Simple Apple Crumble

Simple Apple Crumble

Hi guys! I hope that you’re all having a beautiful Saturday. 🙂 ❤ Today, I have a delicious fall treat to share with you! Upon my mom’s suggestion (and when I realized that baking my first apple pie was too daring for this year, lol), I found a wonderful, easy recipe for apple crumble!

You can check out the original recipe here. I halved my batch, as I didn’t feel like cutting and peeling eight apples lol, and it provided a nice dessert for me and my family after dinner one evening!

Simple Apple Crumble

These are the ingredients that I used (all of which we had on hand, which is awesome!):

Once I was done cutting up and peeling the apples, I folded them into a sugary/cinnamony mixture and arranged them in a glass baking dish (see below).

Next, you make the oats mixture, which was easily done, and I spread it evenly on top of the apples.

The next step was to bake it! This was a simple ordeal, and I just took it out when the apples were golden.

Once it had cooled some, I served some into a dish and took some pictures:

{Final Verdict}

Me and my family really enjoyed it! Even baby Elizabeth liked it, which was awesome; I cut up tiny little pieces for her to have, and it was so cute watching her come back for more! I really liked the flavor of the apples, cinnamon, and oats combined, and the only thing I would do differently next time is add a stronger spice flavor. It had a very light flavor (like most apple desserts do), and I’m positive this could be improved upon by adding some more spice.

My Advice: Experiment with cinnamon and other dessert spices!

I hope that you all enjoyed this little recipe post! This was the perfect dessert to make using our apple orchard apples, and I will happily make this again sometime. ❤

thanks to jirah and elline for my signature! xx

Fall Harvest Chex Mix!

Fall Harvest Chex Mix!

Hi there, guys! I hope that you’re all having a beautiful day. 🙂 ❤ I have an amazingly delicious treat to share with you today!! It was a breeze to make, a big hit for my whole family, and because I made a half-batch, I have enough to make more, haha! This treat/snack is called fall harvest chex mix!

I got the original recipe here! Like I said, I halved the recipe, and I also omitted the Bugles. Everything else stayed the same, and the directions were very easy to follow.

Let’s jump right into this!

Fall Harvest Chex Mix

The ingredients I used are below:

Fun fact: I over-eagerly dumped the wrong ingredients together in a bowl, so Joshua and I had to separate the rice chex out by hand. lol

^ Picture proof. That’s why you read the instructions carefully, kids!

Once the candy was in one bowl and the rice chex and pretzels were in another, this is how they looked!

I made the glaze that went with the rice chex and pretzels, then poured it over them and slowly mixed it until they were covered evenly. This was very easy, as well, and I was happy with how the texture of the glaze turned out. The other times when I’ve worked with a warm sauce/glaze that has to be whisked until it reaches a certain texture has been hard for me, but this recipe made it simple!

There isn’t much of a visible difference, except you can see that they’re a little bit shiny, haha!

Related Post: Homemade Candied Pecans

The next part reminded me of when I made the candied pecans recipe for the first time back in February; you spread the food out into an even layer on the baking sheet, then bake for 45 minutes, stirring them every 15. This was my first time using parchment paper in baking, actually, and it worked very well!

Once they had cooled, I was then able to pour them in with the candy ready in the other bowl. I had done it prematurely earlier in the day (lol), but now was the time for them to make a delicious snack combo!

Sorry about the overexposure on the picture above; sometimes, the metallic siding of the mixing bowl I usually use will make my phone’s camera think I’m pointing at DIRECT SUNLIGHT, and everything gets white and fuzzy. Haha! I kept having to manually bring down the exposure because the camera wouldn’t pick up the room’s lighting correctly.

Once I had transferred this treat to the glass container I was going to keep it in, I brought out the festive props and took some more pictures.

I have never been more happy with how a still-life photoshoot turned out!!! All of the fall vibes are killing me hahaha

{Final Verdict}

This Fall Harvest Chex Mix is the best treat I’ve made in a while! However, I do have a few complaints. (Nothing big; just things I’ll change or do differently next time.) The main one is that the candy pumpkins were hard to eat – me and my whole family much preferred the candy corn, which tastes exactly the same! Next time, I’ll do more candy corn and omit the pumpkins, even though they are very cute and picture-worthy.

