Last week we picked up apples at our favorite local orchard. Sticky asked me what size bag to grab..it’s like he doesn’t know me at all sometimes.
If it’s apple season, and there are freshly picked honeycrisps to be had, I will always get the big bag. Why someone would not is beyond my reasoning. Who couldn’t eat their weight in these apples? Bright, crisp, sweet – it’s everything you want and more in an apple. Plus there is no guessing with a honeycrisp. Good for baking? Yes. Good for eating fresh? Yes. Good for salads? Yes. Good for a person’s last meal? YES!
Now the dilemma was what exactly to do with my bag of apple perfection. Of course I saved a ton for eating immediately but I did reserve a few for recipe testing. Jettie and I are working on an oven pancake that is good but not quite blog ready. This crumble however, it is ready. Sooooo ready…to get in your belly and make you a happy apple consuming human being.
Like most crumbles there is not a lot of fuss to this. With that said we are baking with super crisp apples so we do need to precook them a bit. Not a big deal since we can have that going while the batter is mixing.
Ever wonder what makes a snickerdoodle a snickerdoodle? Simply think they are super yum and really don’t care why? I am with you. But I did assume it had something to do with the cream of tarter so I looked it up just to be sure. Besides the classic cinnamon/sugar outer texture of a classic snickerdoodle, there is a small amount of cream of tarter to add a distinctive tang and to keep the sugar in the batter from crystallizing. Therefor making the perfect pillowy, chewy snickerdoodle.
Still don’t care? Me neither. I just know that doodles are good and this crumble is snickerdoodle apple paradise.
Generally one would top a warm crumble with ice cream but we rarely have any on hand because…well…it simply wouldn’t work out for me and my waistline. I did however have leftover salted caramel sauce in the fridge (because that’s not fattening at all, right?!). Of course it made for a lovely topping to my crumble, but what would have been even better was some ice cream to go along with it.
Maybe, no definitely, next time!
apple snickerdoodle crumble
- 3 crisp apples peeled and sliced about ⅛" to ¼" thick (I used honeycrisp)
- 2tbsp coconut oil (or butter)
- ¼cup brown sugar
- 1tsp cinnamon
- 6tbsp room temperature butter
- 6tbsp granulated sugar
- 1½tsp vanilla
- 1 egg
- ½tsp cream of tarter
- ½tsp baking soda
- ½tsp kosher salt
- 1cup flour
- 2tbsp sugar and 1tsp cinnamon mixed well
- Preheat oven 350ºF.
- Place butter, apples, tsp cinnamon and brown sugar in a large skillet over medium low heat. Cook , stirring occasionally, until apples begin to soften - about 8 to 10 minutes.
- Meanwhile cream the butter and sugar in a stand mixer for 3 to 5 minutes. Add vanilla, egg, cream of tarter, baking soda and salt and mix until just combined. Add flour slowly on low speed until incorporated.
- Dump apples into am 8X8 baking dish. Spoon batter over the top. Sprinkle entire surface with cinnamon sugar mixture.
- Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until snickerdoodle topping begins to brown. Serve with salted caramel sauce, ice cream and/or whipped cream.
On paper October should be a wonderful a month. It doesn’t get much better than the prettiness going on outside right now, and these cooler pre-arctic deep freeze temps are what fall wardrobe dreams are made of.
That said, some of us humans (or maybe more specifically Americans) seemingly think all the best times of the year need to be jam packed with everything under the sun and then some. This can be an adrenaline booster for many (um…guilty) but at some point the tank will hit “E” and a wave of overwhelm will knock us right on our busy little booty.
I have been hit by that wave a few times already this month. Between everything we have going on, sickness hitting our home and the amount of work trips Sticky has scheduled, it’s often hard to bypass those “I am about to lose my mind” moments. Worse yet, if I don’t actually have my little crazy moment the miserable grump monster will make her appearance. Stink-eyeing the world and causing others to walk on eggshells around her…
Attitude can make all the difference in any situation, including the overwhelming ones. We all know that getting some fresh air, deep breaths, a quick set of jumping jacks or a power nap can boost ones mood. In my quest for more options I discovered some other ways that just may work as well:
- Force a Smile – frowning and burrowing those eyebrows is a lot of work for your face muscles which causes tension. Smiling, even a fake one, is a much more relaxing act for your face to perform. (I worked at Disney back in the day so I got this one down.)
- Get Creative – grab your kids crayons, watercolors, markers, whatever and create your ass off. Even if you do not have an artistic bone in your body that simple act of getting something in your mind on paper is incredibly releasing. Drawing monsters with Jettie lately has been my favorite mood booster. It really works!
- Smell His Dirty Laundry – say what???!!! Admit it ladies, you like the smell of your mans dirty shirts (well, as long as he didn’t run a marathon in them..gross). That smell can provide comfort that you may be lacking when your guy is away from home. Which article of clothing you smell is totally your thing…there is no judging here.
- Get Chatty – this sounds simple enough but honestly this is an incredibly difficult one for me (as it may be for a lot of you out there as well). First and foremost I have trust issues, making pouring my heart out nearly impossible. Second of all, the times that I have laid it all out on the line I feel this instant sense of regret because A. The other person doesn’t know what to say or B. They now know just how crazy I am and will go tell others. (Again, trust issues.) I do feel very fortunate that I am married to one of the best set of ears I know, but of course I am always waiting for the right time. Sometimes randomly stealing 5 minutes of those ears during a work day is exactly what I need to lift that heavy cloud. We have an understanding that these moments are not intended to bring his day down, that’s the last thing I would want to do. And of course I am that ear for him when he needs it as well. (Bonus, Sticky is pretty sexy when he’s fired up.)
