Spiked Caramel Apple Pie Cider

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Spiked Caramel Apple Pie Cider

In Michigan, Labor Day certainly marks the unofficial beginning of fall, but really it is the beginning of cider mill season which continues through the holidays.

I don’t know about where you live, but here cider is a big deal, practically a way of life.  You go to the mill, buy a jug of cider, a couple cider doughnuts, and ask for a few plastic cups before heading outside to the wooden picnic tables to eat, drink, and get attacked by stinging insects.  It’s tradition.

Spiked Caramel Apple Pie Cider

Spiked Caramel Apple Pie Cider

Really, though I prefer to drink my cider in the comfort of my home, and while it’s great on its own, there is nothing like doctoring it up a bit.  Enter Spiked Caramel Apple Pie Cider.  It showcases the cider while enhancing it, making it comforting and irresistible.

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The secret ingredient is Torani Bourbon Caramel Syrup.  It’s available at Walmart along with Torani Toasted Marshmallow Syrup and many other flavors.  All the ones I’ve had are crazy good since they are made with real, simple ingredients like pure cane sugar and natural flavors.  They have that classic coffeehouse flavor, and Torani really knows what they are doing since they are third generation family owned since 1925.  I love old companies like Torani.

Spiked Caramel Apple Pie Cider

Caramel, bourbon, and apples are a match made in heaven.  By warming the cider with apples, warm spices, and the syrup, it’s like the flavors are all heightened.  It is so comforting cradling a mug of the cinnamon-y cider in my hands as it is cold and blustery outside.  I even liked snacking on the apples.

Spiked Caramel Apple Pie Cider

This cider is perfect for a party.  You can put it in a slow cooker or keep it on low heat.  Then as you are serving add a dollop of whipped cream and another drizzle of the syrup for the kids, and for the adults, a splash of bourbon is perfection.

This holiday season, gather your friends and family and make your favorite holiday beverage more flavorful with Torani.

Spiked Caramel Apple Pie Cider

Spiked Caramel Apple Pie Cider

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

Ingredients

½ gallon apple cider
3 large apples, cored and cut into wedges
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground ginger
½ teaspoon ground cloves
1/3 cup Torani Bourbon Caramel Syrup, plus more for serving
Bourbon, for serving
Whipped cream, homemade or store bought, for serving

Instructions

  1. Pour the cider into a large saucepan. Add the apples, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and 1/3 cup syrup. Place over medium heat, bring to a boil, and reduce to a simmer. Simmer for about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  2. Serve immediately with a splash of bourbon, a dollop of whipped cream, and a drizzle of the syrup. Cider may be kept warm on low heat on the stove for about 30 minutes.
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Weekly Meal Plan #40

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I hope you enjoy the fall flavors in this week’s meal plan.  Oh, and those cookie bars are the perfect way to start holiday baking season!

Monday

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Tuesday

Roasted Sweet Potato Tacos with Black Beans and Kale Ceviche 2

Wednesday

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Thursday

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Friday

  • DAY OFF – Go out to eat or order in!

Saturday

Sunday

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Side Dish

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Dessert

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Fall Flare #FashionFriday

Fall Flare #FashionFriday

It’s been too long since a #FashionFriday post!  But I haven’t been slacking of creating fun new looks.

Fall and winter can be a time of dull colors and little embellishment, but today, I’m showing you that you can still have fun with your look.

Fall Flare #FashionFriday

Fall Flare #FashionFriday

This flared polka dotted skirt takes what could be a super boring grey sweater and made it super fashionable.

I also almost never braid my hair, but all the celebrities have been doing it and I was inspired.  It was super easy to do and I left it a bit messy on purpose.  I loved how it looked and felt very on trend for the day.

Fall Flare #FashionFriday

How do you make the colder months fashionable?

Sweater: Ralph Lauren Black Label // Skirt: Kate Spade // Shoes: Charlotte Olympia // Handbag: Dior // Sunglasses: Tiffany // Bag Charm: Tiffany

Fall Flare #FashionFriday

Fall Flare #FashionFriday

Healthy Apple Cinnamon Muffins

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Healthy Apple Cinnamon Muffins

I used to eat yogurt every morning for breakfast.  And I loved it.  There are so many flavors to choose from and it’s super good for you.  But then I got a little bored.  Luckily, yogurt is still there providing some #BreakfastInspiration, because it is good for so much more than eating as is.

Dannon Oikos is my go-to.  While I love the traditional with all-natural non-GMO ingredients, when shopping at my local Meijer, they were out of the Apple Pie flavor I was searching for, so I picked up Salted Caramel Triple Zero because caramel and apples are a match made in heaven.

