Fallish Fun: Caramel Apples

 Posted by on October 4, 2011  3 Responses »
Oct 042011
 

At our house, making caramel apples is one of those things that we must do at least once every fall. It is so easy and fun for all ages. YUM!

This is really more of a procedure than a recipe. I usually start with the recipe from the bag of Kraft caramels for the basic caramel apples.

  • 1 bag Kraft caramels
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 4 medium apples (the recipe says 5, but I can never get 5 out of one bag of caramels)

Heat caramels and water in saucepan over medium heat, stirring frequently, until caramel is melted and smooth. Meanwhile, wash and thoroughly dry the apples, and remove the stems. Push popsicle sticks into the stem side of the apple. Dip apples in caramel, spooning caramel over apple to coat evenly. Scrape excess off the bottom of the apple. The original recipe suggests setting the apples on buttered waxed paper, but I have found that a greased silicone baking liner works much better. Refrigerate the apples for one hour.

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Then you jazz them up a bit…

The possibilities are endless. I got most of these ideas after browsing the array of $6 apples at the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory. If little ones are helping (of course!) have the apples caramel-dipped and all the fixins’ chopped up and ready to go ahead of time.

  • my personal favorite – dip chilled caramel apples in melted white chocolate, then sprinkle with cinnamon sugar
  • drizzle melted chocolate over caramel apples, then sprinkle with nuts
  • coat caramel apples in chocolate and then roll in your favorite candy or cookie…chopped Oreos, Snickers, M&Ms, etc…

A few tips:

  • I like to use tart apples to balance the sweetness, but you can use any kind of apples you like.
  •  A half a bag of chocolate chips is plenty for 4 apples.
  • Melt your chocolate (white or regular) in the microwave, at 50% power, with 2 tablespoons shortening for perfect drizzling/dipping consistency
  • Let the melted chocolate cool to lukewarm before dipping apples. This will prevent the caramel from melting and oozing off the apple.
  • Slice the apples before eating them. I know it isn’t as much fun if you don’t eat it off the stick, but it is a lot less messy!
  • Caramel apples will keep in the refrigerator for 2-3 days, if they last that long. Let them sit at room temperature for 15-20 minutes before eating.

Recipe Round Up on Pinterest

 Posted by on August 30, 2011  5 Responses »
Aug 302011
 

Pinterest Deliciosity! I am a practical gal and like simple recipes. As Kendra shared in her post yesterday, a really great way to keep track of recipes is by pinning your favorites or ones you’d like to try on Pinterest. I’ve listed some recent favorite recipes below. But, you can view even more recipes on my Pinterest Deliciosity board. Here are two recipes I’ve pinned that we’ve tried just in the last week.

Oh my! Guacamole Hummus. Two fine ingredients in harmonious flavor.

There are so many fun food ideas to make with the children. Like Phyllis’ Edible Sand made with Golden Oreos and served up in a sand bucket. Click here.

Those, plus these, would definitely make for a happy home: Continue reading »

Fun Finds

 Posted by on August 29, 2011  4 Responses »
Aug 292011
 

For this last week of August, we will be sharing some of our favorite recipes and Pinterest finds. This morning I’m sharing both… recipes I found on Pinterest!

Apparently I am a visual person, especially when it comes to food. I can browse through a cookbook and read recipes all day, but if there isn’t an appetite-inspiring photo attached, I’m probably never going to make any of them. I love, LOVE, browsing through yummy stuff on Pinterest. In the weeks since my good friend and fellow Habits writer, Kerri, introduced me to the addiction that is the P word, I’ve attempted several new recipes each week and added many of them to our regular rotation.

Last night we tried two Pinterest finds. Jalapeno Popper Grilled Cheese and Baked Zucchini Sticks.

Don’t those look yummy? Our kids had regular grilled cheese without the jalapenos, but my oldest was brave enough to try some cream cheese on his. And the zucchini sticks recipe is supposed to be paired with an onion dip, but to save time and make them more kid-friendly, I just served them with marinara sauce. When my husband saw me slicing up those zucchini, he said, “the kids are never going to eat that.” But they did! Even my picky 4 year old liked them, and the older boys went back for seconds! They are a bit time consuming, so I would definitely pair them with something easy. Like grilled cheese.

Barbecue Cups

 Posted by on July 6, 2011  3 Responses »
Jul 062011
 

When I first got married, I brought this dish to virtually every potluck I went to, and always received requests for the recipe. My husband and children love it, as do the various people who’ve received it over the years when they had a new baby, were laid up after surgery, or moved into a new house. It was one of my childhood favorites, handed down from “Gramma” (aka my mom).

Barbecue Cups

  1. Brown 1# ground beef or turkey; drain fat.
  2. Add 1/2 cup barbecue sauce, 2T brown sugar, and 1/4 cup chopped onion.
  3. Press 1 can of Pillsbury Grands Jr. Golden Layers Buttermilk Biscuits into 10 ungreased muffin cups. Make sure dough goes up to edge of each cup.
  4. Divide meat mixture evenly among cups.
  5. Top with shredded cheddar cheese.
  6. Bake at 400 degrees for 10 min, or until biscuit edges are golden.

Pair it with a salad or green beans, and you’ve got dinner!
Wife and homeschooling mother of three, Kim enjoys reading, writing, and watching old movies. A self-proclaimed chocoholic, she also loves to cook and bake. You can find more of her musings (and recipes) at thedaisymuse.com.