Apple Crisp a la mode

Apple Crisp

Sponsored post by Lunchbox, all opinions are 100% my own. When temperatures start to drop Apple Crisp becomes one of my favorite comfort foods. Probably because it was my mom’s go to treat on snowy Sunday afternoons. The apples, the cinnamon, the nutmeg, and the crisp–oh the crisp! I could eat it by the spoonful with or without the apples! Peel and slice apples. One of those peel, slicer, corer things would be handy to use right about now! Slice the apples into 1/4″ thick pieces.. Add spices, flour, brown sugar, butter and a bit of water. Toss the apples until it is all mixed  together and pour in pan. Place pan on a parchment or foil lined baking sheet just in case it bubbles over. For the crisp you’ll need more cinnamon, nutmeg, brown sugar, old fashioned oats, flour and melted butter. Stir together. Top apples with the crisp mixture and bake at 350 for 60 minutes (or until [Read More…]

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Raspberry Sauce // DIY Gift

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Hello there!  It’s me again, Katie from The Casual Craftlte.  Today I am sharing a homemade idea for the holidays.  This Raspberry Sauce DIY Gift is perfect for topping cheesecake, ice cream, yogurt and more.  Plus, I have included labels which you can print later in this post.   I love the idea of making raspberry sauce for Christmas.  It says “Happy Holidays” with it’s vibrant red color.  The recipe I used makes approximately 6 oz, which is the exact size of mason jars I bought. In a medium sauce pan on the stove, combine 2 1/2 teaspoons cornstarch, 3 tablespoons granulated sugar and 1/3 cup water. Add 12 oz of thawed raspberries and cook over medium heat. Stir constantly until the mixture boils, mashing the raspberry with the back of a spoon. Once the mixture is boiling, cook and stir for one additional minute.  Strain the sauce through a fine mesh sieve placed over a bowl to remove seeds. [Read More…]

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Christmas Festive Ice Cream Bars

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Target and Magnum are celebrating the chocolate lover in all of us this season.  Forget cookies this year…Santa is getting these this year!  Festive delicious ice cream bars!  I’m excited to share how easy it was to whip up this fancy treat! What you need: Magnum White Bars (these are so beyond delicious by themselves) Festive toppings: Peppermint candies crushed up Candy Cane Candy Melts Green Food Coloring A pastry bag to pipe on the chocolate Melt the candy cane candy melts in your microwave (checking and stirring every 10-15 seconds).  Add green food coloring and blend thoroughly.  Place this in a pastry bag…or ziploc bag and cut the tip.  Using the bag, create green stripes on each bar.  Then…sprinkle on the crushed peppermint.  Delicious!  This would also be a perfect treat for any holiday party!  Keep these babies frozen until your are ready to enjoy!   They also look so pretty on a festive Christmas plate. This is the season [Read More…]

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Candy Cane Brownies

Candy Cane Brownies

Are you familiar with Mint Brownies? You know, the ones with the green layer? For some reason the green mint always reminds me of toothpaste, and if there’s one thing I don’t want with my brownie it is toothpaste! These Candy Cane Brownies have all the peppermint goodness, but with a soft pink center! The key is Peppermint Kisses! But before I get ahead of myself, you’ll first need your favorite brownie recipe as the base. And if you want to know a little secret, this is my favorite brownie recipe–BUT I use a box mix for these. Thank you Betty Crocker! Whichever way you decide to go, homemade or from the box just make sure you’ve got a 9×13″ pan of brownies to work with.   For the filling you’ll need 36-48 unwrapped Candy Cane Kisses. Melt in the microwave 20 seconds at a time, stir in between nuking. The red striped melt into pink and the little but [Read More…]

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Scripture Reading Chart 2015


  This is the 4th year we’ve shared the Scripture Reading Chart and many of you have been asking for one for 2015! You can read Kirsten’s experiences and advice for 2012, 2013, and 2014. If this is your first year using the chart, here are some tips to help it become successful for your family!   SECRETS TO OUR SUCCESS: BE ACCOUNTABLE: This is the BEST SECRET of them all, I tell ya…use this one page CALENDAR CHART that represents the whole year!!!!!! A gap on our reading chart iss enough to muster up the umph to read each night, and how we didn’t anticipate that we would be motivated by that, but it worked. USE COLORED STICKERS & make it a game: This was also a main key for us. The child that was the most well-behaved got to choose the sticker for the chart that night. This was a major motivator for our kids. CHOOSE THE SAME [Read More…]

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Christmas Pillows


Add a fun accents with an easy Christmas pillow. There’s even one for the scrooge in your house. Using Cricut’s Photo Booth Props cartridge I creating these pillows that are now featured in Design Space. Which means that with the click of a button and just $.99 you can make matching pillows. I picked the pillow covers up from Hobby Lobby and used red iron-on vinyl for the design. These pillows really took no time, simply cut, weed, iron and you are done! Ho Ho Ho Bah Humbug Pin It

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Adobe Voice: Voice Your Thanks


This post is sponsored by Adobe. All opinions are my own. My girls and I have been playing around with the new app, Adobe Voice.  It has been a blast watching my girls come up with simple and fun videos. In fact, here is one of my favorites my 8-year-old did. I love how this opens up so many new possibilities for how we can share our story with friends and loved ones.   I caught this cute face after she sent Grandma her video via text.If you have ever wanted to send a little “Thank You” to someone who has changed your life, now is your chance.  If you create a “Thank You” video with Adobe Voice you could win $5,000 for sharing your story of thanks. Oh and you if you do win the $5,000, your favorite cause gets $5,000 as well.Watch this fun little Voice Video for some more info.   This is the face I got after she sent [Read More…]

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Caption This Pic Contest!! {Win a $25 Gift Card}

Holiday Caption Contest!

Winner Announcement!!! We all loved the fun clever captions! Thanks so much for sharing! The WINNER is: Yvonne Wolf “This better be Santa and not the Stork like last time.” Here are some of our runner ups!  Chelsea Nielsen says: I hope Santa’s been brushing up on his America Ninja Warrior skills! Whitney Parco says: I see London, I see France, I see Santa’s UNDERPANTS!!! Shannon H. says: Either I just saw Santa or Sirius Black! Melina Gonzalez says: “I just don’t see how he’s going to fit in this chimney, it’s gonna be like squeezing a school bus into a compact car parking spot.” Thanks to everyone who left a comment! We have to do this again! CHRISTMAS CAPTION CONTEST Check out our holiday  picture below. The reader who is able to come up with the BEST caption for this picture… as in the most witty OR the one that makes us laugh the most, will be the WINNER!!  Pin It

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