Fall Recipe: Spiced Brandy Apple Hand Pies

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appleIt’s Fall ya’ll, and a favorite fall activity here in the Midwest is apple picking! My parents used to have a huge yard full of apple trees, and I just loved picking apples with my family there. It was so fun! There’s truly nothing like garden-to-table eating, and growing your own food.

Did you know that you can freeze your extra apples? I learned this from my mom back in the apple tree days, when we always had apples coming out our ears. I still do it today when I stock up on the juicy seasonal fruit, and it couldn’t be easier. Just peel, core, dice, and brush with a mixture of lemon juice and water. Add to a freezer bag or vacuum sealer bag, and voila! Apples all year long!

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I love having apples in the freezer through the holidays for things like apple pie and apple crisp. As delicious as those desserts are, they can get a little monotonous. That’s why I was excited to stumble upon a unique spin on Fall apple recipes: Spiced Brandy Apple Hand Pies! These treats are sweet and spicy with an unexpected secret ingredient, Colman’s Dry Mustard Powder! Who would’ve thought?

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Fall Recipe: Spiced Brandy Apple Hand Pies
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Recipe type: Dessert
 
A Fall delight that everyone is sure to love. Bake them as an after-dinner dessert for the family or an easy treat for the office, either way they're as sweet and as satisfying as can be.
Ingredients
  • 1 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • ¾ tsp. kosher salt
  • 1 stick (1/2 cup) chilled unsalted butter, cut into ½ inch pieces
  • ¼ cup ice water
  • 2 Granny Smith apples, peeled and diced
  • ¼ cup plus 4 tsp. granulated sugar
  • 1 – 2 tbsp. apple brandy
  • 1 ½ tsp. Colman's Dry Mustard Powder
  • ½ tsp. ground cinnamon
Instructions
  1. To make the crust, put the flour and ½ teaspoon of salt in a food processor and pulse until blended. Add the butter and pulse until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Slowly pour the water through the feed tube, pulsing just until a dough forms. Divide the dough into 4 equal pieces. Shape each piece into a disk. Wrap each disk in plastic wrap and refrigerate until chilled, about 20 minutes.
  2. Preheat the oven to 375°F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  3. Combine the apples, ¼ cup sugar, brandy, Colman's Dry Mustard Powder, cinnamon, and the remaining ¼ teaspoon salt in a large bowl. On lightly floured surface, roll out each disk of dough into a 6-inch round. Place the rounds, 1-inch apart, on the baking sheet. Spoon one-fourth of the filling on half of each round, leaving ½-inch border. Fold dough over filling to make half-moon shape. Crimp edges of dough to seal. Brush tops of each pie with 1 tablespoon of water; sprinkle each evenly with the remaining 1 teaspoon of sugar. Cut three ½-inch slits in the top of each pie to allow steam to escape.
  4. Bake until the filling is hot and the crust is golden, about 25 minutes. Serve warm or at room temperature.


I received a free sample of Colman’s for review purposes, but have not been paid for this blog post and thoughts here are my own.
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1 Month of Dirt Cheap Dinners by Kelli Brink
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Make it a Great Day! Be Kind to Others and #ShowYouCare

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coupleIn this crazy world we live in, wearing so many hats: mom, dad, employee, coach, friend, volunteer, etc… it’s important to slow down every once in a while, take a deep breath, and remember that’s it’s also our job to make this world a better place. As a society, we are distracted, like never before. We are a high-tech, low-touch planet, and that can leave us feeling a little lonely.

I have an idea: Today, show someone else that you care about them. It can be a friend, a co-worker, or a complete stranger. You never know what people may be battling internally, and how a simple gesture can change the course of a life. And I guarantee that making another person smile will make your heart very, very happy.

SoulPancake (founded by Rainn Wilson of The Office) and Hershey’s Kisses have teamed up to take this message to the street. Please take a moment to watch this short video filled with hugs, high-fives, and lots of love. It will definitely start your day on the right foot and inspire you to #ShowYouCare

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Diet-Friendly Fall Cocktail Recipe: The McIntosh Mule

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appleFall is here, and I’ve been having some fun experimenting with some yummy Fall recipes, including cocktails (of course)!

We always think of pumpkins when we think Fall…and don’t get me wrong, I LOVE pumpkin EVERYTHING…but not so much in my cocktails. Apples are another Fall favorite, and luckily, they go perfect in beverages!




Here is my Fall spin on the Moscow Mule…The McIntosh Mule, an apple-infused, diet-friendly drink made with zero-calorie Cascade Ice Sparkling Water.

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Cascade Ice….the pure, healthy, certified-organic, sodium-free, delicious beverage choice.

Have you tried Cascade Ice? I love it because it’s free of unnecessary and unhealthy “extras” found in other flavored waters like calories, sodium, caffeine, gluten and sugar. Compared to many popular soda brands which can contain upwards of 38 grams of sugar, Cascade Ice beverages are sugar-free and full of flavor. I’m going to be eating lots of Halloween candy in the very near future, so I need to save on calories any way I can! Cascade Ice has 21 delicious and unique flavors including Cranberry Pomegranate, McIntosh Apple and Orange Mango in addition to the line’s three newest flavors, Strawberry Banana, Coconut Mango and Coconut Pineapple. The sparkling waters have a delightful “fizz” combined with natural fruit juices, which makes them the perfect mixer in cocktails!

