Apple Nut Spice Cake

Apple Nut Spice Cake

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Made with Planter’s Winter Spice Mix, this cinnamon spiced Apple Nut Cake is perfect for your holiday dessert, ideal for sharing with people you love. 

Apple Nut Spice CakeApple Nut Spice Cake for the Holidays

My dad loves peanuts and mixed nuts. He always has a canister by his chair and when we see a jar of Planter’s dry roasted peanuts, we think of him.

Every birthday, Christmas and Father’s Day, my dad would get his favorite nuts. It became a tradition. When my brother and I were little we would fight over who got to give him his peanuts. Once in awhile we would have a few of his treasured snack, but those were reserved for dad. Now that we’re all grown up, a dish of dry roasted peanuts or mixed nuts always makes an appearance at family dinners.

Planter's Winter Spice Mix

This is the time of year for giving gifts from the heart, enjoying time with family and comforting spices.  ’Tis the season for spice cake! And family.

I made sure to stock up on the Winter Spice Mix after we tried it and really liked it. They are limited edition so you’ll want to go out and grab a good supply while you can.

Go Nuts for Nuts

Both trips to grab some Planter’s Winter Spice Mix I stopped at Walmart and used the Blippar app. Have you ever tried it? This app is really easy to use. You can either search for a product or open the Blippar app and point the camera on your smartphone directly at the product, or should I say Planter’s canisters, and the app will recognize it and this really neat animated intro pops up! You can find recipes, inspiration and take a look at holiday products. Besides the little animated intro with the falling snowflakes, I like the quote from Mr. Peanut.

Apple Nut Spice Cake

Since I was able to stock up on my favorite holiday mix, I decided to bake the nuts inside a spice cake. Knowing my family’s love for snacking, I made sure to add some nuts to the top of the cake. :) This is a really great way to celebrate the season with friends and family. Give this recipe a try and enjoy a slice with someone you love. 

Apple Nut Spice CakeWhen I made this cake that I’m sharing with you today, I didn’t know ahead of time but my family was coming over to celebrate a special occasion at my house. I’m so happy that I was able to share this cake with them, but I’m definitely willing to make this again. And again and again. 

Have you tried any of the seasonal nut mixes from Planter’s?

Apple Nut Spice Cake

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Apple Nut Spice Cake
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 10

  • 3 cups of all purpose flour
  • 3 cups of granulated sugar
  • 3 tsp. baking soda
  • 2 tbsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup melted unsalted butter
  • ½ cup applesauce
  • 6 eggs at room temperature
  • 4 cups of shredded Granny Smith apples
  • 3 cups of Planter’s Winter Spiced Mix, 1½ cups chopped for the filling and the rest whole for the top of the cake
  • three 8″ round cake pans, each with parchment paper cut to fit the bottom
  • two 8 oz. packages of cream cheese at room temperature
  • ½ cup of butter, also at room temperature
  • 1½ pounds of powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp. lemon juice

  1. Preheat your oven to 325 degrees F.
  2. In a large bowl measure and add flour, sugar, baking soda and cinnamon. Mix thoroughly.
  3. In a separate bowl, you can use a stand mixer if you want, combine melted butter, applesauce and eggs.
  4. Whisk the wet ingredients together, then pour over the dry ingredients. Mix together with your mixer or a spoon until the dry ingredients are completely combined with the wet ingredients.
  5. Now you can mix in 1½ cups of chopped nuts and the shredded apple into the batter. Fold in until everything is evenly distributed.
  6. Lay the parchment paper in the bottom of each cake pan then spray with a non stick baking spray. I usually just spray the top of the parchment and not underneath.
  7. Pour equal amounts of batter into each cake pan.
  8. bake for 40 to 45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
  9. Allow cakes to cool in the pan on wire racks for 20-25 minutes until cooled.
  10. Then turn the cakes out onto the cooling racks, placing the rack on top of the cakes and inverting.
  11. Let the cakes fully cool outside of the pan. You can leave the parchment paper on the bottom of the cakes until you are ready to assemble. If you are baking them the night before you frost and complete the cake, you can place the cakes back into the pans and keep them wrapped and refrigerated overnight.
  12. For the frosting, start by putting cream cheese in a mixing bowl of a stand mixer if you have one. If the cream cheese is still cold you can place it in a microwave safe bowl and warm it up slightly in the microwave. Using the whisk attachment, mix cream cheese until smooth.
  13. Now add the butter and continue to whisk until smooth.
  14. Then add the vanilla and powdered sugar.
  15. Gradually add the powdered sugar, whisking after every addition.
  16. Continue to whisk on medium speed until smooth.
  17. After frosting the cake, use remaining 1½ cup of whole Winter Spiced Mix nuts on top of the cake.
  18. Enjoy!

