Apple Cranberry Streusel Pie – Good Cook Leftover Recipe #78 (Nut-Free)

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In addition to our Cranberry Cream Cheese Danish recipe, file this under “perfect Recipe for Thanksgiving leftovers” because it is.  It’s easy and decadent – two features that are an absolute must in my baking repertoire.

This pie has a buttery, creamy apple filling topped with cranberry sauce, then coated with streusel that gets crunchy when the pie is cooled.   This is our favorite pie recipe, hands down.  You’ll love it, too.

Just be sure and use a 9″ non-stick pie pan.  The filling forms a gel and has a tendency to ooze.  You’ll want to be able to easily remove slices from the pan.  I used the new 9″ Non-Stick Pie Pan I received from Good Cook.

Oh, yum.  It’s so good.

Apple Cranberry Streusel Pie


  • 1 - 9in non-stick pie pan
  • 1 - refrigerator pie crust (you can use frozen already in the disposable pan if you prefer.)
  • Filling
  • 5 cups (5-6 medium) Granny Smith Apples, peeled and sliced thinly
  • 3/4 cup Cranberry Sauce (I make mine using a 12oz bag of fresh cranberries, 1 cup water, 3/4 cup sugar, and boil until thick and mostly smooth.)
  • 1/4 cup butter (1/2 stick)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 tablespoons all purpose flour
  • Streusel
  • 1/4 cup butter (1/2 stick), softened
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoons ground cinnamon


  1. Preheat oven to 400.
  2. Assemble pie crust shell in pan, if necessary. You can use a frozen ready to use pie crust.
  3. In a large bowl, combine filling ingredients - butter, sugar, vanilla and egg. Beat until well combined.
  4. Add flour and beat until smooth.
  5. Fold in apples until well coated and pour into pie pan. They will mound.
  6. Spoon cranberry sauce on top of the apples.
  7. In a small bowl, combine butter, white sugar, brown sugar and cinnamon.
  8. When well combined, stir in flour. It will be finely crumbled.
  9. Sprinkle evenly over the top of the pie - to the edges, too.
  10. Bake uncovered at 400 for 15 minutes.
  11. Reduce the temperature to 350 and cover the entire pie with aluminum foil. Return to oven and continue to bake an additional 45-55 minutes until done - apples will be tender if you stick a knife in the middle. It should sink right in.
  12. Be sure and bake pie on a large cookie or baking sheet. It may drip.

When you’re done printing this fabulous recipe, head over to Good Cook where you can take a look at our Kitchen Experts 101 Best Thanksgiving Leftover Recipes!  Also, be sure and follow Good Cook on Twitter to keep up with all the latest happenings, kitchen tools and tasty recipes!

Disclosure I am a Good Cook Kitchen Expert.  While I received no financial compensation for this review, I received cookware and a 9 inch Pie Pan from Good Cook to assist me in the construction of this recipe.  The thoughts and opinions here are completely my own.

Glazed Cranberry Cream Cheese Danish – Good Cook Leftover Recipe #21 (Nut-Free)

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My family hates leftovers, and I don’t like to waste.   Yeah, that’s not usually a good mix, but that did lead me to be very creative in the kitchen ~ especially after Thanksgiving!

Turkey is relatively easy to use around here.  No one complains about that, but Cranberry Sauce is not a favorite of my children. My husband and I love it.  Even still, you can only eat so much Cranberry Sauce.    Well, after Thanksgiving, I turn my Cranberry Sauce into something magical.  A Glazed Cranberry Cream Cheese Danish.  Oh, get out of town.  You have to try this.  It’s a favorite around here and an after Thanksgiving breakfast treat.  My kids think the filling is something other than cranberries.

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To make this pretty ring, be sure and have an 8 or 9 inch non-stick cake pan available.  It helps the ring maintain its shape while it bakes, and it won’t stick to the pan.  This is also very important because it is soft when baked.   You don’t want any sticking issues when you’re trying to remove it from the pan.   And as you know, I’m a Good Cook Kitchen Expert and I was given a new Good Cook 9 inch Non-Stick Cake Pan  to make mine.    That always helps, doesn’t it?  It’s amazing how having a new non-stick surface impacts how easily things bake.

