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8 Apple and Honey Recipes for Rosh Hashanah

It should come as no surprise that Jewish people love food.  We have holidays that celebrate the fall harvest, we eat doughnuts and other foods cooked in oil to celebrate Hanukkah, the Passover story is TOLD with food, and we even deny ourselves our one great pleasure (eating) on Yom Kippur when we have to repent our sins.  Needless to say, there are going to be a lot of HANGRY Jews roaming the streets come September 30th…

But one of my favorite culinary traditions in the Jewish culture is eating apples and honey to celebrate the new year.  The Jewish calendar is lunar for reasons I still don’t understand…but that means we celebrate our new year in September or October rather than December and January.  This year Rosh Hashanah, or head/beginning of the year, is September 21st…and what better way to welcome in a sweet new year than with these tasty apple and honey recipes!

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The tradition of eating apples and honey goes back several years and is meant to fill the new year with sweetness.  The reasoning behind the apple is most likely because it’s associated with the Garden of Eden and the honey is not only sweet, but could be symbolic of Israel.  Whatever the TRUE reason, I love the tradition and, honestly, these two flavors go so well together that reasoning shouldn’t matter…it’s just delicious!

So here are 8 tasty apple and honey recipes that you can enjoy to welcome in the new Jewish new year…or just to eat because these are all amazing!

 Apple and Honey Recipes for Rosh Hashanah

Honey-Glazed Apple Crumb Muffins

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Apple and Pear Spinach Salad

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Apple and Honey Baklava

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Apple and Cinnamon Pancakes

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Honey-Baked Cinnamon Apples

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Yogurt Bowls with Apples and Honey

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Apple and Honey Crostini

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Apple and Honey Bimuelos

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20 Spooky Thrillers to Read for Halloween

The leaves have already started changing colors in Chicago…which means I’M READY FOR HALLOWEEN.

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I love me a good spine-tingling spooky thriller on a blustery fall night…and while I could easily populate this list with Stephen King novels alone, I’ve gathered a few of my favorite books perfect for reading in the weekends leading up to All Hallows Eve…

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Best accompanied with a blanket and a BIG cup of hot apple cider (having a guard dog on hand probably isn’t a bad idea, either), these spooky thrillers are sure to get under your skin and just sit there, lurking, until they crawl into your dreams at night to play…

20 Spooky Thrillers to Read for Halloween

Gone Girl, Gillian Flynn
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The Girl on the Train, Paula Hawkins
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Room, Emma Donoghue
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The Never List, Koethi Zan
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World War Z, Max Brooks
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Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, Seth Grahame-Smith
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Bird Box, Josh Malerman
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Haunted, Chuck Palahniuk
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The Haunting of Hill House, Shirley Jackson
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The Road, Cormac McCarthy
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We Have Always Lived in the Castle, Shirley Jackson
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The Boy Who Drew Monsters, Keith Donohue
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The Girl With All the Gifts, M.R. Carey
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Something Wicked This Way Comes, Ray Bradbury
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The Corn Maiden and Other Nightmares, Joyce Carol Oates
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Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, Ransom Riggs
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The Road Out of Hell: Sanford Clark and the True Story of the Wineville Murders, Anthony Flacco
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Booked to Die, John Dunning
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Nocturnes, John Connolly
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Into the Wild, Jon Krakauer
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12 Decadent Dessert Recipes (with BEER!)

Tis the season for sweaters, pumpkins, scarves, and boots…which means it’s also time for hot apple cider, strong coffee, and tasty stouts and porters.

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OOOOOOH YEAH.

I could easily drink stout year-round, but I love it even more in the fall.  Often flavored with chocolate or coffee, stouts are the perfect ingredient to add to chocolate cakes and pies for added depth and flavor.

I’ve used Guinness in my baking before (check out my recipe for Guinness cupcakes!), but there are so many other (and BETTER) stouts and porters to use in your fall and winter baking…

So crack open some cold ones (for baking) and pour some whisky (for drinking) and enjoy these 12 chocolatey, decadent desserts all made with beer.

