Archive for August 2016

Apple Streusel Bread

August 30, 2016
This Apple Streusel Bread recipe is the only apple bread recipe you need! Fresh chopped apples in a sweet bread batter with a ribbon of brown sugar streusel in the middle. Perfect for fall gift giving!

Apple Streusel Apple Bread

*Update from 8/30/16* This apple bread is still one of my absolute favorite all-time recipes here on Mostly Homemade Mom! I originally posted this recipe almost 4 years ago and my family is still enjoying this recipe today. I've made this bread several times over the years for company and visitors to my house, as well as various church potlucks and bake sales. I've updated the photos in this post for easy pinning and sharing. Let me know how much you enjoy this bread, I know you will! -Kelly

Apple Streusel Apple Bread Recipe

I can't begin to describe how wonderfully amazing this bread is! Not even joking. I actually whipped this up in about 10 minutes after lunch last week while Wesley was napping. The last few honey crisp apples from our apple picking day were sitting on the counter just yelling at me to make something tasty. SOOO happy I chose this out of my many, many, MANY pins with apples. I really liked how the apples were extremely soft in this bread, easy for teething toddlers to gobble up. :)

Apple Streusel Apple Bread

Apple Streusel Bread


A delicious apple bread recipe with fresh chopped apples and brown sugar streusel.

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Yield: 1 loaf

1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 tablespoon lemon juice
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 cups apple, peeled and diced
Topping Ingredients:
2 tablespoons brown sugar
2 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons flour
1 tablespoon butter
1 teaspoon cinnamon

  • In the bowl of a stand mixer, blend butter, sugar, eggs, lemon juice, and vanilla.
  • In a medium bowl, stir together flour, baking soda, and salt. Add flour mixture to sugar mixture while stand mixer is on medium speed until well combined.
  • Gently fold in apples.
  • For topping, blend all ingredients together with two knives or a pastry blender until dry and crumbly.
  • To assemble bread, spread half of apple batter into the bottom of a well greased loaf pan. Sprinkle half of streusel over batter. Repeat layers with remaining batter and streusel.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 55 to 60 minutes. Allow bread to cool before slicing and serving.

  • Apple Streusel Apple Cinnamon Bread
    This bread is absolutely delicious next to a hot cup of coffee on a cool fall morning. During apple season, everyone needs a good solid apple bread recipe and you've found it right here! You know how much I love this season! :)

    Apple Streusel Apple Cinnamon Bread Recipe

    Pumpkin Croissant Bread Pudding

    August 29, 2016
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    Welcome fall with this delicious Pumpkin Croissant Bread Pudding! Perfect for brunch along with a cup of hot coffee, yum!

    Pumpkin Croissant Bread Pudding Recipe

    Hot coffee with my favorite fall flavored creamers. Oh how I love thee. Probably more than I care to admit!

    I recently was online and one of my friends shared a spreadsheet on how she schedules her week. She works from home like I do, and it can be hard to keep to a strict working schedule when you're surrounded by non-work things that need to get done. Anyway, on this schedule it listed "work" time from 5:30 am - 8:00 am.

    Pumpkin Bread Pudding Recipe

    If I were to make a schedule spreadsheet like this for myself, do you want to know what those spaces next to 5:30 am - 8:00 am would be labeled? COFFEE.

    That's right friends, I need coffee. First thing in the morning, before any of the work gets done. And let me tell you, it is VERY important for my work schedule! One of the reasons why I think I actually get so many different things accomplished in the fall season is because of my beloved coffee with International Delight® Pumpkin Pie Spice Coffee Creamer or my new favorite Chocolate Hazelnut creamer. It may sound silly, but I need that time to just wake up and prepare my brain for the craziness that I know is coming that day. 

    Pumpkin Bread Pudding

    This Pumpkin Croissant Bread Pudding is not only absolutely delicious with your morning coffee, but it uses Pumpkin Pie Spice Creamer in the custard! This is the perfect autumn brunch or potluck recipe as well, and sure to be one of the first dishes gone!

    Pumpkin Croissant Bread Pudding


    Cubed croissants baked in a pumpkin spice custard sauce and topped with brown sugar and chopped pecans.

