Sunday, September 19, 2010

Fall Teasers

I must have kid myself into thinking it was more fall like than it really was today.  Now that I've started on all of my favorite fall foods, like pumpkin and squash and apples, there is just no stopping it. 

This morning, I pulled out an old fall favorite for breakfast.

Stuffed Autumn Apples 

It's very simple to make these.  You take one Honeycrisp Apple, core it and scoop out a the flesh to make a big cavity in the center.  Then stuff the hole with a mixture of dry oats, raisins, apricots, cinnamon, agave, and walnuts. Baked at 350 for 30-35 min. 

In an effort to clean out the freezer, I'm finding products I even forgot I had. 

I've never been one for frozen pancakes, but I was sent a coupon for these and decided they seemed worth trying. 

I had 1/2 my Baked Apple with one Sweet Potato Pancake, Honey Vanilla Yogurt and a little granola. 

Quite delicious.  The pancakes were actually pretty good, but I think my apple and yogurt mess overpowered the flavors.  I'm interested to try them on their own. 

I did the usual Sunday errand thing, came home, and put together some meals for the week and for my sister. 

I also started packing a bit by cleaning out the pantry and shelves an packed up a bunch of food to take to my sister's house.  

Little progress but it's a start. 

I must have worked up an appetite because I suddenly became quite ravenous for lunch. 

One of my favorite combos:

 1 Slice Whole Wheat Tuscan Bread, Dijon, Pesto, Soft Scrambled Egg, Crofters Jam

Side Salad: Romaine, Zucchini, Strawberries, Asparagus, Walnuts, Hummus, Feta

Perfect!  And if you have yet to try eggs and jam, I promise you won't be disappointed.  

After lunch, I headed over to my sister's house to visit the little love of my life. 

He was all geared up for his first Eagles Game!! 

Uncle Toly even stopped by and we realized they were dressed almost exactly alike.  

Too cute!! 

I spent the afternoon hanging with the little guy and let my sister have a little break.  She needed to eat and rest, so I happily took over for the afternoon. 

I eventually preyed myself away and came home to tend to my other love. 

Thankfully, I did dinner cooking all day in the crock pot so it was all done by the time I walked in the door. 

Butternut Squash and Apple Chili 

This was similar to my favorite chili: Pumpkin and Black bean. But the apple gave it a touch of sweetness.  Still rather spicy though, but I do like it hot. :) 

I also whipped up some pumpkin cornbread to go with the chili. 

This is one of the best things in the world.  I use an all natural Corn Bread mix and add pumpkin to replace the eggs and oil.  It turns out so much better than any corn bread I have ever had.  

Wow, this weekend did just fly.  I'm off to enjoy the last hour of my weekend. 

Goodnight friends! 



  1. mmmm do tell the recipe for the pumpkin and black bean chili! That sounds great!

  2. Love that Stuffed Autumn Apple; and your nephew is too precious!

  3. holy amazing breakfast. I need to make your apple bake- love the center overflowing with goodness. Oh my gosh- when we decide to have a kid, I know one of the first items of clothing Josh will insist we buy is an eagle jersey. Too cute! Congrats on the win ;)

  4. I would love the recipe for the pumpkin and black bean chili too, Lauren! And exactly how to make that pumpkin corn bread!
    You guys like the wrong team - GO STEELERS!

  5. I think the recipe for the Pumpkin Black Bean Chili is on my recipe page. :)

  6. Butternut squash and apple chili sounds great! I bet the apple melds so well with the sweet squash. And your little guy looked adorable. I think the Eagles won I'm sure you were all happy! Have a great Monday!

  7. Baked apples and babies... could this get any better?!?!

  8. i just bought those SAME things- but sweet tater waffles, not pancakes! the waffles are great! I must try the pcakes next!!

  9. I remember not really tasting sweet potato in the waffle version--just a sliiiight hint. I love the ingredients list though.


  10. YAY Eagles....espescially with that adorable baby supporting the team too!! I think I'd be far more interested in playing with him than with watching the game :)

    Those pancakes look interesting! I don't recall ever seeing frozen pancakes, but hey, I guess it's easier than making them from scratch! Hope you have more success taste-wise the next time you try them!

    Have a great start to your week!

  11. Wow, girl, you really went all out with the fall ingredients. I LOVE IT! Especially that stuffed apple; honeycrisps are my FAVORITE! :)

    Love those Eagles photos!