Fall is my all time FAVORITE season! We have several apple trees and this year, the Macintosh tree was loaded! I love picking an apple right from the tree and biting into while it’s still a little warm from the sun. Mmmmm! And, my son loves to grab an apple off the tree when he gets home from school — it’s a perfect snack!
I also love baking and cooking with apples. Some of my favorites are Apple Bundles, Apple Cake and Apple-Cranberry Fruit Salad. But nothing says fall like a pan full of warm apple crisp! And, my mother found this great recipe that I wanted to share with you!
One night (very, very late at night), as I was wandering around cyber-space, I came across a recipe for this Cinnamon French Toast Bake. And, just like going to the grocery store on an empty stomach, you shouldn’t wander around cooking blogs on an empty stomach either! I found myself bookmarking LOTS of recipes!
A few weeks ago, I featured this recipe a homemade version of my FAVORITE Girl Scout cookies….Samoas! They looked so good that I just had to make them! I mean, what’s not to love? Chocolate? Coconut? Caramel? Shortbread? And, put it all together and you’ve got one super, duper yummy cookie! Every year, when the neighborhood girls camp out in front of the grocery store, I have to buy a box. And then…I hide it! I want them all to myself! And, I know it sounds silly, but I ration them. I want to extend the bliss as long as possible.
A few weeks ago, I featured Crock Pot Chicken Parm by The Rickett Chronicles on my weekly recipe and craft linky — It’s a Keeper Thursday. Nestled inside her recipe for Chicken Parmesan, was another recipe for Roasted Roma Tomatoes. And, since I was already planning on roasting some green beans for Parmesan Roasted Green Beans (are you noticing a theme here?!?), I thought why not give the tomatoes a try too!
A few weeks ago, I featured Crock Pot Chicken Parm by The Rickett Chronicles on my weekly recipe and craft linky — It’s a Keeper Thursday. It looked so good and I’m a sucker for a new slow cooker recipe! I’m determined to build up a good stock of delicious recipes that use Big Red (my slow cooker).
For my son’s birthday, we usually end up having two parties — one for his friends and one for the family. I just can rationalize dragging my 90-year old grandparents to a bowling alley with a gaggle of 5 year olds! I’ve started dubbing the family party, the “after-party”! I usually keep it pretty simple — pizza, a few appetizers and cake (of course).
The other day, I stopped by my in-laws to pick up my son after work. My MIL (mother-in-law), gave me a piece of cake to try. “It’s a recipe I found in the paper today,” she said. Our local newspaper, The Scranton Times Tribune, has a weekly feature where they select two recipes to showcase in Wednesday’s edition. About a year ago, I was lucky enough to be selected and have my recipe for Braciole featured! It was quite exciting — my 15 seconds of “fame”!
One night, we had dinner at my Uncle Carmen’s house and he made THE BEST roasted vegetables. I couldn’t get enough. I had seconds…and then I had thirds! They were THAT good! Uncle Carmen and I are both lovers of all things food. We talk about recipes and cooking and techniques. He’s a great cook and we are always swapping recipes. So, I managed to get his recipe for these heavenly vegetables and now I’m going to share it with you!
Hi! I'm Christina, the chief cook and bottle washer at It's a Keeper. I love to cook and am a self proclaimed recipe hoarder who reads cook books cover to cover like most people read a juicy novel. Join me as I cook and bake my way through the pile of recipes that I've collected. Read more.
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