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tutorial :: homemade apple sauce

well, apple season has come and it seems that it will stick around for awhile! i LOVE fall and everything about fall (if you haven’t noticed from the previous posts). this year, i’ve been able to get half bushels of apples and i’ve really enjoyed figuring out what to do with them. my boys absolutely love them, my husband loves them, and i love apple sauce. and it is SO easy.

1. peel, core, and slice about 16 apples

2. put them in a bowl of water so they don’t get soft and turn brown while you’re finishing peeling the apples


3. go take a pic of a couple of cuties


4. put all the apples in a pot or saucepan.


5. add 1/2 cup water, 2 tsp. cinnamon, 2 tbls. brown sugar, and 1 tsp vanilla.


6. sauté until the apples are soft and it smells delicious.


7. put everything in a blender or food processor and blend until you reach the consistency that you like.



8. ENJOY! i really love it warmed up with granola in it. it’s SO good!!Image

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a tutorial :: easy dessert

have you ever invited people for dinner, then realized you don’t have dessert covered?

what about invited people over for a birthday dinner and you realized you didn’t have everything you need to make that special cake?

well, you are not alone! i go to the store so much, and it makes me so mad when i’m missing that one ingredient. well, i had a brilliant idea.

remember when the ice cream man used to come to your neighborhood? (sorry i’m asking so many questions!) i always wanted the cookie ice cream sandwich. not just the plain ice cream sandwich, but the chocolate chip cookie ice cream sandwich.

so, for my mother-in-law’s birthday celebration, i decided to do just that (because i didn’t have that one item i needed to make a cake!). it was so nice and easy, and we had exactly how many we needed.

all you need to do is make your favorite chocolate chip cookie (tollhouse or pillsbury in a big tub are perfect!), get a tub of your favorite ice cream (we used reece’s peanut butter cup), then put a scoop of ice cream in between two cookies. put all the “pies” in a pyrex dish and cover with seran wrap. freeze for at least 30 minutes, but up to 2 days. bring out and enjoy!!

i’m so sad i didn’t get a picture of my mother-in-law enjoying it. let’s just say that all was inhaled!!

favorite chocolate chip cookies

plus scoop of ice cream

put in freezer


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homemade cupcakes

Imagefor my parents’ anniversary party, i made homemade oreo and homemade blueberry cupcakes. i was scared out of my mind, but they really just took a little love and patience, and some great help from my friend, lisa.

i ordered these great cupcake liners from pickyourplum.com. if you don’t “plum”, you totally should, especially if you’re crafty. they are bakeable, and make it that much more festive. i used this recipe for the oreo cupcakes, except i did a cream cheese frosting with a mini oreo on top. for the blueberry ones, i used this recipe. it turned out so cute and i was able to get some baking skills on. now, i feel really confident for birthday parties 😉

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