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The Joys of Fall – Apple Crisp Recipe

Homemade Apple Crisp

Finally, it’s beginning to feel like fall!!! The air is crisp, our Crape Myrtles are starting to lose their leaves and the Farmer’s Markets are closing for the season. One of my favorite things during this time of year is the phenomenal smell of baked apples in the oven!! The other night, I made a Homemade Apple Crisp using Cortland Apples!!! It was so good that I wanted to share my recipe with you.

Prepping the Apples

Ingredients

4 Medium Cooking Apples – I use Cortland Apples, but you can use whatever tart apple you like.

3/4 Cup Brown Sugar

1/2 Cup Flour

1/2 Cup Old Fashion Oats

1/3 Cup Butter – Softened

3/4 Teaspoon of Nutmeg

3/4 Teaspoon of Cinnamon

Instructions

1. Pre-heat your oven to 375 degrees. While the oven is pre-heating, use Baking Pam or Butter to grease your pan. I use my 11 × 7 inch Pyrex baking pan for this recipe.

2. Cut your apples and spread them around in your pan.

3. Mix the rest of the ingredients in a bowl and sprinkle them over your apples.

4. Bake for 30 minutes.

Apple Crisp is Done

I hope that you enjoy this recipe!!!

Here’s to making the best out of your fall!! 🍂🍎🍂

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Taking Time to Relax

While drinking my coffee this morning, I started thinking about the importance of relaxation. It’s easy to forget to take time for yourself and recharge your batteries. We get so busy focusing on the day to day activities that we forget what’s truly important. First and foremost, taking time each day to thank the Lord for everything He has done for us and giving us another day is a start. Taking time to be with your spouse, enjoying nature that’s around you, cooking, baking, or working on your favorite hobby are other ways to relax.

For me, one of my favorite hobbies is crocheting. Being able to make a scarf for my husband, a baby blanket for a friend or just crocheting to have that last minute gift is enjoyable to me. Now that fall is here, I tend to crochet more as it gets colder. For some reason during the summer, my husband and I enjoy gardening so we are outside a lot and the crocheting slows down. Now that fall has arrived, out comes the yarn, my crocheting needles and a blanket that I’m working on. So, today, take a moment and relax and know that by taking some time for relaxation, it has many health benefits. There are many health studies that show that by taking time to relax each day, you significantly reduce your risk of heart disease amongst many other health benefits. So, in conclusion, as today is the first day of a great weekend, take time to enjoy it and find what helps you relax!!!!!

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Pumpkin Cake 🍂

Wishing everyone a Happy Friday!! In my last post, I wrote about the Health Benefits of Pumpkin. But let’s be serious, we all have a sweet tooth!!! Below is my recipe for Pumpkin Cake with Cream Cheese Icing. Now I am particular about icing and this recipe is one that I absolutely love. Note – if you have someone in your life that loves baked goods, you may have to hide this cake or it will be gone in an instant.


INGREDIENTS

• 2 cups all-purpose flour


• 2 cups sugar

• 2 teaspoons baking powder

• 1 teaspoon baking soda

• 1 teaspoon cinnamon

• 1 teaspoon nutmeg

• 1/2 teaspoon salt

• 1/2 teaspoon cloves

• 1 cup oil

• 2 cups pumpkin

• 4 eggs

FROSTING

• 2 cups powdered sugar

• 1/3 cup butter, softened

• 1 (3-oz.) pkg. cream cheese, softened

• 1 tablespoon almond milk

• 1 teaspoon vanilla

INSTRUCTIONS

1. Heat oven to 350°F. Grease a 13 x 8 inch baking pan. In large bowl, combine all the ingredients; beat at low speed until moistened. Beat 2 minutes at medium speed. Pour into greased pan.

2. Bake at 350°F. for 25 to 30 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 45 minutes or until completely cooled. (NOTE: In large glass pyrex baking pan it takes me 43 minutes to bake.)

3. In small bowl, combine all frosting ingredients; beat until smooth. Spread over the cake once it’s cooled. Store in refrigerator.

Hope you enjoy this recipe!

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Soups On – Escarole Soup

One of my favorite things to cook is homemade soup. I guess for me it is comfort food – perfect for a chilly or rainy night & simple to make. It is one of my favorite recipes and I love making it for my husband.  Now I have a tendency to make up my own recipes and this is one of them. So, as I share my version of escarole soup with you, please understand that I use a little dash of this and a little dash of that….lol.  😃


Ingredients:

One head of escarole

 1 onion

1 clove of garlic  

1 bag of tortellini

1 package of Italian sweet sausage (about 5 links of Italian sausage) 

2-3 boxes of chicken stock 

Olive oil, ground garlic, black pepper and red pepper, Italian Seasoning

Directions: 

1. In a large soup pot, pour some olive oil into the pot. Dice up one onion and garlic and put it in with the olive oil. Sautée at low heat. 

