Appetites Anonymous

Homemade Applesauce

Small BitesAdrienne Burgoyne2 Comments

Nothing fancy here today, just a really simple recipe that creates a delicious snack!!!! Take all those apples you have hanging around your kitchen (that are almost going bad) and make this applesauce!

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Seriously though... This recipe is so so so so easy!! If I would have known how easy it was to make applesauce before, I don't think I ever would have bought it at the grocery store. I don't know about y'all but as a kid, I would inhale me some Mott's cinnamon applesauce like it was nobody's business! These days I don't eat applesauce much by itself but I use it all the time as a baking substitute. After tasting the applesauce I made, this is definitely going to be a new recurring homemade snack for me!

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Though this recipe is super crazy easy, I did do a lot of work to make it happen!

Things I did to make this applesauce happen:

1. Drive to Wasem Fruit Farm in Milan, Michigan.

2. Walk around for miles in the cold watching Tom Brady pick apples... Story: the apples were too high for me to reach so I chose which apples we wanted then Tom grabbed them while I held the bag. Teamwork!

3. Walk our apples (and pumpkins) about one mile back to the car...

4. Peel apples for about 20 minutes. This felt like FOREVER. It really wasn't but you know...

5. Core and chop apples for about 10 minutes. Place all applesauce ingredients in a large pot.

6. Wait 25 minutes for apples to cook/soften and get ready to be pureed!

7. Puree apples, sugar, and spices into delicious brown sugar cinnamon-y goodness.

8. Take a bajillion pictures of said amazing applesauce.

9. Eat APPLESAUCE.

10. Eat more applesauce.

Literally the only thing I didn't do to make this applesauce happen was grow the apples... Next time people, next time! As you can tell from when I got these apples, I made this a long time ago! But I've already made this same recipe three times since! Yum.

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Homemade Applesauce

Yield: 8 cups

Calories: 198 calories per cup

Total time: 45 minutes


Ingredients:

- 6 lbs apples; peeled, cored and chopped

- 1 cup water

- juice of 1 lemon

- 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed

- 1 tbsp ground cinnamon

Directions:

1. Combine all ingredients in a large pot then mix to coat apples with spices. Cook over medium heat for 25 minutes.

2. Remove pot from heat then puree mixture using an immersion blender until applesauce reaches your desired consistency.

3. Add more brown sugar and/or cinnamon to taste then enjoy!

Notes:

+ Store applesauce in the fridge. Mine only lasted one week... Because I ate it all so quickly!

+ If making applesauce to use as a baking substitute, skip the brown sugar and cinnamon to make plain applesauce!

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Applesauce for days!! To go on and in everything your little heart desires. Or you could just devour it by itself like I did ;) May your Friday be magical!!

- A

December Goals

MadnessAdrienne BurgoyneComment

I should really stop doing these monthly goal blog posts... It shows y'all how much of a complete failure I am ha! Okay, maybe not a complete failure but I'm pretty darn close. I only posted ONCE in November and that is pathetic... But I'm going to blame Tom (I already told him I was going to do this tehehe) because he was in town twice this month (yay!!!!!!!) so I was busy hanging out with him. He's my bestie! Plus there was Thanksgiving!! I promise to try harder in December but it is the holidays after all so I'm not making any HUGE promises haha... Anyways, lets recap my pathetic November. Be nice... 

November Goals

1. Finish October's goals:

  • BLOG TWICE A WEEK
  • Finish reading GoT book one

Clearly neither of these happened.... See below for my December goals. 

2. Finish Christmas shopping! Like I said before... HUGE FAMILY. If I do this, then I can spend December wrapping presents, which is one of my favorite things to do!

I'm currently 75% done with Christmas shopping.... I plan on finishing up this week!!!! So this is only a mini fail... Got to be optimistic! ;)

3. Organize my personal email inbox. I'm a serious OCD control freak and the fact that my personal inbox is chaos really annoys me. Okay, I'm exaggerating... It's not total chaos, there is just zero organization. Everything is in one area... I need folders and to file emails away appropriately based on logical categories. You should see my work email... Perfection. My personal email needs to be the same!

I completed this goal thanks to Inbox by Gmail.... It's the best! Check it out here. I already used my three invites but you can request one too!! Inbox does this sweet bundling thing that organizes all my emails in their appropriate folders. Yay!! Thanks Google.

4. Make a game plan for my trip to NYC. As you may know, Tom is living in NYC until mid-February 2015. I'm going to visit him in December so I need to figure out what I absolutely have to do while I'm there. Any suggestions would be lovely!!

