Simple Apple Crisp

Looking for a super simple fall dessert? Here it is! I bought some apples with every intention of eating them with some peanut butter to be healthy. That didn’t happen. Lol! It never fails. So, I didn’t want to waste the apples so put together a super simple quick apple crisp. It’s probably not the typical way it’s made, but this is how I made it. It came out just as delicious! Take a look!

Simple Apple Crisp

Ingredients:
4 apples, peeled or unpeeled
1 T sugar
1/2 T cinnamon
1 cup old fashioned oats
3/4 cup lite brown sugar
1/2 cup chopped walnuts, (optional)
6 T butter, diced
whipped cream, optional
ice cream, optional

Directions: Preheat oven 350°. Arrange apples evenly to an 8 inch dish. (I used a small 8 in cast iron.) Sprinkle apples with cinnamon and sugar.

In a small bowl mix together oats, brown sugar, walnuts and half the butter. Mix with your hands until it forms a crumble. Fully coat the apples with the mixture. Top the crumble with the rest of the butter. Sprinkle with a little more cinnamon. Bake in the oven for 50-60 minutes, until the crumble is nice and brown on top. This will make the apples nice an tender.

Let sit a few minutes and then serve with whipped cream or ice cream. Enjoy!

Spicy Jalapeño Margarita

I love a good margarita! I’ve gone to this local Mexican restaurant where they served up a spicy jalapeño margarita and it was to die for! If you don’t like a little spice this might not be the recipe for you! You can really adjust the level of heat. I’ll explain how in the recipe below. Yum! Cheers

Spicy Jalapeño Margarita

Ingredients:
1 oz orange liquor (Cointreau or Triple Sec)
1 oz lime juice
2 oz tequila
2-4 slices jalapeño (with seeds)
1 slice lime for garnish
coarse salt
1/2 cup ice

Directions: If making on the rocks, add in the orange liquor, lime juice, tequila and sliced jalapeño to a shaker. Shake up vigorously. Slide lime around the rim of the margaritas glass. In a shallow bowl or plate add in the salt. Flip over the glass and turn in the salt. Add ice to the glass and pour in margarita. Add a lime wedge and enjoy.

If you want to make it slightly frozen and spicier. You can add orange liquor, lime juice, tequila and jalapeño to a blender with ice. Pulse about 4-5 times. Add to salted rim glass and enjoy. Note. This will make it way spicer as the jalapeño are completely chopped.

If want to make a pitcher just multiple this recipe by how many guest you have. Great to make ahead of time with no ice. Add ice when ready to serve or put in blender.

Chili Cheese Baked Hot Dogs

Sometimes you just need a meal that’s more indulgent and a little fun! That’s where these baked chili cheese hot dogs come in. They are best eaten with a fork! They are fun to make, can be made super quickly and you only need a few ingredients! They are prefect for when you have friends over, after a night out drinking or just a fun meal for kids!

Chili Cheese Baked Hot Dogs

Ingredients:
1 package all beef hot dogs
1 can no bean chili
1 package hot dog buns
1/2 onion, chopped
1 cup shredded cheese
1/2 cup cheese sauce/dip, optional

Directions: Preheat oven to 375°. In an oven save dish add the hot dog buns with the hot dogs. Spoon on an even amount of chili over each hot dog. Sprinkle with onion and then cheese sauce (if using) finally sprinkle with shredded cheese. Put in the oven for 15 minutes until heated through and cheese is melted. Serve immediately! You’re need a fork!!


Creamy Ranch Coleslaw

During summer I always try and make some light salads to have with meals.  I love to make pasta salads or cucumber and tomato salads.  This one beyond simple.  It’s only a few ingredients and it comes out so creamy and full of flavor.  I will definitely being making this again! It’s a perfect side to a summer BBQ or meal!

