Caregivers Corner: Apple Recipes and Dinner in a Pumpkin

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Last month, Hunter took a trip to Helene’s Hilltop Orchard and to Wilke’s Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch.  We decided to make the most of these ventures by following them up with great recipes to celebrate the autumn season.

Great with Vanilla Ice Cream!!
Great with Vanilla Ice Cream!!

The first recipe we tried was a Candy Bar Stuffed Baked Apple.  We used the apples and apple cider we bought from Helene’s Hilltop Orchard.  I used only Snicker Bars because quite honestly, I forgot to buy Health Bars!  I also have to give a shout out to my friend, Patti K, for the idea!  The recipe we used can be found at http://www.food.com/recipe/candy-bar-stuffed-baked-apples-393931

Cheesecake stuffed apples spread joy to friendly neighbors!
Cheesecake stuffed apples spread joy to friendly neighbors!

The next apple dessert we made was a Cheesecake Stuffed Apple.  I came across this recipe on Facebook.  This is a really easy recipe and gluten free!  We served this with Cinnamon Ice Cream, one of our seasonal favorites!  I made an extra for Hunter’s neighbor, who supplied him with his favorite creamed cucumbers all summer!  She told me she has not had one in over ten years.  It is always a bonus when you can spread a bit of joy!  The recipe and video instructions can be found at http://www.delish.com/cooking/videos/a49491/cheesecake-stuffed-apples-video/

Crockpot cinnamon apples are a natural air freshener!
Crockpot cinnamon apples are a natural air freshener!

We had apples left over, so I made a batch of Crockpot Cinnamon Apples.  We loved how these made Hunter’s apartment smell!  Again, they were served with Cinnamon Ice Cream.  These can also be used on pancakes, waffles, French toast and oatmeal.  They are so easy to make.  The recipe we used was Gluten Free and can be found at http://www.justapinch.com/recipes/dessert/fruit-dessert/crockpot-baked-cinnamon-apples.html

Adam is awesome at staging photos!
Adam is awesome at staging photos!

When my boys were younger, I used to make a special dinner for Trick or Treat, usually chili.  However, one year I made Dinner in a Pumpkin.  Hunter remembered it and asked that I make it again this year.  He and Adam brought home a beautiful pumpkin from Wilke’s Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch.  I modified the recipe to make it Gluten Free.  It was a bit drier than I would have liked, so next year I will tweet it a bit and add a vegetable to the mix as well.  Hunter and Adam both enjoyed it though and had the Candy Bar Stuffed Baked Apples for dessert!  The recipe I used can be found at http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/stuffed-pumpkin-dinner

Thumb's Up from Hunter!
Thumb’s Up from Hunter!

I really put my crockpot and baking dishes to good use this October!

Tomorrow is Trick or Treat in Wausau.  Be on the lookout for the kids!  Happy Halloween!

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