Glazed Cranberry Cream Cheese Danish


  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • 1 can Crescent Rolls (or your own recipe)
  • 4oz Cream Cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/2-3/4 cup Cranberry Sauce (I make mine with 12oz cranberries, 1 cup water, 1 cup sugar - boil until thick, stirring often.)
  • Vanilla Glaze Recipe - Halved


  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Filling
  3. In small bowl, combine cream cheese, sugar and lemon juice.
  4. Blend well.
  5. Assembly
  6. Sprinkle flour on work surface.
  7. Open can of crescent rolls and unroll into full rectangle.
  8. Press seams together.
  9. Flatten evenly with rolling pin. I just do this to level off the edges - NOT to decrease the height of the dough or thin it out.
  10. Spread cream cheese mixture evenly around crescent roll rectangle.
  11. Spread cranberry sauce on top of cream cheese.
  12. Roll jelly roll style. Depending on how cold your dough and filling is, it may or may not be tight.
  13. Pick up the entire roll and curl it into a circle inside your cake pan - overlapping or connecting the ends. I usually lay one on top of the other - pinching the ends, so the filling doesn't ooze out.
  14. Bake 15 minutes or until golden.
  15. Allow to cool slightly, remove from pan, and drizzle with glaze.

When you’re done printing this fabulous recipe, head over to Good Cook where you can take a look at our Kitchen Experts 101 Best Thanksgiving Leftover Recipes!  Also, be sure and follow Good Cook on Twitter to keep up with all the latest happenings, kitchen tools and tasty recipes!

Disclosure I am a Good Cook Kitchen Expert.  While I received no financial compensation for this review, I received cookware and a 9 inch Cake Pan from Good Cook.  The thoughts and opinions here are completely my own.

Glazed Pumpkin Spice Streusel Muffins Recipe! (Nut-Free)

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It’s that time of year when we all want something…something PUMPKIN!  But if you’re like me, you aren’t quite feeling like traditional pumpkin fare, necessarily, just something different AND pumpkin-y!  Well, I’ve got just the thing for us!

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7 Frugal Fall Family Activities!

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7 Frugal Fall Family Activities

Fall is the last call for outdoor fun since the cooler temps are coming soon. Now is the time to get outside with your family and enjoy the show that Mother Nature is putting on for you for free. There are so many fun and frugal outdoor activities you can enjoy with your family that will really help you soak in these last days of nice weather. If you are unsure as far as where to begin, take a look below at 7 frugal fall family activities that you enjoy this weekend. Take a look!

7 Frugal Fall Family Activities:

1. Create a leaf collection.
Give everyone a plastic binder insert and divide up. Each person can then look for leaves that appeal to them and place them in the insert. Then, meet back up and place the specimens in a binder. You can then identify them as a family and create an album of the leaves you found. These binders and inserts can be found at your local dollar store.

2. Make a scarecrow.
Head to your local thrift store and find some fun old clothes. You can get the traditional farmer looking clothes or go for something fun and unexpected. Then, use newspaper or straw to stuff the clothing and create a body. Stuff a pillowcase for a head and you can now create a face. Make the scarecrow fun and something that reflects your family.

3. Paint gourds.
Visit a local farmer’s stand where you can find gourds for as low as .50 cents each. Take them back to the house and use craft paints to create faces and other designs. Give your gourds some personality and then display them in a prominent place where everyone can enjoy them.

4. Bake with apples.
Apples are all over during the fall season. You can pick your own or grab some from a local market for just a few dollars. Take them home and bake up something sweet. Find internet recipes for homemade applesauce, apple pie, apple fritters, apple pancakes, or anything else that tickles your fancy.

5. Visit a corn maze.
Many farmers offer free corn mazes during the fall season. Find one in your area and take the family out for some real fun. See who can find their way out of the corn maze first. Enjoy the other offerings at the maze such as snacks, a pumpkin patch, etc.

6. Make your own costumes.
Get ready for the upcoming Halloween holiday by visiting thrift stores and dollar stores to create your own costumes. Have fun as a family picking pieces out and then when you get home, have a fashion show to show off what you bought!

7. Make some pumpkin puree.
Find a cheap pumpkin for $3 or $4 at a local market. Remove the seeds (and roast them of course!) and clean out the rest of the pumpkin to make pumpkin puree. Kids will love getting their hands dirty and watching the pumpkin get blended into a smooth texture. Then, use the puree for all sorts of pumpkin themed recipes.

The snow will be here before you know it. Give these fun and frugal family activities a try and find new ways to enjoy fall together!

Wonderful Autumn Books for Children!

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This is one of those posts that I’ll look back on years from now and probably cry.  I’m sure you’re wondering why…well, knowing me as you do, you probably aren’t.  Hah!  These are some of our very favorite Fall and Halloween books for ages 7 and under.  (<— That’s a very loose assessment, by the way, because my 9 year old loves these, too.)  I’ve rounded them up here for you, so that you can pick them up and enjoy them with your teeny person or people.  They’ve been wonderfully good to (and for) us.

