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    Slow-Cooker Banana Bread

    I love to use my slow cooker. I started to experiment with making bread in it so I wouldn’t have to heat up my kitchen by turning on my oven. It’s so easy and simple. I make this slow-cooker banana bread all the time. —Nicole Gackowski, Antioch, California

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    Berry Smoothie Bowl

    3 reviews

    We turned one of our favorite smoothies into a smoothie bowl and topped it with even more fresh...


    Quinoa Breakfast Bowl

    1 review

    Quinoa has been around for a while, but I’m just now jumping on the quinoa breakfast bowl bandwagon. I’ve made...


    Pressure-Cooker Cinnamon Applesauce

    1 review

    Homemade applesauce is a breeze in an electric pressure cooker. A few minutes of prep and a short cook time...


    Game Night Domino Brownies

    Brownies are the perfect handheld treat, and they’re even more fun when decorated like dominoes. Chocolate lovers, rejoice!
    —Barbara...

    Apricot Fluff

    15 reviews

    When we were young mothers, I asked my best friend if she had a recipe for an easy ambrosia salad...


    Homemade Grenadine

    You can buy grenadine, but after you make your own, you'll never go back to the store-bought version. Kids love...

    Pressure-Cooker Homemade Chunky Applesauce

    1 review

    This applesauce is so easy. My family loves the things I make from scratch, and it's good knowing exactly what...


    Apple Pie Steel-Cut Oatmeal

    3 reviews

    I absolutely love this slow-cooked oatmeal. The steel-cut oats have so much flavor and texture. My family sprinkles toasted pecans...


    Homemade Pear Honey

    2 reviews

    Pear honey is an old recipe that's been passed down through families. We especially like it with hot biscuits and...


    Cinnamon Apple Pancakes

    14 reviews

    My family loves these light and fluffy apple cinnamon pancakes. And best of all, they're sweet enough to enjoy even...

    Orange Lemonade

    11 reviews

    This juice is a favorite at our place. I'll often double the batch and send a jar next door to...


    Morning Orange Drink

    15 reviews

    I love to treat overnight guests to this creamy orange frappe. Just blitz a few basic ingredients in your blender...


    Hot Apple Cider

    7 reviews

    In this recipe, brown sugar and spices add extra flavor to already delicious apple cider. —Marlys Benning, Wellsburg, Iowa


    Brunch Fruit Salad

    14 reviews

    This appealing fruit salad is a lovely addition to breakfast, lunch or even supper. Light and refreshing, it's perfect alongside...


    Cream Cheese Candies

    14 reviews

    These homemade mints make a perfect last-minute addition to holiday treat trays. Pretty much everyone in my neighborhood has this...

    Spiced Cider

    4 reviews

    I first concocted this beverage years ago for my son on a chilly New England day. He’s grown now, but...


    Vanilla Bean Angel Food Cake

    3 reviews

    Angel food cake is everyone’s favorite blank slate for making awesome desserts. Serve it with a simple glaze or pile...


    Chunky Applesauce

    33 reviews

    There's just something extra special about a homemade applesauce recipe like this one. This simple dish is tart and not...


    Home-Style Chicken Soup

    1 review

    “I’ve relied on this easily prepared broth on many occasions,” Kathy Rairigh shares from Milford, Indiana. “Mom gave me the...


    Apple Pie Sandwiches

    7 reviews

    I created this apple sandwich one autumn when we had an abundant apple crop. We enjoy these sandwiches for breakfast...


    Cinnamon Fruit Biscuits

    27 reviews

    Because these sweet treats are so easy, I'm almost embarrassed when people ask me for the recipe. They're a snap...


    Spiced Apple-Grape Juice

    Round out any brunch with this spiced apple drink. Seasoned with cinnamon, cloves and allspice, it will wrap your guests...


    Hearty Macaroni Vegetable Soup

    1 review

    With just moments of prep time, this hearty soup truly couldn't be easier to make. Simply open up the ingredients,...

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    Easy Homemade Chunky Applesauce

    5 reviews

    Here's a comforting, home-style treat that never loses its appeal. Dish up big bowlfuls and wait for the smiles! —Marilee...


    Holiday Wassail Punch

    2 reviews

    This festive and fruity punch is made with five kinds of juices plus cinnamon and allspice for a unique, well-balanced...


    Circus Peanut Gelatin

    1 review

    Circus peanuts are one of the most popular candies in my hometown's old-fashioned candy shop. When I saw this circus...


    Tangy Strawberry Slush

    When temperatures rise, cool things down with this ice-cold fruity slush. Keep some in the freezer for when guests pop...


    Strawberry Watermelon Slush

    21 reviews

    We like to relax on the back porch with glasses of my slush after a long, hot day. Strawberries and...


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    Strawberry Rhubarb Jam

    13 reviews

    This tangy Strawberry Rhubarb Jam recipe is a favorite with my family. They'll put it on almost anything, but especially...