I wonder what the statistics are for the amount of baking people do between November and December, compared to the rest of the year. I’m guessing it has to be quite a bit higher, wouldn’t you agree? What this means is that people are likely spending more time in the kitchen. Between hosting, holiday meals and goodie plates, I believe it!
I know that there have been many times where I have been in the kitchen baking or cooking, and just trying to get a dish done. In the meantime, my kids are either causing chaos throughout the house and among one another, or they are nagging me. I’m sure many of you can relate. I’ve got a great solution for you – let the kids help with the dish! Cooking and baking together can make for some great memories and quality time together. Since many of you will be in the kitchen quite a bit in the next two months, make the most of it!
Quaker, The National Dairy Council and The Kroger Co. Family of Stores agree! Milk and oatmeal are pairing up to share delicious recipes that can help make your family moments better when you are together; Whether you are cooking them together or eating them together! They are donating $25K to Feeding America through its Tweet for a Cause initiative (@Quaker + #BetterTogether) which encourages families to spend quality time together and make things, Better Together. I know that my kids feel so proud and accomplished when they have really gotten their hands dirty and helped create a tasty dish. It can be rewarding for all parties involved.
My little one’s favorite breakfast is a bowl of oatmeal and she simply cannot eat it without having me pour a little milk over the top. Milk is her beverage of choice in most instances, but having the creaminess to cool down her oatmeal is her favorite! Such an easy dish to create together too!
While I was away last week, my mother-in-law got in the kitchen with my hubby to whip up an easy Apple Crisp for the family, which pairs so nicely with her Homemade Ice Cream recipe. Having them work together in the kitchen is so nice since we don’t get to see them often, and who can complain about enjoying a warm apple crisp with cool melt-y ice cream….mmmm! How many of you enjoy milk with your desserts??
- 4 lbs (about 8 medium apples), peeled and sliced
- 1 lemon juiced and zest of 1 lemon
- ½ cup granulated sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla
- ½ tsp nutmeg
- 1 cup flour
- 1 cup chopped walnuts
- 1 cup uncooked rolled oats
- ½ tsp salt
- ½ cup granulated sugar
- ½ cup brown sugar
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 cup cold butter diced
- Toss apples into lemon juice and lemon zest.
- In a separate bowl combine the sugar,vanilla and nutmeg and toss into apples.
- Place apples into a greased greased 9x13 baking dish.
- For the topping, mix remaining ingredients until crumbly. Sprinkle over apple mixture and bake at 350° for 45 mins.
- Serve warm with ice cream!