christmas crunch

Holiday cheer has hit the Capital Region:

albany capitol building

It’s festive everywhere I turn.

albany mannequin heads

Decorations are everywhere..except my house.   I still had my Thanksgiving stuff out till this past weekend.   Judge away, I’ve been busy.    Right now a wreath and Christmas Crunch will have to tide me over until my decorations go up next week.   Oh, you need to go make Christmas Crunch asap, aka White Trash.

christmas crack

Christmas Crunch

2c Chex cereal

2c Cheerios

2c pretzels (I used the waffle kind)

2c M&M’s

2 bags of white chocolate chips

Mix all ingredients except white chocolate chips together in a large bowl.

Melt white chocolate chips (in microwave slowly or in a double boiler.)

Pour melted chocolate over dry mixture, mix, spread over wax paper lined cookie sheets

Refrigerate for 2 hours.   Serve or store as needed

This recipe gave me 11 ziploc baggies worth of Christmas Crunch, if you’re looking for  a saltier taste, I’m pretty sure the recipe would still work sans M&M’s.

eats

You know when you have a mystery illness and you can’t eat anything except smoothies and soup, isn’t that the worst?   Yea, that’s what I’ve been rolling through for the last few weeks…good times.  While I haven’t been able to eat much I’m still trying to, it’s amazing that when you can’t eat things how much you want to.   Hey at least I’ve been inspired to try some new recipes (none of them vegan.)

First up was chicken chili.  Saturday all I wanted was to smell chili cooking in the house.   At the very least I could turn it into soup later.   I found this amazing chicken chili recipe via Annie’s Eats.   The only modification I made was I cooked up a few slices of maple bacon and threw ‘em in.  Not bad…I added some watered down tomato soup to it later to turn it into soup.  Delish.

Tonight I decided to try out a pin I came across for Chicken Parm Meatballs.  While I didn’t get to try ‘em they seemed to go over well.  One modification I made to this recipe was to add about a tablespoon of fresh chopped basil.   I served it up with lemon sauteed spinach.

Here’s hoping I can get off my soup and smoothie mix soon.  I will say I’ve created some incredibly satisfying smoothies though.

Banana Mango Spinach Smoothie

1/2 frozen frozen banana

1 handful of baby spinach

1/2 cup of frozen mangoes

1/2 cup of almond milk (although my crappy blender sometimes forces me to add a little more)

Blend and enjoy!  I’ve also tried just about ever variation of Pumpkin Spice Smoothies, still searching for the perfect one but I’m sure I’ll find it soon.  Happy eating!

 

raspberries and sangria

I’m still rolling in apples from our Indian Ladder expedition a few weeks ago, but I’ve got big plans for them this weekend.  I’ll explain in a moment.  Let’s talk raspberries for a second, because I still have a pretty good stash.   2 weekends ago we wandered to Yonder Farms for some raspberry picking, didn’t realize it till later but even had a Jen H. sighting!

Another great farm with beautiful fall views

Raspberry picking is so satisfying because you really are looking for the perfect little berry, you’re on a hunt.   It’s so easy for kids and it’s a requirement to eat while you pick…for me at least

If you’re not in the mood to pick you can always grab and go, tons to choose from

Never too early for pumpkins!!

It was a lovely day (made better by a stop off for cider donuts) and definitely a place I’ll visit again before fall wraps up.   I used some of the raspberries in a cake but dry packed a good amount for a rainy day.  Not sure how I’ll use them just yet but glad to have saved them.

Now back to those apples, I know exactly how I’ll be using them, Honeycrisp Apple Sangria.

Source: nutmegnanny.com via ashallann on Pinterest

I’ve been lusting after this Pinterest recipe since  August, I pinned this sucker 9 weeks ago

Hope you’re getting out and enjoying all the benefits of fall in the 518!!

surplus

I overslept yesterday.   Well I thought I overslept so in a moment of panic I rushed to my “oh shit I overslept,” section of my closet.   Every girl has one.   I threw together this fab ensemble (jeans, oversized sunglasses, big scarf, t-shirt):

It’s not amazing, but it’s the pieces that make you feel 40% human when you have to go from fast asleep to runrunrun in 30 seconds.    Anyway, joke was on me. my meeting wasn’t till next week.   My poor planning and comfy clothing meant there was only one logical solution to salvage the morning: apple picking.

Upstate New York is a treasure trove of orchards but I believe it’s a tough fall for apple picking because we had a very early spring and we just time warped into chilly fall days from 3 months of record breaking heat.    Normally I’d wait till the end of September or early October to pick but didn’t want to miss out.

We ran over to Indian Ladder Farms, it’s absolutely breathtaking there

(just let me filter this pic through instagram and we’ve got an I LOVE NY ad on our hands.)

There were a few types available (Macoun and JonaGolds) and because we arrived early enough we had the picking section almost all to ourselves.   Not a bad haul for $9:

Afterwards we headed over to the farm to check out the animals, love this pig, and pick up some apple cider donuts.

Now that I’ve got 30+ apples on my hand, I’ve got to take full advantage of them.  I’ll make the Carrot Apple Ginger Soup this week for sure.    Lots of pies in my future too.   I made this ridiculously easy Apple Crumb Pie last night.   It’s vegan too.

Now I just need 10 more apple recipes to get through my crisper of apples.   Got a good one?  Doesn’t need to be vegan, I’ll make anything!

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