Quick and Easy Apple Recipes

Quick and Easy Apple Recipes

One of my favorite fall foods is apples. Of course I love apples all year long, but there is something about apples that just says fall.

And not only do I love apples this time of year, I love quick and easy recipes. So, today I thought I would share a few of my favorite quick and easy apple recipes with you.

apple pie oatmeal

Apple Pie Oatmeal

Caramel Apple Bars -

Caramel Apple Bars

caramel apple cider

Caramel Apple Cider

Old Fashioned- Apple Custard

Apple Custard

Apple Pancake Syrup

Apple Pancake Syrup

Homemade Apple Chips

Homemade Apple Chips- These are not quick because they take a few hours in the oven, but they are very easy.

Slow Cooked Caramel Apple Crisp is perfect for fall.

Crock Pot Apple Crisp

Apple Dump Cake

Apple Dump Cake

Moms Caramel Apple Cake 3

Apple Cake with Caramel Sauce

caramel apple crisp

Caramel Apple Crisp

Apple Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies-

Apple Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies


Apple Cinnamon Baked Oatmeal


Apple Nachos

Overnight Oven Apple French Toast

Overnight Apple French Toast- You have to prepare this the night before, but it is really easy.

What is your favorite apple recipe to make this time of year? 

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Mom’s Apple Cake Recipe

Mom's Apple Cake

This recipe for mom’s apple cake is a moist delicious apple cake that is inspired by a cake my mom has been making for years.

One of the things I love to encourage people to do is to experiment in the kitchen. It is so much fun to take a basic recipe and tweak it to use what you have on hand or what your family enjoys. Cooking like this is the way many of our grandmother’s and great grandmother’s used to cook. And it is a great way to save money in the kitchen.

Today’s recipe is a good example of where I used my mom’s basic cake recipe, but instead of following her recipe exactly, I used what I hand on hand. The original recipe that my mom made was for a rhubarb cake. She has been making the cake for years and it is a family favorite. I love that cake, but I didn’t have any rhubarb. Rhubarb is a spring food and it doesn’t grow well in Oklahoma anyway.

So what do you do when you want a piece of your mom’s cake, but it is fall in Oklahoma. You use apples instead of rhubarb, because that is what you have on hand.

Now I will admit experimenting with recipes and changing out ingredients doesn’t always go as planned, but often it does and when it does it, I am always glad I gave it a try.

The original rhubarb cake is a pretty simple cake with a basic coffee cake like topping. Rhubarb and apples have a similar texture and both are very moist in baked good, so I was pretty sure apples would work fine in this recipe. But before I tried it I gave my mom a quick call to see what she thought. She told me that she had never tried it, but she thought it would work fine.

So I gave it a try and it worked great! I think this might be my new favorite apple dessert. If you are gluten free be sure to check out my gluten free version of this apple cake recipe. 

Mom's Apple-Cake  

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Gluten Free Apple Cake Recipe {Mom’s Cake Made Gluten Free}

Mom's Apple-Cake

Today in my main section I am sharing my mom’s apple cake recipe that my she has been making for years. It is a basic cake that originally was made with rhubarb. I recently adapted it with apples and it was delicious.

It is a great cake, so I knew I wanted to share the gluten free version as well. This cake works great gluten free because it is such a moist and dense cake. Those kind of cakes usually adapt well to gluten free.

And yes if you look at the regular version you will notice that the pictures on both posts are the same. I did not have time to take more pictures and the gluten free cake looks the same as the real version, so I just went ahead and posted it with the same pictures.

If you are looking for a simple gluten free fall cake this one is a must try!

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Menu Plan {September 28th- October 4th}

Weekly Meal Plan

October begins this week which means fall is definitely here. This also means that there will be lots of soups, chili, stews, slow cooker meals, and pumpkin on the menu plans over the next few months.

Here is this week’s meal plan.


Maple Breakfast Cake

Maple Breakfast Cake

Pumpkin Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies

Pumpkin Breakfast Cookies

Baked Egg Cups from LynnsKitchenAdventures.com

Baked Egg Cups


Pizza Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

Pizza Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

Baked Breakfast Tacos--

Breakfast for Dinner- Breakfast Tacos

Crock Pot Carrot Soup

Crock Pot Carrot Soup

Easy Slow Cooked Mexican Lasagna _

Slow Cooked Mexican Lasagna

Taco Pasta- Quick and easy dinner

Taco Pasta

Homemade Frozen Pizza

Homemade Frozen Pizza

Dessert of the Week

Butterscotch Pumpkin Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting from LynnsKitchenAdventures.com

Pumpkin Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

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Gluten Free Menu Plan {September 28th- October 4th}


I am keeping the gluten free mean plan pretty simple this week.

I made notes next to the ingredients that need to be gluten free, but as always read labels to be sure the ingredients are safe for your family.


