Crockpot Caramel Apple Butter

Crockpot Caramel Apple Butter

Crockpot Caramel Apple Butter! One of the best features about crockpot cooking is that you can toss items inside, come back later and end up with a dish that tastes like you have been slaving over a stove all day. That is definitely the case with this Crockpot Caramel Apple Butter, flavored with the aromatic spices of fall! It will also leave your home smelling amazing!  Spread it on toast, top pancakes, oatmeal or use it as a dip for fresh fruit. Need a great homemade gift to give to your hostess? Gifts from the heart and the kitchen are the best! Just tuck a jar of this Crockpot Caramel Apple Butter inside a basket with a pretty towel, and some fresh fruit.


Crockpot Caramel Apple Butter


  • 4 cups of apple sauce 
  • 5 oz of wrapped caramels (1/2 bag)
  • 1 cup of apple cider
  • 1/4 brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon  
  • 1/2 teaspoon apple pie spice



  • Put all ingredients in crockpot on low, stirring occasionally.
  • Serve when caramels are melted.
  • Store in an airtight container in refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.


Check out our other favorite fall recipes:

Caramel Dip for Apples

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Easy Taco Dip

We love tacos in our house, but sometimes we just want a little snack.  This Easy Taco Dip is one of our favorite to make because it gives us all the flavors we love in a refreshing snack.  Cheap, quick and simple to make – it is a standard for parties and events too.  My kids love it because it is like nachos, yet easier to eat.  I love it because I can make a big batch and they can simply grab a spoon with some chips and enjoy after school! If you love Tex-Mex food, be sure to check out our Crock Pot Chicken Tacos, Homemade Taco Seasoning, Cheesy Crock Pot Mexican Dip, Quick and Easy Tacos, and Copycat Taco Bell Mexican Pizza recipes too!

Easy Taco Dip



2 Cups Refried Beans

2 Cups Sour Cream

1 Package Taco Seasoning (Try our Homemade Taco Seasoning)

1 Cup Guacamole (We often use ready made from the grocery store – but you can mash a ripe avocado with 2 tablespoons lime juice, 1/2 tsp. salt & 1 tsp cumin)

1 Cup Shredded Lettuce

1/2 Cup Diced Tomatoes

1/2 Cup Shredded Cheddar Cheese

1/4 Cup Sliced Black Olives



In small bowl – mix together sour cream and taco seasoning until well blended.

In bowl or platter of choice, layer in order listed below:

  • Refried Beans
  • Sour Cream Mixture
  • Guacamole
  • Shredded Lettuce
  • Tomatoes
  • Cheese
  • Olives

Serve with your favorite blue or yellow corn tortilla chips.

Easy Taco Dip

Some people prefer a bit of chopped fresh onion or green onion in their dip, but we avoid that usually.  My kids don’t like eating foods that “bite them back”, and raw onion can be a bit tough in that category.  While you can make the refried beans and guacamole from scratch, it is just as yummy and super easy to simply grab ready made and throw this together quickly.  For those of us who love the taste of tacos or nachos, but find them messier than we would like – this Easy Taco Dip is a great solution.  Being able to scoop directly with chips always seems to be way less of a mess for my kids!

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Win $25 Save-A-Lot Gift Card + Easy Rice Cake Snack Mix Recipe!

It’s Back to School time, and we’re excited to announce 2 lucky winners will snag a Free $25 Save-A-Lot Gift Card! Just leave a comment on this blog post to enter, telling us what you’d buy!

Are you familiar with Save-A-Lot Stores? Save-A-Lot stores feature Great Food, Great Prices, and Great People! I recently went shopping at Save-A-Lot in Independence, MO in search of super easy Back-to-School Snack Ideas! Check out what I found, and Find a Save-A-Lot Near You!

