Caramel Apple Dip 

It’s autumn in the north woods and I love everything about it! The leaves are spectacular. Leggings and boots are in effect. Warm soups and chilies are back on. Our family celebrates the season with an annual hay ride at my grandparents, complete with potluck dishes and a bonfire. Sometimes, we even throw in a shrimp boil for good measure.

My dear sister Amy is always finding yummy recipes to share at events and a few years ago, she brought this delicious Caramel Apple Dip to our hay ride. I’ve been craving it and decided I had to have it this past weekend.

It is the perfect dish to share at your next fall event! It’s also easy to make and contains 4 simple ingredients, plus your favorite apple for dipping. It reminds me of biting into a big caramel apple as a kid. (Such a treat!) But it has the added bonus of creamy goodness and my favorite Heath candy bar. (So. Much. Toffee. Goodness.) I love the combination of sweet and tart! I use Granny Smith apples but I encourage you to pair with your favorite. Enjoy!

Thanks to Crumbs and Chaos for the perfect fall treat!

Click here to find recipe: Caramel Apple Dip


Bean & Sweet Pepper Salsa

Fresh vegetables are everywhere right now. {cue the alleluia chorus} 😊 There is no better time to enjoy fresh salsa. And if there are any non-tomato lovers (gasp!) out there, this salsa has nary a tomato in it. 😉

Recently, we spent a week at the the lake and my dear sister came to visit us for a day. She brought this fresh salsa with…and…Oh. My. You guys! It’s so good. Credit goes to Mary Gunderson for sharing the recipe with her. (Thank you Mary!)  Served here with multi-grain scoop chips. And with a cold beer or summer cocktail, even better! {cheers!}

This requires a bit of chopping, but I usually find that somewhat cathartic.

Bean & Sweet Pepper Salsa Recipe

Tiger sauce was a bit elusive for me at our small town grocer. I used a healthy dose of Cholula original hot sauce (about 1/3 of bottle) and it worked out rather nicely. It’s just the perfect blend of sweet and spicy (and the beans provide some good fiber too!).


Chocolate & PB Sandwich Cookies

My husband adores chocolate and peanut butter, separately and together but most definitely together. So, when I stumbled on this recipe a little light bulb went off in my head (that happens sometimes). I dashed to the market for some Devil’s Food Cake Mix (it’s not something I stock in my pantry but I probably should!) and whipped these babies up for my man.

choc pb sandwich cookie close up

At the risk of losing friends (you know who you are!), I have to confess that I am not a lover of the peanut butter-chocolate marriage. {bows head in slight shame} I have moments where I will dive in, but they are rare. Peanut butter cups, occasionally yes. It is never the chocolate that dissuades me in these peanut butter-chocolate events. Chocolate and I get along very well under almost all circumstances. It’s the peanut butter with the chocolate. I can’t quite explain it. But my husband puts PB on his pancakes and even in his oatmeal (!) so we just differ on our love of the butter of peanuts. And that is okay. I hope you still love me. I can, without a doubt, tell you that if you are a fan of the divine marriage of chocolate and peanut butter, these will melt in your mouth and possibly leave you at a loss for words. My husband loves them. Mine got a little fat but…eh…par for the course, I say. 🙂

Special thanks to Amy at My Name is Snickerdoodle for keeping me in good graces with my hubby. Here is the printable recipe: Chocolate and Peanut Butter Sandwich Cookies

These will keep for 2 days at room temperature in a sealed container or place in refrigerator.  Ours don’t ever make it past the 2 day mark.  But you may also like them in the fridge for an extra cool treat.

I must say that the chocolate cookies alone are a joy all on their own! MuWah!