Delicious Caramel Apple Dip

Delicious Caramel Apple Dip - You're going to want to find a spoon, I mean an apple or two, to try this delicious Caramel Apple Dip!

Apple season is nearly here!  Nothing beats the taste and crunch of fresh local apples. :)  This in year in anticipation of all the delicious apple varieties, we’re going to head to a local orchard to grab as many varieties as possible to do a taste test!  I think my daughter will have fun choosing her favourite apple.  It will be a fun learning experience and a great tradition we will surely love.

Not that fresh local apples need anything to make them taste better, but this year I’ll be making a batch of this delicious Caramel Apple Dip to go with our apple slices. This dip is seriously amazing! The sweetness of this dip is just perfect paired with apples (or a spoon… 😉 ).

Caramel apple dip

DELICIOUS CARAMEL APPLE DIP  You're going to want to find a spoon, I mean an apple or two, to try this delicious Caramel Apple Dip!INGREDIENTS

For Caramel

  • 15-20 unwrapped caramels (depending how rich you want your dip)
  • 1/4 cup milk

For Dip

  • 8oz package cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup of vanilla Greek yogurt

DELICIOUS CARAMEL APPLE DIP  You're going to want to find a spoon, I mean an apple or two, to try this delicious Caramel Apple Dip!DIRECTIONS

1. Cream together cream cheese, yogurt, brown sugar, and vanilla until mixed well
2. On medium heat, combine caramels and 1/4 cup of milk stirring occasionally until it hits a boil
3. Pour caramel over your cream cheese dip and mix together gently ( don’t mix in all the way, you want to be able to see the caramel)
4. Serve with a mix of your favorite apples

DELICIOUS CARAMEL APPLE DIP  You're going to want to find a spoon, I mean an apple or two, to try this delicious Caramel Apple Dip!I want to know, what is your favorite apple variety?

Caramel Apple Dip
 
Ingredients
  • For Caramel
  • 15-20 unwrapped caramels (depending how rich you want your dip)
  • ¼ cup milk (whichever % you like)
  • For Dip
  • 8oz package cream cheese
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon vanilla
  • ½ cup of vanilla Greek yogurt
Instructions
  1. Cream together cream cheese, yogurt, brown sugar, and vanilla until mixed well
  2. On medium heat, combine caramels and ¼ cup of milk stirring occasionally until it hits a boil
  3. Pour caramel over your cream cheese dip and mix together gently ( don't mix in all the way, you want to be able to see the caramel)
  4. Serve with a mix of your favorite apples

Delicious Grilled Peaches

You've got to try these Grilled Peaches. They're delicious and ridiculously easy to make!

I’ve got a ridiculously easy, but super delicious recipe for you today!  It’s Grilled Peaches!  Perfect for the summer peach season to finish off a tasty BBQ. I particularly like these grilled peaches because they feel like a treat without having any really unhealthy ingredients.

Like I said, these are so simple…  All you need are:

  • Peaches – cut in half
  • Coconut sugar (optional), you can use honey or maple syrup too
Here’s how to make them:
  1. Once the peaches are cut in half, sprinkle a tsp of sugar on top of each one and allow to sit for a minute.
  2. Coat the grill with PAM spray and grill the peaches face down,  until you can hear them sizzle ( between 2 to 4 minutes)
  3. Check on them at that time to see if they have the grill marks.  If so, they’re done!

If you’d like, you can serve these with ice cream or whipped cream. We prefer them just like this, as it’s naturally sweet and then there are no extra calories! :)  Enjoy!

You've got to try these Grilled Peaches. They're delicious and ridiculously easy to make!

Homemade Oreos

If you are fan of the famous Oreo cookie, you will love this Homemade Oreo Cookie recipe. The filling is the to die for! No need to buy store bought, you can save some money and make these at home.

If you are fan of the famous Oreo cookie, you will love this Homemade Oreo Cookie recipe. The filling is the to die for! No need to buy store bought, you can save some money and make these at home.

