October apple crisp in a slow cooker

Fall is here in Michigan, which allows me to welcome back my slow cooker for everyday recipes.  I have two different Cuisinart cookers, as they accommodate different recipes throughout the year. The multi-cooker is a larger version of the traditional slow cooker. This recipe makes about eight small servings of apple crisp and I was…

crock pot ginger apple crumble

Warm fruit desserts are perfect for Fall entertaining and enjoyment.  And, making them in a slow cooker is just so easy.  This recipe comes together in about 10 minutes, but cooks very slowly on low for 6 hours. Served with either whipped cream or a scoop of vanilla ice cream makes this ginger apple sensation…

All kinds of apples

Apples are everywhere.  The season was perfect again for a great harvest in Michigan.  We usually take a trip to several apple farms during apple season in September and October.  I love to see baskets of fresh apples and plan my apple desserts for the coming weeks. We took a trip just before the weekend…

Mini Hand Pies

Fall is here.  Today it is has been raining in Midland, Michigan.  So I came across a recipe that I had wanted to share that was very easy and fun to make.  This recipe for mini hand pies can be adapted to the flavor profile of choice.  This was a recipe I made back in…

Fall Rice Krispie treats

School is back in session.  Labor Day is past, and it is time to celebrate with the ever popular Rice Krispie Treats.  I have made a couple of different versions of these over the years, and this one seems to be my favorite now. I used Fall sprinkles to decorate the treats this week.  And,…

Fall garden clean up time

Today feels like Fall in Michigan.  The cooler temperatures have been here for a few days now in Midland, and I am going to be spending the next few days cleaning up my garden beds. I have Hosta to divide and perennials to prune back.  I have begun to harvest my herbs and feel like…

I love Fall

We were out-of-town for five days, and when we returned home I realized just how many leaves had been falling. Our yard is fortunate to have many tall trees which produce colorful fall leaves. The maples are especially beautiful, along with the other foundation plants in my yard. We have five burning bushes in the…

trip to a cider mill

Two weekends ago, we stopped at a cider mill in Fenton, Michigan.  The historic Parshallville Cider Mill is a 136 year old grist mill on the North Ore Creek in Livingston County. It is one of the few water powered mills left in Michigan today. Formerly, it was a flour mill for Success flour. Today,…

old fashioned chili mac

Growing up in the sixties, I remember my family serving this budget-friendly dish.  I think it was a favorite back then, and could be a great one to serve at those fall sports parties.  This is one that the men seem to love.  It is easy and can even be transported in a slow cooker…

autumn equinox at Dahlia Hill

One weekend ago, we celebrated the autumn equinox at Dahlia Hill in Midland, MI.  This garden is unlike any other garden. Nearly 3000 individual tubers are planted each Spring, which begin to bloom in July, continuing until the first frost.  Over 250 varieties of dahlias are planted by volunteers in eight terraced garden levels.  …

Watering shrubs during the Fall: fireman style hose nozzle

During the past few weeks, I have been working on the traditional fall clean-up required to put my perennial and vegetable gardens to bed.  A couple of weeks ago, I began with pulling up my tomato, pea and pepper plants. Next, I continued to weed all of the beds and remove excess debris. I have…

twice baked potato casserole

The chill is in the air.  Potato season is back.  Some of the best comfort foods feature potatoes, and this recipe should be classified as an all-time comfort food recipe.  It comes from Gooseberry Patch, which is a collection of recipes from home cooks around the country featured into categorized recipe books. Twice baked potatoes…