Monday, January 29, 2007

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I got this recipe for making an Apple cherry cobble from Better Homes and Gardens.  So I started looking around and found a whole bunch of dessert recipes that you can make in your crock pot.  Am I the only one who thought that a crock pot was for things like stews, spaghetti sauce and roasts?  LMBO!  Silly me, I never even imagined making a cake, much less cheese cake, in my crock pot!  Sometimes my true blond nature really shows through, huh?

Apple-Cherry Cobbler
Source: Better Homes and Gardens


1/2 cup granulated sugar
4 teaspoons quick-cooking tapioca
1 teaspoon apple pie spice
1-1/2 pounds cooking apples, peeled, cored, and cut into 1/2-inch slices (4-1/2 cups)
1 16-ounce can pitted tart cherries
1/2 cup dried cherries
1 recipe Spiced Triangles
Ice cream, such as butter pecan or cinnamon; or half-and-half; or light cream (optional)  

In a 3-1/2- or 4-quart crockery cooker stir together sugar, tapioca, and apple pie spice. Stir in the apple slices, un-drained canned cherries, and dried cherries until combined.
Cover; cook on low-heat setting for 6 to 7 hours or on high-setting for 3 to 3-1/2 hours. To serve, divide cherry-apple mixture among 6 to 8 shallow dessert dishes. Top with Spiced Triangles and ice cream or half-and-half, if desired. Makes 6 to 8 servings.

Spiced Triangles:
In a bowl combine 1 tablespoon sugar and 1/2 teaspoon apple pie spice. Unroll 1 package (8) refrigerated crescent rolls. Separate triangles. Brush tops with 1 tablespoon melted butter and sprinkle with sugar-cinnamon mixture. Cut each triangle into 3 triangles. Place on an ungreased baking sheet. Bake in a 375 degree F oven for 8 to 10 minutes or until bottoms are lightly browned. Remove to a wire rack to cool.

Apple Betty

6 cups thinly sliced apples
1 cup granulated sugar
1 tablespoon all purpose flour
1 teaspoon cinnamon
juice and zest of 1 lemon
1/2 cup melted butter
3 cups soft bread crumbs

In a large bowl combine apples, sugar, flour, cinnamon and lemon zest. In another bowl, combine butter and bread crumbs. In prepared slow cooker, layer one third of bread crumb mixture, then one half of apple mixture. Repeat layers of bread crumbs and fruit, then finish with a final layer of bread crumbs on top. Cover and cook on high for 4 hours until bubbly and brown.

Apple Streusel

4 to 6 cups apples, peel & slice
1-1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp allspice
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
3/4 cup milk
2 Tbsp butter or margarine, softened
3/4 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup Bisquick Topping:
1 cup Bisquick
1/3 cup brown sugar
3 Tbsp cold butter or margarine

Toss apples in large bowl with cinnamon, allspice & nutmeg. Place in Crockpot.
Combine milk, softened butter, sugar, eggs, vanilla & 1/2 cup Bisquick. Spoon over apples.
Combine 1 cup Bisquick and brown sugar. Cut cold butter into mixture until crumbly. Sprinkle mixture over top of apple mix.
Cover, cook on Low 6-7 hours or until the apples are soft.

Crockpot Banana Bread

1 3/4 cup flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1/3 cup shortening
2/3 cup sugar
2 eggs, well beaten
1 1/2 cups well mashed, over ripe banana (2 or 3 bananas depending on size)
1/2 cup coarsely chopped walnuts (optional)

Sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.

With the electric beater on low, fluff the shortening in a small bowl, until soft and creamy. Add the sugar gradually. Beat in the eggs in a slow stream. With a fork, beat in 1/3 of the flour mixture, 1/2 the bananas another 1/3 of the flour mixture, the rest of the bananas then the last of the flour mixture. Fold in the walnuts.

Turn into a greased and floured baking unit or a 2 1/2 qt. mold and cover. Place on a rack in the slowcooker. Cover the cooker, but prop the lid open with a toothpick or a twist of foil to let the excess steam escape.

Cook on HIGH for 4 to 6 hours.
Cool on a rack for 10 minutes. Serve warm.
Makes 4 to 6 servings. 

