Caramelized Cinnamon Sugar Apples

Caramelized Cinnamon Sugar Apples over Ice Cream

Happy fall, everyone!

This is my favorite time of the year, and some of my favorite things to eat are during this season. Pies, apples, squash, soups…I am so ready! I love all the warm spices used and the way your entire home smells after cooking or baking with them.

This is a simple dessert recipe that I like to use. It takes a total of 10 minutes (maybe even less if you prep fast!) and has 5 ingredients. I’m telling ya, super easy!

What You’ll Need

  • granny smith apple
  • 3 tbsp. butter
  • cinnamon
  • sugar
  • French vanilla ice cream

How To

  • Start by rinsing the apple, and then use an apple slicer to remove the core and have even slices. If some slices are bigger than you’d like, feel free to cut them in half.
  • In a pan on medium-high heat, add the apples, butter, and sprinkle liberally with cinnamon and sugar.
All Ingredients in the Pan
  • Cook for about 5 minutes, stirring every so often. They are ready to serve when they are golden and there is some syrup formed in the pan.
  • Place the apples over your favorite brand of French vanilla ice cream, drizzle some syrup over the top, and enjoy!
Caramelized Cinnamon Sugar Apples over Ice Cream

There you have it! Another easy recipe for you to try.

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Sea Salt Caramel Cookies

Sea Salt Caramel Cookies

Hello! For this post, I want to keep it fairly short and sweet. So for those of you here for the recipe only, you are welcome!

Who doesn’t love a good cookie?! This cookie is pretty basic to make, and is so tasty! It’s like a basic chocolate chip cookie, just tweaked a liiiitle different!

These are rich, and I gotta say, best when eaten warm and with a glass of milk. Shall we get started?

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) salted butter
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 1/4 cup of flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 bag of sea salt caramel chips (I used the Hershey brand)

Let’s Bake!

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 ° .
  2. In a mixing bowl, cream the butter and sugars together until smooth.
  3. Add the vanilla, and then the eggs. Continue mixing until thoroughly combined.
  4. Slowly add your baking soda and flour to the mix, and mix until combined.
  5. When it’s all mixed, stir the sea salt caramel chips in.
  6. Scoop onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, or a greased baking sheet.
  7. Bake for 14-16 minutes, or until golden brown. (For my oven, I found the 16 minutes to be perfect.)
  8. Let cool on a baking sheet, and enjoy!

There you go! Pretty easy, right?

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Chicken Salad

Chicken Salad

Hey ya’ll! Here is another easy recipe that I love: chicken salad. It only calls for a few ingredients, and you can make it according to how YOU like it. It can have more of an ingredient or less of an ingredient. All I know is, however you make it, it’s easy and fast!

Ingredients

  • chicken breasts
  • mayonnaise
  • celery
  • red onion
  • salt and pepper to taste

Recipe

  1. Start by boiling water in a large pot. When water is boiling, drop chicken in and cook until done- about 8-10 minutes.
  2. While chicken is cooking, dice up your celery and red onion.
  3. When chicken is done, it needs to be shredded. Easiest way is to use your stand mixer on medium speed with the dough hook attachment. (Shout out to my friend Tina for this trick!) If you don’t have a stand mixer, that’s totally fine! You can shred the chicken manually with forks.
  4. Once the chicken is shredded, it’s time to combine all the ingredients.
  5. Add the diced celery and red onion, salt and pepper.
  6. Add mayonnaise to the chicken mixture as well. You want enough to coat all of the other ingredients.
  7. Mix together, and add more mayonnaise as needed.
  8. Season with more salt and pepper if needed.
  9. Enjoy!
Chicken Salad Sandwich

I like to eat my chicken salad on toasted sourdough bread, with a little more mayonnaise spread on the bread, and lettuce. This is seriously one of my favorite and easiest recipes.

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Roasted Crispy Potatoes

Roasted Crispy Potatoes

Hi everyone! The 4th of July is tomorrow, and this is the perfect side for your BBQ!

To cut my potatoes, I used a mandolin to help get even slices. Don’t worry if you do not have one though- you can still cut your potatoes into thin slices with a sharp kitchen knife!

Best part is- it is extremely simple to do! There are only 6 ingredients and little prep.

Between the prep and cooking time, it takes about an hour, and you won’t regret it. This recipe is good for 2-3 servings, so if you are planning on making this for a party I would definitely double it.

