March 27, 2019

Slow cooker cinnamon carrot applesauce

This slow cooker cinnamon carrot applesauce is an easy and tasty side dish for all ages, but also a great purée for babies and snack for toddlers. My toddlers are 2.5 now and they still like to eat things like pouches and they love applesauce. I asked in my Baby & Toddler Food Recipe Share group recently what kind of recipes people are looking for and they said recipes sneaking in vegetables. I'm not above vegetable sneaking by any means, I add them to breads and muffins, pancakes, meatballs and meatloaf, smoothies, and more. But, we also offer vegetables every day so that our kids get used to their true flavors, appearances, textures, smells, etc. If I can get my kids to eat a few extra vegetables without any effort, that's great, too! This applesauce is a great way to do that. The carrots are sweet and the cinnamon adds a very slight warmth to the sauce. I like to make this in my slow cooker because it's simple and hands off during cooking time. This recipe will make approximately 1.5 pints and is easily doubled if you want to make more. You can freeze it for later use. I like to freeze some in single serve containers I have left from making baby food. I'll pull a couple out of the freezer and place them in the fridge in the evening for the next day. I also store some in a container in the refrigerator for a few days for a quick snack or dinner side.

March 22, 2019

40+ Maple Recipes for Maple Season

Maple syrup and maple sugar are delicious ways to add sweetness to so many dishes. Both sweet and savory dishes can be made using the sweetness of maple.

We are continuing to celebrate maple season on the blog with this round-up of recipes featuring pure maple syrup and/or maple sugar. You'll find sweet and savory uses for maple including breakfasts, snacks and drinks, side dishes and salads, main dishes, and desserts all highlighting the deliciousness of pure maple! Many thanks to all the bloggers who contributed these yummy and creative recipes.

Some of my husband's family members run a small maple operation so we are able to help in the process and also have a local supplier of wonderful NYS maple syrup that we enjoy throughout the year. Even the kids have been going over to help since they were just a year old.

Keep reading for lots of great maple recipe ideas.

March 19, 2019

Glazed cinnamon maple syrup bread

Sliced loaf of bread

Pure maple syrup and cinnamon are combined in this loaf of quick bread for a terrific maple season snack! Then it's topped with a maple syrup and cinnamon glaze for an extra special treat.

I know most people associate maple with autumn, but the fact is is that it is maple season right now! Sap is starting to run and maple syrup producers are hard at work. Maple syrup production is big around here in western New York and we even have relatives who make syrup! Maple syrup is really one of the first signs of spring in regions where maple syrup production occurs. Needless to say, we love real maple syrup and I use it quite frequently in my cooking and baking.

I decided to make this bread for a weekend treat recently. My kids helped make it and we all enjoyed eating it. It has a light maple flavor, which can be increased if you use a little maple extract. It is a lovely snack with a hot beverage or to go along with your breakfast. We love maple syrup for topping pancakes, waffles, etc. as well, of course.

Check out this round-up of pancake recipes as well as all the pancakes recipes I've made in the past for lots of ways to enjoy maple syrup. I also have this round-up of more than 40 sweet and savory maple recipes.

Whole loaf of finished bread

March 15, 2019

25 Pancake Recipes to Celebrate Maple Season

Photos from Savory Moments, That Recipe, and The Spiffy Cookie.

Maple season is here in the western New York region! We are big maple fans in our house and every year there are many maple harvest festivals and pancake breakfasts in March to celebrate maple season. This year I'm celebrating with two round-up posts and the first one is this collection of pancake recipes that are just begging to be eaten with a generous drizzle of pure maple syrup!  Take a look at these 25 pancake recipes from my blog and some of my blogging friends! There are so many creative ways to enjoy pancakes and maple syrup.

March 14, 2019

Carrot pie

Carrot pie is similar to pumpkin or sweet potato pie in texture and methods, but made with carrots and a slightly different spice profile. Carrot pie is a perfect spring time dessert and I'm sure the Easter Bunny will agree (but it's great for fall harvest as well, or anytime really, because pie). Today is Pi(e) Day and I'm celebrating with some of my fellow food blogging friends (check out all the other pie recipes the the bottom of this post)! My readers know my extensive love of pie, so of course I couldn't pass up participating in today's Pi(e) Day event! I've been wanting to add carrot pie to my pie recipe collection for quite some time. It's a delicious and colorful dessert that is sure to surprise your family and friends if they've never enjoyed a slice of sweet carrot pie before. I love trying all kinds of pies and this one is sure to be a family favorite.

March 5, 2019

Cheese Doodle chicken tenders

Chicken tenders coated with crushed up cheese doodles are baked until golden and yummy! Did you know it's National Cheese Doodle Day?? I feel like I'm stepping a bit outside of the box today by participating with some of my fellow Festive Foodies to create a recipe celebrating these famous snacks! I've been trying to focus on more family friendly recipes lately so when I saw this event, I immediately wanted to participate and make chicken. I have to say that it was a huge hit here, even with my one toddler who is not a generally a meat fan. We ate them all! These chicken tenders are such a fun meal, especially for kids. I served these chicken tenders with barbecue sauce for dipping, a side of sweet potato fries, and a side of buttered corn and all the plates were cleaned! This is a huge win in my mom book. So grab a bag of cheese doodles (or any cheese puffs), get some sticky orange fingers, and make a batch of these for a fun dinner soon. This recipe will serve about 4 people with sides.