12 Decadent Dessert Recipes Made with Beer

Bacon and Beer Cookie Bars

Rich Beer Brownies

Beer Mousse

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Beer Cheesecake

Beer Cherry Pie

Guinness Chocolate Sauce

Coffee Stout Cookies

Rich Stout Fudge

Guinness Brownies

Vanilla Stout Pecan Pie

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Delia Deetz’s Mini Beetlejuice Statues

Some couples bond over their shared love of fine dining…others bond over their love of books or art.  Some bond over similar political or social views…and still others bond over a mutual love of sports or travel.  And still some, like my husband and myself, bond over a love of the ghost with the most…

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While it actually was a love of theater that originally brought us together, it was our mutual love of Beetlejuice that cemented the fact that we were meant to be.  Besides the fact that my husband does the BEST (the BEST) impression of Beetlejuice, our joint love of Michael Keaton and Catherine O’Hara has further proven that our lives would just be one dark room without the other!

Let’s just drive the point home a little further by saying that we even went to the town where Beetlejuice was filmed on our most recent road trip!  Needless to say it’s a bit run down and the amazing Deetz house is no longer there, but it was still magical just to be in the town where it happened!

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Here’s where we think they built the bridge where the Maitland’s had their accident that ultimately killed them.

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The school where Lydia Deetz attends at the end of the movie.

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The possible location of the Deetz house!

We even ran into Beetlejuice on our most recent trip to Universal Studios for my sister’s bachelorette party!  I almost peed myself with excitement:

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Clearly I have a problem…

And if you’ve spent any time on the Internet these last several months or so, you may have heard the rumors about a possible sequel to Beetlejuice in the near future…I will not comment to much on this (I HATE THIS IDEA), but let’s just say I’ve been feeling nostalgic about this amazing cult movie and decided to add a little Deetz culture to our own home.

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Remember these?  They’re the sculptures Delia Deetz made that later came to life during the séance they had to bring the Maitland’s back from the dead.  While my versions are MUCH smaller than the original, I still think they add a little charm to our home!

Delia Deetz’s Mini Beetlejuice Statues

Materials:

  • Stone-Colored Clay
  • Gold Clay
  • Clay Roller
  • Large Ball Tool
  • Aluminum Foil
  • Quick-Dry Tacky Glue

Instructions:

For the leaf claw statue, I rolled the stone-colored clay into a leaf shape.  I used most of the block for the leaf, setting aside about a 1 in. ball for the base.

To make the prongs, I just pinched the sides of the leaf and gently molded them into spikes.  I did the same for the base, pulling a small amount into a tab to be inserted into the base.

For the base of the statue, I just made a square and used a knife to cut a hole for the tab on the top part of the statue.  Bake these pieces separately…you’ll assemble them once they’ve been baked.

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For the round square statue, I divided the gold clay into two portions, with one portion slightly larger.  Reserve a tiny amount for the neck and feeler on the head.  With the smaller portion, make the square.  With the larger portion, make the head…first forming the clay into a ball then elongating it slightly into an egg shape.

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The neck was made with the small reserved portion and I attached it to both pieces using a large ball tool to smooth out the clay.  The antenna was also made using the small reserve and attached to the head with the ball tool.

Transfer all pieces to a baking sheet (you can cover the sheet with aluminum foil or just have a sheet that you devote to clay baking, which is what I do!).

To keep the antenna up while baking, use aluminum foil to hold it in place.  Bake your pieces following the instructions on your clay…most likely a 275 degree oven for about 20 minutes.

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Once baked, remove from oven and let cool completely!

Once completely cool, remove aluminum foil from round square statue.  Place tacky glue in slot of square base and insert leaf statue into base.  Let dry.