Homemade Oreos

We’re big fans of the Oreo cookie in this house. I personally love the chocolate ones while my daughter and husband prefer the vanilla ones. (but will eat any available flavor!)  They’re even called “Grandpa cookies” at my parent’s house and Sienna requests a “Grandpa cookie” when we’re there for Sunday dinner each week. I think it’s the cutest.

Just like the real Oreos, these cookies are fun to twist apart so you can lick the filling. As I prefer to do. My daughter just takes tiny bites of the entire cookie. I’m pretty sure my husband just throws the whole cookie in his mouth…

I’m pretty pleased with how close these resemble the taste of the real thing. You’re gonna love them!

INGREDIENTS

Cookies:

  • 1 1/4 cup Flour
  • 1 cup Sugar
  • 1/2 cup Cocoa Powder
  • 1 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1/4 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 cup softened Butter
  • 1 Egg

Filling:

  • 1/4 cup softened Butter
  • 1/4 cup Shortening
  • 2 cups Powdered Sugar
  • 2 tsp Vanilla extract

Oreo CollageDIRECTIONS

  1. Whisk together flour, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder, salt and sugar.
  2. Beat in the butter and egg until dough comes together.
  3. Place between 2 sheets of parchment paper and roll out to betwwen 1/8 and 1/4 inch thick.
  4. Place in freezer for 15 minutes.
  5. Preheat oven to 375.
  6. Use a 2″ circle cookie cutter to make cookies.
  7. Place on parchment lined cookie sheet.
  8. Bake for 9 minutes.
  9. Allow to cool completely.
  10. Cream together butter, vanilla and sugar.
  11. Gradually beat in the sugar.
  12. Continue beating until fluffy.
  13. Transfer filling to a piping bag with a round tip.
  14. Pipe filling onto a cookie to nearly cover.
  15. Place another cookie on top of the filling and lightly press.

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Homemade Oreos
Serves: 20-25 Cookies
 
Ingredients
  • Cookies:
  • 1¼ cup Flour
  • 1 cup Sugar
  • ½ cup Cocoa Powder
  • 1 tsp Baking Soda
  • ¼ tsp Baking Powder
  • ¼ tsp Salt
  • ½ cup softened Butter
  • 1 Egg
  • Filling:
  • ¼ cup softened Butter
  • ¼ cup Shortening
  • 2 cup Powdered Sugar
  • 2 tsp Vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. Whisk together flour, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder, salt and sugar.
  2. Beat in the butter and egg until dough comes together.
  3. Place between 2 sheets of parchment paper and roll out to between ⅛ and ¼ inch thick.
  4. Place in freezer for 15 minutes.
  5. Preheat oven to 375.
  6. Use a 2" cookie cutter and make cookies.
  7. Place on parchment lined cookie sheet.
  8. Bake for 9 minutes.
  9. Allow to cool completely.
  10. Cream together butter, vanilla and sugar.
  11. Gradually beat in the sugar.
  12. Continue beating until fluffy.
  13. Transfer filling to piping bag with round tip.
  14. Pipe filling onto a cookie to nearly cover.
  15. Place another cookie on top of the filling and lightly press.

Now, The all important question.  How do you like to eat your Oreo cookies?

If you are fan of the famous Oreo cookie, you will love this Homemade Oreo Cookie recipe. The filling is the to die for! No need to buy store bought, you can save some money and make these at home.

 

Cold Pesto Salad

This Cold Pesto Salad is sure to please young and young at heart at all your summer gatherings!