Caramel Apple Euphoria

2 medium cooking apples
1/2 cup apple juice
7 ounces caramel candy squares, unwrapped
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon ground cardamom
1/3 cup creamy peanut butter
7 slices angel food cake or
1 quart vanilla ice cream

Peel, core, and cut each apple into 18 wedges; set aside.
Combine apple juice, unwrapped caramel candies, vanilla, cardamom and cinnamon.
Drop peanut butter 1 teaspoon at a time, over ingredients in crock pot. Stir.
Add apple wedges; cover and cook on LOW for 5 hours.
Stir thoroughly; cover and cook on LOW 1 additional hour.
Serve approximately 1/3 cup of warm mixture over a slice of angel food cake or ice cream.

Crock pot Cake

1 cake mix, any brand any flavor
1 small box instant pudding; use the same flavor as the cake
12 ounces sour cream
4 eggs
3/4 cups oil
1 cup water

Spray inside of crackpot with non stick cooking spray. Mix all ingredients together and pour in crock pot. Cook on low for about 6 hours. Turn crock pot off and let sit for about 1 to 2 hours. Then you can flip it out onto a plate. If you do not let it cool long enough before taking it out of the crock pot half of it stays in the crock.

Decadent Chocolate Delight

1 package chocolate cake mix
8 oz. sour cream
1 cup chocolate chips
1 cup water
4 eggs
3/4 cup vegetable oil
1 (4 serving) pkg. chocolate flavor instant pudding & pie filling mix.

Lightly grease inside of slow cooker.
Combine all ingredients in large bowl. Pour into slow cooker.
Cover & cook on Low 6 to 8 hours or on High 3 to 4 hours.
Serve hot or warm with ice cream.
12 servings

Dreamsicle Cheesecake

3/4 cup graham cracker crumbs
2 TBS sugar
3 TBS melted butter

16 oz. cream cheese
2/3 cup sugar
2 whole eggs + 1 egg yolk
1/4 cup orangejuice concentrate, thawed
1 tsp orange zest
1 TBS flour
1/2 tsp vanilla

Crust: Combine crumbs with sugar; mix in melted butter. Pat into a 7" springform pan. Set aside.

Filling: Cream together cream cheese and sugar. Add eggs. Beat 3 minutes at medium speed with electric mixer. Add orange juice, zest, flour, and
vanilla. Beat 2 minutes.

Pour batter into crust. Place on a rack or aluminum foil ring in the crock pot so pan doesn't rest directly on the bottom of crock pot.
Cover and cook on HIGH for 2 1/2-3 hours. Turn off heat and let stand 1-2 hours until cool enough to remove. Cool completely and remove the sides of the pan.

Note: Chill before serving.

Fabulous Peach Dump Cake

1 bag frozen peaches (2 cups sliced peaches)
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 Jiffy white cake mix (or 1/2 package of a 2-layer size cake mix)
4 tablespoons melted butter

Lightly grease the crock pot; place peaches in the bottom. Sprinkle with cornstarch; toss.
Drizzle with vanilla and sprinkle brown sugar over all.
Sprinkle with cinnamon then cake mix. Drizzle melted butter evenly over cake mix.
Cover and cook on high for 3 to 3 1/2 hours.

New York Style Cheesecake

2 packages (8 ounces each) plus 1 package (3 ounce) cream cheese, softened
3/4 cup sugar
3 tablespoons flour
1 teaspoon freshly grated lemon peel
1/2 teaspoon freshly grated orange peel
3 eggs

With electric mixer, beat softened cream cheese, sugar, flour and grated peels until smooth. Add eggs, one at a time, and beat until fluffy. Pour into baked crust in Bread 'n Cake Bake pan; cover. Set inside slow cooker. Cover and cook on High setting for 2 l/2 to 3 hours. Remove pan and uncover. Allow to cool, then unmold on serving plate. Serve well chilled; if desired, top with strawberries.
8 to 10 servings (for 3-1/2 or 5-quart slow cooker).

Crock Pot Pound Cake

16 oz Pound cake mix, packaged
2/3 c Water
2 Eggs

Blend cake mix with water and eggs in mixing bowl at low speed until moistened. Beat on medium speed for 3 minutes, scraping bowl frequently.
Pour into greased andfloured 8-cup mold or spring form pan. Place in slow-cooker.
Cover mold with 4-5 paper towels and cook on high 2 1/2 to 3 1/2 hours.
When cake is done, top will be slightly moist and pass the toothpick test. Serve plain, frosted or with fruit.

