BEST caramel apple EVER

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What is the perfect snack that we have as a traditional “fall” treat around the GCC homefront? I know it’s not the healthiest but indulging a little every now and then…well, you know!  So why not indulge with the BEST caramel apple EVER?

This fall I bought a bunch of wonderful honey crisp apples and they turned out to be the perfect choice for these salty caramel, drizzled in white choco, pecans & toffee apples.  Want to know how I know they were delicious? The hubster kept repeating “those were voondaba”!

I must admit these were extremely EXTREMELY messy but totally worth the AWESOMENESS once they’re done.  So today I’m sharing Belle’s steps along with a FREE PRINTABLE for you to customize and make for gifting (if you’re the gifting kind).  I’m taking these to share with some of my favorite peeps tomorrow!


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INGREDIENTS

  • honey crisp apples (9 ct.)
  • Kraft caramel bites
  • toffee pieces
  • chopped pecans
  • white chocolate morsels
  • sea salt (coarse)
  • sticks

Wash and dry your apples, remove the stem and insert the sticks. Line a tray or cookie sheet with waxed paper.  Set up your toppings in small containers and keep them near your prep area.

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In a small saucepan melt 1 1/2 packages of the caramel bites with 3 T. water on medium heat.  Turn to low once completely melted.  In a small micowaveable bowl, melt the white choco morsels and pour into a squirtable bottle (as shown).  *In the future I will probably keep it in a very hot water container til ready to use…want to take a guess why?

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LOL!  Yep, I kept reheating mine and I tried to squeeze it out- I heard a POP! I screamed and my husband died laughing and I had forced a hole on the side of the bottle and once I opened it–the choco had hardened from too many heatings!  Glad I didn’t shoot anyone’s eye out!  Holy Moly!!!

Anyway…back to the steps.  Once everything is ready, grab your apples and dip in caramel, using a spoon to pour on each side to cover completely.  (On my silicone mat, I sprinkled a combo of the toppings)—dip the caramel covered apples into this mixture . Place them on the wax lined sheet, then drizzle away with white choco, sprinkle more toppings and store in fridge until hardened.

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NOW…we’re ready for the cute little custom tag!

I LOVE free PRINTABLES!  Don’t you?

A few nights ago when I had idle hands (and I’d rather make something cool instead of getting into trouble), I came up with this cute Halloween tag.

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Now you can click HERE or on the picture above and print your own tags on cardstock, and attach to each apple for gifting!

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Tie with some cute ribbon or twine and you’re good to go!

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Happy Halloween & I sure hope some of you enjoy the free tags~

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weekend haps

This weekend haps were not very happening. Not a whole lot went down but I did get to just enjoy the outdoors and the nicer weather we’ve been having.

Spending more time outside than normal with a walk through downtown and picnic dinner with the hubby at the square–pretty awesome & my favorite highlight!


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  • walk and picnic
  • acorn & pecan hunting
  • popcorn ball trial
  • more fall touches

pics~

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Went in search of the giant acorns that we came across on some oaks downtown last year—and guess what?  Found some again!  Aren’t they beautiful?

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I will be sharin’ my popcorn balls trial story this week…stay tuned~

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weekend haps

Best news of all… it’s a BOY!!!
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The most exciting news last week… AND that was that we are going to have a grandson!

My daughter and SIL went for their dr. appt last week and they had them write down the gender of the baby and place it in a sealed envelope.  When they returned home their friends had put a little soiree together for them where L handed them the envelope and then they scurried to fill a pinata with the correct color.  When they cracked the pinata they found the blue filling! YAY!!!

We are excited and can’t wait for this little bundle.


Our weekend haps included spending our Friday in San Antonio doing some sightseeing, (architecture) mainly, but dining and some strolling down the riverwalk as well.

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  • Baby Reveal
  • San Antonio visit
  • Lazy Sunday
  • Halloween Party invites done and delivered

pics~

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our sweet baby blowing bubbles

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When we stopped in at this church, we found that they have the remains of some of our Texas heroes.  Bowie, Crockett and Travis in their foyer.  Pretty cool!

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The attire for a casual weekend sightseeing trip?  Jeans, flowy top with a light sweater (for the cooler weather), sandals, and of course… accessories!  Tie the hair over to the side in a ponytail and we’re off!

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Halloween traditions & printables

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What do I love about fall so much?  It’s a combination really!

Of the colors, the weather, pumpkins, the anticipation of the upcoming holidays and Halloween!

So today I’m sharin’ some cute free printables, (in case you love Halloween as much as me), some of our traditions and a rockin’ great recipe for our annual crowd potatoes!


