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Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Share-A-Chef Wednesdays

Hi! How is everyone doing on this Wednesday? I have a delicious treat for you today! This week on Share-A-Chef I will be featuring the blog, Chelsea'sMessyApron. This blog is based on Chelsea, the creator, who is the recipe developer, photographer, writer and taste tester. Her blog is adorable and her recipes are simple and delightful! In honor of the Fall Season, I am presenting you with her recipe for "Flourless Applesauce Spice Cake". I hope that all of you try it out and I urge you to hop over to Chelsea's blog and say hello! 

Oh, btw, I wanted to mention a note about my sister Lisa, who is the creator of PorkChop&Possum. She has newly renovated her blog and I want you ALL to check it out! It is amazing and it has a little bit of everything. There is something in her blog that everyone can connect too! With the relaunching of her blog she is doing a Fall Giveaway that features goodies ranging from gift cards, Esty Shop prizes, and Fall Makeup goodies from me. Stay tuned to her site for all the details....

What have you been cooking in your kitchen this week?


Serves: 1 8 x 8 baking pan
  • 1 cup applesauce
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil*
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon allspice
  • 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 cup oat flour (blend regular oats)
  • 1/2 cup lightly packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans or walnuts, optional
  • 1/3 cup raisins, optional
Optional Cream Cheese Frosting
  • 2 ounces reduced-fat cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 and 1/4-3/4 cup powdered sugar
  • Optional: additional chopped pecans to top
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line an 8 x 8 baking pan with parchment paper -- otherwise your cake will likely not come out clean. (Trust me, I had one cake completely stick to the bottom even with spraying and lightly flouring it!)
  2. In a large bowl, stir together the applesauce, coconut oil (measured when completely melted), large egg, and vanilla extract. Stir until completely combined.
  3. Add in the baking soda, cinnamon, baking powder, salt, allspice, and nutmeg. Stir until completely combined. (Here's where you can increase or decrease spices to personal preference -- if you are wary of too much spice add a little less and if you LOVE spice increase them.)
  4. Stir in the brown sugar and oat flour (blend regular old fashioned oats or quick oats in a blender or food processor until they resemble flour -- blend well so you don't have any weird oat chunks! Measure AFTER blending and not before).
  5. If desired add in the chopped pecans or walnuts and raisins. In my testing, I personally liked the cake best with just chopped pecans. But if you love raisins in your cake definitely add them in!
  6. Bake for 30-35 mins at 350 degrees or until a fork when inserted comes out clean. Be careful to not over bake as it will make this cake less tender and less flavorful. Allow to cool.
Optional Cream Cheese Frosting:
  1. Quickly wash and dry the bowl from the cake and place in the *room temperature* cream cheese (Make sure it isn't melted or softened by the microwave). Beat with the vanilla until smooth. Add in the salt and slowly add in the powdered sugar (beating in between additions) until smooth and creamy and your desired consistency has been met. If it is too thick add in a little bit of milk or heavy cream.
  2. Frost the completely cooled cake evenly with the frosting. If desired top the frosting with the chopped pecans.
*Not all coconut oils are equal -- some tend to give baked goods a slightly off or bitter taste. I use Pure Coconut Oil by LouAna and have never had a problem with it. I highly recommend this brand for baked goods.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Tuesday Ten: Decorating For Fall!

Happy Tuesday Everyone!! This week I wanted to share some great "Pinterest" ideas for decorating your house for Fall! I usually grab all of my decor out of the basement in the beginning of September  and begin decorating. It has always been one of my favorite things to do once the season changes! So, I hope you enjoy these ten ideas and I would love to hear how you decorate your house for the Fall!!

Talk to you soon...


1. The Simplicity of Pinecones

 2. Cozy Blankets Are A Must

 3. Pillows

 4. Lanterns, Pinecones, and Mini Pumpkins

 5. Porch Decor

 6. Lanterns and Candles

 7. Pinecones and Burlap (Love this idea)

 8. Mums, Baskets, Wreaths, & Pumpkins

 9. Candle and Acorns

 10. White 

Friday, September 25, 2015

Friday Favorites: Fall Edition

Hey Everyone and Happy Friday! This week I wanted to share with you favorites that have to do with the Fall Season. This past week the hubby and I ventured out to our very first Cider Mill of the season. We will be exploring some more tomorrow and I am super excited about it. It is definitely one of my favorite activities to do during this season. I also love baking now that the cooler months have arrived so I will be sharing with  you my favorite go-to recipe. I hope all of you had a wonderful week and I would love to hear what you have been loving this week.


