Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Apple Cake

This Apple Cake is a moist, delicious cake that is perfect dressed up with caramel and ice cream, or eaten alone.  Perfectly normal for breakfast, as well.

Apple Cake, Chasing Saturdays

This cake is great to take to gatherings and potlucks. Everyone will love the flavor in this cake! You can also say that you made this recipe from scratch, and it is so easy to prepare! So easy, my husband made this cake! 

If you have a favorite nut you would like to add to the cake, go for it.  Nuts are optional, and in my family, we just opt out for nuts.  

Apple Cake , Chasing Saturdays

The apples in this cake bake down so well in this recipe. Everything in this cake is moist and flavorful!  The colors are beautiful, and so easy to make! 

Apple Cake, Chasing Saturdays

This cake is even better when paired with vanilla ice cream! 

1 cup oil
2 cups sugar
2 eggs
2 tsps vanilla
3 cups of flour
½ tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon
3 cups chopped and peeled apples
½ cups nuts (optional)


  1. Mix together the oil, sugar, eggs and vanilla.
  2. Add flour, salt, baking soda, and cinnamon.
  3. Add 3 cups chopped and peeled apples.
  4. Add nuts (optional)
  5. Spread in a greased 9x13 pan.
  6. Bake 325 degrees, 25 minutes.

Apple Cake, Chasing Saturdays

Monday, November 13, 2017

Crock Pot Taco Rice Casserole

My favorite crock pot is the casserole crock pot.  It's blue and it is perfect for converting  your favorite casserole meals to crock pot meals! The Crock Pot Taco Rice Casserole was perfect match for the Casserole Crock Pot.

Crock Pot Taco Rice Casserole

I like to make things simple when it comes to crock pot cooking! I prepared the hamburger in the Pampered Chef Micro Cooker in the microwave. You can cook the hamburger on the stove top, but it only took 5 minutes in the microwave.  Drain the fat, and add the rest of the onions, drained black beans, corn, the can of diced tomatoes with green chiles and 1/4 cup of Old El Paso Taco Seasoning Mix. I like to use Old El Paso Seasonings if you don't make your own taco seasoning. 

Crock Pot Taco Rice Casserole

Spray the crock pot with Pam Cooking Spray. Place the cooked rice in the crock pot, sprinkle garlic salt over the rice. Spread the mixture over the rice.

Crock Pot Taco Rice Casserole

Spread Kraft Mexican Taco Shredded Cheese on top.  Cook on high for 2-3 hours.  Add more cheese if you want, so you might want to buy 2 bags!  This was delicious, and I know my son will love to eat this in a tortilla.  Add more cheese, onions, tomatoes, avocado, lettuce to your liking! 

Crock Pot Taco Rice Casserole

1 pound hamburger
1 onion, chopped
2 cups cooked rice
2 cups frozen sweet corn (or use canned corn)
1 can black beans, drained
1 can diced tomatoes with green chiles
½ tsp garlic salt
16 oz of  Kraft Mexican Taco Shredded Cheese
Salt and pepper to taste

  1. Brown hamburger in Pampered Chef Mico Cooker with half chopped onion, and salt and pepper.
  2. Prepare 2 cups cooked rice.
  3. Mix hamburger, chopped onion, corn, diced tomatoes, black beans, Old El Paso Taco Seasoning Mix
  4. Spray Casserole Crock Pot with cooking spray.
  5. Spread rice in bottom of crock pot.
  6. Sprinkle garlic salt over the rice.
  7. Add the hamburger over the mixture.
  8. Add 8 ounces of Kraft Mexican Taco Shredded Cheese
  9. Cook on high 2-3 hours.
  10. Add more toppings if desired. Lettuce, tomatoes, onions, avacado, cheese, hot sauce, lettuce.  

Crock Pot Taco Rice Casserole

Tuesday, November 07, 2017

Crock Pot Pheasant

Pheasant hunting in Indiana is a sport.  Finding the pheasants is hard, especially when there is a lot of corn left in the fields, that is where they love to hide.  Pheasants are beautiful birds, and their meat is white, comparable to chickens. After their pheasant hunt, we made Crock Pot Pheasant.  This is a simple, two ingredient recipe. 

Crock Pot Pheasant

Crock Pot Pheasant

Last weekend was a little father-daughter time.  Ryan really felt like he missed out, but sometimes the other siblings  have to take their turn.  
Crock Pot Pheasant

Macie had the pheasant draw for the hunt at Knob View Gamebird habitat.  Her dad was excited about the hunt, and also invited a friend to bring a couple of hunting dogs along for the hunt.  Lots of walking is involved, over 60 acres and the dogs help flush the birds out of the tall grass.  

Crock Pot Pheasant

Hunter orange clothing is required for all hunters to wear during  hunts.  Macie spent a day with her dad, enjoyed a decent November Saturday morning, outdoors.  "She thinks we are just hunting"

Crock Pot Pheasant
Breast and Thigh Meat from 3 Pheasants
Chicken Stock to cover all meat


  1. Place breast and thigh meat in the crock pot, season with salt and pepper.
  2. Add enough chicken stock to cover all meat.
  3. Cook on low for 4-6 hours, until meat is tender.

