Fall Food Fiesta Episode 3

I think this will be the last in this fall food series…sigh. Although I haven’t completely resigned myself to starting to cook winter type foods just yet. It feels more like I’m simply refusing to give up apples than anything else lol. Oh well. YOLO. (ugh…I’m THAT girl…)

Basically I’m just obsessed with apples…

In this post I’m sharing two gems with you that I’ve recently discovered…a dinner AND a desert. Boom.

The first I’m going to share with you is somewhat similar to this recipe that I made last year, which I really didn’t care for. So I tried again. Its another attempt at Mac & Cheese with Caramelized Onions, Apple, and Bacon. So many things that I love…apples, cheese, caramelized onions, bacon…This time its all arranged in a way thats more delicious.

I won’t take too much time explaining how to make this recipe because I’ve done it a few times before. So I’ll just explain how to make it different from plain caramelized onion mac and cheese.

Cheesy bacony appley goodness.

Cheesy bacony appley goodness.

To make this you basically just add the bacon and apples to the recipe I linked to above. It’s not difficult. It tasted good. My one note on it was that I used Maple Bacon…which in hind sight was a little off…I think that regular bacon would work best…or maybe smoked.

I also tried my first ever crockpot desert…Crockpot Apple Crisp. Because seriously…how can you not, right? It’s actually really easy to put together. Here’s the biz you’ll need:

  • ~5 granny  apples, peeled and sliced
  • 2 Tbs lemon juice
  • 1/2 c flour
  • 1/4 c old fashioned oats
  • 3/4 c dark brown sugar, packed
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/2 c butter
Apples on apples...

Apples on apples…Put your peeled and sliced apples in your crockpot and coat with lemon juice.

steps 2 and 3

In a bowl combine all the dry ingredients (flour, sugar, spices, oatmeal). Then cut in the butter using a pastry cutter or some forks. Then top the apples with your crumb mixture.

Crock on high for 1.5 to 2 hours until apples are tender.

Crock on high for 1.5 to 2 hours until apples are tender.

After it cools down a little serve that biz with ice cream and EAT UP.

After it cools down a little serve that biz with ice cream and EAT UP.

This recipe will make your house smell AMAZING. A substitution I made was to use about half the oatmeal and use cereal for the other half (Special K Vanilla Almond to be specific, but anything corn flake-like will do). I mixed the crumbs into the apples rather than let it just sit on top so it did make the consistency a little different (not much of a crunchy top) but it still tasted good. You can also add pecans like the original recipe calls for.

When I make this recipe again I will consider using one of those crockpot liners because this was a little bit of a pain to clean up…worth it…but still work.

FUN ACTIVITY ALERT: My lady pals and I had a fun adventure a couple weekends ago so I figured I’d share it. We went to our first ever Blacklight 5K. It was SO FUN. It’s basically the Color Run except its a night and the colors glow under blacklight. It was most definitely NOT 5K…I’d guess it was maybe like 1.5 miles and in terms of logistics it was a bit of a shit show but it was still super fun to walk (running for fun is not my jam) and there was a big dance party at the end and they were throwing tons of color into the crowd.

The Before and After shot

The Before and After shot

I think I may have gotten some color on me....

I think I may have gotten some color on me….

 

What fall foods will you miss most?

 

Sunday Funday

So turns out that I wrote the majority of all my blog posts while I was wasting away of boredom at my old job. Now that I have a new job I have way way less free time lol. But I have a moment now so I figured I’d slap something up.

I had a fairly whirlwind weekend this past weekend…which was a nice change of pace. On Saturday afternoon my bestie and I went to this cool terrarium making party at a local glass shop where she blows glass (I hang with a talented crew lol). We got to make wet and dry terrariums. NOTE: every single time I think or say terrarium I confuse it with a house for spiders…I think they sound the same). Anyhow–I was pumped because a wet terrarium is essentially creating a Jurassic Park type scene in a jar! Spoilers mine has a pterodactyl in it! Boom.

