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Crisp Apple Pizza Bites ~ Healthy Lunch Ideas

I love it when there are tons of apples to pick from to eat! Some of my favorites are Gala, a good Fuji and my top favorite is a sweet and cold Honey Crisp apple! Throwing some Crisp Apple Pizza Bites in for a quick lunch makes for some refreshing and healthy lunch ideas.

 

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Crisp Apple Pizza Bites ~ Healthy Lunch Ideas

I am always looking for new healthy lunch ideas that are both easy and taste good.  My kids love anything to do with pizza, and these Crisp Apple Pizza Bites are one of their favorite snacks. Perfect for little hands and fun for them to make too. You can change the recipe to fit your families personal favorites but here is what we like to put on ours.

  • 1 Pink Lady apple, cored and cut into slices
  • peanut butter
  • granola
  • craisins ( dried cranberries)
  • pumpkin seeds (without the shell)
  • chocolate chips
  • Honey (optional)
Spread the peanut butter (also amazing with Almond butter) on each slice then sprinkle the toppings. Drizzle some honey for extra sweetness!  I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as my family does!

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How to make your own homemade SNOW CONES, DIY Shaved Ice just like the snow cone shack at home, great for parties

Last year I rented a snow cone machine for a big party I was doing.  I rented it for 2 days and after the rental cost and the supplies to go with it, it cost me over $100.  The kids loved it, but it was really expensive and did not really work that well. It ended up giving us crushed or chunky ice NOT SHAVED ice. This year I decided to look at how much it would be to just purchase my own machine instead of renting one year after year. There are LOTS of snow cone or shaved ice machines for sale, you can find a huge list here.  But not all of them work the same so it is hard to know which ones are worth the money.

My friend Rachelle just bought this  Zeny® Ice Shaver Machine  for her kids, and I asked her if I could see how well it worked. You just load it with ice cubes and a rotating blade shaves it and you get nice fluffy ice on the tray down below. I think if you froze ice in a cup and put a solid ice chunk in the machine it would make more consistent shaved ice. Since the ice would stay in contact with the blade. You can see how it worked in the video below.  Still not 100% like the shaved ice shack, but WAY better than the machine I rented last year. I also really like that it will not turn on till the handle is DOWN, so less chance of you getting hurt with a sharp spinning blade.


Zeny® Ice Shaver Machine Ice Crusher Electric Snow Cone Maker 304 Stainless Steel Shaving Ice 145lbs Per Hour

  • Waterproof
  • Unit shuts off when handle is up to prevent any wounds
  • Stable and heavy base
  • Sleek eye-catching shape is perfect to keep on a tabletop
  • Low maintenance very simple and convenient to operate

You can buy snow cone syrups and cups for them online, or you can use Torani syrup. You can find it at most stores but only in a few flavors, our local Cash and Carry  restaurant supply store has a HUGE selection at good prices.  So you might check local restaurant supply stores for the best deal.
How to make your own homemade SNOW CONES, DIY Shaved Ice just like the snow cone shack at home, great for parties or bbq

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baked steak fries recipe

Did you know you can make Baked Steak Fries that are both healthy and budget friendly.  All you need is McCormick Season All, Olive Oil and potatoes.

Take 3 potatoes wash them,  and cut them into wedges. Put them into a bowl, add 1 Table Spoon of oil. Mix well till coated, then sprinkle them with Season All, as little or as much as you would like.
Spread them on a baking sheet or stone and bake them at 350 degrees for 20 mins, turn wedges over and bake another 10-15 mins.This is a great side dish, My kids love them!

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Apple Pie Cinnamon Roll recipe, #Apples, #Breads, #Desserts, #CinnamonRollsApple Pie Cinnamon Rolls

This yummy comfort food will have you going back for seconds.  It happens to combine my tow favorite’s into one. This made from scratch recipe, will soon become one of your family favorites.

Ingredients:

For the dough:
1 package Active Dry Yeast (2 1/4 tsp)
1/2 cup water, lukewarm
1/2 cup + 2 tsp sugar
1/2 cup milk, lukewarm
1/3 cup butter, melted
1 egg, room temperature
2 tsp salt
4 cups all-purpose flour

For the Apple Pie Filling  ( or you can used premade canned filling) :
5-6 Medium Apples, peeled and chopped
2 Ttbsp Lemon Juice
1/2 cup Brown Sugar
1/2 cup Sugar
1/4 cup Cornstarch
1 tsp Cinnamon
1/2 tsp Nutmeg
Salt
2 cups Water
4 tbsp Butter, softened
1 cup brown sugar
2 tbsp ground cinnamon

For the Icing (Optional):
1 Cup Powdered Sugar
1 tbsp milk
1 tsp vanilla extract

Apple Pie Cinnamon Roll recipe, #Apples, #Breads, #Desserts, #CinnamonRollsDirections:

