Easy Apple Crisp with No Oats

Easy Apple Crisp

I will tell you a secret: I love oatmeal for breakfast. But. I detest oats in any type of dessert or pretty much anywhere that is not oatmeal for breakfast. So when making a crisp I like to top it with a streusel topping with no oats. Sometimes toasted nuts can be part of the streusel depending on who is going to eat it. Most of the time I keep the topping simple...brown sugar, flour, and butter along with a few spices. Chop up some apples, cover with the topping and bake for about half an hour. So easy but so full of flavor. And of course, when serving you can add some vanilla ice cream and this amazing caramel sauce and then you'll really wow somebody! You can use apples or pears or a combination in this recipe, and you can even throw in dried raisins or cranberries. ...

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Rustic Southern Wedding Part Three: The Reception

bride and groom under the covered bridge

Special thanks to Dayana Cagle of CDM Photo Studio who provided many of the photos in this post.  Here's the third and final installment in my Rustic Southern Wedding series. This one is all about the reception. We had so much fun! Our awesome band, The Glow Band, was so great that Brian and Caroline signed them to play at their wedding. Family and friends, old and young were on the dance floor having a blast together. It was a great night. From the bride and groom's first dance to the father daughter dance, this wedding was special. But ...

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Meatloaf Muffins in muffin pan

Meatloaf Muffins

Do y'all use your muffin pans for things other than muffins? I sure do. A regular muffin pan is just ...

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closeup of lemon bars on tray

Lemon Bars

Lemon bars are super easy for you to make but they are a dessert that seems elegant and ...

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Nuts About Virginia

Years ago, I used to sit in Granny’s kitchen and watch television with her while she prepared dinner (which is what we now call lunch) or supper (which is what most people call dinner). In the afternoons, we watched The Stories, all her favorite soap operas. But in the mornings, we watched the first cooking…

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