Monday, September 22, 2014

Crockpot Apple Pie

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Your house will instantly smell like fall with this easy Crockpot Apple Pie! Spiced apples topped with baking mix and brown sugar, simple and so yummy!
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Seriously guys, this Crockpot Apple Pie recipe is probably one of my all time favorites here on Mostly Homemade Mom! I am absolutely in love with all the amazing flavors of fall, and you all KNOW how obsessed I am with my slow cooker, this one was a guaranteed winner for me. I have to say though, you haven't in the past seen very many slow cooked desserts on here. The main reason? The crazy, sticky, baked on (sometimes semi-burnt) mess that I have to deal with afterwards! 

I have tried MANY (at least 5 different brands) of dishwasher detergents to see which works bests with my Crockpot dishes and the Finish Quantum Power and Free is by far the best for slow cookers.

It looks delicious, doesn't it? It was absolutely amazing! Our temperatures here in PA kept yo-yoing. One day it was hot and we needed to turn the air condition on, and then the next day Silas needed long sleeves and a jacket to walk to school! I needed to be catapulted into autumn ASAP and this was the perfect dessert. This Crockpot deliciousness definitely left a ring of over cooked stuck on apples and crust around the middle of the slow cooker. And no, I didn't use one of those plastic liners. I used to use them a lot, but it's a huge waste of money and added trash, I just didn't have it in the budget. Plus, I discovered these gems - they seriously work for this kind of a mess!

My adorable helper. He comes running when he hears me open the dishwasher and start loading because he knows his job is to put the Finish tab in the little compartment and close the door for me. Of course, if you have a little one helping you be sure to closely supervise and store the detergent in a locked cabinet. 

Just look at that, squeaky clean! No wasting money on plastic liners, no wasting time soaking the Crock (as it takes up a country's worth of space in your sink). Comes out this clean every time - I'm one happy mama right here. 

Forget those silly autumn air freshners, put this together in your slow cooker and your entire house smell amazing! It's almost like an upside down apple pie with the apples cooking on the bottom and the sweet, cinnamon crust on top. You simply MUST serve this with fresh whipped cream or vanilla ice cream!

Crockpot Apple Pie

8 apples, peeled, cored, and sliced
1 1/4 teaspoons cinnamon
1/4 teaspoons allspice
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
3/4 cup milk
2 tablespoons butter, softened
3/4 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups biscuit baking mix (I used my DIY baking mix), divided
1/3 cup brown sugar
3 tablespoons cold butter

In the bottom of a large slow cooker, stir together the apples, cinnamon, allspice, and nutmeg. In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together milk, softened butter, sugar, eggs, vanilla, and 1/2 cup baking mix. Pour over apples. In a separate mixing bowl, stir together remaining 1 cup baking mix and brown sugar. Using a pastry blender or two knives, cut in cold butter until evenly crumbly. Sprinkle over ingredients in Crockpot. Cover and cook on low 6 - 7 hours or until apples are soft.

I LOVED how the light whipped cream melted all over the hot apple pie! It was simply the perfect fall breakfast. Yes, I said breakfast. :)

Walmart actually has these amazing Finish dishwasher cleaner tabs on Rollback until October, and they're also offering a coupon on their website for even more savings - you can't beat cheap detergent that works the best out there, am I right?! 

Here are some of my other favorite fall desserts:

Crockpot Pumpkin Pie Pudding

Candy Apple Cupcakes

Apple Peanut Butter Cookies

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Menu Plan Monday 9/22

Happy Fall Everyone! It's finally here! WAHOO!! While I am a bit sad (just a tiny bit) that the lazy days of summer are gone, I'm SO excited that autumn is here. 

I love experiencing the season with Paul and the boys and of course my favorite nephew Elliott. As is usual though, our calendar is filling up with lots of activities each weekend. I know it gets to the point where I just want to relax, but I really do love having all these things planned to do together. I think I'm most looking forward to taking the boys pumpkin picking and on a hayride and then carving pumpkins with them for the first time. Should be interesting!

Here's my menu plan for our first week of fall! :)

Root Beer Pulled Pork Sandwiches (leftovers from yesterday)

Tangy Grilled Chicken Drumsticks

Slow Cooker Tamale Pie

Healthy Cheeseburger Vegetable Soup

Homemade Pizza

Easy Tomato Baked Chicken

Leftovers from the week

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Friday, September 19, 2014

Bacon Cheddar Scones

This classic scone gets a savory twist with crumbled bacon and cheddar cheese - the perfect breakfast on the go!

If you've never tried making scones before, you need to - pronto! It's so easy. Most recipes either call for Bisquick (or my Homemade DIY Baking Mix) or just flour, baking powder, and salt with cold butter. You probably have all of those things in your pantry right now! So jump on the scone making bandwagon because you're totally missing out, ha!

If you haven't guessed, I'm preaching to the choir here - this is the first scone I'm sharing here on Mostly Homemade Mom. I know, crazy right?! I had made a wonderfully delicious chocolate chip scone that I had planned on sharing with you, but they crumbled into a million pieces the second I cut into them. Doesn't make for a very pretty picture, you know?

If you don't count cooking and crumbling the bacon, these Bacon Cheddar Scones come together in one bowl - that means WAY less dishes for you! Or your dishwasher. I'm convinced we don't give those workhorses enough credit, am I right?!

These scones are absolutely perfect for busy breakfasts driving to work or sending your kids off on the school bus. These were gone REALLY quick around here so I'm definitely going to need to make a double batch next time for sure!

Bacon Cheddar Scones
makes 8 scones

8 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
1/3 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1 3/4 cup flour
2 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon ground mustard
1/2 teaspoon salt
6 tablespoons cold butter
2 eggs, beaten slightly
1/3 cup milk

In a large bowl, combine flour, baking powder, ground mustard, and salt. Using a pastry blender or two knives, cut in the cold butter until you have coarse crumbs.

(But seriously guys, if you don't have a metal pastry blender, it's in the bowl in the picture, you need to get yourself one! They're cheap and they make jobs like this in the kitchen REALLY easy!)

Add in milk and beaten eggs and stir until moist. Stir in shredded cheese and bacon. Plop dough out onto a greased circle sheet. Press into a circle as wide as the cookie sheet. Cut into 8 slices, but don't separate the slices. Bake at 400 for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown. Adapted from Taste of Home.

Seriously, the best way to have these is with a hot cup of coffee - sorry kids! Tea would do nicely as well, but you know me and my coffee. :)

Here are some more of my favorite breakfast ideas:

Peanut Butter Pancakes with Honey Butter

French Toast Muffins

3 Cheese Breakfast Bake

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