When I was planning my Thanksgiving menu, I was trying to think of finger foods that I could have for the guests to snack on while everyone arrives. I knew I didn’t want to have any chips and dips (I eat far too much when they are sitting there).
Then it hit me, I had a bag of unsalted pepitas in the pantry and I knew I could roast them with a little salty/sweet thing happening.
Mix the spices together. Place them baking sheet and put those babies in the oven.
If you have little ones around let them stand by the oven (not too close) so they can hear the pepitas “pop” while they are roasting
They are so delicious, I went through a whole bag. My family loved them that much!
Handsome and I have been invited to a Friendsgiving over the weekend and I am in charge of bringing dessert. I’m sure by then everyone will be over pumpkin pie, so I’m bring these individual apple crisp. They are not overly sweet, the perfect ending to dinner with friends! Of course, I’ll be topping them off with a scoop of cinnamon ice cream.
I did a test run the other day and we loved the way they came out.
Mix the cubed apples with the sugar, nutmeg and lemon juice. If there is liquid at the bottom of the bowl, strain the apples before you place them in to the ramekin.
In a separate bowl combine the flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, and butter. In this photo I tried the cubed butter method. I actually like the melted butter method much better, the crumble topping came out better with the melted butter. **Sorry, I don’t have a photo of that.
Add the apples to the ramekins, and then add the crumble to the top of the apples.
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I have a weekly routine. I grab my laptop and my morning cup of coffee made perfect by adding 2 Caramel Macchiato creamers from International Delight, it tastes so yummy that I no longer visit my local coffee shop (and it saves me a ton of money). Then, I start to make my grocery list.
This week, I not only was thinking of our family meals, but I also started making a list of groceries for when our holiday guests are here.
I love waking my overnight guests up to the delicious smell of breakfast wafting through the house. Year after year more friends and family want to come and stay with me because my breakfasts have become such a holiday tradition.
While I was walking through Walmart in the refrigerated section, I noticed the International Delight holiday flavored creamers had arrived, Peppermint Mocha, Frosted Sugar Cookie, and Pumpkin Pie Spice (YAY!!!) and then it hit me…what this years breakfast for my Thanksgiving guests will be.
Not ordinary waffles. Waffles made with International Delights Pumpkin Pie Spice! The Pumpkin Pie Spice creamer will give the waffles that perfect creamy swirl of seasonal spice flavor inspired by pumpkin pie. I’m even going to add some Pumpkin Pie Spice to the warm maple syrup!
I picked up a Pumpkin Pie Spice for the waffles, and a quart size of Frosted Sugar Cookie creamer for the guests and I, when we have our coffee with Thanksgiving dessert.
Hmmm…I think I’ll pick up an extra box of creamer singles for Handsome to bring to his office, no need to stop for coffee for him either!
As soon as I got home I couldn’t wait to try out my Pumpkin Pie Spice waffle recipe. First try, it came out delicious. In Southern California it doesn’t feel like Fall has arrived just yet, but these waffles sure brought the Fall season into our home.
Here’s how I made them:
I gather all my ingredients first, so I don’t forget any.
Step One: Mix the dry ingredients of flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt in a medium size bowl.
Step Two: Combine eggs, butter, milk, and International Delight Pumpkin Pie Spice creamer in a separate bowl (I like to use a 2 cup measuring cup, it makes it easy to pour).
Step Three: Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix until combined.
Step Four: Put the batter into the waffle maker and within minutes hot waffles with the perfect hint of pumpkin pie spice.
Set Five: Eat, with a drizzle of warm maple syrup and Pumpkin Pie Spice creamer mixed together with a shake or two of powdered sugar.
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I was given a Avalon Bay AB-AIRFRYER 200SS Oil-Less Digital Touch AirFryer for review. You all know how much I love my AirFryer and this new Digital Air Fryer was not a disappointment! I can still use the AirFryer for Grilling, Baking, Roasting, & Frying. It works just like my other (see exactly how an AirFryer works here) AirFryer, but with a fancy digital screen.
The last time I was at Costco I noticed they had the large pack of Pillsbury Crescent Rolls again in stock (I think they only carry them at Holiday time). I love having them in the house because there are so many quick and easy recipes I can make with them. Since I was planning on trying out my new AirFryer and I had just purchased a ton of apples, I thought apple crescents would be the perfect recipe to out the new AirFryer.
It was so easy to make, chop the apples add the spices and roll it all up in the crescents, brush with a little egg wash and place the pan in the Avalon Bay AB-AIRFRYER 200SS Oil-Less AirFryer!
There is just something about a fresh baked apple pie! The wonderful aroma of cinnamon fills the air and the anticipation of that first piece of Apple pie consumes every thought (or is that just me?). No holiday is complete without one or two.