After shopping in the store, I came up with a delicious homemade snack mix recipe that has a “secret” ingredient that will quickly become everyone’s favorite ingredient in this snack mix… Caramel Mini Rice Cakes! These are seriously delicious and addictive. My 6 year old wanted to eat those first and kept wanting more. 🙂 This is the yummiest snack mix I’ve ever had… the Caramel Rice cakes are a MUST-HAVE in this snack mix recipe!

Plus, Save-A-Lot has lots of great ready made Snack Mixes that are perfect for Back-to-School and after school snacks, like Pistachio Chewy Bites and Chex Mix too! Here you can see some ready-made snack mixes we bought, and ingredients we used in our Super Easy Rice Cake Snack Mix:

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Ingredients for Super Easy Rice Cake Snack Mix:

J. Higgs Caramel Rice Snacks (Save-A-Lot brand)

J. Higgs Honey Roasted Peanuts (Save-A-Lot brand)

Tipton-Grove California Style Raisins (Save-A-Lot brand) or Dried Cranberries (or both!)

J. Higgs Mini Pretzels (Save-A-Lot brand)

Kiggins Honey Nut Rollin’ Oats (Save-A-Lot brand)

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The amount of each ingredient you use is ultimately personal preference and also depends on the size of batch you need. I made a small batch, with around 1/4 – 1/2 cup of each ingredient (with some extra Caramel Rice Snacks, since those were our favorite. 🙂

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Notice that we used lots of Save-A-Lot brand ingredients in this snack mix and it was delicious! I recommend buying EXTRA of the Caramel Rice Cakes. 🙂

Save-A-Lot also has other great after school snack ideas! We found these Whole-Wheat Ritz crackers and Cheddar string cheese, and these scrumptious little pudding cups.

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Be sure to Enter the Save-A-Lot #PacknSnap Sweepstakes! You could win $100 Save-A-Lot Gift Card or an iPad mini 2! To enter, just instagram or tweet a picture of your back-to-school lunch using the hashtag #PackNSnap! Contest runs until Sept 7th.


And even better, 2 lucky Coupons and Freebies Mom readers will win a $25 Save-A-Lot gift card right here on our website! To enter, just leave a comment on this blog post telling us what you’d buy with the free gift card! Click here to Find a Save-A-Lot Near You! Giveaway ends 9/17/16 at 11:59 pm Central time. You must be a United States resident and 18 years or older to win. Comments submitted may be displayed on other websites owned by the sponsoring brand.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Save-A-Lot. The opinions and text are all mine.

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Crockpot Apple Cinnamon Steel Cut Oats

Delicious Crockpot Apple Cinnamon Steel Cut Oats are great way to start the morning.

Crockpot Apple Cinnamon Steel Cut Oats

Crockpot Apple Cinnamon Steel Cut Oats

These Crockpot Apple Cinnamon Steel Cut Oats make waking up in the mornings a little bit cozier. Belly warming and filling spices, oats, and soft apples create the perfect fall flavor combination. Don’t have a crockpot or looking for a new one? This programmable version makes cooking this dish a breeze, once cooking time is over it will turn to warm mode so you can just put toss this recipe in before you go to bed and let the crockpot do the rest.  You end up with a healthy and tasty breakfast ready when you wake up.




1 1/2 cup Steel Cut Oats

3 tbsp Brown Sugar

4 cup Water

2 cup Milk

3 tbsp Butter

2 Apples

3 tsp Cinnamon


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Core peel and chop the apples.

Spray the inside of your slow cooker with cooking spray.

Put all ingredients in slow cooker and cook on low for 7 hours or high for 4 hours.

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Before serving give it a stir to mix all ingredients well.

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Top off your bowl of steel cut oats with some additional milk and a sprinkle of brown sugar.

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How to Make Onion Dip [Easy Homemade Onion Dip]

How to Make Onion Dip! Everyone loves chips and dip as a snack or appetizer at a party, but there is nothing quite like having your own homemade Easy French Onion Dip.  Not only is it way better homemade than the kind you can buy in the store, it actually ends up being cheaper most of the time too!  You can keep the ingredients for this on hand all the time, so it’s an easy snack with chips, or a great go to with fresh vegetables, pita chips, and even a dollop on the bun when you grill burgers!  There is nothing as tasty as a bit of this on your baked potato either!

