Crockpot Apple Cinnamon Dump Cake

Posted on Sep 17, 2014 in Desserts, Featured | 5 comments

apple dump cake

That’s right. You read the title correctly. CROCKPOT Apple Cinnamon Dump Cake. You only need five ingredients and a slow cooker to make this dessert happen! Pumpkin dump cake was one of the very first things I tried when I discovered Pinterest. I don’t know how I grew up in a Baptist church with regular potlucks and never heard of dump cakes! They are so easy to make and they taste delicious! I put these ingredients together the other night for dessert and it. was. awesome. Really.

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Easy Housewarming Gift

Posted on Sep 15, 2014 in Cleaning Tips and Tricks, Home and Garden | 2 comments

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #SparklySavings #CollectiveBias

My brother and sister-in-law are in escrow for their first house. Right now they live in the parsonage behind the church, but it’s small and they are ready to become home owners. They found a really nice house on the same side of town and we are so excited for them to move in soon! To celebrate with them, I picked up a few items and put together a fun “gift basket” as a housewarming gift. So, Jamie Rench, stop reading right now. Don’t scroll down the page. I mean it! You don’t want to spoil the surprise, do you? :) I’ll give you a moment to click away.

OK, if your name is NOT “Jamie Rench” please feel free to read on!

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Bathroom Routines for Kids

Posted on Sep 13, 2014 in Home and Garden, Kids | 0 comments

This post is sponsored by Cottonelle. All opinions are my own.

bathroom routines for kids

Our youngest just turned 3, and we are still dealing with the whole potty training thing. Yay me. He’s definitely getting better, and I’m sure he’ll have it down soon enough, but I feel like we spend a LOT of time in the bathroom!

I think I’m in a hurry to get this over with because when he’s done, I’m done with diapers and training pants forever!!! I can’t wait for that freedom! Our oldest son is 9, but because of his autism, we sometimes still deal with bathroom issues, so I decided to create a visual to hang up over the toilet to remind the boys of their bathroom routines.

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Lasagna Soup in the Crockpot

Posted on Sep 12, 2014 in Main Dishes | 2 comments

lasagna soup


I’ve made this lasagna soup twice now, and it still doesn’t look all that pretty. But the recipe is so easy and tastes so great, I decided to share it with you anyway. Besides, I keep changing things so much, if I don’t post something, it won’t resemble a “recipe” at all anymore! :)

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Let’s Get Real #56

Posted on Sep 11, 2014 in Uncategorized | 1 comment

Woot! Woot! Let’s get this Friday started. Let’s Get Real is all about Healthy Living. That’s right! It’s all about Real Food, fitness, health and wellness, and home life tips and tricks from Real people. That’s you! Grab a cup of coffee (or other preferred beverage ). Relax into a comfy spot and take some time to get to know the great folks that link up here.

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50 Delicious Apple Recipes

Posted on Sep 10, 2014 in Appetizers/Snacks, Desserts | 2 comments

I love the Fall! It’s a welcome break after the long, hot Summer. I enjoy a good pumpkin recipe, but my first choice would have to be apples when it comes to Fall recipes. I’ve put together a collection of fifty different apple recipes for you to try this season. Some are sweet, some are savory, some are healthy and others are decadent. Enjoy the collection and remember, if you want to pin a specific recipe, please click through to the source. If you want to pin the whole collection, you can pin from this page! Which recipe will you try first?apple roundup 1

Cinnamon Apple Chips by Baked By Rachel

Apple Butter Snickerdoodles by Crazy for Crust

Peanut Butter Apple Nachos

Cinnamon Caramel Apple Energy Balls

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Glazed Apple Crumb Muffins by Sally’s Baking Addiction

Apple and Peanut Butter Stackers by Taste of Home

Apple Caramel Pie by Girl Who Ate Everything

French Apple Cake by Joan’s Food Wanderings

Apple and Banana Bundt Cake by Averie Cooks

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Bite-Size Apple Pies by Cookin’ Up North

Apple Cream Cheese Bundt Cake by Baked By Rachel

Candy Apple by The Mother Huddle

Apple Zucchini Muffins by Two Peas and Their Pod

Apple Pancake Dippers by Mother’s Niche

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Apple Pie Muddy Buddies by A Pumpkin and A Princess

Glazed Apple Crumb Muffins by Sally’s Baking Addition

Easy Caramel Apple Cinnamon Rolls by Crazy for Crust

Apple Cobbler Cheesecake with Caramel Crumb Topping by A Dash of Sanity

Salted Caramel Apple Pie Bars by Sally’s Baking Addiction

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Mini Apple Pie Cookies by Made From Pinterest

Baked Apple Pie for Passion For Savings

Apple Sauce Truffles by Call Me PC

Apple Pie Dumplings by Spend with Pennies

Caramel Apple Cupcakes

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Cinnamon Apple Rings by Eat Views

