Apple Butter {crockpot!}

apple butter

This months Cooking with Ms. Kat is an APPLE theme! It goes along great with last weeks fieldtrip to Apple Hill Orchard. And I thought it would be something fun! I tinkered with this recipe for several days and after several batches I found what I think is YUMMY!

apples

Ms. Kat’s Crockpot Apple Butter:

this easily doubles, triples, etc….

1 dozen apples*

3/4 cup brown sugar

4 cloves

1 t cinnamon

1 lemon zest and juice

1/4 to 1/2 cup orange juice

apple chunks

Peel. Core. Blitz Apples in food processor. Put in crockpot. Add brown sugar, cinnamon, cloves, juices and zest. Stir well. Set crockpot on low for 10 hrs. Next, prop open lid to crock and set on low for additional 4 to 8 hrs depending on texture and type of apples.

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*I used a mix of apples. I used Gala, Fuji, Granny Smith, Golden Delicious, play around and find what you like best!

apple butter

xoxo, Mama Bird

Cooking with Ms.Kat {Apple Butter}

apple butter

This months Cooking with Ms. Kat is an APPLE theme! It goes along great with last weeks fieldtrip to Apple Hill Orchard. And I thought it would be something fun! I tinkered with this recipe for several days and after several batches I found what I think is YUMMY!

apples

Ms. Kat’s Crockpot Apple Butter:

this easily doubles, triples, etc….

1 dozen apples*

3/4 cup brown sugar

4 cloves

1 t cinnamon

1 lemon zest and juice

1/4 to 1/2 cup orange juice

apple chunks

Peel. Core. Blitz Apples in food processor. Put in crockpot. Add brown sugar, cinnamon, cloves, juices and zest. Stir well. Set crockpot on low for 10 hrs. Next, prop open lid to crock and set on low for additional 4 to 8 hrs depending on texture and type of apples.

butter

*I used a mix of apples. I used Gala, Fuji, Granny Smith, Golden Delicious, play around and find what you like best!

apple butter

xoxo, Mama Bird

Harvest Pork Tenderloin {Crockpot}

I was inspired this week to do ALL new recipes! I found a yummy looking pork recipe and thought it would be great. My goal was to use meat from the freezer and groceries I had on hand so as always I had to switch up the recipe a bit. 
Layer in the crockpot:
3 sweet potatoes, sliced med-thin
1 sweet onion sliced
1 t curry powder
Pork Tenderloin
1 to 2 T Steen’s Pure Cane Syrup (molasses or maple syrup would work)
1 t curry powder/ salt to taste
4 small apples, sliced
1/2 c dried cranberries
2/3 c chicken broth
I started this after lunch and turned the pot on high for 4hrs. Normally I would do on low all day. It was great! VERY FALL!! Loved it!
xoxo, Mama Bird

Aa is for Apple {Sour Cream Apple Pie}

apple-full This week at Life As Mom the theme of the Recipe Swap is APPLE!! I am so excited, Apple Hill Orchard is picking one of my favorites, The Honey-Crisp and in mid-October The Pink Lady and The Granny Smith! YUM-YUM!!! Another favorite Fall stop for apples is Carrigan Farms, this is the spot I went to as a little girl to pick strawberries, apples, pumpkins and at Christmas time they have the most beautiful Poinsettias. If your in NC I highly suggest you check these places out!!
On to the food!! This is by far my most favorite Apple Pie, it is tart and tangy, this is adapted from The Upper Crust.
Filling:
1 cup sour cream
1/2 c flour
1 egg
2 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup sugar
4 to 5 Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored & sliced
1 deep dish shell, pre-baked
Topping:
1 cup walnut or pecan pieces
1/4 cup flour
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup brown sugar
1 Tb cinnamon
1/3 cup butter pieces, chopped
Blend all ingredients for the filling except apples, until smooth. Add apples and pour in shell. Bake 45 mins at 400. Mix all ingredients for topping and sprinkle on the top and bake 15 mins more.
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xoxo, Mama Bird

Carrot Apple Cupcakes

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I looked through tons of recipes and combined bits and pieces from several different recipes  and came up with an AMAZING cupcake!! I am making these for my favorite women in the World! My very dearest girlfriends in the whole world who I have had the pleasure of knowing for 22 years!!! WOW. We live in many different places and take the time as often as we can to reconnect and recharge and share in our joys. Tomorrow night we gather to celebrate a new career and a new baby! Congrats to Mer and Rae!! I am so happy for you both!!!

Carrot Apple Cupcakes

3 cups flour

2 cups sugar

2 tsp baking powder

2 tsp baking soda

1 tsp cinnamon

2 tsp unsweetened cocoa powder

1 cup vegetable oil

4 large eggs

1 cup milk with 2 tsp lemon juice (let sit 10 mins)

2 cups grated carrots

2 cups grated granny smith apples

1 T grated orange zest

Bake at 350 for 17-20mins. Cool and Frost.

 Frosting

8 oz fresh mild goat cheese (high quality)

8 oz cream cheese, softened

1/2 stick butter, softened

2 T fresh orange juice

1 T orange zest

4 cups powdered sugar

 

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xoxo, Mama Bird

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Overnight Oatmeal

I will start this by prefacing by saying I don’t like oatmeal. At least not the oatmeal that you dump out of a bag & add hot water. Not my thing and never has been. But this, this is yummy. I am sure the milk, sugar & butter aid in the flavor dept. and the apples and spices can’t hurt! You can sub in any spices you like and I bet pears would work great in place of the apples. I use really firm apples like Granny Smith or Honey Crisp, any apple that you would cook with will work just fine. I am whipping this up tonight so we can have a great start to the week! I may make this my Sunday night tradition through the winter as Mondays are always so hard to get up and out!
2 c milk
1/4 c brown sugar
1 Tb butter
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 c oatmeal
1 c apple, peeled & chopped
You can add 1/2 cup raisins, dates, cranberries, nuts whatever you like!

Spray crockpot with non stick spray. Combine all ingredients in slow cooker and mix well. Set to low for 6-8 hrs. Yummy!