Simple Snack: Apple Sandwiches

Simple Snack Apple Sandwiches

Summer calls for delicious simple snacks.  Okay fine, I’m not opposed to simple snacks all year long. After all, simple is one of my meal prep motto’s so if I think it’s going to take too much time, I move on.  Or even if it has too many ingredients that I don’t keep on hand.

These apple sandwiches fall under the category of simple, delicious and budget-friendly.  They’re a hit with both me and Sienna.  (Though for Sienna, I just do one slice of apple with the peanut butter and granola on top to make an open face sandwich.)  While we use peanut butter, I think these would be delicious with almond butter, apple butter or any kind of nut butter!  As for the granola, I like to always have a batch of this homemade granola on hand.  And for the apple corer, I really like this Cuisipro apple corer.

Here’s how to create Apple Sandwiches:

Apple Sandwiches
 
Ingredients
  • 2 Apples
  • 2-3 tbsp Peanut Butter
  • 3 tbsp Granola
  • handful Raisins
Instructions
  1. Remove cores from apples and cut into ¼-1/2" thick slices
  2. Spread apple slice with peanut butter.
  3. Top with granola and raisins.
  4. Place another apple slice on top and gently press together.
  5. Repeat with remaining apple slices.

What is one of your favourite go-to simple snacks?

Easy Oven S’mores Recipe

easy oven smores

I wanted a bit of a sweet treat the other day, and I happened to have some graham crackers, marshmallows and chocolate on hand so I thought it was obvious I should make some s’mores!  These easy oven s’mores are also great if you are entertaining at home.  While a regular milk/dark chocolate bar would work wonderfully, I used some Werther’s milk chocolate caramels I had in the back of the cupboard.

Here’s what you need for Easy Oven S’mores:

Easy Oven S’mores
 
Ingredients
  • Graham crackers
  • Marshmallows
  • Chocolate bars/Chocolate chips (I used Werther's milk chocolate caramels)
Instructions
  1. Place graham crackers on cookie sheet.
  2. Put 1 square of chocolate on each cracker.
  3. Place a marshmallow on each piece of chocolate.
  4. Place cookie sheet in a 350° oven for 4 to 6 minutes, just long enough to melt marshmallow and soften the chocolate.
  5. Remove from oven and put another graham cracker on top to make a sandwich, or leave as an "open-face" sandwich if you're like me!

oven smores before

March Mixes – Homemade Pudding Mix

Homemade Pudding Mix

Homemade Pudding Mix

Here we are, the last recipe for March Mixes!  I hope you enjoyed this series and have found some new recipes to add to your pantry!

As the picture shows, pudding with some whipping cream on top makes for a nice treat!  But homemade pudding mix has many other uses as well. Such as an ingredient to keep cookies soft, to flavour whipping cream, for cakes, and even pudding Popsicles!

Homemade Pudding Mix
 
Ingredients
  • 2½ cups dry milk powder
  • 1½ cups sugar
  • ¾ cups corn starch
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ¾ cup cocoa
Instructions
To make the pudding mix
  1. Combine all dry ingredients in a bowl.
  2. Store in an airtight container for up to 2 months
To make the pudding
  1. In a double boiler, add ¼ cup pudding mix to 2½ cups warm water.
  2. Stir until thickened. Cover and cook for 10 minutes.
  3. Add 1 tsp butter and remove from heat.
  4. Beat 1 egg with half of the pudding mixture, then blend it together with the other half slowly so the pudding doesn't get lumpy.
  5. Cook one more minute.
  6. Stir in ¾ tsp vanilla.

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March Mixes – Homemade Cookie Mix

Homemade Cookie Mix

Mmm, cookies!  This recipe can be prepared as a mix (great for gift giving) or made into dough and frozen into individual balls for quick cookies!

Homemade Cookie Mix
 
Ingredients
  • 3½ cups flour
  • 1½ tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1½ cups packed brown sugar
  • ½ cup white sugar
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • 1½ cups unsalted butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 1½ tsp vanilla
Instructions
  1. Mix together flour, baking soda and salt, brown sugar, white sugar and chocolate chips.
  2. In a medium bowl, mix butter, eggs and vanilla extract.
  3. Combine the dry ingredients with the wet ingredients and mix well.
  4. Shape dough into 1 inch balls and place on a cookie sheet.
  5. Place cookie sheet into the freezer for one hour. Place dough balls into a freezer bag.
  6. Makes about 4 dozen cookies.
To bake:
  1. Place cookie dough balls onto a cookie sheet to thaw.
  2. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  3. Bake for 9 - 11 minutes or until golden brown.
To make a mix follow these instructions:
  1. Combine 1¾ cups all-purpose flour with ¾ tsp baking soda and ½ tsp salt; pour into a 1L jar.
  2. Layer ½ cup chocolate chips, ¾ cup brown sugar, and ¼ cup white sugar, pressing down firmly after each layer.
  3. Close jar and attach these directions:
  4. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  5. Beat ¾ cup softened unsalted butter, 1 large egg and ¾ teaspoon vanilla extract in large bowl. Add cookie mix and beat until combined. Drop by rounded tablespoon onto ungreased baking sheets. Bake for 9 to 11 minutes or until golden brown. Makes about 2 dozen cookies.