Spiral Apple Bread with Caramel Apple Glaze by Inspired by Charm

Homemade Apple Butter by Katie’s Cucina

Apple Crisp Stuffed with Apples by Cheerios and Lattes

Apple Turnovers by Erren’s Kitchen

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Granola Apple Bites by The Comfort Cooking

Easiest Apple Crumble by The Cafe Sucre Farine

Cranberry Apple Chicken Salad by Cinnamon Spice and Everything Nice

Crescent Wrapped Baked Apple Pie Brie by Tablespoon

Apple Pie Bars by Love Grows Wild

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Apple Cookies by Rachel Schultz

South Skillet Fried Apples

Caramel Apple Popcorn by Eat The Love

Apple Crisp Pizza by The Girl Who Eats Everything

Apple Cider Caramels by Table for Two Blog

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Chicken and Apple Sausage Patties by Martha Stewart

Apple Coffee Cake Muffins by Baked by Rachel

Crispy Apple Fries by Life Should Taste Good

Cinnamon Oat Baked Apples  by I Heart Naptime

Caramel Apple Stacked French Toast by The Cozy Apron

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Brie Apple Bacon Grilled Cheese by I Want Crazy Blog

Old Fashioned Apple Cake by Cinnamon Spice and Everything Nice 

Rosette Apple Pie Tartlets by Hello Paper Moon

Crunchy Apple Slaw by Seeded at the Table

Caramel Apple Pie Biscuit by Lady and Pups

Mini Caramel Apple Bites by Best Food Cloud

Here are a couple “bonus” apple recipes of my own!

overnight apple oatmealOvernight Apple Oatmeal

easy apple cobblerApple Cobbler with Caramel Sauce

caramel apple pie pancakesCaramel Apple Pie Pancakes 

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Owl Gift Bag-Guest Post

Posted on Sep 8, 2014 in Crafts, Featured | 3 comments


Today I am so excited to introduce you to Mary Kate from Christianity Cove, a fantastic resource for Sunday School lessons, homeschool resources and all sorts of cute crafts for kids (not just “churchy” ones, in case you were wondering) :) After checking out these ADORABLE owl bags, head over to her site or social media pages and tell her I sent you! owl gift bags

“Thank You” Owl Gift Bag

With the turning of Fall, our thoughts are filled with the things we are thankful for.  One of the greatest things we can be thankful for is God’s wisdom, which in turn makes us wise when we follow him.   We can tap into God’s wisdom any time that we pray. The God who created the depths of the oceans and the farthest star hears every word and is happy to answer us. He never says a question is stupid or that he doesn’t have enough time. This can make us wise as owls…

 Thank someone special in your life for all the wisdom they have shared with you, by creating these super cute homemade gift bags made into an “owl” for wisdom.  Fill the inside with cards sharing all the ways they have supported you!  Where would we be without those people who are there to give us moral support when we need it?


  • Paper bag
  • 3×5 cards
  • Pen or pencil
  • Brown, blue, and orange construction paper
  • Brown-themed wrapping paper
  • Cardstock, 2 pieces for each child
  • Colored markers or crayons
  • Scissors
  • Small paper plates, 2 for each child
  • Large mug
  • Juice glass
  • Stick glue
  • Cookies or candy if desired


  1.  Use the small paper plate to make circles on the back of the wrapping paper to form the largest circles of the owl’s eyes. Cut out the circles.
  2. Use the paper plate again to make circles on the cardstock and cut out.

Note: If your children are older and more dexterous, they can hold the wrapping paper and cardstock together and cut them both at once, making a perfect match-up.

  1. Use the large mug to trace circles on the blue construction paper that make the middle-sized circles of the owl’s eyes. Cut out the circles.
  2. Use the juice glass to make the smallest circles of the owl’s eyes. Cut out the circles.
  3. Glue the blue circles onto the wrapping paper circles, then the brown circles onto the blue ones. Glue the eyes onto the bag to create the face of the owl.  (You want to leave about 2 inches of bag above the eyes, to create the flap over “eyebrows”.)
  4. Cut a beak from orange construction paper and paste on the owl.
  5. Cut a strip of orange paper. Write on it “Thanks from [your name]. I/We appreciate all you do for me/us.” Paste it across the bottom of the bag.
  6. It is not necessary to make feet, but if desired, cut out the shape of feet from orange construction paper and paste them on the bottom of the bag.
  7. Write your personal “thank you notes” on the index cards. For example:  “Thank you for your patience,” or “thank you for believing in me.”
  8. Place the notes inside the paper bag.
  9. Add candy, cookies or other gifts, if desired.
  10. Fold the top of the bag over as per the illustration, and your “Thank You” Owl Bag is ready to be presented to that someone special!

Mary Kate Warner

Mary-Kate is a regular blogger at Christianity Cove (  You can often find her writing about Christian Parenting, Homeschool Teaching, Bible Study and Sunday School Activities, Faith and inspiring children to love God.  Follow her at @SundaySchoolGal  Facebook  Google+Pinterest

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