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Family Favorite Apple Crisp is a Taste of Fall

17 Sep

Apple CrispIt’s hard to believe that autumn is almost here, but it feels like the seasons are changing.  For me, the sure tell sign of fall for me is when the apple trees are ready for picking. Next weekend, the honey crisps will be ready to pick in Michigan and I’ll be there, bushel in hand, picking my share.  My family loves honey crisps and what could be better than the sweet taste of a freshly picked apple?

I’ll pick enough, of course, to share with family and friends and will bring a bucket of them to the office too for everyone to enjoy.  And I’ll look forward to baking with the apples too.  That’s such a treat! The smell of baked apples and spices and a warm autumn dessert filling the house with that fabulous aroma is the best.  If you are planning an apple-themed party, we love our Basket of Apples Die-cut Invitations!

Basket of Apples Die-cut InvitationsAlthough I normally stick with my tried and true favorites in my recipe collection, I’ve been browsing recipes online lately as I want to try a new recipe this fall.   When I see a 4-star recipe on All Recipes.com, I feel pretty confident that it will be terrific.  The Family Favorite Apple Crisp seems like the perfect choice.  I’m going to make it for some company in a couple weeks, along with a peach foster.  I picked some peaches a month ago and froze the slices just for that reason.  Both, paired with vanilla ice cream, will make the perfect fall ending to my BBQ steak dinner I’m planning.

http://allrecipes.com/recipe/231586/family-favorite-apple-crisp/

I am really excited to enjoy the warm sweet taste of this baked apple dish this year and hope you will find some time to enjoy a special dish that sounds good to you too!  Enjoy the many tastes of the season!

Happy fall,

Renee
recipe shown is © 2016 Allrecipes.com

 

Kick Back and Relax with a Summer Cocktail

2 Jul

The long 4th of July weekend is finally here and I plan to kick back and relax. Are you doing any summer entertaining?

We have a family get-together planned this weekend and are looking forward to a few days away and doing not too much! But I did want to try a new summer cocktail. I’m not a big sweet drink person, but I love mint and since I’m growing it in my backyard, I’m going to clip a bunch of it and bring this great recipe with me so we can all try it!

june-mojitoThe Mojito Cocktail

This classic cocktail from Cuba is packed with fresh mint, lime juice, and rum and topped with club soda. Serve it in style in our Maestro Deluxe Highball Glassware.

Ingredients:

2 tablespoons white sugar
4 sprigs fresh mint
1 fluid ounce club soda
1 lime, halved
2 fluid ounces light rum
1 1/2 cups ice
2 fluid ounces club soda
1 sprig fresh mint

Directions:

Muddle sugar and mint with soda water in pint glass. Squeeze both halves of lime into the glass leaving one hull in the mixture. Add rum, stir, and fill with ice. Top with club soda.

Garnish with a mint sprig.

I find a lot of really delicious recipes and inspiration on AllRecipes.com and recommend you do too!

Happy 4th and be safe.

Best wishes,
Renee

DIY: Emoji Cupcakes & Win a Personalized Emoji Party!

27 Jun

blog-emoji-cupcakeHopefully you’ve had a chance to make our homemade cocoa Emoji meringue cookies.  Now we want to share how we made our DIY Emoji cupcakes for our Emoji Birthday Party.  We simply made chocolate cupcakes and let them cool.  Once cooled, you’ll need the following:

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Once cooled, level cupcakes with a knife so the tops are flat.  Spread a thin layer of frosting on the cupcakes.  Roll out the fondant according to directions.  Once rolled out, use a small cup or circle cookie cutter that is the size of the cupcake.  Make as many circles as needed as there are cupcakes.  Using the foodwriter markers, decorate each circle with Emoji faces.  Use Emoji images from your smartphone for inspiration.  Once decorated, lay the fondant on top of the cupcake and gently press the edges onto the cupcake.  Store in a plastic container once finished.  Serve within 2 days or the colors may bleed and the fondant can get hard.

Emoji cupcakes are a big hit from little kids to big kids!  Just add some personalized emoji products from The Stationery Studio and your Emoji party will be a big success! And don’t forget to enter our Emoji Party Sweepstakes for a chance to win a personalized emoji party package worth up to $350 from The Stationery Studio and Wilton!  Hurry … you need to enter by June 29, 2016.  Winners will be announced Friday, July 1, 2016.

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