Grannies Apple Crisp

The parts that I love about apple crisp are: it is an amazing dessert idea, it is the easiest to make, and it is great for breakfast the next day. Haha guiltyyyy. Apple crisp, aside from pumpkin pie, is my favourite; especially this recipe. This is the ultimate apple crisp recipe; grandmas recipe. “Theeeee” cook in the family and she taught me so much while growing up, so many recipes and ways of doing things, not only in the kitchen but just in life. This recipe is definitely one little gem I’ll never forget.

Ingredients:
4 cups of apples, peeled, chopped, and cored
1/3 cup of sugar
1 tablespoon of flour
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon of salt
3/4 cup of oatmeal flakes
3/4 cup of brown sugar
1/4 cup of melted butter
1/4 teaspoon of baking soda

Methods:
Combine sugar, salt, cinnamon, and flour. Sprinkle over apples.
Put apples in bottom of greased baking dish
Combine oatmeal, brown sugar and soda
Add melted butter and rub into oatmeal mixture to make crumbs
Place crumbs on top of apples, patting them down evenly
Bake at 375 for approximately 40 minutes

Done! Enjoy!

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Cranberry and Sunflower Salad with Chicken

I love salad. Not garden salad but creative salads. Different seasonal vegetables, nuts, cheese, whatever floats your boat but annnything different from lettuce, tomatoes, and cucumbers ahah.

I came up with this quick the other day when we needed a quick meal that also gave leftovers for the next day!

Ingredients:
Chicken breasts (depending on how many people you’re cooking for)
Spinach
Green onion
Cranberries (dried or not)
Sunflower seeds
Blue cheese
Multigrain rustic baguette
EVOO
Balsamic glaze

Methods:
Preheat the oven to 375 and put chicken breasts in parchment paper and season with your favourite seasoning. I used a simple garlic powder, salt, pepper, and rosemary.

Cook through.

Individually make salads. Combine spinach, green onion, cranberries, sunflower seeds, blue cheese crumbled.

Drizzle with EVOO and balsamic glaze

Serve with chicken and toasted multigrain bread

Canned Homemade Applesauce

Applesauce is really great to have in the house for so many different reasons. I use applesauce in my baking, with different pork recipes, or just on its own. Homemade applesauce, without the added sugar and preservatives, is even better!  So my grandparents have lived in the same house for 53 years, it’s the best place for everything: grandmas cooking, having fun, building amazing memories, remembering amazing memories. That house is the heart of our family. This house shares space with an incredible apple tree which provides us with Sunset apples! So this year, my grandma gave me a massive bag of apples. So with that, you have the privilege of some awesome apple recipes in the near future and I have the privilege of making them! With this in mind, my first recipe: the applesauce. The foundation of apple recipes.

Ingredients:
5 lbs of apples
3 cups of water
( I don’t add sugar, I do afterwards, depending on the recipe)

Method:
Peel, core and roughly chop the apples.
Put all the apples in a pot, add the water, cook on medium heat, covered. Stir once in awhile and do this until the apples are mush. Using a hand-blender, blend apples.

Sterilize your jars and heat your lids in boiling water.  Add applesauce to your jars when hot and make sure to not get any on the rim of the jars. Put on your lids. Wait for them to cool to make sure they seal.

Done! Enjoy!

Dairy-Free Maple Latte

I don’t know if I’m stereotypical or just a total product of my environment but I LOVE MAPLE SYRUP. In the spring there’s the Maple Syrup Festival and in the fall there is the chilly weather which calls for maple syrup in our lattes and on our breakfast. To make it just a little healthy, I made it dairy-free; you can’t even tell the difference. Try it and I promise, you’ll enjoy it.

Ingredients:
1/3 cup of coffee
1/2 cup of almond milk, or regular
1 tbsp of maple syrup

Methods:
Put your milk a pot and heat, stop before it is boil. Use a hand blender and blend the milk until it froths.
While you do this, make your coffee.
Put your coffee in a mug, add in your maple syrup, and top with your milk. Allowing the froth to be the last thing that goes in your mug.
You can add in some cinnamon or nutmeg as well if you’d like!

Done! Enjoy!

Breakfast Burrito

I find that being creative for breakfast is the hardest. Also, weekend breakfast is so hard to make as a healthy annnd delicious meal. I always love the greasy-spoon eggs, bacon, toast, and beans meal. Like really, who doesn’t! Or the French toast with mounds of Quebec maple syrup?! Ahhh my favourite! Topped with warm peaches and homemade whipped cream. Yes please!

However, if I ate that way all the time, well, you could expect a blog about my health issues and not my food. So I love this option. Less on the carbs, stuffed with vegetables, eggs… yaaa and bacon. Gotta have some bacon.

Ingredients:
1 whole wheat wrap
Yellow onion
Tomato
Avocado
1 egg cooked
2 slices of cooked bacon
Hot sauce, ketchup, or Dijon mustard

Method:
Add all ingredients into a wrap, fold, and enjoy!

How to Make Life Easy with Snacks For and After School!

School starts next week already and that means back to routine, hustle and bustle, and finding easy ways to feed your kids during lunch and snack times!

I have come up with some easy snack ideas for school and after school!

Check out the “How To” section of my website to find 14 recipes and ideas!

How to Involve Your Children in the Kitchen

Attention Parents!

Check out the ‘How To’ section of my website for “How to Involve Your Children in the Kitchen”. Great ways to make cooking fun for your kids, help them with self-esteem and learning, as well as allow yourself to teach them around the kitchen! The first step to continuing homemade cooking in your family starts here!

Enjoy!