Warning: session_start() [function.session-start]: Cannot send session cookie - headers already sent by (output started at /home/chris/public_html/wp-includes/version.php:10) in /home/chris/public_html/wp-content/plugins/wordpress-automatic-upgrade/wordpress-automatic-upgrade.php on line 119

Warning: session_start() [function.session-start]: Cannot send session cache limiter - headers already sent (output started at /home/chris/public_html/wp-includes/version.php:10) in /home/chris/public_html/wp-content/plugins/wordpress-automatic-upgrade/wordpress-automatic-upgrade.php on line 119
Pop-Tarts and Apples, That’s Swell

Pop-Tarts and Apples, That’s Swell

This is a compensated review by BlogHer and Kellogg’s® Pop-Tarts® Toaster Pastries.*

Once all the kids are off to their various schools, it is just me and Miles at home. Some days we are busy doing errands, going places, but many days we have nothing pressing to attend to and our day stretches out before us ripe with possibility.

You know what we do on those days? We lounge around in our pajamas. And we bake. And we eat. And we play with toys (him). And we read the NY Times (me).

We start with second breakfast. Not to be confused with second dinner which is what we have after we get home from late night baseball games. Second dinner is not nearly as much fun since it usually involves a bit of crying and a lot of whining, sometimes even from the kids.

Second breakfast is the thumbs up of a good day. Some people might call it brunch, but second breakfast sounds so much more fun, doesn’t it?

When BlogHer asked me if I wanted to participate in campaign with Pop-Tarts and make up a recipe, I immediately thought of our second breakfast days. What could we use Pop-Tarts to make? I have to admit that this was a challenge. The inherent beauty of the Pop-Tart is ease of which it can be prepared and eaten on the go. I needed to think outside the box. I needed to peruse the Pop-Tart aisle at the grocery store for inspiration. And that is when I came up with this idea.

You need:

8″ pie plate
1 refrigerated pie crust
1 can apple pie filling
1/2 cup fresh cranberries (optional)*
3 packages Brown Sugar Cinnamon Pop-Tarts

*I thought the cranberries were a fabulous idea. To give a little tartness to balance out the sweet. Some of my kids did not agree and picked them out. So, unless your kids love tart cranberries, or you are going to serve this to adults, you might want to leave them out.


Unroll your refrigerated pie crust and place it in the bottom of an 8″ pie plate.


Open the can of pie filling and dump it into the crust.


Add the fresh cranberries.


Open your packages of Brown Sugar and Cinnamon Pop-Tarts and place them in a bowl. Break up the Pop-Tarts until it has a struesel-like consistency.

Taste the crumbled Pop-Tarts to make sure they taste good. Taste again– just to be sure.


Cover the apple/cranberry filling with the crumbled Pop-Tarts mixture.


Once the top is covered with the Pop-Tarts mixture, it is ready to go in the oven.


Cover with tinfoil and bake in a 375 degree oven for 30 minutes.

Remove tin foil and bake for an additional 10minutes or until the crust turns a golden brown.


Let cool and then serve!


You’ll soon be licking your fingers and making second breakfast a tradition at your house.


If you’d like a chance to win a $100 gift card, just think of all the Pop-tarts you can buy with that, simply leave a comment below telling me about your breakfast routine.

All the official, nitty gritty rules can be found here

And don’t forget, there are nine other chances to win!

*I was compensated for my time. The stories, photos, experiences, and opinions are mine.

RSS feed for comments on this post.

The URI to TrackBack this entry is:


  1. Mami2jcn says:

    My kids have cereal on weekdays and pancakes on weekends.

  2. Charity says:

    Yogurt & Fresh Fruit

    charityd AT centurytel DOT net

  3. Susan says:

    I eat the same thing everyday…instant oatmeal (in maple), a hard boiled egg, and a banana.

  4. Linda V says:

    Heat and eat breakfast sandwiches. They fill them up and the girls like a warm breakfast.

  5. Erin from Long Island says:

    We like variety in our mornings, but with healthy foods. We always have seasonal fresh fruit and milk. Sometimes we have oatmeal, other times eggs, occasionally pancakes or french toast, and in a hurry just a big old spoon of peanut butter on our fruit!

  6. Anne G says:

    We usually have instant oatmeal for breakfast. It is boring, but quick and filling.

  7. Jeanette Huston says:

    My routine is a rice cake. My kids love poptarts. Sometimes I make my daughter eggs. I also give here fruit from time to time.


  8. kl jasus says:

    breakfast routine: eggs and toast. sometimes oatmeal.

  9. Amy says:

    Most of my morning is spent trying to get my daughter to eat ANYTHING, hopefully a few bites of yogurt. If I have time, I grab some coffee and a bagel.

  10. Cristine says:

    My breakfast routine…eating cereal with my baby…she’s getting so good with a spoon!

  11. Jaime Seese says:

    My 18 month old and I have eggs and butter bread for our first breakfast and usually yogurt or a pop tart or a Nutragrain bar for second breakfast before naptime.

  12. Shirley says:

    Looks like fun! Most mornings here we go for cereal or quick eggs. When we have more time we indulge in pancakes, waffles, or biscuits and gravy!

  13. Linda G says:

    THought I was the ONLY one using pop tarts as a food group!
    Has it all in there. Add some cool whip and call it homemade!

  14. Barbara Shallue says:

    Coffee and toast (me) and muffins (everyone else!)