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    Yield: 12 servings

    14 medium sized croissants, cubed
    4 egg yolks
    6 eggs
    2 teaspoons cinnamon
    2 teaspoons allspice
    2 teaspoons nutmeg
    2 teaspoons vanilla extract
    1/8 teaspoon salt
    1 cup brown sugar, divided
    2 cups milk
    1 1/2 cups heavy cream
    1/2 cup International Delight® Pumpkin Pie Spice Creamer
    1/2 cup chopped pecans

  • Place cubed croissants in the bottom of a 9 x 13 baking dish that has been sprayed with non stick spray.
  • In a medium bowl, beat egg yolks, eggs, spices, vanilla, salt, and 1/2 cup brown sugar.
  • Add in milk, cream, and creamer. Beat until well combined.
  • Pour evenly over croissants in dish. Stir with a large spoon making sure all croissants are moist.
  • Sprinkle remaining 1/2 cup brown sugar and chopped pecans over top.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes until set. Serve warm and refrigerate leftovers.

  • Pumpkin Croissant Best Bread Pudding Recipe

    I just can't believe it's fall - yay!!

    Pumpkin Croissant Bread Pudding

    Not only am I obsessed with my International Delight® Pumpkin Pie Spice Creamer, I just discovered the Chocolate Hazelnut flavor and OH MY this might be my new favorite! Honestly, you can't go wrong with either. Check out International Delight®'s Social Hub here for the latest flavor updates!

    Pumpkin Croissant Bread Pudding with Pumpkin Pie Spice Creamer

    International Delight® coffee creamers will definitely play a role in my home this holiday season to create memorable moments with both my family and my friends. I also love being able to conveniently pick up this fabulous creamers at my local Walmart, too!

    Pumpkin Best Bread Pudding Recipe

    Which flavor are you most excited to try this fall? Leave your answer in the comment section below, I'd love to hear from you!


    Garlic Bread Tuna Melt

    August 28, 2016

    This Garlic Bread Tuna Melt recipe goes from oven to table in under 20 minutes! Thick sliced garlic bread topped with albacore tuna, sliced roma tomato, and fresh basil - this is a dinner your family needs to try this week!

    Garlic Bread Tuna Melt

    I'm going to level with all of you here: some days I am absolutely NOT in the mood to cook dinner. Like, at all. Ready to break out the cold cereal and call it a night. Please tell me I'm not alone in this problem!

    Most nights I'm into it, mainly because there are now five people living here and if we ate out every night of the week we'd go broke in no time. Plus, honestly, going out to eat makes a busy school night even busier and more exhausting.

    But then there are those nights when, it's only 4:00pm and I'm already done. DONE. And I'm stressed out just thinking that they all need to be fed and even my eyelashes feel tired. That is when I break out my tried and true, don't even need to give it any brain power, dinners. Recipes that I know I usually always have the ingredients for and meals that I know they all will eat any night of the week.

    Garlic Bread Tuna Melt Sandwich

    I have officially just added these Garlic Bread Tuna Melt Sandwiches to that list. If you are super duper busy during the school year with activities, homework, and sports - you absolutely NEED to add this one to your go-to meal list. Classic tuna sandwiches are always on that list for me, but these are immediately the replacement! The garlic and cheese, combined with the fresh albacore tuna, tomato slices, and basil just make the flavors pop - all with very LITTLE effort on my part!

    Garlic Bread Tuna Melt


    Frozen garlic bread slices topped with albacore tuna, roma tomatoes, and fresh basil.

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    Yield: 8 open face sandwiches

    13 oz box frozen Texas toast with cheese
    5 oz Bumble Bee® Solid White Albacore Tuna, drained
    3 roma tomatoes, sliced
    1/4 cup fresh basil, chopped

  • Place frozen garlic bread slices on a lined cookie sheet.
  • Top frozen slices evenly with chunks of albacore tuna, sliced tomato, and fresh basil.
  • Bake at 425 for 7 - 10 minutes.
  • Allow sandwiches to cool slightly before serving.

  • Garlic Bread Tuna Melt Recipe

    This is just such an easy recipe to keep the ingredients on hand in the pantry and freezer at all times! And if you haven't already, buy yourself a basil plant to keep on your kitchen window sill - fresh basil is the best!

    Garlic Bread Tuna Melt Sandwich Recipe

    Bumble Bee offers responsibly wild caught albacore that is delicious, versatile, high in protein and absolutely perfect as the main ingredient in any meal (see their website for full nutritional facts). I always grab albacore tuna over chunk light tuna, the taste is just out of this world good! Try one of their mouth-watering recipes and discover for yourself why Only Bumble Bee Albacore Will Do. Click here to learn more!

    Garlic Bread Best Tuna Sandwich

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    Raisin Apple Amish Baked Oatmeal

    August 26, 2016

    This yummy Raisin Apple Amish Baked Oatmeal includes diced apples, raisins, old fashioned oats, brown sugar, and cinnamon for a wonderful family breakfast recipe. It's our family favorite baked oatmeal with a twist!

