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must-make fall recipe: old-fashioned apple crisp

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October 28th, 2014 · Print Print


When autumn rolls around, there’s nothing more exciting than baking a warm dessert, and if this dessert happens to be a healthy treat for your skin, so much the better.

Of course, eating dessert isn’t as good for you as eating fresh fruit, but if you’re going to treat yourself, do it the healthy way! Apples are full of vitamin C, which is a potent defender against free radicals and pollution. Oats, like all whole grains, have anti-inflammatory properties and are much better for your skin than regular pie crust.

This recipe is the perfect example of a traditional technique that works for a busy modern schedule — all you need is some apples, oats, butter, a few pantry staples, and you have a delicious, healthy dish!


Old-Fashioned Apple Crisp

4 medium tart cooking apples, sliced (4 cups)
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup quick-cooking oats
1/3 cup butter or margarine, melted
3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1.  Heat oven to 375ºF. Grease bottom and sides of 8-inch square pan with shortening.

2. Spread apples in pan. In medium bowl, stir remaining ingredients except cream until well mixed; sprinkle over apples.

3 Bake about 30 minutes or until topping is golden brown and apples are tender when pierced with a fork. Serve warm with cream.


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date night

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October 26th, 2014 · Print Print

Chad and I had a pretty active social life before Bear was born, but for the last five months, we’ve been laying low.  But as he’s gotten a little older, I’ve been making an effort to say “yes” to more invitations, to plan nights out for us away from the house, and to make sure that we get some alone time.

Before our baby was born, I thought I’d be fine with a night here and there when I didn’t put him to sleep, or leaving him behind for a few days of vacation.  I wouldn’t be the parent who couldn’t let go, I figured.  A little alone time is healthy for all of us.

But you know what I didn’t expect?

It’s hard.

Not because I feel guilty for leaving him, although there’s some of that too.

But because I miss him so much

Chad and I had two nights out last weekend — really fun and cool events, and I was thrilled to get to both of them.  But no matter how much fun the event is, it’s hard to kiss your baby good-bye.  It’s hard to miss out on putting him to bed, and those last snuggles before he goes to sleep.  (It’s especially hard to do it two nights in a row.)

I feel strongly that it’s ok to take time for yourself as parents, and it was a blast to get my hair done and get dressed up and have a glass of wine and be adults for a few hours.  But man… I missed that baby.

On the other hand, a night that ends like this ain’t bad:

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Yes, that’s a homemade chocolate chip cookie.  They were our favors at the end of the night, and I brought home three.  I was seriously that girl stuffing chocolate chip cookies into my clutch.  (Can you really blame me?)

And just because this was such a glamorous evening, I couldn’t resist showing you guys the black tie event that we went to.  This was an event space in downtown Houston, teeming with flowers and lights for a Mardi Gras-themed benefit for the Children’s Museum, a fabulous, eductational, fun spot that Bear and I already love:

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What a night.  But, you know what?

The best part was getting home.

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Classic Cocktail Spotlight: the White Russian

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October 24th, 2014 · Print Print


I’m a bit of a cocktail purist.  Sure, I love new flavors and variations on the classics, but sometimes, when you really love a drink, you just want that drink.  No bells or whistles.  Just that pure, delicious flavor. 

And that’s especially true with classic cocktails.  Most classic cocktail recipes are easy to make and only a few ingredients, and they’re so deliciously satisfying when you get them right. 

Take this drink: the White Russian.  It’s three ingredients, and it tastes sort of like a boozy milkshake (as in: delicious).  Lots of lists call the White Russian one of the Top 10 cocktails of all time, and for me, it’s the absolute top. 

So, if you’re a purist like me, just mix up a glass, pour it over ice, and enjoy.

And if you want to spice things up (particularly if you’re think about including this drink in a holiday party lineup!), there are so many fun ways to update this classic cocktail for the holiday season.  Garnishes like crushed peppermint, fresh cinnamon sticks and shaved white chocolate will take this classic to the next level, and are beautiful to serve.  Or, if you want a particularly foodie-oriented variation, use a dried star anise or a split vanilla bean for a particularly beautiful finishing touch.  You could even host a make-your-own White Russian bar with Kahlúa, vodka, cream, and garnishes, and let your friends create their own!

Finally, once you’ve tried the classic, think about incorporating seasonal flavors to vary things up — the White Russian is just as delicious with the Kahlúa seasonal flavors, like Kahlúa Pumpkin Spice or Kahlúa Peppermint Mocha. For more ideas for holiday entertaining, visit, or follow Kahlúa on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram!

Kahlúa White Russian

1 part Kahlúa
2 parts Absolut Vodka
1 part Heavy Cream

Fill a rocks glass with ice.  Swirl together the vodka, Kahlúa and cream, and pour over ice.  Sit back, sip responsibly, and enjoy! 

Disclosure: I have been compensated for this post, but all thoughts and opinions are my own.


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