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November 26, 2009

Apple Sweet Potato Bake


Here's a little something I'd like to share from our Thanksgiving table to yours.  I hope everyone is having an especially blessed holiday with family and friends.  Before I post this recipe, though, I'd like to say "Thank you" to all my readers, for making this past year so very special to me.  You have added an element of joy to my life that is important to me.  You have let me share my life without judgment.  You have offered your friendship, compassion, prayers, advice, humor, and more.  You have even opened up about your own lives and shared your life experiences with me and I have learned a great deal from your emails and your comments. 

For all that you have given to me this past year, I want to say "Thank you."  You have all been a blessing in my life and enriched it greatly.  You have made me stronger.  I never imagined that when I started this blog, so that I could share pictures, stories, daily happenings, recipes, home & garden disasters and successes, pride in my children, and homeschooling tips with my family and many friends from coast-to-coast, that I would pick up so many more along the way.  Thanks for taking the time to read my story, laugh a little, cry a little, snicker, shake your head, shake your finger, and pray a little too.  This blog has never just been about me and I never intended it to be.  I've always been about the sharing - not just my life, but things I've come across that I thought would be important to you too.  Have a blessed Thanksgiving!  Now, on with this great recipe ...

I am always looking for a great Sweet Potato recipe, and I like to change it up a bit every Thanksgiving.  I came across this one in the healthy cooking section of WebMD, and since our family is having to change our eating habits - Big Bear and I both could stand to eat healthier, my mother just discovered she has Diabetes, and I want to teach the children good eating habits while they are young - it's as good a time as any to start looking for healthy recipes.

Apple Sweet Potato Bake! Yum

AppleSweetPotatoBakeSweet potatoes have all three of these antioxidants: vitamins A, C, and E! And they are the star ingredient in this side dish. You can make this recipe without peeling the sweet potatoes or the apples. Peel or don't peel, it's up to you.


5 cups thinly sliced sweet potatoes (or yams), about 1 1/2 sweet potatoes
2 cups thinly sliced apples, such as pippin or Granny Smith (about 2 small)
1/4 cup dark brown sugar, packed
2 tablespoons reduced-calorie pancake syrup
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 cup apple juice or orange juice
1/4 cup walnut pieces or chopped walnuts


1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

2. In a large bowl, toss the sweet potatoes, apple slices, and brown sugar together. Spoon into a 9x9-inch or similar-sized baking dish.

3. In a small bowl, blend syrup with cinnamon. Stir in the apple juice. Pour evenly over sweet potato mixture. Sprinkle walnuts over the top.

4. Cover baking dish with lid or foil and bake for 30 minutes. Remove foil and bake about 15 minutes longer (or until apple and sweet potatoes are cooked throughout).

Makes about 6 servings.

Nutritional Information:

Per serving: 128 calories, 2 g protein, 24 g carbohydrate, 3 g fat (0.2 g saturated fat, 0.7 g monounsaturated fat, 2 g polyunsaturated fat), 0 mg cholesterol, 2.2 g fiber, 24 mg sodium. Calories from fat: 21%.

Enjoy!  Then kick your feet up, talk, laugh, play games, and watch television with family and friends, it's a wonderful day!

Happy Thanksgiving!


November 20, 2009

Apple Cranberry Streusel Pie


Just in time for Thanksgiving.  Have you put your menu together yet for the holidays?  Well, Beth has a great addition to your holiday desert menu - Apple Cranberry Streusel Pie, and it sure looks delicious.  

les ingr√©dients:  (I think a bit of my daughter's French class is rubbing off on me)


1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
4 Tbs. cold butter


1/3 cup white sugar
2 Tbs. flour
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. cardamom
2 tsp. lemon juice
1/3 cup dried cranberries (if you have fresh and want to use them, go right ahead!)
8 or 9 apples (2 1/2" small size)

1 frozen deep dish pie crust shell OR make your own!
1 Tbs. butter


Prepare the streusel topping by combining the brown sugar, flour, walnuts and butter. Use a pastry cutter or your hands to mix the streusel into a crumbly mixture. Set aside.


Peel and thinly slice the apples. Place in a large bowl and add the white sugar, flour, cinnamon, cardamom, lemon juice and cranberries. Stir to coat evenly. Pour this mixture into the deep dish pie crust, packing it down a bit as you go.  Listen, if you want to make your own crust, knock your socks off. I just never met a frozen pie crust that I didn't love! Pile the mixture a little higher in the middle. Top evenly with the streusel, packing it down well. Dot with the Tbs. of butter. Place on a baking sheet and bake in a 350 degree preheated oven for about 50 to 55 minutes. Remove to a rack and let it cool before slicing.

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Beth - this sure would taste good for breakfast, what do ya think?  Thanks for the great recipe! 

- Susan

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