Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Apple Fritters

Hey everyone!  Today I'm sharing this delicious apple fritter recipe, which my sister and I recently made a couple times.  A great way to use up some of those apples! ;)

Apple Fritters
Makes: about 12 fritters (we sometimes double the recipe)

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar (plus 2 TBS)
  • 3/4 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 4 teaspoons vegetable oil (we use coconut) plus extra for frying
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dredging 
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 medium apples (Granny Smith is the best, but we use what we have on hand) cored, peeled, and cut into 1/2 in. thick rings














































Directions:
  1. In a medium bowl, combine 1/2 cup of the sugar and cinnamon.  Line a baking sheet with paper towels.
  2. In another medium bowl, whisk together the milk, cream, 4 teaspoons of oil, and eggs. Stir in the flour, baking powder, salt, and remaining 2 tablespoons of sugar until you have a smooth batter.
  3. In a large skillet, heat 2 inches of oil, until it reaches 375 degrees on a candy thermometer, and a drop of batter into the oil makes it bubble rapidly. 
  4. Dredge the apple slices in a small bowl of flour and then in the batter until all sides are coated.
  5. Working in batches, fry the apple slices until golden brown, about 4 minutes per batch, flipping them halfway through.
  6. Transfer the finished fritters to the lined baking sheet and continue frying.  Drop the fritters in the cinnamon mixture and serve hot (they're delicious cool, too)!









Enjoy!  Hope you're having a lovely fall day!
Love,
Elyse

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Apple Crisp

Hey everyone!  I'm back today with this delicious recipe, for celebrating fall!




















Recently our family bought about seventy pounds of apples we picked from an orchard, so we have a looot of apples to use up! We typically make a lot of apple crisps, apple fritters, fried apples, and apple sauce.

This is delicious eaten with ice cream or whipped topping!

Apple Crisp

Serves: 6-8

Ingredients:

  • 12-15 apples (depending on size, you may want to use more or less)
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup butter (melted)
Directions:

1. Wash, core, peel, and slice and apples. (Peeling is optional.) Place apple slices into 9x13 baking dish.  
























2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  
























3. In a large mixing bowl, stir together flour, oats, cinnamon, and sugar.  Add melted butter and mix together. The topping will be crumbly.  
4. Spoon topping over apples.
5. Bake crisp for 40-60 minutes, or until apples are soft.  Serve warm with a side of vanilla ice cream or whipped topping.
























6. Enjoy! 

Have a lovely fall day!  Hope it's cooler than mine (the high is 90 today in MO). ;)

Love,
Elyse

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Cinnamon Cream Cheese Rollups

Hello, friends!  As promised, I'm back with a recipe which is very "fall-ish" and makes a great breakfast or snack.  
Cinnamon Cream Cheese Rollups
Yield: 12-22, depending on how
much of the loaf of bread you use;
I used all but the heels.
Ingredients:
1 loaf of white bread
1 8 oz. package softened cream cheese
1/2 cup powdered sugar
3/4 cup sugar
1 TBS cinnamon
1/2 cup melted butter

Instructions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
2. Mix up the sugar and cinnamon; set aside
3. Mix up the softened cream cheese and powdered sugar
4. Cut off the bread crust and roll the bread flat with a rolling pin
5. Spread the cream cheese mixture onto the flattened bread, and roll up.
(I used a thin layer of cream cheese, because I used the whole loaf of bread; 
you could spread a thicker layer if you use less bread.)
6. Roll each of your rollups first in butter, then in the 
sugar and cinnamon mixture.  
7. Place rollups on ungreased baking sheet
8. Bake at 350 for 15-20 min until golden brown
Enjoy!

Have a beautifully blessed day!
Love,
Elyse







Friday, September 9, 2016

I'm Back! {Summer's Over!}

Hey!  Welcome back, friends!  Thanks so much for following my blog-y'all are awesome!  So first off, I just want to preface this post by saying that I'm planning to do a lot more blogging this fall (aiming for 1 post a week!) so thanks for hanging in there!  Part of my summer has been spent in planning blog posts for the rest of this year. :)

From September through November, I will be posting recipes with a fall theme (cinnamon, pumpkins, apples, that kind of thing), fall fashion (super excited about this!  Check back!) and then probably some random stuff like movie reviews, crafts, hair tutorials, etc.



As for my summer, I enjoyed it to the fullest!  I celebrated my seventeenth birthday in July, and also started a job outside the home (I currently work two days a week).  I also got to see the ocean for the first time!  For those of you who know a bit about me, you will know that this was a dream come true!  We went to Florida, and along the way and on the way back we visited several other states, including Tennessee, Alabama, and Mississippi.  

Abi, Faith, and I on the beach
A flower I found on the beach
Orange starfish


Aaaand I am excited about starting 12th grade this year!  Senior year is super busy but I'm loving (almost) every second of it!

And now, what about all of you?  Are you sad that summer's over, excited about fall, or a little bit of both?  If you're in school, what grade are you in?  What did you do this summer?
I looove hearing from you guys, and appreciate each of you so much!  
Have a very blessed day!

Love,
Elyse