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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.
Where did September go? I’m still getting used to my new schedule. How long will it take til the schedule to stop feeling new? As I sliced September, I see I did still manage to get a few things done.
0 – Articles written, I need to make some time for more Arizona Mama writing
1 – Book read, review to follow soon
2 – Food days at work, it’s great to surround myself with people who love food too
4 – Pounds gained; must be all those food days at work
4 – Games of darts, I was on the winning team for the first game
5 – Minutes jogging in place with my Cub Scouts
8 – Projects completed
9 – Guests at a family Labor Day party; we BBQ’d sausages and pineapple, and played ladder ball
30 – Countries visited Easy as PIE
46 – States visited Easy as PIE, apparently the Dakotas aren’t my biggest fans
100+ – Dinners plated for Relief Society; Teriyaki chicken with grilled pineapple, rice salad, fruit kababs and Hawaiian rolls. There were the cutest mini cheesecakes in these cool cylinders.
431 – Words added to my book, just short of my 600 word goal
1006 – Page views to Easy as PIE
Top Posts of September
- Pizza Nachos
- Book Theme Party Decorations
- Family Home Evening: Lehi’s Dream
- Family Home Evening: Joseph Smith’s First Vision Revisited
- Family Home Evening: Joseph Smith’s First Vision
So despite my slow adjustment to working full time, I am happy with how September sliced and look forward to even better October. How did your month slice up?
Happy July! Can you believe June is over and so is the first half of the 2013? I had to pull out my list of goals for this year and see how I’m doing. A couple are on track, the other eight not so much. Instead of stressing out over what I haven’t done, let’s see how I sliced June.
1 – Book read (Matched by Ally Condie). Yeah, that’s one of the goals I’m really behind on this year. Fortunately I
finished reading a book this morning, so I’m off to a good start for July.
2 – Book Clubs.
3 – Pounds lost! That’s all that I gained last month and a little something extra for my trouble (she says, as she types and eats).
3 – Articles written, including my latest warning you to not be deceived by those cute, furry squirrels.
4 – Father’s Day cards made.
6 – Blog posts written (bleh!)
9 – Projects completed.
10 – Training days of Hunger Games board game (that was about 5 too many).
11 – Guests to our ice cream social.
24 – Chocolate Zucchini Muffins made (yum!).
25 – Summer Bucket List activities!
50 – States visiting my blog!
55 – Countries visited my blog.
1044 – Words added to my book.
2726 – Words added to my short story. It’s not as short as it used to be!
Top posts in June
- Pizza Nachos (shocking I know)
- Book Theme Party
- Family Home Evening: Joseph Smith’s First Vision Revisited
- Raingutter Regata
- Family Home Evening: Plan of Salvation
I had a big month. How did June go for you?
Happy Flag Day! This week’s favorites have largely come from our Summer Bucket List Challenge. So far we have completed 15 items – and most of them were even fun. We had a streak of poor sportsmanship during a game. It was the Hunger Games board game, so maybe it’s hard to be a good sport when your playing a game about bumping off the competition.
- We attempted to attend the MCC Planetarium Night, but we arrived to late to get tickets. No matter, we watched a show about Pluto (poor demoted planet), looked at Saturn through a telescope and shot film canister rockets.
- We had our family book club for Deadweather and Sunrise.
- We tried frying an egg on the sidewalk, but it was too cold. (There’s something you don’t hear about an Arizona summer day very often!) We’ll have to try again when it hits 115.
- We made Father’s Day cards.
- Our ice cream social was a delicious success! There’s even some ice cream left over to make milkshakes; a list item for another day.
- Not a summer bucket list item, but we had another meeting planning the ANWA Writer’s Conference. It’s going to be so cool!
Were your Friday Favorites also you Summer Bucket List items? Share your favorites so I can use them for my family too!