Showing posts with label apple. Show all posts
Showing posts with label apple. Show all posts

Friday, November 9, 2018

Starbucks knock off caramel apple cider hot seasonal beverage

What are your favorite seasonal Starbucks drinks? If you said the Starbucks Caramel Apple Spice (a yummy, hot apple cider drink with cinnamon and caramel!), you aren't alone!

If you want to learn how to make a Starbucks caramel apple spice inspired hot apple cider drink, this recipe is for you!

Starbucks calls their version of this recipe a Caramel Apple Spice.


Saturday, September 22, 2018

Two weeks worth of bento box lunch ideas

If you need easy bento box lunch ideas for school, work or picnics in the park, I've got you!

The post is brought to you in collaboration with Wallaby, the organic yogurt, kefir and sour cream company that uses an authentic straining and culturing process to create yogurts and kefirs that are tart-free and taste great! And are gluten free (of course!).

All of these easy gluten free lunch ideas are perfect for taking on the go and are kid-approved (but adults love them, too!).

Whether you need school lunch ideas, gluten free lunch ideas for work or gluten free picnic ideas, this post will give you everything you need to pack delicious gluten free lunches that will be the envy of even the most avid grain eaters around you.

All of the ingredients used for these healthy bento box lunches were picked up at my local Whole Foods (including the Wallaby products!).

I've got 10 great ideas for you to help you pack healthy gluten free lunches both kids and adults will love.

Inspired? Use this printable coupon to get a discount on Wallaby yogurt at the grocery store!


Sunday, November 26, 2017

fancy cranberry sauce recipe

Are you looking for a fancy cranberry sauce recipe to bring to Thanksgiving dinner this year? Your friends and family will be so impressed when you show up with the best cranberry sauce ever.

It truly is the most delicious cranberry sauce I've ever had - and it is SO easy to make that this year my 5 year old practically made it (he did need some help with peeling and cutting). Once you've had this slightly chunky cranberry sauce made from scratch, it's hard to go back to the blob in a can!


Sunday, August 21, 2016

Do you love apple pie? I sure do. When our local farmers started bringing fresh apples to the farmer's market, my son asked if we could make an apple pie. It was 100 degrees outside, so uh, no. Sorry. BUT I did agree to see if I could make him an apple pie smoothie and I must say I am pretty proud of how this turned out!

Now you can enjoy apple pie all year round - even when it's hot outside - since this is your secret to no-bake apple pie!


Wednesday, August 13, 2014

It's time to send our kids back to school - and of course that means we need to figure out what to feed them for lunch. If you're focusing on making non-toxic choices for your family, you also want to think about how you send the food to school. Many common lunch packing items contain questionable chemicals like BPA, PVC, phthalates and lead. LEAD! Did you know that lead is a common ingredient in many lunch bags? Yuck! 

So what's a parent to do? Pick up a non-toxic lunch kit to send your little one back to school. 

Monday, March 18, 2013

My friend Amy is getting married this weekend to a great guy. They are doing a dessert potluck for their reception, which I LOVE. The one hitch, though, is that Amy is sensitive to gluten and wheat so it is Gluten Free Dessert potluck. As someone who has no food allergies and bakes "fully leaded" (with gluten and real sugar and real butter...oh my!) it took some research to decide what to bring. Honestly. My first thought when I heard it was a gluten free dessert potluck was


Wednesday, February 13, 2013

green lemonade recipe with spinach or kale

In the pacific northwest, I am blessed to be able to garden year round. While I had a few crops not fare so well this year, my kale on the other hand is going crazy. I have about 10 plants, each 4-5 feet tall full of beautiful, leafy goodness. This may be my all time favorite way to consume kale. With almost 700% of the rda for vitamin K, 300% vitamin C and 180% Vitamin A, it's hard to go wrong.


Wednesday, November 16, 2011

It's slow cooker week over at The CSI Project! I love to use my slow cooker for all kinds of things from dyeing yarn to making dinner.  So when I bought close to 50 pounds of Apples (and was then subsequently gifted about 10 more!), I recruited my slow cooker to help me make apple sauce.

It's not hard to do and if you like to can, it puts up really well using either a boiling water canner or a pressure canner.  Don't can? That's okay! It keeps in your fridge for up to a week and you can share the extra with a friend.