This recipe is adapted from a carrot cake recipe given to me. Original source is unknown. Instructions were never given, only the ingredient list. The instructions were written by me.


24 Cookies and Bars for Holiday Cookie Plates

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24 Cookies and Bars for Holiday Cookie Plates

I’ve put together a little collection of 24 cookies and bars for your holiday cookie plates.

Do you give cookies to your friends and family? Or do you put out cookies for your guests at parties? This is a variety of cookies and bars, some classic and some new, that would be fun to give away.

Usually I’m not one to play favorites but the Grinch Cookies are one that I really want to make for myself. Which one would you want to try first?

Life has been busy here at my house, especially with my brand new nephew joining the family, but I make time for baking. When I see a recipe that I absolutely must try, I head straight to my kitchen and start baking. Or no baking. We make cookie recipes that we share here on the blog too. I rarely make cutout cookies, which I really have been wanting to make. Cute little gingerbread men are first on that list along with snowman cookies decorated with that royal icing that I see everyone using.

It’s going to be just me baking this year. Ever since Tay’s science project and all that muffin making she is still not thrilled about baking. :)

These chocolate peanut butter no bake cookies are one of the 24 cookies and bars for holiday plates. They are one of the most popular recipes requested by my friends, made by my family and by people who visit me here on this website.

Chocolate peanut butter no bake cookies, one of 24 cookies and bars for holiday cookie plates

This is a sponsored post opportunity from I am using this opportunity to share 24 cookie and bar recipes that inspire me since I was able to choose a theme to feature. I was compensated to share this post. All opinions are always 100% my own.

Personalized Gratitude Gifts for the Holidays: Give Extra, Get Extra

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Make a thoughtfully personalized gratitude gift for the people that give extra all year. #ExtraGumMoments

Give Extra, Get Extra

Tay and I have been fortunate to meet some very caring, selfless people ever since we moved here. She was just a few months old and we were both an hour or so away from family which isn’t very long for a visit, but it meant settling into a new city and a whole new community. We dove right in.

My job at the time was very social so I met quite a few new people, several became very good friends. Tay grew older and began preschool. She made new friends. We both adjusted to our new home and thrived, making the most of it and relying on people that became an important part of our everyday lives.

When she was old enough for elementary school, she and I both settled into her school and got to know a lot of the teachers and paraeducators. We are so fortunate that she goes to a school filled with people who care about the students in more than just an academic way.


Personalized Gratitude Gift

There were not just one, not two but three people that stood out in Tays mind when we sat down to brainstorm ideas for a little thank you gift. She doesn’t gab about how awesome these people are with a lot of words, but her body language says it all. She had no problem thinking of things to thank each person for. These three people have made quite an impression on her!

We put together these little Extra gum tokens of appreciation. Simply wrapping each piece with festive paper, then finishing each stick of gum with a handwritten expression of thanks makes a very meaningful gift. You can’t buy something like this at the mall. :)


Her teacher Ms. P inspires her to improve. Her writing, her reading, her math and her projects are completed with more effort than the time before. She often talks about things that her teacher suggests, determined to put the advice to good use. This is the reason she wanted to have such great penmanship when she wrote her reasons on each wrapper.

Mrs. B watches over the kids in the morning. She knows everyone’s name and has those maternal eyes in the back of her head. Cheerful and caring, Mrs. B has made quite an impression on Tay over the years. Last year Mrs. B led Tay’s reading group and most of the after school conversation consisted of, “Mrs. B (this)” and “Mrs. B (that)” with big smiles and a lot of excitement. :) I appreciate her too. She is a strong, determined woman and I should probably make her a gratitude gift too!


When Tay first began to take riding lessons, she was absolutely terrified. I was a bit surprised that she wanted to work through it but after much discussion, she wanted to ride so bad that she refused to let fear run her life. That’s my girl!

