Bits of Bliss: Roasted Apples

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Dry cough? Check. Stuffy/runny nose? Check. Low grade fever? Check. Grumpy and whiney 3 year old? Check.
It’s official, our house has been hit with the first cold of the season. So today I decided a special treat was desperately needed. Roasted Apples! It sounds so plebeian and simple, and that is the beauty of it. It is SO easy. When my family is sick, I don’t want to spend a lot of time in the kitchen. I’d rather be spending time snuggling my kiddo, reading books, or doing simple activities (like roasting apples) that help keep “cabin fever” at bay. Roasting apples in the oven is such an easy task, even my 3 year old was able to help me out. The very best part of roasting apples the way that we did was that it tasted just like apple pie without the crust! It was such a welcome and sweet treat to make such a bla day better!

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For our roasted apples, I used one Gala (red) and one Granny Smith (green) just to vary in flavor. I was curious how each would turn out. Surprisingly, the green apple roasted much quicker than the red, and came out quite a bit mushier. It took about 15 mins for the green apple at 350 degrees, and about 30 mins at 350 degrees for the red.

Here is how we did it-

Ingredients:
1 Red Apple (I used a Gala), sliced into quarters
1 Green Apple (I used a Granny Smith), sliced into quarters
2-3 Tbl brown sugar (or as little or much as you want)
Cinnamon
Foil

Directions:
Slice both of your apples into quarters and remove the seeds.

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Put each apple on a separate piece of foil for each apple. Sprinkle each apple with 1-1.5 Tbl of brown sugar, and as much cinnamon as you’d like.

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Wrap apple in the foil to create a little ball and put onto a cookie sheet. Bake the green apple at 350 degrees for 10 mins (or longer depending on how soft you prefer it). Bake the red apple at 350 degrees for about 30 mins (or longer depending on how soft you prefer it).

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Viola! You did it! A delicious simple sweet treat! You can serve it alone, or on top of granola, or with vanilla ice cream. Really your options are endless. We didn’t have either of those, so I served my kiddo his roasted apple with some Multi Grain Cheerios. He LOVED it!

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Makes approx. 2-4 servings.


Do you have any easy delicious sweet treats for fall? Let’s share!

 

Until next time…

 

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Saw it. Pinned it. DID IT!~ Fair Isle draped cardigan

As you all know, I am in LOVE with all of the Fair Isle prints going on this fall season! The lovely print evokes such a sweet and cozy atmosphere that makes me imagine snuggling in front of a fire with a hot cup of tea on a lazy Saturday. Or I imagine taking a walk at the park with my crazy kiddo running and laughing, cheeks pink from the cool air, dried leaves crunching beneath our feet. So when I pinned my inspiration image from Pinterest (yes I know that that is an Aztec print, but it’s so lovely I couldn’t resist!), I had those images in my head. I just adore the draped look of the cardigan, it makes the cardigan feel less formal, but still gives a classic feel. It’s also no secret that I am a sweater hoarder, I absolutely adore sweaters, and if I could I would wear one every day. But that isn’t practical at all living in sunny California. 🙂

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(The first image is my “inspiration image”, the second image is my sweet find!)

Needless to say, I was stopped in my tracks yesterday, when I saw the beautiful knit hanging in the entry way of the shop Aeropostale, a store that I NEVER shop at. (I was actually shopping for a pair of shoes to wear for my friends wedding coming up in a couple of weeks and I’ll be sharing that experience very soon!) The sweater just called out to me, and best of all it was priced at 50% off! I am super excited to wear this adorable sweater out and about, and it looks like that is going to be very soon! The weather has finally turned chilly!


Do you have any favorites you are excited to wear this fall? Anything inspiring you can’t wait to try out? I’d love to hear about it!

Until next time…

Finding Fashion: Weekend Casual Chic

Good Morning! It’s another beautiful (almost) fall day today! While I desperately want to bring out my boots, sweaters and scarves it doesn’t look like that is going to happen quite yet. But that is okay, because I have a great transitional outfit in store for this Finding Fashion Challenge! This last weekend I went to a baby shower for one of my best friends, Robyn from “Jacklyn of All Trades“, who lives about 8 hours south of me now.  While I was thinking about what to pack for this weekend, I also started thinking about this Finding Fashion “challenge”. We both live in beautiful Cali, but the climate is a tad bit different up north and down south. So the clothing I had to pack was more “summery” and light weight, as opposed to what I have started to wear (summer to fall transition outfits). I absolutely love the simplicity of this “challenge” outfit, while at the same time the casual elegance it exudes with the classic neutral colors and simple accessories.

Here is the Inspiration Outfit:
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I think that this outfit in particular is a great transitional outfit from summer to fall. It can be worn as a casual lunch date outfit or is great for running errands. It is also nice enough to wear for a casual date night or even a baby shower! So, with that being said, here are my challenge finds:
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Jeans: Target- Merona® Women’s Straight Leg Jean (Modern Fit) – Assorted Colors $14.98
Top: Target- Mossimo Supply Co. Peasant Top $19.99
Shoes: Kmart- Bongo Women’s Casual Flat Cabe – Taupe $4.99
Bag: Kmart- Treviso Women’s Tote Purse- Russett $23.99
Earrings: Target- Multi Pearl Earring Trio $4.99
Nail polish: Kmart- New York Color In a New York Color Minute Nail Polish, Park Ave $1.99

Outfit total: $70.93 (before taxes)

All in all I’m loving it! Especially the nude laser cut ballet flats for only $4.99! I may be ordering a pair before they run out!


So as I mentioned before one of my besties (Robyn) just had a baby (it’s a boy!), so she was my resident preggo who submitted pregnancy versions of the Finding Fashion outfits. That said, here is her contribution if you are looking for a pregnancy version of this outfit:

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Shoes: Walmart- Faded Glory Womens Classic Ballet Flat (Gold) $9.97
Top: Walmart- Faded Glory Women’s Doleman Lace Yolk Long Sleeved Top $9.94
Bag: Kmart- Dream Out Loud by Selena Gomez Juniors Penelpoe Hobo Bag $11.99
Jeans: Target- Maternity Over the Belly Boot Cut Denim Jeans Blue Wash (Liz Lang) $34.99

Total: $65.90 (before taxes)

Both challenge outfits are great wardrobe additions for summer to fall transition, whether you are preggo or not. Plus none of the garment pieces are too bulky, or heavy so you can layer when it starts to get chillier later in the day. I hope that this inspires you to go out there to find some great affordable pieces that are fashionable and chic.


What are some of your favorite things to wear between summer and fall? Do you have a favorite transition outfit? Share in the comment section below!

Until Next Time…