Crockpot Strawberry Dessert

1 can Strawberry pie filling (21 oz)
1 pkg Strawberry cake mix (18 1/4 oz)
1/2 c melted butter or margarine
1/3 c chopped Black walnuts
Cool Whip

Place pie filling in your crockpot.
Combine dry cake mix and butter (mixture will be crumbly); sprinkle over filling.
Sprinkle with walnuts.
Cover and cook on low for 2 to 3 hours.
Serve in bowls.
Top with Cool Whip.

Crockpot Turtle Cake
INGREDIENTS:21 oz. pkg. brownie mix
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 egg
1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup milk chocolate chips
1 cup chopped pecans
14 unwrapped caramels
PREPARATION:Place a vegetable steamer or other low rack on the bottom of a 5-quart electric slow cooker. Pour in 4 cups hot tap water and turn to high heat.

In a large bowl, combine the brownie mix, 1/2 cup water, oil, and egg and beat with a wooden spoon to mix well. Stir in the chocolate chips and nuts.
Butter a 2 1/2-quart souffle dish that fits in the 5-quart slow cooker and dust with sugar. Pour brownie mixture into the dish. Push the caramels partially into the batter, but do not push all the way into the brownie mixture. Wrap the dish in a double thickness of foil. Tie with kitchen string, making a handle to make the dish easier to remove. Place on the rack in the slow cooker.

Cover and cook on the high heat setting 4 1/2 hours. Remove the dish from the slow cooker, remove string and foil, and let cool 30 minutes. Serve warm with whipped cream. 8 servings.

Crock Pot Caramel Dip

1 (14-oz.) pkg. caramels

1 (14-oz.) can sweetened condensed milk
1 C. shredded coconut
1/2 C. pecan pieces
1 lb. cake, cut into cubes
2 apples, (1 green, 1 red) cut into slices

Place unwrapped caramels into slow cooker and add condensed milk, coconut and pecan pieces.

Cook on Low for 1 1/2 hours, stirring at the end of the first 30 minutes and again near the end of cooking time. When caramels are melted, the dip is ready to serve. You can keep it on Low for another couple of hours if it's stirred frequently. The recipe can easily be doubled if you need to make a larger amount; however, it will take slightly longer to melt the caramels to the proper consistency.

Cut apples into slices and pound cake into large cubes just before serving. Squeeze a little lemon juice on the apples to prevent them from turning brown. Place melted caramel in a serving bowl, surrounded by the apples and pound cake. 
Serves 6.

Boy!  Now I sure feel silly after finding so many dessert recipes that you can make in your crock pot.  If you know of any good ones, send them my way!  I am making this little recipe book, I am trying to find as many crock pot recipes as I can.  Our girls all are moving out on their own and I want to make this cookbook for them.  I figure I'll put as many crock pot recipes as I can into for them. 


Saturday night we went over to Red and Div's house (Ray's brother and his wife) for a chicken barbecue dinner and to shoot a few games of pool.  We had a really good time.  David was there, and Samantha and Matt came up, and Stephaine, Joe and baby Aubreigh came with Steph's friend Jessica and her 3 yr old Mariah.  Yeah, someone for Rylie to play with.

Stephanie, Joe and Jessica left after dinner to go and hang out with some friends.  YEA!  Our first over nighter with the baby!  LOL  Yep, Grandpa said that he was gonna stay up all night with the baby.  He was gonna sit and just rock her in the lazy boy and cuddle her on his chest.  Well, Miss Aubreigh is a night owl.  Do I even need to tell you who got a full nights sleep and who got 3 and a half hours of sleep?  LOL

Not a problem.  It's not like its been that many years since I've had sleepless nights.  Although next time, it is definitely his turn.  LOL  This is a picture that I took of Aubreigh Sunday morning.  She is wearing the little hat that I bought for her. 

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Isn't she just a little doll baby?  Of course, her grandpa and I may be a wee bit prejudiced, lol.  It is just too funny.  I couldn't wait for Rylie to be born, and now I can't wait for my kids to get married and start having kids.  Well, I can...but I can't, LOL. 

