Caramel Apple Oreo Truffles

You can make Oreo truffles out of any of the different flavors of Oreo. Try this caramel apple version, dipped in chocolate to resemble an actual caramel apple.

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Happy Halloween! It seems fitting that today is also caramel apple day and since Oreo was thoughtful enough to make a caramel apple creme golden Oreo I went ahead and made truffles out of them. I even dipped them in green and light brown chocolate candy coating to resemble a caramel dipped apple on a stick. Or a green buckeye depending on how you look at it.

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Three years ago: Root Beer Sloppy Joes
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Chocolate Candy Corn & Creme Cookies

My favorite chewy double chocolate chip cookies get in the Halloween spirit when made with Hershey’s cookies and candy corn creme chocolate bars. 

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I’m having a difficult time believing that tomorrow is Halloween. It doesn’t help that I am currently in LA where fall weather doesn’t exist, but I am joining my nephew Luke for his first trick-or-treat outing tomorrow. To help me get into the Halloween spirit I chopped up Hershey’s candy corn creme candy bars and added them to my favorite chewy chocolate chip cookies. I am not normally a fan of candy corn but I am fond of Hershey’s cookie and creme candy bars and the little specks of color were cute additions in these festive cookies. The sprinkles helped too.

Are you dressing up for Halloween?

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One year ago: Halloween 7-Layer Bars

Two years ago: Pumpkin Oreo Truffles
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Apple Harvest Oatmeal Revisit

Try this homemade oatmeal recipe and you may never buy the microwave packets again. It’s hard to beat fresh apples and walnuts. 

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After nearly 4 years of blogging I’ve started what many food bloggers have done before me – remaking old recipes. The pictures from those early years not only do not do the recipes justice, but they may have been overlooked or forgotten after all this time which does not suit them. One recipe in particular is my dad’s apple harvest oatmeal. This is the oatmeal that ruined me for the instant microwave packets. In my world, nothing can compare to this oatmeal except maybe variants on the additional ingredients. For example, I recently shared the recipe for a pumpkin version which was a fun fall flavor change-up.

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Pumpkin Spice Greek Yogurt Mousse

Fluffy mousse made with pumpkin spice Greek yogurt is a great way to end a fall day. Serve with a spiced cookie.

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Holy food coma. Peabody has outdone herself giving Kita and I a foodie/root beer tour of Seattle and I’m not sure if I will ever be hungry again. Doughnuts, fresh Greek yogurt, burgers, lab-style cocktails, Greek food, short ribs, bread pudding, and more pastries galore. I even spent $100 on root beer yesterday, 43 bottles of root beer that I somehow didn’t already have in my collection of 108. Yea, I think I made that root beer store owner’s day. Eventually I plan to post some pictures recapping this adventure but for now let’s take a gander at some mousse. Pumpkin spiced Greek yogurt mousse in fact decorated with chocolate dipped speculoos cookies made out to look like graves because Halloween is this Friday.

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One year ago: Chocolate Pumpkin Pancakes

Three years ago: Halloween Brownie Roll Out Cookie Sandwiches
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Sweet Potato Chips with Thyme

Once you learn how to easy it is to make your own potato chips at home, you may never go back to the store. 

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For Secret Recipe Club this month I was assigned to Kim’s blog Feed Me Seymour. She has so many great fall recipes to choose from with homemade pumpkin spice marshmallows, stuffed maple vanilla spice cupcakes, and butternut biscuits with vanilla bean butter. And all of her recipes are geared towards all skill levels so no matter your experience, her recipes should not scare you away. Unless of course scary is what you are going for and then you should check out all of her awesome Halloween creations such as her broken glass cupcakes or toxic swap cupcakes. Obviously I had a tough decision.

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Homemade potato chips have been on my list of things to make for quite some time. When I found her recipe for sweet potato chips I knew now was the thyme, I mean time (pause to bask in the glory of my corny pun). These sweet potato chips are seasoned with fresh orange zest and thyme resulting in the prefect fall snack and, if I can be so bold, are better than store-bought sweet potato chips. The pandora’s box of homemade potato chips possibilities has just been opened and I have Kim to blame/thank!

