It’s Fruitcake Time!

It’s Fruit Cake Time!

It’s almost THAT time – time for fruit cakes. What Christmas season would be complete without one or more fruit cakes? But, here is one the kids can easily make and you won’t have to wait until it’s flavors mellow before you eat it. This one takes only 24 hours, or until well chilled, and then, let the sampling begin.

This recipe comes from the newest apple cookbook, Healthy to the Core! All Natural Low Sugar/No Sugar Apple Recipes for Kids by Lee Jackson . She stresses healthy eating and enjoying cooking with kids. You will see this recipe is low on sugar and great on flavor. Try it with your kids and enjoy!

Refrigerator Fruit Cake

Ingredients                             Tools and Equipment
4 cups graham cracker crumbs             2, 8-inch pans or
1 teaspoon cinnamon                              1, 9 x12-in pan
1 teaspoon nutmeg                                  waxed paper
2 cups dried apples or                            rolling pin
mixture of fruit                                        large mixing bowl
1/4 cup dates                                            small mixing bowl
1 cup chopped nuts                                 measuring cups
2/3 cup evaporated milk                       and spoons
1/2 cup frozen orange juice                  scissors for cutting
concentrate                                                  dried fruit

1. Prepare pans by lining with wax paper.
2. Between 2 sheets of waxed paper, crush graham crackers into crumbs with rolling pin (or use food processor, if age permits). Add to large bowl. Sprinkle in cinnamon and nutmeg. Add fruits and nuts.
3. Mix together evaporated milk and orange juice concentrate. Pour over crumb mixture and mix until all is moistened.
4. Place in prepared pans and pack firmly with hands.
5. Chill in refrigerator for 24 hours. Cut into small squares.

For this and other recipes, order this book, Healthy to the Core! All Natural Low Sugar/No Sugar Apple Recipes for Kids at the Christmas special of only $12.95 now until December 10 and then it will return to its price of $14.95.

Kids love to measure and pour. Give them this experience. Put in your order today and give the kids hours of cooking, eating, and having fun.

Lee Jackson invites you to go to and sign up for the FREE Guide – Healthy Eating:The Formula. She is the author of a Christmas book for children, The Littlest Christmas Kitten,  and three apple cookbooks. See these and other books at




Here’s a Tip to Get You Organized


Get your kids to alphabetize your spice rack or spice drawer.




Simple Rhubarb Recipe Kids Will Love to Make

Rhubarb stalks
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Here is an easy dessert kids will love to make for their Mothers this week-end. The only difficult part is having the rhubarb. Hope you have a plant or two in your backyard. If not, stores should have it for sale. Then it is a quick job to put together, bake, and enjoy. It’s colorful, too.

Rhubarb Dessert

4 cups rhubarb, chopped in 1/2 to 1- inch pieces
1 cup sugar
1 package strawberry Jello
1 yellow Jiffy cake mix
3/4 cup water
1/2 stick butter, cut in small pieces

Grease a 9 x 9-inch pan (NOT 9 x 13-inch). Place chopped rhubarb in bottom of pan.

Sprinkle sugar over the top of rhubarb.

Sprinkle 1 package strawberry gelatin over top.

Sprinkle cake mix over top.

Dribble water over top.

Place dobs of butter on top.

Bake 30 – 40 minutes in 350 degree oven

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Bake Your Mother Something Special For Mother’s Day

2 wicker baskets full of muffins sit on a blue...
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Get Mom’s day going in the right direction by baking her some A & B Muffins for breakfast. These are muffins without any sugar – your Mom has probably reminded you many times not to eat so much sugar. These still taste good even though they contain no sugar. Other good points: they are low in calories and you will get some nutrients from the fruits and nuts. Now you can tell her that you listen when she talks about good nutrition and the importance of the food you eat.

Can you guess what food the A and B stands for?

A & B Muffins

2 bananas mashed to equal 3/4 cup
2 large eggs
1/2 cup unsweetened apple juice concentrate, canned or frozen
1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon water
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/3 cup chopped nuts
2 teaspoons baking soda

Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Place paper liners in 18-20 muffin cups.

If using frozen apple juice concentrate, take out of freezer and open can.

Mash 2 bananas with a fork on a plate or in a pie pan. This should equal about 3/4 cup.

In a small bowl, beat eggs with hand egg beater, add mashed bananas, oil, water, and mix.

In a larger bowl, add flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, and nuts. Stir. Make a little dip or well in the middle.

Pour banana, egg mixture into well and mix lightly.

If using frozen apple juice, scrap juice out of can to equal 1/2 cup. Slowly add a little of this frozen juice to big bowl mixture, stirring well before adding more. In this way you will avoid having frozen eggs and bananas.

Stir in baking soda quickly and then mix about 30 beats.

Spoon batter immediately into prepared cups to prevent the baking soda from losing its rising power. Bake about 18 minutes, until nicely browned and toothpick comes out clean when inserted in the center.

Close lid on the frozen juice, place in a resealable bag, and return to freezer to be used another time.

When muffins are done, cool them on a wire rack. Serve them warm – muffins are always best served warm. However, if you have some left over, cool them completely and store in an airtight bag on your counter or in the freezer.

Set the table nicely. Cut up some fruit for a mixed-fruit cup and serve in a pretty dish. Offer a hot beverage of your Mother’s choice. Now you have the perfect start to her special day.

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