Easy Apple Crisp Recipe

Easy Apple Crisp Recipe

This is an easy apple crisp recipe with fresh apples and a crumble topping.  Add ice cream on top of the warm apple crisp to enjoy a delicious fall dessert.


This easy apple crisp recipe is one of my favorite fall desserts. I love the smell of it baking in the oven. And then eating a bite of the warm apple crisp with ice cream on top is just delicious.

This apple crisp recipe has been in my family for years. When I was a child, my mother would make this every fall when apples were in season. Now I make it every fall for my family. We love this family tradition, and this recipe seriously has the best apple crisp topping.


What Are the Best Apples for Apple Crisp?

There are many different apples that can be used for apple crisp, and it’s best to use a mix of apples. For instance, this simple apple crisp recipe below uses Golden Delicious and Granny Smith apples. This gives the apple crisp both a sweet and tart flavor.

Some common types of baking apples include Pink Lady, Granny Smith, Honeycrisp, Braeburn, Jonagold, and Gala.

If you need to peel and cut a bunch of apples, then you’ll love my favorite apple peeler here. It saves you time and makes it fast to peel, core and cut the apples for this delicious apple crisp recipe or for any recipes with apples.


How Do You Make Apple Crisp Not Soggy?

Having soggy apple crisp to eat isn’t very delightful. Here are some tips to make your apple crisp not soggy.


1. Choose apples that are crisp and not overripe or turning mushy.

2. Toss the apples with a little flour or cornstarch before baking the apple crisp.

3. Place the apples in a bowl and sprinkle with sugar. Let it sit for 10-15 minutes. During this time the apples will start to excrete juices. Drain the juice before placing the apples in the baking dish.

4. Try cooking the apples first on the stove and draining the liquid before placing the apples in the pan to bake with the crumble topping.

5. When cooking the apple crisp, DON’T cover it with aluminum foil. The foil doesn’t allow the juices from the apples to evaporate during baking.

6. Don’t leave the apple crisp in the oven as long. The crumble topping is what needs to be cooked, and the apples are delicious when raw and slightly crisp. So take take the apple crisp out of the oven 10-15 minutes early once the crumble topping is browned.

7. However, if you’ve cooked the apple crisp and it’s soggy or runny, you might be able to cook it more to make it less wet. Since the crumble topping is cooked and browned at this point, DO place aluminum foil lightly over the apple crisp and make sure there is space where the steam can escape on the sides. You don’t want the crumble topping to burn. Then bake the apple crisp for 10-15 minutes longer.


Why is My Apple Crisp Dry?

If your apple crisp crumble topping is dry, then chances are you didn’t add enough butter. Butter makes the crumble topping brown and crisp in the oven, so be sure to follow the recipe instructions.


My easy apple crisp recipe below is one I’ve been making in my family for years, and I’ve never had a problem with it being too soggy or the crumble topping too dry. So go ahead and try making this delicious apple crisp recipe for your family and let me know how it turns out.


How Do You Make Apple Crisp from Scratch?

Making apple crisp from scratch is easy to do. The part of the recipe that takes the longest is peeling and slicing the apples.

Here are the steps to make this easy apple crisp recipe with oats and melted butter from scratch:


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Easy Peach Pie Recipe

Easy Peach Pie Recipe

This is an easy peach pie recipe with fresh peaches, a graham cracker crust and a sweet and delicious cream cheese filling.


As fall approaches, the weather turns cooler, and fresh peaches are ready to pick off the trees, I enjoy making this easy peach pie recipe. The flavor of the peach filling, cream cheese filling and graham cracker crust together is delicious with each bite.

I also enjoy this fresh peach pie because I have many good memories of eating it with my family as we sit around the table. And I especially love the sounds of how good the pie tastes to my kids as they take those first few bites of peach pie. It’s so cute and memorable!

Not only is this an easy peach pie with a graham cracker crust and cream cheese filling, but it’s one of the best peach pie recipes I’ve eaten. It tastes so good!

I hope you love it as much as my family does!


Homemade peach pie recipe


How Do You Make Peach Pie Filling From Scratch?

