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a very gilmore girls recipe

gilmore-girl-snacksI started Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life last night! I knew I wanted to watch several in a row (wish there were more) so in true gilmore fashion I had to think about snacks. Coffee and poptarts what could be more gilmore?

Channeling my inner Sookie (with a shortcut because I had leftover pie crust from Thanksgiving pies) I made poptarts from scratch. Naturally, these are divine and easy enough even Lorelai cold whip these up.
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Ingredients:
One piecrust (homemade or bought)
Strawberry Jam
1 cup confectioners sugar
2 Tablespoons milk
1 tsp vanilla
sprinkles

Directions:
1) Preheat oven to 425.
2) Rollout piecrust to a rectangle (if possible). Cut small squares or rectangles, I did a variety of sizes but make sure everyone has a mate to be paired with that’s the same size.
3) Spread jam onto bottom pastry leaving a little room around the edges. Top with the doughs mate and crimp with a fork. I don’t mind mine being messy but clean any overflow in the oven or on the pan with a wet paper towel before it dries and crystallizes.
4) Bake for 10 minutes until dough is slightly brown. While the poptarts cool combine confectioners sugar, milk and vanilla together. Once cooled, pour over pop tarts and add sprinkles.

 

 


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Halloween + Thanksgiving decor tour

Our downstairs has been taken over by all things fall and we are both loving it.fall-table-setting

How cute are these copper leaf napkin rings? 4 for $5 at Target!

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I shared we are going to be sippin’ on this tonight while trick or treaters come by. I love these funny poison cups from Target. halloween-decor-hutchhalloween-decor-top-of-hutch
I’m trying to hide our candy from JPS…like he won’t see it on top there? hahalloween-decoration-dining-roomif-youve-got-it-haunt-it
I found these little napkins at Home Goods–my favorite place to find cute napkins.target-apple-cider-sign
Can you believe this little sign is only $5? thanksgiving-fireplace-decorationsthanksgiving-hutch-decorations

Whelp, thats a quick tour around here…can’t wait to break out the Christmas decor. I’ve been eyeing some things at Target already like this tray, these sweet little plates, and this cookie jar.


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reese’s puppy chow

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Did anyone else Reese Witherspoon’s hilarious instagram about Reese’s pieces?

For me!? 😋💛 #ReesesPieces

A photo posted by Reese Witherspoon (@reesewitherspoon) on

Well, I’m sure you’ll be changing your name to Reese so you can call this puppy chow your own, it’s just that good. I found the recipe on pinterest from Mom on Timeout. I have been thinking about it and after successfully completing Whole30 I was wondering if I should make it…but hopefully my husband eats most of it😉

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I slightly changed the recipe to meet my own preferences but the inspiration is from the blog listed above. My adapted recipe is below. I didn’t want it to be overly sweet (like c’mon look at the ingredients!) so I used rice chex instead of chocolate, opted to not include peanuts and used chocolate almond bark instead of CandiQuik. The ingredients and proportions I used are below and steps are with the pictures.

Box of Rice Chex cereal (12.8 oz)
2- 3/4 cups powdered sugar divided into ziplock gallon bags
16 oz chocolate almond bark
1 cup reese’s peanut butter chips
1-10 oz bag of reese’s mini’s
1 bag of reese’s minatures, chopped either into 1/2 or 1/4

reeses-puppy-chowStart off by mixing a cup of peanut butter chips with Chocolate almond bark and melt to the almond bark directions, mine took just 90 seconds.

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Because my dishwasher was running, I laid out half of my chex and drizzled with the peanut butter/almond bark mixture and then layered the second half and did the same on top rather than mixing in a bowl and quite frankly, I’m glad I did that bark is annoying to get out of bowls and I could just toss the parchment.middle-of-making-puppy-chow
Take two gallon ziplock and put 3/4 cup of powered sugar in each bag, place half the mixture in each, zip and shake.puppy-chow-recipe
Unzip the bag and add the reese’s mini’s and chopped reese’s miniatures. I followed the other directions and honestly I don’t see any reason to throw the pieces in before. I think its probably easier to just pop them in at the end and do a quick mix, just be gentle so the chex don’t break.reeses-puppy-chow-simple-recipe

How divine does this look? We can’t wait to eat some while trick or treaters come by Monday night…hopefully this keeps us from eating their candy, hopefully.