In a small bowl, stir together the yeast, water and 2 tsp sugar and let it sit until it foams up, about 10 minutes.
In a large mixing bowl add the milk, melted butter, egg, sugar, and salt and mix until well combined.
Add about half of the flour and mix until smooth then mix in the yeast mixture.
Slowly add the remaining flour until combined, if using a mixer you will have to switch to using your hands or a wooden spoon.
Remove the dough to a lightly floured surface and knead for about 5 minutes.
Put dough into a greased bowl, cover with a tea towel, and set aside to allow the dough to rise, about 2 hours.
Meanwhile Toss the apples in a large bowl with lemon juice to keep them from browning and set aside.
Pour cornstarch into a large saucepan and slowly whisk in water to prevent the cornstarch from getting lumpy.
Mix in the sugars, cinnamon, nutmeg, and a pinch of salt and bring mixture to a boil over medium-high heat.
Allow to come to a hard boil, stirring constantly for 2 minutes.
Add the apples and bring back to a boil then reduce the heat to medium low and simmer for 15 minutes or until apples soften to the desired texture.
Remove from heat and set aside.

When dough has risen punch the dough down and remove from the bowl.
Roll the dough out on a well-floured surface into roughly a 16×24 inch rectangle
Spread the softened butter over the dough.
Mix the brown sugar with the cinnamon and sprinkle evenly across the butter.
Spread the apple mixture over top of the the brown sugar.
Roll into a log, starting lengthwise; the log should end up approximately 24 inches long.
Slice evenly to create the seperate rolls.
Line a 9×13 baking pan with parchment paper and place the cinnamon rolls in the pan, making sure they are not touching.
Cover with a clean dish towel and allow the dough to double again, about 2 hours.
Preheat the oven to 375F.
Bake the rolls for about 22-25 minutes.
If a glaze is desired, mix powdered sugar, milk and vanilla together with a whisk.
Drizzle the glaze over top of the cinnamon rolls and serve.

Apple Pie Cinnamon Rolls ~ My two favorite desserts in one #Recipe
 
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Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Ingredients
  • For the dough:
  • 1 package Active Dry Yeast (2¼ tsp)
  • ½ cup water, lukewarm
  • ½ cup + 2 tsp sugar
  • ½ cup milk, lukewarm
  • ⅓ cup butter, melted
  • 1 egg, room temperature
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • For the Apple Pie Filling ( or you can used premade canned filling) :
  • 5-6 Medium Apples, peeled and chopped
  • 2 Ttbsp Lemon Juice
  • ½ cup Brown Sugar
  • ½ cup Sugar
  • ¼ cup Cornstarch
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon
  • ½ tsp Nutmeg
  • Salt
  • 2 cups Water
  • 4 tbsp Butter, softened
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp ground cinnamon
  • For the Icing (Optional):
  • 1 Cup Powdered Sugar
  • 1 tbsp milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. In a small bowl, stir together the yeast, water and 2 tsp sugar and let it sit until it foams up, about 10 minutes.
  2. In a large mixing bowl add the milk, melted butter, egg, sugar, and salt and mix until well combined.
  3. Add about half of the flour and mix until smooth then mix in the yeast mixture.
  4. Slowly add the remaining flour until combined, if using a mixer you will have to switch to using your hands or a wooden spoon.
  5. Remove the dough to a lightly floured surface and knead for about 5 minutes.
  6. Put dough into a greased bowl, cover with a tea towel, and set aside to allow the dough to rise, about 2 hours.
  7. Meanwhile Toss the apples in a large bowl with lemon juice to keep them from browning and set aside.
  8. Pour cornstarch into a large saucepan and slowly whisk in water to prevent the cornstarch from getting lumpy.
  9. Mix in the sugars, cinnamon, nutmeg, and a pinch of salt and bring mixture to a boil over medium-high heat.
  10. Allow to come to a hard boil, stirring constantly for 2 minutes.
  11. Add the apples and bring back to a boil then reduce the heat to medium low and simmer for 15 minutes or until apples soften to the desired texture.
  12. Remove from heat and set aside.
  13. When dough has risen punch the dough down and remove from the bowl.
  14. Roll the dough out on a well-floured surface into roughly a 16x24 inch rectangle
  15. Spread the softened butter over the dough.
  16. Mix the brown sugar with the cinnamon and sprinkle evenly across the butter.
  17. Spread the apple mixture over top of the the brown sugar.
  18. Roll into a log, starting lengthwise; the log should end up approximately 24 inches long.
  19. Slice evenly to create the separate rolls.
  20. Line a 9x13 baking pan with parchment paper and place the cinnamon rolls in the pan, making sure they are not touching.
  21. Cover with a clean dish towel and allow the dough to double again, about 2 hours.
  22. Preheat the oven to 375?F.
  23. Bake the rolls for about 22-25 minutes.
  24. If a glaze is desired, mix powdered sugar, milk and vanilla together with a whisk.
  25. Drizzle the glaze over top of the cinnamon rolls and serve.

 

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