Thursday, September 18, 2014

Oatmeal Apple Butter Squares

The girls and I have followed Jessica Merchant of How Sweet Eats on her food blog since the beginning. So when we saw she had a cookbook coming out we knew we were going to be buying it. The day after Seriously Delish arrived Sam decided to make two of the 150 recipes in the cookbook with another 15 bookmarked to make soon. These bars did not disappoint with a hint of peanut butter and an extra caramel drizzle on top.  If you are wondering what to do with your apple butter besides spread it on toast give these bars a try.  The whole wheat flour can easily be substituted with white all purpose flour or you can do 1/2 of each I would guess. The cookbook has a little bit of everything with 8 different sections from breakfast to snack time items, stuff to sip on, salads, soups and vegetable sides. The other dish we tried so far was Thai Chicken Lettuce Wraps and we loved them. The dipping sauce was amazing and we will be using the sauce on other things soon.

Ingredients:
1 cup old fashioned rolled oats
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
3/4 cup creamy peanut butter
1/2 cup loosely packed brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup almond milk (1/3 cup in original recipe)
1 cup apple butter

Crumble:
1/3 cup old fashioned rolled oats
1/3 cup loosely packed brown sugar
2 tbsp whole wheat flour
2 tbsp unsalted butter at room temperature
1 tsp vanilla extract

Drizzle: (I added - not in original recipe)
15 caramel squares
1 tbsp milk

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Spray and 8 x 8 pan with PAM.  In a small bowl combine the oat, flour, baking soda and salt.  Set aside.


In the bowl of a stand mixer, add peanut butter and brown sugar.  Beat on medium speed until fluffy, 2 to 3 minutes.  Add vanilla extract and beat the mixture until combined.


With the mixer on low, slowly add the dry ingredients.  Slowly add the milk and continue to mix until a dough forms.  Remove the dough from the bowl and press it into the baking dish.


Spread the apple butter over the top of the dough.


For the crumble combine the oats, brown sugar and flour in a bowl.  Add the butter and vanilla extract and crumble it together with your fingers until the butter is distributed.


Sprinkle the mixture over the apple butter.


Bake for 25 minutes.  Remove the pan from the oven and let the bars cool completely before cutting into squares.

If you want to add a little more sweetness to it drizzle caramel sauce over the top.  Prepare caramel sauce by melting caramels with a little milk and stir either over the stove or in the microwave.

Enjoy!!


Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop #91

Welcome to the Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop #91!!

Thanks for stopping by our weekly party!! Be sure to check out last weeks features and link up your own recipes, crafts or party ideas!!! 


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Parrish from Life With The Crust Off created this yummy rice crispy cake which YOU loved! 
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Tips on working at home e-book

I Finally Published My First E-Book by Working From Home With Stacey
I love learning how to be successful when working from home and I LOVE fellow bloggers writing books. This one by Working From Home With Stacey will be a great read. It is the Editor's Pick for this week. 



Caramel Apple Cupcakes  http://recipesforourdailybread.com/2014/09/09/caramel-apple-cupcakes-cookbook-giveaway/

This week we chose to feature a fellow co-host!! Diane from Recipes from Our Daily Bread made these delicious looking Caramel Apple Cupcakes from the Gooseberry Patch Cookbook!! 


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Friday, September 12, 2014

Barilla NYC Wine & Food Festival Sweepstakes & Summer Vegetable Pasta Primavera

 I don't know about you but we are holding on to summer for as long as we can!! Although the stores are already pushing Halloween and pumpkin flavored everything is everywhere I'm not quite ready for the colder weather or fall flavors just yet. We still have lots of fresh summer produce in our local stores so that is what inspired this Summer Pasta Primavera dish.

For those of you who don't know the NYC Wine & Food Festival is Oct 16-19th and if you are a foodie it is an amazing event to go to with lots of delicious food and tons of famous Food Network personalities. Barilla is holding a Sweepstakes for ShopRite contestants to win a chance to go. This is our 1st ever Sweepstakes so we are honored to be able to get the information out to our readers for a chance to win.

The contest ends on 9/27/14 so there is still plenty of time to enter by visiting www.shoprite.com/nycbarilla and following the directions to complete the online entry form or using your smartphone to scan the QR code found at the Barilla Pasta display in participating ShopRite's. Barilla will be giving away 1 Grand Prize which includes a one night hotel stay as well as breakfast, 2 tickets to attend the Grand Tasting even presented by ShopRite on 10/18/14 and a welcome bag upon arrival at the hotel. Barilla also will be giving away 10 2nd place prizes which will be 2 tickets to attend the Grand Tasting event present by ShopRite on 10/18/14.

Ingredients:
1 Box Barilla Gemenilli Pasta
1 Large Zucchini - Halved & Sliced
1 Pint Cherry Tomatoes - Halved
1 1/2 Tbsp Minced Garlic
1/2 Large Onion - Diced
1 Red Pepper - Diced
1 1/2 Cups Low Sodium Chicken Broth
3 Tbsp Olive Oil
1/2 Cup Grated Parmesan Cheese
10-12 Fresh Basil leave - Minced
S&P to taste

Wash and prep all of your veggies (zucchini, tomatoes, onion, garlic, and red pepper). Then bring a pot of salted water to a boil and cook your Barilla pasta according to the package.  In a large pan over medium heat add the olive oil. Once the oil is hot add all of the veggies but the garlic. Saute for 5-7 minutes or so stirring frequently until the veggies begin to soften. Salt & Pepper the vegetables to taste.
Turn the heat to low and add the chicken broth. This will create a light sauce for the vegetables to cook in and to spoon over your pasta. Add the garlic and basil as well, stirring everything together to combine. Cover the pan and continue to simmer for another 10 minutes or so. By now your pasta should be done cooking, drain it and set it aside.
If your sauce has thickened too much you may can some more chicken broth or if you are living on the edge a little white wine :) If you like the constancy  of your sauce and it's time to eat sprinkle the Parmesan cheese around the whole pan and stir until it has melted into the vegetables and broth.
Spoon the pasta into bowls, tops with vegetables and sauce. Add a little extra sprinkle of Parmesan cheese or basil before serving.
Enjoy!!



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Thursday, September 11, 2014

Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop #90

Welcome to another week of the Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop!! Can you believe that your posts will be seen on 14 different popular blogs??!! 



Last week's most popular posts included homemade ice cream (2 flavors), how to fix your house, how to decorate a hall, teenager favorite recipe, grilled corn on the cob,  DIY banners and baked goods...oh and some tips on getting ready for winter, too. 


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Natural Mocha Almond Fudge Ice Cream from Pure Grace Farms


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Easy-Cinnamon-Sticks
I am always in the mood for a cinnamon bun but hardly ever make them!! This recipe uses Pillsbury breadstick dough which is totally genius and easy to do!!
Easy Cinnamon Sticks from Tiffany at Daily Leisure


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