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It was our other friend K’s birthday this weekend so we had some extra fun activities planned. We spent a fun hour kayaking on the Charles River. It was a murky chilly type day but it was really fun.

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We couldn’t really continue the party because we all soaking wet, but a bunch of us met up later that night to eat tacos and watch Game of Thrones. My contribution was cupcakes. But not just any old cupcakes…these were the stuff 90s kids dreams are made of. They were vanilla cupcakes with purple frosting and pop rocks on top! You can hear them snap crackle and pop on you plate…and then comes that creepy-but-awesome blitzkrieg of pop that happens the second they hit your mouth lol. They were really fun!

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Overall, it was a solid weekend with my lady pals 🙂

How to Stay In on a Saturday Night…and Not be Super Lame

2012 is all but gone at this point. Tomorrow in New Years Eve. Yikes. That went by real fast right? The thing about this NYE is that its on a Monday…ugh. As it happens, Monday comes right AFTER the weekend. I’ll be the first to admit that while my body may be 25, my mind-body connection is like 65. There’s just no way I could handle ‘going-out’ over the weekend and still be able to function for any semblance of a NYE function. But also, the part of me that knows I’m 25 feels super lame staying in both Friday and Saturday nights.

SPOILER ALERT: I came up with a solution. (Because fortunately I surround myself with friends whose bodies are also no longer 22 and don’t want to rage for 3 nights so close together). I decided to throw a ladies night at my place. I invited a bunch of my gal pals over for some snacks, some booze, and a showing of Pitch Perfect….I also encouraged everyone to wear sweatpants…because thats how I roll.

Punch

 

I was pumped for the opportunity to use my punch bowl that I got back in November. I made a simple budget friendly punch of Svedka Tangerine, pomegranate juice, Sprite and Raspberry Sherbet. So yummy…and also quite boozy so it all works out.

Check out the sweet new triple pot crockpot set I got for Christmas!

Check out the sweet new triple pot crockpot set I got for Christmas! Do you SEE how the lids can hook like that!! and ALL 3 pots have individual controls! Party perfect.

You can’t throw a party without snacks. I made my party a pot-luckish type thing, but I also whipped up a few faves. For something more substancial I made a crockpot full of my lentil chili. I also made this AMAZING dip that I had at my sis’s place about a month ago…Buffalo Chicken Dip.

Now the thing about this dip…and this is going to sound weird so just go with it…is that its almost like you can’t tell what you’re eating. Its super delicious and easy to make. Its creamy and cheesy and is very much like a cheese dip, but its totally not…its chalk full of chicken.

Simple Chocolate Fondue with all the Fixings.

Simple Chocolate Fondue with all the Fixings.

You can’t have a proper ladies night without some sort of chocolate. As I have a fondue pot that’s been itching to be used again, I decided on making a quick chocolate fondue. I also chopped up some strawberries, angel food cake, bananas, and pretzels to dip.

My gal pals also brought a TON of yummy treats to share and I can’t possibly tell you what those were or how to make them right now lol. Needless to say we were STUFFED by the end of the night.

Buffalo Chicken Dip:

3 cans canned chicken (1 large 2 small)
~2/3 bottle Frank’s Biffalo Sauce
~1/2 bottle Blue Cheese Dressing
1 8 0z block cream cheese
~1 cup shredded cheese
1/2 cup shredded cheese (to top the dip)

Mix all ingredients together, minus the cheese for the top. Bake for around 30 mins on 350, then top with cheese and bake another 5 mins until cheese is melted.

Chocolate Fondue:

2 bags Giradelli chocolate (Bitter-sweet I think)
~2 cups cream

Melt all this in your fondue pot (or over a double boiler if you don’t have one) and EAT IT.

Overall, I had a super fun time with my lady friends sipping on punch, stuffing my face with snacks, and laughing my butt off at Fat Amy.

Fat Amy