Spiced Pecans

1 egg white
1 T. cold water
1 lb. pecans
1/2 c. sugar
dash of salt
1/2 t. cinnamon
2 T. butter

Beat egg white and water until frothy. Add pecans and blend together with hands until all pecans are coated. In a separate bowl mix together sugar, salt and cinnamon. Add to pecans and blend until pecans are well-coated.

Place on a buttered baking sheet and bake at 225 degrees for 1 hour. Stir every 15 minutes. Let cool before packing in jars or tins.

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Spiced Apples

4 Gala apples, peeled and cored
1/2 c. brown sugar
1 t. cinnamon
1/4 t. nutmeg
2 T. water
1 T. butter

Mix together brown sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg in a small bowl. In a casserole dish coat apples with brown sugar mixture. Pour water over the top and place pats of butter around the dish. Cover and microwave for 8 minutes (OR Cook all in a medium pot on the stove on medium high heat with the lid on for 10 minutes).

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Simple Apple Bake

This recipe is from Meredith’s blog. Go check her out at her blog or recipe blog!

Sometimes in the evenings when I want something sweet, but don’t want to bake something (cause I’ll end up eating all of it.) I make this sweet snack. I feel like it’s sorta healthy too, because of the apple and the oats.

1 apple, fuji is my fave!
1-2 Tbsp butter
1-2 Tbsp brown sugar
1/2 cup oats
walnuts (optional)

Cut the apple into wedges, and then into smaller pieces. In oven proof dish, add apples, butter, brown sugar, and oats. Sprinkle with cinnamon and walnuts. Bake at 400 for 20-30 minutes. Stir well, and enjoy. It’s good with ice cream on top too! You can also microwave this, which is much faster, and is how I make it in the summer when I don’t want to turn the oven on! I like the way it smells though when it’s baking in the oven. Heavenly!

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Cinnamon Rolls

My mother in law, Mary Ann, shared this recipe with me.  She got it from her dear friend Edna.  And often Mary Ann will make these up special for us–the whole house will smell delightfully like cinnamon!

2 pkgs. yeast
3 c. flour plus 1/2 c. separated plus 4 c. also separate
1 c. sugar
2 t. salt
2 c. milk
1/2 c. water
1 c. margarine plus 16 T. separated plus scant amount for greasing bowl
4 eggs
2 T. lemon juice
1 c. cinnamon sugar mixture (made from 4 t. cinnamon and 1 c. sugar) in a shaker (I like this one.)

Thoroughly mix undissolved yeast with 3 c. flour, 1 c. sugar, 2 t. salt. In a sauce pan heat 2 c. milk over low heat and add 1/2 c. water and 1 c. margarine. Heat to 125 degrees. Add liquid mixture to dry mixture. Beat for two minutes at medium speed, scraping the bowl occasionally.

Add 1/2 c. flour, 4 eggs, 2 T. lemon juice. Stir in additional 4 c. flour. Knead on lightly floured surface (or pastry cloth) for about 8 minutes. Place in a lightly greased bowl, turning the ball of dough to grease the top. Cover with warm damp cloth and let rise in a warm place until doubled in size (about 2 hours).

Punch down. For each handful of dough, into a 1/2 inch thick rectangle. Spread 2 T. melted margarine and sprinkle 1/8 c. cinnamon sugar mixture. Roll up in jelly-roll fashion and slice about 1″ in length. Place in greased pan, cut side down. Makes four pans.

Let rise again until double in size. Cook at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.

Remove from pan and drizzle with frosting made from 2 c. powdered sugar, 2-4 T. milk and 1 t. vanilla. Needs to be of consistency to pour from spoon. From an old family friend, Edna Stevens.

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Mrs. Julie’s Applesauce

When Tabor was in preK four years ago, his teacher made this wonderful applesauce with the kids.  It wafts the smell of cinnamon all throughout your home. The flavor, too, is wonderful!

5 granny smith apples
5 gala (or another kind) red apples
1 cup of water
1 cup of sugar
1 teaspoon of cinnamon

Peel, core and slice apples into about 8 pieces. Add all to the crock pot. Cook on low for 8-10 hours. Then I used a hand blender to “mash” them. Leave a few chunks in it, if you’d like.Enjoy!

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Cinnamon-Sugar Popcorn

My friend Dori shared this with me last year, and since then it has been a family night favorite.  Everyone wants a goodly portion.

1 egg white, slightly beaten
½ c. sugar
1 tsp. cinnamon
¼ tsp. salt
2 quarts of air-popped popcorn (not microwave)

Mix together first 4 ingredients. Pour mixture over popped popcorn and be sure it is fully coated. Spread in a greased baking sheet. Bake for 20 minutes at 300º stirring frequently. Cool completely on paper towels before putting into an airtight container. Love this snack and make this for women’s retreats as well as a family snack! From my dear friend Dori.
** We add one stick of melted butter to the first part for more calories and buttery-goodness.

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