Favorite Recipe: Apple Crisp Recipe  here

Favorite Activity: Visiting a Cider Mill

Favorite Fall Flower: Mums

Favorite Activity #2: Gathering Pumpkins

Favorite Fall Outfit: LaurenMcbride

Favorite Returning Fall Shows: Scandal and Nashville

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Share-A-Chef Wednesday

Happy Hump Day! I hope you all are doing well and enjoying the fact that the week is almost OVER!! Lately, I have been enjoying recipes that include apples and pumpkins since they are my favorite foods to bake with during the Fall. Recently my brother mentioned a new Chef to me and I figured I would share him with all of you this week. His name is "Gordon Ramsay" and I am sure ALL of you have heard of him. Gordon Ramsay was brought up in Stratford-Upon-Avon, England. He initially was going to be a football star but an injury put an end to that dream. So then he decided to go back to school to take a course in Hotel Management. With his exceptional talent and hard work Ramsay was able to train with some of the world's leading chefs that included, Albert Roux and Marco Pierre White. In 1993, Ramsay became a chef in London and years later Ramsay was able to open a string of successful restaurants across the world.

Ramsay also has become a television star with FOUR top-rated shows that air in more than 200 territories worldwide such as Hells Kitchen, MasterChef, and Hotel Hell! In 2014 Ramsay and his wife, Tana, set  up the Gordon Ramsay Foundation to make a difference to charities that are important to them.

This week I wanted to share with all of you his amazing recipe for Apple Crumble. It is perfect for this time of year and it's something I will be trying very soon. 

What are you guys cooking this week?


Gordon Ramsay’s Apple Crumble
  • 6 tbsp caster sugar
  • Pinch of ground cinnamon
  • 1 vanilla pod, seeds only
  • 6 apples, cored but not peeled, 3 of them grated, 3 cut into chunks
  • 3 tbsp dried cranberries
  • Zest of 1 lemon, juice of ½
  • 100g plain flour
  • 2 tbsp demerara sugar
  • 50g butter, chilled and cubed
  • Pinch of ground cinnamon
  • 4 tbsp nutty granola or muesli
  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C/Gas 6.
  2. Heat a small hob-proof baking dish, add the caster sugar and heat for about 5 minutes until it caramelises. Add the cinnamon, vanilla seeds and grated apples and cook for 1–2 minutes. Stir in the apple chunks, then mix in the cranberries, lemon zest and juice. Remove from the heat and set aside.
  3. To make the topping, place the flour, sugar, butter and cinnamon in a bowl and rub together with your fingertips until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs. Add the granola and mix until fully incorporated.
  4. Scatter the crumble topping over the fruit and heat the dish again on the hob. Once the apple mixture is bubbling, transfer to the preheated oven and bake for 12–14 minutes until the topping is a deep golden colour. Remove and serve warm.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Tuesday Ten: Fall Accessories

Hi! I don't know where everyone is from but in my neck of the woods in Upstate, NY Fall is in full swing! This week I wanted to feature some great accessories that can spruce up your fall fashion! Dressing during the Fall Season is one of my favorite things, between leggings and big sweaters, and hats and comfy scarves I am always on the hunt for the next best fashion item for Fall! So here are ten items that are a must-have for me during this lovely season!

What is your favorite Fall item?


1. Scarves via Target, Gap, Old Navy, J. Crew

2. Boots via Target, Sorel, Kohls

3. Leggings via Old Navy, Gap

5. Hats via Gap, Target, Old Navy

6. Handbags via Tory Burch, Gap, Marshalls/TJMaxx

7. Jewelry via BaubleBar, Target

8. Nail Polish via Essie

9. Sweaters via Forever21, Gap, Old Navy

10. Cute Mittens via Forever 21, Etsy

Friday, September 18, 2015

Friday Favorites!

TGIF! That's all I can say right now! This week was a whirlwind to me between getting back into subbing and just trying to find the perfect balance to my life. I am just happy and excited that the weekend is here. I am going to be doing some fun, fall stuff on Saturday with the hubby and then taking a day for shopping and the movies on Sunday! Let's get this weekend started!!! Here are a few things I have been LOVING this week!



