DIY Fried Apples (Cracker Barrel Version)

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Stewed apples, fried apples, do I need to say more? Perhaps the only 100 % kid loving recipe. My kiddos think it’s dessert at breakfast. I usually double this recipe and serve it as a side (with my substitute version) at breakfast. Whatever is left over, I run it through a food processor or mash up with a potato masher. It then goes into snack, depending on how much is left. It works great in breakfast muffins, mini apple pie pockets, in a pancake batter in the electric mini donate maker, glazed turnovers for a special occasion, or just as a topping.

~With an iron skillet or fry pan, warm 3 Tablespoons of butter over medium heat. Cut into wedges and cored, slice and add 4 medium apples (Golden delicious works the best.)

~Add 1/4 Cup sugar, 2 Tablespoons of dark brown sugar, 1 teaspoon of cinnamon, and 1/4 teaspoon of nutmeg. Stir until everything is evenly coated and warm. Cover and cook for about 12 minutes or until the apples are soft. Transfer to the serving dish and cover to keep warm.

~In a cup, beat 1/2 Cup of apple cider and 1 Tablespoon of corn starch. Over medium high heat whisk in the same skillet as previous. Stir constantly to blend and thicken aft 1 minute of simmering. Pour mixture over the apples and serve. (This recipe is lovely on vanilla ice cream as well!)

Happy homemaking! Enjoy!!!

DIY Southern Sweet Tea!

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There is nothing better than a tall glass of Sweet Tea on a Hot Summer Day! After the guys come in from working hard, they love to sit down and have a nice glass of icy cold sweet tea. Here is a favorite base recipe for

Southern Sweet Tea:

~Place 4 Lipton Family Size Tea Bags in a large pitcher. Pour 4 Cups of boiling hot water over-top of the tea bags.

~Stir in 2 Cups of Sugar. Stir until dissolved. Let sit for 30 minutes.

~Add 12 Cups of Cold Water to make a full gallon of sweet tea. Stir again. Chill in refrigerator.

~Serve over a tall glass of ice. Enjoy!

**Honey, fresh lemon wedges or dehydrated orange rings make nice additions too. Happy Homemaking!

10 Ways to Save Time

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10 Ways to Save Time in Your Daily Routine Each Day!

Each day seems to speed by faster and faster. What if you were told there was a way you could have more time? Not that 24 hours will extend to 25 or 30 for that matter. However, what if you could squeeze an extra 30 minutes minimum out of each day. That add us to 3.5 hours a week or 182.5 hours a year. That means by just doing a few things each day on purpose you would reserve just over a week in time. Amazing! Check them out…

10. Meal prep or Make ahead meals

9. Make ahead breakfasts that only need to be warmed or switch to a cold breakfast like yogurt, granola or fruit & oatmeal jars, etc.

8. Delegate jobs (even if it is just pulling clothes out of the dryer into the basket). If someone else can take on a simple 5 minute job while you accomplish a different job, it save you time.

7. Limit Distractions. Instead of running up and down the stairs in the morning getting ready, have stuff laid out, backpacks ready to go, coats and shoes by the door, lunches packed or quick reach in the fridge and pack, breakfast supplies already on the table, etc.

6. Prep for the week on Sundays.  Clothes, meals, bath/shower schedule, errands, etc.

5. Say NO to something.  Be sure to not overload your schedule, it’s okay to say no. It is better to do a handful of things at your best than to take on every task and be & look disorganized or worse yet, like you don’t care enough to invest real time into it.

4. Check inventory.  Less trips to the store or gas station each week not only saves you money, but sometimes large chunks of your time.

3. Plan events, birthdays, gifts, and/or cards monthly.  Get ahead on special dates and occasions.

2. Time yourself.  As detailed as it is, when you are really trying to crunch your time, you’ll be surprised how much time you can shave off on your daily routine by simply racing the clock.  How long to get ready in the morning, your record shower & bathroom routine, perhaps your dinner cleanup, etc.  As specific as it seems, it does help you shave off a few minutes here and there.  That will add up over your weekly routine, allowing more time for your loved ones or relaxation.

1. A journal.  Either a detail of things that work or a simple outline of quick yearly routines can also shave time.  Although I journal, it is not for this reason.  I enjoy journalling and then I say keep info sheets.  By that I mean a laminated 3 week menu rotations with the shopping list on the back, or a special notebook section of dinners that take less that 15 minutes of prep to through in the crockpot or instapot.  These I considered treasures and can be found in a special section in my HOME BINDER.  

These tips are sure to get your mind juggling ideas of how to save more time each day!

Quick & Tasty Egg Salad Recipe

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Egg Recipe #1

Happy chickens= a lot of eggs= egg recipes for you!

Quick Egg Salad Recipe

(That tastes great!)

~Start with 12 (1 dozen) hard boiled, peeled, rinsed and chopped hard boiled eggs.

~Add 2/3 Cup of mayonnaise and 1 teaspoon of mustard. Stir.

~Sprinkle the top with paprika, salt & pepper.

**Optional- 1 diced onion mixed in well.

Serve on bread, rolls, in pita, on crackers or on tortillas for wraps.