My only other issue was that it was hard to get a nice handful of the snack that included pieces of all the different candy and pretzels/rice chex because the heavier items (mainly the Reese’s Pieces) fell down to the bottom of the glass container. I might have to store them differently next time so that eating this treat is easier!

I hope that you guys enjoyed reading this post! I was very happy with how it turned out, and I’m sure that you’d love it if you tried it, too.

Would YOU like to make this treat?
Click here for the recipe!

thanks to jirah and elline for my signature! xx

Apple Coffee Cake Muffins!

Apple Coffee Cake Muffins!

Hey there, guys! Hope you’re having a beautiful week so far. 🙂 I have an epic fall recipe to share with you today!! Apple and pumpkin desserts are my weakness, haha, and they are especially fun to eat in the fall. (However, I’ll gladly have them any time!)

During one of my many Pinterest browsing sessions, I came across a wonderful recipe for apple coffee cake muffins, as you saw by the title! They were a joy to make, turned out great, and I’ll definitely make them again at some point!

Related Post: Caramel Apple Pie Bars!

You can find the original recipe by clicking here! The only thing I changed was the amount of time I baked them; I used my mom’s convection oven (as you’ll see in one of the pictures below), and I set it at the temperature the recipe gave me, then watched them until they were baked all the way through.

Let’s jump right into this!

Apple Coffee Cake Muffins

These are the ingredients that I used for my batch:

Sorry I forgot to include the apples, haha!

Once I had finished cleaning, peeling, and cutting up the two Gala apples, I mixed everything together for the crumb topping. It was super simple; you just stir the dry ingredients, then add the melted butter.

Setting that aside, I tackled the dough! It was also pretty basic, nothing exciting lol; just the dry ingredients in the big bowl, the wet ingredients in a small bowl, then you mix them together.

The one thing I struggle with when making muffins is transferring the batter to the little paper muffin cups. *sighs* This was actually the easiest time yet, but I still don’t enjoy it very much, lol!

Here’s how they looked before the crumb topping:

And after:

Here’s how they looked while baking(: x

My mom helped me make the glaze once the muffins had completely cooled, as my glaze-making history is rather poor, haha! (I’ve been known to add too much milk, fail to sift the powdered sugar enough, etc … ) I did my best to drizzle the glaze evenly, and once that was done, I took some pictures.

{Final Verdict}

They were very good! The cinnamon flavor really did remind me of my mom’s coffee cake, which I absolutely love. However … the muffins turned out dry, and the apple flavor was very mild. To cook them all the way through in the convection oven, it ended up sucking all the moisture out of them. If I make them again, I will bake them in our regular oven, and maybe add some spices to compliment the light apple flavor, as well! This is definitely one of those treats best warmed up and served with coffee, and I also think that apple cider would make a wonderful addition to them, as well! ❤

Happy fall, everyone! Let me know in the comments below:

What fall treats have YOU made this year?

thanks to jirah and elline for my signature! xx

Grilled Chicken Salad With Strawberry Dressing!

Grilled Chicken Salad With Strawberry Dressing!

Hi there, everyone! I hope that you’re all having a beautiful day(: x I wanted to share a quick lunch idea with you guys! I made a grilled chicken salad with strawberry dressing! Doesn’t that sound interesting? And it turned out soooo good. ❤ I’ll leave the instructions for how I made mine below, as well as provide the link to where I got the dressing recipe! Feel free to get creative and make this salad how you would like it, whether you choose different fruit, or use spinach instead of lettuce!

Grilled Chicken Salad
With Strawberry Dressing

Here is what I used:

  • Romaine lettuce
  • grilled chicken
  • fresh strawberries
  • fresh blueberries
  • the ingredients for the strawberry dressing!