And now for… The McIntosh Mule! I hope you enjoy this diet-friendly and delicious Fall cocktail recipe!

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Fall cocktail: The McIntosh Mule

The McIntosh Mule

1 oz spiced rum

3 oz McIntosh Apple Cascade Ice Sparkling Water

3 oz ginger beer

Splash of cran-apple juice

Serve over ice. Garnish with fresh apple slices.

I was provided with free merchandise from Cascade Ice for review purposes, but have not received payment and thoughts expressed are my own. 

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My New Ebook Will Save You 75% On Your Next Grocery Bill!

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1 Month of Dirt Cheap Dinners by Kelli Brink

 

I’m thrilled to share with you the launch of my first cookbook! It’s called 1 Month of Dirt Cheap Dinners, and I’m so excited about it! I just know it’s going to save you and your family BOAT LOADS of money on next month’s grocery bill! Following this plan actually reduced our family’s grocery bill by around 75%…can you say, “LIFE CHANGING”?!

This simple and enjoyable cookbook is a spin-off of my popular money-saving-meal plan blog posts. This book gives you an entire month of frugal, yet delicious, meals that your entire family will love…all wrapped up into 42 full-color pages with many photos of my own kitchen creations. You’ll get an entire month of recipes, as well as weekly meal plans and printable shopping lists. With everything from easy Asian cuisine, to down-home comfort food, and everything in between, this book is perfect for beginning cooks looking to learn their way around the kitchen with no-fail meals, as well as experienced chefs just looking to mix up their meals while saving money.

Wanna know something even better? It’s just $1.99! For that tiny little price, I’ll teach you my money-saving kitchen secrets, and get you on the fast track to eating well while saving “dough”! Ready to buy my Ebook? Just click here or use the Buy it Now option below!




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6 Healthy Home-Made Salad Dressings

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salad with grilled chickenEver look at the label on your store-bought salad dressing, only to be left with your head spinning as you try to pronounce all those scary sounding chemicals? Me too.

In my frugal kitchen, there are times when I reach for pre-made convenience items, but whenever it’s possible, I love to make things completely from scratch. They taste better, they’re better for you, and they usually cost less!

From creamy dressings, to vinaigrettes, here are the salad dressing basics. Keep reading for 6 delicious and simple salad dressing recipes! Psst…they’re also budget-friendly (yay!!)

 

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Host a Wine Tasting Party With Les Dauphins Wines

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Les Dauphins Wine Tasting

I’m always excited to try new wines, but I was especially excited to open the most recent box that arrived on my doorstep from Les Dauphins. The bottles!! The lovely, antique-looking, gorgeous bottles!!

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Les Dauphins Wines

The first thing I noticed about these bottles was the beautiful, vintage-inspired labels that look – even in real life – like they came straight out of an Instagram filter.

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Beautiful Label on a Bottle of Les Dauphins Wine

We had a fun family weekend planned, so I saved the trio – a red wine, a white wine, and a rosé – for a fun tasting during our relaxing, casual family festivities.

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A perfect trio of Les Dauphins Wine

We’re a family of wine lovers, and we found Les Dauphins wines to be full of flavor, at a budget-friendly price we love.

Tasting Notes:

2013 Côtes du Rhône Réserve Red
Full bodied red with rich flavor. Spicy and peppery. Bursting with ripe summer fruits.
We served with cured meats, spicy pepper hummus, and pita chips.

2014 Côtes du Rhône Réserve White
A crisp, clean and fresh white, with summer fruit flavors.
We served with a turkey and cheese tray and grapes.

2014 Côtes du Rhône Réserve Rosé
Brillant pink color, elegant lychee fragrance with white summer fruits bouquet. Full flavoured and refreshing with a crisp finish.
We served with fresh apples, Swiss cheese and almonds.

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A perfect wine tasting party includes cured meats, cheese, and Les Dauphins Wine!

Now available in the US, Les Dauphins sells for around $10 a bottle. For more information on Les Dauphin Wines, visit their website!
You can buy Les Dauphins Wine HERE.

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The Complete Wild Game Cookbook

The Complete Wild Game Cookbook
The Complete Wild Game Cookbook
The Complete Wild Game Cookbook

Do you have an avid outdoorsman, fisherman, or hunter on your Christmas list this year? Do they also enjoy spending time in the kitchen? Then The Complete Wild Game Cookbook by award-winning chef and author, Jean-Paul Grappe, is the perfect gift!

And when I say “COMPLETE” Wild Game Cookbook, it is no exaggeration. My 76-year-old dad, an award-winning fisherman and life-long hunter, describes this book as,

“The most in-depth wild game book I’ve ever seen. It has every specie of wild game you can imagine…bear, squirrel, shark, seal, and the list goes on. It even includes wild vegetation, like mushrooms.”

