.
  2. Answer the series of questions about the foods you like to eat.
  3. Once you are done, you can review your recipe recommendations.  (I’ve got a few that I’m anxious to try out).

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Watermelon, Pineapple & Mint Infused Water

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It may be cool right now, but the summer heat will be returning here soon!  What better way to cool off than with a refreshing summer drink — like this Watermelon, Pineapple and Mint Infused Water.  It is summer, cool and fruity — all at the same time!




1 8 oz. canning jar
3-4 small chunks of fresh watermelon
3-4 small chunks of fresh pineapple
1/8 fresh of fresh mint leaves

1.  Add the pineapple chunks, watermelon chunks and fresh mint leaves to your 8 oz. canning jar. Rip the leaves in half for more flavor. Next, use a spoon or a fork to gently mash the fruit down a little bit. This will let the juice out of the fruit to infuse your water.

2.  Fill the jar with water, place the cover on, give it a good shake and refrigerate overnight for the best flavor.

*Makes 1 serving. One 8 oz. jar = 1 serving

**If you’d prefer to use a larger canning jar, simply double or triple the recipe ingredients and refrigerate overnight.


Broccoli Cheese & Rice Casserole

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This side dish is the perfect addition to just about any meal — and it is super easy to make!




2 C. rice (you can use white or brown, your choice), cooked according to package directions
1 can Cream of Mushroom Soup (you could also use Cream of Chicken Soup if that is what you have on hand)
1 can of milk
1 ½ C. shredded cheddar cheese, divided
¼ C. onion, chopped
1 C. of broccoli florets, steamed
salt and pepper to taste (optional)


#1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

#2. In a medium size bowl combine the rice, soup, milk, onion, broccoli and ¾ cup of shredded cheese. Mix well and add salt and pepper to taste.

#3. Pour into a medium size, greased casserole dish. Sprinkle the rest of the shredded cheese evenly on top and bake for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown. You are essentially heating it through.

#4. Serve alone as a meatless meal or as a side dish to your main meal.

*Makes approximately 5 servings. Store in an airtight container in the fridge up to 1 week.


Easy Slow Cooker Mac & Cheese

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My kids LOVE macaroni and cheese.  I don’t mind making it, but would rather make it myself so I know what is in it!  This slow cooker recipe is oh so good – and easy!  This recipe is one of Paula Deen’s, which I modified just slightly for my own family’s tastes.




2 cups of uncooked elbow macaroni
4 tablespoons of margerine, cut into pieces (can use butter)
3 cups of grated cheddar cheese  (from the block)
3/4 – 1 cup of sour cream
1 can of condensed cheddar cheese soup
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup of milk (we use skim or 2%)
1/2 tsp pepper

Boil the macaroni for 6 -8 minutes.  In the slow cooker, add the cheese, margerine, sour cream, soup, salt, milk and pepper.  Slowly mix in the noodles.  Cook for 2  - 2  1/2 hours on low heat.

(If you would rather have very creamy mac and cheese, you can cook it for just 45 min to an one hour instead and the consistency will be different.  You might watch it closely to determine the texture you wish to have for yours.)


Lemon Lime Soda Pops

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Here’s a simple, but yet refreshing, recipe for Lemon Lime Soda Pops!  They are easy to make and will definitely help cool you and your kids down on a hot summer afternoon!




2 C. of Lemon Lime soda, any brand (I used Diet 7-Up)
½ Lemon cut into slices
½ Lime cut into slices
4 C. popsicle mold
Popsicle sticks (optional)

Pour about ½ C. of soda into each mold filling almost to the top. You may need a little more or a little less depending on the size of your molds. 

Next, take your lemon and lime slices and add 2-3 to each mold. Use a popsicle stick or a butter knife to push them toward the bottom of the mold.

Cover with lids and freeze for 3-4 hours.   If you prefer using popsicle sticks, cover your popsicle mold with plastic wrap and make a small slit directly in the center with a knife. Put a popsicle into each mold and freeze.


*Makes approximately 4 servings. 1 popsicle = 1 serving.

