Saturday, November 1, 2014

Apple Crisp (The Perfect Fall Treat) #Thanksgivingrecipe



I ended up making this recipe with the last of our apples from the apple orchard. I was surprised how amazing this recipe turned out. Not to mention how amazing my house smelled while making this recipe.
This is defiantly going on my recipe “favorites” list

Recipe: via
For the Topping:
1/2 cup flour
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
6 tbsp cold unsalted butter, cubed
1/2 cup old fashioned rolled oats

For the Filling:
2 lbs Granny Smith Apples
3 tbsp brown sugar
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp salt
1 tbsp lemon juice

For serving:
Vanilla Ice Cream
Extra caramel sauce (optional)

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Start with the topping. Combine the flour, both sugars, salt, and cinnamon in a bowl. Add the butter cubes and break them down into the mixture by using the tips of your fingers to rub the butter and dry ingredients together. Stir in the rolled oats, then put the entire bowl into the freezer or refrigerator while you work on the apples.

Peel, core, and cut the apples into small chunks. Toss well with the brown sugar, cinnamon, salt, and lemon juice. Pour this mixture into an 8x8 baking dish, then sprinkle the crumb topping evenly all over the top. Bake at 350 degrees F for 1 hour, until golden brown and bubbling. Serve with ice cream and extra caramel. Enjoy!




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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

NaBloPoMo?!


It’s that time again! I will be participating in NaBloPoMo in November. Thanks for the reminder Mimi. For some reason I really struggle with sharing my life. This blog has been around for three years and I feel as if I have not utilized it to its full potential. As I have prior mentioned. I cook and bake new recipes all of the time. I just have to get in the habit of posting them. My DIY projects have been sporadic. However, I do them with my nonprofit all of the time.

I also have to work on utilizing my DSLR camera and tripod. I know I really do not have any excuses.

I would love to do YouTube videos and I have actually recorded a couple on my Ipad. (Now if I could just figure out what I did with them)

Bear with me as I continue to find balance


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Monday, October 27, 2014

Week of 10/27 Menu Planning


I hope everyone had an amazing weekend! I sure did, I was a little under the weather last week. Therefore I will be remixing my menu plan from last week for this week. I’m really trying to use the food in which we have at home. Prior to going to the store again, and again to purchase new items (I have to get out of that habit.)


Anywho… what’s on the menu this week?


Monday:  Fried Fish sandwich and sweet potato fries 


Tuesday: (I will attending an event)


Wednesday: TBD


Thursday: Taco’s


Friday: Shrimp Fried Rice 


Saturday:  Black Bean & Corn Quesadillas


Sunday: TBD





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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

DIY Glitter Monogram Wood Letters






What I Used

The Setup 





I wanted to share a quick D.I.Y I did. That I never had the opportunity to share, I purchased the letters at Michael's on Sale for about two bucks each (or less). Since I only had the gold glitter on hand left over from the glitter wine bottles. That’s what I used. I did not use a sealant. (Due to not having it on hand) However, the letters are holding up very well. (Did this project back in August)
I decided not to spray paint the letters prior to the glitter due to not wanting to take that extra step.  (I’m sure it’s probably necessary if you used silver glitter)

What I did:
Used rubber gloves to pretext my hands from the glue
Laid a plastic bag on the floor of my deck to catch the excess glitter
Step 1: Sprayed the monogram letter with the adhesive
Step 2: Applied the glitter
Step 3: Shake off the excess glitter
Repeat step 1-3 until the letter is fully covered

I opted to NOT put glitter on the back of the letters. However, did put glitter on the sides.

This project was super simple and can be the perfect touch to any home or office. This would also make a pretty cool Christmas, Birthday or baby shower gift. 

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Monday, October 20, 2014

Week of 10/20-Menu Planning



Hey everyone!

