Caramel Apple Crisp

So a few weeks ago I signed up for another swap on a friend’s blog.

Her blog can be found here: http://www.chevronstitches.blogspot.com/

This time it was a recipe swap. Basically we took a questionnaire, got matched up, and received our recipe in the great American snail mail. So, I got this awesome recipe for Caramel Apple Crisp.

3 cups old-fashioned oats

2 cups all purpose flour

1 1/2 cups brown sugar packed

1 tsp ground cinnamon

1 cup cold butter

8 cups thinly sliced apples

1 package 14 oz caramels

1 cup apple cider, divided

In a large bowl, combine the oats, flour, brown sugar and cinnamon; cut in butter until crumbly. Press half of the mixture into a greased 13×9 baking dish. Layer with half of the apples and caramels and 1 cup oat mixture;repeat layers. Pour 1/2 cup cider over top. Bake, uncovered, at 350′ for 30 minutes. Drizzle with remaining cider; bake 15-20 minutes longer or until apples are tender. Yields 12-14 servings.

So I gathered the supplies:

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Then I peeled some apples…(I admit, this is NOT my strongest kitchen skill!)Image

I put the oats, flour, packed brown sugar, and cinnamon into a large bowl:

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I stirred that all together with my hands, and then threw in the 1 cup cold butter chopped into pieces. Wow, that sure is a LOT of butter, Yum!!

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Smashed half of that mixture into my 13×9 pan…

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In the mean time had to un-wrap a zillion little caramels (NOT my favorite part, I felt like I worked in a factory)…Image

Then I had to chop the tiny caramels in 1/2 which was a sticky adventure at best…

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Here’s my sliced apples by the way, notice how they aren’t all the SAME size, and just a modge podge of thickness!!

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Then you layer in the apples on top of the pressed oat mixture…Here’s mine:

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Don’t forget to toss in the little chopped up painfully unwrapped caramels:

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Then toss on another cup of the high buttery oat mixture:

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Oh and you’re suppose to pour on some apple cider too before you bake it, but I mis-read that and thought it said apple cider-vinegar (oopsie, have no fears, I caught myself before I poured it in!) So having no apple cider on hand, I just squirted in one of my son’s apple juice boxes (close enough I guess?) LOL, Bake and enjoy!! Here’s my gorgeous Caramel Apple Crisp that we’ll be enjoying with tonight’s dinner…

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Hands & Feet Turkeys

I saw this neat craft online and I had to try it with my adorable boy.Image

We used WASHABLE paints (bought ours at Target for $3 or less) and I used a little brush to paint brown on the bottom of his foot/and helped him press it onto the oak tag paper. Then, I painted his little hand an array of fall colors and pressed that on for the feathers. I glued on googly eyes, and helped him paint on beaks, wattles, and we used fingerprints to make little legs and toes.

 

*This is my favorite of the four we made…I love the legs the best!!

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Raspberry Cheesecake Cake Balls

So I was visiting a wonderful friend of mine recently, and mentioned making cake balls. She showed me a library book she had borrowed with some cake ball recipes, and she “hinted” at which I should attempt first. Here you can follow along in the making…

1. Mix up a white cake mix using box directions.

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2. Bake the cake at 350′ and when it’s done, take out the center and throw into a bowl.

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3. Eat all remaining edges.

4. Crumble the cake into pieces like this…

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5. Add an 8 oz brick of softened cream cheese and 1/3 cup of mashed raspberries.

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6. Mash all that stuff together really well, so it looks like this…

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7. Use a cookie scooper to scoop into even sized balls…

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8. Roll each ball by hand so it’s not all bumpy anymore…

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9. Crush up some graham crackers…

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10. Melt chocolate (I used white) and roll each ball in, then roll in sprinkles or prepared crushed graham cracker…

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11. Viola, Cake Balls…Yum Yum YummmImage

 

Mug Swap Complete!

So I recently joined a mug swap that was put together by a fellow blogger, http://littlewillowtree.wordpress.com/

Here is a picture of the mug that I mailed all the way to Nebraska.

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I hadn’t sewed in awhile so I decided to make these adorable coasters (since the fellow mug swap partner told me she liked owls). I also saw this cute coffee themed change purse at a recent craft fair, so I put that in as well. I included some caramel creme cocoa inside the cup. She said she liked inspirational sayings so I got her some napkins for her Thanksgiving get together that say, “Be Thankful, for the Little Things in Life.” Also, since I track Where’s George Dollars via the web, I included a $1 bill inside the change purse and a lucky penny. I hope she likes it!!

** Today a package arrived from the great state of Nebraska and this is the mug that she sent me!!Image

I love it, as I love green, and I love the outdoors, and I love cocoa, she hit it spot on. Thanks Joelle!!

 

 

Pop Overs…with a Toddler!!

So my son Henry loves to bake. He’s only 2, but he just loves to be in the kitchen! My wonderful friend posted a pop over recipe I just had to try. Here are some great photos that I took during the process…ImageImageImageImage

Window in the Shower?!

So after my morning shower today I became very motivated, and finally hung our new shower curtain. This shower curtain was actually a wedding gift we received and it’s been sitting here waiting for us to hang for only three years!You see the curtain actually covers a window inside our shower. Well I’ve never put the window shade up, until now. Our bathroom is much brighter, and I’m loving the new curtain!!Image

Hello world!

I’ve just started this blog as an outlet from Mommy hood. I have random ideas & thoughts often, and I figured this would be a fun place to share them. I love trying new recipes, I love to bake, and I love to make things with my son. I’m hoping to host a few swaps on here, my first one to be a Cloth Bag Swap (details to come). Please share ideas/thoughts/what not with me!! Thanks!!