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Maple Apple Crisp, Gluten Free, Sugar Free and Vegan Friendly

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Yesterday our fruit basket had three Granny Smith apples in it that were getting a little on the overripe side, and it was time to do something with them. My son has just recently started a gluten free and dairy free diet so I needed something that he could enjoy with us as well.  After looking around online I found a few recipes that I thought would work but none of them seemed exactly like I was looking for so I made up my own recipe! 
First, I peeled the apples, cored them, and sliced them paper thin.
With the apple slices I mixed in:  1/4 cup maple syrup 1 tablespoon gluten free flour 2 tablespoons lemon juice 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
After the spices and apple slices had been mixed in I placed the apple slices in a deep dish pie pan.
For the topping I mixed together: 1 1/2 cups Old Fashioned Rolled Oats 1/2 cup Agave Nectar 1/3 cup gluten free flour 1 teaspoon cinnamon 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
I sprinkled the topping over the apples and baked it in a 375 Degree …

Menu Plan Monday, February 18th to 24th

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Join us for Menu Plan Monday at I'm an Organizing Junkie. This past week was a very busy week for us.  A few nights we opted for quick sandwiches or salads instead of a full blown meal which means we didn't get to some of the meals we had planned, so they will be showing up again this week.  It is going to be another busy, busy week around here this week but I am not complaining, I love my busy lifestyle! Here's what I have planned for this week: links to recipes are in red Monday Breakfast - Crockpot Breakfast Casserole Lunch - Turkey Wraps, Tortilla Chips with Salsa, Applesauce Dinner - Whole Foods Slow Cooker Classic Pot Roast (New Recipe) Tuesday Breakfast - Bacon, Eggs,Easy Homemade Biscuits Lunch - Salads Dinner - Carraba's Copycat Chicken Marsala (New Recipe that we didn't get to last week) Wednesday Breakfast - Banana Bread Pancakes (Family Favorite) Lunch - Turkey Wraps, Pretzels, Apples Thursday Breakfast - Cereal Lunch -Italian Vegetable Soup Dinner - Baked S…

Menu Plan Monday, February 11th to 17th

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Join us for Menu Plan Monday at I am an Organizing Junkie.
With Valentines this week it is all about love at our house.  Mostly though the love is from my kids because I am the super awesome mom who is letting them eat sweets right now!  They love holidays because it means cupcakes, cake pops, chocolate covered marshmallows and CANDY!  We had a Valentine's Day party on Saturday with our extended family, then on Monday we have a Valentine's Day party at our homeschool co-op, followed by a weekend trip to my grandmother's where we will have more birthday cake for her birthday.  So this week we will all be sailing through it on a sugar high! 
Here is what I have on the menu for the week besides sugar:
Monday Breakfast:  Sausage Biscuits Lunch:  Turkey Wraps, Pretzels, Applesauce Dinner:  Steaks, Sauteed Mushrooms, Grilled Bacon Wrapped Cabbage
Tuesday Breakfast: Cinnamon Vanilla Freezer Pancakes Lunch:  Turkey Wraps, Apple Dinner:  Old Fashioned Pot Roast (New Recipe), Yummy …

Valentine's Day Treats to Make

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I am a huge baker, and always go overboard.  With so many sweet (literally and figuratively) treats to make this Valentine's Day I don't know where to start.  Here is what I am planning on whipping up this Valentine's Day for my loves. 


These heart shaped Rice Krispies are among the top on my list to make, after all Rice Krispies are a snap (I am just full of puns today) to make and the chocolate gives this kid's treat a grown up twist.  You can find the recipehere at Cooking On The Side.


I can not wait to bake up these Marbled Red Velvet Cheesecake Brownies.  I am so into making them that I even ordered the EXACT jelly roll pan she uses from Amazon tonight.  You can find the recipe for thesehere at The Novice Chef.



I am a gumdrop lover but until now I haven't attempted to make my own.  I think these Homemade Gumdrops are the perfect ones to be my first try.  You can get the recipe for them hereat Melissa's Cuisine.



We are having our family's annual Red P…

Apples to Oregon Unit Study

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We have returned to unit studies this semester for Little Man and Sunshine.  We started out the year trying to take a more textbook approach for our science and history but quickly found out that it just wasn't us, and that they learned so much more by diving into unit studies.  I think I am going to continue with interest based unit studies for a little while longer with the two of them.  In addition to the unit study activities that I list here we also do additional Language Arts, Math, and free reading. 
Our first unit study after Christmas Break was on the book Apples to Oregon by Deborah Hopkinson.


This book is absolutely the cutest book I have read in a while, and I loved it as much as my kids.  We were able to dive into so many subjects off of this one book, and are now doing the Oregon Trail lapbook from In the Hands of a Child because of it.
We based our unit study off of the free one that is available here from Homeschool Share but added and changed a few things.  We …