    Baked Oatmeal

    Have your kiddos started back to school yet? If they haven't, I'm sure they will in the next week or two. I was in the store yesterday chuckling as I was listening to a mom on the phone with her husband asking him to hurry home and read to her the back to school list she inadvertently left on the counter. That is me as a mom to a T - wonderful intentions, poor execution! It's no wonder she forgot the actual list back at home, with all the other things she has to remember this time of year - am I right?!

    Baked Oatmeal recipe

    Our boys just started back to school this past Tuesday, and I have to say, I'm loving it so far. I premade sandwiches for the week and have them ready in the fridge: ham & cheese for Silas, and tunafish for Wesley. I'm not sure if it's adrenaline or the new routine or what, but I've been naturally waking up between 6:00 am and 6:30 am every day. That time of the morning is wonderful! It's so quiet, everyone is still asleep. The coffee gets started first and I put their lunchboxes together while the coffee is brewing. Then I figure out what to make for breakfast.

    Raisin Apple Amish Baked Oatmeal

    I'm sure every morning during the school year won't be as peaceful as this week has been, but I really feel like getting back into a regular daily routine will be great for all of us. This Raisin Apple Amish Baked Oatmeal is such a perfect breakfast to get in the oven just as everyone is waking up. 

    Raisin Apple Amish Baked Oatmeal recipe

    I think the wonderful autumn smell wafting through their rooms will get them moving in no time!

    Raisin Apple Amish Baked Oatmeal


    A baked oatmeal with rolled oats, apples, raisins, brown sugar, and cinnamon.

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    Yield: 6 servings

    1 apple, peeled and diced
    1/2 cup raisins
    1 1/2 cup Bob's Red Mill rolled oats
    1/2 cup brown sugar
    1 egg, beaten
    1/4 cup oil (or applesauce)
    1 cup milk
    1 teaspoon baking powder
    1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

  • Place diced apples and raisins in the bottom of a greased square baking dish.
  • In a large bowl, combine the remaining ingredients, stirring well.
  • Pour oatmeal mixture over apples in dish.
  • Bake at 300 degrees for 30 minutes.
  • Allow to cool on counter 10 minutes before serving in bowls. Drizzle additional milk into bowls as desired.

  • Raisin Apple Amish Baked Oatmeal breakfast casserole

    We live here in Amish Country, PA and I love sharing some of my favorite recipes that started as a classic Amish recipe, adapted to my family's tastes. It's wonderful comfort food and, in this case, very nutritious, too!

    Raisin Apple Amish Baked Oatmeal with rolled oats

    Using these Bob's Red Mill Oats for breakfast really had me thinking up more yummy breakfast ideas. Oats are an incredibly versatile whole grain, are rich in dietary fiber, and can help reduce cholesterol. All Bob's Red Mill Oats are kiln roasted to give them that wholesome flavor that everyone expects from Bob's Red Mill. Be sure to print this money saving coupon!

    Raisin Apple Amish Baked Oatmeal breakfast casserole

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    What's your favorite recipe with rolled oats? Leave your idea in the comment section below!


    M&M Marshmallow Popcorn Cake

    August 19, 2016
    This M&M Marshmallow Popcorn Cake is the perfect way to enjoy gooey sweet popcorn balls in a fun whole cake! This is the perfect birthday cake, too!

    M&M Marshmallow Popcorn Cake recipe for popcorn balls

    My boys have recently become addicted to having movie theater (pronounced "fee-a-ter") nights at home. We went with my sister and nephew to see Secret Life of Pets a few weeks ago, and they've been wanting to recreate that experience here at home. I have to admit, it's pretty darn adorable!

    Must haves for movie theater nights here:
    • Pajamas
    • bowls of extra butter popcorn
    • the room as dark as it can get

    Needless to say when they want to play this during the day, Wesley gets super frustrated that our living room, with it's many windows, will not get very dark and movie-theater-like! I think you can imagine how well explaining that to a 5 year old who has his mind set. I wonder where he gets his stubbornness from... :)

    M&M Marshmallow Popcorn Cake

    First of all, I'm very happy that they're willing to recreate the movies here, because goodness knows we can't afford to take them to the real movies very often. And second of all, I have to admit, it is pretty fun at night to settle down to a movie together. Getting them to pick a movie that's not Pokemon-related though... well, that's another discussion for another post, I think!