- Visual Happiness – a great way to get your mind off something ugly is to look at something unbelievably happy. Wedding albums sure do come in handy here. Or any documented special day. This is also why we need some of our memories printed. Grabbing your phone and flipping through images does not have the same effect as picking up an album that you don’t touch on a regular basis. 5 minutes of going back in time to a day of bliss will make your mind bubble over in those good endorphins.
- Make a List, Force Organization – many times we feel down or overwhelmed because we start and end our day with chaos. Putting it all down on paper allows our mind to develop a plan. And the act of crossing things off the list give us the accomplishment we need. I am sure a great many of you already do this, and I do to an extent but am learning that listing everything, not just work related items, makes my day feel a lot less crazy.
- Say It Out loud and Tell It to Leave – a bad situation can get stuck in our brain, rearing it’s ugly head and raising havoc on what should be a perfectly fantastic day. Often times it’s relationships, what someone did or said – or didn’t do or didn’t say, that really causes the problems. We can’t change anyone else’s actions or thoughts, but we do have the power to change our own. Say what you want to say to your dog (or cat, or tree, or whatever) and leave it there. Sometimes uttering words like “We are done with that now.” is the release our life needs. Writing works too, but then there’s evidence so pen carefully. (Let’s face it, there are some things only the dog should know.)
Hopefully there are a couple things in there that will help you get out of a rut mood. If not simply picture me fake smiling and sniffing Sticky’s dirty laundry. That’s got to be good for something.
Every season there seems to be one piece that will frequent my instagram feed more than any other. Lately I have been seeing this red saffron Old Navy shirt dress almost daily. There is no denying it is beautiful with an easy to wear shape. The length is just right and the pattern is interesting without being too busy. To say I am tempted is putting it lightly…and while I do not own this pretty little number yet, I thought it might be fun to style her in 2 different and easy ways:
Old Navy Dress/1Forever 21 olive fedora/2H&M faux fur vest/3Charles by Charles David over the knee boot/4H&M burgundy cardigan/5H&M scarf/6Chinese Laundry split suede boot
The first look is a slightly dressier yet still comfortable with the flat heeled over the knee boot. The second is a bit more cozy with the added surprise of an additional pattern in the scarf. Both are super simple to throw on..and instagram ready.
Be sure to tag #PPJstyle if you end up rocking this dress yourself!
Yeah…these are pretty. Damn delicious too. The perfect “sit on your booty and enjoy” fall cocktail.
I have become somewhat obsessed with caramel vodka. For good reason too.. I mean, who doesn’t love a little kick with their caramel? And moscow mules.. well, they are a close favorite to sangria (it might even be a tie). What I love about this version is the ginger beer in a classic mule already plays beautifully with cider. While the caramel wraps it all up in sweet, warm hug.
Oh how I love photographing cocktails! Especially outdoors, under falling leaves. Thank you to the season of fall for existing – people go on and on and on about you but let’s face it, you are straight up the best!
If a mule isn’t your thing (say what??!!) check out my recent Caramel Apple Sangria post. Just as easy as this mule and equally as delicious.
apple cider moscow mule
- 1⅕oz caramel vodka
- 3oz apple cider
- ginger beer
- crisp apple slices and/or cinnamon sticks for garnish (optional)
- Fill copper mugs with ice (regular glasses will also work). Poor in vodka and apple cider. Top with ginger beer. Stir with cinnamon stick (or whatever you like to stir with) and garnish if you prefer. Cheers!
Soup season is here! Soup season is here! SOUP SEASON IS HERE!
I get that being cold blows. But being hot does too! And you can’t eat soup when you’re hot – that’s no fun for anyone. So like almost all things that are awesome, there’s a little bad with a lot of good. Soup is the good to cold weather. One of them at least.
I realize there are a million versions of totally awesome potato soup out there. This is my simple, need to make something hearty and fast version. Minimal chopping. Few ingredients. Happy bellies. Sometimes that’s all you need – and when it is, this soup is here for you.
I am up for any and all quick soup recipes. If you have a great one to try out please share! I may even go postal on it and share!
Happy soup season!
easy potato soup
- 5 medium potatoes, peeled and sliced ¼"
- 1 onion finely diced
- 1tsp salt
- 1cup water
- 3tbsp unsalted butter melted
- 2tbsp flour
- 3cups mills
- 1½cups shredded cheese of your choice
- salt & pepper to taste
- Place potatoes, onion, salt and water in a large pot fitted with a lid. Bring to a boil and then let simmer, covered, for 10 to 15 minutes or until potatoes are tender.
- Once potatoes are tender, mash to desired consistency with potato masher.
- Combine the butter and flour in a small dish. Add to the potatoes and cook for about 1 minute.
- Add the milk and stir. Simmer until soup becomes a little thicker - 5 to 10 minutes.
- Once thickened throw in cheese and add salt and pepper to taste. Serve with extra cheese or minced parsley. Enjoy!