Apple Dumplings made with 7-Up!

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Apple Dumplings made with 7-UP
Apple Dumplings made with 7-Up Soft Drink – Delicious, Easy & Great Comfort Food!
 
If you are looking for a dessert that embodies what home should smell and taste like, then try this flavorful recipe. Like most recipes I share with you, it is “forgiving”, meaning you can somewhat improvise on the ingredients and it will STILL turn out great! I usually use orange juice in this recipe, however, I did not have any orange juice on hand, but I DID have some citrus flavored 7-Up soft drink that I got for FREE and a couple of tangerines! Since I REALLY wanted apple dumplings, I made them work in place of the OJ and it turned out excellent!!  See how you can easily make this wonderful treat with ingredients you have on hand…

Apple Dumplings

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Caramel Flan – Restaurant Quality Recipe

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Flan - Restaurant Quality Recipe
Caramel Flan – Restaurant Quality Recipe – Delicious, Easy & Impressive Dessert!
 
If you are looking for a dessert that will have tongues wagging and mouth’s watering, then try this creamy and delicious caramel flan recipe. It’s as good, if not better, than any flan you will pay $6.00  – $8.00 per slice for in a restaurant! It really DOES taste like it came from an upscale restaurant.

My husband has 3 favorite desserts — Pumpkin Pie, German Chocolate Cake and Caramel Flan.  So, when he decided that our company’s Christmas party would be a sit down dinner party for 36 IN OUR HOME–meaning “I” was going to have to make all of the food and I did not have a lot of time to do that AND clean my house, AND put up lots more decorations beyond the one piddly Christmas tree we haphazardly threw up; I decided to make this creamy caramel flan. Oh, did I mention that I only had FOUR DAYS in which to pull off this dinner party???  I could have BEATEN HIM ABOUT THE HEAD AND SHOULDERS for giving me such short notice!!! Spousal abuse was looking pretty attractive at that moment!!! With so much to do, I needed a dessert that Karl liked (yes, this party WAS all about him), was impressive, fast & easy to make, and would feed several people.  This caramel flan recipe couldn’t have filled the bill better. I made 3, and each of them turned out perfectly wonderful. No glitches at all! See how you can easily make this Flan…

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Baked Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal

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Baked Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal Baked Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal Recipe – Delicious, Easy & Great Comfort Food! With Thanksgiving right around the corner, I  thought I would take one of my favorite breakfast foods – oatmeal – and make it into a great Fall comfort dish!!  Oatmeal and pie—how could I go wrong?  The results were so good that our middle son, Erik, said it was the BEST baked oatmeal I’d ever made and our oldest son, Trey, well, he ate HALF of a 9″ x 13″ pan by himself…in ONE sitting!!!! Oh to be a teenager with a super fast metabolism!

Baked Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal Recipe – So Yummy!

With just a few staple baking items, a can of pumpkin and a canister of oatmeal, you can whip up a batch of this delicious Fall-inspired baked oatmeal in a matter minutes!!!! Oh and did I mention that your house will smell divine?? Man will it ever!!! See my recipe below…

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Crock Pot Shrimp & Grits Recipe

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 Crock Pot Shrimp & Grits Recipe - Low Country Style

Crock Pot Shrimp & Grits Recipe – Delicious AND Easy! Anytime you are longing for a taste of Low Country cooking, pull out this wonderfully easy and satisfying recipe! This delicious recipe makes for easy clean up and will definitely please your family and friends!!

Crock Pot Shrimp & Grits Recipe – Low Country Style!!

With just a few staple baking items,a couple of candy bars and some crackers you can whip up a batch of this delicious Toffee Butter Cracker candy in about 20 minutes!!!! See my recipe below…

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How to make Brown Sugar!

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How to make Brown Sugar

Fluffy Brown Sugar made with just 2 ingredients!

How to make brown sugar. We have all been there–a recipe calls for brown sugar, so you go into your pantry to grab a box of what you think is a half full box of brown sugar, only to discover that you have about 4 tablespoons of “hard as a brick” brown sugar-like substance inside! Sure, you can heat it up in the microwave to loosen it up, but you still don’t have enough for your recipe.  Ultimately, you wind up running to the store to buy a new box, wasting your time and spending a good bit of money on gas in the process.

A better solution is to just MAKE YOUR OWN BROWN SUGAR! It’s fast, easy, cheaper than store bought, and it tastes wonderful!!! Believe me, once you have made your own, you will never waste your money and time on the over-priced prepackaged stuff! Best of all, you only need 2 ingredients! Here is how to make brown sugar…

How to make Brown Sugar…

How to make Brown sugar

What you need:
1 cup Granulated Sugar
1 -2 Tbsp Molasses OR Cane Syrup

How to make Brown Sugar

Combine 1 cup of granulated sugar with 1 Tbsp* of Molasses or Cane Syrup.
*Use 1 Tbsp of syrup for light brown sugar, or 2 Tbsp of syrup for dark brown sugar!

How to make Brown Sugar Using a fork, combine the sugar and syrup. This is the most effective way to combine the 2 ingredients. I use a “mashing” motion with the fork to make sure that there are no lumps of syrup…only smooth, soft and oh so fluffy brown sugar!
How to make Brown Sugar

It will take about 5 minutes to combine the two ingredients. While you are “mashing”, you will notice that the sugar will expand in size. Therefore, make sure to pour the contents of the measuring cup into a medium sized bowl. This will keep the sugar from spilling out.

