How about a pan of homemade brownies to start off your week? Fudge Brownies to be exact. Brownies are the ideal dessert for pretty much any occasion. Fresh, warm brownies that are slightly gooey are my absolute favorite. I also happen to love the convenience of this one bowl dessert. When I started my search for the perfect brownie recipe, I wanted to preserve the simplicity of these fabulous bars without sacrificing taste. You see, I had tried many brownie recipes from scratch but somehow never came across a recipe that would have me happily ditch the boxed kind. I missed the fudgy, dense, and somewhat crispy layer and sides. Homemade brownies always reminded me of chocolate cake, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing – except for when you’re craving a fabulous brownie to sink your teeth into. Well, I am proud to announce that I have cracked the code. This recipe was crowned first place. Oh, how I love winning; it tastes absolutely delicious! Continue reading
Fritters. These little pillowy (how is pillowy not a word?) bites can be filled with pretty much anything – meats, fruit, vegetables, or anything else that pops into your head. Since we recently picked plenty of apples, my choice was an obvious one. I was so pleased with how these fritters turned out. You see, I always have had a problem when it comes to producing perfectly fried foods. The oil always seems to either be too cold or too hot (even with the help of a thermometer) and I end up with either burned or soggy pieces of food. No bueno. Since I like a challenge and am not easily deterred, I had to give it yet another try. This time around, I used less oil and after said oil reached the perfect temperature (350 degrees), I turned the heat to medium low and started to drop in spoonfuls of dough. Out came the most perfect fritters and I couldn’t have been more elated (yes, I am easily entertained). Don’t know if any of the above mentioned changes have anything to do with making beautiful fritters, but I like to think that these fritters are foolproof. If I can do it, you certainly can, too!
There are a handful of drinks that have the same comforting taste and gorgeous look as apple cider. I will show you in a minute how to make it, but let’s begin with our visit to a nearby apple orchard that I had been hoping for last week. We arrived as soon as it opened since the orchard is only about 15 minutes away from our house. It was a crisp and sunny morning, which added to the ultimate apple orchard experience. It couldn’t have been more beautiful. As soon as we got out of the car, we snagged a couple bags and started picking our own apples. Continue reading
Happy Fall! As promised, we are kicking off the week with a fall-inspired goodie. I still can’t believe we’re already entering the last quarter of the year. Here’s to all things cozy, comfy, and beautiful. It is no secret that I adore summer, but I am so glad that we live in a place where we can thoroughly enjoy each season to its fullest. Pumpkin lattes, brisk nights, candy corn, pies, campfires… the list goes on and on. So break out your sweaters and coats and prepare for the sound of crunchy leaves under your feet and rich, deep colors of fall.
Finally! We’ve made it to the end of the week, ya’ll. Did anyone else feel like this week would never come to an end? I can’t really figure out why this week had me longing for the weekend – I am just glad it’s here. I’m hoping to take a trip to an orchard nearby this weekend and do some apple picking. There’s just nothing like a freshly picked apple. It also happens to be one of my favorite fall activities. Get ready for some apple recipes coming your way, starting next week! I can’t wait. I’ve been trying my hardest to hold off on fall baking until the first official day of fall… and I’ve made it. Here’s to anything and everything pumpkin and apple flavored. But before we dive in, here’s a fabulous lunch or dinner recipe.
Semi-homemade Pizza Rolls.