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Christmas Decorating and Homemade Applesauce

I don't know about you, but fresh fruit always seems like a good idea at my house. Unfortunately, we always end up with too many apples -- or my kids suddenly decide raman is a better idea. I hate throwing the apples away, so I've discovered this way, easy peasy recipe that's a pretty big hit.

Homemade Crock Pot Applesauce (with pictures even)

5-8 Medium Apples, peeled and cut into chucks
1/3 Cup Water
1 tsp. Vanilla
1/2 Cup Sugar (Splenda works great too)
1/2 tsp. Cinnamon

Place apples in Crock Pot.
Pour water and vanilla over apples then sprinkle with sugar and cinnamon.
Cover and cook on low for 8 hours.

I've also been doing some decorating for Christmas. I don't go all out, but these are some of the small touches (and the tree):

Apple-Bacon Bread

By popular demand (trust me, there was demand) here is the recipe for Apple-Bacon Bread. It's AWESOME and I have to make it tonight!

Apple-Bacon Bread

1 cup flour
2 tbsp sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1 egg
1/2 cup milk
2 tbsp butter, melted
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1/3 cup crumbled bacon
1/4 cup finely chopped apple

Whisk together egg, milk and butter.
Slowly mix in flour, sugar, baking powder and salt.
Fold in cheese, bacon and apple. (NOTE: Hormel real bacon bits work nicely for the bacon)
Pour into two greased mini-loaf pans.
Bake at 350 for 25-30 minutes.
Cool for ten minutes then serve. (it's good cold too!!)

* I generally bake toward the higher end of the baking time. This bread doesn't get very brown on the top, but it will be cooked completely in 30 minutes)