Homemade Cinnamon Apples

At the request of Kristin, here is my homemade cinnamon apples recipe.

Homemade Cinnamon Apples

  • 1/2 peck Gala apples (or about 12-15)
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice

Peel and dice up the apples and throw them into the crock-pot. Add cinnamon, brown sugar and lemon juice. Mix everything together. Cook on high for about 2-3 hours, stirring every 45 minutes or so to prevent scorching. This will result in chunky apples, if you would like more of an applesauce consistency, keep cooking and stirring until the apples break down.


This is great as an oatmeal topping, on ice-cream (especially the pumpkin kind!), or just straight up (warm or cold)! They also freeze very well. I love to make a huge batch and freeze it into smaller portions to enjoy after apple season has ended.


October 20, 2009 at 4:15 pm 3 comments

An Apple Kind of Day

First off, a quick congratulations to my friend Diana who’s getting married! I just found out this morning and don’t know the details yet, but a trip to LA might be in my future!

What a great weekend! I got a nice 1 mile run in last night (not much I know, but I have reconfigured my running schedule to start slow and build up my base…I was adding too much distance before and got burnt out!). I figured out that if I run laps around our driveways (we have 3 of them coming into our house!) that each lap is a tenth of a mile. I don’t want to run laps all the time, but in a pinch (like last night when it was already dark out…) it will work great!

Packing up my eats for the day, I realized I have a very apple heavy day!

Breakfast- 1/2 cup plain oats with homemade cinnamon apples


 and a cup of sugar free hot apple cider


Snack- None! My oats+apples kept me full!

Lunch- Huge salad left over from the “salad bar” we had for dinner at mom+dad’s house last night.


Let’s see if I can remember everthing that was in it…

  • Romaine lettuce
  • Carrots
  • Celery
  • Green peppers
  • Cucumber
  • Feta cheese
  • Mushrooms
  • 1/2 of a hard boiled egg
  • Garbanzo beans
  • Almond Slivers
  • Fat free French dressing


Pineapple on the side


Snack- Honeycrisp apple


Dinner- Going to have a veggie burger with a side of German Tomato Soup and applesauce.

See….lots of apples today!

October 19, 2009 at 4:48 pm 2 comments

Chicken Noodle Soup with Homemade Noodles

I adapted this from Iowa Girl’s recipe.

  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 cup onion, cut into chunks
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 3 large carrots, finely sliced
  • 3 large celery stalks, finely sliced
  • 2 cooked chicken breasts, cut into chunks
  • 40 oz. chicken broth
  • Homemade noodles (see below)

Sautee onions in olive oil, salt and pepper until softened. Add garlic and stir/cook for another minute. Add carrots and celery, cook for 5 minutes. Add a splash of broth, cover pot and let veggies softene for 2-3 minutes. Add chicken and remaining broth, turn heat to high and bring to a boil. Add noodles and let simmer for 15-20 minutes.

If you don’t plan on eating until the next day, you will need to make sure you have more broth on hand to add when you reheat!


Homemade Egg Noodles

  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 eggs
  • Pinch of salt
  • Water, as needed

Mix flour and salt together. Add eggs and mix. Little by little, add water to make a very thick dough. Roll out thinly on a lightly floured surface. Cut into strips and immediately drop them into boiling soup. These will fatten up considerably, so don’t make the dough strips to big!!100_1552



October 14, 2009 at 7:10 am 2 comments

Still Waiting

Thank you for the thoughts and prayers for my sister and family. She went in for an ultrasound this afternoon and now we have to wait until Friday to get the results from that. This waiting game really sucks!

100_0760(Middle sister, left & Baby sister, right. I love these girls!! ….and we evidently love fruit….)

Anyways, dinner last night was homemade chicken noodle soup. Then hubby and I took the puppies for a walk and ended up playing Wii for almost an hour and a half!

Todays eats have been all about comfort food.

Breakfast: Breakfast bread pudding leftover from Sunday, topped with some homemade pumpkin butter (It looks kinda gross, but was really good!)


Lunch: Leftover chicken noodle soup


Some old fashioned black licorice


Snack: Honeycrisp apple (and one made in MICHIGAN at that!)


Tonight I am getting back on track with my running plan. I have put all of my runs in my google calendar from now until the Toronto Half…I need to stick with it, so I am basically starting from square one and rebuilding my base (I have been such a slacker!) Tonight calls for a 10-15 minute run. I should be able to do that easy enough….(it is gonna be cold!)

Then I am off to my baby sister’s volleyball game. Hubby has class and I don’t want to sit home all alone! I probably should do some dishes at some point too. Have a great night!

October 13, 2009 at 3:48 pm Leave a comment

A Little Bit Scared

I’m back. The past few weeks have been an emotional rollercoaster between stress at work and home, and also some scary news.

