Apple Dumplings

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This is one of my favorite desserts. It is even better as leftovers the next day, if you have any left over. I listed the ice cream as optional, but really it isn’t. Add a scoop and drizzle some of the sauce on top. Trust me, you’ll thank me. As an added bonus,┬áif you eat the whole thing it can count as a serving of fruit. :)

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1 Apple
1 can (8 Oz) Crescent Rolls
1/3 cup Unsalted Butter
1/2 cup Sugar
1 teaspoon Vanilla
1 tsp Cinnamon
2 Oz (4 Tbs) Sprite
Ice Cream (optional but highly recommended)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Spray 8×8 inch baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.

Peel and core apple. Cut apple into 8 slices.

Roll each apple slice in a crescent roll and place in baking dish.

Melt butter on stove top. Add sugar and stir just until blended. Stir in vanilla. Pour mixture over apples.

Pour Sprite around the edges of the pan and between the two rows of dumplings. Sprinkle with cinnamon and bake for 35 minutes. Serve with ice cream, and spoon some of the sauces from the pan over the top.

Adapted from The Pioneer Woman

Servings: 8
Calories 221
Total Fat 9.5g
Total Carbohydrates 31.5g
Dietary Fiber 1.3g
Protein 3.2g
Nutrition Grade D

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Apple Burritos

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What a depressing day this was. I think I hugged my girls every 2 minutes. Lucky for me, they don’t mind and they hug back. We spent the night playing Just Dance 4. That wore me out! But I will cherish every minute of it.

A quick and easy dessert that’s only 219 calories…

21 oz Apple Pie Filling
1/4 cup Sugar
1 tsp Cinnamon
2 Tbs Butter
6 Flour Tortillas, taco sized

Heat apple filling on stovetop or in microwave.
Mix cinnamon and sugar on a plate.
Warm small skillet over medium heat.
Place 1/2 Tbs butter in skillet.
When butter is melted, coat both sides with butter and warm for 15 seconds.
Place tortilla on sugar mixture, flip to other side.
Fill with apple filling.
Roll up tortilla and roll in sugar mixture.
Place back in skillet heat on all sides for a few seconds.
Repeat with remaining ingredients.
Serve warm.

Servings: 6
Calories 219
Total Fat 4.6g
Total Carbohydrates 45.2g
Dietary Fiber 2.7g
Protein 1.5g
Nutrition Grade C

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Apple Cobblers

After my 3rd trip to Costco this week, I have come to realize that my pantry was not made for Costco trips. So I’ve decided that I need to either turn my laundry room into a pantry, turn my dining room into a laundry room and turn my useless formal living into the dining room (any volunteers??) OR start selling groceries out of my kitchen like Lucy did on “The Business Manager” episode of I Love Lucy. Until then, since I have about 24 apples in my refrigerator, here’s a yummy apple dessert.

3 cups Apples, peeled and diced
1/4 cup Flour
1/2 cup Sugar
1/4 tsp Vanilla
1/8 tsp Cinnamon

Crumb Topping:
1/2 cup Flour
1/4 cup Sugar
1/4 cup Light Brown Sugar
3 Tbs Unsalted Butter

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a large bowl, combine 1/4 cup flour, 1/2 cup sugar and 1/8 teaspoon of cinnamon. Add apples and vanilla. Toss gently until well coated. Fill 4 ramekins (6 oz size).

In separate bowl, combine 1/2 cup flour, 1/4 cup sugar and 1/4 cup brown sugar. Cut in the butter with a pastry blender or fork until it is crumbly. Cover the top of each ramekin with the mix.

Bake for 20 minutes.

6 servings
Calories 260
Total Fat 5.97g
Total Carbs 51.38g
Dietary Fiber 1.0g
Protein 1.8g

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Chocolate Dipped Bananas

Johnny wanted a frozen chocolate dipped banana the entire time we were at Disney World, but for some reason he never got one. I decided to be a good wife and try to make him one. Which reminds me, Target has Season 2 of The Good Wife on sale this week if you need it. We just finished season 1 and it was really good. Even better though is Damages. Almost done with season 2 of that one and it is awesome. If you need a good drama to watch I’d highly recommend finding the dvd’s. One of my all time favorite dramas. Now that I’m done with my ramblings, here are the Disney World Frozen Chocolate Bananas….

3 bananas
6 popsicle sticks
2 cups chocolate chips
2 tablespoons butter, cut into cubes

Assorted Toppings:
Nuts
Sprinkles
Coconut
Cookies
Candy Bar
M&M’s
Reese’s Pieces
Peanut Butter cups
Granola
Marshmallows

Peel and cut the bananas in half crosswise, so that you have 6 pieces. Place peeled bananas on sticks. Line a cookie sheet with waxed paper. Place bananas on the cookie sheet in the freezer for 20 minutes. Heat chocolate chips with butter in the microwave for 30 seconds. Repeat in 15 second intervals stirring in between until melted. Dip the bananas in chocolate and roll in desired toppings. Freeze for 1 hour. Or if making ahead of time, remove from freezer 20 minutes before serving.

Servings: 6
Calories 386
Fat 20.6g
Carbohydrates 46.7g
Fiber 3.4g
Nutrition Grade C+

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Peaches & Cream Ice Cream

The girls think they are supposed to have ice cream after every meal, so I thought I’d start making my own and try to sneak some fruit into it. Taylor wanted no part of that. She wants mint chocolate chip. Wonder if I could sneak some zucchini into that?? 2 cups peaches, chopped 1 cup sugar 1 cup whole milk 2 cups heavy cream 1 teaspoon vanilla extract Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until mostly smooth. Pour into ice cream freezer container and follow manufacturer’s instructions. Mine is Cuisinart and I mixed for 30 minutes and placed in the freezer for 1-2 hours. Servings: 8 Calories: 234 Fat: 12g Fiber: 1g Today’s Leopard Find: Keds Sneakers …

Grilled Coconut Pineapple

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Caramel Pecan Banana Sundae

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I’ve come to realize that staying at home has turned me into my grandfather. He had unfinished projects all through the house for the first 18 years of my life. My favorite unfinished project was the sheetrock that he put up in the family room. He spackled (I have no idea how to spell spackle but apparently this isn’t it) the nail holes after he put the sheetrock up but that was where he stopped. So for as long as I can remember they had polka-dotted walls. I took inventory of my unfinished projects today…I have polka dots on 3 walls, 2 tables to refinish, 12 chairs to recover (1 is done so there is a mismatched set somewhere), plants for the yard (those are almost finished), herbs to plant, a broken armoire that needs to be moved and an attic door that won’t close. Oh! And I just refinished the shades on my chandelier – one to check off my list! I figure I have enough projects to get me through the summer. So to save some time in the kitchen, here’s a really quick, easy and healthy dessert for when you get a sweet tooth.

2 Medium Bananas, sliced
2 Tablespoons Sugar-Free Caramel Sauce
2 Tablespoons Chopped Pecans

Warm caramel sauce in the microwave for 15 seconds (30 if it has been refrigerated). Pour sauce over bananas and top with pecans.

Servings: 2
Calories: 152
Fat: 3g
Fiber: 2g

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