It’s FallTime ~ warm drinks & sweet treats ~

https://i0.wp.com/media-cache-ec0.pinimg.com/736x/2d/23/40/2d234010501de84c6e9befc3fc20e2ac.jpg Good Morning Lovely’s!  I’ve been freezing here as of late…the temperatures have finally decided that there shall be no Indian summer for me, and so i have taken to making (& drinking!)  a lot of creatively invented hot drinks! 😉

One of my favorite concoctions has  been:

Boiling Hot Coffee mixed with Hot Chocolate Mix!  (Mmmmm, it’s the best “goodmorning drink”!)

Another of my favorites is:

warm Milk with Cinnamon either on top or mixed in*sometimes i add Honey too* – (this is my favorite to drink at night!)

Also, as you all must know, Halloween was last night & since then i’ve had a chance to sneak a few treats from the children’s stock-pile! lol

I’ve got to say that i’ve found a candy bar that rivals my first favorite! (Twix) https://i2.wp.com/i00.i.aliimg.com/photo/v0/126872268/Twix_biscuit_51g.jpg

This new favorite of mine is called 100 Grand -(can you tell i really don’t eat that much of this candy stuff! lol)

https://i0.wp.com/upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/e/e9/100-Grand-Wrapper-Small.jpg/300px-100-Grand-Wrapper-Small.jpg Anyways, i loved making the discovery of this new chocolate bar….it makes me happy! 😉

But i am also very much so still in love with a good Twix now & again. On a random note – 😉

I keep seeing recipes for homemade Twix bars, & so i think i might give it a shot & try making some of my own….worst that could probably happen is just me disgracing the great name of Twix if they come out bad!  (hummm, maybe i should rethink this!)

Have a great day & expect a randomly posted Twix bars related recipe to come in the near future! 😉

Baked Fall Apples

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Here’s a yummy little fall treat for you to try! Perfect by themselves as a breakfast dish, try serving these at your next brunch!  You can also serve with vanilla ice cream for dessert. 😉

Ingredients:

  • 6 baking Apples (such as Cortland, Empire, Gala, Braeburn, or Pippin)
  • 1 & 1/2 cup Oats
  • 1/2 tsp, Cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. Nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup chopped candied or plain Nuts (i used walnuts & almonds)
  • 1/3 cup light or dark brown Sugar
  • 1/2 cup dried Cranberry’s, cherry’s, or blueberry’s
  • 2 tablespoons Butter, cut into small pieces
  1. Heat oven to 400° F. Remove and discard the cores from the apples. Place the apples in a 9- by-13-inch baking dish.
  2. In a small bowl, combine the oats, spices, nuts, dried fruit, sugar and butter. Divide the mixture among the apples. (You can cover and refrigerate for up to 24 hours.) Bake covered until tender, about 25 minutes.

Tip from the test kitchen:  I’ve made these Apples using other settings as well and i really like how they turned out!*

*All I did was set my oven to 350° F  and then baked the apples, covered, for around 50 minuets instead. My thinking here is that it gives the apples more time to slowly release that juiciness and flavor into the mixture, and I’ve found that the apples i’ve made this way are extra soft and tender.

            ♥Leave me a comment below to let me know which way you decided to try these & how you liked it! ♥

Happy Baking & Bon Appètit!

First Day of Fall – Pumpkin Spice Latte

  Greetings Everyone!

Today is the first day of fall.  aka- The season of cooler temperatures 😉  warm apple cider, home-made doughnuts,  fresh apples, and pumpkins.

So today, in honor of the beginning of this beautiful new season, i have a splendid reicpe to share with you all that will help you ring in the new fall season…savvy aye?            It’s a “Do It Yourself” version of Starbucks delicious Pumpkin Spice Latte

Pumpkin Spice Latte

 Pumpkin Spice Latte 

Yield: 1 large drink
Prep Time: 10 min
Cook Time: 4 min

 

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened canned pumpkin puree
  • 1 teaspoon packed light brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup hot brewed, strong coffee
  • 2 tablespoons half & half cream
  • 1 teaspoon granulated white sugar, or more to taste
  • whipped cream, & ground nutmeg,  Optional

Directions:

1. In a glass measuring cup or microwave-safe bowl, whisk together milk, pumpkin, brown sugar, spice and vanilla. Microwave for 1 to 2 minutes- watch closely and remove it from the microwave when the milk is hot and frothy.

2. Pour the pumpkin milk into a tall mug or glass. Add hot coffee. Pour in the cream. Add a teaspoon of sugar. Stir, and taste. Add more sugar, if desired.

3. Optional, (but oh so good)… add whipped cream on top and a sprinkle of nutmeg.  Serve immediately!

Tips:

*Feel free to lighten up the recipe by using nonfat milk and fat-free half & half. It won’t be as rich, but it will still give you that yummy pumpkin latte flavor. *If you don’t have pumpkin pie spice in your collection of spices, make your own! Mix equal parts of cinnamon, ginger, allspice and nutmeg- and measure from there.

Bon Appétit!

Recipe Source: RecipeGirl.com