It’s quite easy to make a peach filling from scratch. Here’s how to do it:

In a medium pan on the stove, combine 3/4 cup of water, 1 Tablespoon butter, 1 and 3/4 Tablespoons cornstarch, 1/2 cup sugar and 3/4 teaspoon of almond extract. Cook together on medium heat, stirring often, until the filling thickens. This will take about 5-10 minutes. Take the pan off the heat and allow it to cool.

While the filling is cooling, peel and slice 4-5 fresh peaches and then stir them to the filling.

Pour the peach filling on top of the pie.

This recipe makes enough filling for one peach pie. In the recipe at the end of the post, you can print the homemade peach pie recipe, which includes how to make the peach pie filling, as well as the graham cracker crust and the cream filling.


How Do You Make a Peach Pie Less Runny?

Having a soupy peach pie ruins the enjoyment of eating it, so here are some solutions to make a peach pie less runny:

1. Place sliced peaches in a bowl. Sprinkle with sugar and add a pinch of salt, then let it sit for 30 minutes. Place a strainer on top of a sauce pan. Pour the peaches into the strainer and let them sit for 5 minutes while the juices run into the sauce pan.

2. Try adding 1-2 Tablespoons of cornstarch or quick-cooking tapioca to the peach pie filling to help thicken it while it’s baking.

3. Sprinkle a light dusting of flour, ground nuts or graham cracker crumbs to the bottom of the crust. This helps to absorb some of the liquid from the peaches while its baking.

4. Brush the pie dough with a beaten egg white. This forms a layer that helps keep the juices from turning the crust soggy.

5. Pay attention to how long the pie should bake. Sometimes the pie is still runny because it hasn’t baked long enough.

With the fresh peach pie recipe below, only the graham cracker crust is baked. The peach pie filling is thickened with cornstarch on the stove. Then the ingredients are layered in the pie pan but not baked. With the baked graham cracker crust used in this recipe, I haven’t had a problem with soggy peach pie.

Can I Use Canned Peaches Instead of Fresh Fruit?

Yes, you can use canned peaches instead of fresh fruit. Just be sure to drain the canned peaches well.  You can also substitute frozen peaches that are thawed and drained.

To make the change, use equal amounts of canned or frozen peaches to fresh peaches. About one pound of canned or frozen peaches is equal to about three medium peaches.

However, using canned peaches for this easy peach pie recipe will change the taste of it. Fresh peaches will make it taste so much better.

If you want to use canned peaches, try making this Easy Peach Cobber recipe. The recipe specifically calls for canned peaches.


Do You Have to Peel Peaches for Pie?

For this homemade peach pie recipe, I would recommend peeling the peaches. You only have to peel 4-5 fresh peaches.

But you don’t have to peel peaches for peach pie. The skins are edible, and if you are baking a peach pie, the skins will soften when they are baked. However, the texture of the skins will change while baking, so keep that in mind.


Here is how to make this easy peach pie recipe with fresh peaches:


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Easy Peach Cobbler Recipe

Easy Peach Cobbler Recipe

This easy peach cobbler recipe with canned peaches only take minutes to prep and put in the oven. Add ice cream to top off this warm and delicious dessert.


Our family loves fall desserts, and we love making this easy peach cobbler recipe when the weather starts to turn cool. The smell of peach cobbler with a hint of cinnamon cooking in the oven just gets me excited for fall. I love sitting down at the table with my family as we talk and eat this delicious, warm cobbler with ice cream on the top.

Before sharing this easy canned peach cobbler recipe, here are some questions you might have about peach cobbler:


Can I Used Canned Peaches Instead of Fresh Fruit?

Yes, you definitely can use canned peaches or frozen peaches instead of fresh fruit. About one pound of frozen or canned peaches is approximately three medium peaches.

I’ve made this easy peach cobbler recipe with canned peaches and fresh peaches, and I love it both ways. But to make this dessert really easy and fast, use canned peaches that are drained. It only takes about 10 minutes to prep this recipe for peach cobbler using canned peaches. And the canned peaches is what I refer to in this recipe.


How Do You Know When Peach Cobbler Is Done?

