October 29, 2015

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October 23, 2015

Spiced Apple Cake with Cinnamon Sugar Buttercream Frosting

It's no secret that I love baking cakes (especially this spiced apple cake with cinnamon sugar buttercream frosting). Of all the cooking and baking I do, cakes are my favorite to create. I'd bake them more often if it didn't mean I'd have to eat it! Cake baking is reserved for special occasions and for when we're having company or going somewhere. That way, I have others to help make it disappear. A few weeks ago, we had family visiting so I took the opportunity to try a new cake and frosting. After much thought, the spiced apple cake with cinnamon sugar buttercream frosting was born. Speaking of born, today is my sister's birthday. Since she lives far away, I'm sharing this recipe today in her honor, as a virtual birthday cake.


My goal was something that was light, appley and spicey, without being too overwhelming, sweet yet not too sweet, and that screamed autumn. What I wanted was in my head so I looked at a few recipes to get an idea of what I wanted to do. Nothing matched what I imagined my cake to be, so I threw various things together and came up with this spiced apple cake. Buttercreams I always create off the top of my head (consulting with a baker friend of mine), using the basic butter/confectioners sugar/milk base. I kept it as a single layer because having a filling would make the cake too sweet and rich. The cinnamon gives the frosting a nice brown color that works well with orange sprinkles to give it the look of fall. When all is said and done, you get a spiced apple cake that isn't too heavy or cloying, has just the right amount of apple, tastes amazing, and a cinnamon sugar buttercream frosting that tops it off beautifully (and could be eaten by the spoonful itself).

Fall Recipe Week
All week I'm introducing you to easy, tasty recipes that are perfect for fall. Stop by each day for a new recipe: easy chicken pot pie, rosemary & garlic pork chops with cranberry quinoa, best-ever apple crisp, and homemade cinnamon applesauce. I'm also sharing a roundup of yummy autumn recipes from other bloggers.

October 22, 2015

10 Tasty Fall Recipes


As part of Fall Recipe Week, I'm sharing 10 tasty recipes from some of my fellow bloggers. Rounded up from across the web, these recipes look delicious and give you ideas for breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert!


Fall Recipe Week
All week I'm introducing you to easy, tasty recipes that are perfect for fall. Stop by each day for a new recipe: easy chicken pot pie, rosemary & garlic pork chops with cranberry quinoa, best-ever apple crisp, spiced apple cake with cinnamon sugar buttercream frosting, and homemade cinnamon applesauce.


October 21, 2015

How to Easily Remove Melted Crayon from Clothes

It's something every mom fears because we know at some point it is going to happen to us. There's no avoiding it. You're doing laundry, load after load. You're feeling good, the end to this laundry madness is in sight. Then you open the dryer and see crayon all over the inside. The huge load of kid clothes you just washed is now polka dotted and striped in the shade of whatever crayon your child snuck into a pocket and you missed when sorting. The crayon isn't just chunks, it's melted in.

This was my weekend laundry fiasco when M2 stuffed a red and a yellow crayon into the pocket of a pair of pants. I hadn't ever even realized those tiny pockets were real, I thought they were decoration! The entire large load of her new fall and winter clothes, towels and blankets looked like McDonald's had thrown up all over them. I was freaking out. M2's must-have-or-she-screams blankets were casualties as well. There's no way we could afford to replace everything.

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Best-Ever Apple Crisp

Apple crisp is a must-have dessert for fall. The tastiness of the spiced apples, brown sugary, buttery oatmeal crumble goodness on top. Vanilla ice cream plopped on top of a hot slice, melting into the crisp to make it taste even better. Even cold, an apple crisp delights the senses and screams fall. What would Fall Recipe Week be without it?

I have spent years (no joke) perfecting my apple crisp recipe. When the crisp doesn't have enough spices, the topping is to crunchy or browns too much while baking or it is too mushy rather than having the signature crisp the dessert should, it just doesn't taste as good. I want my crumbly topping to be crisp yet chewy with just the right amount of spices. The apples should be soft without being mushy but not too hard either and they need the right blend of sugar and spices so they're not too bland or too over powering. This recipe is the perfect balance -- hence why it is the Best-Ever Apple Crisp. I actually came upon it through accidentally leaving out the flour I usually use. That and the use of ginger along with melting half the butter are my secrets to apple crisp success. It's incredibly easy to make, too!