I’m starting to have quite the abundance of fresh basil growing outside in my little garden!  Makes me so happy because I can put it to good use in delicious recipes!  I love adding it to my Greek salads, but now I especially love using it in the cold pesto salad!  Nothing beats a pasta salad with pesto on a hot summer day.  This recipes is also a crowd pleaser. I brought it to a birthday party and there was hardly any left!

pesto salad 2Cold Pesto Salad Ingredients 

  • 12 oz package of Farfalle (bowtie) pasta
  • 1/2 pint grape or cherry tomatoes, washed and halved
  • 1 Cup basil leaves
  • 1 Tbsp minced garlic
  • 1/3 Cup fresh Parmesan, grated + extra as garnish
  • 1/3 Cup olive oil

pesto saladDirections

  1. Cook the pasta according to package directions, about 10-12 minutes on a rolling boil, stirring occasionally.
  2. While the pasta is cooking, place the fresh basil leaves, garlic, 1/3 cup of fresh Parmesan and olive oil in a food processor (or blender) and pulse until the pesto reaches your desired consistency.
  3. Remove the pasta from heat and drain. Rinse the pasta under cold water and let it cool a few minutes.
  4. Combine the cooked pasta, tomatoes and fresh pesto. Mix well.
  5. Place in the fridge 1-2 hours to cool then serve.
  6. Garnish with fresh grated Parmesan.

*Makes 4-5 servings.

Doesn’t it look delicious?  Try it out for your next BBQ or picnic!

This Cold Pesto Salad is sure to please young and young at heart at all your summer gatherings!

Cold Pesto Salad
Serves: 4-5
 
This Cold Pesto Salad is sure to please young and young at heart at all your summer gatherings!
Ingredients
  • 12 oz package of Farfalle (bowtie) pasta
  • ½ pint grape or cherry tomatoes, washed and halved
  • 1 C. basil leaves
  • 1 tbs. minced garlic
  • ⅓ C. fresh parmesan grated + extra as garnish
  • ⅓ C. olive oil
Instructions
  1. Cook the pasta according to package directions, about 10-12 minutes on a rolling boil, stirring occasionally.
  2. While the pasta is cooking, place the fresh basil leaves, garlic, ⅓ cup of fresh Parmesan and olive oil in a food processor (or blender) and pulse until the pesto reaches your desired consistency.
  3. Remove the pasta from heat and drain. Rinse the pasta under cold water and let it cool a few minutes.
  4. Combine the cooked pasta, tomatoes and fresh pesto. Mix well.
  5. Place in the fridge 1-2 hours to cool then serve.
  6. Garnish with fresh grated Parmesan.

 

Healthy No Bake Energy Bites

These Healthy No Bake Energy Bites come together really easily and are sure to satisfy your snack craving!

These Healthy No Bake Energy Bites come together really easily and are sure to satisfy your snack craving!

I have a friend that is expecting a new baby any day now, so I wanted to help her fill her freezer a little bit! :)  When I was in the hospital with my daughter, a friend brought by these delicious healthy no-bake energy bites. These were the perfect gift for a new mom!  I was so happy to not have to think about what to snack on when I was trying to get everything with a new baby sorted out.

These were so good I requested the recipe so I could enjoy them again. (And gift them to others.)

Healthy No Bake Energy Bites

INGREDIENTS

  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup old-fashioned oats (raw)
  • 2/3 cup sweetened shredded coconut, toasted and cooled (optional)
  • 1/2 cup ground golden flaxseed meal
  • 6 Tbsp chocolate chip minis

In Process 2DIRECTIONS

  1. In a medium-mixing bowl stir together peanut butter, honey and vanilla extract.
  2. Combine remaining ingredients and stir until evenly coated.
  3. Transfer mixture to refrigerator and chill until set.
  4. Remove from refrigerator and shape into 1-inch balls.
  5. Store in refrigerator in an airtight container. Enjoy!

I sure hope you enjoy these as much as we do!

Healthy No Bake Energy Bites
 
Ingredients
  • ½ cup creamy peanut butter
  • ⅓ cup honey
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup old-fashioned oats (raw)
  • ⅔ cup sweetened shredded coconut, toasted and cooled (optional)
  • ½ cup ground golden flaxseed meal
  • 6 Tbsp chocolate chip minis
Instructions
  1. In a medium-mixing bowl stir together peanut butter, honey and vanilla extract.
  2. Combine remaining ingredients and stir until evenly coated.
  3. Transfer mixture to refrigerator and chill until set.
  4. Remove from refrigerator and shape into 1-inch balls.
  5. Store in refrigerator in an airtight container. Enjoy!

