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One of my favorite fall activities when I lived in California was a trip to Apple Hill to enjoy a caramel apple. Actually I enjoyed more than just caramel apples. I also enjoyed apple pies, apple fritters, apple cider and an occasional applesauce doughnut.
Since it’s a rather long drive to Apple Hill from Arizona, I had decided to make my own caramel apples this year. I had heard a few different tips, so I decided to search Pinterest for the perfect caramel apple. Alas I couldn’t find the perfect recipe, but I found several different recipes with a lot of good suggestions.
I couldn’t decide which one of the recipes would be best, instead I took parts from several of the recipes and came up with my own version of the best caramel apples.
- 5 medium apples
- Popsicle sticks (optional)
- 1 bag of caramels
- 1 Tbsp milk
- Extras: mini chocolate chips, mini M&M’s, chopped nuts
- Boil water with 1 teaspoon of vinegar
- Insert Popsicle sticks into apples, I used a fork instead to make it easier to cut my caramel apple into wedges
- Dip apples into boiling water and swirl to remove waxy residue from apples
- Towel dry
- Set apples on cookie sheet in the fridge to chill
- Melt caramels with milk
- Let melted caramels stand for one minute
- Dip apple and let excess caramel drip off
- Immediately roll apple in extras, if desired
- Place on wax paper covered cookie sheet and let cool.
Not only did I think they were super yummy, my kiddos agreed. We may live too far away to continue our Apple Hill tradition, but I think we came up with a good caramel apple substitute.
I wanted to make a Halloween treat for my friends at work, and I happened to have a little bit of candy corn I wanted to use. Like 3 pounds of candy corn. It was the perfect time to make a batch Monster Munch.
12 Cups popped popcorn
1/2 Pound vanilla bark
1 Cup candy corn
1/2 Cup Reese’s Pieces
- Put the popcorn in a big bowl; and I mean big!
- Add candy corn and Reese’s Pieces
- Melt vanilla bark, pour over popcorn and candy
- Mix well
- Spread on wax paper
- Break into chunks
- Feed to your favorite monsters!
I’m happy to report everyone enjoyed it and even shared with their friends. It was pretty fun being so popular at work that day!
The best part about this sweet treat is it’s quick,easy and you still have time to whip up a batch before the ghouls come out this Halloween.
What started off as our traditional Christmas morning breakfast has also become our traditional Easter morning breakfast. With all those hard-boiled eggs, this is the perfect way to actually use all those eggs the Easter Bunny hid. Just don’t try it with the plastic ones; the chocolate ones might not be the best either.
I love when the egg dye bleeds into the eggs and makes breakfast a little extra pretty.
Since the Easter Bunny visits us on Saturday morning, I assemble Sunday’s breakfast on Saturday night and bake it Sunday morning.
- 12 hard boiled eggs
- 24 sausage links
- 1 cube of butter or margarine
- 1 cup flour
- 3-4 cups milk
- Cheddar cheese
- Brown sausage and lay in 9” x 13” pan.
- Slice eggs in half lengthwise and lay on the sausage.
- Melt butter, stir in flour and milk.
- Cook until over medium heat, stirring constantly, until it forms a thick sauce, about 10 or 15 minutes.
- Sprinkle cheese on top.
- Cover with foil.
- Refrigerate overnight.
- Bake for 30 minutes at 350.
I keep getting more and more behind with this whole blogging thing, now I’m slicing November and December in the middle of January! But I’m glad to review the last too months regardless. Maybe this year I can come up with a schedule I can make happen.
.6 – Pounds gained
1 – Book read, Crossed by Ally Condie
29 – Countries visited
48 – Rolls made for Thanksgiving, I thought I’d grab a shower while I let the rolls rise. As you can see that wasn’t the best idea.
49 – States visited
687 – Words added to book
1512 – Page views on Easy As PIE
0 – Words added to my book, I did Christmas instead
2 – Books read, yeah a big finish
2.8 – Pounds gained
12 – Months sliced
20 – Countries visited
25 – Projects completed
46 – States visited
48 – More rolls for Christmas. I had more than I needed for dinner, so I asked my kids if they minded if I shared some of the extra rolls with my team members at work. One of kiddos said, “No, we can eat 30 rolls.”
587 – Pages views
Now that I’ve survived December and have a year of months sliced under my belt for 2013, I’m trying to wrap my head around the New Year. I’m still wrestling with setting my goals for this year so I can move forward and successfully slice another year’s worth of months.