When I think about time at my grandma’s house growing up, I think about THIS amazing recipe! This quick and easy apple butter recipe tastes delicious and your house will smell ridiculously good while it’s simmering. I made it on a Sunday afternoon and it made my house feel so cozy and happy. When my Nanna emailed it to me, she mentioned that you could also cook this in the crock pot. I went ahead and did it on the stove but it would be really easy to throw all the ingredients in the crock pot. When I was making this (for the first time!) I peeled alllllllll those apple. It honestly didn’t take that long, but I realized you could totally skip this step since you are going to puree everything anyway. Although if you need some time with your thoughts, peeling apples is a nice way to do it. I had no idea what “cooking apples” were but a quick google search gave us a list and we used Honeycrisp apples!…
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Did that title get your attention? What if I told you these cupcakes were also the easiest recipe you’ve ever seen? I didn’t come up with this recipe, it’s actually a classic! You only need TWO ingredients to make these super yummy, soft and fluffy, chocolate cupcakes. One box of chocolate cake mix and one 12 oz can of Coca-Cola®! …
Today we are celebrating the first of TWO Thanksgiving dinners this year! We usually divide our holidays and spend Christmas with one family then Thanksgiving with the other. Unfortunately, we are missing Christmas this year because we will be in CHINA for a MONTH! We are getting in as much family time as we can this week, before we head back to Houston and prepare to be abroad for several weeks.
We’ve spent the first half of this week with Eric’s family and my mother in law shared this pumpkin bread recipe with me. While baking, we realized she was out of oil so we substituted the oil with applesauce. TADA! Now it’s a healthier pumpkin bread 😉 She’s had this recipe for years: she and a friend would share recipes and baked goods each year as Christmas gifts for each other. What a yummy present! A gift that keeps giving because 20 years later she’s still sharing the recipe!
I may be a bit biased, but I think my Nana is the best cook! She makes the tastiest ribs and Thanksgiving turkey but my favorite is when she bakes. She makes these really delicious peanut butter balls (we only get those at Christmas) and her magic bars are A-MAZ-ING. I got a pleasant surprise last week when she emailed me her Triple Chocolate Cake recipe. This was quite a change from her typical repertoire of “RE: Fwd: Fwd:” messages and political ramblings (Nana is very opinionated – wonder where I got it from???) This cake is SUPER rich and definitely doesn’t fall in the “healthy” category, but if you love chocolate as much as I do you are going to gobble this up. The 3 parts are: the cake (with one special ingredient that makes the texture perfect), the streusel filling, and the glaze. Allow yourself about 2 hours start to finish but most of that time is the baking time. I served this to our small group last Wednesday and to my coworkers and it was met with rave reviews. Next time you have a chocolate craving or need something fancy to impress your dinner guests, try my Nana’s Triple Chocolate Cake.
- 1 Chocolate Cake Mix
- 1 pkg. Chocolate Instant Pudding
- 1/2 cup Oil
- 1 cup Water
- 4 Eggs
- 1/2 cup Brown Sugar
- 1/4 cup Flour
- 1/4 cup Coconut Shavings
- 2 tbsp Cocoa
- 2 tbsp Butter
- 3 tbsp Cocoa
- 2 tbsp Butter
- Confectioners Sugar
- Preheat oven to 375
- Grease and flour pan. You can use a tube pan or bundt pan.
- Mix cake mix, pudding mix, oil, water, and eggs. Do not over mix.
- Mix the streusel in a separate bowl: brown sugar, flour, coconut, cocoa, and melted butter. The streusel will be a bit thick and chunky but keep stirring until it's all mixed together.
- Spread 3/4 of the cake batter in a pan then sprinkle in the streusel.
- Top with remaining cake batter.
- Bake 40-50 min.
- Cool right side up for 25 minute.
- Remove and glaze.
- Add 2 tablespoons butter to a saucepan. Stir until butter is melted and add in the cocoa (do not overcook). Keep stirring until it's completely melted and don't let it burn! Remove from heat and mix in confectioners sugar and milk until you have the quantity and consistency to glaze the cake.