    M&M Marshmallow Popcorn Birthday Cake recipe

    They're obsession lately with popcorn sparked an idea I had for a gooey M&M Marshmallow Popcorn Cake - kind of like the popcorn balls you see at Christmas time, only in cake form. This turned out WAY better than I even thought! We kept this cake wrapped in plastic wrap on my cake plate all week and we had a great dessert to snack on at night. This would be SO fun for birthday parties, too!

    M&M Marshmallow Popcorn Cake


    Popped popcorn with butter and melted marshmallows, mixed with M&M candies, and pressed into a Bundt pan for a great dessert recipe.

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    3 tablespoons butter
    10 oz package miniature marshmallows
    1 bag microwave popcorn, popped (about 10 cups)
    2 cups M&M candy coated chocolates
  • In a stockpot, melt butter over medium heat.
  • Add marshmallows and continue to cook, stirring constantly, until completely melted.
  • Have popped popcorn in a large mixing bowl. Pour melted marshmallows over popcorn, turning to coat well.
  • Gently fold in M&Ms.
  • Press into a well greased Bundt pan.
  • Allow to cool before slicing and serving. Store leftovers at room temperature with plasic wrap.

  • M&M Popcorn Balls Marshmallow Cake Recipe

    This popcorn cake is the perfect mix between sweet and salty - I'll be craving this one for a long time, I'm sure!

    M&M Marshmallow Popcorn Cake with popcorn balls

    Here are some more of my favorite dessert recipes:

    Lunch Box Monster Cookies

    Smores Cobbler

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    Apple Cider Syrup

    August 18, 2016
    This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #EggoBTSTarget #CollectiveBias

    Make a batch of this stove top Apple Cider Syrup to serve over yummy pancakes or waffles - the perfect breakfast companion this fall!

    Mid August is full fledged back to school time in our area, and this was a time of both excitement and nervousness for me when I was a teacher. Excitement, of course, over meeting a new group of kids and getting to work making goals for them and meeting, and hopefully exceeding, those goals during the school year. Nervousness though, over how much back sliding my students experienced over the summer break. And now as a mom of school age kids?

    Extreme nervousness!!

    I was happy to report to you earlier this week that I am proud to say we met our goal of completely the library reading program this year. But I KNOW there are skills that my boys, Silas especially, will need to re-learn in September. To a certain extent it's a normal occurrence among students of all ages, but it doesn't ease my worries that's for sure.

    Over the past two weeks, I've really been trying to encourage a short amount of time every day for drawing, coloring or writing at the table. Because let's face it - that first day back to school where they have to sit at desks, rather than running around all day long, is going to be a rude awakening!

    A good breakfast in the morning before school, something yummy in their lunchbox at noon, and a tasty snack after school while giving them some time to be creative, is great for their body and mind. Grab that FREE printable activity booklet here! I LOVE making this fantastic fall Apple Cider Syrup to serve with waffles and apple slices - it's a great breakfast for young and old!

    Apple Cider Syrup


    A recipe for syrup using apple cider, brown sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg for serving drizzled over waffles, pancakes, or ice cream.

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    Yield: approximately 12 servings

    1/2 cup sugar
    1/2 cup brown sugar
    1 tablespoon cornstarch
    1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
    1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
    1/8 teaspoon salt
    2 cups apple cider (found in the refrigerated section of the store)
    1 tablespoon lemon juice
    prepared waffles or pancakes
  • In the bottom of a heavy saucepan, mix together sugar, brown sugar, cornstarch, and spices. Stir in apple cider and lemon juice.
  • Heat over medium heat stirring occasionally until starting to boil.
  • Allow to boil for 1 minute, stirring constantly, until thickened.
  • Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly. Serve warm over waffles or pancakes, refrigerate the leftovers in a sealed jar.

  • Can I get an AMEN that apple season, and apple cider season, is finally here?! This apple syrup is the perfect way to celebrate, too! I'm planning on sending them to school with this amazing breakfast-for-lunch bento box, along with some fruit, for a fun lunch. We love breakfast all day around this house, yum!

    Stocking up on Eggo Waffles and Pancakes is the perfect way to get ready for the busy school year. I love having shortcuts in my freezer for hectic mornings. I spotted these awesome Eggo products during my last trip through Target. 

    When you purchase 3 participating Eggo products with Crayola packaging, you'll get $5 off Crayola products. This would be great for those back to school lists or donating to your favorite teacher! This promotion ends September 30th - be sure to see more info about this promotion in the Target ad the first week of September or click here to visit the social hub for more details. These products and promotions are available in all stores.

    To download the free activity booklet above, go to and your kids can have fun, too! What's your favorite way to get the kids ready for school? Leave your ideas in the comment section below!