Fall Recipe Week
All week I'm introducing you to easy, tasty recipes that are perfect for fall. Stop by each day for a new recipe: easy chicken pot pie, rosemary & garlic pork chops with cranberry quinoa, spiced apple cake with cinnamon sugar buttercream frosting, and homemade cinnamon applesauce. I'm also sharing a roundup of yummy autumn recipes from other bloggers.


October 20, 2015

Rosemary & Garlic Pork Chops with Cranberry Quinoa

Pork chops are a quick and easy weeknight dinner that tastes even better in the fall with homemade cinnamon applesauce to go on top.The rosemary, garlic and cinnamon compliment each other nicely to bring out each flavor. Rather than going with the traditional rice or potatoes, I like to put quinoa with pork chops. To dress the side dish up for fall and make it extra tasty, I make a cranberry version. (This would be a great Thanksgiving side as well!) A side salad finishes off the meal nicely. When all is said and done, you end up with a dinner that looks and tastes fancier than it really is. Stop back Monday for my homemade cinnamon applesauce recipe to really bring this dish together.


Fall Recipe Week
All week I'm introducing you to easy, tasty recipes that are perfect for fall. Stop by each day so you don't miss out on learning how to make my easy chicken pot pie, best-ever apple crisp, spiced apple cake with cinnamon sugar buttercream frosting, and homemade cinnamon applesauce. I'm also sharing a roundup of yummy autumn recipes from other bloggers.

October 19, 2015

Easy Chicken Pot Pie

Chicken pot pie is one of my favorite fall entrees so it is perfect for the first recipe of Fall Recipe Week here on The SAH Life. It's one of those dishes that bring back memories of childhood and simpler times. I have always loved pot pies. The flaky crust, delicious mix of chicken and vegetables all coated in a yummy gravy. Whenever I make one, I feel like I'm joining June Clever in the kitchen. To me, it's a quintessentially American dish. The Irish have their delicious shepherd's pie (another of my favorites), the English have their meat pasties and over on this side of the pond we have our chicken pot pies.

While it may look complicated to make, it's actually an easy classic meal to make. On brisk, chill autumn evenings or in the cold of winter, this chicken pot pie is sure to warm up the whole family and leave everyone smiling. The Beav might show up for a slice it's so good.


Fall Recipe Week
All week I'm introducing you to easy, tasty recipes that are perfect for fall. Stop by each day so you don't miss out on learning how to make my rosemary and garlic pork chops with cranberry quinoa, best-ever apple crisp, spiced apple cake with cinnamon sugar buttercream frosting, and homemade cinnamon applesauce. I'm also sharing a roundup of yummy autumn recipes.

October 15, 2015

Slow Cooker Hearty Chicken & Rice Soup

While I love this recipe for chicken noodle soup, sometimes I just want an easy, throw-it-all-together-and-let-it-go slow cooker version. Changing it up by having rice instead of noodles and using different spices for the broth also make the hearty chicken and rice soup recipe a bit different yet oh-so-tasty. It's perfect for cold weather when you want something filling that doesn't take much time or effort to put together. When you're sick like my family has been this week, it comes in handy again. You'll notice I don't say to peel the potatoes. Not peeling them cuts down on prep time and leaves in the helpful vitamins and minerals found in the skins.

October 12, 2015

Fall Craft Week: All the Posts Together

In case you missed any of the posts from Fall Craft Week, here are all the links so you can find them easily. I've included links to each on Pinterest so you can pin them for later.

Pumpkin, Leaf & Acorn Fall Craft and Homeschool Lesson

Pinterest

http://www.thesahlife.com/2015/10/pumpkin-leaf-and-acorn-fall-craft-homeschool-lesson.html

20 Fall and Halloween Crafts for Kids

Pinterest

http://www.thesahlife.com/2015/10/20-fall-and-halloween-crafts-for-kids.html

Halloween Hand, Foot & Thumb Print Art

Pinterest

Welcome, Fall Wooden Sign Craft

Pinterest

http://www.thesahlife.com/2015/10/welcome-fall-wooden-sign-craft.html

15 Fall Crafts for Moms

Pinterest

http://www.thesahlife.com/2015/10/15-fall-crafts-for-moms.html



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October 10, 2015

Halloween Hand, Foot & Thumb Print Art

My inspiration for this craft is two things: Kid's love of getting messy, coating their hands and feet in paint and goo. Kids grow so fast, their little hands and feet grow bigger every day. As a mom, I try to capture that each year so that the next year I can see how much they've grown and remember how little they were. This Halloween craft captures your child's hand, foot and thumb prints together in art you can your home with for years to remind you of the times that came before. Their adorable handprint becomes a tree, thumbprints a pumpkin patch and footprint a ghost!


