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Monster Caramel Apples

Monster Caramel Apples
Monster Caramel Apples

Halloween is just around the corner! It is my favorite holiday and the most fun one as a kid. Bring back a childhood favorite by making timeless treats. These caramel covered apples take a dip in crushed Oreos before getting drizzled with white candy coating. Oh I forgot, my mom used change it up using pears.
8 to 10 medium Apples
10 wooden sticks
32 Oreo cookies, chopped up
1 cup of butter, cubed
2 cups packed brown sugar
1 can (14oz.) sweetened condensed milk
1 cup light corn syrup
1 tsp. vanilla extract
8 squares (1oz.) white candy coating, coarsely chopped
1/4 cup orange and brown sprinkles
1. Wash and dry the apples; insert a wooden stick into each. Place on waxed paper-lined baking sheet; chill. Place cookie crumbs in a shallow dish; set aside.
2. In a heavy 3-qt. saucepan, combine butter, brown sugar, milk and corn syrup; bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Cook and stir until mixture reach 248 degree (full-ball stage) on a candy thermometer, about 30-40 minutes. Remove from the heat; stir in vanilla.
3. Dip each apple into hot caramel mixture to completely coat, then dip he bottom in the cookie crumbs, pressing lightly to adhere. Return to baking sheet to cool.
4. In a microwave, melt candy coating; sit until smooth. Transfer to small plastic bag; cut a small hole in corner of bag. Drizzle coating over apples. Decorate with sprinkles.
Make different kind of decoration to your apples. ENJOY!!
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Living on the Outer Banks

Home Sweet Home
Home Sweet Home

Our home on the Outer Banks of North Carolina is a small but very comfortable house. We enjoy the big yard for it has a lot of room for all kinds of fun activities. It has plenty of room for my garden and also for entertaining. My husband decide that this year we are putting in a fire pit for those after hour fun nights. We only live about 1 mile from the Atlantic Ocean. As a matter of fact if you get on the roof you can see the ocean.
Some nights when the wind blows out of the North East for a couple of days you can hear the roar of the ocean as the waves break onto the beach. There are nights when I can not sleep so I decide to work on the computer. Around three am in the morning you can hear the fishing boats getting ready to make their trip out into the ocean. It is so quiet at that time in the morning that you can hear the roar of the engines form the fishing vessels making there way out into the Atlantic for the day. For some folks here that is a way of life for them. If you go down to the docks when they return for their day of fishing you can buy fish from them. I love it! Fresh fish for tacos, not to mention tuna for the grill. Yummy!! I should also say that they have fresh local produce that is always for sale along side the roads on your way here to the Outer Banks. I always get at least 3 dozens ears of corn to prepare for the winter months here. It really freezes great. I enjoy my garden and every year I try to plant something new. I really enjoy living here on the Outer Banks.

Halloween is here!!

Make a scary house or paint your pumpkins, fun, fun and more fun!!

Halloween 2015
Now we get to paint the big orange pumpkin that has been sitting on the porch. This is the time of year when the kids chase each other around. They go from house to house pushing the doorbell and Saying, ” Trick of Treat,! and they get treats for doing this. They don’t do any tricks for their Mom and Dad, like I do.
My favor is rolling around in the sand! I love it! After doing that, I run for the big bedroom and sleep the day away or until Mom gets another project for us to do!
Before we paint the pumpkin Mom and I have to clean it off and dry it. Then we get the paints set out and Mom draws a picture on the paper of what we are going to put on the pumpkin. Since we live in the South and on the Outer Banks we decided to do shells.

Bernie's stripes
Bernie’s stripes

Oh I forgot we also have to paint on my stripes. That is a lot of fun! Mom takes the paint brush and paints on the black stripes on my face. She doses a great job, they really look real!

October is a beautiful month!

 

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In the month of October the trees begin the dancing of colors of which we all enjoy. We all know the cold weather is soon to be upon us. Here in the south most everyone try to get the last barbecues in before we can not enjoy the outdoor weather. That is exactly what we did this weekend! What great weather we had, the temperature was at 65 degrees. Just right for shorts, which I hate to give up, and pants later in the day. What a great day we had, with family and friends who came to enjoy our wonderful delightful foods from salads to barbecue.

Family and friends
October Barbecue
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October Barbecue

The smells of barbecue ribs and chicken cooking on the grill, along with some fresh homemade salads make a great meal for a afternoon of fun.  The laughing  and story telling can make a afternoon just fly by. We had family and friends that live here locally, along with friends from New York stop by to visit and catch up on what’s happening in our life.  It was a great day all in all!!
Our food menu included Tri-color Cheesy pasta salad, Fresh Spinach – Potato salad along with hot Shrimp/Crab drip and Buffalo Chicken drip. Barbecue chicken and ribs. Special Memphis Style BBQ Dry Rub Chicken cooked on grill to perfection. This is my own personal Dry Rub I have put together and it has been a hit this summer at a few BBQ’s. I enjoy experiencing in using fresh herbs and dry spice to come up with new favors. I hope you enjoy some of these recipes and as always just enjoy life! Enjoy!!

Zucchini Pecan Bread

Zucchini Pecan Bread
Zucchini Pecan Bread

Whisk 1 1/2 cups flour, 1 cup sugar and 1/2 tsp. each baking powder, baking soda and salt. Whisk 2 eggs, 1 1/2 cups grated zucchini, 1/2 cop chopped pecans, 1/2 cup vegetable oil and 1 tsp. vanilla. Sir the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients. Butter an 8 inch loaf pan. Pour in the batter; bake at 325 until a toothpick inserted into center comes out clean, 1 hour and 10 minutes. Let Cool! Enjoy!!

What to do with all that Zucchini!!

Zucchini

 

 

 

Well summer is here and so are the fresh vegetables. There are many ways to cook summer zucchini and here are a lot of ideals for you to check out. My favorite is Crispy Zucchini , it is sooo good!! Pick some of your favorite from the list and give it a try. Enjoy!!

Zucchini…
Corn Tacos, Quesadillas ,Grilled Cheese, Dip ,Bean Salad ,Fried Rice, Tzatziki, Roasted, Sweet and Sour Pork, Salsa, Potato Salad, Meatloaf, Pesto, Slaw, Chicken meatballs, Saute, Spaghetti, Bread, Chips, Stuffed, Pancakes, Cookies, Muffins, Crispy Zucchini.

Zucchini Muffins

Tips for you!
Zucchini Muffins
Tips for you!
My Zucchini Muffins makes about 24 muffins.

Zucchini Muffins Recipe
1 1/2 sticks butter, at room temp.
1 1/2 cups of sugar
2 eggs, beaten
1 tbsp. pure vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups flour (all-purpose)
1 1/2 cups whole-wheat flour
2 tbsp. ground flaxseed
1 tbsp. ground cinnamon
2 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. ground nutmeg
3 cups grated zucchini
1 cup golden raisins (optional)

1.Preheat the oven to 350, Line 2 standard 12-cup muffin pans with baking liners. Using a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, beat the butter and sugar on high for 2 minutes. (You can use a regular hand-mixer if you want, it just becomes a little harder to mix when you add the flour.)
2. Reduce speed to medium and add vanilla. In a medium bowl, whisk both flours, faxseed,cinnamon,baking soda,salt and nutmeg until well combined. With the mixer running on low speed, gradually add the flour mixture to the butter mixture. Beat until just combined (do not over-mix). Fold in the zucchini and raisins.
3.Spoon the batter into the baking liners, filling each about three-quarters full. Bake until golden and toothpick inserted into center comes out clean, about 25 to 30 minutes. Let cool and then as I say Enjoy!!