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Apple Cinnamon Cookies and I’m Unofficially Official

Monday. I am surprisingly awake and kickin this morning. Yay for Thanksgiving, short workweek, and family coming to town! The week hasnt even started and it is already proving to be better than last weeks…uh…misery (kidding!)

You didnt miss a lot around here this weekend, besides some fried apples yesterday.  I have some shopping to do this week to pick up a few things for Torrance’s mom’s arrival. Sadly since our apartment is not really all the way put together I am lacking some of the basic things for a visitor… i.e. extra set of sheets!

Speaking of our empty apartment, I decided not to go get that kitchen table I saw last weekend. I am on a not spending money kick at the moment and since I didnt love it, I would rather wait until something I really like comes along and spend the money on that. 

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In fun blog related news, I’m really excited at the fact that I now feel unofficially official since I am listed on the database at healthylivingblogs.com! Though the website is just for fun and reference, it is still fun seeing my name out there!

There I am (at the bottom under Winston Salem)!

If you are unfamiliar with the site, a few amazing ladies started it a while back as a sort of database of the healthy living blogs out there, one of the best features of the site is that you can find blogs by location! I love this and have discovered a lot of new blogs there. I especially loved it when we first decided to move to NC because I wanted to learn a lot about NC and visiting blogs from the area allowed me to hear about fun stuff and see some awesome pictures!

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Now, on to the more exciting stuff….food DUH.

Like I said yesterday, I have a recipe for you today!

These things are absolutely amazing. I actually found the base for this recipe from the lovely (and amazing baker!) Courtney who posted this recipe the other day! She included nuts and cranberries in hers as well. I’m not a big fan of nuts in my cookies so I edited it to leave those out. I also did not include any cranberries, but next time I make these I decided I am going to include some craisins!

Apple Cinnamon Cookies

Yield: 2 dozen cookies
Prep time: 15 minutes
Bake time: 14 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup of butter
  • 1-1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1-1/2 cups finely sliced apples (unpeeled)
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp milk

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees and lightly grease cookie sheet.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking soda, salt, and spices (lightly mix together with fork). Set aside
  3. In a large bowl, cream softened butter and brown sugar. Once combined, beat in egg until well blended. Mix in half of the flour mixture and then stir in apples (and other add-ins you may have chosen). Add in milk and rest of flour mixture and blend again.
  4. Drop spoonfuls of dough onto greased cookie sheet and bake for 14 minutes. Remove from oven and let sit on cookie sheet for a few minutes and then transfer to wire rack to finish cooling.
  5. Prepare glaze by combining powdered sugar, vanilla, and milk and drizzle over cooled cookies.

The only issue I had with these was self error. I ordered a new cookie stone from Pampered Chef a few weeks ago and it had come in this week so I opted to use that. Unfortunately, since it was the first use the stone wasn’t oily yet and I had a hard time removing the cookies from the stone which resulted in the bottoms being scraped off and a very fragile cookie!

They tasted wonderful regardless, and I have learned my lesson about new cookie stones for next time.

Speaking of Pampered Chef, I also had gotten some measuring spoons from them and am absolutely loving them! I have a post in the works that will make an appearance soon that is dedicated to kitchen gadgets I am currently loving and those things are going on the list!

Ciao for now! I will leave you with this picture, because if you feel like you are having a bad day, it could always be worse….

This is a picture that a friend of mine posted on Facebook. It is a house in Alaska that froze (it was 40 below zero most of last week). If you look closely there is a good inch+ of solid ice covering the floor.

  • What is the coldest weather/temps you have ever experienced?
    Sadly, around 60 below.
  • When you bake with apples, what type of apples do you use (Gala, Granny Smith, etc)

I’m Baaaack

You guys, I really missed you!

Technically I was back yesterday, but it was so hectic I took an extra day off from the blog. But no near fear, now I’m here.

