Fun Friday – Caramel Apple Treats

Recipe From allrecipes.com

Happy Friday Everyone.  It’s fall y’all!  I’ve been waiting all month to say that. 🙂  Yes, fall is here, & although its early in the season, I have a fun activity the family can get together to do this weekend.

Apples are very popular this time of year.  They’re great for a variety of known favorites… apple pie, apple muffins…etc.  I especially love caramel covered or taffy apples as they are also called.  And this is the perfect season for apple picking.

So, how about making your own caramel apples!  It’s much more fun when you get together & whip up the ingredients to do it yourselves, & I have the perfect recipe for you.  Enjoy! 🙂

 

Ingredients 

8 large tart apples (can adjust accordingly)

8 wooden chopsticks for handles

1 cup butter

2 cups packed brown sugar

1 cup light corn syrup

1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

30 min Prep time ~  30 min Cook ~  Ready in 2 hrs  (Directions)

(You can add whatever extra toppings you prefer…nuts…etc)

Because the caramel requires constant attention when cooking and you will be in a hurry when coating the apples, prep everything beforehand. Have your parchment paper laid out, your toppings ready in bowls, etc. Also, each stove differs as far as temperature & how long you will need for the caramel to cook.  It can take 20 min for some…others 40 min, so it can vary greatly.

Well, I hope you enjoyed the recipe…& if you prefer not to do it yourselves, that’s ok too, just go to your local grocery store & buy some already made! Have a great weekend…until next time, “Toodles!” 😉

 

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Fall Welcome

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Cool breezes & hot cider…

Pumpkin pies & cozy fires,

Freshly picked apples, filling baskets…

Warmed toes under thick blankets

Fallen leaves crumpling under our feet…

Children going trick-or-treat,

Fall, welcome…

Welcome, fall  ©JLH

 

Summer Is – Poem

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Summer is…

Messy, summer is fun,

summer is spending all day in the sun…

summer is campfires, smores, & late nights,

summer is windy days spent flying kites!

summer is tan lines & splashing in lakes,

summer is mornings with chocolate pancakes.

summer is time spent with family & friends…

summer is…hoping that it NEVER ends   (Pinterest.com)

 

I just LOVE this poem! Now, it’s your turn…what is summer to YOU?

Fun Friday – Tasty Fourth Of July Party Food Ideas

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Article Reference: Food Network Kitchen

Wow, summer is here!  The Fourth of July is vastly approaching, but no worries, help is here 🙂  I’ve come across some mouth-watering grilling ideas to help kick off  your awesome summer celebration 🙂

 

1)  Asian Turkey Burgers

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Now, what kind of party would it be without a delicious burger to throw on the grill? Ok, I know some of us our trying to be more health conscious, no problem. This recipe is sure to satisfy!

 

2)  Asian Chicken Burgers

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Here is another great healthy alternative.  Prep time is under 30 min! Sambal-oelek, a spicy sauce made from tomatoes, onions, green peppers, vinegar & spices, replaces the traditional ketchup condiment for this burger.  Add the extra fixings you desire to this savory meal 🙂

 

3) BBQ Chicken Burgers

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You can easily ease up on the beef with this juicy chicken burger recipe.  Each grilled patty is souped-up with a homemade, concentrated barbecue sauce & piled high with slaw once finished.  I don’t know about you, but I’m starting to salivate 🙂

 

4)  Grilled Ratatouille Salad

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Take your salad to a new level by taking a classic French stewed side dish to the grill! And you don’t have to worry, unlike the movie, “Ratatouille”, no rats are involved 😉  This smoky salad packed with yummy favorites, is bound to be a hit at your party bash.

 

 

5) Mango-Strawberry Snow Cones

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Bring out the treats! A favorite childhood treat gets grown-up flavors (and an extra bonus, no added sugar!)

Well, I hope you enjoyed all of the recipe tips…now get your party on! Have a spectacular Independence Day! Until next time, “Toodles!”

Fun Friday – 5 Thrilling Summer Camp Activities Your Kids Will Love

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It’s June! If not already, school for most will soon be out, & summer will officially begin within a matter of weeks! Unbelievable right? Well, I have some great ideas to help keep the kiddies busy. Enjoy! 😊

 

 

Scavenger Hunt

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“I spy with my little eye”… there’s nothing like a good game of clue, or a scavenger hunt. Kids love the chance to look for various treasures & prizes with a few fun clues to lead them.  It’s an amazing way to create a fun activity for all to participate in, & can be used to create healthy competition between campers.

 

 

Rope Swings

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This is an oldie, but a goodie form of fun. Rope swings have been around forever, but I assure you, the fun remains the same! Usually, you can also increase or decrease, this ultra-thrilling experience to fit your liking, by using different platform heights to swing high over bodies of water ending in a safe yet thrilling splash!

 

 

Mega Slip-N-Slide

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A mega slip n slide isn’t like any other slip n slide you’ve seen before. You can transform any hill or steady slope from ordinary to extraordinary, by adding tarps and other slick materials. (within safety measures) This slip n slide can be as long and as wide as desired which ensures maximum fun for campers.

 

 

Extreme Zipline

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Now, this is for the brave! Extreme caution goes without saying with this sport, but if done safely…is nothing short of a blast!  Thrill seekers travel all over the world to take part in zip lining experiences. Zip lines are a great way to see the campground’s surroundings. This is a surefire way to get campers involved and ready for an exciting ride. 🙂

 

 

Horseback Riding

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I’ve always been a great fan of horses growing up myself, so this would be an amazing adventure for most kids.  Horseback riding is a great way to experience the outdoors & ones own surroundings. Interacting with animals in a hands on way makes horseback riding a unique way to experience nature.

 

Awesome huh? Now go & get the kiddies signed up! Enjoy your weekend, “Toodles!”😀

Fun Friday – Spring’s Finest Hurrah!

Hey, happy Friday!  As the saying goes, “April showers brings May flowers”….so, I wanted to share some beautiful spring photos that captured spring at its peak, especially the floral trees & bushes, before the month of May ends, & summer officially hits. Enjoy! 😊

 

 

Pretty-n-pink!

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Beautiful!

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Lovely!

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Breathtakingly Gorgeous!