The Right Combination

Giant Grocery Store Magazine, Savory’s

Apple and Honey Tart Recipe


Krusteaz Cinnamon Swirl Crumb Cake Mix

= Big Success


With an in-house retirement luncheon, visitors coming in for two different multi-day meetings, then two days spent getting a large mailing ready, we’ve been busy at the office these past two weeks.

One of my job responsibilities is to plan the meals for meetings. Now that I’ve had the job for two years,  I’ve learned that playing the part of caterer rather than cook is necessary if one is to keep one’s sanity. However, there are times when I look at the price of goods from a bakery and decide that it is worth the effort to make dessert myself.

Aldi did have an apple-walnut dessert in their freezer case the weekend I went shopping. However, one of the customers was debating the price of an item with the only cashier on duty, so I put my items back and drove home. The frozen pies had started to thaw in my hands, and it wasn’t worth waiting more than ten minutes at the back of the long line of disgruntled customers.

A recipe in another local grocery store’s seasonal magazine inspired me to bake an apple tart. It didn’t hurt that I had a few apples at home. Since I wanted to serve a fresh and warm dessert, I measured the dry ingredients into a plastic baggie to take with me to the office. I packed my untested 12″ IKEA tart pan, too.

At the office on Monday, I looked at the large baking pan and the dimensions of the pan in the recipe.  Hmmm. Putting that batter into this pan would literally be stretching things. There was time to make a run to the store for the fresh ingredients I needed for that evening’s salad and the wrap tray I had ordered for lunch, so I decided to look for a solution to my baking dilemma while there.

Jiffy baking mix? Maybe. I carried the box further down the aisle where I spotted different Krusteaz mixes for bars, cakes, and muffins. Cinnamon Swirl Crumbcake sounded easier, and it was cheaper than the Jiffy mix. So, I took the risk and combined my “scratch” recipe with the box mix.

Our committee members aren’t hard to please, but it was nice to hear them comment about the aromas as it baked and to see them have a second slice at coffee break the next morning. One man even said, “Whoever made this cake ought to start their own bakery”. I consider that success.

Magazine Recipe Ingredients

  • 1 cup 1/2 c whole wheat flour + 1/2 c all-purpose flour
  • 2 oz oatmeal
  • ⅓ cup coconut canola oil
  • ½ cup honey
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tbsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 3 apples, peeled, cored, and sliced
  • ½ cup dried cranberries

Krusteaz Ingredients

  • Cinnamon Swirl Crumb Cake Mix
  • 2/3 Cup Water
  • 1 Egg


  1. Heat oven to 350°F. Lightly grease 12″ large, round IKEA tart pan with removable bottom.
  2. Combine all dry ingredients in a bowl (except cinnamon crumb packet).
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together water, eggs, oil, and honey.
  4. Add dry ingredients and cake mix, stirring until moistened. (Batter will be slightly lumpy.) Spoon half of batter into pan and spread evenly. Sprinkle half of the cinnamon topping over batter.
  5. Drop remaining batter in small spoonfuls over topping layer and spread to pan edge.
  6. In a small bowl, toss the apple slices with the remaining cinnamon topping.
  7. Arrange the seasoned apple slices in an attractive design over the cake batter in the tart pan.
  8. Bake 40-45 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 5-10 minutes before cutting. Makes 12 servings. I cut mine into 20, but it wasn’t easy to get such narrow slivers even.
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Highway Fare: Lansing, IL


Road trips often include hours in which you are stuck sitting in traffic. We flew to Chicago several weeks ago and rented a car. It wasn’t necessarily suprising to us that we got stuck in traffic between O’Hare and downtown Chicago. Nevertheless, I started to look at the signs for restaurants and wondered if it wouldn’t be a good idea to get off, find something to eat, and wait for some of the traffic to clear. When you aren’t from the area, finding a neighborhood where you will feel safe stopping can be tricky, though.  We didn’t end up stopping in Chicago.

Our travel was booked through Priceline. We got a good deal but, as they say, you get what you pay for. The neighborhood architecture was far from charming: it looked like the building across the street was a recently-closed Kmart. Our Red Roof Inn did not offer anything more than coffee for breakfast, but IHOP was right next door.

We stayed for a few days, so we tried a couple of  non-chain restaurants.  Two you might try if you find yourself near Lansing, IL:

Round the Clock Restaurant:

“Lunch”  includes everything (soup or salad + rolls + entree + choice of side + dessert), and they are in generous portion sizes. I chose the gyro with sweet potato fries + salad. When the waitress came to tell us that dessert was also included, I had her box up a piece of cheesecake.

Saturday’s special was 4 for $4. We each knew, just looking at the menu, that 1 thing from each of the 4 categories was going to add up to too much, but economically it made sense to order the special rather than a regular entree or a la carte.

Dixie Kitchen & Bait Shop:

I especially liked the decor. They have different-styled seating areas to suit your purpose. It was nice to have cajun food as an option.





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