This peach cobbler recipe is cooked for 20 minutes at 350 degrees. You will know the peach cobbler is done when the crust is golden and the batter is no longer bubbling while it cooks.


How Do You Make Peach Cobbler Filling From Scratch?

With this recipe, you don’t need to make a peach cobbler filling. You just place drained, canned peaches (or fresh peaches if desired) on top of the batter before cooking it in the oven.

If you want to make a peach cobbler filling from scratch, then try this fresh peach cobbler recipe over on AllRecipes. It’s quite simple with only five ingredients needed to make the filling.



Easy peach cobbler recipe with canned peaches

Here is how to make this easy peach cobbler recipe with canned peaches:

In a 9×12 baking dish, place the cubed butter. Put the baking dish in the oven for about 5 minutes until the butter is melted.

While the butter is melting, prepare the batter. In a medium bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Pour in the milk and mix until combined.

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Baked Parmesan Zucchini Chips

Baked Parmesan Zucchini Chips

These Baked Parmesan Zucchini Chips are easy to make and taste delicious. And they make a great side dish to a summer dinner.


As our garden continues to produce a large amount of zucchini, I’m always looking to make new zucchini recipes to use up the zucchini that starts gather on the counter in the kitchen.

These Baked Parmesan Zucchini Chips are so easy to make and are tasty. My family loves to pop these baked zucchini chips into our mouths.

If you are looking for more ways to use up the zucchini from your garden, be sure to also check out these 25 Easy Zucchini Recipes. They include dinner, snack, side dish and dessert ideas.


How to Slice Zucchini:

Slicing up zucchini into round coins is probably the most common way to cup up zucchini. To slice the zucchini, use a knife to cut the two ends off the zucchini, then make cuts across the zucchini to slice coins.

If you want to ensure your round zucchini coins are all the same size, then use a mandoline food slicer. First, cut of one of the zucchini ends, then drag the zucchini across the mandoline to make the sliced coins.


How Do you Make Zucchini Not Soggy?

Here are a few tips to make zucchini not soggy. First, slice and salt the zucchini and allow it to sit for 10 minutes.  The salt will pull out some of the water, as well as season the zucchini.  Dry the zucchini well with paper towels and cook it quickly over high heat to brown it before it gets soggy. Also cutting zucchini into larger 1/2 inch thick pieces will help it not get soggy.

If baking zucchini, place it on a baking rack that is then set on top of a baking sheet. This allows air to circulate all around the zucchini and helps the water evaporate while it’s being cooked in the oven.



Breaded Parmesan Zucchini Chips

Step-by-Step Parmesan Zucchini Chips Instructions:

To prepare these Parmesan zucchini bites it takes about 5-10 minutes. Here’s how to make this easy recipe:

  • Slice up a zucchini.
  • In a medium bowl, combine bread crumbs, Parmesan, salt and pepper.
  • Lightly brush the front and back of each slice of zucchini with melted butter.
  • Place the zucchini in the bread crumb seasoning and coat both sides.
  • Grease a baking pan with cooking spray, then put the zucchini chips onto the pan. Sprinkle the zucchini with shredded Parmesan cheese if desired.
  • Bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes until it begins brown.

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25 Easy Zucchini Recipes

25 Easy Zucchini RecipesThese 25 easy zucchini recipes will give you ideas of how to use up the zucchini from the garden.


Every year we plant zucchini in our garden, and I’m always amazed at how much zucchini one plant produces. At first, I manage to stay on top of using up the zucchini with our dinners and baking breads and desserts. But after a few weeks, it begins to pile up on my counter and I can’t use it fast enough. Can anyone else relate?!

I compiled a list of 25 simple zucchini recipes you can make with the zucchini that’s sitting on your counter. But before we get to all of the the delicious zucchini recipes, here are some commonly asked questions that people have about zucchini.


What Does Zucchini Do For Your Body?

Zucchini is rich in vitamins and minerals and offers several health benefits. It can boost potassium intake, which can lower the risk of a stroke, and it may also lower the odds of developing heart disease. Zucchini is also high in vitamin C, which may help the lining of blood cells function better, lowering blood pressure and protecting against clogged arteries.