How to make Brown Sugar

Once combined, store your brown sugar in an air tight container. I like to put my sugar in a zippered bag and shape it into a roll (very similar to that of cookie dough), then roll the air our of the bag before I seal it. Your sugar will keep for 9 – 12 months.

FYI…you can use your homemade brown sugar in this Toffee Butter Cracker Candy recipe!! However, I’ll warn you now, it’s pretty addictive! Also…use your brown sugar in this family favorite Caramel Apple Baked French Toast recipe! Your loved ones will thank you for making either or BOTH of these dishes!!!



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Toffee Butter Cracker Candy Recipe

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Toffee Butter Cracker Candy Recipe

Toffee Butter Cracker Candy Recipe – Delicious AND Easy! Yesterday, I had a “hankering”for something buttery and sweet, and as any Southerner can tell you, when a “hankering” gets hold of you — the best thing to do is satisfy it!!! So that’s what I did!! I have seen different recipes for this before, but it’s not at all complicated, therefore, I just came up with one using items had on hand. This easy and delicious recipe will definitely be pleasing to your family!! Even better, it makes for great gifts!

Toffee Butter Cracker Candy Recipe – So Tasty!!!

With just a few staple baking items,a couple of candy bars and some crackers you can whip up a batch of this delicious Toffee Butter Cracker candy in about 20 minutes!!!! See my recipe below…

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Macaroni & Cheese Casserole Recipe!

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Macaroni & Cheese Casserole

Macaroni & Cheese Casserole Recipe – Delicious! When you need a great macaroni & cheese dish that is a departure from the traditional recipe, but a crowd pleaser — this should be your “Go To Recipe”! This is not only easy, but delicious too. Plus, you can put this particular casserole together the night before and just pop it in the oven about 40 minutes before you want to enjoy it! If you want to make it a one dish meal, then add one to two cooked and chopped chicken breast meat to the casserole!!!

Macaroni & Cheese Casserole Recipe – Yum!

FYI…This recipe was given to me by my dear friend, Dora Coleman, who passed away a few years ago. She was like a second mother to me and not a day goes by that I don’t miss her. She was a great woman and each time I make this dish, it takes me back to all of the Christmas’ that she, her husband, and daughter spent with my family. Those were some wonderful times!!!  So, please take a look at this fantastic Macaroni & Cheese Casserole Recipe from my beloved Mama Dora…

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Pumpkin Fudge Candy Recipe

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Pumpkin Fudge Candy Recipe

Pumpkin Fudge Candy Recipe – Delicious! What could say, “Autumn” more than the taste of pumpkin?!? This easy and delicious recipe will definitely help you and your family usher in the Fall season and make your mouths HAPPY in the process!!! Even better, it makes for great gifts and freezes well! You can also substitute different flavored baking chips and extracts to change up the flavor! My husband, Karl, and our boys enjoy this flavorful candy and I have a feeling yours will enjoy it just as much!!

Pumpkin Fudge Candy Recipe you’ll LOVE!

With just a few staple baking items, you can whip up a batch of this delicious pumpkin fudge candy in about 20 minutes and have your entire home smelling divine in the process!!!! Take a look at this great family-approved Pumpkin Fudge Candy Recipe…

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Crockpot Recipe – Breakfast Casserole!

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Crockpot Breakfast Casserole 9-16-14

Crockpot Recipe – Breakfast Casserole! This easy and delicious recipe will definitely make putting breakfast on the table during a busy morning a snap!!! Even better, it is versatile! You can use most any type of meat AND serve it as an evening meal too if you choose!!  My boys love this stuff and I have a feeling yours will enjoy it too!!

Crockpot Recipe – Breakfast Casserole!

With just a handful of items, you can literally throw together a wonderful and filling meal without a lot of hassle or spending more than 15 minutes in the kitchen! Take a look at this great family-approved Crockpot Recipe – Breakfast Casserole…

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Uncrustables Sandwiches – DIY!

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Smucker's Uncrustables DIYUncrustables Sandwiches – DIY Super Simple for you to create for your child’s lunchbox!! If your children are anything like mine, then you have probably packed several lunches for them to carry to school.  One of my boys’ favorite lunchbox items is Smucker’s Uncrustables.  However, Smucker’s Uncrustables cost about $3.39 for a box of 4 in the store. That makes them about 84¢ per sandwich.  When you take into account that my 3 sons like to eat them at least twice per week and each boy eats 2 of them; I am spending  $10.17 for 3 boxes each week Now, if you take into account that they like to eat them for snacks too, then add another 2 two boxes for a grand total of $16.95.  So, I decided ti take a stab at making my own version of Uncrustables. By making them myself, I can not only control the cost, but the ingredients. When all is said and done, they turned out great! I was able to make each sandwich for about 35¢ WITHOUT coupons on the products I used, and as low as 20¢ for each sandwich WITH coupons.  With My “Uncrustables” are roughly 80¢ for 4, that’s a HUGE savings folks – 76% ($2.59)!! See how you can make your own “Uncrustables” Sandwiches below…

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