We ended up not leaving Florida until like 10am on Tuesday morning and spent the extra time hanging out with Torrance’s mom. It was nice. Also, we had gone out the night before and I may have drunk 2 and a half bottles of wine, so that had something to do with it. We actually all drank quite a bit and it called for a somewhat of a late start that morning.

We loaded up the car and headed out. Torrance’s mom has actually been storing a lot of stuff for him since he has always had a room at her house since he always spent summers with her when he was younger, so we finally took it all off her hands since we drove. It was quite a bit including random instruments (oh goody), some collectables, and the rest of his beer glass collection.

We will weed through it this week and hopefully get it put away and/or stored if needed.

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One of the highlights of my trip though, was on the way back we stopped at my friend Anna’s work in Georgia to say hi to her. It has been 2 years since I saw her! So sad! We had originally planned to stop around her lunch and go eat lunch with her but since we got a late start that didnt work out.

Dont mind my disgusting hair and roadtrip outfit. Lots of wine and late night remember? Comfort is key right?

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So we made it back home around 11pm and headed straight to bed since it was back to work in the morning! I spent most of yesterday playing catch up at work and getting back into routine.

Our apartment is a complete disaster from all the boxes since we had to unload everything out of the rental car the night we got in so I could return it in the morning. Oh and it was raining so everything was semi-wet and it was just tons of fun ;)

Oh and last night when I got off work. I ran home like an overly excited kid because I was ecstatic about the Apple iOS 5 update for my iPhone and all the cool new features it would have. Yes I am a complete tech nerd.  However, it did not go as planned because after trying to update it my phone crashed and wouldnt work. It was a huge pain. I finally figured it out after much frustration and all feels right in the world again.

Oh, I also made a 10pm run to the grocery store to re-stock our kitchen (again). Geesh. It was an exhausting day yesterday.

I do feel good again though, because I have this back in my life:

Halelujah!

Speaking of food, that weekend trip to Florida was probably one of the first trips we have taken where I dont feel like I ate junk (or too much). Usually when I go on trips I splurge a little more but I really didnt….well besides tons of wine – but that doesnt count right?

Back to work… and also fitness class tonight! Yikes, I hope I make it through it after my little break this weekend!

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Do you have an iPhone? If so what do you think of the update?

Catch me up! How was your last week and weekend?

Carmel Apple Cake

Morning!

I am gearing up for a busy day/week. I spent another day helping Torrance out on the tool truck. I didnt spend the whole day like a  man this time. I helped out for about 2 hours and then headed home to take care of all the stuff that had been neglected the day before. In particular, laundry (ew). He finally made it home lat night with the tool truck looking good as ever after he put in another full day working on it. It is like a whole new truck! Torrance is NOT one to work an entire weekend so I am very proud of him for putting in the extra effort!

Now, guess what type of morning it was….

Yep, big huge giant coffee day!!

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So last night, since I was sorta pooped and in a daze from laundry and working all weekend, I did a little relaxing and baking!

I decided to make a carmel apple cake that I havent made in maybe a year.

It tasted like more of a breakfast coffee cake to be honest, and almost reminded me of a pancake! It was so moist and fluffy!

 

Apple carmel deliciousness!

 

Since it was so giant and doesnt have chocolate in it, it probably wont go very fast in our house so I brought half of it to work for my co-workers to enjoy.

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Here is the recipe:

CARMEL APPLE CAKE

Prep time – 10 min
Bake time – 90 min

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups oil
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups apples, chopped (I chop mine really small, but thats per preference)
  • 1 jar of carmel topping – I use smuckers (or if you have your own recipe, feel free to make your own)

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees and grease and flour 9 x 13 inch pan.
  • Cream the sugar, oil, lemon juice, vanilla and eggs together. Add the dry ingredients.
  • Fold in the apples
  • Disperse cake batter evenly into pan and spoon the carmel topping over batter and swirl into cake batter with spatula or knife
  • Bake for 1 1/2 hours at 325 degrees – start checking the cake at 60 minutes to check for doneness and after that in 10 minute intervals.

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What did everyone do this weekend?

Did you bake anything yummy this weekend?

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