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One year ago: Pizza for One

Two years ago: Buckeye Rice Krispies Treats

Three years ago: Pumpkin Spice Cream Cheese
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Chocolate Peanut Butter Bacon Bark

You favorite combination of peanut butter and chocolate gets a third party – bacon! Salty and sweet is never a bad thing.

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Today in college football, Ohio State plays Penn State and although it is not a rivalry it’s close enough to make it a big game regardless of each teams ranking. And it just so happens to also be National Greasy Foods Day, which is perfect for football. But since I like to celebrate my Saturdays with peanut butter and chocolate in the spirit of my buckeyes, I made a peanut butter and chocolate treat that incorporated the best greasy food item ever – bacon! After falling in love with the peanut butter bacon burger this was bound to happen. It’s not like I haven’t made cupcakes and cookies with bacon before. It is sweet and salty goodness.

Last but not least, the icing on the cake for today is my arrival in Seattle! I am visiting my friend Chip who recently moved there and then the next couple days I am going hog wild with Peabody (Culinary Concoctions by Peabody) and Kita (Pass the Sushi/Girl Carnivore)! It shall be full of deliciousness and merriment. And for a fun story for how this trip came to be, check out Peabody’s post.

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One year ago: Winter Wheat Berry Power Salad

Two years ago: Homemade Funfetti Cupcakes

Three years ago: Red Beans and Rice
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White Chocolate Reese’s Pumpkin Blondies #PumpkinWeek

The combination of pumpkin, peanut butter, and chocolate may seem strange at first, but soon you will realize that these rich, salty, and sweet flavors belong together.

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Hi and welcome to day 5 of #PumpkinWeek hosted by Terri from Love and Confections. We are celebrating our love of the season with a whole week of pumpkin goodies, leading up to National Pumpkin Day. 17 Food Bloggers have come together to share over 65 recipes with you. In addition to homemade pumpkin puree, pie, and cookies, we are also sharing savory pumpkin dishes like hummus, chili and pumpkin corn chowder. Come back every day for #PumpkinWeek recipes. You can also find these great recipes and more on Love and Confections’ #PumpkinWeek Pinterest Board!

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If you think the combination of pumpkin and peanut butter is weird, well then I am here to prove you wrong. The phrase “don’t knock it ’til you try it” definitely applies here. I saw the light a year ago when I first tried this combo in pumpkin peanut butter cups. Rich pumpkin, salty-peanut butter, and sweet chocolate. I see no problems here. Even bloggers such as Jenny (Picky Palate), Sommer (A Spicy Perspective), and Jessica (How Sweet It Is) are in on the pumpkin+peanut butter party so why arn’t you?

Sadly it took me another year to dabble with this combination of flavors again but it’s back thanks to the Reese’s orange-white chocolate pumpkin-shaped cups. You could of also use regular white chocolate Reese’s cups but the pumpkin ones are perfect for the season. I chopped them up and mixed them into the pumpkin blondie batter and then also pressed some into the top as well to make use of their cute shape.

One year ago: Sunny Anderson’s Spicy Macaroni and Cheese

Two years ago: Chicken in Basil Cream Sauce

Three years ago: Oatmeal Cookie Pancakes
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Pumpkin Pecan Oatmeal #PumpkinWeek

Wake up to a warm bowl of pumpkin pie in oatmeal form with crunchy pecans. You’ll never go back to that instant stuff again.

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Hi and welcome to day 4 of #PumpkinWeek hosted by Terri from Love and Confections. We are celebrating our love of the season with a whole week of pumpkin goodies, leading up to National Pumpkin Day. 17 Food Bloggers have come together to share over 65 recipes with you. In addition to homemade pumpkin puree, pie, and cookies, we are also sharing savory pumpkin dishes like hummus, chili and pumpkin corn chowder. Come back every day for #PumpkinWeek recipes. You can also find these great recipes and more on Love and Confections’ #PumpkinWeek Pinterest Board!

