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My Recipe of the Month

My Recipe of the Month

I don't know about the rest of the world but I love apple butter on my toast or on a fresh slice of homemade bread.

For the first time, I have found a recipe to make this delicious spread in a Crock-Pot! It turned out so good and with very little fuss on my part. It is just a matter of assembling the ingredients, letting the Crock-Pot do its thing and then enjoying the results.

My mom made this when I was a kid and I have carried the tradition on with my kids. It's always a treat. Maybe it will be for you too.


Makes about 6 cups

  • 5 ½ pounds of apples, peeled and cut up (I use a variety)
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla


Put all the apples in a Crock-Pot and top with the remaining ingredients and stir to coat the apples.

My Town Walker: Blandford Nature Center kicks off snowshoeing season

My Town Walker: Blandford Nature Center kicks off snowshoeing season

WALKER, Mich.-- There's a silver lining to all the snow piling up outside-- Blandford Nature Center enough of it to begin the snowshoeing season.

Visitors can trek down through the snowy woods during regular center hours-- Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.  Blandford will be closed on Thanksgiving and Black Friday.  

Blandford Nature Center offers snowshoe rentals, which are $5 for members and $6 for non-members.  For additional information, visit the Blandford Nature Center website.

Learn More About Nexus Academy of Grand Rapids

Learn More About Nexus Academy of Grand Rapids

Nexus Academy of Grand Rapids students read children's literature classic, Bunny Cakes, to Walker Charter Academy students on Read for the Record Day. Learn more about the various activities Nexus Academy of Grand Rapids students participate in by attending an upcoming information session, event or visit their website

My Recipe for Big People Mac & Cheese

My Recipe for Big People Mac & Cheese


2 c. Heavy Cream

1 c. Mascarpone Cheese

1 c. fresh Goat Cheese

½ c. crumbled Blue Cheese

1 teaspoon Black Pepper

1 Tablespoon chopped Fresh Rosemary

1# Penne Pasta

1 Tablespoon + 1 teaspoon Kosher Salt

1 # shredded cooked Chicken

8 oz. frozen  Peas - thawed

½ c. Parmesan Cheese

1 c. fresh Bread Crumbs

In a saucepan combine cream, cheese, goat & blue cheese, pepper and rosemary. Heat until cheeses are melted and the sauce is creamy. Keep warm until ready to mix with pasta.

Cook pasta with 1 Tablespoon of salt until al dente. Drain & let dry for about 2 minutes.

Toss pasta with sauce, chicken, peas, 1 teaspoons of salt and mix well. Pour into a baking dish, top with Parmesan Cheese and bread crumbs and bake @ 350 uncovered for 20 minutes until crumbs begin to brown.

Carmel Apple Cheesecake Bars

Carmel Apple Cheesecake Bars

As promised, I am posting a recipe for some of the most delicious bars I have ever had. I play dominos once a month with a group of gals; we meet for lunch at each others' homes and then play for the afternoon and end with dessert and coffee and this is the dessert my friend Sandy Gensen served this past Wednesday.

She said it took some work but it sure was well worth it according to all who ate them. I hope all of you will try it as well. We have such an abundance of apples here in Michigan, so take advantage as they are coming off the trees.

Carmel Apple Cheesecake Bars

2 cups all-purpose flour

1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar

1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened

2 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, softened

1/2 cup sugar, plus 2 tablespoons, divided

2 large eggs

Register for Bark in the Dark

Register for Bark in the Dark

The Community can register soon to take part in this glow in the dark 5K Walk/Run to benefit the animals at the Humane Society of West Michigan.

Anyone who owns a pet, wants to own a pet, lost a pet or just enjoys the fun of a 5K, this is the chance to team up and raise money for the animals and share this incredible experience.  Strollers & Dogs, who are well-behaved with up-to-date vaccines & leashed are welcome to join in.

This Bark in the Dark event takes place on October 11 at 7:00pm at the Human Society of West Michigan located at 3077 Wilson Drive NW in Walker, Michigan.

Visit www.hswestmi.org to register & for more information.

My Town: Volunteers needed for Grand River cleanup on Sept. 21

My Town: Volunteers needed for Grand River cleanup on Sept. 21

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.-- The annual Mayor’s Grand River Cleanup takes place Sept. 21.

Volunteers are encouraged to make a difference in their community by taking part in this clean-up effort focusing on sites in Grand Rapids, Grandville, Plainfield Township, Walker and Wyoming.

Registration takes place on Sept. 21 at Sixth Street Park located at 647 Monroe Ave. on the corner of Monroe Avenue and Newberry in downtown Grand Rapids. Arrivals after 9:15 a.m. may not be guaranteed a place on the bus. Buses leave at 9:35 a.m. sharp from the Sixth Street Park.

Call Becky Brown at (616) 451-3051, e-mail her at bbrown@wmeac.org or visit www.grandrivercleanup.com for more information.