My baby sister, who is 17, recently found a lump in her breast. She discovered it a few weeks ago and didn’t tell anyone until this weekend when she noticed that it had started to get larger. She has a doctor’s appointment today and I hope and pray that it is nothing. Please keep her in your thoughts and prayers!

***Edited to add….the doctor also found a lump on the other breast and is sending her for an ultrasound tomorrow.***

I was very productive this weekend…lots of housework, laundry, prepping food for this week, and cooking/baking. I love to be out and about, but sometimes a weekend home alone is great too!

Today’s eats minus pictures. I took them, but left my camera cor….

Breakfast: Oats with cinnamon, gala apple, walnuts, brown sugar and vanilla.

Snack: 100 calorie pack of Sandies cookies with 1 tablespoon homemade pumpkin butter

Lunch: Lasagna leftovers from Saturday and sweet mini peppers

Snack: Peach Chobani

Dinner: We are having homemade chicken noodle soup which I prepared yesterday so all I have to do is reheat tonight.

Sorry for the downer of a post, but (as you can probably imagine) I’ve got lots on my mind and not much creativity flowing through me. Ladies, remember to do your self breast exams…that’s how my sister found her lump!

October 12, 2009 at 1:40 pm 3 comments

I’ve Know I’ve Been Missing…

….but there have been a lot of things going on in my life lately (work, family, personal….) and I felt that I needed to let something go for a little bit.

I will be back next week (and we are starting a Biggest Loser competition at work, so blogging will be a great motivator and way to keep me accountable!).

Until Monday…..

October 9, 2009 at 4:07 pm Leave a comment

Oh! Nuts Review

Awhile ago, I recieved some products from Sam at Oh! Nuts to sample and review. I received a 1 pound bag (how very generous!!!) of each of the following varieties:

Since cashews are one of my favorite nuts, I was very excited to try these. I love honey roasted peanuts, so I figured I would love honey roasted cashews.


The website describes them as follows:

These honey-glazed cashews are the finest, sweetest natural candy around. We dipped the cashews in honey so many times they actually glisten. Our all-natural honey-glazed cashews are a delicious part of any well-balanced indulgence. So sit back, open your mouth, and prepare for a most tasteful experience.

I think I must have recieve a bad batch of these because mine where a dark brown and had a very bitter, burnt taste! I was so disappointed! I think these would be wonderful if not for the burnt taste. I did like them better mixed into something (oatmeal) or crushed up on ice cream, but I couldn’t eat them plain.

Next I tried the cranberry pecans.


They are described as:

This pecan is a unique blend of cranberry infused flavor and cinnamon spice. Each bite is a soft yet somewhat crunchy experience.

These were very good! They definately had a cranberry taste and I loved the “crunch” of the coating! Hubby loved these as well! He would grab a handful just to munch on, but I thought they were too sweet just to eat plain…they were better crushed up and used as a topping. I didn’t try it, but I think these would make a great addition to a cookie (maybe white chocolate chips and cranberry pecans?).

By far my favorite sample was the dark chocolate strawberries.


The website doesn’t say too much about these….

Whole Strawberries in Dark Chocolate

These are dried strawberries that are coated in a thick non-dairy dark chocolate coating. I felt that the coating was a little too thick and a tad on the waxy side, but tasted great! I loved these as a sweet treat! They were so rich that one or two would curb my craving for something sweet.

I loved my Oh! Nuts experience! I only wish that the packages had nutritional information on them (I think only one of the three that I got did), but it is available on the website. The Oh! Nuts website has so many great things to offer, in a variety of price ranges. The items I recieved are fairly expensive ($11.99 per pound for each of the nuts and $7.99 per pound for the strawberries), but they would be a great unique gift idea for a foodie!

The website has such a wide range of options….I think I could spend a long time browsing all the options. They have lots of different kinds of nuts, seeds, dried fruits, candy, granola, trail mix and several other more specialty items. What a great selection! Organic Royal Quinoa (you can’t buy Quinoa around here!), Onion-Garlic Pistachios, Chocolate Covered Pineapple, and Cinnamon Pecans are all on my “must-try” list!

I would recommend Oh! Nuts to anyone! Between the quick shipping, amazing selection, and wonderful products, this is a great place to get bulk nuts and dried fruits! Thanks so much Sam for giving me this great opportunity!!!

October 6, 2009 at 8:54 am Leave a comment

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I'm Becci, a twenty something from a small farming community in Michigan. I grew up on a farm and still live on one...I can't imagine it any other way! Although, I do love to travel and see the amazing places the world has to offer! I have always struggled with my weight and living a healthy lifestyle, but that's about to change! This is my journey to eating healthy, traveling, and hopefully accomplishing my goal of running a marathon all while enjoying the country life!

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