I hope you had an amazing weekend! My weekend was pretty low key. I finally went walking Saturday morning. Which felt as if I haven’t gone in so long, my plan was to go walking at 3:00 am until I realized that I was really scared of skunks, raccoons etc. Yup, and with snow right around the corner. I have to figure out another workout plan.


Anywho… what’s on the menu this week?


Monday:  Corn Chowder


Tuesday: Vegetable Soup


Wednesday: Camaron Enchilado - Shrimp Creole – Cuban with White Rice


Thursday: Taco’s


Friday: Shrimp Fried Rice 


Saturday:  Black Bean & Corn Quesadillas


Sunday: Veggie Ziti





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Friday, October 17, 2014

Homemade Caramel Apples #Recipe






I finally found "my go to" caramel apple recipe. I usually just purchase the little caramel candy's and do the basic recipe. However, I usually end up eating half of the bag (those things are so good). For some reason my local store doesn't carry the little caramels throughout the year (you know one of those hit or miss grocery stores) therefore I had to find another option. I stumbled across this recipe on Sunday and I have already made two half batches and my family loves them. Plus this is the perfect way to use up the rest of the apples from our visit to the Apple Orchard. 




Items Needed: Recipe From
  • 8-10 small to medium apples 
  • 8-10 skewers, chopsticks or Popsicle sticks
  • 1 cup butter (do not use margarine)
  • 2 cups packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup light corn syrup
  • 1 (14oz) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • chopped peanuts or topping of your choice
  • waxed paper or parchment paper
  • candy thermometer

Thoroughly wash your apples. Remove the stems and insert a stick into the center of each. Dip the apples in near boiling water for 5-10 seconds and then immediately dry them to remove any wax. (This may slightly discolor the apples but that's okay.) Lay out a piece of waxed paper or parchment paper and thoroughly grease it with butter. Get your topping ready so you can roll the apples immediately after dipping.

In a large heavy bottomed sauce pan, stir together butter, brown sugar, corn syrup and sweetened condensed milk. Stir constantly over medium-high heat until butter is melted and insert your candy thermometer. Turn heat down to medium and bring to a boil. Cook, stirring constantly, until the caramel reaches 245*F on a candy thermometer.

When caramel is done, remove from heat, continuing to stir. Let cool for 1-2 minutes and add vanilla. Immediately dip apples and let excess caramel drip off. Roll into the toppings of your choice and set onto buttered wax or parchment paper. Continue with the remaining apples. If your caramel becomes too thick to dip the apples, warm slightly while stirring constantly over medium heat until you can continue dipping more apples. Let cool for 3-4 hours and enjoy!



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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Changing My Routine ( What Time Do you Wakeup?)


Hi Ladies,

So, I've been changing my routine around a little bit. I've learned that I am a morning person. By 8 pm I am ready for bed (usually I get up around 4:00 am). So I decided to change my daily habits around a little bit. How many task that you do when you're fully energetic that you could possibly do when it's time for bed? Do you notice that those tasks take time from your day?

Think about it, I know for me when I'm tired, I just feel like relaxing, and not working on big projects. Around that time, I can meal plan, blog hop, write my to-do list etc. I also would like to limit how much time I spend on social media. (It’s just something about Instagram though.) We’re all grown, it’s a huge difference from being on social media for “business” vs “lurking”.

Below are a couple of things that work for me (as of right now):
  • Check emails twice a day (some days are better than others)
  • Schedule out my day
  • Have dinner cooked by noon
  • To- Do List (Realistic)
  • Keep my working space tidy (How much time do you spend looking for something all because you do not have an organization system?)
  • Read daily (The more you know the more you grow)
  • Have a Blogger schedule for the month (I struggle with this)
  • Stop hoarding (throw away or donate what I don’t need)
  • Eat Dinner before 8:00 pm


(I try my hardest to have dinner cooked before Michael gets home from school. Therefore, he has my undivided attention for homework time.)


I know every day is not perfect. However, by putting structure in my day, has really made a huge difference. 

What time do you what up? Do you have your day scheduled? 

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