Monday, October 30, 2017

Instant Pot Beef Vegetable Stew

Ever have that one meal you crave? It's comfort food at its finest, especially when cooler weather is here to stay.   I challenged my husband one evening I could make Beef Vegetable Stew in the Instant Pot.  He didn't say much, just raised an eyebrow.  I took that as a challenge.  Beef Vegetable Stew is best when cooked all day. Right? During harvest, I don't have all day to cook.  I was going to put the Instant Pot to the test.

What is the difference between soup and stew?  Stew is heartier, thicker.  Soup has more liquid.  Add more juice to this recipe if needed, I was using a 6-qt Instant Pot. The pot was full with all ingredients mixed in.  It took awhile to set up the pressure, but the Stew/Soup option worked great on the Instant Pot

We are fortunate to use the tomato juice and stewed tomatoes from our garden.  The corn, peas and potatoes are from our garden as well.  The beef we purchased is from a local farmer, and one of my grain customers.  Using food we have grown in the garden, and supporting other local farmers is something we can show our kids how it's possible to grow healthy food for their family one day. 

I was very pleased how this turned out. The cook time was faster with the Instant Pot, and the flavors were still there.  I can't wait to try more soups and stews.  Enjoy!

2 pounds sirloin steak, or stew meat
1 onion diced
2 cloves garlic minced
6 oz can tomato paste
16 oz tomato juice
16 oz stewed tomatoes
2 tbsp worchershire sauce
3 cups of red potatoes, cube
½ pound mini carrots
16 oz green beans
4-5 stalks celery
1 tsp oregano
1 tbsp dried parsley
1 bag frozen peas
3 cups frozen sweet corn
¼ cup flour
¼ cup water
Salt & Pepper to season


  1. Place the stew meat in the bottom of the Instant Pot, add all ingredients besides frozen pea, corn, and flour/water mixture.  Stir.
  2. Lock lid and set seal to close.
  3. Select the Stew/Soup option.
  4. After cooking, quick release the pressure, open valve, and be careful with steam.
  5. Stir in frozen corn, peas, and water/flour mixture. Stir until stew thickens and corn/peas are warmed.

Friday, October 20, 2017

Crock Pot Spicy Cheesy Chicken Spaghetti

There is a recipe I have always wanted to try, but add my own twist to it.  I was craving cheesy chicken, and adding spaghetti at the end. This Crock Pot Spicy Cheesy Chicken Spaghetti is a ramp-ed up version of Crock Pot Cheesy Chicken and Rice.

Crock Pot Spicy Cheesy Chicken Spaghetti, Chasing Saturdays

All the flavors of cheese, chicken, and spices together are perfect and this is going to feed lots of people! This may be my daughter's favorite new dish! 

Crock Pot Spicy Cheesy Chicken Spaghetti, Chasing Saturdays

Chicken breast worked great for this recipe.  Chicken thighs would be good and tender, too.  I added more heat to this recipe by adding Frank's hot sauce. 

Our house LOVES angel hair pasta.  Once you use angel hair, it's hard to go back to regular spaghetti.  Pick whatever your family loves! You may not have to use the entire box, add a little spaghetti at a time and stir it in. 

Crock Pot Spicy Cheesy Chicken Spaghetti, Chasing Saturdays

1 bell pepper, diced
1 sweet onion, diced
1 small can diced green chiles
1 can mild Rotel diced tomatoes and green chiles
½ tsp garlic powder
½ tsp cumin
Salt & Pepper to taste
2 lbs chicken breast
2 cans Campbell Cream of Chicken soup
3/4 - 1 lb box angel hair spaghetti
2 bags Kraft Mexican cheese

  1. Place peppers, onion, chiles, diced tomatoes, garlic powder, cumin,chicken, 2 cans cream of chicken, and 1 cup of shredded cheese in crock pot. Stir ingredients together.  
  2. Cook on high for 3-4 hours. Remove chicken breast and shred.
  3. Return chicken to crock pot. Add cooked spaghetti and a Kraft Mexican Cheese.  Salt and pepper to taste. Mix well.
  4. Add cheese on top.
  5. Cover and cook on low for 30 minutes. Serve.

Crock Pot Spicy Cheesy Chicken Spaghetti, Chasing Saturdays

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Snickerdoodle Blondies

I absolutely love snickerdoodle cookies.  My mom made them all the time. I knew when I found this recipe for snickerdoodle blondies, I had to try this.  

Snickerdoodles recipe calls for cream of tartar, which most cookie recipes do not.  Cream of tartar gives the snickerdoodles a tangy taste and helps the chewy texture.

Snickerdoodles are similar to sugar cookies, but the taste changes when cinnamon is added. 

Some times, easy recipes like Snickerdoodle Blondies or Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars are the best way to create something when you are craving cookies.

1 cup butter, melted
2 cups sugar
2 tbsp milk
2 large eggs
2 ¾ c flour
1 tsp baking powder
½ tsp cream of tartar
¼ tsp salt

2 tbsp sugar
1 ½ tsp cinnamon

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Grease and flour a 13x9 pan, or line with parchment paper.
Combine melted butter, sugar and milk.
Add in eggs, stir until combined.
In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking powder, cream of tartar and salt.
Stir in butter mixture until combined.
Pour batter in 13x9 pan.
To make the topping, combine 2 tablespoons sugar and 1 ½ teaspoons cinnamon. Sprinkle over the batter in the pan.
Bake 350 degrees for 25-29 minutes.