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Apple Crumb Top Baked Oatmeal

Posted on 05 February 2012 by noelskitchen

It’s like having Apple Pie Cookie for breakfast.



Serves: 6-8


  • 3 cups Quaker quick oats
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 Tablespoons butter, melted
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 apple, peeled, cored and diced


  1. Mix all ingredients together and stir well. Spread in a greased 9×13  baking pan.
  2. Top with Crumb Top Topping (recipe below).
  3. Bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes. If you like it a little crunchy on top cook for a few minutes longer.

Crumb Top Topping


  • 1 cup pecans, roughly chopped
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup Quaker quick oats
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 6 Tablespoons butter, melted


  1. Mix ingredients together. Sprinkle evenly over oatmeal. Bake as directed above.

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Bigelow Pumpkin Spice and Apple Cider Tea-Perfect For Fall

Posted on 02 November 2011 by noelskitchen

Have you tried Bigelow’s Autumn Spice Teas? There’s an instant comforting feeling I get when holding and drinking a cup of hot tea. Fall is the perfect time of year to enjoy the taste of  these two wonderful teas Pumpkin Spice and Apple Cider from Bigelow.

I came across these wonderful teas at my last grocery shopping trip. The Pumpkin Spice Tea is wonderfully spiced with a warm pumpkin pie smell and there’s no other way to warm up after raking leaves than with the  Apple Cider Tea; plus it’s not just for drinking. Bigelow has a great recipe for Apple Cider Muffins I can’t wait to try!

These tea smells like fall and are a delicious seasonal tea to try! What are your favorite Fall Teas?

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A Moment For Family…Please Say A Little Prayer

Posted on 11 October 2011 by noelskitchen

I am not quite back into the groove this week as I had anticipated. It was a very exhausting past week with some devastating family issues going on. We found out mid week that my sister-in-law was in a tragic car accident caused by a washing machine falling off the back of a truck. Details on the accident are a little sketchy still but we know she was hit head on by another vehicle. The accident totaled the car and caused some serious injuries to her. She was in surgery for six hours Thursday morning where they tried to put her legs back together. She has broken ribs, cracked vertebrae, her leg (compound fractured) and foot (bone severed at the ankle). She had another surgery late yesterday on one of her knees and all went well. We found out this morning, she goes in for more surgery on Friday for her ankle. It will be a long journey to recovery. She’s in our thoughts and prayers every day. She has lots of family and friends supporting her. Just thought I’d ask  all of you to say a little prayer for her.

Family at Last Year's Thanksgiving

Our 10-year old son, had tubes placed in his ears on Friday. As a baby and until recently, he is prone to ear infections.  This caused some damage to his hearing and he is on the borderline of having hearing aids. He was having difficulty hearing people speak to him and failed his hearing tests. It was an easy procedure that lasted literally 10 minutes and he is recovering well.  The results of whether or not the tubes work will be determined at his post op appointment later this month.

Dante (middle) and friends having fun at the school walk-a-thon

On a much lighter note, I’m so happy it’s Fall. Every year, I wait for Fall to come around. Not just for the cooler temperatures or the beautiful foliage, they are just the icing on the cake. I wait for those satisfying flavors of fall: creamy pumpkin soups, easy savory stews, Apple Butter, pumpkin bread, yummy desserts like apple pie or pumpkin cheesecake are all top recipes to celebrate fall flavors.

Yummy Apple Pie!

Cooler autumn weekends definitely bring on bigger appetites so I’m sure I’ll be happily cooking in the kitchen.

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Banana Apple Crunch Muffins

Posted on 17 April 2011 by noelskitchen

A few weeks ago, I was browsing through my new Pampered Chef Spring/Summer Catalog, and got excited about all the new Spring and Summer kitchen and pantry items that have come out to add to my kitchen and give my review. While I was browsing the catalog, I looked over at the fruit bowl and saw three bananas that desperately needed my attention. Banana Muffins sounded good. So, I put on my apron gathered up some ingredients to make some Banana Muffins but I wanted to add something a little sweet and special to them, I decided to grab my Sweet Apple Sprinkle from the pantry. I was lucky enough to have just the right amount I needed for this delicious muffin topping. These muffins were the perfect solution to those bananas that were crying out from the fruit bowl.