 

Homemade Graham Crackers

These Homemade Graham Crackers are super simple and so much better than store bought. You can enjoy them by themselves for a snack or even make some homemade s’mores.

These Homemade Graham Crackers are super simple and so much better than store bought. You can enjoy them by themselves for a snack or even make some homemade s’mores.

Homemade Graham Crackers

I must admit, normally I buy crackers from the store, but trying my hand at making homemade graham crackers really intrigued me. Since they’re quite costly to buy, and I figured we might be going through a few boxes this summer making S’mores, I jumped right in to make them.

Homemade graham crackers are so simple and need very little effort. It’s easy to make a couple of batches in no time. You you will need is whole wheat flour, all purpose flour, brown sugar, honey, butter, cinnamon, and baking soda!

INGREDIENTS

1 cup softened Butter
3/4 cup Brown Sugar
1/2 tsp Salt
3 tbsp Honey
1 1/2 cup Flour
1 1/2 cup Wheat Flour
1 tsp Baking Soda
1 tsp Cinnamon

graham crackers1DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a large bowl, combine butter, brown sugar, salt, cinnamon and honey. Mix until blended.
  3. Gradually add in flour and wheat flour alternating between them until incorporated.
  4. Roll out dough between sheets of wax or parchment paper to about 1/8″ thickness.
  5. Cut/score into individual cracker sizes and use a skewer or toothpick to make holes in the crackers.
  6. Place in freezer for 30 minutes to harden.
  7. Line a cookie sheet with silicone or parchment paper.
  8. Separate cookies and place on prepared sheet.
  9. Bake until crackers begin to brown, about 10 minutes.

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How do you like to enjoy graham crackers?  Check out my simple recipe for oven S’Mores if you’re looking for a way to use your delicious homemade graham crackers!

Homemade Graham Crackers
 
Ingredients
  • 1 cup softened Butter
  • ¾ cup Brown Sugar
  • ½ tsp Salt
  • 3 tbsp Honey
  • 1½ cup all purpose Flour
  • 1½ cup Wheat Flour
  • 1 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a large bowl, combine butter, brown sugar, salt, cinnamon and honey. Mix until blended.
  3. Gradually add in flour and wheat flour alternating between them until incorporated.
  4. Roll out dough between sheets of wax or parchment paper to about ⅛" thickness.
  5. Cut/score into individual cracker sizes and use a skewer or toothpick to make holes in the crackers.
  6. Place in freezer for 30 minutes to harden.
  7. Line a cookie sheet with silicone or parchment paper.
  8. Separate cookies and place on prepared sheet.
  9. Bake until crackers begin to brown, about 10 minutes.

These Homemade Graham Crackers are super simple and so much better than store bought. You can enjoy them by themselves for a snack or even make some homemade s’mores.

Homemade Ice Cream Sandwiches

These Homemade Ice Cream Sandwiches are like the store bought version, only much better! Make this summer treat right at home and save some cash. 

These Homemade Ice Cream Sandwiches are like the store bought version, only much better! Make this summer treat right at home and save some cash.

I thought for a nice after work treat, I’d try making homemade ice cream sandwiches because I know my husband would enjoy them. They’re his favourite summer treat. Plus, my daughter and I happen to love them as well 😉

Store bought ice cream sandwiches are pretty tasty, but these homemade ones are better!  They turned out really well. So well, I think I’ll be making quite a few batches this summer!