Tradition~

Let’s start with our traditional Halloween “get together” meal we share with the neighbors and kiddos before the little darlin’s head out to do their trick or treatin’.

This year’s invites look like this

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and they’re ready for handing out!
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One of my favorite things is to see the little kiddos in their cute costumes while we hand out treats.  After about an hour or so, we turn out the lights and if it’s an even year… we watch Hocus Pocus, on odd years it’s Practical Magic !  (Corny I know), but it’s our annual tradition at it’s best and I love it!!!

What’s the traditional Halloween meal?

  • bbq’d chicken legs
  • oven potatoes for a crowd (literally if you’re having all the neighbors over)
  • salad
  • cupcakes
  • hibiscus blood red tea

RECIPE~

Easy Baked Potatoes for a Crowd (Houston Chronicle)

  • 1 (2#bag) frozen hash brown potatoes (thawed)
  • 1 stick butter (melted)
  • 1 (8 oz) sour cream
  • 12 oz cheddar (shredded)
  • 1 bunch green onions
  • 1 (10 oz) cream of chicken soup
  • salt/pepper/paprika to taste

Preheat oven to 350°.  Lightly grease a large casserole dish or 13×9.  Combine all the ingredients in a large bowl. Bake 50-60 minutes.


FREE PRINTABLES~

Have you ever been BOO’ed???

Possibly at work or at school?   Being “Booed” is quite fun but at a whole different level if you get the neighbors involved!

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Here are the rules with the printable instructions and a cute tag for you to enjoy!  

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The fold over tag will fit a cellophane bag (9″x 4″) size.

INSTRUCTIONS: print, cut, fold in half and staple or tape to the filled bag.  You can fill the bag with homemade or store bought goodies!

Get a fun tradition started in the neighborhood!

ANOTHER CUTE PRINTABLE—

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If you want to give someone a small sweet treat…fill a small bag with candy corn and attach this tag.
Free tag for some cute candy corn bags!

These are suitable for those cute (inexpensive) little plastic bags found at HobbyLobby or Michael’s.

These are for the 4 1/2″ x 3″ size!

INSTRUCTIONS: Print, cut, fold in half and staple or tape to the filled bag.

Hope you enjoy these freebies from GCC and get your Halloween on~

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weekend haps

Had a work week but then came Friday!  I love Friday’s!  I also love when we have guests.

Thursday evening we heard a ring at our door and our niece Jacq had stopped by as she made her way to Austin for ACL.  My MIL was making her final way back south from her summer Minnesota.  She sold her place and says this was her last time to go north.  So her and Lorrie (her cousin), came in and we spent some wonderful time together.

Niece Joni and her crew stopped in Saturday for grilled burgers and some chats with grandma.  Later that evening I drove the ladies to Wimberley so my MIL could catch up with one of her girlfriends that she hadn’t seen in many years. They’ve know each other over 50 years.


the haps~

  • guests abound
  • grilling
  • lots of cooking for the visitors
  • Wimberley visit w/friends
  • relaxing in the beautiful weather

the pics~

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Lorrie going for a ride with Boo

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the grandma who doesn’t like dogs —-Dosee won her over though!

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breakfast quiche w/garden chives

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isn’t this fabulous?

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best friends unite

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fresh homemade blueberry muffins

Beautiful weekend!

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One final photo…

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So you know how teenagers are always on their phones?  Well this granny is just as bad! This is what she did a lot of this weekend…”texted”. Yes this 86 year old was texting, even though we have a rule of no texting and playing on electronics when we have guests at our home.  On our drive back from Wimberley, she told me to stop driving over every bump cause she couldn’t finish her text.  Seriously!!!  LOL

Another busy upcoming week and weekend—can’t wait~

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avoiding those makeup boo-boo’s

So us girls all have those days whether we’re in a hurry or just don’t have steady hands and tend to have some slight of hand makeup boo-boos.  I know, but this…faceCollage

SERIOUSLY?!?!?!  This is by no means slight of hand or unsteadiness!!!  Agreed?  Just mere overuse of bronzers, spray tans, eyeshadow, & fake lashes.  Geeze!  They’re just comical.

But let’s say that you do have those rushed mornings when you accidentally smear some makeup on your freshly made up face and you scramble to find a q-tip or tissue to rub it off, only to have to touch up those areas again.

What if I told you that I discovered this little gem of a tool by e.l.f.?

I love several of the e.l.f. products I have, like my little travel tablet with lots of goodies…

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the eyelid primer (also amazing),

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but I love this little tool!

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AND… for $3 bucks–worth every penny!  Now ladies—keep laughing at the catastrophe collage above but take my advice and try this miracle stick for quick cleanups.  It’s amazing~

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