Posts Tagged ‘Fall’

🍎Apple Crisp Cookies

The same great taste of apple crisp in an easily portable, mess-free cookie!

🍎Apple Crisp Cookies 🍎


1/2 cup (1 stick) butter at room temperature. 

1 cup brown sugar

1 teaspoon cinnamon

2 Tablespoons yogurt (I used salted caramel Greek yogurt)

1/4 cup apple cider

1 large apple (I used Spygold)

1 cup flour

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon baking powder 

2 cups oats


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. 
  2. Peel, core, and small dice the apple. Place apple pieces on a microwave-safe plate and cook for 2 minutes to soften apples. Let cool. 
  3. In a medium bowl, cream the butter and brown sugar. 
  4. Stir in the cooled apple, the yogurt, and the apple cider. 
  5. Add the flour, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda, and oats and combine. 
  6. Drop by scoop or teaspoonful onto a baking sheet (I line mine with parchment paper first). 
  7. Bake for 8-10minutes. Allow to cool on the baking sheet for 2 minutes and then transfer to a wire rack to finish cooling. 
  8. Store cooled cookies in an airtight storage bag or container. These cookies freeze well. 

🍎🍎🍎🍎Happy Fall!🍎🍎🍎🍎


Apples n Such!

130915_0002 Yup, this is how we roll. out in the country. at apple pickin’ time! A’chewin’ on Timothy and pickin’ apples from a bucket tractor. lol


This time of year, you walk into my house and smell apples and cinnamon!  Baking is a perfect solution for the dropping temperatures here in the Northeast! It’s a bit too soon to turn the heat on… yet there are days that are too cold to go without some kind of heat. Why not have dual function? I create a warm kitchen by baking/making apple pies, apple crisp, apple cookies, applesauce, apple sauce cake, applesauce cookies, apple muffins…you name it!


Thanks to my grandma’s chinois, along with its wooden pestle, some cinnamon applesauce was made and canned!

Surprised on Honeymoon Getaway!

I am not a big fan of coffee-even the smell of it makes me nauseous-and the caffeine gives me a headache… However, I do agree that coffee can enhance the flavor of chocolate (like in my chocolate brownies, etc)! You don’t really taste the coffee, just the enhanced chocolate! Yumm!

So, when I was asked to create a surprise basket for a bride and groom for their honeymoon getaway to Cooperstown, NY… and was told that there could be no dairy, I thought coffee would be the perfect substitute for milk in these chocolate cookies. It was a nice flavor and when I topped it off with a chocolate almond frosting, it was pretty tasty! What I had forgotten was that I normally use a decaf coffee whenever I make my chocolate brownies, etc…. I had one of these little cookies and MAN!… I was feeling loopy from the caffeine! Mind you, I don’t consume caffeine in any form (except for chocolate!). Plus the fact that I probably hadn’t eaten anything that day, prior to that cookie! Guess I know what to send my kids in their college care packages some day for those long nights of studying! lol.

I made some chocolate cake pops-some round dipped in an orange white chocolate and drizzled in red-orange white chocolate, and some maple leaf-shaped dipped in red-orange white chocolate. (Sorry, no individual photo was taken)

Next, I decided to chop up some apples…

Roll out some pie dough…

And make some apple pie pops! Yup, those are mini apple pies… on lollipop sticks! How cute is that?!!?

The end result was a nice basket of chocolate coffee cookies with chocolate almond frosting, chocolate cake pops (in both round and leaf shape), apple pie pops, tickets to the Wax Museum, and tickets to the National Baseball Hall of Fame. With a little help from our friends at Lake N Pines Motel, the newlyweds found this basket in their room when they arrived:


Congratulations to the happy couple!

10 Awesome Things About Autumn

  1. Foliage  Seeing the pretty trees as they change colors, watching the warm hues swirl down like a light rain from the trees, and raking the crispy leaves up to jump in!
  2. Apple Picking  Which includes eating the apples, baking with the apples, dehydrating the apples, making applesauce, and juicing the apples!
  3. Corn Mazes  Wearing rain boots, running through the corn field, getting lost and found again, and finally making your way to the end… and back!
  4. Nature Hikes  Walking through the woods, listening to the rush of the water over the falls, watching the squirrels race around to gather their food for the winter, and seeing the joy on the faces of these sweet girls as they take it all in!
  5. Fleece and Hoodies  So warm and soft… need I say more?!!?
  6. Butternut Squash  Yet another one of my comfort foods….Roasted, Soup, Chili… no matter how you cook it up, it’s bound to warm you through!
  7. Pumpkins  Whether left as is for decoration, carved for decoration, baked in cookies and pies, roasted for soups or seeds, or even carving for use as a canoe!
  8.  Hay Rides  I know I have a picture or two of some hay rides, but for some reason, all I could find is one of my daughter behind the wheel of a giant tractor! Well, tractors can pull the wagons for a hay ride-right? lol
  9. Fall Festivals  Applefest, Pumpkinfest, Garlicfest… So much fun to be had!
  10. The Smells of Autumn  This photo happens to be my baking helper making some cookies, but baking cookies is only one smell of Autumn. There are pies, cakes, breads, and the like… as well as the crisp Fall air!


What are your favorite things about Fall?

Who Doesn’t Like Peanut Butter?

Ahhh, Fall is officially here! It’s my favorite time of year! The crisp air, long sleeves, hoodies, apple picking (and thus apple pies, sauce, etc), and of course… the beautiful leaves!

(This tree is having an inner struggle. Does it embrace the Fall and show its true colors?… Or does it hang onto Summer, and its green, with all of it’s mite?)

Fall means Cooperstown’s Annual Pumpkinfest! Growers bring their giant pumpkins to Doubleday Field Parking Lot for a weigh in! We wander around, visit the vendors, and take our annual picture with the giant pumpkins. These giant pumpkins are sometimes over 1,000 pounds!!

As the years go on and the girls get taller, the pumpkins look less impressive on film; but believe me, they are still giant!

I think the four of us could fit inside this pumpkin!

The festival is a fun time-especially the pumpkin regatta! They hollow out some of the smaller giant pumpkins and they actually row them like a canoe! They race on Otsego Lake as onlookers watch from the docks and bleachers at Lakefront Park. (Uncle Matt is in the white pumpkin rowing for the National Baseball Hall of Fame a few years back)

This festival brings lots of people to town with all the pumpkin-related crafts, games, food, and the like… But MY favorite part, of the edible kind… sorry pumpkin…is the PEANUT BUTTER!! Who doesn’t like peanut butter?!!?

One of my favorite vendors is The Peanut Principle! He sells the most amazing peanut butters. We’ve tried them all-from Raisin’ The Roof (a cinnamon raisin peanut butter) to I Want S’more (a S’more flavored peanut butter)… but we have two ultimate favorites! One is Honey I got the Peanuts (a honey roasted peanut butter).

And the other is Jungle A Peel (a banana peanut butter-This would have been Elvis’s favorite, for sure!)!

These peanut butters are so good! We look forward to the Pumpkinfest every year…IF  for no  other reason, then to stock up on the yummy peanut butter!

If you would like to find out how to order some of your own, here’s The Peanut Principle’s card:

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