The other day I got a call from a friend that is current living in another state with her husband while he completes a work assignment. They are only there until December 1st, and are living in a hotel apartment. They basically have some clothes and that’s it. While we were discussing the upcoming holiday season, she was telling me about her Thanksgiving predicament, her husband hates to go to restaurants on holidays yet he wants a traditional Thanksgiving meal. She told me she was going to order most of their meal from a grocery store, but she was going to miss having a warm piece of home made Apple pie.
Then, like a light going on in my head I thought of my Avalon Bay AirFryer! The perfect small appliance for her to be able to make a small Apple pie for two. I told her to order an AirFryer and I would start working on an easy Apple pie recipe for two. This is what I came up with.
1. Cut the pre-made pie crust a little larger than the size of the baking pan.
2. Combine the cut apples with lemon juice, cinnamon, sugar, and Vanilla.
3. Place the apple mixture in the pie crust.
Cover the apple mixture with the second cut pie crust. With the pie crust scraps you can make cut-out shapes and place them on top of the top crust. Brush the top crush with the beaten egg and sprinkle with raw sugar, then place into the AirFryer.
Defrost pre made pie crust according to package directions.
Pre-heat the Airfryer on the highest degree while you are preparing the pie.
Using the smaller baking tin, cut 1 crust about an ⅛ of an inch larger than the tin and a second one a little smaller than the baking tin. You may need to roll the crust a tiny bit with a Rollin pin to stretch the pie crust. Set the smaller one aside.
Spray the baking tin with the baking spray and place the larger cut crust into the baking pan. Set aside.
In a small bowl, place the chopped Apple, lemon juice, cinnamon, sugar, and vanilla extract. Mix to combine.
Pour the apples into the baking pan with the pie crust.
Top apples with pieces of butter.
Place the second pie crust over the top of the apples and pinch edge. Make a few slits in the top of the dough.
Spread beaten egg over the top of the crust and sprinkle raw sugar over the top of the egg mixture.
Place pie in AirFryer basket.
Set the timer for 30 minutes at 320 Degrees
I have found the AirFryer works best for baked goods when I pre-heat the AirFryer. I run the AirFryer empty while I am preparing the food at the highest temperature.
Be careful when you place the pan into the AirFryer basket as the basket will be hot.
Serves 2 large pieces or 4 small pieces.
This is not a sponsored post, I love my Airfryer and thought it would be the perfect appliance for her.
One of my favorite things to eat for lunch or dinner on a cold day is black bean soup!
I guess it all goes back to when I was working in Newport Beach.
There was this little restaurant tucked away in between industrial offices in the harbor. It was a hard to find place if you hadn’t been there with someone who knew where they were going. You had to walk through the kitchen in order to get to the 8 tables on the back patio area, which was the only area to sit. There was an elderly woman who was the waitress. (I’m sure she was also the owner). You had to have a ample amount of time for lunch because the sweet woman was a slow walker (this all added to the wonderful charm of this restaurant). Anyways, I digressed. They had the best black bean soup there! Everytime I went I would always think to myself, I’m going to order something different this time, but I never did, I always had their black bean soup. It was just that good! No, it was great! Sadly, the restaurant closed and I was then determined to come up with a recipe to come as close as I could to my beloved black bean soup.
After making several black bean soups this is the one I like the best. I’m planning on making a fresh bean version, if I can ever remember to soak the beans the night before!
Did you choose your favorite cocktail to serve at your party? Can’t decide? Then set up a self serve cocktail bar with the drink recipes displayed so your party goers can whip up their favorite spooky Halloween cocktail! Add some plastic spiders and candy eyeballs for that extra spooky look.
Have you ever tried the California Quinoa Salad from Whole Foods Market? If you haven’t, take it from me, it’s delicious! I would go in about once a week, spend a small fortune and get the large container, which would last in my fridge for about a day and a half. I don’t know why it took me so long to make it myself. And the beauty of making it yourself, you get to add all the things you love. More of some, less of others. I think it actually tastes even better than theirs!
Handsome and I started a new tradition at the beginning of this year. The last weekend of each season we make a special dinner for just us two. We talk about the highs and lows of the past season and we make a list of what we would like to accomplish for the coming season.
We prepare our dinner together as well as clean up together (with our busy schedules that is real a treat). There is no talk about work or the kids, it’s just about him and I.
Since Autumn officially starts on Wednesday we had our season ending dinner this past weekend. We started off the best fruit (in my humble opinion) summer has to offer. We made watermelon margaritas. I’m sorry I didn’t come across this recipe earlier. We did adapted the recipe to our liking (the beauty of a recipe it really is only a guide).