I make my applesauce without sugar because most of the time, the apples are plenty sweet without it. Plus my toddler inhales bowlfuls of this stuff and doesn't need extra fillers like sugar.  Adding cinnamon and nutmeg give the applesauce a great flavor but you can leave it out if it's just not for you!

Of all the times to invest in organic, any recipe using apples as the key ingredient is the time to do it. Conventional apple farmers use 56 or more different pesticides to keep those apples picture perfect and in 92 percent of apples tested this year, at least 2 of those pesticides remain on the apple even after they have been initially washed and brought to market (you can see more info about 2011 testing at What does that mean?  It means you use conventionally gown apples, you may be getting a side of poisonous chemicals with your fruit. If you're going to go through the effort of making homemade apple sauce - do it right and do it chemical-free.

  • About 10 pounds (or however many you have) of organic apples
  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice (optional) to help preserve color
  • Water as needed
  • 1.5 Tbsp ground cinnamon (more or less to taste)
  • 1.5 tsp nutmeg (more or less to taste)


1) Wash your apples - even if you bought organic - to get all the dirt and dust off.

2) Peel, core and slice your apples. I LOVE my apple peeler slicer corer. It clamps to your counter or a stand and peels, cores and slices your apples with the turn of a crank. If you spend any amount of time baking with apples, it's definitely worth the investment because of all the time you save!  Here's what it looks like...

So back to what we were doing...

Once you run the apples through this, you have a big long apple slinky (it's sliced in a spiral). Just cut the apple in half from top to bottom after running it through.

If you don't have one, just peel your apples and then core and cut into chunks or us one of those core and slice tools that you push straight down onto the apple.

3) Fill your slow cooker. As you peel and slice your apples, throw your slices into your crockpot. Just keep going until you run out of apples or space in your crock pot...whichever comes first.

4) Add Water. Add your lemon juice and some water to the crock pot. You don't need to cover the apples. For this full pot of apples, I probably added about 4-6 cups of water. If you add too much, you can always take the lid off and cook it down later, though that will add some time to the process.

5) Cover and Cook. Place the cover on your slow cooker and turn it on. If you set it on high, the apples will be ready in about 4 hours. If you're going to be away, set it on low and leave it to cook for 8-10 hours. You'll know your apples are ready when they are really soft and look about like this:

6) Blend or mash. Depending on what kind of texture you like for your apple sauce, you'll want to blend or mash your apples. I like to use an immersion blender and mostly blend it but leave it with some small chunks. Blend or run through a food processor until it's the texture you like.

7) Cook Down if Necessary. Evaluate how watery the applesauce is. If it's a bit too runny for your preferences, remove the lid and cook on high until it's the way you like it. Already like the texture? Move on to step 8.

8) Spice it up! If you're making spiced applesauce, now is the time to add your chosen seasonings. I usually add about 1.5 Tablespoons of cinnamon and 1.5 teaspoons of nutmeg for a full crockpot. Add what you like and keep tasting it until it's just right. If your applesauce isn't sweet enough for you, you can sugar at this point as well.  Allow it to cook for about 5-10 more minutes to allow the spices and sugar to fully permeate the sauce.

That's it!  You're done! 
At this point, you can can your applesauce OR just chill and serve.

If you're going to can....
(disclaimer: these canning instructions are targeted to those who already know canning basics and technique. If you are a canning newbie, check out's Guide to Canning or pick up a copy of the Ball Blue Book Guide to Preserving and then come back!)

If you're going to can your apple sauce, go ahead and prep your jars (quarts and/or pints), lid pieces and chosen canner type (you can use either a boiling water canner or pressure canner for this recipe).

My shortcut from prepping jars is to fill clean jars with about 1 inch of hot water from the tap and load them into my microwave. Then microwave on high until the water boils - and then for about 2 minutes beyond that. It helps sterilize the jars with steam and warms them up. Then you just leave them in your microwave until it's time to fill.

Once everything is ready...
Fill your hot jars with hot applesauce, leaving 1/2 inch head space.

Wipe the rim, add and adjust your lids and load into your canner.

Processing times for pint and quart jars of Applesauce
Boiling Water Canner: 20 minutes 
Steam Pressure Canner: 5 pounds of pressure for 8 minutes

Thanks for joining me! Now go fire up those slow cookers!

Want a printer-friendly version of this recipe without all the pictures? Check out the BakeSpace entry for this recipe here.

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