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Triple Zero has 0 added sugar, 0 calories, and 0 artificial sweeteners, hence the Triple Zero.  It fuels performance and exercise, but does sacrifice a bit of flavor.  The good news is, in these Healthy Apple Cinnamon Muffins, you will never, ever know that.

Healthy Apple Cinnamon Muffins

Healthy Apple Cinnamon Muffins

Oikos is totally made for incorporating into recipes.  These are some of the fluffiest, moistest, most flavorful muffins I have ever made.  The tang of the yogurt and the tartness of the applesauce keeps the muffins from being too sweet, while the pecans add crunch and the pieces of apple are little juicy flavor pockets.

Healthy Apple Cinnamon Muffins

Healthy Apple Cinnamon Muffins

I feel so good about eating these muffins because yogurt has the protein, calcium, and vitamin D my body needs.  Plus, I am super excited to try different variations on these muffins by using different fruit, nuts, and yogurt.  You should feel free to experiment too.  Blueberries, walnuts, and vanilla yogurt sounds great.  Or strawberries, almonds, and Banana Cream.  Oikos has tons of flavors to check out.

So the next time you need to revamp breakfast, turn to Oikos and my Healthy Apple Cinnamon Muffins.

Healthy Apple Cinnamon Muffins

Healthy Apple Cinnamon Muffins

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

Yield: 12 muffins

Ingredients

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground ginger
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 cup packed light brown sugar
2 large eggs
1 cup applesauce
2 5.3 ounce containers Oikos Triple Zero Salted Caramel
2 cups diced and peeled apple
¾ cup pecans

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. line a muffin tin with paper liners.
  2. In a large bowl, stir together sugar, eggs, applesauce, and yogurt. Add flour, cinnamon, ginger, and baking powder and mix until fully combined.
  3. Stir in the apple and pecans until well distributed. Divide batter evenly among muffin cups, filling all the way to the top.
  4. Bake for 22-25 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center of the muffins comes out clean or with a few moist crumbs. Serve warm or cool completely. Muffins may be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 4 days or frozen, wrapped individually in parchment and foil and placed in a zipper bag for up to 3 months. Thaw in the microwave about 1 minute.
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Fall Colors #FashionFriday

Fall Colors #FashionFriday

The leaves on the trees are so pretty this time of year and so I let them inspire my outfit of fall colors.  Orange.  Brown.  Purple.  These warm, cozy colors are so comforting and make me feel warm inside even when it’s chilly outside.

The colors are very easy to wear and play well together.  It’s fun to mix and match some colors to keep from being drab in the fall when it’s easy to turn to super dark, neutral colors.  It’s important to me to still wear bright colors because I think they bring happiness to the world … or my world anyway.

Fall Colors #FashionFriday

Fall Colors #FashionFriday

A gold belt is really the most important part of this look. I love the color because it is so versatile, but even better is that it helps give this outfit a defined waist when a bulky sweater might otherwise look anything but streamlined.

Do you like to wear belts?

Sweater: Bloomingdale’s // Skirt: Ralph Lauren // Belt: Gucci // Shoes: Christian Louboutin // Sunglasses: Tiffany // Bag: Fendi

Fall Colors #FashionFriday

Fall Colors #FashionFriday

Fashion Friday: Shopping Day

Fashion Friday Shopping Day

Any time of year is a good time to go shopping in my book, but there’s something about spending a chilly fall or winter day in the warm mall. Particularly this time of year, it’s a great way to get Christmas gift ideas and check out all the holiday displays.

Mom and I recently took a trip to our favorite local mall, Somerset, and spent the day walking around and shopping. It was so fun to be there not looking for anything in particular. We even picked up a pair of shoes at Kate Spade that we can share. Impulse buys are the best!

And I picked up my new Sydney Evan ear cuff.  I’m obsessed with it!

Ear Cuff

I love dressing up even when we are shopping. It’s so nice to present my best side to the world.  I get wanting to be comfortable while shopping, and this is how I am comfortable.  Maybe I belong in the 1950s when people dressed up to do anything and everything 🙂

I paired my favorite black cashmere sweater with little gemstone button accents with a black skirt with subtle tonal black polka dots and silver floral embroidery. The skirt is one of my favorite pieces in my closet and works well with the sweater.

Fashion Friday Shopping Day

I stuck with the black and metallic theme with my shoes and added a pop of color with my purse. I pretty much just wanted to carry that purse, but I don’t think there’s anything wrong with having a purse that doesn’t match your outfit.

