It’s apples and apples!

I gotta say baking has never been my thing. It’s just too much precise measuring, timing, etc. Plus, it’s TMI! I don’t feel comfortable knowing how much butter, shortening (what the heck is this white substance anyway!) or sugar is in my desserts. Sometimes, ignorance is bliss. 😉 However, this Fall, I’ve been kinda “forced” to since I went to Hollin Farms in Delaplane, VA last weekend.

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So, what do I do when I have bags of apples? Gotta bake!

First, we baked a cinnamon crumble apple pie. Recipe is from Epicurious.com.

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I had never baked anything but store-ready-made-frozen-dough cookies but making this pie was a lot better than I had imagined. The best part? the crumbles!

Next, we baked “apple brownies”, recipe of which is also from Epicurious.com.

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This is actually my favorite so far. Crispy on top but super moist inside. Just the right amount of cinnamon. I brought this to work and the girls were literally moaning! #Foodgasm 😉

And tonight, we made some “apple peanut butter cookies”. That’s right. Apples + peanut butter! This recipe I found on Taste of Home.

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Personally, I am not a big fan of peanut butter but the hubby is. 🙂 They came out great. Very moist inside. The recipe says “grated peeled apple” but I chopped the apple with a knife. That way, the cookies definitely have more “texture” IMO.

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After baking the whole week, I did not feel like cooking tonight so we ordered some Chinese food. Guess what the fortune cookies said: “Apple” and “Sugar”! It’s a sign. We still have about a dozen of apples and that means we gotta keep baking! Bakers gonna bake, bake, bake, bake, bake~ Bake it up! 🙂

Thanksgiving food coma!

We all need our turkey pants on Thanksgiving, don’t we? Turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy. Mmmmmm.. This year, our Thanksgiving dinner was extra scrumptious with some additions to the traditional menu.

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My favorite was Swiss chard gratin!
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No meal is complete without desserts and Thanksgiving is no exception! A pecan pie, ginger ice cream, orange cranberry thyme sorbet ALL HOMEMADE! Did I cook? No way! 😉 Special thanks to great chef Jo 🙂 I was so stuffed that I could hardly breathe but you know what?
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We all gotta eat three times a day 🙂 Post-thanksgiving blueberry pancakes with local maple syrup perfected my thanksgiving weekend! How was yours other than all the family shenanigans? 😉