Fall Craft Week
For more fun seasonal crafts for kids, check out my Pumpkin, Leaf & Acorn Fall Craft and Homeschool Lesson, adorable Welcome, Fall Wooden Sign, a roundup of 20 crafts for kids. If you're looking for crafts just for you, check out my roundup of 15 Crafts for Moms. It's all part of Fall Craft Week here on The SAH Life!

October 8, 2015

15 Fall Crafts for Moms

Some of my super creative fellow bloggers have come up with cute fall and Halloween crafts perfect for mom to do when the kids are asleep. I'm excited to share 10 of them with you!

Fall Craft Week
For fun seasonal crafts for kids, check out my Pumpkin, Leaf & Acorn Fall Craft and Homeschool Lesson, adorable Welcome, Fall Wooden Sign, a roundup of 20 crafts for kids, then come back tomorrow for a Halloween Handprint, Footprint & Thumbprint Craft. It's all part of Fall Craft Week here on The SAH Life!

October 7, 2015

Welcome, Fall Wooden Sign Craft

Welcoming fall by decorating for the season is something we do in our house every year. It goes hand-in-hand with the apple picking, baking, cooking and opening of all the windows to let in the crisp air. Adding to our decoration collection with crafts M2 creates makes the yearly decorating even more special. Every time they come out, the memories of her making them and of her when she was younger come flooding back. Previous years she wasn't able to do much.

Now that she's a little bit older, she and I are getting more adventurous. To officially welcome fall this year, she and I made this wooden sign. I love how the layered paint looks like fall leaves scattered on the ground and the apple reminds us of our family apple-picking tradition. This craft is for kids age 2 and older. Younger ones are going to need more help from mom while the older kiddos can do more on their own.

Fall Craft Week
In case you missed the earlier Fall Craft Week posts, check out my cute Pumpkin, Leaf & Acorn Fall Craft and Homeschool Lesson, a roundup of 20 crafts for kids from other bloggers. Then stop by tomorrow for 15 crafts for moms and come back Friday for an adorable hand print, footprint and thumbprint Halloween art M2 and I created to share with you.

October 6, 2015

20 Fall and Halloween Crafts for Kids

Some of my super creative fellow bloggers have come up with cute fall and Halloween crafts. I've rounded up 20 that I'm excited to share with you today as part of my Fall Craft Week! Many, along with being fun, help kids build a variety of skills.

Fall Craft Week
For some more fun seasonal crafts for kids, check out my Pumpkin, Leaf & Acorn Fall Craft and Homeschool Lesson and adorable Welcome, Fall Wooden Sign then come back Friday for Halloween Handprint, Footprint & Thumbprint Art. Thursday I'll have another roundup post for you of 15 crafts for moms from other bloggers. It's all part of Fall Craft Week here on The SAH Life!

October 5, 2015

Pumpkin, Leaf & Acorn Fall Craft and Homeschool Lesson

Pumpkins, acorns and leaves scream fall to me. Their colors are gorgeous and when you see them, there is no mistaking autumn is here with crisp air, bonfires, apple picking and wonderous views. To bring a little bit of the outside inside, M2 and I did a craft with all three. Once we finished, we had a beautiful decoration to set on the hutch.
Homeschool Lesson
While we painted, I talked with M2 about colors, shapes, fall, acorns, leaves and pumpkins to add a toddler age appropriate homeschool lesson. To help her with taking turns, sharing and team work, the craft has aspects I had to do or help her with. She learns best through art and music, so this craft a perfect way to incorporate learning. When we were done, she was so proud of her work!

For older kids, you can go more in-depth while you craft or do a lesson before followed by the hands-on art. They'll be able to do the craft themselves also.

Fall Craft Week
Next up for Fall Craft Week is a roundup of 20 crafts for kids from other bloggers followed by my cute Welcome, Fall Wooden Sign. Friday I'll have adorable hand print, footprint and thumbprint Halloween art M2 and I created to share with you. There's also a roundup of 15 crafts for moms coming up Thursday!