Poofy Cheeks

September 22, 2016

Recipe: Homemade Applesauce

When we lived in Illinois we used to visit Edward's Apple Orchard in Poplar Grove every year. They had the best apple cider donuts and I haven't found an apple cider I can drink because I was spoiled on how delicious theirs was. It was a family tradition to go there every fall and now that I live in Florida it is probably one of the things I miss the most. We don't even have apple orchards here and not getting to share that experience with my own kids weighs on me every fall.

With hints of fall and apples around every corner at the grocery store I couldn't help but bring a whole bag of apples home the other day in hopes I would have a free few minutes to make homemade apple sauce. The perfect applesauce eats well by itself but also plays well as an ingredient in other recipes throughout fall.



  • 3 lbs of apples
  • Juice from half a lemon
  • 1/2 cup packwd brown sugar
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon of butter
  • 1/2 cup of apple juice

  1. Peel, core the cut the apples into large chunks. Place apples in a pot with all remaining ingredients.
  2. Cook ingredients on medium for 25-30 minutes stirring occassionaly.
  3. After apples are soft and mushy use a handheld blender (I use my Kenwood Triblade Hand Blender with the puree attachment) to puree the apples into a sauce of desired consistency. We prefer ours a bit thicker than the storebought stuff.

The Kenwood Triblade Hand Blender is made my newest kitchen gadget and it has me excited to make lots of new things. I have wanted to try each of the five attachments even if that means trying recipes or cutting herbs for no purpose but to use the gadget. It came with attachments to blend, puree, chop and more!

Store the applesauce in the refrigerator for up to 5 days or can and it so you can always curb your cravings for fall.

Now doesn't this applesauce look yummy? I can't wait to add it into other recipes or feed the preservative free applesauce to my youngens.


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September 19, 2016

Simple Fall Tablescape with Fragrances of Fall

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Hey friends! Over the weekend I finished the Fall decorating and completed my Fall tablescape complete with Fall fragrances. I have converted the inside of our house into a Fall oasis since the Florida temperatures outside are still screaming Summer. I worked a little outside building a headboard this weekend and was sweating within minutes so escaping back indoors was refreshing. As long as I stay indoors where the A/C is kicking I have myself convinced it may be Fall with all of the sights and aromas of fall American Home™ by Yankee Candles® fragrances.

A Simple Fall Tablescape complete with Fall Fragrances
I started my tablescape by gathering a few craft supplies, a pallet board runner, a Bountiful Harvest and Homemade Pumpkin Pie American Home™ by Yankee Candle® fragrances from Walmart and some other decorative items I have gathered through the years. I put everything together to create a cozy, simple feel in our dining and kitchen area. When you go from an empty boring table to a finished tablescape it changes the whole feel of the room.

To add a little extra Fall flare to the candles I created cute little leaf hang tags.

September 15, 2016

Recipe: The Best Pecan Pumpkin Bundt Cake

I confess that I LOVE garage sales. I love a great bargain and someone's trash is another person's treasure. AMIRIGHT!? Sure there is a bunch of crap but then there are those treasures you can get for a bit of nothing. Last year I was on a recipe book kick and would buy almost every recipe book I came across at garage sales. I grabbed an old church recipe book and it had a recipe for Pecan Pumpkin Bundt Cake. I flagged the page, made it and I have made it a few times since. This is THE BEST Pecan Pumpkin Cake I have ever tasted. It isn't overly pumpkiny (<< yeah, I made that word up) so even the kids devour it. It is also really simple and delicious. Did I mention that part?
Our family LOVES this cake and we enjoy it every Fall! THE BEST pecan pumpkin bundt cake.

August 24, 2016

Farmhouse Style Magnetic Photo Board

DIY Farmhouse Style Magnetic Photo Board Tutorial. This post may contain affiliate links to items I purchased or used.
Thanks to HGTVs show Fixer Upper with JoJo and Chip the farmhouse style has become really darn popular. I'll admit I have always loved the farmhouse look mixed with shabby chic and pops of color. Joanna has taken that love to a whole new level. For Mother's Day this year I created farmhouse style magnetic photo boards for my mom and mother-in-law. They were really quick and easy to make and I loved the way they turned out so much that I made myself one a few weeks afterwards. I have been so busy that I haven't had a chance to share them so it might be a few months later but they are finally making their blog debut. These would also make amazing birthday or Christmas gifts for moms and grandmas.
Farmhouse Style Magnetic Photo Board Tutorial - Great Photo Gift Idea