How Do you Make Zucchini Not Soggy?

Here are a few tips to make zucchini not soggy. First, slice and salt the zucchini and allow it to sit for 10 minutes.  The salt will pull out some of the water, as well as season the zucchini.  Dry the zucchini well with paper towels and cook it quickly over high heat to brown it before it gets soggy. Also cutting zucchini into larger 1/2 inch thick pieces will help it not get soggy.

If baking zucchini, place it on a baking rack that is then set on top of a baking sheet. This allows air to circulate all around the zucchini and helps the water evaporate while it’s being cooked in the oven.



What Can I Do With Too Much Zucchini?

There are so many options with how to use up your zucchini!

As you acquire a lot of zucchini and can’t use it up fast enough, try shredding or cubing the zucchini and then freezing it. It’s then ready to pull out of the freezer and add to soups, dinners and breads for months after there is no more zucchini to pick from your garden. Shredding and cubing then freezing zucchini is an easy way to preserve zucchini from your garden. Be sure to read these tips on how to freeze zucchini so it doesn’t clump all together in the freezer.

The 25 easy zucchini dinner and dessert recipes on this post are just some ideas of how to prepare and eat the zucchini.


stuffed zucchini boats

Easy Stuffed Zucchini Boats from Lil’ Luna – Stuffed Zucchini Boats filled with Italian sausage and tomatoes are a go-to healthy dinner idea. Topped with cheese, parsley and bread crumbs, you can’t go wrong with this zucchini dish.




Chocolate Chip Zucchini Muffins

Chocolate Chip Zucchini Muffins – These muffins are delicious and make great snacks for the kids and also for school or work lunches. If you can’t eat all of them within a few days, the muffins also freezer great. Once cooled, put them in gallon-size freezer bags and place them in the freezer. When you want to eat a muffin, pull it out of the freezer and allow it to thaw.



20 minute healthy chicken parmesan with zucchini

20 Minute Healthy Chicken Parmesan with Zucchini Noodles from Pinch of Yum – This is a healthy chicken Parmesan that is crispy, cheesy, saucy, and served over zucchini noodles. So easy and extremely delicious! Use a spiral slicer or mandolin spiralizer slicer to turn your zucchini into the noodles for your dish.



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How to Make Homemade Ice Cream in a Bag

how to make homemade ice cream in a bag

This homemade ice cream in a bag has only 3 ingredients to mix together, and within about 10 minutes it’s ready to eat.   It’s a fun summer activity with the kids to make a cool, sweet treat when it’s hot outside.


If you have ever wondered how to make homemade ice cream in a bag, I’m here to share with you how easy it is to make. The recipe is just three ingredients! And it only takes 5-10 minutes to make, then it’s ready to eat.

Years ago, my sister-in-law introduced me to this homemade ice cream in a bag. My kids had so much fun making it that it’s something we do together every summer.

This is a fun summer activity and treat to do with the kids when it’s hot outside. Kids have fun shaking the bag, and they love that they get to eat ice cream within minutes.


You can watch the YouTube video above, or you can read below how to make ice cream at home with step by step instructions.


Here are some questions people have asked before making the ice cream in a bag for kids:

How Does Ice Cream in a Bag Work?

The key to making the bag of ice cream freeze is by adding salt to the ice cubes. The salt lowers the melting point of the ice.

When you use ice to cool the ingredients for ice cream, the heat is transferred from the environment, which includes your ice cream mixture and your hands that are holding the bag of ice, to the ice making the ice cream mixture colder.

When you add salt, it lowers the freezing point of the ice, so even more energy has to be absorbed from the environment for the ice to melt. This makes the ice colder than it was before, which is how your ice cream freezes.


How Do You Make Ice Cream From Scratch in a Bag?

Here is how to make homemade ice cream in a bag:

1. In a bowl, mix the half and half, sugar and vanilla extract. (See the recipe below.)

2. Place the cream mixture in a pint-size re-sealable bag, and make sure it’s sealed tight. Set aside.

3. In a large gallon re-sealable bag, fill half way full of ice cubes. Add 1/2 cup rock salt on top of the ice cubes.

4. Place the pint-size cream mixture bag inside the gallon bag. Add a few more ice cubes on top of the small bag. Seal the gallon bag.

