Autumn is a beautiful season for so many reasons. I love years like this, when summer tries its best to hold off the crispness of fall. But inevitably, as the days get shorter, our world is filled with the unique sights, sounds, and smells of fall.

Autumn is also a very important time for farmers because it marks the end of the growing season. I love to count my blessing at this time every year, having been lucky enough to see the circle of life of another crop year.

This time of year can be crazy for farmers. When the crops are ready to be harvested, there is little that will keep the farmer out of the field.

This go, go, go attitude can leave little time for family interaction or quality time together. But if there is one thing that can get a farmer to stop momentarily in his tracks, it’s a good, hot meal. That is one of the things I love most about food – it has an amazing ability to bring people together and bring calm to the storm, if only for a moment.

I chose this recipe to share with you because it’s the perfect time of year for so many reasons. On the tail end of apple harvest season, many people are looking for great apple recipes to capture their flavor during the peak of freshness. This recipe is also great for fall because it does a great job of warming you right up on a cold morning.

When it comes to bringing the family back together, this crowd pleaser always seems to get the job done. I hope it does the same for you and your family.

Best wishes,
Joan Ruskamp

Apple Crock Pot Breakfast



  • 2 apples sliced
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 cups oatmeal
  • 2 cups water


  1. Layer the following into a regular-sized crock pot starting on the bottom:
    1. Apples
    2. Brown sugar
    3. Cinnamon
    4. Oatmeal
  2. Pour two cups of water over the top.
  3. Cover the crock pot with the lid.
  4. Cook overnight on low setting.

NOTE: This recipe works well if you start at 9 p.m. and eat breakfast at 7 a.m. the next morning. This recipe is also good cold.






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