Slow-Cooker Applesauce

To finish off my Apple Adventure, I made applesauce.  After all, what better way to demolish a large quantity of apples in a short amount of time?  Peel, sprinkle, heat, mash.  Done.  Four easy steps to success for this Slow-Cooker Applesauce.  Once again, I employed my wonderful sous-chef boyfriend to chop up apples, and the rest was a breeze.

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Apple Strudel Rolls

I’d like to put a disclaimer that I have been in Oregon for my cousin’s wedding the second half of this week, and sick the first half, so my blog did not get new posts. It is now Sunday, and I am still sick – probably sicker than I started – and in the airport in Portland waiting to return to the east coast. Sorry for the delay. Boo. Now to the post…

About 2 weeks ago, my coworker brought me a 10lb bag of baking apples with the condition that I make lots of appley things with them. I did not want to disappoint. Now, first of all, I didn’t even know there was such a thing as baking apples. I guess the reason they are called baking apples is because they are a softer apple, which is nice. I forget the actual name of the apple, though, which is unfortunate. It makes it easier to cook them to mush for applesauce, and takes less time to soften them to the desired consistency in general for any recipe. So, when I received my 10lb bag, I went to work scouring Pinterest for the right recipe. I came across many delicious ones, but in the end, narrowed it down to 3. The first? Apple Strudel Rolls! The second? Apple Crumble! The third? Slow-Cooker Applesauce! Yes, I was a busy girl last weekend with all my apple baking adventures.

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Better-Than-A-Campfire S’mores Cupcakes…Need I say (s’)more? ;)

Chocolate.  Marshmallows.  Graham crackers.  What’s not to love, right?  There are few things in life more perfect than sitting around a campfire with friends and/or family, roasting marshmallows, then squishing them between graham crackers and chocolate, taking a bite and giggling uncontrollably as the s’mores innards ooze down your face.  It’s one of life’s simple pleasures, and an activity I can enjoy pretty much year-round (flashback to many happy memories of roasting marshmallows in my fireplace with my family on a cold winter’s night).  Personally, I’ve never even needed the graham crackers or chocolate; just gimme a stick, a marshmallow, and a campfire, and I’m one happy little camper (pun intended).  So, when I came across this s’mores cupcake recipe, I was intrigued.  And I wanted it.  Immediately.  Luckily, with the weekend right around the corner and no recipe in the queue, it took me only a few days to make this dream a reality.  And let me tell you – I needed to be pinched to ensure I wasn’t still dreaming when I bit into these little morsels of perfection.

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Cake Decorating Class!

Tonight, I start my next cake decorating class! I am giddy with excitement and somehow have to make it through this gruelling workday! I don’t really have much to say on the topic, since the class hasn’t started yet, but I am so excited I just felt the need to share with you. We are learning about fondant and gumpaste this time around and I’m SO ready! I will keep you posted and give you plenty of pictures. 🙂 Have a sweet day. ❤

Apple Spice Cupcakes with Salted Caramel Frosting

Cupcakes!

I love the fall. I love the weather; I love the leaves crunching beneath my feet; I love reuniting with my boots again after many months apart; I love hayrides and hikes through picturesque fall foliage; I love pumpkin- and apple-flavored and smelling things; I love corn mazes and pumpkin carving; I love all the colors and smells of fall. I love the wondrous disappearance of mosquitoes. I love fall. I also recently purchased a new fall-scented Spiced Pumpkin Yankee candle. The smells make me feel all warm and fuzzy inside when I burn them in the evenings after a long day of work. And I can’t wait to drink the bottle of spiced wine I bought at my cousin’s bachelorette wine tasting this past spring from the Williamsburg Winery in Virginia that I have been saving for this wonderful time of year. I also just visited Bath and Body Works to update my wallflowers and hand soap collection with fall fragrances (Leaves, Cranberry Woods, Harvest Gathering, Nutmeg and Spice, Hazelnut Latte, and Autumn Day, to name a few). Yay. Don’t the names alone make you happy? 🙂

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Happy 19th Birthday Noobs – The Best Rolled Sugar Cookies

I can FINALLY post this because both my brothers FINALLY received their packages!  This post has been seriously delayed because the United States Postal Service failed to deliver my packages to my brothers in any sort of timely fashion.  (I sent it 2-day priority, by the way, last Monday.)  Christopher just got his package today and Patrick just picked his up today (even though it had been waiting in his mailbox since Thursday!  Noob!).  Anyway, there is no more secret to hide so I can post about my cookie adventure.  Enjoy.

In case you do not constantly read my blog, or you do and are just very forgetful (I know, Grampie, it’s hard to remember all the little kiddos with your senility*), I have twin brothers who just went off to college this fall.  Patrick is nice and close at Catholic in D.C., and Christopher is far away at Brandeis in Boston.  And last Thursday, the 26th, was their 19th birthday.  While college is a huge adjustment, and they are very busy between a college course load, soccer, and (ahem) partying, I know they will have the time of their lives once they settle in!  Also, they are finally realizing how awesome their family is and (gasp!) they miss us!  Funny how college suddenly changes your whole perspective on your family and home…And again, they just turned 19!!!

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