Annual Sweet Outing

It’s that time of year again…time for our annual trip to the apple orchard. This has easily become one of our favorite fall outings. There’s a little something for everyone: apple cider donuts and coffee for the dads, hayrack rides and apple pie smoothies for the kids, and fresh picked apples that are perfect for baking for us! This time we’re bringing home a stash of apples to make Apple Pie Dump Cake.

INGREDIENTS

1 cup flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

pinch of cardamom

1/2 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup white sugar

1/4 cup melted butter

1 large egg, beaten

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 cups freshly picked, roughly chopped apples (peeled and cored, about 2 apples)

vanilla ice cream

caramel

pecan pieces

Heath Bits

INSTRUCTIONS

1 Preheat oven to 375 degrees and grease a 8×11 inch baking dish.

2 In a small bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg and cardamom. Set aside.

3 In a mixing bowl, use a wooden spoon to mix the brown sugar, white sugar and melted butter together. Add the beaten egg and vanilla extract and mix until sugar mixture is wet. Slowly add the set aside dry ingredients and mix until just wet. Fold in the apples.

4 Pour the apple mixture into the set aside baking dish and put it in the oven for 20-25 minutes. Remove from the oven when the top is brown. Let cool for 10 minutes.

5 To prepare an apple cake sundae, place 2 spoonfuls of apple cake in a bowl. Top with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, drizzle caramel, and handful of pecan pieces on top.

* recipe inspired by Honey And Birch

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Golden Birthday Sweets

We have yet another family celebration this weekend. An eight year old birthday party. And this year isn’t just any old birthday–it’s a golden birthday.!!! Tina’s son will eight on the eighth and that’s cause for an extra special celebration. Of course, there will be birthday cake, but we thought it would be fun to gather a bunch of “golden” treats to create a Golden Birthday Snack Mix. Some might even use these as ice cream toppings. Rolos, vanilla cupcake Goldfish, Golden Graham’s, and mini Golden Oreos. Golden yumminess! Perfect for any old day but especially for a golden 8th birthday. 

Field Of Sweets

It had to be! It’s becoming our thing! Ever since we visited Gierenger’s Orchard last Mother’s Day we’ve been dying to go back. They seriously have the reddest, juiciest, sweetest strawberries we’ve ever tasted. And this is exactly what we need to make our mama-worthy Strawberry Cobbler. A special treat for a very special day! Happy Mother’s Day! 


Strawberry Cobbler

6 cups of freshly picked strawberries, capped and sliced

1 pkg. yellow cake mix

1/3 cup sugar

1/3 cup rolled oats 

1 cup butter, melted (2 sticks)

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Lay the sliced strawberries in a 9 x 13 dish that has been sprayed with nonstick spray.  

In a bowl, mix the cake mix, oats, and sugar. Sprinkle evenly over the strawberries. Pour the melted butter evenly over the dry mixture. 

Place in the oven and bake for 50 min. The top should be browned.

Serve with ice cream and whipped cream. Make sure mom gets her’s first!

A Sweet Change For Breakfast

One word: WAFFLES. Two words: CAKE MIX. The best word ever: CHOCOLATE! Yep, we’re giving our ordinary toaster oven waffles this Saturday off and dusting off the waffle maker to make Chocolate Cake Mix Waffles with homemade butter cream frosting. They’re yummy enough to have for breakfast, lunch, and dinner! 

Chocolate Cake Mix Waffles

Ingredients

1 box of Devil’s Food cake mix, plus ingredients on the back of the box

Directions

1 Heat waffle maker. Spray with non-stick spray. 

2 Make cake batter as directed on box, using water, oil and eggs.

3 For each waffle, pour batter onto center of the hot waffle maker. Close lid of waffle maker. Bake 3 to 5 minutes or until steaming stops. Carefully remove waffle.

4 Serve waffles warm with buttercream frosting and your choice of toppings. 

Homemade Buttercream Frosting

Ingredients

3 cups powdered sugar

1/3 cup butter or margarine, softened

1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla

1 to 2 tablespoons almond milk 

Directions

1 In medium bowl, mix powdered sugar and butter with spoon or electric mixer on low speed. Stir in vanilla and 1 tablespoon of the almond milk.
2 Gradually beat in just enough remaining almond milk to make frosting smooth and spreadable. If frosting is too thick, beat in more milk, a few drops at a time. If frosting becomes too thin, beat in a small amount of powdered sugar. 

So Long Sweet Summer

Even though our kiddos started school this week, it is only August and we are trying to hold onto any last bits of summer. Nothin says summer like ice cream sundaes. Around here we like to make things extra cutesy so we grabbed a few jars, some yummy toppings, a few flavors of ice cream and created our own ice cream sundae bar. From there we layered up the most deliciousy,
adorable ice cream sundaes in town. Summer never tasted so sweet!

Sweets Make The Party

It’s Memorial Day weekend and you know what that means- Party Time! Cue the music, grab the bathing suits, and don’t forget the picnic basket. If your cookout looks like ours’ it’s quite treat heavy! Who needs burgers, potato salad, and chips? Not us! Ain’t nobody got time for that! Bring on the desserts! We’ll be filling our plates with lots of goodies like Supreme Cookie Butter Cookies, Salty and Sweet Butterscotch Blondies, and Twix Brownies. What’s on your holiday menu this year?

Supreme Cookie Butter Cookies Recipe


Salty and Sweet Butterscotch Blondies Recipe

Twix Brownies

´╗┐Sweet Saturday

Hello friend, aka Saturday! We’ve waited for your arrival all week. Now that you’re here lets get busy creating and baking a delicious treat. This week is a mash-up of two of our favorite flavor combinations: salty and sweet. Why not join us in welcoming Saturday with Salty Sweet Butterscotch Blondies and indulge Saturday while “she’s” here!

Salty and Sweet Butterscotch Blondies


INGREDIENTS:

2 cups all-purpose flour

1 tsp. sea salt

1 tsp. baking powder

1/4 tsp. baking soda

2 cups packed dark brown sugar

1 + 1/2 sticks Butter-Flavored Crisco

2 egg whites

2 tsp. vanilla extract

1 cup pecans

1 cup chocolate chips

1 cup butterscotch chips

Grinder sea salt for dusting

Directions 

INGREDIENTS:

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp. sea salt

1 tsp. baking powder

1/4 tsp. baking soda

2 cups packed dark brown sugar

12 Tbsp. unsalted butter, melted (1 + 1/2 sticks)

2 eggs

2 tsp. vanilla extract

1 cup pecans

1 cup premium chocolate chips

Grinder sea salt (for light dusting at the end)

DIRECTIONS:

Preheat oven to 325. Spray a 9×13 pan. Set aside.
Combine the flour, 1 tsp. salt, baking powder, and baking soda. Add in the brown sugar. Mix with whisk attachment.

Add in the Crisco, egg whites and vanilla extract.

Spread the batter into the prepared baking dish. Sprinkle with pecans, butterscotch chips, and chocolate chips. Dust with grinder sea salt.

Bake for 30 minutes, until the edges begin to brown (the edges will puff up)–the batter will be gooey (the best part!)

Let the blondies cool for 1 hour. Top with whipped cream and ice cream.

*recipe inspired by Reluctant Entertainer