5. Shake for about 5-10 minutes until the ice cream thickens.

6. Take the pint-size bag out and quickly run it under cold water to rinse off the salt.

7. Stick a spoon in the bag and enjoy!


Do You Have to Use Rock Salt to Make Ice Cream?

You don’t have to use rock salt to make ice cream. You can use table salt instead. However, rock salt works better than table salt.

Rock salt isn’t processed as much as table salt, and is much chunkier. It also contains a lot of impurities, which is why it isn’t used for eating.

When making ice cream, you can control how fast the ice cream forms by modifying the amount of salt you use. Rock salt has larger crystals that takes longer to dissolve and may result in a smoother ice cream.




Ice Cream in a Bag Ingredients

The ingredients needed to make ice cream in a bag for kids are half & half, vanilla extract and sugar. The other items you’ll need are rock salt, ice cubes and re-sealable bags.

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Easy Homemade Strawberry Shortcake Recipe

The Best Strawberry Shortcake

This is an easy homemade strawberry shortcake recipe that really delicious. Add whipped topping and strawberries to the top to make it a perfect summer treat.


I absolutely LOVE this homemade strawberry shortcake recipe because my mother used to make it for me when I was a kid. It is easy to make and tastes delicious! And it is so much better than purchasing the dessert cakes at the grocery store.

Sometimes my mother made her own whipped cream topping (see the recipe below), which tastes so good. But to make it easier, sometimes we purchased the store-bought whipped toppings. Of course, the store-bought whipping cream in the spray can would always end up being sprayed into kids’ mouths as much as it was added to the top of the strawberry shortcakes. Oh, the memories!

I now make this easy strawberry shortcake recipe for my kids and they devour it when it’s placed in front of them. That’s how good it is!


Moist Strawberry Shortcake Recipe

Here are some questions, people sometimes ask about strawberry shortcake.


How do you make strawberry shortcake from scratch?

Here’s how to make my family’s easy strawberry shortcake recipe. All the measurements are in the printable recipe card at the end of the post.

  • In a mixing bowl, combine the butter and sugar. Add in the egg and mix.
  • In a small separate bowl, combine the flour, baking powder and salt.
  • Alternate adding the dry ingredients and milk to the creamed mixture until mixed.
  • Add in the vanilla and mix.
  • Pour into a greased and floured 9×9 baking pan
  • Bake at 375 degrees for 25 minutes.

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9 DIY Cleaning Products that Will Save You Money

9 DIY Cleaning Products


This past month, shopping at the grocery stores have been crazy. Rows of shelves stand empty or are very depleted. And if the shelf is restocked, customers quickly fill their shopping carts with those items. It’s especially challenging to find items such as cleaning products, disinfecting wipes, baby wipes, hand sanitizer, toilet paper, paper towels and facial wipes.

To help those who are having a hard time finding cleaning products, I’ve compiled a list of 9 DIY cleaning products. These homemade cleaning products are Plus, it will save you money.

For the first of the DIY homemade cleaners, I made a video below of how to make a homemade disinfectant spray with bleach. If you can’t view it, head over to my YouTube channel here.



Here are 9 DIY cleaning products that will save you money.


Homemade disinfectant spray bleach


The most effective way to use this disinfectant is to spray it on a surface and let it sit for 10 minutes before wiping it off with a damp cloth. This will allow time for the bleach to kill the bacteria.






  • Pour the vinegar and blue Dawn dishwashing soap into the spray bottle.
  • Shake it until the solution is mixed.
  • Spray the tub and shower with the cleaning solution. Wait for 15 minutes, then wipe/scrub it down. Rinse it off with water.
  • For tough soap scum build-up, spray the mixture on and allow it to sit as long as overnight, then scrub and rinse.
  • Note: Over time, the solution may become thicker. If this happens, then just add more vinegar to thin the solution so you can spray it.

