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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Mini Apple Pie Triffles

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Fall baking is my favorite, but so far in San Diego we have had nothing that resembles fall weather... at all.  We're talking temperatures soaring over 100 degrees for days here.  But I'm still craving everything fall, including fall desserts.  So this weekend I went to Smart & Final for a few ingredients to make our family a fall dessert that didn't even require me to heat up the oven, Mini Apple Pie Triffles.  Whether you really are enjoying fall weather, or whether you're still cranking the AC, these Mini Apple Pie Triffles will satisfy your sweet tooth for something deliciously "Fall" tasting.

Mini Apple Pie Triffles @ Gallamore West
  
I picked up a First Street Vanilla Pound Cake and First Street Apple Pie Filling from Smart & Final.  Don't those look amazing?  The cashier and I were about ready to open up that apple pie filling and try it out!  I love shopping at stores where the cashiers are not just friendly, but also excited about their store's product line.  

Mini Apple Pie Triffles @ Gallamore West

The pound cake was SO good- it tasted fresh and so good that our boys thought it was homemade.  And the apple pie filling was also delicious, and I was impressed at how that also tasted homemade.  To complete the "this tastes homemade" theme, I whipped up my own whipping cream with some sugar and vanilla extract.  It's so much better than the canned whipped cream.  Then I just got to layering...

Mini Apple Pie Triffles @ Gallamore West

I put about 3-4 one inch square pieces of pound cake at the bottom of each mason jar, then layered about 3-4 slices of apple pie filling, then a tablespoon or so of whipped cream on top of the apple.  I repeated the layers two times, then sprinkled cinnamon on top.  Don't be afraid to gently push down each layer with the back of a spoon before putting in the next ingredient.  It helps the layers fill all of the space in the jar and lets you pack in more deliciousness into each jar.  And who wouldn't want that? :) 

Mini Apple Pie Triffles @ Gallamore West

Do you shop at Smart & Final?  Every time I go there I love it because it really is a smaller, faster, easier to navigate warehouse store without a club membership fee.  I always get a close parking spot, the store isn't jam packed full of people, I'm able to find exactly what I'm looking from produce to meat, wine and baked goods all at great prices, and Smart & Final is my #1 source for party candy too because the selection is awesome.  Oh, and their coffee is amazing too!  I really do love Smart & Final.  



Smart & Final's First Street Bakery is having a fun sweepstakes from September 17-September 30th, where they are giving away (3) $500 gas cards and (10) $100 Smart & Final gift cards when you pruchase any 2 First Street Bakery items and enter a code online that you can find on your store receipt.

How fun would it be to win one of those prizes?!  Head to your local Smart & Final and be amazed at what a great place it is to shop! 

Monday, September 15, 2014

Game Day Party!

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Are you ready for some football?  

We love football season here at Gallamore West!  Some more than others but still, I love to make a big spread of food where everyone can get up and help themselves throughout the game so that I can sit and relax, and I especially love it when I can make that food fun, easy, and with a football theme.  So to kick off football season, I set up a fun dinner for our family so we could sit down for the first Monday night game of the season.  


I wanted the food to be fun and easy, even for the kids to grab themselves so I picked up these Tyson Any'Tizer Wings in Buffalo Style and Honey BBQ.  And since wings can get messy, I also grabbed a box of Wet-Nap so the kids could  clean up their own hands up too. Tyson Any'Tizer Buffalo Wings taste just like the pricey ones from a restaurant, but for a fraction of the price and you don't even have to leave your house. 


We also picked up some fun Tyson Boneless Chicken Any'Tizer wings for the kids. YUM!


I served the wings with dipping sauces- BBQ for the Honey BBQ wings, and spicy Siracha for the Buffalo wings.  Both were huge hits with everyone- the kids really loved the Honey BBQ, and the adults were huge fans of the Buffalo wings.





















And for dessert, I kept it simple with fresh fruit bowls, and pretzel thins drizzled with yellow and white chocolate with blue sprinkles.  


