Banana and chocolate…goes together like peanut butter and jelly, milk and cookies, salt and pepper, eggs and well everything, seriously what can you not pair with eggs?! We use eggs in baked goods, with veggies for omelets, on top of some meats, and with pasta, etc…. I love making lovely spaghetti carbonara, classic deviled eggs or a fried egg along side a piece of buttered toast; I sure am making myself so hungry typing this, you?…
The credit for this lovely cake batter goes to Debi Mazar and Gabriele Corcos, hosts of Extra Virgin. I fell in love with their cooking and recipes from the first episode I watched. The thing I admire most is how they take the freshest finest ingredients and keep it simple. I’m a firm believer that food should first taste amazing on it’s own to ensure a delectable dish. For example, if you’re cooking with wine you must absolutely no doubt about it taste the wine, if the first sip leaves you unsure test again and so on and so fourth 😉 I prefer a Sauvignon Blanc to cook with, overall this is my preferred white wine. Back to the main topic this fantastic cake… The texture alone is flawless, airy and soft as if the cake were a cloud. The simple orange flavor gives it a perfect sweetness, but I wanted a little more for this holiday season; by added roughly chopped fresh cranberries it took a deliciously outstanding cake and made it phenomenal….
Looking for your new holiday cookie to impress? Look no further! I took a cookie I have loved for years and added a little of this, a little of that and made it the ultimate holiday cookie that will knock out all other cookie competitors. To say these are delicious is an understatement and my husband can testify for me. Their is currently one left from the batch and I just made them a couple days ago. Normally I would leave the last one for my toddler or husband being the amazing mom and wife that I am, but I’m nine months pregnant so all food must go straight to baby! Ha!…
Easy Pumpkin Cake…With Cream Cheese Frosting and Drizzled Chocolate Sauce!
Sometimes you just have to go with your gut, because second guessing yourself means you might miss out on some pretty amazing things in life. I think back to if I didn’t push myself into blogging, how I would never had started this wonderful and exciting journey. I’m so glad I didn’t let fear hold me back. So many times in life my anxiety stops me from trying new things, because people with anxiety tend to like predictability. When I was attempting to mix my favorite box cake mix with a can of pumpkin I was worried, fear of screwing it up entirely. Then I decided being optimistic is the only way to break my self doubt, thinking; you’ll never know if it will work Trina… unless you try!…
Warm fresh apples cooking slowly while smothered in sugar and cinnamon sounds to good to be true. Heavenly is the best word to describe the aroma that will engulf your home when making this Crock Pot Apple Pie Oatmeal!
Smells have a powerful way of bringing us back to wonderful memories of childhood. I’m imagining walking into my home following a long tiring day at school to the delectable smell of pot roast with carrots in the crock pot. Now I’m starting to think about yummy banana muffins being baked in the morning, but of course the best smell of all has to be chocolate chip cookies, hands down. The second best smell to perfume my home while cooking has to be apples cooking with cinnamon, like this Crock Pot Apple Pie Oatmeal.
The other day when Maxwell walked in the front door after preschool he got a huge whiff of this delicious oatmeal. His curiosity led him to the kitchen so he could see what the “yummy” smell was. I’m all about making foods that smell amazing, continuing to associate happy memories with them for my little ones. We devoured the oatmeal and for a fun activity we stamped apples on to paper using paper rolls and paint. It was a relaxing time in my home, kids were in good spirits and tummies were full on this chilly fall afternoon.
If you are looking for an easy delicious oatmeal recipe this fall or just a new way to use all those yummy fresh picked apples look no further. The fragrance in your home alone will put a smile on your face.
- 6 medium apples peeled and chopped into 1 inch pieces (recommending Honey Crisp or other tart apples)
- ¾ to 1 cup of brown sugar (depending on desired sweetness)
- 1 tablespoon of cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon of nutmeg
- pinch of salt
- juice of ½ lemon
- 2 cups of rolled oats
- 2 cups whole milk
- 2 eggs
- 1/1/2 cups of water
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- Spray crock pot with canola cooking spray
- In large bowl add apple chunks, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, lemon juice and mix
- Add oats to the apples and mix again
- Pour mixture into the crock pot
- In bowl whisk milk and eggs together
- Then add water and vanilla and whisk again
- Pour mixture over the apples and oats
- Place lid on crock pot and cook on high for 3 hours and low for 6 hours
- Serve warm
- Optional: serve with fresh whipped cream on top 🙂