Snack time is the best time

It was just a matter of time until I started posting recipes. I’m a big fan of cooking and baking especially. It just makes me happy and snacking on the results isn’t too shabby.  I’ve included a few good everyday recipes that are now in heavy rotation around here and a few random pics from our days here in the Fessler  household. Please enjoy…

Apple pancake

Apple pancake (cut and pasted from

Yield: Serves 6 (or one, depending on who you ask)


  • 3  tablespoons  butter
  • 1/4  cup  packed light brown sugar
  • 1/8  teaspoon  cinnamon
  • 1  sweet apple such as Fuji, peeled and sliced
  • 3  large eggs
  • 1/4  teaspoon  salt
  • 1/2  cup  flour
  • 1/2  cup  milk
  • 1  tablespoon  fresh lemon juice
  • 1  tablespoon  powdered sugar

1. Preheat oven to 425°. Melt butter in a 12-in. ovenproof frying pan over high heat. Add brown sugar and cinnamon, swirling to combine. Add apple and cook until just starting to soften, about 3 minutes.

2. Meanwhile, in a blender, whirl together eggs, salt, flour, and milk. Pour egg mixture into pan and bake until puffed and brown, about 15 minutes. Sprinkle with lemon juice and powdered sugar.

Granola bars

Granola Bars

I’ve been really examining how we spend our money and found that we spent over $30/month on granola bars. Aside from the silly expense,there’s alot of packaging and sugar involved. So a few months ago I started playing around and making our own. This is a super basic recipe and can be changed in a whole bunch of ways and still turn out super tasty, chewy granola bars.

  • 3 cups quick rolled oats
  • 1 cup granola
  • 2/3 cup nuts/seeds/coconut/etc.
  • 2/3 cup mini chocolate or yogurt chips
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • ½ c peanut butter
  • ½ c apple sauce
  • ½ c honey
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp cinnamon

I like pumpkin flax granola for these


  • Mix all ingredients together with your hands.
  • Spread onto a greased 9×13 pan wet hands and pat down (hard!).
  • Bake at 350°F for 20 minutes.
  • Let cool for 15 minutes before cutting into bars.

Yield: 32 bars

I think he likes them

Fruit Leather:

Next up is fruit leather. Wyatt really likes this one. Fruit leather can be made from just about any fruit you can mash or puree. Here’s my method for banana/mango:

Mash or puree 2 cups of mango and banana in fairly equal amounts

Prepare a pan with a thin layer of oil, a sheet of foil or parchment ( I used plastic wrap…bad idea)

Spread mixture about 1/4 to 1/8 thick (leave 1-2 inches around the edge of the blob)

Bake at 275 for 30-35 minutes. Turn off the oven, leave the door closed and let dry over night

Dino obsession

Snow Day Craft:

Draw a giant dinosaur and let Papa and child paint their hearts out.

She's got skills and she's adorable

I also wanted to give a shout out to a guest artist who visited the studio the other day, Miss Lydia is a very talented three year old with sweet knit overalls!

baby's breath

Lastly, a small bit of a little something I made for a very special gal and her babe.

Homemaking and chilly weather go so well together (not that I wouldn’t go for a few days on the 70s) oh, and putting things in old jars is a time honored tradition in our house…just thought I’d share that too.

Jars make things feel special


5 responses to “Snack time is the best time

  1. While you’re on the topic of recipes, Sam and I would love your avocado and rice baby food recipe…he thought it was super yummy! Is the homemade fruit leather easy to chew? I bought some at Costco and it was really hard for even Ben to eat.

  2. J’adore.. ❤ Mad homemaking skills.

  3. I love that you’re blogging again. You’re funny and I love seeing pictures of the family! I love and miss you guys!!!

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