The first thing I did was make the dressing! The only thing I did differently was skip adding the poppy seeds; I didn’t have any on hand, and I figured the dressing would taste great, anyway. Below are the ingredients I used:

Combine all the ingredients in your blender and mix until smooth. I made mine in the morning and refrigerated it in a glass jar until lunchtime.

When noon came around, I assembled my lunch-building area!

I didn’t include the sliced almonds in the pic above … whoops. Either way, I made my lunch (almonds included 😀 ), then took some pictures!

I’m really happy with how it turned out! It was a nice spin on my favorite type of salad. If I decide to make it again, I will probably make less of the dressing, as I almost always have too much left over of the things I’ve been making recently!

Thank you so much for reading this post! Let me know in the comments below:

What’s YOUR favorite type of salad?

Happy Thursday, guys! I’ll see y’all tomorrow!

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Crispy Parmesan Chicken With Zucchini

Crispy Parmesan Chicken With Zucchini

Hi there, everyone! How are you? I hope that you’re having a fantastic day!

I have another delicious recipe to share with you guys. As it turns out, this was actually the first successful dinner I’ve ever made for my family, haha! The last one I tried (which was months ago) was edible, but not at all tasty. lol

That aside, I’d love to tell you all about my experience making crispy parmesan chicken with zucchini!

I got this recipe from Pinterest, and the only thing I changed were a few ingredients in the breading. I got plain Panko breadcrumbs and some oregano and extra garlic powder instead of using Italian breadcrumbs, which was a substitution I knew would make it easier for us than buying more expensive breadcrumbs. Click here for the recipe, if you want to try this for yourself!

The first thing you do is chop up the two zucchinis.

Next, you prepare the breading for the chicken. I did this while my mom cut up the meat. These are the ingredients I used:

I stirred them all together in a glass bowl.

Next, you briefly soak the chicken breasts in melted butter, then toss them in the breading, which I did in a gallon-size plastic bag, then I put all four in the skillet!

While they cooked, I made sure to flip them every which way so they’d all be cooked equally. At that same point in the cooking process, I gathered all the zucchini slices together in another pan.

I did this for maybe fifteen minutes, stirring the zucchini and flipping/rotating the chicken. Here’s how my chicken looked when it was nearly done:

The zucchini finished around the same time as the chicken, so I transferred them to a plate to cool a bit, then I set everything up so we could assemble our plates.

My mom also made crescent rolls to go along with what I made, which was awesome because I’m always in the mood for crescent rolls!

Here’s how my finished plate looked:

Ooooh doesn’t that look good?! I am absolutely in love with how this dinner turned out. The chicken was amazing and tasted great, and the zucchini really went with it! This was my second time having this veggie and I must say that it was fantastic. (Definitely with a bite of chicken, not by itself!) I personally think that crescent rolls are a fine addition to any meal, although I’ll leave it up to you which roll or biscuit you’d like to have accompany this wonderful dinner!

My only complaint is that one piece of chicken for each family member was not enough food for us, lol. I will be making double the chicken next time!

Let me know in the comments below:

Have YOU ever made parmesan chicken?

Thanks for dropping by my blog, guys! I’ll see you all tomorrow!

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Teriyaki Chicken

Teriyaki Chicken

Hello everyone! How are you all doing on this fine Thursday? (: x Up until now, I’ve enjoyed sharing tasty treats most weeks, but for now, I’m moving on to sharing lunches/dinners that I make for me and my family! (Well, who eats it depends on what I make. Haha!)

For this very first lunch/dinner post, I made Teriyaki Chicken for me and my brother! We had it for lunch, although it would make a lovely dinner, too. I was soooo full afterward! 😂

I got the recipe from Eva over at L.E.E. Bakers! She shared it on their blog at the beginning of June, and ever since then, I kept saying, “I NEED to make that Teriyaki Chicken!” 😂 I finally did, and I was SO happy with how it turned out!

If you’re interested in making this for yourself, you can get the full list of ingredients and directions on this post!

