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I wanted to try something different, and I saw this recipe and thought it sounded interesting.  How can you go wrong with apples and caramel?

On a side note, if you are unwrapping the caramels or cutting them into smaller pieces before hand, coat them in powdered sugar or cornstarch or something.  Otherwise you will relive my experience yelling and cursing at a bowl of caramels that had glued themselves to each other and the bowl.  It also resulted in some caramels flying across the room as little sweet projectiles as I tried to lever them out of the bowl with a butter knife.  So, take my advice and either unwrap as you are forming the cookies or coat each piece to keep them from sticking.

The original recipe comes from http://www.sixsistersstuff.com.

Apple Cider Caramel Cookies


  • 8 individual packets of Spiced Apple Cider Drink Mix
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 14-oz bag caramels (the soft, chewy kind, not the hard candies)


  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Mix together dry ingredients.
  3. In another bowl, beat together butter and sugar until fluffy.  Add vanilla and eggs one at a time.
  4. Gradually add flour mixture to butter mixture.
  5. Form dough into walnut sized balls and place a piece of caramel inside (I cut my caramels in half).
  6. Bake 12 – 14 minutes.  Use parchment paper lined baking sheets to help the cookies come off cleanly.

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Tonight I wanted to try my broccoli a bit differently.  I wanted to roast it.

I’ve roasted lots of other veggies but I had yet to try broccoli and I have to say it was pretty tasty.  Since it was going along with my Crockpot Salsa Chicken I wanted to pep it up a bit which I did with some cumin and red pepper flakes.  But, roasting the broccoli gave it a nice texture and a slightly different flavor.  I think next time it needs a bit of garlic, didn’t think to add it when I was tossing it together but I think it will add a lot to the flavor.

So, here is what I did for my roasted broccoli:

Pepped Up Roasted Broccoli


1 large head of broccoli, cut the florets into bite size pieces

2 Tbsp olive oil

1 tsp cumin

1/2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes

1 tsp chopped garlic

salt & pepper to taste

Instructions: Toss it all together, spread on a sheet pan.  Bake at 350 for 20 minutes.

I found the recipe for the Crockpot Salsa Chicken earlier this year on SparkRecipes. I’ve again tweaked the original recipe a bit to fit my tastes but it is seriously good eats.  The first time I made it I think my husband and I were fighting over the crockpot for seconds.  And given that it has been a bit chilly today, it should hit the spot!

Crockpot Salsa Chicken


4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts

1 cup salsa

1 package of reduced sodium taco seasoning

1 can reduced fat/reduced sodium condensed cream of chicken soup

1 cup reduced fat sour cream

Shredded cheese blend (I usually use colby jack or a mexican blend)


Mix salsa, soup and taco seasoning in the crockpot.  Add the chicken.  Cook on low for 6 – 8 hours.  Right before serving, take the chicken out and shred and add back to sauce.  Add the sour cream and stir to combine.  Serve over rice and sprinkler with shredded cheese.

Like most things out of a crock pot, it’s not going to win any beauty contests – but it sure is tasty!

And for dessert: apple-cranberry crisp.  I don’t normally fix desserts during the week but I had some apples that were starting to look a bit sad and really needed to be used.  This isn’t the first time I’ve made this recipe.  The first time was over Thanksgiving where it got rave reviews.  And I LOVE apple crisps.  And the lovely thing about crisps is they are darned easy to make.

Again, with most recipes, I tweaked the original recipe I found on tasteofhome.com.  I took out the nuts and added cinnamon.  Because I LOVE cinnamon!

FYI, I think this is about the best cinnamon ever.  Well, technically Cassia, but it is made of AWESOME!

Apple-Cranberry Crisp


4 cups chopped, peeled tart apples

2 cups fresh cranberries

1 cup sugar

3 Tbsp. all purpose flour

1 tsp. cinnamon


1 1/2 cups rolled oats

1/2 cup all purpose flour

1/2 cup packed brown sugar

1 tsp cinnamon

1/2 cup butter, melted


Mix together the apples, cranberries, sugar, cinnamon and 3 T of flour.  Place in baking dish.

Combine oats, 1/2 cup flour, cinnamon, brown sugar.  Pour melted butter over oat mixture and stir to combine.  Sprinkle this mixture over crisp.

Bake at 350 degrees for 50 minutes.

I prefer to eat it warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

I certainly don’t think that this is too shabby for a weeknight meal and it honestly didn’t take me long to prepare.


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