What do you usually wear shopping?

Sweater: Ralph Lauren Black Label // Skirt: Armani Collezioni // Shoes: YSL // Bag: Burberry Prorsum

Fashion Friday Shopping Day

Fashion Friday: Mixed Patterns

How to Mix Patterns

As I get older, I am becoming more comfortable putting outfits together and wearing what makes sense and looks good to me even if other people may disagree. Important life lesson: you can’t please everyone!

I get bored wearing the same black skirts over and over again just because they go with all the sweaters and shirts in my closet. I have so many fun skirts that are sometimes hard to pair with tops, so when I want to wear them, I just go for it and hope it works.

How to Mix Patterns

With this outfit, I paired a tweed jacket with a polka dotted skirt. This outfit works because the neutral tones in both the jacket and the skirt work well together. Both also have black in them to allow the outfit to flow. That’s the trick to pairing patterns, picking colors that work well together.

The black pumps bring the whole outfit together and my handbag adds a pop of color. A gold bag would have worked really well, but I don’t have a gold bag and I wanted to carry this one. Sometimes a girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do 🙂

How to Mix Patterns

The next time you are about to pull out the black skirt you’ve worn a million times, try a unique and different combination. You just might be surprised at how well it works together!

By the way, isn’t the fall foliage around me beautiful??? Love those colorful leaves.

Jacket: St. John // Skirt: Valentino RED // Shoes: Christian Louboutin // Bag: Burberry Prorsum

How to Mix Patterns

Fashion Friday: Sweater Weather

Fashion Friday: Sweater Weather

I’ve finally had to break out the sweaters. Part of me died when I did this because it means summer is ending rapidly, but I don’t mind this time of year.

I really do have a lot of nice fall clothes, and most of the time the unfortunately are covered with my coat because it’s so cold outside.

Right now, as we hover in the 50s and 60s, it’s the perfect time to allow my sweaters their time in the spotlight.

Fashion Friday: Sweater Weather

Cashmere is my go-to sweater material. It’s soft and warm, never itchy like wool can be. Red is a great color for a sweater because the fall and winter months can be dull and gray. Adding color through your wardrobe is a great way to brighten things up.

Paired simply with a classic pleated gray skirt, I spiced things up with my accessories. A fun (and practically vintage) Louis Vuitton bag and a Chanel pearl belt livened up my look.

Fashion Friday: Sweater Weather

I finished with my favorite sunglasses and Louboutins. I couldn’t give up sandals yet!

Classic sweaters are such a great investment. I’ve had this one, and most of the others in my closet for years, and they look just as good as the day I bought them. Plus, they keep me warm all fall long.

Sweater: Bloomingdale’s // Skirt: DKNY // Shoes: Christian Louboutin // Bag: Louis Vuitton // Sunglasses: Anna Karin Karlsson

Fashion Friday: Sweater Weather

Pumpkin Spice Energy Bites

Pumpkin Spice Energy Bites

I could get used to Octobers like this. In fact, I can’t remember a September and October as beautiful as this year. The sun is shining, the temperatures are in the 70s, the flowers still look really good.

Some of the trees are starting to change into the stunning reds and oranges we all look forward to seeing. The vibrant colors seem to only greet us for a few days, but they are so worth it.

Pumpkin Spice Energy Bites

I’ve got a mix of peaches and apples in my fruit bowls. The peaches are shockingly good still. I can’t eat enough of them. The Honeycrisps are juicy and crisp too. I’m afraid fruit is making up a large portion of my diet, but I’m okay with it.

Basically I’m celebrating summall or fammer … you know a combination of summer and fall. And I really like it. It’s my favorite season actually. Too bad according to the weathermen it’s about to come to an end.

Pumpkin Spice Energy Bites

Maybe we can work some summter or wimmer – summer and winter – into our worlds. That would really be something.

Even if in my house, I’m in denial and eating tomatoes and blueberries like it’s July, I know you’re ready for pumpkin spice and lots of it. Luckily, I’m here to help.

Pumpkin Spice Energy Bites are sooooo easy to make. They’re no bake, pretty healthy, and gluten free. Whether you grab them on your way out the door for a quick breakfast or as a pick me up in the afternoon, you definitely need these bites in your life.

Pumpkin Spice Energy Bites

They definitely pack the pumpkin spice punch and I found them to be rather addictive, especially when chilled. They are pretty much a healthy piece of candy. You know I’m obsessed with candy, so healthy candy is high on my priority list.

