Simple & Savory Homemade Applesauce (Recipe)

With the Fall season, comes apple season!  And we all know there are innumerable wonderful and delicious things, that can be made with apples!
They really are a fruit of so many gifts. But some recipes take a lot more ambition, than others!
If you just want to enjoy the simplicity and goodness of apples, while still having a great celebration happening in your mouth, than this applesauce recipe is for you!
Applesauce is also a versatile food, that can be used in so many different ways. We’ll talk about there here, too.



  • 4-6 pounds Apples, Peeled, Cored, And Cut Into 8 Slices
  • 1 cup Water
  • Juice Of 1 Lemon (or 6 shakes of doTERRA Lemon Essential Oil)
  • 1/2 cup Brown Sugar, Packed
  • 1 teaspoon Cinnamon or Cassia, More Or Less To Taste

(*Optional Ingredients: Nutmeg, Maple Syrup, Allspice, Butter)

It’s This Simple:

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A Great Pie Taste-Testing! / $50 to Williams-Sonoma

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Mrs. Smith’s. All opinions are 100% mine.


Say “I” if you love pie!  And if you love free money, you can put some whip cream on top of that! This should be a fun post for you.
Recently, Mrs. Smith’s asked us to try their new Mrs. Smith’s Signature Deep Dish pies, and also sent us a sweet prize to give away too.

$50 to spend at Williams-Sonoma!

I’m actually one to bake my pies from scratch. But in a crunch, Mrs. Smith’s is my store-bought pie to fall back on!… Read More

Fresh Strawberries and Chocolate Nachos

If you love chocolate covered strawberries, this unique treat might be just for you.  I really do love them, but I also enjoy things that have CrUnCh!   So a few weeks ago, when I just so happened to have picked an abundance of fresh strawberries from our (garden bed) the day before, I stumbled across this very unique recipe treat from Our Best Bites.  The recipe was fresh strawberries, drizzled with dark melted chocolate (chips), over some cinnamon tortilla chips she had previously made.   Now, to me personally, eating cinnamon with chocolate and strawberries did not sound appealing.  But the idea of dessert nachos did!… Read More

Chocolate Covered Sunbutter Eggs

     Last week I was visiting one of my favorite blogs, TidyMom. (It truly is a place for everything! ; )  Cheryl over there was sharing a recipe for her Homemade Peanut Butter Eggs.  Ohhhh, how I wanted one!  In fact, I have been missing Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, and the Reese’s PB Eggs that come out every Easter, for years now!  But peanut and peanut butter anything has been removed from our life, since we discovered our son has a severe, life threatening allergy to it.  It was a hard pill to swallow, for this life-long-die-hard-peanut-butter-lover.  But Sunbutter has helped me survive.Read More

Betty’s Apple Crisp

Many delightful plans come to mind, with the first inkling of Autumn in the air, and this year has been no different for us.  Baking is one of them, and at the top of that list, is always Apple Crisp! (With a scoop or 2 of vanilla ice cream, please!)

I admit, we are not above some Apple Crisp topping-help from a box. We’ve done that, and enjoy it! But this year, my friend Betty offered us her simple home made recipe for Apple Crisp.  Betty is an awesome fellow photographer in Northern Virginia, Air Force wife, and inspiring Mama to 3.  I took her Apple Crisp recipe (and another I’ll be getting to soon as well) with a smile, and thanked her.Read More

Camp Site Eclair

I was brainstorming about a good dessert to have for Father's Day coming up,

when I came up with this idea: A Camp Site Eclair Dessert.

Josh's Double Chocolate Biscotti

Josh’s Double Chocolate Biscotti


Definition of BISCOTTO: a crisp cookie or biscuit of Italian origin that is flavored usually with anise and filberts or almonds —usually used in plural
A good friend of ours baked our family these biscottis, and we enjoyed them so much, we asked him for the recipe. (So we could have some more!).  He very kindly sent the recipe to us, and he also suggested it as a Vittles post.  We thought it was a great idea!  It’s just not nice not to share, Italian cookies this good.

Info:  Prep: 30 minutes     Bake: 35 minutes

Oven: 400 degrees F

Cool: 1 hour     Makes: about 48 cookies.Read More

Earth Day Cupcakes

There are times that the things we creatively do as a family, or the ideas we have, happen ON a holiday or special calendar day. So naturally they do not get blogged until after the fact.  Since we like our readers to have the opportunity to take our ideas and find creative inspiration from them, or flat out borrow the ideas, I like to try and share (or re-share) those ideas the following year, so that you all can have time to use them if you’d like, while that day is upcoming once again.

Here in the Vittles section, I thought it would be nice to (re-) share just the photos of the Earth Day Cupcakes that we had so much fun making with the kids last year, on Earth Day following our neighborhood and beach clean-up we did.   For any new readers, if you’d like to visit our family’s Earth Day 2010 blog post, you can do so HERE.Read More

No-Bake Eclair(s)

I’m going to be quite honest with you here:  This dessert is quick, easy, and sooooo good.

I’m going to be even more honest than that:  It’s not quite like real eclairs.   It’s more of a…. fun spin-off, of real eclairs.  But you know, everyone is going to eat them all up, just like that, anyway.  So does it really matter?

I’m thinking, ‘not really’.  So here we go….

No-Bake Eclair(s)

Participating Ingredients:

  • *Graham Crackers

* The kind we actually prefer is the Nabisco  Grahams Original, in the red box.

  • 2 boxes Instant Vanilla Pudding
  • 8 oz. Cool Whip
  • 1 can Chocolate Frosting (Milk Chocolate of Chocolate Fudge), and 2 Tbs.
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There was more than a smile, in THIS box!

The other day, I got the surprise-of-my-life.  The kind that left me in a daze for the rest of the day.  And into the next day.  OK, seriously……I’m still kind of in a daze about it.  I don’t even know where to start with this little story.  I feel speechless, and yet, you and I both know this post will probably end up ridiculously long, once the words start flowing.

<Deep breathe.>  So, many of you know I had a birthday last Sunday.  My birthday to me is really no big deal, and never has been.  But my family always makes me feel special, and we always spend any of our birthdays together all day, doing something fun or enjoyable.  We did that, and they were all so sweet.  I had a beautiful day with them.… Read More

Deep Fried Ice Cream. (Yes, Seriously.)

Aside from the occasional batch of donuts we make in autumn now and then, which was well worth buying a fryolator for alone, deep-fried anything is just not a part of our diet.  But when we came across this recipe, it had us so curious, we just had to try it.  The way we saw it, it was kind of like a science experiment.  And if our experiment was successful enough, well, we were going to eat it.   For our hard work, of course.

Deep Fried Ice Cream

Participating Ingredients:

1 quart (4 cups) vanilla ice cream
1 cup crushed cornflakes
2 teaspoons cinnamon
2 tablespoons sugar
2 eggs, beaten
*Oil (for frying)
(We used Vegetable Oil, but wondered if we should have been using Canola.)
Chocolate syrup, or honey, or fresh strawberries,  and whipped cream (optional)

Using ice cream scoop, scoop out several balls of ice cream and place on cookie sheet.… Read More

3 All-American Treats, for Your All-American Weekend.

With Memorial Day here, and the 4th of July not too far away either, I thought I would share 3 very easy red, white & blue treats, that are perfect ideas for your all-American weekend celebrations and gatherings.