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With autumn’s rapid arrival this year I found myself scrambling to welcome her properly. But summer’s leaves are yet to turn into shades of sunshine and the weather is still warm, and without the definite feel of fall I was at a bit of a loss.

Then inspiration hit… almost literally as my toddler dropped her apple and it grazed the side of my head before plunking down and rolling across the floor. Had I just discovered gravity? No, but I had a great idea for kicking off the season! We needed to go apple picking immediately, but what would my little SweetPea(or my little Rose as I’ve started calling her) wear? Last years pumpkin hat surely wouldn’t do for apple picking.

So that evening I whipped her out a juicy red apple hat and we were ready to go. I’d originally planned on taking her to one of the local apple orchards, but then a friend offered up her own backyard as an alternative. With one large apple tree standing proud and heavy with fruit we had a ball. My little Rose squealed with delight an apple in each hand as she took little nibbles from them both. We happily began making quick work of gathering the beautiful fruits and every so often I found myself picking an apple out of the bag that Rose had already enjoyed and adding it to her special pile of yummy apples.

That evening when we got home I knew I needed to do something special with a few of the apples to have for dessert that night, but I didn’t have enough time or enough flour to make a pie or cobbler. As I wracked my brain for an idea I remembered the sticky, delicious smell of caramel apples at the county fair and knew I had to make a nice gooey caramel dipping sauce that would be perfect for apple slices.

I quickly set to work trying to find the perfect recipe, but with it being the day before my weekly grocery shopping trip our cupboards were pretty bare and I found myself lacking at least one of the ingredients called for in the recipes I had found. So I decided to wing it!
Super Easy Caramel Apple Dip

Ingredients:

1/2 cup Brown Sugar

1-2 Tbsp Butter

1/3 cup Milk

In a heavy bottomed sauce pan over low heat allow the sugar to warm and begin to melt stirring occasionally. When the sugar begins to melt add the butter and stir until the butter is completely melted and combined into the sugar. Warm the milk and add to the sugar butter mixture. Allow to boil stirring constantly until the sugar appears mostly dissolved. Remove from heat. Cool to a none scalding temperature and enjoy! Store in refrigerator and enjoy reheated or cold.

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INGREDIENTS:

3 Cups flour

1 tsp baking soda

1/4 tsp salt

1-3/4 Cups sugar

1/4 Cup brown sugar

2  Sticks butter(softened)

1 tbsp orange zest

2 eggs

1 tbsp freshly squeezed orange juice

1/2 Cup Raw sugar (for rolling)

4 Cups chocolate chips(whatever kind you like best!)

DIRECTIONS:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Sift Flour, Baking soda and Salt into a medium bowl.

2. In a large bowl cream Sugars, Zest, Butter, Eggs, and Juice. Gradually add Flour mixture until completely combined.

3. Roll dough into 2″ balls. Roll each ball in Raw Sugar until coated. Place on parchment lined baking sheet 3″ apart.

4. With a flat surface (bottom of a cup/bowl) smash each ball down until about 1/4″ thick.

5. Bake cookies until golder brown. about 14 minutes rotating baking sheet halfway through to promote even cooking.

6. Fill a medium sauce 3/4 with water and place over medium heat. Pour Chocolate chips into a smaller saucepan on top of water. Cook until Chips are fully melted. Dip cooled cookies into chocolate and place on *parchment paper.

7. Enjoy!

*for best results allow cookies to set in the refrigerator.

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New England Clam Chowder (India’s Roses Style)

“There is no food in this world more beloved than bacon” -just about everyone

I hate clam chowder… Probably has a lot to do with the fact that I hate clams… but like most of the things I make in the kitchen it’s said to be delicious… even if I don’t quite think so myself… The key is Bacon… No matter what you’re making if you add a healthy (well more like not so healthy) helping of bacon it’s bound to be good… so here you have it, New England Clam Chowder w/ Bacon!

Ingredients:

½ lb-1lb Bacon diced  (It really just depends on how much you like bacon)

1-2 medium Onions Sliced (again it really just depends on how much you like onions)

3 – 6.5oz cans of minced clams (save the liquid you’ll need it later!!!)

2 ½ Tbsp all purpose flour

2-3 large potatoes, peeled and diced

1 ½ tsp salt

¼ tsp celery salt

1 tsp freshly ground pepper

3 cups milk

2 Tbsp Butter

  1. Over Medium heat in a large saucepan(4-5 quarts) cook the bacon until lightly browned
  2. Add onions and continue to cook until tender: about 6-7 minutes
  3. Add enough water to reserved clam liquid to make about 2 cups
  4. Add flower to onion mixture and stir until onions and bacon are coated
  5. Gradually add clam liquid stirring constantly until the mixture begins to thicken
  6. Stir in the potatoes and spices: cover and let cook until potatoes are tender: about 12-15 minutes
  7. Add clams, milk, and butter to pan: Stir and cover let cook until all is heated. Stir again and you’re ready to serve!

This is such a hearty meal it is wonderful on its own, but is also nice when accompanied by crackers or biscuits. One of my Husbands and my Parents favorite meals in my repertoire it’s easy to make and only takes about 30 minutes to complete. It’s a wonderful recipe for feeding a crowd, though if you plan on serving more than 4 guests I would recommend doubling the batch.

Enjoy!

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