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My 2nd Pregnancy Essentials…

My 2nd Pregnancy Essentials…

I am 38/39 and currently pregnant with my second baby. This post will be on ongoing list of things I use/used during my pregnancy….and no particular order other than I attempted to sort by trimester. First Trimester Second Trimester

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Apple Crisp

Apple Crisp

This recipe is a hybrid from Karrie at HappyMoneySaver.com and The Chunky Chef. I liked the easy of baking from one and I liked the crisp ingredients from another. This recipe can be easily multiplied for batch baking, and also freezes really well!

Ingredients:

1 cup brown sugar

3/4 cup old fashioned oats

3/4 cup all purpose flour

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

1/2 cup of melted butter

3 cups of apples peeled and sliced (I like varieties like golden delicious, pink lady, honey crisp, or granny smith)

Instructions:

Preheat your oven to 350 F. Lightly grease or spray an 8 x 8 pan.

In a bowl add all the ingredients except the apples, and mix to combine. Set aside.

Thinly slice and peel your apples. Place apple slices in a big bowl of cold water with 2 teaspoons of lemon juice added to prevent browning.

Place well drained apple slices into the greased pan, and load on the topping (it might mound over the pan, which is OK it will bake down).

Bake uncovered 30-40 minutes, until crisp topping is golden brown. Let cool 5 minutes before dishing up with some vanilla ice cream or whipped cream.

Notes:

This recipe freezes WONDERFULLY. Before baking the crisp cover tightly with plastic wrap, and a layer of foil. The frozen, unbaked crisp will freeze for about 3 months.

To bake from frozen; place frozen crisp with a layer of foil (remove plastic wrap) into a 350 F oven for 20 minutes. Then remove the foil and bake for an additional 30-40 minutes or until crisp topping is golden brown. Let cool 5 minutes before dishing up with some vanilla ice cream or whipped cream.

Pumpkin Pie [Large Batch]

Pumpkin Pie [Large Batch]

This recipe originally came from the back of a can of Libby’s amazing pumpkin puree and I have made it my own over the years. Ingredients: 1 1/2 cups brown sugar 2 teaspoons of pumpkin pie spice 1 teaspoon salt 8 large eggs 2 cans…

Lois’ Sugar Cookies

Lois’ Sugar Cookies

This is the sugar cookie recipe my Mom always used! She thinks the recipe is originally from the back of a box of cookie cutters from the 1980s, but not totally sure. These cookies taste great, and hold their shape! Ingredients: 2 3/4 cups All…

2021 Fall Freezer Meal Friday’s Open Collab!

2021 Fall Freezer Meal Friday’s Open Collab!

I am so excited to host this collab on YouTube! I love freezer meal ideas and recipes, and I so hope fellow YouTubers decide to share with.

Pumpkin Kodiak Cake Pancakes

Pumpkin Kodiak Cake Pancakes

This is a great quick and easy way to make pumpkin pancakes at home! Ingredients: 1 cup of pumpkin puree 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice 2 cups of buttermilk Kodiak Cake brand pancake mix 1 3/4 cups of water Directions: Simply combine all the ingredients…

Pumpkin French Toast

Pumpkin French Toast

This recipes is based off of the amazing recipe in Jenna Helwig’s book “Baby-Led Feeding”, I have increased the quantities and tweaked some of the ingredients. Ingredients: 4 eggs 1 cup of pumpkin puree 1 cup of whole milk 1 1/2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice…

EASY Instant Pot Boneless Pork Butt

EASY Instant Pot Boneless Pork Butt

This recipe is so easy to throw together, and the instant pot does all the work. I love to make this in the fall for some reason, and serve with some mashed potatoes & roasted carrots. ENJOY!

Ingredients:

  • 5 pound Boneless Pork Butt
  • 1 Tablespoon neutral oil (Vegetable or avocado)
  • 1 cup Apple Cider
  • 1 small Onion, chopped
  • 1 large Carrot, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper

Directions:

  1. Click the “Saute” button on your Instant Pot, and wait until the screen says “Hot”.
  2. Cut the roast into 3-4 larger chunks (this makes it easier and quicker for the Instant Pot). Blot the meat dry with a paper towel, and season all sides with Salt and Pepper.
  3. Add the oil to the hot Instant pot, and working in batches sear the meat about 3-5 minutes a side. Remove to a plate.
  4. Add the onion and carrot to the instant pot, with the oil and any rendered pork fat. Scrape up any brown bits from the bottom of the pot with a wooden spoon.
  5. Add the apple cider, and stir to combine.
  6. Add the meat pieces to the Instant pot, trying to make sure they all touch the bottom (try not to stack).
  7. Put the lid on the Instant Pot, and set the knob to “Sealing”.
  8. Click the “Cancel” button if still on “Saute” mode, and click “Manual” button. Cook your roast 15 minutes per pound on High pressure. When done, natural pressure release for minimum 20 minutes, or longer.
  9. Remove pork from the instant pot to a plate or cutting board. Shred with two forks or slice with a knife.
  10. Pour the cooking liquid through a fat separator (there most likely is a lot of fat), add the juices without the fat back to the instant pot. You can add the shredded or sliced meat back to the instant pot to keep warm until ready to serve.
  11. Enjoy!

Lemon Yellow Cake & Lemon Buttercream

Lemon Yellow Cake & Lemon Buttercream

This recipe is based off the wonderful Starlight Yellow Cake recipe from Betty Crocker. Lemon Yellow Cake Ingredients: 1 cup all-purpose flour 3/4 cup sugar 2 Tablespoons butter, softened 2 Tablespoons vegetable oil 1/2 cup whole milk, room temperature 2 Tablespoons sour cream, room temperature…

Buttermilk Waffles

Buttermilk Waffles

This recipe is based off of the Betty Crocker Classic Pancake recipe, with a couple of my own modifications. This recipe makes about 6-8 waffles depending on your iron. Enjoy! Ingredients: 2 cups all purpose flour 2 tablespoons white sugar 2 teaspoons baking powder 1…