Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Recipe of the Week: Baked Apples

How is it October 1? Oh my goodness, September just flew by, didn't it? I love October, though. It's one of my favorite months! Some of my favorite things about this month are football, acorn squash cooked with bacon, chili on the stove, the smell of wet leaves, hiking, and this dish: baked apples. My mom and grandma frequently served baked apples as a side dish in the fall. I remember coming home late from school a lot of days because of after-school commitments, and my mom would've saved dinner for me. Dark outside, kinda cold, tired and famished, there was nothing better than that Saran-wrapped dinner--except if it had baked apples on it. Like love on a plate.

Like a lot of the recipes in my family, they're more method than measuring. Hope you're OK with that. If not, well, take a walk on the wild side. It's liberating! And you can't really mess these up.

Baked Apples
3 or 4 large apples (or a few more if they're dinky)

Peel, then halve each apple. Cut out the core and place the apple halves hollow-side up in a pie plate.
Put a smidgen of butter in each hollow.
Sprinkle liberally with cinnamon and sugar. (I took a picture to show how "liberal" I was.)

Mix about a tsp. of cornstarch and 1/4 c. water together and pour over the apples so that the liquid covers the bottom of the pie plate.
Bake at 350 for about an hour or until the apples are soft. Check occasionally to make sure there is still enough liquid on the bottom and that the apples aren't drying out. I usually need to spoon the thickened juices from the bottom of the pie plate over top of the apples a few times during the baking process, and sometimes I even need to add a bit more water.

Enjoy as a side dish to a warm, fall meal, or chop up for your morning oatmeal.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Tightwad Tuesday: Refreshing a Grocery Store Bouquet

Hey there, lovelies! So I'm a thrifty gal, make no mistake about it. There are certain things I've done forever to save money or make things last longer that sometimes I wonder...does everyone do stuff like this? Today's post falls into that category. My husband will occasionally pick up some flowers for me when he stops at the grocery store on his way home from work for milk, beer, wine, or the occasional odd ingredient I need for dinner. (He's a keeper.) After I've enjoyed the mixed bouquet for several days, it starts to sag and look a little pathetic. So here's what I do:

Do you guys extend the life of your bouquets this way? Like I said, sometimes I think everyone knows these tricks, but just in case you don't...head on over to Maximizing A Grocery Store Bouquet for lots of tips.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Craft of the Week: 6 Fall Crafts for Kids

Hey there, how was your weekend? I have to say, ours ranked right up there with one of the best we've had in awhile. Excellent weather, a fall hike, a flea market, a little yard work, a Buckeye win, and hamburgers on the grill after church...ahhhhh. We needed that. The kids didn't fight (much), there weren't (as many) meltdowns, and we were home. Together. What's better than that? So here are a few cute fall crafts to do with the kiddos this year...some you could probably even frame, they're so pretty!

Hedgehog Painting via Pinterest

Fall Tree Craft by Crafty Morning

Pumpkin Play Dough by While He Was Napping

Fall Coloring Pages by Kids Activities Blog

Fall Leaf Mobile by Home Made Modern

Salt Dough Leaf Paperweights by The Imagination Tree

Hope you choose one of these for some QT with your favorite pint-sized person. Have a great week!
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