Friday, November 21, 2014

Pumpkin Spice Oreo Iced Hot Chocolate

If you're like me when you go to the grocery store you meander down the seasonal isle to see all those delicious foods and treats.  I check the isle to see if any of my old favorites are available, all the while checking out all the new goods to see if any are calling my name.

Also, if you're like me, then you take notice of what new and great creation Oreo has piled on those shelves.  Birthday cake, tried it.  Mint Oreos, tried it and my little guy devoured the rest.  Then there's all those I haven't even gotten a chance to try; root beer, berry creme, cookie dough, Reese's, just to name a few.  I mean, Oreo has really expanded their brand.

When the different seasons roll around, it's not just Oreos with those brightly colored cremes that line the shelves, it's also various flavors that join the mix.  So, when fall rolled around and I browsed the cookie isle you can guess what caught my eye.  Pumpkin Spice Oreos.  It didn't take long for those puppies to find a place in my cart.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Salted Caramel Apple Cider

Aside from pumpkin, apples are synonymous with this time of year.  Just think about it, the fair rolls around and there are booths filled with candy and caramel apples.  Trips to the apple orchard are planned and bushel upon bushel of apples are picked and a plethora of baked goods are made.

What is it about the simple apple that makes me weak in the knees?  The perfect apple, how would you describe it?  Mine would be firm, juicy, crispy, sweet and slightly tart.  My favorite apples are the Honeycrisp variety.  Have you tried them?  If not, you must.  And now.

Anyway, I love apples.  Aside from sweet and savory recipes, I love apple flavored beverages. Apple cider to be specific.  Me and apple cider go way back.  I mean, like over 25 years ago.  I remember the first time I tasted it.  I was first drawn in by the intoxicating smell; apples and cinnamon, to this day still one of my favorite smells.  Then I took my first sip and that was it.  I was hooked.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Fall Spiced Popcorn

Folks, popcorn is no longer just for the movie theaters.  Just as with all other food crazes, over the past few years popcorn has been given a food category all it's own.  Popcorn lover's rejoice!

While I'm a fanatic of freshly popped popcorn that's been tossed in melted butter, there's so many more other ways to serve that fluffy, crispy stuff.  Just think about it, long before the chef's and home cooks started experimenting with different flavor concoctions there were Cracker Jacks, Crunch N Much, Fiddle Faddle and those infamous tins that come out during the holidays.

Put, the popcorn creations aren't limited to large companies or chefs anymore.  Home cooks around the glob are taking those crispy kernels and making some amazing creations.  I have to admit, I'm a little behind on the popcorn bandwagon.  Not that I haven't found, bookmarked, clipped and pinned several recipes with every intention of making them.  The problem is, I'm sometimes over ambitious and have these grand plans, then I get myself overwhelmed and take a brake.  Unfortunately for myself, I did this with the popcorn and never got back around to it.  Until now!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Butter Toffee Rice Krispie Treats

This time of year we get wrapped up in so many things; two in particular are elaborate holiday spreads and pumpkin everything.  I know I am guilty of both.  As I've mentioned before, I get wrapped up in the research and planning of what I will make to help contribute to the big meal.  And, I'm just as guilty of falling face first into as many pumpkin recipes I possibly can.

I think it's easy to let ourselves get wrapped up in our own little world of planning and pumpkin ecstasy, all the while forgetting about the simple things in life and the fact that there are some people out there that just don't care that much about pumpkin.  So, I decided it was time to take a step back from my dessert planning and pumpkin coma.

I wanted to make something not only for the non-pumpkin fans, but also for those little's that could care less about some show stopping dessert.  They would rather have a slice of vanilla cake, a scoop of ice cream or even a rice krispie treat instead.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

No Bake Pumpkin Dulce De Leche Cheesecake Tartlettes

The holidays are here!  Halloween is just a warm-up for the food and indulgences we are about to consume for the next two months.  I love the holidays; the friends, family, and the amazing food.  The food that everyone dreams of for 9 months out of the year.  I would say 10 but everyone is recovering in January from all the turkey, dressing, sweet potatoes and sweets that they ate over the last two months.

But, now it's November and it's time to bring on the food.  Turkey, dressing, cranberry sauce and the desserts.  Pies, cakes, and cheesecakes, just to name a few.  I think I look forward to the main course as much as I look forward to all the desserts, both classic and new.  

I love trying new desserts to present at Thanksgiving, and I'm so grateful my family allows me to practice my passion by leaving my options open to make new desserts to grace the Thanksgiving table. This is an honor I don't take lightly.  I spend months reading, researching, pinning and even writing recipes.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Pumpkin Cream Cheese Crescents with Maple Glaze

I'm a sucker for breakfast pastries.  Anytime I go into a bakery or coffee shop, my first stop is the breakfast pastries.  The first thing that lures me in is the look.  They are like little works of art, lining a shelf for decoration.  Then I start looking at all the fillings and toppings and instantly want one of everything.

But, while I could take one of everything, there is one pastry in particular that I have a weakness for.  The simple, yet amazing cream cheese danish.  I'm not sure what it is about it, but I'm a sucker for fluffy, flaky pastries that are filled with that tangy cream cheese filling.  If I see one of those in the case, it's done.  There's no question what I'm walking out with.

During the fall, it's no news to you, I love pumpkin.  When the weather starts cooling off I start counting down the days until it's actual okay to break out the pumpkin.  Once that time finally rolls around, the pumpkin fest begins.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Apple, Bacon, White Sharp Cheddar Grilled Cheese

My addiction started long, long ago.  It's comprised of three very simple things; bread, butter, and cheese.  Alone these ingredients are basic, plain ol', kitchen staples, but when combined they amazing and incredibly addicting.

What is it about melty, gooey cheese sandwiched between two buttery, slightly crunchy pieces of toast that is so irresistible?  Besides being irresistible, it's also addicting.  Let's take it one step further and just say it's the epitome of comfort food.

While I love the basic grilled cheese, I can't help but play around with it.  I love playing with different cheeses, cheese combinations, as well as adding different ingredients to kind of change things up from time to time.

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