How to Make Onion Dip: Easy French Onion Dip


16 Ounce Sour Cream

2 Tablespoons Dried Minced Onion

1 Teaspoon Beef Bouillon Powder

1 Teaspoon Onion Powder

1/8 Teaspoon Celery Salt

1/8 Teaspoon Black Pepper

1/8 Teaspoon Sugar

1/8 Teaspoon Paprika



  • In a bowl mix all ingredients together until well blended
  • Refrigerate at least one hour prior to serving

Easy French Onion Dip Recipe

This is such a simple recipe to make, and so much tastier than your typical brand dips.  We also love how cost effective it is.  We keep some whipped up in the fridge all the time!

Our Favorite Ways To Use this Easy French Onion Dip:

  • In place of mayonnaise on a sandwich
  • In baked potatoes or twice baked potatoes
  • On meatloaf or hamburgers as a condiment instead of ketchup
  • In place of ranch dip for vegetables
  • Dip for Swedish Meatballs or Little Smokies
  • In potato salad

If your family likes a milder flavor, simply cut the bouillon and dried minced onion in half for a lighter but still flavorful version of this dip.  Place a large batch into a bread bowl and take to your next game day party, holiday event or after game mixer with the family!

Want to keep the powdered mix on hand at all times?  Check out our recipe for Copycat Lipton Onion Soup Mix!

And there you have it, How to Make Onion Dip in a few easy steps! Enjoy!

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2 Ingredient Pumpkin Brownie Bites

2 Ingredient Pumpkin Brownie Bites

2 Ingredient Pumpkin Brownie Bites

These delicious 2 ingredient Pumpkin Brownie Bites are perfect for a snack, make a batch or two to bring into the office, or fill up a basket and set it out for brunch. Easy and simply delicious, these brownie bites are moist and loaded up with yummy pumpkin and chocolate flavors! And the best part is that it doesn’t take more effort or ingredients to make them! They look just as pretty as they taste, so they make a wonderful presentation on a buffet or on the table.


2 Ingredient Pumpkin Brownie Bites



1 can (16oz) Pumpkin

1 box Chocolate Brownie Mix


In a large bowl, combine the pumpkin and brownie mix until the 2 ingredients are well mixed (no dry mix left). Grease a mini muffin pan and scoop the brownie mix by the tablespoonful into each cup.

Bake the brownies at 350 for about 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the middle of one of the brownie bites comes out clean. Enjoy warm or cool or even drizzled in caramel!


After they have cooled completely you can put some in a freezer safe zippered bag and place in the freezer for later, a little thaw and a  quick heat in the microwave will have you a warm, sweet treat in no time. Enjoy these delicious 2 Ingredient Pumpkin Brownie Bites!

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Quick Easy Meatloaf Recipe

One of those classic comfort foods my mom used to make us was meatloaf.  She would always serve it with a side of mashed potatoes and green beans.  This Quick Easy Meatloaf Recipe reminds me of my mom’s, but is so much simpler to make.  I literally throw everything together in under 5 minutes, toss in the oven and my family raves over it.  If you are looking for a tasty and inexpensive entree to make, this is definitely the meal for you.

