Caramel Apple Mug Cake

Caramel Apple Mug Cake – The perfect single-serving dessert that tastes just like a caramel apple! It is a delicious fall treat!

I am back with another mug cake! My most popular posts are my Carrot Cake Mug Cake and Peanut Butter Mug Cake but I haven’t made any new ones since last spring! I have a whole bunch more planned for the next few weeks so stay tuned!


For this mug cake, I took the flavors from a fall favorite, caramel apples! I made a homemade salted caramel sauce for the top and filled the batter with fresh apples and applesauce (I actually used the Apple Butter I whipped up a few weeks back because I had a whole bunch extra) and I was so happy with how it turned out! I highly suggest making homemade whipped cream for the top, it really makes it perfect but if you have some vanilla ice cream on hand, that would be yummy too!

One of my favorite things about mug cakes is the fact they are single-serving! It prevents me from eating a whole cake by myself! I make them for lunch on occasion because it is just the perfect amount of food and it only takes minutes to make from start to finish!

Caramel Apple Mug Cake

Ingredients

Cake

  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup apple (thinly diced)
  • 2 tbsp milk
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp butter (melted)
  • 1 tbsp applesauce
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • Dash of ginger
  • Dash of nutmeg

Toppings

  • Whipped cream
  • Chopped walnuts
  • Caramel sauce

Directions

  1. In a small bowl, combine all ingredients.  Stir until combined with no lumps.
  2. Pour batter into mug and microwave for 1-1:30 minutes or until cooked through.
  3. Top with whipped cream, chopped walnuts, and caramel sauce! (optional)

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Slow Cooker Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal

Slow Cooker Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal – All of your favorite pumpkin pie flavors in a filling bowl of oatmeal made in a slow cooker!

Oatmeal is a staple breakfast at my house.  I eat it every day before school and I have posted a lot of different recipes for it on here from the Strawberries and Cream Steel Cut Oatmeal, Slow Cooker Pecan Pie Oatmeal, and Blueberry Banana Baked Oatmeal! I love how filling it is and that it is so customizable! My favorite one I have made is definitely this Slow Cooker Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal! It really did taste just like a slice of pumpkin pie! I would heat up a little bowl in the morning and top it with a bit of coconut sugar and chopped walnuts.  This recipe ended up being seven whole breakfasts for me! I am planning on doing Slow Cooker Apple Pie Oatmeal next to use up a whole bunch of apples I have in the fridge! Hopefully that one turns out great!


Slow cooker meals are seriously the best.  All I had to go was pop in all of the ingredients and then stirred it on occasion just to see how it was doing.  When I made this, I ended up going over to check on it after two hours and realized my slow cooker was not on…. whoops! That was a little bit of an accident but it ended up working out anyway!

 

 

Slow Cooker Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups steel cut oats
  • 3 cups milk
  • 2 cups water
  • 15 oz can pumpkin puree
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ginger
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp cloves

Directions

  1. Combine all ingredients in slow cooker.
  2. Set slow cooker to high and let cook for 2-3 hours.
  3. Add toppings and serve!

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Salsa Verde Chicken Eggrolls

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Are you ready to ban the bland and take your game day appetizers to a whole new level?! My new favorite appetizers to make are Salsa Verde Chicken Eggrolls made with Pace® Salsa Verde, shredded chicken, pepper jack cheese, and egg roll wrappers all from my local Walmart store! They are so simple to make but they pack a punch flavor-wise!


I used the Pace® Salsa Verde to marinade the chicken in while it cooked to let the flavors seep in and really take the chicken from bland and boring to delicious and flavorful all the way though.

I found 24 oz. Pace® Salsa Verde at Walmart right in the hispanic food department! So easy to find! While I was there, I just had to pick up some 24 oz. Pace® Chunky Salsa Medium too to serve with some chips!

Pace® Salsa is my go-to salsa because of the authentic southwestern flavors and the bold kick! It’s really good on anything but ice cream and kicks any meal’s flavor up to an 11! How are you going to ban the bland with Pace®? Get recipe inspiration here.

 

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Salsa Verde Chicken Eggrolls

Ingredients

  • 1 lbs chicken breasts
  • 1 ½ cups Pace® Salsa Verde
  • 1 cup shredded pepper jack cheese
  • 12 eggroll wrappers
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil

 

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees fahrenheit and line sheet pan with aluminum foil.  Place chicken breasts flat in a casserole dish.  Cover chicken breasts with 1 cup of salsa verde.  Bake for 35-40 minutes or until cooked through.
  2. Place chicken in a large bowl and use two forks to shred.  Add in remaining ½ cup salsa verde and pepper jack cheese.  Mix until combined.
  3. Lay eggroll wrapper out and place 2 tbsps of the chicken filling a little bit below the middle of the eggroll wrapper.  Fold the left and right corners in as far as they can go before folding the bottom over.  Roll the eggroll until it is secure and run your finger with a bit of water on it across the edge of the eggroll wrapper to help keep it in place.  Transfer eggroll to sheet pan and drizzle half of the oil over the top.
  4. Once all eggrolls are done, bake for 8-9 minutes before flipping them over, drizzling remaining oil on the other side, and baking for an additional 8-9 minutes or until golden brown on both sides.
  5. Serve hot with more salsa verde!

