Rosemary Butter


  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 sprigs fresh rosemary


  1. In a saucepan over medium-low heat, add the butter and salt.
  2. Stir until butter is melting and salt dissolves, then add the rosemary.
  3. Continue cooking on low for about 10 to 12 minutes.
  4. Remove the rosemary and discard.

Serve over your steak and enjoy!

Rosemary & Garlic Roasted Potatoes


  • 1 1/2 pounds small red or white-skinned potatoes (or a mixture)
  • 1/8 cup good olive oil
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoons minced garlic (3 cloves)
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh rosemary leave


  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Cut the potatoes in half or quarters and place in a bowl with the olive oil, salt, pepper, garlic and rosemary
  3. Toss the potatoes in mixture until well coated.
  4. Put potatoes on a baking sheet and spread out into one layer
  5. Roast in the oven for at least 45 minutes to an hour or until browned and crisp
  6. Half way through, make sure to flip the potatoes over with a spatula to ensure even browning.

Apple Pecan Rolls



  • ¼ cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon apple pie spice, and additional apple pie spice for sprinkling on top of crescent rolls
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted
  • ⅓ cup chopped pecans
  • 1 small Granny Smith apple, cored and sliced into 8 slices
  • 1 (8oz) can Pillsbury Original crescent rolls



  • Preheat your oven to 375 degrees
  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • In a small bowl, combine brown sugar and apple pie spice. Set aside.
  • Melt butter and toss apple slices in butter, set aside.
  • Arrange crescent roll triangles on baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Evenly distribute brown sugar mixture onto each triangle.
  • Sprinkle each triangle evenly with the chopped pecans.
  • Place an apple slice on the wide end of each triangle. Wrap crescent roll dough around each apple.
  • Brush each crescent roll with remaining butter. Sprinkle lightly with additional apple pie spice.
  • Bake for 10-15 minutes, or until golden brown. Cool for 5 minutes before serving.

Drizzle with hot caramel sauce and enjoy!



Homemade Apple Chutney


  • 6 apples, peeled, cored and half-inch diced (I did 1/2 Granny Smith and 1/2 Gala apples)
  • 1 cup chopped yellow onion
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh ginger
  • 1 cup freshly squeezed orange juice (2 oranges)
  • 3/4 cup good cider vinegar
  • 1 cup light brown sugar, lightly packed
  • 1 teaspoon dried mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon hot red pepper flakes
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 3/4 cup raisins (OPTIONAL)


  1. Combine the apples, onion, ginger, orange juice, vinegar, brown sugar, mustard seeds, pepper flakes and salt and in a large saucepan. B
  2. ring the mixture to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally.
  3. Reduce the heat to simmer and continue cooking, stirring occasionally, for 30-45 minutes, until most of the liquid has evaporated.
  4. Take off the heat and add the raisins.

I served this for dinner with pork chops and it was amazing! Definitely a must-try recipe!

Apple Recipes

So you’re in the apple orchards all excited to go apple picking.  You give your children a bag each to fill up with all the apples they want.  You take tons of great pictures, eat an apple right off the tree and drive home drinking apple cider you just bought feeling like the greatest mom for proving your children with such a great day.  Now you’re home with bags of apples and no idea what you are going to do it all!  Well, don’t worry.  Below are some great and super easy apple recipes that you and your kids can do together. Happy Fall!

Simply Delicious Apple Crisp Recipe


  • 1  and 1/4 cup of flour
  • 1 cup of granulated sugar
  • 1/2 tablespoon of ground cinnamon
  • 1 and 1/2 stick of unsalted butter (room temperature)
  • 6 apples peeled and cubed


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees
  2. Combine flour, sugar and cinnamon
  3. Blend in butter until mixture is crumbly
  4. Place the apples on the bottom of a large baking dish
  5. Generously sprinkle the top with the crumb mixture.
  6. Bake for 1 hour
  7. Let cool for 5 minutes before serving

Serve warm with a scoop of vanilla, cinnamon or caramel flavored ice cream.


Apple Cinnamon Waffles

Great recipe to give your waffles a homemade taste without all the extra work!


  • 2 cups of waffle mix
  • 1 and 1/2 cup of water
  • 1/3 cup of vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup of Homemade Applesauce
  • 1 tablespoon of ground cinnamon


  1. Warm waffle iron
  2. Mix all ingredients in a bowl until smooth
  3. Let the mix sit for about 5-10 minutes to let it thick
  4. Pour mix into waffle iron and cook until your desire level of crispiness

To make it even more special, you can serve with caramelized apples and maple syrup.  Enjoy!


Simply Homemade Applesauce


  1. Peel, core and cut apples into small cubes
  2. Place slices or chunks into a pan with just enough water to slightly cover apples and boil/steam until tender; be sure to check on the water level and stir.
  3. Drain into a bowl
  4. You can either mash up the apples or put in a mixer to puree until smooth

Serve as desired.  Enjoy!


Pita Pizza Recipe

I got this recipe from my mother in law. She used to make pita pizzas for me during my maternity leave so this recipe brings back special memories. My favorite part of this recipe (besides the easy clean up) is that the possibilities are endless. Serve with a salad and you have a great and super easy weeknight dinner!


  • Pita Bread (I use the whole wheat only because I love the hearty taste of whole wheat)
  • 1 can of Pizza Sauce (My favorite is Don Pepino’s Pizza Sauce)
  • Mozzarella Cheese (Fresh is always best but any type will do)
  • Italian Seasoning


  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees
  2. Place pita bread on a baking sheet.
  3. Add 2-3 tablespoons of pizza sauce on the pita bread.
  4. Generously cover pita bread with mozzarella cheese.
  5. Sprinkle 1/4 teaspoon of Italian Seasoning on top.
  6. Place pita pizzas in oven for 15-20 minutes depending on your oven.  (You know it’s done when the cheese starts bubbling.)

Buffalo Chicken Pita Pizza: Toss cooked shredded chicken (I always use any leftover chicken from the night before) in Frank’s Red Hot Sauce and place on top of pita before placing in oven.

Tomato and Basil Pita Pizza: Slice one small tomato and add fresh basil and place on top of pita before placing in oven. Once the pita pizza is done, you can add more fresh basil on top to garnish.

Pepperoni Pita Pizza: Place pepperoni on top of pita. You can add chopped white onions and peppers as well depending on your preference.

As you can see, the possibilities are endless!  You can even have your kids help and select their own toppings for a truly personalized meal.

Please share with me how you personalized your own pita pizza.

I would love to hear from you!


Frank’s Red Hot Buffalo Chicken Dip

Now that’s it’s officially Football season, this quick and easy dip will sure to be a crowd pleaser!  I always get asked for this recipe and once you try it, you’ll know why; it’s delicious!

  • 2 cups shredded cooked chicken
  • 1 (8 oz. pkg.) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup FRANK’S® RedHot® Original Cayenne Pepper Sauce or FRANK’S RedHot® Buffalo Wings Sauce
  • 1/2 cup blue cheese or ranch dressing
  • 1/2 cup crumbled bleu cheese or your favorite shredded cheese


  • PREHEAT oven to 350°F.
  • COMBINE all ingredients and spoon into shallow 1-quart baking dish.
  • BAKE 20 minutes or until mixture is heated through; stir.
  • Serve with chips and/or vegetables.


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