I’m sure you could use homemade ice cream too, but well, I’m not quite there yet. 😉

ice cream sandwiches 1
INGREDIENTS

  • 3/4 cup Flour
  • 1/4 cup Cocoa Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1/2 cup Sugar
  • 1/2 cup softened Butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1 qt vanilla ice cream

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ice cream sandwiches 3

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Whisk together flour, cocoa powder and baking soda. Set aside.
  3. Beat together butter, sugar, vanilla and egg until blended and creamy.
  4. Add dry ingredients to the butter mixture and mix until combined.
  5. Line cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  6. Spread onto prepared pan.
  7. Bake for 8-10 minutes or until top is dry but still soft. Allow to cool.
  8. Carefully remove from pan.
  9. Use a knife and split sandwich cake in half.
  10. Take frozen ice cream and remove from carton.
  11. Using a knife that you ran under warm water, cut into 3/4″ slices.
  12. Arrange ice cream slices on top of half of sandwich cake to cover it completely.
  13. Place other half of sandwich cake on top of ice cream.
  14. Wrap in plastic or parchment and place in freezer for at least 2 hours.
  15. Once ice cream sandwiches are firm, remove and cut into 8 rectangles with a sharp knife.

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Homemade Ice Cream Sandwiches
 
Ingredients
  • ¾ cup Flour
  • ¼ cup Cocoa Powder
  • ½ tsp Baking Soda
  • ½ cup Sugar
  • ½ cup softened Butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1 qt vanilla ice cream
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Whisk together flour, cocoa powder and baking soda. Set aside.
  3. Beat together butter, sugar, vanilla and egg until blended and creamy.
  4. Add dry ingredients to the butter mixture and mix until combined.
  5. Line cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  6. Spread onto prepared pan.
  7. Bake for 8-10 minutes or until top is dry but still soft. Allow to cool.
  8. Carefully remove from pan.
  9. Use a knife and split sandwich cake in half.
  10. Take frozen ice cream and remove from carton.
  11. Using a knife that you ran under warm water, cut into ¾" slices.
  12. Arrange ice cream slices on top of one half of sandwich cake to cover it completely.
  13. Place other half of sandwich cake on top of ice cream.
  14. Wrap in plastic or parchment and place in freezer for at least 2 hours.
  15. Once ice cream sandwiches are firm, remove and cut into 8 rectangles with a sharp knife.

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Homemade Flour Tortillas

Making your own Homemade Flour Tortillas at home is easy and really inexpensive. Perfect for making quesadillas or Tacos at home.

Making your own Homemade Flour Tortillas at home is easy and really inexpensive. Perfect for making quesadillas or Tacos at home.

We go through quite a few tortillas in our home. Between quesadillas, burritos, tacos, cream cheese & meat rollups and even pizzas, it feels like I’m always buying a pack of tortilla shells. That can really add up when a package costs over $3!

I knew it was possible to make your own flour tortillas so I thought I’d try. Let me tell you, they are so easy to make and delicious! (Especially when you eat them when they’re still fresh and warm.)

Making homemade tortillas at home is really inexpensive and you most likely have everything in your pantry already. Flour, oil, baking powder and some salt. It will take a bit of time to cook your tortillas but it is still easy.

INGREDIENTS
3 cups Flour
1 tsp Salt
1 tsp Baking Powder
1/2 cup Vegetable Oil
1 cup Warm Water

Making your own Homemade Flour Tortillas at home is easy and really inexpensive. Perfect for making quesadillas or Tacos at home.DIRECTIONS

Step 1:
Using a stand mixer, whisk dry ingredients until combined.
Add water and oil and mix, scraping down the sides as needed until ball forms.
Mix for two more minutes until dough is smooth.

Step 2:
Turn out onto floured work surface and divide into 16 pieces and roll each into a ball.
Allow to rest for 10 minutes.
Preheat skillet over medium heat.

Step 3:
Roll out each ball into a 6″ circle.

Step 4:
Cook each tortilla on first side for about a minute, until brown spots form, then flip and cook other side for about 20 seconds.
Stack cooked tortillas and wrap in a clean towel to cool.
If not being used immediately, store in a zip lock bag.

Making your own Homemade Flour Tortillas at home is easy and really inexpensive. Perfect for making quesadillas or Tacos at home.

These homemade tortillas were so easy and so much better than store bought. I’ll be making these on a regular basis over here. They’re perfect for snacks and for meals. What do you use tortillas for in your house?