Filled with beautiful food photography, as well as breathtaking wildlife photos, this book is great for any outdoor lover/foodie. (…like me, my husband, my dad, my brother, my brother-in-law…and the list goes on! I think I’m going to need a few more copies!)

This enticing and informative cookbook explains, from forest to table, how to make the most of wild game. Absorbing and engaging, it is not only full of information about game but also introduces you to several wild plants that pair especially well with the suggested dishes.

In addition to 165 mouth watering recipes, it features numerous nuggets of information, such as recipes for making broths, gravies, marinades and glazes.

From tips on preparing and cooking game to the different species available throughout North America, this is a valuable primer for anyone who already includes game in their diet or those home cooks who are just discovering wild game for the first time.

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150 Best Spiralizer Recipes

150 Best Spiralizer Recipes
150 Best Spiralizer Recipes
150 Best Spiralizer Recipes

With the popularity of the paleo diet, healthier lifestyles, and “zoodles” (noodle substitutes made from zucchini), spiralizers and other spiral veggie cutters are all the rage…and with good reason! They’re a fun and yummy way to get more vegetables into your family’s diet!

I’m so excited that someone finally created a guide book for all those fun, healthy, spiral-cut kitchen creations. It’s called 150 Best Spiralizer Recipes, and it’s a great stocking stuffer idea for health-conscious cooks this Christmas.

There are recipes for vegetarians, gluten-free diets and low carbohydrate diets but also a wide variety of dishes for meat, poultry and fish lovers.

The 150 recipes feature some of these delicious offerings: Thai Salad with Peanut Lime Dressing; Pancetta and Lentils with Zucchini Pasta; Curry Beef with Sweet Potato Noodles; Tuna Noodle Casserole; Spanish Shrimp and Scallops with Butternut Squash; Spaghetti alla Carbonara; Spicy Shoe String Jicama Fries and Sweet Potato Pizza Pie.

16 pages of color photographs feature stunning food photography as well as the many ways you can maximize your spiralizer.

For a new twist on healthy cooking and more tantalizing ways to eat more vegetables and fruits, spiralizing is the answer.

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175 Essential Slow Cooker Classics

175 Essential Slow Cooker Classics
175 Essential Slow Cooker Classics
175 Essential Slow Cooker Classics

Fall is here! My favorite season! It means cool weather, football, boots with leggings…and my crockpot!

I’m excited to share with you a fun crockpot cookbook that I recently received, called 175 Essential Slow Cooker Classics by Judith Finlayson. It is filled with really beautiful food photos and wonderful, classic recipes.

A LOT of cookbooks come across my desk, but I was blown away by the photography in this book. And there are LOTS of photos, which I appreciate. I could easily spend an evening looking at the pictures while I sip on a glass of wine. 🙂 Sounds relaxing!

Using Judith Finlayson’s recipes, thousands of home cooks have discovered how delicious and convenient food prepared in the slow cooker can be, and also how this handy appliance can be used to create an extraordinary range of dishes.

This full-color cookbook is now available in trade paperback with a new cover. Included are 60 new recipes, in addition to the favorites from three of her previous slow cooker cookbooks that span a wide range of meals for all occasions. These everyday favorites recipes will satisfy and delight everyone in the family.

With 100 color photographs and extensive tips and techniques, delicious results are guaranteed every time. The make-ahead instructions maximize convenience, and the vegetarian and vegan recipes are clearly identified. This will be the go-to cookbook for the creative home chef.

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Fix-It and Forget-It Slow Cooker Magic

Fix-It and Forget-It Slow Cooker Magic
Fix-It and Forget-It Slow Cooker Magic
Fix-It and Forget-It Slow Cooker Magic

Fall is here! It’s my favorite time of year! This is the time of year when I start using my crockpot almost daily. That’s why I am so excited about this great cook book, Fix-It and Forget-It Slow Cooker Magic!

The beloved Fix-It and Forget-It series has sold nearly 11 million copies, giving home cooks around the world exactly what they crave—recipes for delicious, satisfying meals that anyone can make with simple ingredients and minimal preparation time. Who doesn’t love being able to serve their family a wholesome dinner (and dessert!) without spending hours in the kitchen—or a fortune on groceries? Now, New York Times bestselling author Phyllis Good presents a collection that gives cooks even more!

Featuring 550 new, mouthwatering recipes, cooks will be amazed at the “magic” their slow cookers can perform. In addition to delicious soups, stews, and chilis, cooks will also find pizza, cheesecake, bar cookies, quick breads, and dozens of other surprising treats!

There are reasons why the Fix-It and Forget-It series is so popular, and this latest book is no exception.

Each page is packed with easy-to-follow, carefully tested recipes.
No one has enough time these days—with a slow cooker, anyone can prepare a fantastic meal in minutes!
The recipes use ingredients most people already have in their cupboards—no searching high and low for exotic foods that will break the bank.

With 16 pages of full-color photographs and a price that’s tough to beat, this is destined to become a staple on home cooks’ shelves everywhere.


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I received a free copy of this book for review purposes. However, the thoughts expressed in this blog post are my own and I have not received any additional payment for my services.

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