Creamy Ranch Coleslaw

Ingredients:
14 oz Color Coleslaw Slaw
1/2 packet Ranch seasoning Mix
4 green onions, sliced (both green and white)
1 T extra virgin olive oil
1/4 C + 1 T lite mayonnaise (More or less for flavor)
salt, to taste
pepper, to taste

Directions:  In a medium bowl add in the coleslaw mix and green onions.  Spoon in the mayonnaise and mix well. Drizzle with oil and season with Ranch packet.  Mix well. Season with salt and pepper to taste.  Refrigerate for at least 2 hours.  Mix well before serving.  Enjoy.

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Spinach & Mushroom Pizza

I love making homemade pizzas. I personally just buy the pizza dough from a local Italian shop and it cuts the prep time in half. I made this pizza and the dough wasn’t cooperating, so the crust totally came out wonky. I still had to share because the flavors were awesome. This is also my first time making a video while cooking. It’s new to me, so I’m learning as I go! 🙂

Spinach & Mushroom Pizza

Ingredients:
1 fresh pizza dough
8 oz sliced mushrooms, sauteed to remove moisture
10 oz fresh spinach
1 cup Italian shredded cheese
4 oz fresh mozzarella, diced
1 T grated Romano cheese
1 T + 2t olive oil
1/2 T Italian Seasoning
2 t garlic salt

Directions: Preheat oven 425°. Roll out pizza dough to your desired thickness. Use spray oil on a large cookie sheet and add the dough. Pierce the dough all over with a fork. Par bake the crust for about 8 minutes.

Remove the dough from the oven and assemble the pizza. Drizzle 1 T oil over the crust and use a brush to completely cover the crust. Sprinkle the shredded cheese over the crust. Next layer with spinach and then top with mushrooms. Next add the fresh mozzarella. Sprinkle the Romano and Italian seasoning over the top. Lightly drizzle oil on top and bake in the oven for another 10-12 minutes depending on how crisp you like your pizza and how thick your dough is.

Once pizza is done remove from oven and sprinkle with garlic salt. Cut and serve.

Coconut Cream Dessert

One of my favorite desserts growing up and to this day is a Coconut Cream Dessert my Mom use to make! It’s so light and creamy and a perfect summer dessert.  It’s really simple and just a few steps and you will have this coconut heaven!  Take a look and give it a try!

Coconut Cream Dessert

Ingredients:

Crust:
1 1/2 cup flour
1 cup melted butter
1/2 cup chopped walnuts

Filling:
8 oz cream cheese, softened
1 cup powered sugar
8 oz container cool whip
2 boxes instant coconut cream pudding
3 cups milk
2-3 cups coconut flakes

Directions:  Preheat oven to 350.  In a medium bowl mix together the flour, butter and chopped walnuts.  Once fully mixed, press into a 13×9 glass baking dish.  Bake in the oven until golden brown about 15-20 minutes.  Remove from the oven and let cool. (Note: It’s best if the walnuts you put in the crust are smaller then mine shown, it makes the crust stick better if they are slightly smaller.)

Add 2-3 cups of coconut flakes to a baking sheet. Spread evenly.  Place in oven to toast. Keep a very close eye as coconut can burn super quickly.  You want a nice golden color.  Start with 8 minutes and watch from there.

In a mixing bowl add in 8 oz cream cheese, 1 cup of powder sugar and cool whip.  With a spoon mix until completely incorporated.  Spread evenly over cooled crust.  Sprinkle with toasted coconut.

In another mixing bowl add in 2 packages of coconut cream pudding with 3 cups cold milk. Let set slightly then spread over the toasted coconut evenly. (Note: this will look very lumpy but it’s from the coconut in the pudding.)

Top the pudding layer with the remainder of the cool whip and finish off with more toasted coconut.  Refrigerate at least 4 hours to let set. Cut into pieces and enjoy!

Note:  In my photos it’s a smaller portion.  The recipe is in fact for a 13×9 pan!  Make as much coconut as you like. I LOVE toasted coconut so I always make extra and put more then probably needed and I like to eat it! 🙂

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