Teriyaki Chicken

I made the recommended amount of rice the day before I planned to make this dish for lunch and refrigerated it. I decided to spread out when I made each part of the recipe to save time at lunch the next day. 🙂 I just followed the directions on the back of the rice bag, and with my mom’s help (haha I’d only made rice one other time and I appreciated her help with timing, etc), it turned out great.

The next morning, I made the sauce. These are the ingredients I used:

I followed the directions and didn’t change anything, although I did raise the heat a bit when low heat wasn’t bringing the sauce to simmering like it was supposed to. Having it between medium and low worked best, but it finally thickened (after adding the cornstarch) when I was letting it cool on another burner. 😂

Closer to lunchtime, I started working with the chicken. Definitely not something I’ll happily do again, I’m quite squeamish with meat, but in the name of Teriyaki Chicken, I deemed it COMPLETELY worth it! 😂🙌🏼 my hands did get freezing from handling that cold meat, though, which was strange as we’re in the dead of summer. My hands only get numb like that when I handle snow in the winter, hahahah!

Anyway, I cut up the chicken to the recommended size and started cooking it.

Once they were thoroughly cooked evenly and slightly browned (I had to make sure they were fully cooked after that meat-cutting experience, lol!), I took maybe a fourth out and set it aside to make another recipe the following day (we’ll have to wait and see what that one is 😏), then poured all the sauce on top and stirred it in over low heat.

Meanwhile, I got some broccoli florets and heated them up in our microwave. Once that was done, I reheated the rice.

In the original recipe, Eva used carrots and peas, as well, but we didn’t have any on hand. Plus, there’s another Chinese dish called Chicken and Broccoli which is absolutely amazing, so in a way, I wanted to do my best to replicate that!

As soon as all the prep work was done, this is how they all turned out!:

My brother nearly couldn’t wait to get his plate, as half of our house was smelling like an awesome Chinese place most of the morning lol, and while I took these pictures, he was bouncing around and begging me to finish up. 😂 (This is the thirteen-year-old, by the way. I’m just glad he was looking forward to trying my cooking! My last Chinese dish attempt turned out horribly, but he was obviously putting faith in my abilities lol)

This is how my finished bowl turned out:

After taking photos, I put in more chicken and sauce, which turned out to almost be a mistake. 😂 You’ll understand why in a second!

{Final Verdict}

We both loved it!! The chicken and sauce turned out great, and I thought that the broccoli complimented it all very well. (Joshua didn’t have broccoli in his lol) The sauce did turn out to be spicier than I had expected (I can’t figure out if that’s because of the pepper in it, or what), and I’m not the biggest fan of spicy food, but it tasted SO good that I had to go ahead and eat it.

Next time I make this, the only thing I’ll do differently is how much pepper I put in the sauce. But even then, I won’t be altering it by much. 🙂 Overall, this is a perfect Chinese dish recipe, and I highly recommend it! By making the rice, sauce, then the chicken at separate times, it took about an hour to cook and then serve. (And it only took that long because it took me forever to deal with that raw chicken haha!)

If you’d like to make this for yourself, you really should! It’s easy and delicious. Click here for the original recipe! ❤

How about you? Have you ever made a Chinese meal dish before? Let me know in the comments below!

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Blueberry Muffins!

Blueberry Muffins!

Hi guys! I hope that you’re all having a beautiful Thursday. ❤

For this week’s tasty treat (this is the first time in months that I’ve gotten treats posted two weeks in a row, woot woot!), I have a very tasty recipe for twelve simple blueberry muffins!

This post is dedicated to Angela from lifeofangela, as she’s the reason I found out about this awesome recipe! She posted her batch of them last week, and as I had already been wanting to make blueberry muffins for a while, this was the boost I needed to finally make them!! haha

Related Post: Blueberry Cake!

Are you guys ready to learn how to make these wonderful muffins? Make sure to check out the original recipe (I followed everything, just converted Celsius to Fahrenheit haha). Let’s get into this!