  15. Tiffany Pettey says:

    yogurt and the newspaper

  16. Steph says:

    My breakfast routine is simple- pour cereal, feed :)

  17. Kim says:

    I usually have a bowl of Cheerios with fruit on the side for breakfast.

  18. shel says:

    During the week it’s every man for himself…a granola bar, cold cereal, PopTarts or a piece of fruit. On weekends we usually have waffles, pancakes or eggs.

  19. Rebecca Graham says:

    I grab a banana and a juice box.

  20. Vickie Bartlett says:

    Normal breakfast routine is something quick and easy. Cold cereal, maybe a breakfast burrito

  21. Nancy says:

    The breakfast routine usually consists of cold cereal, yogurt and fruit.

  22. pixie13 says:

    We don’t really have a breakfast routine; we usually just grab whatever is quickly available. Mostly cereal, but sometimes fruit smoothies or granola bars.

  23. Joanne Schultz says:

    We’re usually in a rush, so cereal or nutritious muffins to go is the norm!

  24. Annette D says:

    I usually have a bowl of cereal. My son loves Chocolate Poptarts!

  25. Annette D says:

    tweeted http://twitter.com/annedoggett/status/12057674850

  26. Ellen W says:

    Right now the older son is on a Nutragrain bar kick, I have instant oatmeal or cereal and the baby has baby oatmeal and fruit.

  27. Betty N says:

    My husband and I opt for cereal most mornings. When the grandkids come to visit I serve them scrambled eggs and fresh fruit. As a treat for kids and adults I make a special Blueberry French Toast casserole

  28. Cori Westphal says:

    I usually prepare breakfast, something easy like toast, poptarts, granola bars, fruit, while the kids are getting dressed for school. That way we save time!

  29. Melinda says:

    My fav fast breakfast are toaster strudels…but eggs and fruit are healthier

  30. Joy says:

    Fresh Fruit


  31. SM says:

    I usually have cereal
    seanm1999 at hotmail dot com

  32. blue Girl says:

    pop-tarts of course

  33. Linda says:

    a bowl of Cherrios

  34. Maggie Smith says:

    We usually have scrambled eggs, some meat and an English muffin for breakfast.


  35. tammy says:

    eggs eggs and more eggs maybe i could use the pop tarts in place of the toast for fried egg sandwiches

    yum yum ????? not so sure ??????

  36. angie says:

    I don’t really have a routine. Some days I don’t even eat breakfast and opt for a cup of chai or coffee latte. Other days I have a fruit smoothie or bowl of granola. On my lucky days, my hubby makes a full sit down breakfast from scratch MMMM! LOL

  37. scott says:

    I usually take something on the road with me on my commute or something extra in my lunch bag to eat at my desk. A granola bar, cup of yogurt, pop tart, apple, etc. are all options.

  38. Dddiva says:

    Breakfast here is coffee

  39. amandapm says:

    We actually have no breakfast routine here - just eating breakfast at all counts as something of an accomplishment, LOL!

  40. sandra says:

    i usually make a run to mcdonald’s or starbucks and eat on the way to work

  41. Mindy says:

    Cereal and a banana… simple but yummy!

  42. Marilyn L says:

    we skip breakfast most days or have sliced strawberries and juice

  43. Nikkole says:

    We usually all gather to eat breakfast. I become the short order cook of the house and make whatever everyone wants. Which almost always includes poptarts!

  44. Miranda Johnson says:

    The kids usually eat breakfast at school but if they don’t like what’s on the menu I pack something (dry cereal, cereal bar, banana).


    bctripletmom at gmail dot com

  45. Karen R. says:

    We usually have eggs and toast.

  46. Geoff K says:

    Our typical routine is to lay out all the cereal, oatmeal, fruit, and juice on the counter to let everyone pretty much fend for themselves before we sit down to eat breakfast together. If we’re in a big rush, we’ll usually make fruit, yogurt, and granola parfaits to go. Thanks!

  47. Wehaf says:

    My breakfast routine is super-simple; I have either oatmeal or cereal, with milk and fresh fruit. I check my email. Then I head off to work.

  48. Jennifer says:

    Cereal or oatmeal. Gotta get at least one healthy meal in a day. ;)

  49. Justine says:

    We don’t always eat breakfast cause we are not morning people but when we do we eat poptarts or something simple like that :D

  50. Sarah L says:

    Smoothies are the regular thing most mornings. Thanks for the contest.

  51. Shannon says:

    oatmeal with banana, cinnamon and a little maple syrup

  52. Susan Smith says:

    We usually have something quick on school days like cereal and milk and on the weekends we have eggs, bacon and pancakes.

  53. Chrysa says:

    I make a big crockpot of steel cut oats on Monday and we warm it up other mornings during the week.

  54. Nicole Greene says:

    I cook scrambled eggs, jelly toast, and bananas for my daughter every morning. I personally don’t eat breakfast!

  55. Cheryl W says:

    During the week if we aren’t running late, the kids eat breakfast at school. If not they grab a breakfast bar, pop tart or gogurt. On the weekends we have a big feast to tide us over as we do chores on our farm.

  56. Valeen N says:

    Our breakfast routine is usually cereal, granola bars, fruit, toast, and whatever someone else decides to make if they don’t like what I’m serving! On weekends, it’s pancakes, or waffles, or eggs and bacon! Yum!

  57. Mari says:

    My breakfast routine usually involves freshly squeezed juice, ceral with almond milk and fruit on top

    runningmatey at hotmail dot com