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We are in the midst of apple season in MN has some of the best orchards around!  Prime apple picking is mid-to-late August through late October and makes for a wonderful family tradition!  Our family went to a local apple orchard recently and it was a blast.  We enjoyed some delicious apple treats, took a nice walk through the orchards, picked out a pumpkin to bring home, and just had an all-around good day. Most people have a favorite kind of apple but with so many varieties to choose from, I think it’s hard to pick.  And different kinds work for different recipes, so you have the option to sample different flavors while you cook and try out new recipes. Not everyone has time to spend at an apple orchard or doesn’t have any locations close to home.  In that case, you probably swing by your local grocery store to … Continue reading

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It’s that time of year…. fall…. or pumpkin spice season, as some like to call it.  I did a little research on the fall phenomenon that is pumpkin spice and was quite intrigued by my findings.  Did you know that pumpkin spice earned its name because it was originally used in cakes and pies that contained pumpkin?  I didn’t but McCormick (the seasoning brand) started marketing the spice to save consumers the effort of having to make their own homemade version and could instead buy the spice at their local grocery store.  Pretty cool, huh? The spice mix is generally a blend of ground cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, cloves, and sometimes allspice.  I admittedly have all these spices in my cabinet but understand that not everyone else does, so I can make homemade pumpkin spice if needed, but something the store-bought version is easier 🙂 I also learned that cravings for … Continue reading

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Cake Pops are a fun phenomenon and something I had to try.  When I think of a Cake Pop, I think of cake that is coated in melted chocolate, skewered on a stick, and served as a bite sized treat.  They can be made in most cake flavors and decorated as simple or elaborate as you want.  They are very similar to truffles but are often a little lighter and truffles aren’t served on a stick. I started my Cake Pop venture before the 4th of July (can you see I’m a bit behind on writing this? :)) but thought these are great treat for any time of year!  You could make some to celebrate Labor Day, the end of summer and kids going back to school, dessert at a BBQ, or just make them because you love cake 🙂 I purchased this fancy Cake Pop maker (little countertop appliance … Continue reading

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I consider myself to be a cookie connoisseur… or a cookie lover of sorts… so I will never turn down the option to sample a new cookie or try a new cookie recipe.  One of my favorite desserts is a warm cookie a la mode.  I could easily skip dinner and go right to dessert if I know this is on my menu, so I thought I would try my hand at making a homemade version.  Something I didn’t need to be at a restaurant to enjoy.  The result is a Cast Iron Chocolate Chip Skillet Cookie. The recipe can be found here. The cookie is hot right out of the oven with perfectly melted chocolate chips and wonderful ooey-gooeyness in every bite.  It’s big enough to share but you might not want to 😊 Start by preheating the oven to 350 degrees F. Add the butter to a saucepan.  … Continue reading

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St Patrick’s Day is fun day to celebrate, whether you are Irish or not.  You can typically find a parade or two around town, Irish themed food and drinks at your favorite restaurant or bar, and plenty of people wearing green!  It’s a festive day to celebrate and will unfortunately look a lot different this year due to COVID.  BUT…that doesn’t mean you can’t still celebrate at home! We are going to celebrate by having breakfast for dinner.  You don’t tend to hear of too many Irish breakfast foods but we’re going to make it work!  The food doesn’t have to be Irish necessarily but can be themed to fit the event.  In this case, we’re going to make Shamrock Cinnamon Rolls and Shamrock Fried Eggs.  So instead of being traditional Irish food, we are shaping the food and adding some green elements to fit with the typical colors of … Continue reading

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Who doesn’t love a good chocolate chip cookie?  I consider myself somewhat of a cookie connoisseur.  I will eat *almost* any flavor and typically have a container of cookies on the counter at the ready……and maybe a backup in the freezer.  I just love cookies! I kept seeing fun posts on social media of people eating tiny cookies as cereal and thought 1) what a neat idea, and 2) why haven’t I tried this?  I had to get in on the craze and participate in the new tiny cookie cereal trend.  The result is Mini Homemade Chocolate Chip Cereal that led me to one delicious meal! The recipe can be found here. Start by preheating the oven to 350 degrees F and lining 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. In a large bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients; almond flour, baking powder, and salt. Add the vanilla extract, maple syrup, … Continue reading

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Normally by mid-December we would have a plan for Christmas Eve dinner, Christmas Day brunch, and Christmas Day dinner…. it’s a busy 2 days to say the least!  But we have zero plans scheduled at the moment.  It’s an odd feeling and we know we are not along.  Do you spend time with family and friends over the holidays or opt for a quiet day at home?  Do you take the simple route and order a meal to go from your favorite restaurant or perhaps a heat-and-serve meal from the grocery store?  Whatever you end up doing, it will be a year to remember! We will still have a lovely meal to commemorate the holidays and spend the day cooking together.  I have a few recipes I want to share with you that not only make the perfect Christmas meal but are great options when cooking for a small group … Continue reading

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Cheesecake is one of my favorite desserts.  I love the crumbly crush, the sweet and creamy filling, and the variety of toppings you can use.  It’s such a customizable dessert!  I recently tried my hand at cheesecake bites made in an Instant Pot and let me tell you, they did not disappoint.  They had the perfect texture, were just the right size to satisfy a craving, and took very little time to make. Please note, you will need not only an Instant Pot but also an Instant Pot Silicone Egg Bites Mold to make either of these recipes. My first batch was Instant Pot Oreo Cheesecake Bites.  This is the easiest cookies and cream dessert you will ever make.  The “crust” is one Oreo and the filling has crushed Oreos mixed in.  I could eat each and every cheesecake bite from this recipe in one sitting.  Delicious! The recipe can … Continue reading

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Valentine’s Day is a week away and I’m sure you’re busy making plans.  Whether you opt for a nice homemade meal or dinner at your favorite restaurant, you can’t skip dessert.  Calories don’t count on holidays, right?  Regardless of where we eat on Valentine’s Day, we always have dessert at home.  You can kick your feet up, snuggle up with your loved one, and gorge on delicious sweets 🙂 Your local Festival Foods will have a variety of desserts and chocolates ready to go! 5-inch Round Classic Chocolate or White Vanilla Bean Curly Cakes Abdallah Assorted Chocolates Frosted Brownies Chocolate Dipped Long Stem Strawberries Mini Sweetheart Devil’s Food Cakes (available in 3 varieties) Cream Puffs Strawberry Shortcake Cupcakes Ice Cream Valentine’s Day Themed Candy …and more! We like to make a few desserts of our own as well as get a few desserts from the store to have throughout the … Continue reading

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Caramel Apples are a classic fall treat.  These Gourmet Caramel Apples are even better and will satisfy any sweet tooth! You can make these caramel apples at home in a few easy steps.  Start with tart green apples (or any apple of your choosing), dip into melted caramel, cover with any topping of your choice, let set, and enjoy – treat yourself! The recipe can be found here. My favorite toppings are mini chocolate chips, mini M&M’s, crumbled Oreo cookies, peanuts or mixed nuts, and chocolate almond bark.  You can use any candy or snack topping of your choice.  A fun topping to try would be potato chips – the perfect combination of sweet and salty.  Maybe next time I’ll give that a try! I like to make these Gourmet Caramel Apples to serve for dessert when company is over, bring out as a snack, or give as a fun … Continue reading

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