Blueberry Muffins

Here are the ingredients that you will need:

I mixed all of the dry ingredients into a large bowl, and the wet ingredients into a small bowl:

Then I mixed them all together in the large bowl, making sure not to squish the blueberries too much:

Next, I poured them into the cupcake liners and dotted all of the tops with a few extra blueberries:

Then, last but not least, you bake them! (Look at how tiny they look in this picture, haha)

Because I’m still quite new to baking, I haven’t learned a good technique on pouring batter into muffin tins or cupcake liners yet … so the edges of the muffins didn’t turn out as pretty as I would have liked, haha. However, I still attempted to make them look alright!

Thank you all so much for reading! If you’d like to make these awesome muffins for yourself (remember to visit the original recipe), they are very good served warm with margarine or butter. Yummy!

How about you?

What was the last thing that YOU baked?

Have a great day, guys!

— Maggie

Fruit Salsa and Cinnamon Chips!

Fruit Salsa and Cinnamon Chips!

Hello everyone, and welcome back to your (usually) bi-weekly dose of my tasty treats!

This particular dessert was quite a large project – definitely the biggest one I’ve done so far.

A few weeks ago, I was browsing Pinterest. I always seem to be doing this, haha, but that day, I was looking for something different; I was searching for summer-y recipes to try out and make throughout the summer, and what I’m sharing in this post is the first one that I fell in love with!

It’s such a unique idea, and the homemade chips that went with it are absolutely amazing, too!

Today, I am happy to introduce to you fruit salsa and cinnamon chips!

Fruit Salsa

This picture-worthy appetizer treat is made from a nice blend of different fresh fruits. It also has some fruit preserves thrown in to add a more salsa-like texture and appearance. It was definitely time-consuming with all the different fruits I had to chop up (thankfully, my brother volunteered to help out with some of that!), but the turnout was worth it.

Before I go on, I’d like to tell you guys that this is a great treat idea for a big party, but making the whole batch was a mistake. I ended up throwing most of it away, unfortunately. 😦 There was so much, and my family and I couldn’t eat it in time. So, while I probably won’t make it again (except maybe for a party), I am for sure making the cinnamon chips that went with it! I’ll talk about those in a minute. Alright, back to the fruit salsa.

First, you gather all your fruits together.

I used a dalia melon, two granny smith apples, and a lemon. Next up, we have:

Raspberry preserves (that’s what the original recipe creator used, so I did the same!), as well as strawberries and raspberries.

I cut up the apples, salvaged as much of the melon as I could (ahaha I was quite the amateur fruit slicer), grated the lemon, opted to use some lemon juice from the fridge instead of juicing the lemon I had just zested (I don’t like pulp), cut up the strawberries into very small pieces, then mixed everything (including the preserves) together in a huge bowl! Here are some pictures from that process.

while cutting these up, I stopped momentarily to take a picture because I thought they looked pretty cool.
behind-the-scenes footage of my baking adventures. I was thankful for his help. you can spot different picture props and things I didn’t include elsewhere in this shot aha
all the apples chopped up. there were so many!!
… and here’s everything mixed together!

Cinnamon Chips

I never thought that I would make my own tortilla chips one day – much less cinnamon-sugar ones! However, I am so happy that I got to make these. They were extremely simple, quick to bake, and sooooo good!

All you need are some flour tortillas (any size will do), sugar, cinnamon, cooking spray, and a baking sheet and foil.

Spray both sides of the tortillas with cooking spray, then sprinkle the sugar/cinnamon mixture on both sides. Once you’ve done this with as many as you’d like (I used four fajita-size tortillas), stack them together on the baking sheet and use whatever you’d like to cut them (I used a pizza cutter) into the desired triangular shape. (You can make them big or small; it’s just preference!)

Next, you arrange them in a single-layer on the baking sheet and bake for about ten minutes.

I loooove how these turned out!! The salsa was quite a commitment, so I know that most people wouldn’t be up for concocting that (haha), but guys. Please do give these cinnamon chips a chance. They’re super easy, and they make for a light treat!

Thanks for reading, guys!! How about you?

What’s YOUR favorite summer treat?

Are you interested in making the salsa or those chips yourself? Awesome! Click here for the original recipe.

Happy Thursday!

— Maggie