Hello Peaches! Long time, no talk. It has officially been a month since I made a post last, and I don’t think I have ever gone that long without making a post. I get sad when I feel like I can’t give the appropriate time to my blog because it is something I truly love to do so I am so happy and ready to get back into a schedule of regular posting. I’m sure you all have missed it too. 😉
With that said, if you can’t tell things have been just a teensy weensy crazy over here in my new NYC life. (Or a lot a bit, like in between feeling like a chicken with my head cut off and/or a drowning wet puppy some days.) But I wouldn’t want things any other way. I have discovered that I don’t truly know who I am if I don’t have 5 million things going on at once. It is a blessing and a curse but I feel like I strive most under stress. Yeah, doesn’t make sense…I know.
So what is taking up all my time you may ask? Well, me passionately trying to pursue my future in the fashion industry outside of this blog. It is my senior year at the Fashion Institute of Technology, I am taking 6 classes, have gained a marketing internship with an incredible women’s fashion brand (Free People) and I work nights and weekends at a trendy, high end and very fast paced Japanese restaurant (30 hours a week here). Plus, trying to find time to make social appearances and enjoy the city a little. So you could say things aren’t boring at least.
Even though, I absolutely love the crazy city life (or definitely have a newfound respect for it after returning from my year abroad) I do miss certain things about being “home.” The midwest will always be my number one home to me and this time of year especially makes me miss it because nothing compares to the fall season there…here is Example A:
A couple of the many Facebook pictures my sister has been posting of the fall colors in Minnesota. I wish I could take a weekend and just get out of the city to enjoy the beauty of the season. This season is so symbolic to me as well. Many people think that New Year’s is a new beginning but to me- the way the crisp fall air awakens you when you step outside, the way the trees learn to let go of the leaves, and the way that autumn is Mother Nature’s last little smile can’t help to evoke new beginnings.
So unfortunatley, even though I haven’t had time to escape the city to really take in the autumn season (hopefully I can in the next week or two) I have created a few of my own ways to get festive in the mean time.
Caramel Apple Cobbler
The first thing I am going to share is an incredible caramel apple cobbler recipe! All from scratch this was made a few weekends ago when D came to visit me in the city here and I really have to give him all the credit and say this was all his idea. He found the recipe and everything. It was so fun baking with him and really it was quite easy. The hardest part was probably just peeling all the apples in the beginning, after that the rest was a breeze. Plus, I was super proud of us and how it came out especially the home made caramel sauce part!
So like I said, we started by peeling all of the apples, cutting them up and putting them in the bowl. While the apples were cooking down with all the cinnamon, sugar and butter, we made the carmel sauce in the mean time. Finally, we made the mixture for the batter and poured it all together in a pan. While we waited for it to bake and our hearts filled with anticipation like kids on Christmas morning, the house simultaneously filled with the true smell of fall…apples and cinnamon and sugar. I think the scent that it filled my apartment with was really my favorite part. Okay just kidding, the final tasting was amazing and pretty hard to beat. It came out piping hot, we topped it with two scoops of ice cream, and were extremely satisfied!
Credit to Wine and Glue for the recipe:
- For Apples
- 6 apples, peeled and sliced thin (I used a mixture of Gala and Granny Smith)
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 2 TBSPs granulated sugar
- For Caramel Sauce
- 1 cup packed brown sugar
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter
- 1/4 cup heavy cream
- For Cobbler Batter
- 1/2 cup butter, melted
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 cup all purpose flour
- 2 tsps baking powder
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 cup milk
- 2 tsps vanilla extract
- Preheat your oven to 400 degrees and pull out a 9 by 13 baking dish.
- Combine your apple slices, 1 tsp cinnamon and 2 TBSPs granulated white sugar in a large sauce pan over medium low heat. Cook the apples, stirring regularly until they are soft, about 10 minutes.
- While the apples are cooking down, combine 1 cup brown sugar, 1/2 cup (one stick) unsalted butter, 1/4 cup heavy cream in a small sauce pan over medium heat. Stir consistently until the mixture begins to boil. Continue stirring for another minute or so until it is smooth, remove from the heat.
- Pour the 1/2 cup melted butter into the baking dish.
- In a large bowl, whisk together 1 cup sugar, 1 cup flour, 2 tsps baking powder, and 1/4 tsp salt. Whisk in 1 cup milk and 2 tsps vanilla extract. Pour the mixture over the butter and whisk in gently.
- Add 1 cup of the caramel sauce to the apples and stir to combine, reserve the rest for serving (I had about 1/3 cup left). Pour the caramel apple mixture over the batter. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until the edges are golden brown. (I baked mine for 23 minutes). Serve warm with ice cream and the reserved caramel sauce.
Apple Pie Cocktail
The second recipe I am going to share with you, is the drink pictured below with the apple cobbler. To be honest, we were a little “apple” happy this weekend so for it to taste really good I don’t recommend also eating it with the apple cobbler haha. We just wanted to make this drink because we actually tried it for the first time at a concert/music festival that D and I attended the day before. It was way too good that we wanted to attempt it ourselves. Okay it’s super simple:
- 1/4 part apple cider
- 1/4 part Cream Soda
- 1 Shot (or how many ever you want 😉 ) of your choice of vodka
- Top off with a cinnamon stick
With having all of the ingredients already chilled this is the perfect halloween party cocktail, super crisp and refreshing with just the right amount of sweetness!
Home Made Dipped Caramel Apples
Again this is a really fast, 3 ingredient type recipe. Caramel apples are one of my favorite treats of the season. Between the sourness and juiciness from the apple, mixed with the sweet stickiness of the caramel, it is pure perfection. Here is how we made our caramel apples:
- 2 apples
- 1 (14 ounce) package individually wrapped caramels, unwrapped
- 2 tablespoons Milk
- Wax paper
- Caramel apple sticks
- Crushed nuts
- Cup of chocolate chips
- Remove the stems from each apple and press a stick into the top. Popsicle stick, craft stick or the store even had sticks specifically for this purpose, all work!
- Cut a sheet of wax paper or butter a baking pan.
- Unwrap all of the individual caramels and place in a bowl with the milk. Microwaves in increments, stirring until it is all a gooey/liquidy mixture.
- Roll each apple quickly in the caramel sauce (before it hardens again) and then in what ever preferred toppings.
- Place on the wax sheet. Let it sit for a little and enjoy!
Feel free to get creative with your toppings, marshmallows, pretzels, etc. anything!
Well, if your schedule is crazy like mine and you don’t have time to make a full day trip to the apple orchard or an adventure to the pumpkin patch, hopefully these help you with a few ways to still feel the joy of the season!! Xoxo Mikaela