Favorite Fall Drink: Slow Cooker Caramel Apple Cider via DomesticSuperhero

Favorite Hair

Favorite Photo via Jana Kramer's Wedding

Favorite Instagram via ErikaAMescher

Favorite Space

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Share-A-Chef Wednesday

Hi Guys! So sorry that I didn't have this post up last week, but the hubby and I were dealing with some family issues that took over our lives for a bit. What can I say, Life Happens! Anyways, I am here this week to share with you another amazing Chef and another incredible recipe. This week I will be sharing a wonderful chef who goes by the name "Ina Garten". Ina started out working in the White House on Nuclear Energy Policy. After a while she began thinking "there must be more to life then this". She and her husband then decided on a whim to purchase a food store in the Hamptons. Two months later she became the owner of "Barefoot Contessa", a 400 square feet food store. Twenty years later Barefoot Contessa grew to 3,000 sq. ft. and had twenty cooks and twenty five more employees. 
Ina currently lives in East Hampton, NY with her husband, Jeffrey and she is the host of Barefoot Contessa on The Food Network.
So since we are coming into the Fall Season I figured that I would share a recipe perfect for that cool, crisp, evening when your sitting on your couch trying to decide what to make for dinner. This recipe will be the perfect way to settle in for the evening. It is Ina's Easy Tomato Soup and Grilled Cheese Croutons. I hope you all try this recipe and let me know in the comments what your favorite Fall recipe is.



Easy Tomato Soup & Grilled Cheese Croutons

Recipe courtesy of Ina Garten
Barefoot Contessa
Potluck Party
Total Time:
1 hr
15 min
45 min

Yield:4 to 6 servings
3 tablespoons good olive oil
3 cups yellow onions, chopped (2 onions)
1 tablespoon minced garlic (3 cloves)
4 cups chicken stock, preferably homemade
1 (28-ounce) can crushed tomatoes, preferably San Marzano
Large pinch of saffron threads
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
1/2 cup orzo
1/2 cup heavy cream
Grilled Cheese Croutons (recipe follows)
Grilled Cheese Croutons:
4 (1/2-inch-thick) slices country white bread
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
4 ounces Gruyere cheese, grated
In a large pot or Dutch oven such as Le Creuset, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the onions and cook over medium-low heat for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally, until golden brown. Add the garlic and cook for 1 more minute. Stir in the chicken stock, tomatoes, saffron, 1 tablespoon salt, and 1 teaspoon pepper. Bring the soup to a boil, then lower the heat and simmer for 15 minutes.

Meanwhile, fill a medium pot with water, add 2 teaspoons salt, and bring to a boil. Add the orzo and cook for 7 minutes. (It will finish cooking in the soup.) Drain the orzo and add it to the soup. Stir in the cream, return the soup to a simmer, and cook for 10 more minutes, stirring frequently.

Serve hot with Grilled Cheese Croutons scattered on top.

Grilled Cheese Croutons:
Heat a panini grill. Place the four slices of bread on a cutting board and brush lightly with the melted butter, being sure to butter the corners. Turn the slices over and pile Gruyere on two of the slices. Place the remaining two slices of bread on top of the Gruyere, buttered sides up.

Grill the sandwiches on the panini grill for about 5 minutes, until nicely browned. Place on a cutting board, allow to rest for 1 minute, and cut into 1-inch cubes. Yield: 4 to 6 servings

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Tuesday Ten: Fall Manicures

I will be the first to admit that I am a sucker for a "fancy" manicure, but trying something simple always works too! This week I wanted to share with you some of my favorite "Fall-Inspired" manis! I hope that you all are enjoying the beginning of this new season as much as I am. I am already indulging in my Pumpkin Pie Creamer and and I am looking forward to my first Pumpkin muffin from Dunkin Donuts! So, here are some fun ideas to spice up your pretty little fingers this season!

Which one is your favorite?

1. Pumpkins

2. Essie's Topless and Barefoot 

 3. Tribal

4. Coral 

 5. Dark and Accent Nail

 6. Gray and Glitter

 7. Ombre

 8. Coral and Dots

 9. Dark and Glitter

 10. Fall Blend