Almond Apple Galette

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What’s the last thing you did solely for yourself?

It’s a hard season for self care – especially since fall also means back-to-school for so many. It’s easy to get caught up in all the “to-dos” – I know I do.

Often, I’ll extend that in to blog projects. This galette? I made just for me. Just because I wanted to. And yes, I ate the whole thing myself.

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Caramel Apple Tea Doughnuts

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A true sign of fall: school starts today!

While there is no “normal” for most school kids this year, we’re trying to keep things as normal as possible – which definitely means first-day treats for us!

The kids love doughnuts – and so do I! – so these caramel apple tea doughnuts would be the perfect way to kick off our fall learning season!

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Fall Punch Mocktail

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Welcome to a week dedicated to #FallFlavors! The weather here has officially turned to fall – the mornings are cooler, the days are shortening, and the leaves are starting to come down.

But, the afternoons? They still feel like summer.

This small-batch punch is perfect for these days. It includes the iconic flavors of fall in a refreshing sipper.

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Honey-Whisky Glazed Sweet Potatoes

We got a lot of sweet potatoes during our last weeks of this year’s CSA. And a lot of apples. They’re such a perfect pairing and one that I’ve been playing with a lot this fall – this dish is one of my favorites.

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Sweet potato and apple chunks doused in a syrupy honey-whisky-pecan glaze will be your new favorite Thanksgiving side dish.

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Apple Pie Pizza

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Growing up, one of my favorite treats was lunch at the pizza buffet. And my favorite dessert there? Apple pie pizza. This recreation isn’t the same one I grew up with – it’s better.

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Homemade pizza dough and homemade apple pie filling give this a fresh taste – unlike the mostly-processed one I remember from childhood.

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Apple Cakesicles

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Apple spice cake. Cream cheese frosting. Dark Chocolate. All wrapped up in a portable treat. You’re welcome in advance.

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I’m calling them cakesicles because they’re just too big to be cake pops. Hefty squares are like a slice of cake on a stick. Sure, you can totally make them into smaller pops – but one taste and you’ll understand why bigger is better.

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Peanut Butter Apple Breakfast Wraps

Did you know it’s National Peanut Butter Day? It’s pretty much always peanut butter day around here.

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Honestly, I’m always baffled by how much peanut butter I buy – but I do understand it. It’s such a crowd pleaser! My kids (and husband) are happy to eat it whenever, wherever – which makes this quick and easy breakfast a family favorite.

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Apple & Honey Overnight Oats

How is everyone doing on their new year’s resolutions? Going strong? Already struggling? Mine are a bit of a mixed bag, but one that I’m nailing so far this year are healthy breakfasts.

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I’m happy with healthy options at breakfast, but if I don’t plan ahead, I’m more likely to just grab a slice of toast or a bowl of cereal. So, one of my goals for the year is to keep planning ahead. When I saw that this month’s #ImprovChallenge was Oats and Honey, I knew overnight oats would be on the menu.

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20 Recipes Perfect for Thanksgiving

Haven’t finalized your Thanksgiving menu yet? Need to add another side dish? I’m sharing a roundup of my favorite Thanksgiving dishes to help you get your menu set!

20 RecipesPerfect ForThanksgiving

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Shrunken Head Punch

We are in full Halloween mode here: decorations are up, costumes are in progress, treats have been purchased. And something I’m extra excited about this year: we’re having a trick-or treat party.

Shrunken Head Punch

Every year while growing up, our house was home base for trick or treating friends. We’d all meet up there, my parents would order lots of pizza, and we’d spend Halloween coming and going and eating too much candy.  This year, we’re having some friends over to do the same thing with our kids, and I’m totally geeking out about it.

If you’re hosting a trick or treat party – or other Halloween party – this is the perfect spooky drink to make. Leave it virgin for the kids, or spike it up with caramel vodka, vanilla vodka, or Fireball for the adults.  You can make the apples ahead and mix up the punch in less than five minutes when you’re ready for it.

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Carving the shrunken apple heads is the most difficult part of this, but the beauty is it’s Halloween – they can be perfectly imperfect. You can also make the faces to match the crowd – scarier faces for an older crowd while silly faces would be perfect for a preschool gathering.

We had a lot of fun with this – the kids especially got a kick out of “the faces floating in there”!

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Shrunken Head Punch
(a Kate’s Recipe Box original)
Serves 12

3-4 apples
1/4 cup lemon juice

6 cups apple cider
1 1/2 cups pear nectar
4 1/2 cups ginger ale

Optional: Vanilla vodka, caramel vodka, or Fireball, to taste

Preheat the oven to 200 degrees.

Working with one apple at a time, peel and core the apples, then cut in half. Using a paring knife or other tool, carve faces into the apple halves and dunk in the lemon juice.

Lay the carved apples on a rack over a baking sheet. When they are all carved, transfer the baking sheet to the oven and bake for 1-2 hours, until the apples appear shrunken. Remove from the oven and cool.

Combine the apple cider, pear nectar, and ginger ale in a punch bowl or large pitcher. Add the cooled apple heads, and alcohol, if desired.

Fresh Corn Salsa

Looking for more Halloween inspiration? Here you go! And check back on Thursday when we’ll have another round of Halloween goodies ready for you!