Monday, November 23, 2015

Spiced Apple Cider No Bake Cheesecakes

I am partnering with Kauffman's Fruit Farm as a blog ambassador. I have received these Kauffman's Fruit Farm products for free; however, all opinions remain my own. 

It is a cold and blustery day here in our neck of the woods. As I am typing this, it is 32 degrees outside, brrr!!  So when I am cold, I start to think about food and drinks to warm me up. This time of year I keep apple cider in the house to use for recipes and to drink on cold days. 

These mulling spices from Kauffman's Fruit Farm and Market kick up that apple cider to an entirely new level. These are packaged just like a tea bag. No need to make your own sachet of spices to drop into the cider with these. Plus, you can use these 2 -3 times before they lose their flavor. 

One of my favorite things to make to impress my guests is a no bake cheesecake. I like to put these in small jelly jars or pretty glasses to make them even more special.  It just makes it a lot more fun to serve and to eat. This recipe uses instant cheesecake pudding, crushed graham crackers, whipped topping, apple pie filling, and reduced spiced apple cider. Within no time at all you have a wonderful dessert that your guest will think you took a long time to make. 

First you will want to take 2 cups of apple cider and heat it up in a pan. Place 2 mulling spice bags in and let it simmer. After about 5 minutes of a good simmer, remove the spice bags and continue to reduce the apple cider. It will not take long to reduce to almost a caramel consistency. Keep you eye on it because it can go too far really fast. This wonderfully reduced apple cider will be combined into the instant pudding and also drizzled on top. 

Place an assembly line of all your ingredients and this will come together in a snap. Once they are all assembled, drizzle a little of the apple cider reduction over the top. 

Spiced Apple Cider No Bake Cheesecakes

6 graham crackers, crushed
1 box instant cheesecake pudding
2 cups milk
2 cups apple cider
8 oz whipping topping
1 can of apple pie filling

Crush the graham crackers in a ziploc bag with a rolling pin. Place in a bowl and set aside. Place 2 cups of apple cider in a saucepan with 2 bags of mulling spices, remove the bags after 5 minutes and continue to reduce the apple cider to almost caramel consistency. Prepare the instant cheesecake pudding with milk and half of the reduced apple cider until combined with a mixer. Assemble the cheesecakes- Place the crushed graham crackers on the bottom, next cheesecake pudding, whipped topping, then top with a couple slices of apple pie filling. Drizzle the apple cider reduction over the top. Chill until ready to serve. 

Saturday, November 21, 2015

25 Thanksgiving Pies

It is so hard to believe that Thanksgiving Day is next week!  Aside from the side dishes, the dessert is my favorite part of the meal. When we were young, our Thanksgivings were spent with my grandparents until they were no longer with us. Instead of slaving in the kitchen every year just for the five of us, our parents would take us to Shoney's every year for Thanksgiving dinner. It became our tradition for many years until my older sister got married. Then our tradition shifted to making dinner as a family. That tradition has carried on for many years now as our family grows with each generation. Now four generations gather under one roof to give thanks on this special day. Our menu is a long as you can imagine but each dish is a must to satisfy our bellies. We eat ourselves silly and dessert is normally pushed back for a bit while our tummies make room for more.  By the time our bellies are ready for dessert, it is a must to sample each pie. Well at least for me anyway. 

Since dessert is such an important part of the Thanksgiving meal I thought I would put together a list of pies for you to enjoy. Here are some of my favorite pie recipes from Served Up With Love as well as some of my blogging friends. I sure hope you find a new recipe to grace your dessert table this Thanksgiving. 

Do you have an elderly neighbor or someone close by that doesn't have family or is spending the holiday alone? Take them a plate this Thanksgiving. I promise you, they will be so grateful for your kindness. Let's make sure everyone's heart and tummy is full this Thanksgiving. 

Now let's get to the pies, oh the deliciousness!

Brown Sugar Pumpkin Pie from The Country Cook

Faux Pecan Pie from Southern Plate

Sweet Potato Pie from A Southern Soul

Crock Pot Crustless Pumpkin Pie from Recipes That Crock

Apple Crumb Pie from Melissa's Southern Style Kitchen

Peanut Butter Pie from The Hill Hangout

Eggnog Pumpkin Pie from Cooking With K

Crock Pot Pecan Pie from Spicy Southern Kitchen

Buttermilk Pie from Southern Bite

Southern Sweet Potato Pie from Mommy's Kitchen

Chocolate Cheesecake Pecan Pie from Plain Chicken

Cranberry Cheesecake Pie from Bake or Break

Pumpkin Coconut Chiffon Pie from Spicy Southern Kitchen

Crock Pot Apple Pie from Recipes That Crock

Pumpkin Pie

Old Fashioned Sugar Pie from Call Me PMc

Wham Bam Pie Crust from The Country Cook

Maple Pumpkin Pie from Lisa's Dinnertime Dish

Easy Pecan Pie from Southern Bite

Chocolate Tart from Simple Fare, Fairly Simple

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

15+ Easy Crock Pot Recipes

It's the middle of November and everyone is in turkey day mode for Thanksgiving. I find myself super busy this time of the year. While I am also in turkey day mode, I am also thinking of those busy days where I need a hand at supper time. 

That means my crock pot will be working overtime so that I don't feel like I am working overtime. Whether we are heading to a family function, holiday program, or doing some shopping, my crock pot makes my life easy. Supper can be put together within a few minutes in the morning and when we return supper is done. 

I have put together my favorite crock pot recipes from Served Up With Love here for you to use on those days where you could use an extra hand. I hope you find a few new ones to enjoy!

Ultimate Sunday dinner!

Crock Pot Potato Soup-Just like Grandma's

I hope you enjoy!