Quick Easy Meatloaf Recipe



1 Pound Lean Ground Beef

1 Tablespoon Minced Dried Onion

2 Teaspoons Garlic Powder

1 Teaspoon Oregano

1 Teaspoon Salt

1 Teaspoon Paprika

1 Teaspoon Black Pepper

1/4 Cup Tomato Paste

1/4 Cup Barbecue Sauce



  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees
  • In large bowl mix together all ingredients except tomato past and barbecue sauce.
  • Form into loaf and place in center of casserole dish (I prefer this method over loaf pans so grease drains off easier)
  • Mix together tomato paste and barbecue sauce
  • Cover meatloaf with tomato/barbecue mix
  • Bake at 375 degrees for 35 minutes

Easy Meatloaf Recipe

This classic quick easy meatloaf recipe is a perfect weeknight meal.  It is so easy to assemble, and you don’t need any special ingredients.  It goes great with mashed, roasted or baked potatoes and your preferred veggie.  And if you make a double batch, you cna easily have leftovers the next day for lunch, or slice a piece and put on toasted bread with some melted cheese for a fun meatloaf sandwich!


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5 Great Restaurants In San Diego

5 Great Restaurants in San DiegoHeading to San Diego for vacation? You are thrilled to be in this beautiful Southern California city full of culture, music, museums, kids activities and of course the best food around.  Only a few hours from the Happiest Place on Earth, San Diego is a popular vacation destination and is known for it’s incredible cuisine.  Here are 5 Great Restaurants in San Diego to fit into any budget.  Don’t forget to take a few minutes out of your activities to soak up some local culture and flavor at one of these great venues.

5 Great Restaurants in San Diego

CORVETTE DINER:  Old school diner atmosphere with great music and great food this is perfect for a fun and fanciful date night, evening out with the kids or to hang with old friends.  Although their location has changed over the last 15 years the quality has not.  Food prices typical of a classic diner atmosphere with most appetizers under $8 and most entrees under $13 you can easily feed a crowd on a budget.  Check out their Garbage Plate piled high with samplings of the hottest appetizers on the menu.  Great food at reasonable prices this is an atmosphere infused joint you will go home excited to reminisce about for years to come.  Corvette Diner hours of operation and location can be found at their website here.

RUBIO’S:  This original home of the Fish Taco is based in San Diego and a must visit for anyone who loves fresh, clean and delicious Tacos.  Their Fish Taco is the original and dare I say, the best in many opinions, but their entire menu is full of great taco, enchilada and nacho varieties.  Home of a multiple variety salsa bar and some of the best rice you will try it is an inexpensive lunch or light meal that includes kid friendly items at great prices.

THE PRADO AT BALBOA PARK: Located in Historic Balboa Park this restaurant is an excellent choice for finer dining and the classic date night meal.  With prices typical of a steakhouse you will find quality appetizers, entrees and desserts that are sure to please the food critique in your party.  Calamari, Steak and Blue Crab are specialties that deserve mention for those with a hearty appetite for rich cuisine.  If you want the ambiance but lack the budget check out their lower priced lunch menu with just as great quality.  Dinner reservations are recommended.  Hours or operation and further information can be found here.

NICOLOSI’S ITALIAN RESTAURANT:  If you enjoy great traditional Italian fare this is definitely the place for you to go.  Romantic ambiance perfect for a candlelit dinner with the one you love their Chicken Penne Pasta is incredible.  A full range of classic Italian dishes available makes this menu one of the best in the area.  Although it is a family friendly restaurant it is definitely traditionally a “date night” location so it may be more suitable to take the kids for a great lunch there and leave the evening meal for just the happy couple dining out. For locations and hours of operation check their website here.

GIANT PIZZA KING:  Every vacation in Southern California needs to include great pizza.  Giant Pizza King has traditional pizza with every choice of topping you can imagine.  Mushrooms, Pepperoni and Black Olive are always popular but their basic cheese pizza is unlike any other you will experience.  Reasonable prices, family friendly atmosphere and incredible quality you will go home wishing you had a location down the street to pick up pizza for your game night events.  Multiple locations across the San Diego County Region can be found here.

San Diego is a great area for quality authentic foods of all kinds.  Southern California is rich in ethnic cuisine that thrives on the generations of families continuing to make their livings providing the food their grandmothers brought to the table.  Don’t miss out on these 5 Great Restaurants In San Diego on your next trip to the area.





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