If you haven't noticed yet, we are definitely San Diego Chargers fans in this house!



I printed out some free football printables to attach to the individually wrapped Wet Nap napkins.


 And I also made a fun little "football field" with green & white card stock paper for the kids to play a fun little game of "Flick the Football" to keep them occupied when the real game started getting long.


Sounds silly, but silly things keep these boys busy around here!  Plus, Wet-Nap is great to keep their little fingers clean.  I think I'll keep a little basket of them on the table all of the time.


Gearing up for Game Day at your house?  Head to Walmart for Tyson Any-Tizer Wings and don't forget a package of Wet-Nap to clean up those fingers with.  Grab a coupon for Wet-Nap here (available at Walmart, while supplies last). 


Friday, September 12, 2014

Apple Recipes: Candy Apple Cupcakes & Spiced Caramel Apple Cider

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Fall is definitely my favorite season of the year for baking, but it definitely seems like pumpkin takes center stage all season long.  I do loooove my pumpkin treats, but let's not forget about APPLE!  Baking with apples is equally as "Fall-ish" as baking with pumpkin is, and the results are always amazing.  Today I'm excited to share two of my favorite apple recipes with you- Candy Apple Cupcakes with Browned Butter Frosting and Candy Apple M&Ms, along with Spiced Caramel Apple Cider.  


These cupcakes are so delicious, but the addition of the browned butter frosting with the Candy Apple M&Ms takes them over the top awesome.  



Honestly I did not think I would really like the Candy Apple M&Ms because I'm not a fan of apple flavors that aren't an actual apple, but these are delicious!  The apple is subtle and not fakey tasting.  



By using Mott's Apple Sauce in place of oil, these cupcakes are lower in fat without taking away any flavor.  In fact, the apple sauce helps bring out even more apple flavor. 


Apple Spice Cupcakes with Browned Butter Frosting & Candy Apple M&Ms

1/4 stick melted butter
1/2 cup Mott's Apple Sauce 
1/3 cup granulated sugar
2/3 cup packed light brown sugar
2 eggs, room temperature
1/3 cup milk
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1 1/2 cup all purpose flour
1 1/2 cup Granny Smith apples, peeled and diced

Browned Butter Frosting:
1 stick unsalted butter
3 cups powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2-3 tablespoons milk

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Add melted butter, apple sauce, and sugars into stand mixer to combine.  Add in eggs, one at a time, until smooth.  Mix in milk & vanilla.  In a separate bowl, whisk together dry ingredients.  Slowly add the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and stir just until combined.  Fold in apple.  Bake for 13-16 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean.  Take cupcakes out of baking pan to cool completely on a wire rack.  While cooling, prepare frosting.  

Melt butter over medium-low heat until it bubbles, stirring often.  When it just starts to get an amber/brown color and has a delicious nutty smell, remove from heat promptly.  Pour into bowl of stand mixer.  Slowly pour in powdered sugar, one cup at a time and mix until combined.  Frosting may be clumpy at first.  Add in vanilla and combine thoroughly.  Slowly add in one tablespoon of milk at a time until desired consistency is reached.  

Frost the cupcakes and garnish with Candy Apple M&Ms, and if you want, you can even dress them up with some free apple printables.  I found these adorable ones at Uncommon Designs.

Guess what goes great with my Candy Apple Cupcakes with Browned Butter Frosting and Candy Corn M&Ms?  Spiced Caramel Apple Cider! Really, what says fall better than a delicious, hot Spiced Caramel Apple Cider?  Yes, you can buy this at your local coffee shop, but I'm going to show you how you can make it yourself whenever you want to for a tiny fraction of the coffee shop price with Mott's Apple Juice.



