Autumn

Mini Double Streusel Pumpkin Bread

Mini Double Streusel Pumpkin Bread

This weekend my boys went to Seattle, and left us girls home alone, so we had some fun baking together. We made a pumpkin streusel bread {mostly because the boys both hate pumpkin, and us girls love it, so we seized the opportunity!} But we accidentally put too much mixture in the bread pan, and it over-flowed in my oven, smoking out my entire kitchen, and even though the bread had been in the oven for over an hour and a half, it wasn’t even nearly cooked through! So it was just a complete disaster. In fact, when I cut into it, and all the batter spewed out, it made my daughter gag, and she refused to try it! She is hilarious!
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Candied Apples

Candied Apples

I LOVE candied apples, or as we call them in England “Toffee apples,” and knew my kids would love them even more! So this fall I was determined to learn how to make them! I have actually wanted to make them every autumn for the last few years, but have been a little intimidated because they just seemed so laborious and complex, and I knew I wouldn’t get them to look or taste as good as the gourmet varieties sold around here. Washington State is renowned for their apples, and we live amongst orchards in a big apple growing community here in Mattawa, so we get amazing BIG, fresh delicious apples of almost every variety! I should have used some of those to make these toffee apples, but I actually went to the store and brought some in tricities! Haha. Then yesterday a friend of mine delivered a whole box of galas to me, so I should have waited! {But, I guess it’s just a good excuse to make more!}
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Mini Pear Pies with Caramel

Mini Pear Pies with Caramel

The other day on pinterest I saw a recipe for Mini Pies with Pears and Blue Cheese that looked awesome! I both love and hate it when I see a genius recipe idea like this… because I wish I had been the one to think of it first! But I was so happy someone had thought to do this–because it’s so simple to adapt in so many fresh, unique ways! Instead of blue cheese, I decided to fill mine with my husband’s all-time favorite cheese, and a classic-pairing for pears: delicious Bris! Then I simply topped them with some chopped candied pecans, and served them with an autumn side-salad.
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Double Chocolate Banana Bread

Double Chocolate Banana Bread

Today was just one of those days where I needed chocolate, and since I had some bananas that needed using, I thought i’d make double chocolate banana bread. It turned out perfectly–crisp on the outside, super moist on the inside, and the dark chocolate made it nice and rich, without being ‘too much!’ This recipe is definitely a keeper! I hope you guys all love it too!

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