 

March Mixes – Homemade Whole Wheat Bread Mix

Homemade Bread Mix

By preparing this recipe for whole wheat bread mix, you’ll always have a “loaf” of bread on hand!

Homemade Whole Wheat Bread Mix
 
Ingredients
  • 8 cups all-purpose flour
  • 5 cups whole wheat flour
  • 2 Tbsp salt
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ cup dry milk powder
Instructions
  1. Mix the dry ingredients together until they are well blended.
  2. Pour 4 cups of mixture into four different bags or jars and label Whole Wheat Bread Mix.
To bake in the Bread Machine
  1. Add to your bread machine: 1¼ cup warm water, 1½ Tbsp oil,1 bag/jar of Whole Wheat Bread Mix and 2 tsp bread machine yeast.
  2. Put your bread machine on the basic setting and then press start.

March Mixes – Ever Ready Bran Muffins

Ever Ready Bran Muffins

Ever Ready Bran Muffins

These Ever-Ready bran muffins are a great way to always have delicious muffins on hand!

Ever-Ready Bran Muffins
 
Ingredients
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 4 cups natural bran
  • 4 tsp baking soda
  • 4 Tbsp ground flaxseed
  • 2 tsp sea salt
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 4 cups buttermilk
  • 1½ cups unsweetened applesauce
  • 3 eggs, well beaten
Instructions
To prepare the mix for storage in the fridge:
  1. Combine all dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl
  2. Combine all wet ingredients in a medium mixing bowl
  3. Pour wet ingredients into dry ingredients and mix JUST until combined.
  4. Place the mixture in an empty ice cream pail or empty container and store in the fridge for up to 6 weeks.
To bake the muffins:
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Prepare muffin tin by greasing or lining with paper cups.
  3. Spoon batter into prepared muffin cups until ¾ full.
  4. Place in preheated oven and bake for 15 minutes or until golden brown.

Here are all of the recipes that were featured for March Mixes:

March Mixes – Homemade Baking Mix (Bisquick)

Homemade Baking Mix Homemade baking mix

Here’s my recipe for homemade baking mix!  Use it in any recipe in place of Bisquick.  I really like it because it uses butter rather than shortening!

Recipe adapted from All Recipes.

Homemade Bisquick
 
Ingredients
  • 5 cups all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup baking powder
  • 2 Tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 cup butter
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl mix together the flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt. Cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
  2. Store in an airtight container for up to 4 weeks or in the freezer for up to 6 months.
Notes
To make this a whole wheat version: Replace 3 cups all-purpose flour with 3 cups whole wheat flour and add 2 more tablespoons of baking powder.

 

March Mixes – Homemade Montreal Steak Spice

Homemade Montreal Steak Spice Homemade Montreal Steak Spice

BBQ season is nearly upon us.  Whip up some of this homemade Montreal Steak Spice to have on hand for all your steak nights!

Homemade Montreal Steak Spice
 
Ingredients
  • 1 Tbsp Black pepper
  • 1 Tbsp onion flakes
  • 1 Tbsp dehydrated garlic
  • 1 tsp Dill seed
  • 1 tsp Coriander
  • 1 tsp Red pepper flakes
  • 1 tsp Parsley
  • 1 tsp coarse salt
  • 1 tsp Thyme
  • 1 tsp Paprika
Instructions
  1. Combine all the spices in a small bowl.
  2. Store in an airtight container in a cool, dry place up to 6 months.

March Mixes – Homemade Greek Seasoning

Homemade Greek Seasoning

Greek salad is one of my favourite things in the whole world.  It’s only right that I keep a concoction of spices that makes up a homemade Greek seasoning in my cupboard!

This is also good for seasoning chicken and roasted potatoes.

March Mixes – Homemade Greek Seasoning
 
Ingredients
  • 3 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon onion powder
Instructions
  1. Combine oregano, basil, thyme, onion, and garlic in a small bowl.
  2. Store in an airtight container in a cool, dry place up to 6 months.

March Mixes – Homemade Instant Oatmeal

DIY Instant Oatmeal

Oatmeal, a classic breakfast staple.  One that I used to detest as a child, but quite enjoy now!

Inspired by Sally’s oatmeal that I’ve found at Walmart and Real Canadian Superstore, I’ve recreated my own version of the Maple and Brown Sugar flavour!

Homemade Instant Oatmeal
 
Ingredients
  • 4 cups oats (old fashioned)
  • ½ cup dried fruit (I like cranberries)
  • ½ cup chopped nuts (almonds are my fav)
  • 2 Tbsp ground flax
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ tsp salt
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  2. Roast nuts for 5 minutes or until lightly toasted; set aside.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, combine all ingredients including the toasted nuts.
  4. Store in an air tight container for up to 1 month.
To Make Oatmeal:
  1. Scoop out ⅓ cup of the oatmeal mixture and place in a bowl with ½ cup water. Microwave for 90 seconds - 2 minutes, or until liquid is absorbed.