Tom and I made our game plan for NYC when he was in town for Thanksgiving! I'm so excited to go visit!!! Make sure to follow me on Instagram to see all the NYC fun! I should probably start packing now so I can trim down all my outfits into one suitcase by the time I leave...

5. Master adding handwriting to photos in Photoshop with Tom's Wacom Bamboo Connect Pen Tablet. This guide is super helpful!

Fail..... See below. Repeat for December. :(

6. Run 80 miles! I have to give myself at least one goal each month that I KNOW I will finish....

Killed it!!! I ran 101 miles!! Like I said before... Have to give myself one goal that I know I will finish! Ha! 

7. Perfect a macaron recipe! So far I have made macarons five times... The first two times? PERFECTION. The last three times? TOTAL FAILS. I have to get this figured out....

Another fail..... Repeat for December.

December Goals

My goal for December is to complete all my previous failed goals... THAT'S IT (plus a few silly ones). Wish me luck guys.....

1. Finish GoT book one. I'm flying A LOT this month (Cayman Islands/NYC/Louisiana) so I'll have plenty of time to read... Hopefully.

2. Blog ONCE a week. Clearly, I was too eager with the whole blogging twice a week thing... Now my goal is to post once a week... If I can do this, then I'll try twice a week! Baby steps people. Baby steps.

3. Finish Christmas shopping. Since Christmas is December 25th, I definitely think I'll complete this goal. Tehehe.

4. Master adding handwriting to photos in Photoshop with Tom's Wacom Bamboo Connect Pen Tablet. This guide is super helpful!

5. Perfect a macaron recipe! How about a dark chocolate macaron with peppermint frosting?! I think yes.

6. Slow down and relax! Enjoy family and friends during the holiday season! Plus drink lots of yummy cocktails and eat tons of delicious sugar cookies. :)

7. Don't gain more than 10lbs from holiday eating (see above)... Haha just kidding but seriously... 

8. Run at least 70 miles... I'm making my running goal a little lower this month since I'll be traveling so much. I'd love to reach 100 miles again but I think 70 is more realistic.

What are your goals for December?! Happy Tuesday!

- A

Pumpkin Peanut Butter Chip Pancakes

Big BitesAdrienne BurgoyneComment

No lie... I ate these pancakes for dinner three times the other week. I can't get enough!

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As with these cookies, pumpkin puree makes these pancakes ultra fluffy. Peanut butter chips add the perfect amount of gooeyness. And the combination of pumpkin and peanut butter? To die for! Who knew squash and peanut butter tasted so good together! Probably everyone... But I just figured it out so it's EXCITING.

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Pumpkin Peanut Butter Chip Pancakes

Yield: about 10 pancakes

Calories: 165 calories per pancake (not including maple syrup or extra butter)

Total time: about 40 minutes


Ingredients:

- 1 1/4 cup all purpose flour

-  2 tbsp brown sugar

- 2 tsp baking powder

- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

- 1/2 tsp salt

- 1/4 tsp nutmeg

- 1 cup almond milk (or any type of milk)

- 6 tbsp pumpkin puree

- 2 tbsp butter, melted

- 1 large egg

- 1/2 cup putter butter chips (or 3 tbsp peanut butter, melted)*

- cooking spray

- butter and maple syrup for topping

*I preferred the peanut butter chip version because it was such a wonderful surprise biting into a piece of pancake with a gooey peanut butter chip inside but adding peanut butter to the batter will add a nice and subtle peanut butter flavor to the pancake as a whole. You can't go wrong either way though so pick your poison.  :)


Directions:

1. Mix together flour, brown sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, salt and nutmeg in a medium sized bowl.

2. Cream together milk, pumpkin puree, butter and the egg in a small bowl.

3. Fold wet ingredients from step 2 into the dry ingredients from step 1 then mix together until smooth. Stir in peanut butter chips until well combined.

4. Heat a large skillet over medium-low heat (closer to medium) then coat with cooking spray. Pour out 1/4 cup batter for each pancake onto the hot skillet. Cook pancakes 3-4 minutes on each side or until golden brown. Repeat until all the batter is gone. Re-coat the skillet with cooking spray between batches. I cooked about 3-4 pancakes per batch.

5. Top with butter and maple syrup then DEVOUR.

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Obviously these pancakes are perfect for breakfast or brunch but as I mentioned before, they are also lovely for DINNER. Try it! I promise you won't regret it! Happy Monday... Now go make pancakes!

- A