Friday, October 31, 2014

Pumpkin S’mores

In honor of Halloween, here’s a cute little treat you can whip up today!

These are best eaten soon after making, so decide how many s’mores you want to make, and go from there. 

They’d go great with a cup of hot cocoa, if it’s a bit chilly tonight trick-o-treating! 

Pumpkin S’mores – From my sister

Ingredients

  • Pumpkin shaped marshmallows
  • Dark chocolate dipping chocolate (we used Bakers)
  • Crushed graham crackers

Directions

Begin by melting the chocolate until smooth and ready to use, following manufacturers directions.  Crush up the graham crackers and prepare an assembly line: Marshmallows, dipping chocolate, graham cracker crumbs and wax paper. 

Begin by dipping the lower 1/3 of the marshmallow into the dipping chocolate.  Immediately following, dip the marshmallows into the crushed graham crackers, leaving a little ring of chocolate visible.  To get the best coverage, you will likely need to use one hand to guide the graham cracker crumbs onto the marshmallow. 

Place on a sheet of wax paper to harden, flipping once.  When the chocolate has hardened, place into an airtight container.  Note: Do not leave the marshmallows out too long – they will harden too! 

Enjoy!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Crockpot Caramel Apple Crumble

Here’s an easy and tasty fall dessert that your crockpot makes for you!

Use your favorite apples, and top with vanilla ice cream.  Perfect for a crowd. 

Crockpot Caramel Apple Crumble – Adapted from How Sweet It Is

Ingredients

  • 1/4 + 1/3 C brown sugar, divided
  • 1/4 C sugar
  • 8 large apples (crisp and tart are recommended); we used Haralson & Honey Crisp
  • 1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon, divided
  • 1 C oats
  • 1/4 C white whole wheat flour
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 3 T butter, softened

Directions

Mix together the 1/4 C brown sugar and 1/4 C white sugar in the bottom of a large crockpot. 

Peel and cut the apples into chunks and arrange them over the top. 

Sprinkle the apples with 1 tsp. cinnamon and a pinch of nutmeg, if you’re up for it.

Meanwhile, mix together 1 C oats, 1/3 C brown sugar, 1/4 C flour, 1/2 tsp. cinnamon and a pinch of salt.  Add in 3 T melted butter and stir until well coated. 

Mmmm… don’t snitch. 

Spread the oatmeal topping out over the apple mixture. 

Cover and cook on high for 2-4 hours, or until the apples are tender.  When apples are crisp-tender, crack the lid off the crockpot a bit, unplug and allow the dessert to sit for 30-60 minutes before serving.  Serve warm, with ice cream and drizzled with the caramel syrup from the base of the crockpot. 

Enjoy!

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Menu Plan–Oct. 26

We have had an absolutely stunning fall.  I have to keep reminding myself that soon, all too soon, the leaves will be down and snow will be coming.  But, until then, I am enjoying every second.  Lots of walks outside, windows open and grilled pizza. 

Today I had the pleasure of throwing a baby shower for a dear friend of mine.  We used a time of day theme, and had guests bring a gift for a particular time of day.

Our foods were all centered around a time too: Tea time, dessert time, midnight snack time, dinner time, and snack time!

On to another week:

Sunday – Laurie’s Baby Shower!
Honey Whole Wheat Bagels with Pumpkin Spice Cream Cheese {new}
Lazy Day Casserole, Brussels sprouts
To do: Thaw Italian sausage, slice mushrooms, prep brown rice bake

Monday
Pumpkin Spice Granola
Chicken, Mushroom & Brown Rice Bake
To do: make fall treats, make extra rice + wild rice

Tuesday – Life Group
Honey Whole Wheat Bagels with Fried Eggs
Veggie Lasagna Soup {new}
Life Group Treats: Fall cookies & Apple Cider

Wednesday
Leftover Pumpkin Pancakes with Apple Topping
Leftovers
To do: Thaw chicken

Thursday
Pumpkin Spice Granola
Cheesy Chicken & Wild Rice Casserole
To do: Thaw squash puree

Friday – Halloween!
Leftover Whole Wheat Buttermilk Waffles {freezer}
Roasted Butternut Squash Lasagna
To do: Thaw Italian sausage

Saturday
Apple Cider Donuts
Wintry Baked Ziti
To do:

Snacks
Apples
Applesauce
Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cranberry Bread {freezer}
Kale Chips

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Sunday, October 19, 2014

Menu Plan–October 19

You know those weeks when you have something scheduled every night?  We’ve had about three of those in a row!  Menu planning is the only reason we have kept eating well and not had grilled cheese or chips and salsa for dinner every night. 

I love coming home knowing what I need to make for dinner, with all the necessary ingredients there.  Better yet, I love coming home when my crockpot has made dinner for me.  Those are the best nights. 

Here’s to another week of eating well:

Sunday
Honey Whole Wheat Bagels with Pumpkin Spice Cream Cheese {new}
Crockpot Italian Turkey Sandwiches, Brussels sprouts
To do: Thaw chicken legs, bake acorn squash, dice celery

Monday
Pumpkin Spice Granola
Crockpot Teriyaki Chicken Legs, Acorn Squash, Leftover Brussels Sprouts
To do: Nothing!

Tuesday
Honey Whole Wheat Bagels with Fried Eggs
Grilled Pizza
To do: Thaw pizza crust, dice extra bell peppers

Wednesday
Leftover Whole Wheat Buttermilk Waffles {freezer}
Unstuffed Pepper Casserole, Peas or Green Beans
To do: Thaw Italian sausage in the AM, make extra brown rice, thaw chicken

Thursday
Pumpkin Spice Granola
Chicken, Cheddar and Wild Rice Soup
To do: Thaw squash puree

Friday
Leftover Whole Wheat Buttermilk Waffles {freezer}
Roasted Butternut Squash Lasagna
Apple Cinnamon Spice Ice Cream
To do: Thaw Italian sausage, make ice cream

Saturday
Pumpkin Pancakes with Apple Topping
Lazy Day Casserole
To do: Prep for Laurie’s Shower!! 

Snacks
Apples
Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cranberry Bread
Kale Chips

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