So let me tell you how Rylie reacted to having Mariah stay the night.  When Mariah first got to Red and Div's house the girls had a blast playing together.  It was really good to see Rylie having so much fun with someone her own age.  I think Mariah is a few months older than Rylie, although Rylie is a few inches taller that Mariah.

They were having so much fun just playing together, singing, dancing, playing chase and hide & seek.  They got a little loud, ya'll know how little girls can get that high pitched screeching thing going.  LOL  They were real cute.  Ray and I kept joking that this would be what it was like to have twins.

Well, we left Red and Div's and brought them home to play.  They had so much fun in Rylies room with her little kitchen and all.  There were toys absolutely every where.  We finally settled them down to watch "The Beauty and The Beast" on the sleeper sofa.  Rylie fell asleep after a few minutes. 

Ray was sitting in the lazy boy when he heard the "Hey!  Hey!"  He turned and looked at Mariah and she said "she's asleep" at which point Mariah tried to wake up Rylie.  LOL  Ray said "shhh, it's okay" and then told Mariah to go to sleep too and turned off the DVD.  She was asleep in a few minutes too.

The next morning the girls ate some cereal and mini donuts.  Then they were off to play again.  After about an hour or two I think they were starting to get on each others nerves, lol.  Whatever one was playing with, the other automatically wanted.  At this point, Ray and I were beginning to feel pretty thankful that we didn't have twins, lol.

Mariah kept wanting to play with all of Rylies toys, especially the ones that Rylie was playing with at the time.  At one point, the girls went into her room to play.  Suddenly Rylie walked out of the bedroom and closed the door and just stood there.  Ma started to cry because Rylie had left her in there.  I went to open the door and Rylie tried to block me and was saying "No Mom, no!" 

LMBO!  She had closed the door on her on purpose and Mariah couldn't open it.  It was as if she was telling her "You wanna play with my toys, go ahead.  I'll just leave you in there where you can't bother me." 

Another time, Mariah was playing with this little thing that has beads on it that you push along the wires from one end to the other.  You've probably seen them in the doctors waiting rooms.  Well, Rylie decided she wanted it then.  I told them that it was big enought they could share.  They didn't think so, they kept pulling it away from each other. 

So I told Rylie that Mariah had it first and to let her play with it.  Then Rylie went and took Mariah's Little Mermaid doll and decided that she would play with that.  Except that she didn't play with it.  She kind of waved it around in front of Mariah, teasing her with it.  At which point, Mariah decided she wanted to play with that.  So Rylie ran off with it.  Ohmahgosh!  Thank you Lord for NOT blessing us with twins, LOL!

Around noon, I made a ham sandwich and cut it in half, putting one half on each girls plate with a few chips and a glass of milk for lunch.  I sat them both down at the table and told them to eat their sandwich and they would get a popsicle.  Well, let me tell you, Rylie really tore up her sandwich, Mariah on the other hand was only eating her chips.  The more we told Mariah to eat her sandwich too, the more Rylie ate of her own, lol. 

Rylie got done with her sandwich and wanted her popsicle.  Okay.  But there sat Mariah with a plate clean of chips and not one bite out of her sandwich.  So I took the meat off the bread and told her to at least eat that.  Well, she whined but finally ate half of it.  She got a popsicle too, but most of it just melted because she was too busy following Rylie around. 

Don't get me wrong, Mariah is a good little girl.  But boy, oh boy...2 three year olds is a whole heck of a lotta work!  Eventually their personalties just really started to clash.  Mariah is potty trained and I thought that when Rylie saw that she would be interested in going potty too.  NOT!  She came in and clapped and cheered for Mariah, but when I asked her if she wanted to go potty too..."nope" and that was that.  Oh well.  We'll just keep working on it.


Well, I hope you found the crock pot recipes interesting.  If you have any that you would like to share, please send them to me.  I'd really appreciate it.  As a matter of fact, if you have any recipes that you would like to share, please send them to me.  I'd really appreciate it.  Especially, any easy, tasty ones that I can pass along to the girls.   Thanks!

Have a great Monday!

P.S.~No one has said anything, how do ya'll like the new "look" of the journal?  I'm not sure about it.  Green isn't really one of my favorite colors.  I don't know why I went with it.  I'm also working on a Blue colored theme.  I may just leave this new look on for a bit and then try on the blue on.

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