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My Favorite Apple Crisp Recipe

Fall is in full swing and what’s better than fresh apple dessert.  I found this recipe years ago watching an episode of Emeril Live.

It’s still my favorite and I want to share it with you!  One of my favorite treats with coffee on a football watching Sunday afternoon!

Olga’s Giant Apple Crisp

  • 8 cups sliced firm tart apples
  • 4 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2/3 cup sifted all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups uncooked oats
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 2/3 cup butter, melted

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

In a 9 by 12-inch glass baking dish, combine apples, sugar, and lemon juice. Set aside. In another bowl, combine flour, oats, brown sugar, salt and cinnamon. Toss with melted butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbles. Top apples with oat mixture. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes, or until apples are tender. Serve warm topped with heavy cream, or cool to room temperature and serve with ice cream, if desired.

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http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/emeril-lagasse/olgas-giant-apple-crisp-recipe/index.html

Halloween Party

Threw my kids Halloween party on the 19th and as usual got into such a time crunch the last 45 minutes that I wasn’t able to get the pictures that I wanted to.  I did get some thanks to my husband however it doesn’t do it justice, but the important thing is that the kids had a great time!

I went big this year and invited 50 kids and surprisingly 42 RSVP’d yes and all 42 showed up, something that rarely happens.  I started planning the party in September so I had enough time but it still got away from me.  Have 3 kids that are different genders and ages made it a little more difficult this year to come up with some fun activities that they would all enjoy.

The first thing the kids did when they arrived was look for their bag and name tags.  They had to keep the bags for all the treats & prizes they were going to get and the name tag so we knew who they were with masks on and also what group they were assigned to.

I broke all 42 kids down into 6 groups so it was more organized and not just chaos, it worked very well and I highly recommend doing that for large parties.  Their names tags were from Oriental Trading, I had fun coming up with funny ways they had died.  Yes, I know it is morbid but so is Halloween, Right??

As we waited 10 minutes for all our guests to arrive the kids had to guess how many candy corns were in a jar, decorate their bags with stickers and go through all the gross feel bags.  This gave them some time to see all their friends and check out their costumes as well.

Paper bags covers with poster board and a hole cut for their hands to reach inside without seeing!
Paper bags covers with poster board and a hole cut for their hands to reach inside without seeing!

Then we separated into our groups which I did by gender and age and started rotating through all the activities we had.  I hired 3 teenagers to come help and they did a fabulous job.  They all dressed up and the kids loved them.

  • We had a palm reader/tarot card station
  • Pass the pumpkin (our version of Hot Potato) with Halloween music
  • Pin the nose of the witch
  • Bobbing for Apples
  • Relay graveyard scavenger hunt – I had a list of 10 thing to find and the kids went 2 at a time and had 10 seconds to find what they were supposed to from the list.  The list had a spider, black bird, centipede, newt, mini pumpkin, mini skeleton, eyeball, severed ear, a bone, and a cockroach

Our fortune teller had her own table and the kids loved hearing what she had to tell them!

Our fortune teller had her own table and the kids loved hearing what she had to tell them!
We love all our spooky graveyard decorations!
We love all our spooky graveyard decorations!
This was the favorite of the kindergarten crowd!
This was the favorite of the kindergarten crowd!
The kids went 4 at a time to race to get an apple out of the bowl first!
The kids went 4 at a time to race to get an apple out of the bowl first!

All these games got those kids hungry so we took a break and gave them some healthy snacks, including the apple they bobbed for.  I made mummy dogs with turkey hotdogs, cut cheese with mini Halloween cookie cutters, fresh grapes, carrots with ranch, a candy corn chex mix, and mummy pretzels.    The kids also enjoyed some blue kool aid and juiceboxes!  Of course no pics of my food but here is the display I had for them!

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After the kids ate we split them into 3 age groups and did our pinatas.  Three pinatas can take some time but the kids were so patient to wait their turns!!

Our party started at 3:30 and was over at 5:30, the perfect amount of time.  After the pinata we announced our candy corn jar winner which was a 5 year old, he guessed 230 and there were 233 pieces in the jar.

After that the kids got about 10 minutes of free play before their parents arrived.  Thanked them all for coming and gave them a spooky popcorn ball on their way out!!  WHEW!!  DONE!!  But can’t wait to do it again another year!

Thanks for coming to our party!!
Thanks for coming to our party!!
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Football Wreath

Nothing says fall more than the start of football.  And football around this house is a big big deal!!  It doesn’t matter if it’s college or NFL, we love them both and they can sometimes take control of our weekends.  So what better way than to show our team support than to display a wreath on our front door!  Yes, we do have the team flag out continuously but why not greet our guests with team spirit as the ring the bell!!  Mesh wreaths are so in right now and are very easy to make.  Simply pick your colored rolls of mesh, some coordinating ribbon and some accents and your ready to go.   We have a few Alma Maters between my husband and I but being that we live in Arizona and tend to care the most about the University of Arizona Wildcats.  I found a large wooden “A” at Michaels and painted it myself.  I didn’t have any painters tape and couldn’t wait to go to the store so I free handed.    Didn’t turn out too bad if I don’t say so myself!!

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Halloween Spider Cone

After making the table runner I was in my craft storage closet and spotted a leftover cone from some cone trees I had made as teacher gifts for Christmas.  I immediately thought of doing a Halloween cone with the extra burlap.   Since the cone was already made all  I had to do was cut the fabric and glue it on and decorate.  I measured my fabric against the cone, having to guesstimate some since the cone was already folded and taped together.  Using a spray adhesive, I sprayed the entire cone then covered it with the orange fabric.  After I smoothed it out and cut an excess off the bottom I sprayed the adhesive on the orange fabric and then adhered the burlap.  There you have it, as simple as that!  Use your choice of ribbon, etc. to decorate to your liking!!  I like to place mine on a candle holder or lamp base to add height.

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Fall Fever & Burlap

It’s right around the corner and it can’t get here quick enough! This is by far my favorite season and I look forward to it each year.  So when I walk into Hobby Lobby my heart starts racing for all the cute fall decorations everywhere and my wheels start turning thinking of all the cute things I want to make.  Now the decision process starts as I can’t buy everything I actually want.  I spotted the cutest burlap while I was there and knew that I just had to have to but wasn’t really sure what I was going to do with it.  So I bought 2 yards since it was 30%off and left wondering what I was going to create!!

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Fall Table Runner

First thing I thought of was a runner for my kitchen table!  After chatting with my friend Jenn I knew I was going to need something to line it with and some ribbon for a border.  That sent me to the store again to pick up 2 yards of orange fabric and a roll of brown wired ribbon.  And here is how it turned out!!!  I love it and can’t wait til October so I put it out!  And I actually found some other projects to do with the leftover burlap!!

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