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Apple Cinnamon Shortcakes

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Sadly, #AppleWeek is coming to a close.  I hope you've enjoyed all the amazing apple recipes that have been shared!  I've had a great time participating and look forward to more events in the future.

We are huge fans of traditional shortcake.  I was very excited to see this fall spin on it.    I made no changes at all to the recipe, and my shortcakes baked in 19 minutes.    I added a drizzle of caramel to my serving, the guys enjoyed theirs with whipped cream.   Thank you so much to the Taste of Home Test Kitchen for this amazing new family favorite!





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                        Apple-Cinnamon Shortcakes

  2               cups  all-purpose flour
  2        tablespoons  plus 2 teaspoons sugar -- divided
  3          teaspoons  baking powder
  1           teaspoon  ground cinnamon
     1/2      teaspoon  salt
  1                cup  heavy whipping cream
     1/2           cup  plus 4 teaspoons melted butter -- divided
                        FILLING:
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And now for something different- Knit Apple Hat

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I know, I don't normally share my knitting here, but this fit perfectly into #AppleWeek.   Don't worry, back to cooking tomorrow!  

This is by far one of my most requested hats.  I don't even need to look at the pattern anymore.   The base hat is knit in the round, the leaf and stem on double points.   It looks great on boys or girls, or even teddy bears  :)

Link to my project notes on Ravelry here.  I prefer one leaf over two.

Link to the pattern here.  The original source is no longer online, but the pattern is available via the "Wayback Machine" at this time.  





Lots of great apple projects being shared this week!  Go check them out  :)

Thursday: Apple ProjectsApple Bacon Jam by Caroline's Cooking Apple Cinnamon Pancake Mix in a Jar by A Palatable Pastime Apple Cinnamon Stovetop Potpourri by Amy's Cooking Adventures Apple Suncatchers by Crafty Mama in ME Caramel Apple in a Jar by Family Around The Table Knit Apple Hat by Jolene's Recipe Journal

Apple Oatmeal Cookies #AppleWeek

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And the apple hits just keep on coming!   Today's recipe is Apple Oatmeal Cookies from Taste Of Home.   I've made several versions of cake mix cookies, and we always enjoy them.   No major changes to this one, except that I omitted the raisins because I didn't have any on hand.    They'd be great with Spice cake mix and Craisins.   They are good as is, but we took them over the top by sandwiching two of them together with some store bought cream cheese frosting that I added some cinnamon to.   Thank you so much to Nicki W for sharing the recipe! 

Be sure to go check out all the other great #AppleWeek recipes shared at the bottom of the post!




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                          Apple Oatmeal Cookies


  1            package  yellow cake mix (regular size)- mine was 15.25 oz
  1 1/2           cups  quick-cooking oats
     1/2           cup  packed brown sugar
  2          teaspoons  ground cinnamon
  1              large  egg
     3/4           c…

Bite Sized Apple Pies- Taste of Home Tuesday

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It's Taste of Home Tuesday!   This recipe came across my feed on Facebook and I knew it would be a fun thing to make with Jake.    We used honeycrisp apples, and tossed the slices in the cinnamon sugar mixture rather than sprinkling it on the dough.   We had them with a side of warmed caramel ice cream topping for dipping.    Fast, fun, delicious.   Thank you to the Taste of Home test kitchen for sharing this one.

Be sure to go and visit my fellow Volunteer Field Editors pages via the links at the bottom of the page for more fantastic Taste Of Home recipes.




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                           Bite-Size Apple Pies


1/2           cup  sugar
  2          teaspoons  ground cinnamon
  1            package  refrigerated pie pastry -- (14.1 ounces)
  3        tablespoons  butter -- melted, divided
  2             medium  tart apples

Preheat oven to 425°. In a small bowl, mix sugar and cinnamon; reserve 1 tablespoon. On a lightly floured surface, unroll pastry sheets; r…

Caramel Apple Floats- It's #AppleWeek!

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Welcome to #AppleWeek!  All week I'll be featuring some great new apple recipes to celebrate my favorite season.   Be sure to go check out the other amazing bloggers contributions linked at the bottom of the post.

I'm kicking it off with Caramel Apple Floats from Taste of Home.  First, I drizzled the inside of the glasses with some caramel ice cream topping.   Then I added fresh pressed local cider and Sprite.   I topped it off with vanilla bean ice cream.   It's like the best of fall and summer in one glass!   Thank you so much to Cindy R for sharing this recipe   :)




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                           Caramel Apple Float

  1 cup  chilled apple cider or unsweetened apple juice (I used local cider)
  1   cup  chilled ginger ale or lemon-lime soda (I used Sprite)
  1                cup  vanilla ice cream
  2        tablespoons  caramel sundae syrup

Divide cider and ginger ale between two glasses. Top with ice cream; drizzle with caramel syrup. Yield: 2 …

Apple Week sneak peek!

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Who's ready for fall?   It is hands down my favorite season- hoodies, apple picking, cider, the leaves changing colors.   We've already made one trip to the orchard for honeycrisps, and some cider.   I'll be swinging in this weekend for more goodies.   

This year, I'm participating in #AppleWeek and I'm so excited!   I've got some great recipes lined up, plus one of my most requested knitting projects of all time.    Be sure to check back on Monday for the first post, and to go check out all the great things the other participants are sharing!


Monday: Appetizers and DrinksApple Brie Roll Up  by Family Around the Table
Apple Cider Margaritas by A Palatable Pastime Apple Cheddar Pinwheels by Cooking With Carlee
Apple Pie Martini by Amy's Cooking Adventures
Apple Pie Smoothie by Feeding Big
Caramel Apple Float by Jolene's Recipe Journal
Caramel Apple Martini by A Day in the Life on the Farm
Caramel Appletini by The Speckled Palate
Hot and Boozy Caramel Apple Ci…

Spiced Ginger Coffee- My first Taste of Home Tuesday Recipe & Review!

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Fall is my favorite time of year.   The leaves are changing, the mornings are cool and crisp.   I love starting these days with a nice hot cup of coffee.  I'm a huge ginger fan, especially combined with molasses.   This reminds me of a gingerbread-style beverage I got from a chain restaurant around the holidays.   I had mine with cream, because it was what I had on hand, but definitely will be picking up whipped cream for future servings.   Because I'm the only coffee drinker, I froze about half the mixture in 2 teaspoon servings in an ice cube tray.   When they were solid, I popped them out and put them into a ziptop bag.   I'll defrost them for hot coffee use, or I may play around with them in an iced coffee version.   Thanks so much to the hard working people at the Taste of Home Test Kitchen for sharing this recipe!





                       Spiced Ginger Coffee


     1/2           cup  molasses
     1/4           cup  packed brown sugar
  1           teaspoon  ground…

Ginger Plum Tart

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I've been an avid fan of Taste of Home and the affiliated magazines since the 90s.   My Gram was a subscriber, and she would share her issues with me.  I became a subscriber myself sometime in college, and through the years have made over 125 recipes from those pages.   In 2015, I was very excited to be chosen as a Volunteer Field Editor.   I make and review recipes, submit original recipes, participate in social media.   Part of the "perks" is the ability to preview cookbooks, and this recipe is from the Simple and Delicious Cookbook, which will be released today, September 13, 2016.



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