Ingredients

  • 6 red potatoes
  • olive oil
  • salt
  • pepper
  • garlic salt
  • Italian seasoning

Let’s Get Cooking

  1. Start by preheating the oven to 350°.
  2. While oven is preheating, rinse off your potatoes.
  3. When potatoes are rinsed, cut into thin slices. If you have a mandolin I would suggest using that, but if not, grab your favorite kitchen knife!
  4. Once the potatoes are sliced, place them in a large bowl.
  5. Drizzle olive oil over the potatoes until they are mostly covered. Season with the salt, pepper, garlic salt, and Italian seasoning.
  6. Toss all the ingredients together until potatoes are evenly coated.
  7. Spread out over a baking sheet lined with foil.
  8. Bake in oven for 45 minutes to an hour. Potatoes are done when they are slightly golden and crisp.
  9. Enjoy!

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Breakfast Scramble

Hi everyone! It’s been a bit, huh? Well the last two weeks have been quite eventful. I was out of town for a week for my best friend’s wedding, and we also adopted a puppy! He takes up quite a bit of time but I wouldn’t have it any other way. Thanks for your patience with the blog and I!

This recipe is for a breakfast scramble. It’s full of veggies and packed with protein. Basically, it’s perfection.

If you have any questions don’t hesitate to ask!

Breakfast Scramble

Ingredients

  1. 6 eggs
  2. 3 corn tortillas
  3. 1/2 red bell pepper, diced
  4. Ground sausage
  5. Shredded cheese
  6. 1/2 avocado, sliced
  7. Sprouts
  8. Oil
  9. Salt and pepper

Recipe

  1. Slice the tortillas into small triangle pieces. I normally slice them in half to start and then continue slicing from there.
  2. In a small pan, start to brown the sausage. Break up into smaller pieces in the pan. When the meat is almost cooked, remove from heat.
  3. In a bowl, crack the eggs and beat them to make the scramble mixture. Set aside.
  4. In a large pan or skillet, heat a small amount of oil on medium heat.
  5. When oil is heated, add the tortilla triangles. Make sure to flip them so they all have an even crispness.
  6. Once the tortillas are a golden color, add the eggs to the pan.
  7. Mix and then continue to add the bell peppers and the sausage.
  8. Cook until meat is done and eggs are a fluffy consistency.
  9. Add cheese when eggs are almost finished and mix in.
  10. Once the scramble is finished cooking, transfer to a plate and top with more cheese, avocado slices, and some sprouts.
  11. Add salt and pepper to taste, and enjoy!!

Optional- add hot sauce or salsa on top!

I hope you all enjoy this recipe as much as my boyfriend and I do! It’s so fun to make and tastes amazing!

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Sautéed Broccolini

Sautéed Broccolini

Hi everyone!

I shared this recipe on my Instagram account, and had to share it here as well! This is another easy recipe, but full of flavor!

If you have not tried broccolini, don’t worry. It tastes basically the same as broccoli, except it is a bit more mild and definitely more tender. It is a nice change from broccoli because the smaller stalks and florets tend to soak up more of the flavors you are cooking with.

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask!

Ingredients

  • broccolini
  • grape tomatoes, halved
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 small red onion, diced
  • olive oil
  • 2 tbsp. butter
  • salt and pepper
  • Parmesan cheese

Recipe

Heat the olive oil on medium heat and add the garlic and onions. When the onions start to turn color add the broccolini and butter. Once the broccolini starts getting tender, add the tomatoes. Cook together for about 2 more minutes and season to taste. Top with Parmesan cheese and enjoy!

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Balsamic Marinaded Pork Loin

Balsamic Marinaded Pork Loin Served with Pesto Rice and Garlic Cheese Bread

Who is ready for another meat recipe? I know you all need some proteins to go along with the side dishes I have been sharing lately.

This balsamic marinaded pork loin is one of my favorite recipes. It calls for 4 ingredients, and takes hardly and work at all.

This is a marinade, so make sure you do this at least 1 hour in advance from you would like to cook. I will say, the longer it marinades, the better it tastes!

Ingredients

  • 1 pork loin
  • 3 tbsp. balsamic vinegar
  • salt
  • pepper

Recipe

  • Place pork loin in an oven safe baking dish.
  • Cover pork with balsamic vinegar.
  • Make sure pork is well coated in the balsamic and season all sides with salt and pepper.
Pork Loin Marinading
  • Cover and set in fridge for 1-3 hours. (Remember, longer marinading time is better!)
  • When marinade is done or almost done, preheat oven to 400°
  • Cook for about 40 minutes, or until pork temperature is 165°
  • Take out of oven and let rest for 5-10 minutes.
  • Serve and enjoy!

I served mine with pesto rice (seriously, so good) and garlic cheese bread. Yum! Leftovers that we had were used for sandwiches the next day, and did not go to waste!

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