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This oatmeal was a spur of the moment improvisation by my dad. I had some leftover homemade pumpkin puree and he decided to try it in his trusty oatmeal recipe, substituting for the chopped apples. The result was pumpkin pie in oatmeal form! I even put some spiced pecans on top.

If you’ve never had homemade oatmeal before you are severely missing out. Nothing beats a warm bowl of homemade oatmeal in the morning, especially during the cooler fall months and it couldn’t be easier to make. This morning my dad and I are going on a hike to see the fall colors and I may need to make another batch of this in preparation.

One year ago: Pumpkin Popcorn Balls

Two years ago: Caramel Apple Cinnamon Roll Cupcakes
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S’mores Pumpkin Pie #PumpkinWeek

Pumpkin pie meets s’mores in this adventurous rendition of a classic recipe. Graham cracker crust, a layer of chocolate, classic pumpkin filling, and toasted homemade marshmallow topping.

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Hi and welcome to day 3 of #PumpkinWeek hosted by Terri from Love and Confections. We are celebrating our love of the season with a whole week of pumpkin goodies, leading up to National Pumpkin Day. 17 Food Bloggers have come together to share over 65 recipes with you. In addition to homemade pumpkin puree, pie, and cookies, we are also sharing savory pumpkin dishes like hummus, chili and pumpkin corn chowder. Come back every day for #PumpkinWeek recipes. You can also find these great recipes and more on Love and Confections’ #PumpkinWeek Pinterest Board!

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When it comes to Thanksgiving recipes such as pumpkin pie, there’s a reason why the classic recipes are classics – because they are just good. However I cannot resist the chance to try new things, especially when I can use the same recipe as the base. Last year I took a baby step by adding a brown sugar walnut topping to one pumpkin pie and the made a second without. Despite everyone’s protests, the pie with the crumble topping disappeared first.

Taking that experience into mind I jumped off the deep end with this new pumpkin pie rendition. Pumpkin pie meets s’mores. A graham cracker crust with a layer of chocolate sits beneath a classic pumpkin pie filling, which is blanketed by a thick layer of homemade marshmallow topping. Don’t have a kitchen torch to toast the marshmallow? Throw it under the broiler but keep a close eye on it. Or do what I did and use a real, full-sized blow torch O:-).

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One year ago: Cheddar-BBQ Turkey Meatloaf Muffins
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Slow Cooker Vegetarian Pumpkin Chili #PumpkinWeek

Chili has never been easier, just throw everything in your slow cooker and let it do the rest. Try this vegetarian version with cauliflower and pumpkin.

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Hi and welcome to day 2 of #PumpkinWeek hosted by Terri from Love and Confections. We are celebrating our love of the season with a whole week of pumpkin goodies, leading up to National Pumpkin Day. 17 Food Bloggers have come together to share over 65 recipes with you. In addition to homemade pumpkin puree, pie, and cookies, we are also sharing savory pumpkin dishes like hummus, chili and pumpkin corn chowder. Come back every day for #PumpkinWeek recipes. You can also find these great recipes and more on Love and Confections’ #PumpkinWeek Pinterest Board!

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Recently my friends hosted a chili cook off and obviously I participated. Normally I stick to my dad’s tried and true chili (which has won competitions in the past) but I decided to do something completely different. I figured what better time to experiment than with a crowd of people to eat at least some of the potentially disastrous results?

I based this recipe off of my dad’s but with lots of substitutions including black beans, pumpkin puree, and cauliflower. When I first tasted it I felt like something was missing only to realize it was meat. So while it wasn’t a failure, as a meat-eater this chili was just okay. Seems kind of wrong to post a recipe that I’m not screaming is the best thing in the whole wide world but that’s life, not everyone likes the same things. If you are vegetarian it may be right up your alley and it is for you that I post this recipe. To me chili just isn’t the same without meat! The chili I voted for (and which won) was made with pulled pork – something I definitely need to try.

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One year ago: Chocolate Pumpkin Cupcakes with Cinnamon Buttercream

Three years ago: Stuffed Flank Steak with Potato Cakes and Amaretto Chocolate Cheesecake
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