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wassail recipe – the smell of my holidays

grandmother wassail recipe.jpgThis wassail makes all of my childhood (and who am I kidding, present day) holiday memories come right back. My grandmother always makes it and not only does smell amazing but its so delicious. Everyone in our family loves it and its always a staple. She always serves it in huge batches and I’m constantly refilling my mug. If you aren’t familiar with it, its basically an enhanced apple cider with German origins.
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The recipe is so simple. I’ll be serving this up here for us while we hand out candy to trick or treaters but made it ahead of time on the stove and bottled it in mason jars to have some to easily reheat and freeze since its just the two of us.

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3 parts apple cider
2 parts cranberry cocktail (if you use cranberry juice, use more sugar to sweeten)
1 part OJ or pineapple juice, or both)
Sugar to taste (approx 1-1.5 cups in a gallon)
7-8 cinnamon sticks, 5-6 whole cloves in cheesecloth
Bring to a boil and let simmer

I used:
6 cups cider
4 cups cranberry juice
2 cups orange juice
1 1/4 cups sugar

Do you have any family favorite holiday drinks?

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award-winning spicy & tart blueberry pie

award winning blueberry apple pie

I love participating in our local farmer’s market but the judges and competition are tough! This year I couldn’t believe I actually got third place! I pretty much went into it with low expectations but was thrilled!

The pectin in the apple really helps to firm it up so its more substantial and not soupy…if you’ve made blueberry pie before you know what I mean😉

Filling:
3/4 cup sugar
4Tablespoons water
3 Tablespoons cornstarch
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon fresh grated nutmeg
2 granny smith apples, peeled, cored and diced
3 Tablespoons unsalted butter
1) Combine 1 1/2 blueberries, the sugar, and 2 tablespoons of the water in a medium saucepan. Set over low heat and cook, stirring often until the blueberries have become very juicy and the sugar has dissolved. Mix the cornstarch with the remaining water, then stir in about a third of the blueberry juices. Stir the cornstarch mixture into the saucepan, return to the heat and cook stirring constantly until thickened and clear (3 min)
2) Remove from the heat, scrap the filling into a medium bow and stir in the spices. Let cool.
3) Set a rack at the lowest level in the oven and preheat to 375
4) Fold the remaining blueberries and apple into the cooled filling
5) Scrap into the piecrust and spread evenly. Dot with the butter and arrange the top crust. Brush with egg wash and sprinkle with sugar
6) Place the pie in the over and decrease the temperature to 350 F. Bake until the crust is baked through and the juices are actively simmering, about 45 min.
7) Cool the pie on the rack and serve warm
Crust
2 cups all purpose flour
1/3 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
8 Tablespoons chilled butter, cut into 12 pieces
1) Combine the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt in a food processor, pulse several times until combined
2) Add the butter and pulse again until the butter is finely mixed into the dry ingredients.
3) Use a fork to beat the eggs until the yolks are broken and pour into food processor. Pulse again until the dough almost forms a ball.
4) Invert the dough onto a lightly floured surface and gently knead together 3-4 times to make it smooth.
5) Divide the dough into 2 pieces, form them into disks and wrap them each in plastic. Chill for a few hours before rolling.

6) Before rolling the dough, place on a floured surface and gently knead until smooth and malleable.

The recipe came from this book.

 


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Kennebunkport, Maine

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We had the best weekend exploring Portsmouth, New Hampshire and Kennebunkport Maine!  As we were driving into town we were already plotting our way to come back. The town is SO charming and the shops people are kind and the other tourists are polite and clean! HAve you ever been where they are not? It’s truly a thing to note! I did some research on things to do before we went (see how I do it here) and it couldn’t have been a better day.
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