Peanut Butter S’mores Bars

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Don’t these look delicious?!!?  These Peanut Butter S’mores Bars are not only scrumptious, but super easy to make!  In fact the kids can help you, turning it into an afternoon project!




2 sleeves of graham crackers, crushed
1 tbs. peanut butter
2 tbs. sugar
4 tbs. butter or margarine, melted
1 ½ C. mini marshmallows
½ C. chocolate chips
½ C. peanut butter chips
8×8 baking dish

*non-stick spray or line your baking dish with foil for super easy clean up.

1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and spray your baking dish with non-stick spray.

2. Combine your crushed graham crackers, sugar, melted butter and 1 tablespoon of peanut butter. Mix well and gently press the mixture evenly into the bottom of your baking dish forming the crust.

3. Next evenly spread your mini marshmallows on top of the crust followed by the chocolate and peanut butter chips.

4. Bake for 10-12 minutes. The top will start to turn golden brown. If desired after 10 minutes, turn the broiler on low and ‘brown’ the marshmallows for a few minutes.

5. Let the S’mores bars cool completely before cutting into 16 squares.

**Makes 16 bars. 1 bar = 1 serving. Store in an airtight container 1-2 weeks. 

Homemade Ice Cream Sandwiches

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This is an easy FUN treat you and your kids can enjoy this summer.  You can easily make your own ice cream sandwiches (for much less than you’ll pay for those in the store).  You need just a few items to make these!




Graham Crackers
Cool Whip
Sprinkles (optional)

Break the graham cracker in half.  Spread cool whip around 1/2″ – 3/4″ thick on one side.  Put the top on to make a sandwich.  If you wish, pour sprinkles into a bowl and dip each side of the sandwich until coated.

Freeze for 2 – 3 hours and then enjoy!!

Other ideas:  When the strawberry cool whip comes out, use those with regular graham crackers to make strawberry sandwiches.  Yum!!!

Perfectly Easy Ham & Scalloped Potatoes

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If you’ve ever tried to make Ham & Scalloped potatoes, you may have found your cheese separated, scorched or just didn’t hold well in the oven.  This recipe is SO simple to make and the sauce is perfect every single time!




3/4 cup powdered non-dairy creamer (unflavored)
1 3/4 cup of water
3 Tbs. butter or margarine
3 Tbs. flour
1 Tbs. minced onion (optional)
1 tsp. salt
5  potatoes peeled and thinly sliced
1 cup of diced ham
1 cup of shredded cheddar cheese

Preheat oven to 350.  Mix the creamer and water in a small bowl until well mixed (should be smooth).    In small saucepan, melt butter or margarine. Add in the flour and spices and cook until blended.  Slowly add the creamer mixture. Boil for around 3 minutes, until thickened.

Grease a 9×12 pan.  Place potatoes and ham.  Pour the mixture over the top.  Cover with foil and bake for 15 minutes.  Uncover and bake for 45 – 50 more minutes, until potatoes are cooked through.  Add cheese to the top and cook until it is melted.

Makes 6 – 7 servings.

*Recipe adapted from Taste of Home.


Domino Cookies — Just 2 Ingredients Needed!

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My kids love fun snacks.  As much as I love to do things with them, I am not one to spend hours in the kitchen. So, when my daughter asked me to make something with her, I decided to make these fun domino cookies!    They take 2 ingredients and you are done in less than 30 minutes!

As an added bonus, these cookies are educational! I had her do math, count dots and even match them to play a quick game once they were cooled!




Refrigerated Cookie Dough (you can make your own if you choose)
Chocolate Chips
Flour (if needed)

Preheat your oven to 350 and grease your cookie sheets.

Open the cookie dough and roll it out to around 1/8″ thick (you may need flour to keep it from sticking to your counter or rolling mat).   Cut the dough into rectangles (any size will work).

Make a slight “line” in the middle of the dough (do not cut all the way through), for the lines on your dominos.  Take the chocolate chips and place them in domino patterns on the cookies, placing them tip down (so the circle faces upwards).

Bake for 8 – 10 minutes, or until golden brown.

That’s it!  A quick and fun treat to make with your own kids!!!