Apple Raspberry Crisp

This is one of my favorite dishes to bake in the fall because apples in Michigan are so amazing and this past week raspberries at Meijer were only 50 cents a container! Seriously…..50 cents!

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Bottom – 

1 carton of raspberries (1 cup)

5 small/medium apples – cored & sliced

1/4 cup brown sugar

1 tblsp. cinnamon

pinch of nutmeg

 

Topping – 

2 sticks of cold butter

1 cup rolled oats (not instant)

1/8 tsp. ginger

1/2 tsp. cinnamon

1/2 tsp. salt

3/4 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup flour

 

Preheat oven to 400 degrees – make sure oven rack is in the middle.

Butter 13×9 dish

Mix all bottom ingredients together & spread evenly in dish.

Mix all topping ingredients together with a fork until crumbly & sprinkle over bottom mixture.

Bake 25-35

ENJOY!

Jessica xo

 

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Vanilla Cupcakes with Lemon Buttercream

Happy Easter! I decided to create a cute Easter cupcake today to share with you all.

Recipe – 

1 stick of real butter at room temperature

1 cup plus 2 tblsp. sugar

2 large eggs at room temperature

2 tsp. vanilla

2 cups flour

2 tsp. baking powder

1/4 tsp. baking soda

dash of salt

3/4 cup buttermilk

 

Directions – 

Mix butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Add one egg at a time until incorporated, add vanilla. Scrape down bowl.

Preheat oven to 325 degrees

In a separate bowl, sift or mix with a fork – flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt.

If you do not have buttermilk, make your own by mixing 1 cup of milk and 2 tblsp. of white vinegar, let sit for a minute.

Alternate buttermilk and flour mixture, do not overmix.

Fill paper cups 3/4 full and bake for 16-18 minutes depending on how full your cups are and the altitude.

Buttercream Frosting – https://rawbasil.wordpress.com/2013/11/25/buttercream-frosting/

For lemon frosting, add 1/4 tsp. lemon extract, add more if you want a stronger lemon taste.

I used the cadbury eggs and sifted cocoa on top.

Let cool, frost & ENJOY! I hope you all have a blessed Easter!

 

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Thank you for stopping!

– Jessica

Easy Homemade Pita Bread

I love a good pita bread but am not a great bread maker – this recipe makes it so simple!

Recipe:

1 cup of warm water

1 heaping tsp. of active dry or instant yeast

2 1/2 cups of flour

2 tsp. salt

1-2 tsp. organic olive oil

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Directions:

Mix water & yeast, let sit for 5 minutes

Add flour & mix until shaggy

Knead dough on floured surface for 5-7 minutes

Shape dough into a ball and cover – let rise for 2 hours

Heat oven & pan to 450 degrees

Divide dough into 8 parts and roll out on floured surface

Bake for 3 minutes

Enjoy!

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Recipe adapted from – http://www.thekitchn.com/how-to-make-homemade-pita-bread-90844

Hot Cocoa

I just love hot cocoa with my little one on a snowy day. Our Michigan winter has been full of cold and snowy days this year.

Hot Cocoa Recipe – 

1 1/4 cup of milk

1/2 tablespoon quality cocoa

2 tablespoons of sugar

Stir over medium heat until completely combined – enjoy!

Top with whip cream & cinnamon if desired.

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Thanks for stopping!

– Jessica

DIY Vanilla Bean Carpet Freshener

Have you ever wondered just how many toxins are in the carpet freshener that you find at the stores? The smell may be lovely but you’re doing more harm than good, especially if you have children or pets that have consistent contact with the carpet.

A simple at home solution: Vanilla Bean Carpet Freshener

  • Fill up a mason jar with Borax – found in the laundry aisle
  • Add one vanilla bean
  • Add a few drops of organic vanilla extract
  • Shake – the longer it sits the more powerful it smells
  • Sprinkle sparingly onto carpet, let sit a few minutes then vacuum.

Borax is a natural odor fighter and can be used for many cleaning tasks around the house.

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*Substitute with different essential oils to your liking!

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Homemade Caramel

This caramel is so good, I could just eat it all right out of the jar and it’s super easy to make!

 

1 stick of butter – real butter

1/2 cup of brown sugar

1/2 cup sweetened condensed milk

1 tablespoon honey

 

Mix all ingredients in a heavy saucepan over a medium-high heat for 5 minutes, bring to a boil then remove from the heat and stir a few more times.

This past Thanksgiving weekend I made this to go with our cheesecake and to dip pretzels in =)

 

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Pumpkin Cupcakes

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving and I just felt compelled to make pumpkin cupcakes with cream cheese frosting. Who doesn’t love homemade cream cheese frosting?!? I was hoping that there would be some left over for dessert after dinner tomorrow but they are gone already!

Makes 12 cupcakes

1 cup pumpkin puree

1 cup sugar

2 eggs, room temperature

1/3 cup canola oil

1 tsp. cinnamon

1/2 tsp. nutmeg

1/4 tsp. ginger

1/4 tsp. all spice

1/4 tsp. salt

1 1/2 cups flour

1 tsp. baking soda

1 tsp. baking powder

In a small bowl, mix 1/8 cup of sugar and 1 tsp. cinnamon to sprinkle on top of cupcakes before baking.

Preheat oven to 350

Mix pumpkin, oil, and sugar together. Add eggs one at a time. Add nutmeg, cinnamon, all spice, ginger, and salt. Mix well. In a separate bowl mix flour, baking soda, and baking powder then add slowly to wet mixture.

Scoop into cupcake liners and bake for 18-21 minutes depending on your oven.

Cream cheese frosting – https://rawbasil.wordpress.com/2013/11/28/cream-cheese-frosting/

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