Family Favorite Apple Dumplings

Giving thanks - we started a new tradition at dinner last night. The four of us each took turns sharing 5 things for which we are grateful. No repeats, one at a time around the table five times. This we hope to continue to do as often as possible. Sunshine, our home, God’s abundant provision, family, good news from the doctor, modern medicine, and air conditioning were among those listed last night. 

Resources I really want to keep track of...

Rabbit trails - they're real, am I right?

Recently, I've been going down a lot of rabbit trails that speak about homesteading. I'm kind bummed because in reality, we'll never be able to have a full blown homestead - not unless there is a move in our future.

Many of these homesteaders share a common story; they started out in a city or suburb and gradually grew from there. We've had a garden most years since our first in Monterey, California. Some years have been better than others and some years I've sworn I'd never have a garden again. As my husband and I begin discussions about our plans for next year's garden, we are leaning toward a bigger garden, rather than a smaller garden. That's not going to be easy because we worked hard to plant trees when we first moved here so we'd have plenty of shade in our backyard, and now we do. Our challenge will be how to garden and still enjoy the shade... quite the predicament.

I really get frustrated when I want to return to the rabbit holes I've already visited and didn't get enough time there, so I'm creating this post and a new page specifically for all things homesteading. 

I'm going to start off with my new absolute favorite homestead/blogger/vlogger/youtuber LOL.

Roots and Refuge - if you're at all interested in gardening, homesteading, or just living vicariously through another person's experience, go check it out!!

Apple Dumplings w/Secret Ingredient

A fellow homeschooler arrived with this little pan of heaven on earth at homeschool meeting years ago.  I was one of many who begged for the recipe and she happily obliged.

I thought these were an original from a certain very popular food blogger but after reading comments from other blogs I realize this is actually a very old recipe and who knows the origin?  What's more - who cares? Other than possibly to thank the individual who came up with such a delicious dish!? 

They're a snap and absolutely melt-in-your-mouth delicious! They have become a family favorite.


  • 2 whole Granny Smith Apples
  • 2 cans (8 Oz. Cans) Crescent Rolls
  • 2 sticks Butter
  • 1-½ cup Sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 1 cup Mountain Dew Soda


Peel and core apples. Cut each into 8 slices

Roll each apple slice in a crescent roll starting at the wide end

Place in a 9 x 13 lightly buttered pan (or use a non-stick spray)

Melt butter and stir in sugar and vanilla. 

Pour entire mixture over apples. 

Pour Mountain Dew around the edges of the pan. 

Sprinkle with cinnamon and bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes. 

Serve with ice cream, and spoon some of the sweet sauces from the pan over the top.

WARNING: Prepare this dish at your own risk. It is beyond imaginable.



We watched Me Time last night - it’s a movie with Kevin Hart and Mark Wahlberg. It was interesting, funny, and actually had an  important message even if they didn’t realize it.


 Let's talk about Homemaking and Micro-traditions...


Giving thanks - that the days seem better. I feel more peace, and more hopefulness. All that despite the fact that there are circumstances that would definitely have made me more stressed and less peaceful. Something has changed and I can’t help but be thankful for this new state of my spiritual condition. 

There's Something in the Water

* This was the prompt for our Mastermind writing exercise last week. I'm going to hold myself accountable to showing up and doing the work, so I'm sharing these little tidbits right here. This was a fun piece that even made me laugh out loud.

The only breakfast casserole you'll ever need


2 lbs ground breakfast sausage, cooked and drained

3 cups bread, cubed

8 eggs

2 cups milk

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon dry mustard

1 lb shredded cheddar cheese

1 can cream of mushroom soup


  • Combine eggs and 1 1/2 cup milk, dry mustard and optional salt
  • Add bread cubes, make sure to sink in eggs until all the bread is well coated
  • Let sit for 10 minutes to allow bread to soak up some egg mixture
  • Add ground sausage and cheese to egg mixture
  • Pour into a prepares 9 x 13 pan
  • Combine soup mix and 1/2 cup milk.  Pour over top and spread well
  • Bake 30-40 minutes
  • Let rest/cool for 15 minutes before serving

This is my go-to breakfast casserole. It's easy to make, has ingredients I usually have on hand, and does not have to sit overnight like many breakfast casseroles. I'm not sure any of them really need to, maybe they just can to make it easier to bake the next morning. :-)

I've discovered that my favorite sausage to use is Swaggerty's. Any breakfast sausage will work, but the flavor of this one consistently wins the prize around here. I buy it in the big box and keep it in the freezer. When I need it, I simply take out the number of patties I want and let them cook low and slow until they thaw and I can chop them up while cooking.

Also, I don't recommend anything but white sandwich bread for this recipe. Hmmm, now that I think about it, it's been a long time since I tried it with other breads. I wonder if I still feel the same way. If you try it with something else make sure you come back and comment and let me know what you think!