Peanut Butter Apple Pie Cookies

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Happy National Bake Cookies Day! It's very fitting, considering that verb has been one of the main causes for my blogging hiatus lately. I've been in party prep mode for the last week or two, planning a menu, shopping, cooking/baking and cleaning before I host some close friends for an appetizers, desserts and cocktails holiday celebration! There are plenty of cookies and other sweets on the menu, ranging from guilt-free to ...continue reading

Healthy Homemade Apple Butter

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When it comes to nutrition, butter sounds bad, right? Well, not as bad as those much-discussed trans fats, but you get the idea. THIS butter is made with just four ingredients—and none of them are packed with saturated fat. Just the fruits of my apple-picking labor, a couple spices and some lemon juice! Not only is this a surprisingly light condiment, but it's also super-versatile. As you can see below, I've tried it ...continue reading

Cinnamon Maple Bread Stuffed Apples

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A group of friends and I made the trek to a local pick-your-own farm, The Berry Patch, on Friday. It was a crisp fall afternoon—just right for apple harvest! So right that I left with six pounds ($7.50!) of honeycrisp, golden delicious and sweet sixteen apples. Oops. Time to get creative to put all of those picks to good use! I love biting into a plain apple as much as the next girl, but jazzing them up every once in a while is ...continue reading

Inside Out Apple Pies (Plus a Holiday Giveaway!)

Happy Thanksgiving! I hope you’ve been able to spend some quality time with family and friends this weekend. I’ve been enjoying plenty of board games, sporting event-viewings and group workouts with my crew. Oh yes, and of course some tasty holiday food! One thing that’s always a mainstay on our Thanksgiving table? Pie! (We also had a lengthy debate about the merits of cake vs. pie during dinner. Pie seemed to win out ...continue reading

Three Reasons (Plus One Recipe) to Try Apples

Fall is rapidly approaching, and that means a new set of seasonal produce will soon be hitting stores and farmers’ market stands! One of my fall faves? Apples. So here are three reasons why you should include an apple a day (or a few times a week) to your diet. 1. It’s National Apple Month! There’s no better way to celebrate the more than 7,500 varieties of apples worldwide than by noshing on one. Check out the ...continue reading

A Pie by Pictures

Along with hosting a fun giveaway for my birthday yesterday (what are you waiting for…go enter!), I enjoyed a slice of delicious apple pie courtesy of Rocco DiSpirito himself! Well, I actually cooked it myself, but I got the recipe from Rocco’s fantastic new cookbook: “Now Eat This! 150 of America’s Great Comfort Foods All Under 350 Calories.” Despite my desire to edit the subtitle to “Less Than 350 ...continue reading