Homemade Flour Tortillas
 
Ingredients
  • 3 cups Flour
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Baking Powder
  • ½ cup Vegetable Oil
  • 1 cup Warm Water
Instructions
  1. Using a stand mixer, whisk dry ingredients until combined.
  2. Add water and oil and mix, scraping down the sides as needed until ball forms.
  3. Mix for two more minutes until dough is smooth.
  4. Turn out onto floured work surface and divide into 16 pieces and roll each into a ball.
  5. Allow to rest for 10 minutes.
  6. Preheat frying pan over medium heat.
  7. Roll out each ball into a 6" circle.
  8. Cook each tortilla on first side for about a minute, until brown spots form, then flip and cook other side for about 20 seconds.
  9. Stack cooked tortillas and wrap in a clean towel to cool.
  10. If not being used immediately, store in a zip lock bag.

 

Copycat Starbucks Mocha Frappuccino

Copycat Starbucks Mocha Frappuccino

Copycat Starbucks Mocha Frappuccino- Here's how you can recreate a Starbucks favorite at home for a fraction of the cost!

Normally when I hit up Starbucks I order an Americano with vanilla or a plain black tea.  But every once in a while, especially when it’s hot, I get my mind stuck on ordering a Mocha Frappuccino. (Especially when they offer them for $2 or $3!) Chocolate and coffee. Those two things combined are hard to beat! Also, the whipping cream is a big seller to me 😉

Anyways, I thought that the Mocha Frappuccino would be a great thing to try to recreate at home so I could enjoy one once in while through the summer. I also happen to love to saving money on “luxuries”.

Here’s how you can create a Copycat Starbucks Mocha Frappuccino at home:

Copycat Starbucks Mocha Frappuccino
Serves: 3
 
Ingredients
  • ¾ cup Espresso Coffee
  • ¼ cup Sugar
  • 1 cup Milk
  • ½ cup Dark Chocolate Syrup
  • pinch Xantham Gum
  • 4 cups Ice
  • Whipped Cream for topping
  • Chocolate Syrup to drizzle over whipped cream
Instructions
  1. Make coffee according to directions.
  2. While still hot, pour coffee into blender
  3. Add sugar and mix until dissolved.
  4. Add milk, chocolate syrup and xantham gum and mix another minute.
  5. Place in refrigerator for 30 minutes to cool.
  6. Add ice to blender and blend on high until smooth.
  7. Pour into glasses.
  8. Top each glass with whipped cream.

 Copycat Starbucks Mocha Frappuccino- Here's how you can recreate a Starbucks favorite at home for a fraction of the cost!

Three Ingredient Strawberry Banana Ice Cream (Dairy Free)

With just 3 ingredients you can make this super delicious non-dairy Strawberry Banana Ice Cream in a flash! 

With just 3 ingredients you can make this super delicious non-dairy Strawberry Banana Ice Cream in a flash!

Strawberry Banana Ice Cream

It’s no secret that I love ice cream. Like, really love ice cream.  It’s my almost nightly treat. :) My daughter also loves ice cream and my husband will eat it if I offer to grab him a bowl.  The unfortunate thing about ice cream is the fact that most brands you can purchase are not very healthful.  That’s why this three ingredient strawberry banana ice cream is a hit with me. Can you believe you only need strawberries, bananas and a bit of sugar to make this?  You don’t even need an ice cream maker!

Here’s how to make delicious dairy-free Strawberry Banana ice cream:

Strawberry Banana Ice Cream
 
Ingredients
  • 1 lb Strawberries
  • 4 small Bananas
  • 2 tbsp Sugar
Instructions
  1. Peel bananas and freeze in freezer.
  2. Hull strawberries and freeze in freezer.
  3. Place frozen ingredients and sugar in food processor and pulse until it reaches ice cream texture.
  4. Enjoy!

So what do you think, are you going to give this a try?

With just 3 ingredients you can make this super delicious non-dairy Strawberry Banana Ice Cream in a flash!