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21 Tips How to Spend Less Money on Groceries

how to spend less money on groceries


21 tips how to spend less money on groceriesThese 21 tips will teach you how to spend less money on groceries


One of the biggest expenses for families each month, after housing and transportation, is purchasing food. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Americans spend more than $7,700 per year on groceries and going out to eat. That’s almost $650 per month!

If you aren’t watching your grocery budget, those quick trips to the grocery store to purchase just $20 or $30 worth of food really do add up.

To help you spend less money on groceries, here are 21 tips how to save on groceries every month.


Above is a video of my top 10 tips on how to save money on groceries. If you can’t see the video, head over here to my YouTube channel to watch it.

And after making the video, I compiled this more detailed list of 21 tips how to save money on groceries and household items.


how to spend less money on groceries


1. Meal Plan

I get asked all the time how to save money on groceries, because I only spend about $400 per month on groceries for our family of five. And the number one tip I share that helps me save the most money on my groceries is to meal plan.

Putting together a meal plan and making sure you know exactly what you’ll need to purchase at the grocery store can help you stick to your grocery budget. You’ll be able to save money because you won’t need to run to the grocery store multiple times per week, and you can just stick to your once a week (or in my case once every two weeks) grocery shopping trip. You’ll also save time because every day you’ll know what to make for dinner and you won’t spend extra time thinking about “What’s for dinner?”

If you aren’t sure how much money to budget for your family, a good starting place is $100 per each person in the family starting at base of $300 per month.

So for a family of four, the budget would be $400 a month. This is just a general starting idea, and of course there are exceptions to this guideline. Some families can get by spending less per month. For others, they will need to spend more if they have family members with allergies or teenagers who are growing and consuming a lot of food.

If you want to get better at meal planning or see how I meal plan, head over to the post 6 Tips How to Successfully Meal Plan. It shows you how I plan my family meals, gives you ideas of how to create a menu plan, and how to prepare meals ahead of time. I also share new dinner ideas on the post.

And you will also like this post with 20 Easy Weeknight Dinners for the Family. If you are like me, I’m always looking for new and easy meal ideas for dinner that my family will love.

For those of you who are busy and want more help with your meal plan, Six Sisters’ Stuff has a weekly meal plan with family-friendly meals for just $48 a year. That turns out to be only $4 per month. Every week you’ll receive an email with 6 main dishes, 2 sides, 2 desserts or 1 snack/treat. You’ll also get a detailed shopping list of what to purchase each week at the store. Head over to Six Sisters’ Stuff to get more details or sign up.


2. Use What’s In Your Pantry, Fridge and Freezer

There are many people who skip this step and head straight to the grocery store. If you don’t know what’s in your pantry, fridge or freezer that can already be used, then you are going to waste money by throwing out food.

As you begin to meal plan, look through your pantry, fridge and freezer to see what you have and what needs to be used up. And build your meal plan based on these items that you have on hand.

If you have food you don’t know how to use in a meal, then use sites such as Allrecipes.com and SuperCook.com. Type in the ingredients you have and it will bring up new recipe ideas with those ingredients. This is a great way to not let food go to waste.


3. Look at Sales Flyers

Also as you meal plan,

For instance, if broccoli is on sale, then make Chicken Broccoli Casserole and also add broccoli as a side dish to one of the other meals. If pork chops are on sale, then make Crock Pot Ranch Pork Chops. And if cheese and tortillas are on sale, then make chicken enchiladas or quesadillas.


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Easy Valentine’s Cookies

Easy Valentine's Cookies

This is an easy Valentine’s Cookies recipe that makes soft and chewy cookies with red and pink Valentine’s M&M’s and white chocolate chips.


I made these easy Valentine’s Cookies for my family and they just loved them! It was a fun surprise for my kids when they came home from school and these Valentine’s cookies were sitting on a plate for them to eat.

It’s enjoyable to sit down with my kids after school, and while they snack on food, I talk to them about their day. Because I made these homemade Valentine’s Day cookies, they are now excited about Valentine’s Day.

These simple Valentine’s cookies made it more fun and exciting for the kids to think that Valentine’s is coming soon.


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