I have always hoped that she would have strong women in her life to look up to, encouraging her to push herself and make the most out of life. Amber, her riding instructor, does exactly that. She is gentle with Tay when necessary but she pushes her to do better each and every time. Tay’s entire riding experience has been a journey of personal growth and we owe that to Amber. Tay agrees. She is always striving to improve for her own reasons but she also aims to please Amber in a way that any mentee would.

These stories cannot describe a small fraction of what these women do for us and the people around them every day. With each reason written on every stick of gum in these jars, I hope they understand just how much they mean to us. They definitely give extra.


Do you know someone that has gone above and beyond to give extra? A personalized gratitude gift is an ideal way to show how much he or she means to you with every stick of gum.

 Would you like to follow Extra on Pinterest? I am! My favorite board of theirs is this one right here.

Pepperoni Hobo Hash with Hormel Pepperoni

Pepperoni Hobo Hash

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Pepperoni hobo hash with Hormel pepperoni makes an ideal breakfast for a few or a crowd. Served over warm, fluffy biscuits, this is a dish that just might become your next family favorite!

Pepperoni Hobo Hash with Hormel Pepperoni

Pepperoni Hobo Hash with Hormel Pepperoni Minis

Cold mornings are a great excuse for a hot breakfast, aren’t they? It’s been beautifully sunny here where I am but the snow from last week is still frozen to the ground and I bundle up just to look outside through the window. I’m a sucker for warm, comfort food and so is my family. Who isn’t? :) Even on a weekday morning, I can whip up this Pepperoni Hobo Hash with Hormel Pepperoni but I usually reserve savory treats like this for the weekends.

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Wouldn’t this be perfect for a Sunday morning family breakfast?

Pepperoni Hobo Hash

A long time friend taught me the basics of making a hobo hash after he served it to me a time or two. I had always assumed it was complicated to make and way beyond my abilities in the kitchen. His was a little different from mine.

Pepperoni Hobo Hash

One morning we were serving breakfast for a big outdoor event that was two hours away from home. It was 7 o’clock in the morning. (Ok, ok, more like 7:20. I’m not a morning person.) Only the birds were awake and us of course so we fired up the flat top grill to start making breakfast. The smell of coffee was in the air since we both required our daily dose first thing in the morning. We served hobo hash and completely sold out before the breakfast session was over. :) This is always a very popular breakfast that I really like to serve and I like to keep it simple. Pepperoni is perfect for that. It adds a savory, delicious flavor. It’s already cooked so it reduces the cooking time and if you use the minis, the kids might get a kick out of them. Those mini pepperonis are adorable. :)

Hormel Mini Pepperoni

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 Pepperoni Hobo Hash

Pepperoni Hobo Hash with Hormel Pepperoni
Recipe type: Breakfast, Brunch
Serves: 6-8

  • oil for sautéing
  • 3 medium sized potatoes washed and cut into squares
  • salt and pepper
  • ½ of a medium sized onion, diced
  • one 5 oz. package of Hormel’s mini pepperoni
  • one 7 oz. package of sliced turkey, dice it to prepare. For this hash I used Hormel’s Natural Choice deli turkey breast
  • 1¼ cup chicken broth
  • ¾ cup heavy cream
  • 2½ cups of frozen and sliced bell peppers, you can use fresh if you have them

  1. Preheat a medium to large, heavy bottomed pot on medium high heat then coat the bottom of the pan with oil.
  2. Add potatoes and season with a few pinches of salt. Stir then cover and cook for about 5 minutes.
  3. Now add your diced onion and stir. If you’re using fresh bell peppers you can add them now too. Cover and cook again for another 5 minutes.
  4. Next, go ahead and add your pepperoni and your diced turkey. Stir to combine and let it cook for another 5 minutes, covered. It’s ok if the potatoes stick a little bit to the bottom of the pot. If they’re sticking a lot, add a little more oil and stir to coat. Pour in a few tablespoons of extra chicken broth if you need a little more help loosening the potatoes from the bottom of your pot.
  5. Now pour in the chicken broth, stirring to loosen any brown bits at the bottom. Let it cook until the broth comes to a low boil, this takes about another 5 minutes.
  6. Pour in cream and stir. Cover the pot and let it cook for about 7 minutes.
  7. Remove the lid and stir in the frozen bell peppers.
  8. Cook for another 8-10 minutes uncovered.
  9. Remove from heat and serve, preferably over warm biscuits.
  10. Enjoy!


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