Banana Apple Crunch Muffins

Makes: 12 muffins


  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 ripe bananas, peeled and mashed
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon lemon flavoring


  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 Tablespoon Sweet Apple Sprinkle
  • 1 Tablespoon butter, melted


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.  Lightly grease 12 muffin cups, or line with muffin papers.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together 1 1/2 cups flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. In another bowl, beat together bananas, lemon juice, lemon flavoring, sugar, egg.
  3.  Stir the banana mixture into the flour mixture just until moistened. Spoon batter into prepared muffin cups.
  4. In a small bowl, mix together brown sugar, 2 tablespoons flour, cinnamon and melted butter. Stir until mixture resembles coarse cornmeal. Sprinkle topping over muffins.
  5. Bake in preheated oven for 18 to 20 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into center of a muffin comes out clean.

This is just one of many delicious recipes I’ll be making with my Pampered Chef pantry items!

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Classic Apple Pecan Crisp

Posted on 19 September 2009 by noelskitchen

Fast Cooking Recipes For Family

It was also baking day. He loved seeing his mother bent over the enormous kitchen table, elbow-deep in dough, moving to the measured rhythm of making bread…Before, in times of plenty, she had put aside a bit of dough, added milk, eggs, and cinnamon, and made buns that were stored in a tin-one for each child for each day of the week. ~Isabel allende, Eva Luna, 1988

Of all the foods that spur memories of childhood for me, few are as instantly memorable as old-fashioned classic desserts. Apple pies were an all time classic in our household. 

I read somewhere as I was researching in one of my books, the author describes that a friend was telling her a story of how she had watched her grandmother prepare a favorite fruitcake many times and wanted to try making it herself. When it came to add the flour, she put in a cupful, just as her grandmother told her to do. When she tried to re-create the recipe, the cake was a failure. When she asked her grandmother why, the older woman opened her cupboard and pulled out an old cracked tea cup. “A cupful, yes-but it has to be this cup!” How many times has this scenario happened to all of us in the kitchen?

Think of a recipe as a trusted guide, it can tell you only so much. If your trying out a new dessert recipe, trust your instincts. If it doesn’t turn out exactly like it says, don’t worry, your oven may be off; temperature may need a slight adjustment. Your apples may be larger, smaller, tarter or drier. Trust your instincts. Experiment with a different fruit, another spice, a different crust, a different topping.

Cooking, after all, should be a great adventure. Recipes are only a guiding tool. One recipe is created and another one is created using a personal touch.

The following dessert recipe has been created over and over again. This dessert is very yummy and a perfect treat for the family or your guests. It is also a very economical dessert and won’t cause a pinch in your budget.

Apple Crisp Deep Covered Baker

Classic  Apple Pecan Crisp


5-6 Granny Smith Apples (can substitute with your choice of apple)
1 package (9 ounces) yellow cake mix
1-2 Tablespoons sugar (adjust sugar depending on sweetness of apples)
1 Tablesppon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 cup butter or margarine, melted
1/2 cup chopped pecans (or your choice of nuts)
Vanilla ice cream or whipped topping

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Peel, core and slice apples. Place apples in bottom of baking dish.
2. In a bowl, combine cake mix, sugar, cinnamon, cloves, vanilla and butter. Mix until crumbly. Sprinkle mixture evenly over apples. Chop pecans and sprinkle over the top of mixture.
3. Bake 35-40 minutes or until apples are tender. Serve warm with ice cream or whipped topping if desired.
Yield: 10 servings
This is a very versatile dessert. Apples may be substituted for blueberries, cherries, pears or peaches. *Pictures show pecans omitted from ingredients.

 Apple Crisp Slice


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