My tiny girl loves all things Sofia the First, and this is a new book in our house.  Sofia the First The Halloween Ball (includes stickers).



This is one of my favorites, but both of my children love this story as well.  Room on a Broom is a wonderful rhyming story about a witch and her cat.  In the process of searching for the witch’s lost hat (and ultimately other accessories), they keep encountering trouble as well as other animals that need a ride.


Autumn: An Alphabet Acrostic is another favorite.

The 26 poems cover such chilly-day themes as knitting, frost, leaves, and icicles….While the words are not haiku, they partake of the spirit of that poetic form in their spare, direct, and emotionally telling worth.



In November

In November, the air grows cold and the earth and all its creatures prepare for winter. Animals seek food and shelter, and people gather together to celebrate their blessings with family and friends.



10 Trick-or-Treaters

10 trick-or-treaters
on a dark and spooky night
out to get some candy
or give someone a fright.

Little do these ten trick-or-treaters know that they are the ones who will be frightened on Halloween night when a toad hops near, a skeleton tries to join their dance party, and a monster asks to share their candy.

I can recite this entire book.  We’ve read it THAT many times over the years.




The Fall of Freddie the Leaf: A Story of Life for All Ages is a book that helps children understand the concepts of life and death.  It’s wonderfully and sensitively done.



The Quiltmakers Gift is a beautiful story about a selfish king and a gifted quiltmaker –  who only makes quilt for the needy.  Of course, he must have one of her quilts, but she will only give him one if he gives away all of his treasures.




Pumpkin Jack is an excellent book to supplement the introduction of science concepts to small children!  A little boy, Tim, carves his first pumpkin, but can’t bear to throw it away when it begins to rot.  He places it in the garden, watches it decay, and celebrates when new pumpkins grow.


Other fabulous picks:

Bears in the Night (Berenstain Bears Book)

The Berenstain Bears and the Spooky Old Tree 

Where Is Baby’s Pumpkin? – is for the teeniest of teeny people.



Note: As with all Amazon prices, the price on this offer can change at any time. These prices are valid as of October 17th  at 10:32am EST.   

If this applies, and you need some suggestions for inexpensive items to reach the $25 threshold for Super Saver Shipping, take a look at all of the recently posted Amazon deals.

Amazon Program Information Refresher
Understanding these Amazon programs can be confusing, so I though it might be nice to break them down a bit for you.

Some items are available through the Subscribe & Save program.  What that means is that you select shipments at regular intervals (every 1-6 months) and you’ll receive the item at the 5% discounted price when you subscribe to 4 items or less.  Subscribe to 5 or more items, and you’ll receive a 15% discount on each of your subscription items.  Additionally, all subscriptions ship free.  If you don’t want to bother with regular shipments (the prices do fluctuate), sign up to receive the shipment you want and cancel (with no penalty) when you’ve received your order.  You can cancel via the Your Account dropdown menu tab “Your Subscribe & Save Items.”  Canceling is very easy to do.

Alternatively, all items can be shipped free with Amazon Prime as well. You can sign up for a free trial membership and cancel before you are charged the annual fee, if you choose.

I am a member of the Amazon Mom program.  Starting January 24, 2012, the maximum discount available on any purchase is 20%.  This comes from the exclusive discount of 15% on select items (diapers, wipes, etc.) on top of  a revised 5% Subscribe and Save discount vs. 15% for other purchased items i.e. grocery, etc.  There are often coupons that are stackable with these discounts as well.  Also, when you join Amazon Mom, you have the added bonus of Amazon Prime free Two-Day shipping for the first three months continued only by purchasing an Amazon Prime membership after the trial period ($79).

Amazon Student is free for, well, college students by providing a school and major.  You get AmazonPrime free shipping for six months and free release date delivery on video games, DVD’s, books and more.  You must have a .edu email address to confirm.

Amazon: Scrumptious Pumpkin Pie Recipes! (Free Kindle Download)

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Pumpkin Pie.  Something tells me those two words are going to be thrown around a LOT in the next four days.  Don’t ask how I know.  I’m just gifted that way.  😉

While it lasts, Amazon is offering Luscious Linda’s Easy Recipes Scrumptious Pumpkin Pie Recipes as a free download for your Kindle or other reading device.

Note: As with all Amazon prices, the price on this Kindle offer can change at any time. This price is valid as of November 18 at 10:40pm EST. And even if you don’t have a Kindle, you can read these books using your computer or other mobile devices by downloading the appropriate app. You’ll see a *Free Reading App* tab in the bar across the top of the Amazon page.