Spiced Caramel Apple Cider
8 oz. Mott's Apple Juice
2-3 tablespoons store-bought caramel sauce
Whipped cream
Cinnamon 

In a microwave safe mug, heat 8 oz. of Mott's apple juice with 2-3 tablespoons of caramel sauce (add more or less depending on how sweet you want it).  Stir to melt caramel.  Pour into serving glass and top with freshly whipped cream.  Garnish by sprinkling cinnamon on top of the whipped cream.  I LOVE this drink! 



Want more Fall yumminess, coupons, and ideas?  Check out TheFlavorofFall.com and these great coupons below.



The Candy Apple M&Ms are exclusive to Walmart and are available in the Seasonal Candy section.  They were a little hard to find, but they're worth looking for because they're delicious.  I marked them in this picture... see that white little arrow at the bottom.  



The Mott's apple juice at Walmart is found in the juice aisle.


And the Mott's apple sauce at Walmart is found in the canned fruit aisle.  



My Walmart also had a whole end cap full of Mott's individual servings apple sauce too.  It is definitely apple season at Walmart.



Happy Fall Baking... with apples!! xoxo 

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Halloween Soccer Snacks

This fall we are taking a break from all sports and activities {whaaaaat?!?!}  Seriously, we have never done this and it is nothing short of AMAZING.  But still, our boys do love their sports and I'm sure we'll be back into activities soon.  I love getting all into the boys sports too... handmade felt banners, fun after the game snacks, shirts that match their jersey color, etc.  I'm a total soccer mom minus the minivan, although a minivan is actually on my wish list :)

Last year we were in charge of bringing snack to a soccer game right before Halloween so here's what we brought.  I think I only took iphone pictures {boo} so the quality of the pictures isn't great, but still... these snacks were a hit!

Market Pantry Halloween fruit snacks {Target}, a bottle of Gatorade wrapped like a mummy, a tangerine with a Jack-O-Lantern face drawn on with a Sharpie, and a homemade Frankenstein Rice Krispy Treat that my boys kept saying, "It looks like a creeper!" and I had no idea what they were talking about back then.  Since then I've learned more than my fair share of Minecraft knowledge and even hosted this Minecraft Birthday Party for one of our boys so now I understand what they were talking about.  


And I guess they really were right... my Frankenstein Krispies really do look like creepers.  But that actually made them even cooler with the kids.


I just used brown bags and attached a fun free printable I found via Pinterest {I tried to go back and find the source but couldn't find it so if you know please let me know so I can credit them}, then hot glued a glow in the dark bat {Target} onto each bag.  


And that's it- Fun Halloween Soccer Snacks that were memorable for the boys and fun for me to put together!  xoxo 

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

I see the end of diapers in sight... Potty Training with Pull-Ups!

Thank you to Pull-Ups for sponsoring today's post.

I've been changing diapers every single day for nearly ten year.  TEN YEARS!!  I am SO ready for the day when we don't have to buy diapers, and for the day when I'm not changing diapers.  Not that I don't love having my babies be little.  It's just, almost TEN YEARS here!  

So imagine my surprise and absolute amazement when our youngest son, just over 2 years old, decided that he's ready to potty train.  All of his three older brothers potty trained at right about 3 years old, so I was ready to buckle down and hold my nose one year longer until our baby announced recently that he is ready to be a big boy!  


But... he's not quite there with the body and the brain matching up.  So I'm not stressing the process at all.  We are thrilled when he is successful and not at all disappointed when he is not successful.  He is young and eager to get it done, and I am one thrilled Mama!  To help him feel successful and to help him be able to do it all by himself since he says, "I got this Mama... no help me!" we are using Pull-Ups for potty training with him.  



Pull-Ups help him feel independent, which he loves.  Plus he loves that they have a picture of Jake from Jake and the Neverland Pirates on them.




And they still give excellent protection like a diaper, which I love.  Plus, the Pull-Ups Big Kid Academy gives parents tips to handle potty training setbacks, how to help your child be successful, and more. 


Do you have a Potty Trainer in the house?  Pull-Ups by Huggies may be just what you need too :) 

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