Corn Oatmeal Gluten Free Pancakes

Corn Oatmeal Gluten Free Pancakes

Chocolate Banana Oatmeal Breakfast Muffins

Chocolate Banana Oatmeal Muffins


Gluten Free Cheeseburger Helper

Gluten Free Cheeseburger Helper

potatoes and sausage

Sausage and Potatoes- Use gluten free sausage

Slow Cooker Swiss Steak {Gluten Free}

Gluten Free Swiss Steak

Egg Drop Soup

Egg Drop Soup- Use gluten free chicken broth and gluten free soy sauce



Homemade Gluten Free Frozen Pizza

Gluten Free Frozen Pizza

Gluten Free Dessert of the Week

Easy Gluten Free Pumpkin Cookies

Gluten Free Pumpkin Cookies

For more menu planning ideas see Menu Planning Mondays.

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Pumpkin~Love It or Hate It? {Ask the Readers}

Ask The Readers

Fall is the time of year where pumpkin recipes are everywhere. My family loves pumpkin and I love baking with it this time of year.

We love pumpkin baked oatmeal, pumpkin breakfast cookies, pumpkin cupcakes, pumpkin cake pudding, magic pumpkin bars, pumpkin bread, gluten free pumpkin pancakes, gluten free pumpkin scones, and more.

Gluten Free Ihop Pumpkin Pancakes_

You get the idea. My family loves pumpkin this time of year. But I know not everyone is as fond of pumpkin as my family is of it. So now I am curious about pumpkin and if you enjoy it.

Do you love or hate pumpkin? Are you tired of all the pumpkin recipes you see this time of year or are you loving it? And if you love it, I would it what is your favorite recipe for using it? Do you have a favorite? 

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Beef Enchilada Rice Casserole

Beef Enchilda Rice -Casserole-

Ground beef is one of my favorite ingredients to cook with because when it comes to meat it is so budget friendly.  You can’t get much cheaper than ground beef.

One of the other great things about ground beef is that it is easy to stretch. Yes, you can use a few pounds to make hamburgers, but you can also use one pound of hamburger in a casserole and turn it into a whole meal.

Beef Enchilada Rice Casserole_

It is also very versatile. You can use it for Mexican foods like tacos. But you can also use it in pasta dishes, soups, chili, and more. Ground beef is one of the most versatile meats you can buy.

A few years ago I did a series on ground beef recipes and those recipes have become some of the most popular recipes on my site. You all seem to love ground beef recipes as much as I do, so I am hoping to start sharing more ground beef recipes over the next few months.

Today’s recipe for beef enchilada rice casserole uses ground beef. It is actually inspired by a recipe my sister told me about for enchilada rice casserole that she made with chicken. I make a skillet enchilada rice that my family loves, so I knew they would love a baked enchilada casserole like my sister made.

Beef Enchilda Rice Casserole

But because I can’t follow a recipe, I totally changed what my sister told me she did. I did not have any chicken on hand, but I had quite a bit of ground beef in the freezer. I also knew my family would prefer a ground beef version over a chicken one.

I also added canned tomatoes and of course more cheese. I tweaked a few other things too. So basically it was inspired by my sister’s version, but I totally did my own thing.

If you need a new quick and easy dinner idea I think you will enjoy this one!

Beef Enchilada Rice Casserole-




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Chili Bowls

Chili Bowls

Chili bowls are a simple lunch or dinner idea that repurposes two leftovers. And using leftovers in new ways is one of the best ways to save money in the kitchen.

Last week I shared a simple chili dog recipe. This week I am sharing another  favorite way to use leftover chili and that is chili bowls.

Yes, I know many of you have probably been making chili bowls for years, chili over rice is not exactly a new concept, but I wanted to share this for those that may have never tried them.

Chili bowls are great because they use two of my favorite leftovers, which are chili and cooked rice. I often have both in the fridge as leftovers, but I also often have both in the freezer. This makes chili bowls a quick and easy lunch or dinner.

I heat them both up, add some cheese, and call it a meal.

It works great for lunch or dinner. If you have never tried these you need to. They are a great family and budget friendly meal.

Chili Bowls_


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Gluten Free Wednesdays { Gluten Free Cinnamon Rolls, Gluten Free Crescent Rolls, and More}


It is time for another Gluten Free Wednesday, which I co-host with The Gluten Free Homemaker and Gluten Free Easily.

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Did you all see the  gluten free pumpkin cinnamon rolls from last week? They look delicious!


So do the gluten free crescent rolls. These are both perfect for all the fall and holiday baking coming up.

I can’t wait to see what you all link up this week.

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Copycat Panera Bread Potato Soup Recipe

Homemade Panera Bread Potato Soup

This creamy copycat Panera Bread potato soup is one of my family’s favorite meals during the fall and winter.

I originally shared this recipe way back in my early years of blogging. It was actually in my first year of my website. The meal is still a family favorite, so I wanted to highlight it today for those that may have missed it the first time I shared it.

Copycat Panera Bread Potato Soup

This is one of those simple quick and easy meals. You can have this on the table in less than 30 minutes. It is that easy and that good. And although the Panera version does not have bacon in it, my family loves adding it because bacon does make everything better.

If you have not tried my copycat Panera Bread potato soup recipe, but sure to give it a try.

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