Celebrate summall and make these Bites to enjoy the season!

Pumpkin Spice Energy Bites

Pumpkin Spice Energy Bites

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes

Yield: About 24 bites

Ingredients

2 cups gluten free oat flour

1 cup almond meal

2 tablespoons granulate sugar

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

½ teaspoon ground ginger

¼ teaspoon ground cloves

2/3 cup creamy peanut butter

2/3 cup honey

¼ cup chopped pecans

¼ cup pumpkin spice chips

Instructions

Line a baking sheet with parchment. Set aside.

In a large microwave safe bowl, melt peanut butter and honey for 1 minute. Stir and microwave and additional 30 – 60 seconds, until fully melted.

Add oat flour, almond meal, sugar, cinnamon, ginger, and cloves. Stir to combine fully.

Add pecans and chips. Stir until distributed. Chips may melt a little – that’s okay.

Grab about golf ball sized portions of dough and roll them into balls. Place on the prepared tray. Once all the dough has been used refrigerate 30 minutes to set.

Bites may be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week or in the freezer, wrapped in parchment and foil and placed in a zipper bag for up to 3 months. Thaw at room temperature for about an hour.

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Apple Peanut Butter Breakfast Cookies #SundaySupper

Apple Peanut Butter Breakfast Cookies

Tomorrow’s the day everything changes. It’s the first day of fall, officially. I know everyone has been talking about fall since Labor Day, but I have been enjoying the past few weeks of summer, even if it has been a bit chilly.

Now things have warmed up a bit, and I’m still rocking sandals and sundresses. Why not? Before long, snow will cover the ground and I won’t even want to leave the house. I hope it doesn’t go down like that, but most likely it will. One of the local weathermen did say he is forecasting above normal temperatures and below normal precipitation but he said they forecasted the same thing last year. We all know how that went down!

Apple Peanut Butter Breakfast Cookies

Summer foods still fill my kitchen, but a few fall ones are slipping in there, mostly apples and pears. I have to admit, I love a big, juicy apple or pear, even if in my world they’ll never compare to peaches, plums, or cherries (come back, cherries! Come back!).

After a trip to Verellen Orchard, a local spot with the best apples around, I was all stocked up on the fall treat. We ate most of them as is, but one had a bigger destiny.

Apple Peanut Butter Breakfast Cookies

It made these Apple Peanut Butter Breakfast Cookies a star. They are a nutritional powerhouse and the perfect way to start your morning. Three kinds of oats, chia seeds, walnuts, raisins, peanut butter, and that apple give tons of different flavors and textures. Every bite is a new adventure! Plus, they can be easily made gluten free with certified gluten free oat products.

Be sure not to over bake these cookies, so they stay moist, not dry like some breakfast cookies can become. The fall apple is the star of these cookies with each little piece offering a burst of flavor. I might not be ready for fall, but I am definitely ready for more apple recipes.

Apple Peanut Butter Breakfast Cookies

Apple Peanut Butter Breakfast Cookies

Apple Peanut Butter Breakfast Cookies #SundaySupper

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 14 minutes

Total Time: 24 minutes

Yield: 12 cookies

Ingredients

1 ¼ cups old fashioned rolled oats (gluten free, if necessary)

¾ cup quick cooking oats (gluten free, if necessary)

1 cup oat flour (gluten free, if necessary)

3 tablespoons chia seeds

2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

¾ teaspoon baking soda

1 cup creamy peanut butter

½ cup pure maple syrup

4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

1 large egg

2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

¾ cup walnuts

½ cup raisins

1 medium apple, peeled and diced

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment.

In a medium bowl, stir together both kinds of oats, oat flour, chia seeds, cinnamon, and baking soda.

In a large bowl, stir together peanut butter, maple syrup, olive oil, egg, and vanilla until well combined. Add in the oat mixture and stir until a dough is formed. Add walnuts, raisins, and the apple and mix until fully combined. You may need to use your hands, as this is a thick dough.

Using a regular sized ice cream scoop, scoop batter onto the prepared baking sheet. Pack each scoop into a ball with your hands and press the top down slightly. The cookies should not be touching but do not to be spaced too far apart, as they will not spread during baking.

Bake for about 14 minutes, until very light golden brown and set on top. Cool completely on pan. Cookies may be stored at room temperature in an airtight container for up to 3 days, or frozen, wrapped in parchment and foil and placed in a zipper bag for up to three months. Thaw at room temperature for about an hour or in the microwave for 30 seconds.

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