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Short Hair, Don’t Care: A Toddler’s Story

 

The other night, I was combing my daughter’s hair.

No, that doesn’t paint the picture. The other night, while my daughter rolled around on the floor screaming, I tried as best I could to detangle her wet, matted locks without ripping them straight out of her scalp.

“Stop!” she screamed. “I don’t like the comb! Stop combing my hair!”

“But I have to get the knots out or they’ll just get worse.”

“Stop! I don’t like it!” Continue reading → Short Hair, Don’t Care: A Toddler’s Story

The Best Use For Your Apple Scraps

applesbwMy family and I are going apple picking next weekend. I’m excited to make apple butter, applesauce, apple pie filling–and this year, apple cider vinegar.

When you buy apples, you buy them by the pound–then you peel them and core them and throw a good chunk of that poundage away (or in my case feed it to the chickens–they love apple scraps nearly as much as they love watermelon rind).

This year, the chickens will have a slightly smaller feast, because I’m using some of my scraps to make apple cider vinegar. I found this recipe and I’m super psyched to try it.

Would you dare?

Caramel Apple Cocktail

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This drink is sweet and tart and tastes like fall. Know what it doesn’t taste like?

Alcohol.

Okay, that’s partially because they’re not particularly strong. In an eight-ounce glass, I only added one ounce of alcohol–but about half of that glass is ice. Play with the proportions if you like–I’ve gone as far as to double the alcohol and it’s still tasty–but I think this recipe really hits the sweet spot.

(Pun definitely intended.)

Caramel Apple Cocktail

1 ounce Disaronno or other almond liqueur
1 teaspoon caramel syrup
1/2 cup apple juice
Ice
Apple slices, to garnish

In a small glass (or half-pint Mason jar), stir together the first three ingredients. Add ice and stir thoroughly. Garnish with apple slices, if desired.

 

Apple-Onion Jam

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I don’t know if you know this, but apples LOVE onions.

It’s a match made in heaven. See, an onion might seem spicy and savory–even a little harsh–but when you break it down, it’s truly sweet on the inside. The apple, while sweet in an obvious sort of way, can be surprisingly tart. On their own, they’re simple flavors–pair them up and you get something delightfully complicated.

I put apples and onions in my thanksgiving stuffing. I’ve been known to toss a little apple into my onion soup. They’re just a power couple–a dynamic duo, if you will. Add some sugar, salt, and lemon and they are the jam.

Apple-onion jam, that is. Which you make like so: Continue reading → Apple-Onion Jam

Caramel Apple Ice Cream Sundaes


sundaeI love caramel apples.

I love the idea of them, anyway. In reality they’re a complete pain to eat, they’re usually over-candied or made with too sweet an apple, and they’re monstrously overpriced. But that flavor combination of apples, caramel, and nuts (because my favorites are not the over-sweet, marshmallow-white-chocolate things you get at specialty candy stores)–mmm! There’s nothing quite like it.

Which is why I love a good caramel apple ice cream sundae.

It’s super simple:

Apple ice cream + caramel sauce + chopped nuts (I like the pre-chopped peanut & pecan sundae mix you find in the baking aisle).

Yum!

Apple Ice Cream

It’s September, which means apples! (Obvs.)

Of course it also means:

  • back to school mania
  • unpredictable weather
  • summer merchandise blow-out sales

If you’re experiencing these September symptoms, then I have the perfect dessert for you. It’s pretty easy. It’s no-bake. It tastes like fall and feels like summer.

It’s apple ice cream!

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(And if you don’t have an ice cream maker already, you can bet your britches there’s one at a super discounted rate somewhere near you.) Continue reading → Apple Ice Cream