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And there you have it!  Hopefully these little buggers won’t come to life in the night…

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Seasonal Produce Printables

One of my favorite things about summer is going to local farmers markets.  For those of us who live in the Midwest, it’s often hard to find fresh seasonal produce at our local stores, so whenever the farmer’s markets come to town, we do our best to stock up on fresh, seasonal fruits and veggies.

And one of the best ways to buy your produce is to know what’s in season when you’re out shopping.  Buying produce when it’s in season often means fresher, cheaper, and tastier ingredients…and who doesn’t love that?

To help you learn what is in season when, here are some handy printables so you can see what fruits, veggies, and herbs are in season every month of the year.  Happy shopping!

Looking for clever ways to use your favorite herbs?  Check out this herb printable for some handy ideas!

SUMMER PRODUCE

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FALL PRODUCE

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WINTER PRODUCE

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SPRING PRODUCE

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10 Recipes for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October marks the start of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  Affecting 1 in 8 women in the US, breast cancer is serious business…and as a woman at risk, this is a cause near and dear to my heart.

Though there are tons of scary statistics out there, there are also thousands of women every year who SURVIVE and even beat this terrible disease…and that’s something worth celebrating!

So in honor of all those fighters and survivors, here are 10 precious pink recipes to honor those strong amazing women everywhere!

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10 Pink Recipes for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Strawberry Lime White Chocolate Gooey Bars
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Toasted Coconut Rice Krispie Treats
Crazy for Crust
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Pink Ribbon Cinnamon Rolls
Love From the Oven
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Pink Velvet Swiss Roll
Garnish and Glaze
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Pink Lemonade
Raining Hot Coupons
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Pots de Crème with Rose and Pomegranate
Sugar et al
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Strawberry Cream Mimosa
Swanky Recipes
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Pink Lemonade Sorbet
Sugar and Soul
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Strawberry Chocolate Chip Cookies
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Pink Flamingo Vegan Cheesecake Bars
Lunch Box Brunch
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10 Pumpkin Spice Recipes

Tis the season for pumpkin spice EVERYTHING. Candies, gum, breads, cakes, coffees, mints, chips…you name it, it’s been pumpkin spiced.

Now I’m all about pumpkin spice. Made up mostly of cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and allspice, it tastes amazing in baked goods of all kinds. It’s also scrumptious sprinkled over oatmeal or mixed into ice cream…BUT there are rules, people! Pumpkin spice gum?? PUMPKIN SPICE BEER?? This is a problem.

Let’s bring it back, people. Back to pies and cakes and scones and all the things that actually highlight the taste of this iconic fall spice.

So if you’re high on the PSL craze, these recipes are for you. Here are 10 PSL-icious pumpkin spice recipes that will get you (and your kitchen) in the spirit of fall!

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Pumpkin Spice Waffles
Lovely Little Kitchen
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Crock Pot Pumpkin Spice White Chocolate
A Night Owl Blog
This Crock Pot Pumpkin Spice White Hot Chocolate is just three ingredients and is so easy to make! Perfect for a chilly fall evening!

Pumpkin Spice Buttercream Frosting
Two Sisters Crafting
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Pumpkin Spice Truffles
Sally’s Baking Addiction
For the best Fall treat, make these pumpkin spice truffles-- they're surprisingly easy and can be coated in white or dark chocolate! Click through for the recipe.

Pumpkin Spice Rice Krispie Treats
Inside BruCrew Life
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Pumpkin Spice Pecan Fudge
Renee’s Kitchen Adventures
Easy Pumpkin Spice Pecan Fudge | by Renee's Kitchen Adventures - Easy recipe for decadent pumpkin spice flavored fudge with pecans a fun treat for dessert or a snack #Treats4All ad

Pumpkin Scones with Spiced Glaze
Brown Eyed Baker
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Pumpkin Spice Mini Doughnuts
Garnish with Lemon
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Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal
Damn Delicious
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Pumpkin Spice Granola
A Night Owl Blog
Pumpkin Spice Granola - a sweet combination of your favorite fall spices along with sweet maple syrup, brown sugar, walnuts and almonds.

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