2. While onion and garlic are sautéing, cut escarole into pieces. Put into the soup pot with  sautéed garlic and onion and stir. The escarole will cook down. 

3. Once cook down, add your 2-3 boxes of chicken stock. Cut your Italian sausage into small bite size pieces. Put the diced sausage and pour one bag of tortellini into the chicken stock. 

4. Put on medium heat and add seasonings (garlic powder, black pepper, red pepper, Italian Seasoning) to your soup. Now I just add my seasonings and go by taste. 

5. Cook soup on low to medium heat for approximately 45 – 1 hour. 

6. Ladle into soup bowls and sprinkle a little Parmesan cheese on the top!! 

🍂 Enjoy!!! 🍁

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Pumpkin Pancake Recipe

I just love fall!! Now I know that technically it is not here yet, but I’m starting to get excited about the change of season.  Yesterday, we noticed that the leaves on some of the trees in our area are beginning to change colors. 🍁 Football season has started, there is a slightly cooler breeze in the air and I have started making some of my favorite fall recipes. So, if you like pancakes, you are going to love this Pumkin Pancake Recipe. It is light, tastes wonderful and really easy to make. Let me know what you think if you make it this season.

1. Whisk together: 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour; 2 tablespoons sugar; 2 teaspoons baking powder; 1/2 teaspoon each cinnamon, ground ginger, and salt; 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg; and a pinch of ground cloves. 

2. In a different bowl, stir together 1 cup almond coconut milk, 6 tablespoons canned pumpkin puree, 2 tablespoons melted butter, and 1 egg. 

3. Fold mixture into dry ingredients. 

4. Spray skillet with a non-stick spray. Pour in 1/4 cup batter for each pancake. Cook pancakes about 3 minutes per side. Makes 8 to 10 pancakes. 

Hope you enjoy them as much as we do!! 

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Pumpkin Seed Recipe

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With Autumn approaching, I started looking at some of my favorite recipes for the season. Pumpkin bread, pumpkin chocolate chip cookies, fall soups and the list goes on!! Lol!! One simple recipe that I found in my recipe box is roasting pumpkin seeds!! Quick and easy to do, they make a fantastic fall snack to have especially during football season!!! 

To state the obvious, you need to get a fresh pumpkin and have some olive oil and salt on hand. 

Preheat your oven to 300 degrees. Using a spoon, scrape the pulp and seeds out of your pumpkin into a bowl. Then clean the seeds. 

Then you need to dry the seeds. Spread the seeds in a single layer on an oiled baking sheet and roast 30 minutes to dry them out.
Now add some spices.  One idea is to toss the seeds with olive oil, salt and your choice of spices. Return to the oven and bake until crisp and golden, about 20 more minutes. For a something sweet, toss them with cinnamon and sugar. 
Enjoy!!!! 🎃

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Health Benefits of Pumpkins

imageOctober 3rd. and I have pumpkin on my mind.  I love to cook and bake and now that fall is here, it is exciting to think about my favorite fall recipes.  The great thing about pumpkin is all of the health benefits that using pumpkin provides.  Pumpkin is a nutrient dense food and it is full of vitamins and minerals but they are also low on calories.  They are also rich in fiber which slows digestion and gives you the feeling of being full.  In just one cup of pumpkin, there are seven grams of fiber.  So, dust off your recipe books and do a little cooking with pumpkin!!!

As the season progresses, I will post my favorite recipes such as my Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies, Pumpkin Soup recipe and so on.  I hope that you have a wonderful day and enjoy this fall weather!!!! 🙂

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Welcoming Fall!

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There is a little crisp feeling in the air today and I thought to myself….”ahh, the beginning of  fall.”  I absolutely love the fall and all the feelings that the start of a new season brings.  I immediately start thinking about fall recipes, pumpkins, pumpkin spice lattes, crocheting scarves, the leaves changing colors and so on.  I start putting up the fall decorations, search my recipe file for my favorite soup recipes and pumpkin recipes.  It is such an amazing feeling!!!

Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall.

~ F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

I also sit and think about how amazing God is and how he has created everything the surrounds us.  So today, just take a moment to take in all that the beginnings of fall brings.  Go outside, take a deep breath and thank God for all that he provides for us.  Start a gratitude journal today and write down three things that you are grateful for and see how your positive thinking will increase.

So, here is to the joy that beginning of fall brings……..now go out their and enjoy it!!!