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Chocolate Carmelita Bars

This recipe came out of my mom’s recipe favorites. Tonight after the kids and I finished calf chores we ate supper and made these bars.

Chocolate Carmelita Bars

1 3/4 cups oatmeal

3/4 cup brown sugar

1 tbsp water

1/2 tsp salt

1 1/2 cups flour

3/4 cup butter, melted

1/2 tsp baking soda

Heat oven to 350*. Grease a 9×13 pan. Combine the above ingredients, mix well. Reserve 1 cup of the mixture, press the remaining onto the bottom of the pan. Bake for 10-12 minutes.

Remove from the oven and let cool for 10 minutes.

Sprinkle 1 cup chocolate chips on top.

Mix 1 cup caramel with 1/4 cup flour. Stir until smooth and drizzle over the chocolate chips.

Sprinkle remaining 1 cup of oatmeal mixture over the top.

Bake for an additional 18-22 minutes.

Cool completely before cutting.

The crust is ready for the oven


Chocolate chips, caramel and remaining crust spread on top. Ready for the oven again.

The finished product.




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Crock Pot Applesauce

We received a lot of apples from a friend, so this morning we made Crock Pot Applesauce. After eight hours of making our house smell amazing while it cooked, we enjoyed the applesauce with dinner tonight. I found many recipes online, tweaked and combined them and came up with the following recipe, which I’ll definitely make again!

Crock Pot Applesauce

15 apples, peeled and cored. (I have a Pampered Chef apple corer, which saves lots of time!)

2 tsp cinnamon

2 tsp vanilla extract

1/2 cup sugar

1 cup water

Mix the apple pieces with cinnamon, sugar and vanilla in the Crock Pot. Add water, set Crock Pot on low for eight hours.

All mixed together and ready to cook.

The finished product. Our kids loved it!




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Swedish Apple Pie

It’s a cold and windy winter night, so the kids and I decided to make a really easy and yummy dessert. I got the recipe from a friend that was visiting over the Holidays and it was delicious and so simple.

Swedish Apple Pie

7 apples

1 tbsp + 1 cup sugar


3/4 cup melted butter

1 cup flour

1 egg

I used a 7×11 cake pan, which the seven apples filled nicely.

I would never make anything that called for peeled apples if it wasn’t for my Pampered Chef Apple Corer/Peeler/Slicer!

Put the peeled and sliced apples into the pan. Sprinkle with 1 tablespoon or so of sugar, then cover the apples with Cinnamon.

In a bowl, melt your butter; add a beaten egg, sugar and flour and mix together. Pour the mixture over the top of the apples and bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes.

We enjoyed it warm from the oven with ice cream. Yum!

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Happy Food Day!

Today is food day, celebrate the hard working farmers in your community!

Every day is Food Day to America’s farmers and ranchers, says Miss America 2011 Teresa Scanlan, check out her video.

Another great website:

What is on your plate today?

Tonight we will be enjoying German Applesauce Beans straight from the Crock-Pot.

German Applesauce Beans

2 cans (28 oz.) baked beans

2 cups applesauce

2 tbsp mustard

1 cup brown sugar

2 cups ketchup

1 ½ lbs hamburger

1 cup chopped onion or 4 tbsp minced onion

Salt to taste

Brown hamburger and add onion. Combine all ingredients in the Crock-Pot, stir. Cook on low for a couple of hours.

browned hamburger with onion


the finished product


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Homemade pizza

Pizza crust

½ lb browned hamburger

½ lb cooked bacon broken into bits

Shredded mozzarella cheese

Shredded cheddar cheese

Pizza sauce


Parmesan cheese


Prepare your favorite pizza crust according to package
instructions. Spread pizza sauce over the crust. Sprinkle bacon and hamburger
to desired amount. Sprinkle mozzarella and cheddar cheese to desired amount.
Sprinkle oregano over the top. Top with parmesan cheese.  Bake at 400* until cheese and crust are
golden brown. Enjoy with an ice cold glass of milk!

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Oven-Roasted Pork Ribs

We’ve been talking about having pork ribs for a few days,
but Nick and I both decided we don’t have time to babysit the grill for two
hours. So I found this great oven recipe from Martha Stewart. I was able
to put them in the oven to cook while we were outside finishing our evening
chores on the farm.

Oven-Roasted Pork Ribs

2 racks (about 4 pounds) Pork Ribs

1/8 cup brown sugar

1/8 cup paprika

2 teaspoons salt

½ tablespoon cocoa powder

1 teaspoon pepper

½ teaspoon ground cumin

BBQ sauce



Our ribs were frozen, so I thawed them in the refrigerator

  1. Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil and place a
    wire rack on top. Spread the ribs on the wire rack, meat side up.
  2. Mix sugar, paprika, salt, cocoa, pepper and
    cumin together.
  3. Sprinkle spice mixture evenly over both sides of
    the ribs. Lightly rub the mixture into the ribs to coat completely. Cover with
    plastic wrap and refrigerate for two hours.
  4. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cook ribs for 1 ½ to
    2 hours. Once the meat falls easily from the bones, remove the ribs from the oven
    and increase temperature to 425 degrees. Cover both sides of the ribs with your
    favorite BBQ sauce and cook an additional 10-15 minutes.
  5. Serve with additional BBQ sauce

Ready to go in the oven

Ready to eat


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Rhubarb Upside Down Cake

Our rhubarb patches that we transplanted last year are taking off this spring. We tried our first fresh rhubarb of the season, and it is yummy!

Rhubarb Upside Down Cake

6 cups chopped rhubarb

1 (3 oz.) box strawberry Jello

1 cup sugar

1 box White or Yellow Cake Mix

Clean and cut rhubarb into small pieces. Put rhubarb in the bottom of 9 x 13 inch cake pan. Mix dry jello and sugar together and sprinkle evenly over rhubarb. Prepare cake mix according to instructions on box. Pour cake mix over rhubarb. Bake about an hour at 350 degrees. Cool, then flip onto serving dish. Top with Cool Whip, if you’d like.


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