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Crockpot Cranberry Applesauce

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We have been studying apples in our Pre-K homeschool lessons. Today we all got involved in a fun cooking project that tied in perfectly! After playing a game of “Pass The Apple” (hot potato only with an apple) some fresh warm applesauce did the trick as a great snack!

The kiddos all got to help and the olders can follow this recipe almost by themselves!

Crockpot Cranberry Applesauce

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The hardest part about making anything apples is the peeling, coring and slicing. However, with this gizzmo…Victorio VKP1010 Apple and Potato Peeler, Suction Base. It was fast and easy!!!!!

You don’t have to be a super hero to peel apples, but it sure helps! haha

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Plus it made the apples fun to play with!

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Ingredients:

4 lb apples – peeled, cored & sliced

1/2 c. sugar

1/2 t. cinnamon

1/8 t. ground cloves

1 c. no sugar added cranberry juice

1 t. lemon juice

Peel, core, and slice apples.

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Mix apples with spices and sugar. Place in crockpot. Pour cranberry juice and lemon juice over apple mixture.

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Put lid on crockpot and set to high. Leave for 3-4 hrs, stirring occasionally.

Smash cooked apples and enjoy!

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Sweet Potatoes and MARSHMALLOWS!

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Remember the yummy ham recipe I shared with you last week? I mentioned something about sweet potatoes and marshmallows! Well today is your lucky day because that is the recipe that I’m sharing with you!

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Boil sweet potatoes just until skins start to peel. Do not boil them until they are fork tender, you will just end up with mush!

Drain and let cool until you can safely handle or just burn your finger prints off like i do haha

Slice potatoes in half lengthwise.

Melt 1 stick of butter in oven safe dish. Place sliced potatoes on top of butter and dot with a few pads of additional butter. Sprinkle with a thick layer of brown sugar and bake at 350 degrees for 30 min or until tender.

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Remove from oven and sprinkle on a layer of mini marshmallows. Return to oven for 10-15 min or until marshmallows are toasted and gooey!

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Crockpot Pineapple Glaze Ham

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Ham…It’s what’s for dinner!

I am in a super fall mood! Trying to hold off a little longer before I over the house in fake leaves and scarecrows, but that doesn’t mean I can fix some fall favorite foods!

One of my Hubby’s favorite fall foods is ham with pineapple and brown sugar glaze. Pair it with some butter fried sweet potatoes and mini marshmallows and he is in food heaven!

Since it still is a little hot outside (not saying that it is because it is still summer) I decided to tweak the recipe for the crockpot to avoid working the ac and heating up the house.

Here is the how to…

Ingredients:

3-5 lb Cured Ham Roast or  Cured Ham Steaks

1 reg can of Pineapple slices with juice

3/4 c. Brown Sugar

1/2 t. ground clove

1/2 t. fresh ginger – grated (or ground ginger)

Place ham in preheated crockpot. (Always pre-heat crockpot for food safety temps) Mix together juice from pineapple, brown sugar, clove and ginger. Pour mixture over ham. Top with pineapple slices. Keep crockpot on high for 3-4 hrs or on low for 4-6 hours. Ham will become tender and sweet!