 

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Tex-Mex Eggrolls

Tex-Mex Eggrolls – Eggrolls filled with corn, black beans, spinach, and green chiles! The ultimate appetizer for game-day or parties!

What a crazy few weeks it has been.  A group of bloggers decided to do Texas themed recipes to help raise money for reputable charities helped out after Hurricane Harvey so I jumped on board.  Since the, Hurricane Irma has hit too.  This would be a really great time to donate to the American Red Cross to help out those effected by the storm.  A lot of people could use the help right now!


The recipe I decided to make that was Texas themed were these Tex-Mex Eggrolls.  I’ve made them before and they are always so good! You have to dip them in guacamole, it takes them to a whole new level!

There was actually one year where we made them as our meal for Thanksgiving! I was in the Thanksgiving Day Parade in downtown Detroit for marching band and we had a bit of an unconventional meal after filled with these eggrolls and mini pizzas.  I actually preferred it to a turkey!

Tex-Mex Eggrolls

Ingredients

  • 2 cups corn
  • 15 oz can of black beans
  • 10 oz package frozen spinach (thawed)
  • 2 cups pepper jack cheese (shredded)
  • 1/8 cup chopped cilantro (optional)
  • 4 oz can diced green chilies
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1 package eggroll wrappers
  • Small bowl of water

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees fahrenheit and line sheet pan with aluminum foil.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine black beans, spinach, cheese, cilantro, corn, chilies, cumin, salt, pepper, and chili powder.  Mix until combined.
  3. Lay egg roll wrapper out and place 2 tbsps of filling a little bit below the middle of the egg roll wrapper.  Fold the left and right corners in as far as they can go before folding the bottom over.  Roll the egg roll until it is secure and run your finger with a bit of water on it across the edge of the egg roll wrapper to help keep it in place.  Transfer egg roll to sheet pan and drizzle half of the oil over the top.
  4. Once all egg rolls are done, bake for 8-9 minutes before flipping them over, drizzling remaining oil on the other side, and baking for an additional 8-9 minutes or until golden brown on both sides.
  5. Serve hot with guacamole!

Adapted from Who Needs A Cape?


Check out all of the other Texas themed recipes!


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Baked Pumpkin Spice Donuts

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Baked Pumpkin Spice Donuts – A simple, yet flavorful fall breakfast! Pumpkin donuts baked to perfection and covered in cinnamon sugar!


I can’t believe it is already fall! It doesn’t feel like it’s fall unless it is filled with all of my favorite seasonal flavors like pumpkin! To celebrate, I decided to make these Baked Pumpkin Spice Donuts for brunch and wow, they are so good! I had mine with a cup of coffee with my new favorite creamer, International Delight® Pumpkin Pie Spice! I love how it makes my coffee taste just like a spice of pumpkin pie, it really is the perfect way to start the day!

I popped over to my local Walmart to grab everything I needed to make these donuts from the pumpkin puree to the International Delight® Pumpkin Pie Spice.  When I was grabbing the International Delight® Pumpkin Pie Spice right in the creamer department, I saw their other new flavor, International Delight® REESE’S Peanut Butter Cup and I knew I had to get that too! Of course I want my coffee to taste like a REESE’S Peanut Butter Cup! Yum! There is also an International Delight® Sugar-Free Pumpkin Pie Spice variety too that I can’t wait to try out!

 

 

 

These donuts are so easy to make and really taste wonderful! Have you used a donut pan before? It’s one of my favorite things to use right now, it makes donut making so easy! I used the International Delight® Pumpkin Pie Spice right in the batter to give a bit of extra flavor and then decided to cover the donuts in a sweet cinnamon sugar coating to take them to a whole new level!

Baked Pumpkin Spice Donuts

Ingredients

Donuts

  • 1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup International Delight® Pumpkin Pie Spice
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin puree
  • 2 tbsp butter (melted)
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp cloves

Cinnamon Sugar Coating

  • 4 tbsp butter (melted)
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tsp cinnamon

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F and spray donut pan with non-stick spray.
  2. In a medium mixing bowl, combine International Delight® Pumpkin Pie Spice, pumpkin puree, and butter.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, brown sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cloves, and salt.  Add in wet ingredients and stir until combined.
  4. Transfer batter to donut pan using a spoon.  Bake for 12-13 minutes or until you can insert a toothpick into one and it doesn’t come out wet.
  5. After the donuts are removed from the oven, melt butter for coating in a bowl large enough to dunk a donut in.  In another bowl, combine the cinnamon and sugar.
  6. Take a donut and place in bowl filled with butter and coat both sides.  Transfer to cinnamon sugar and make sure it is completely covered with the coating.  Transfer to cooling rack.

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Big Savings on Gold ‘n Soft Spreadable Butter

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It’s already the Back-to-School season and Gold ‘n Soft is helping families get their day started with their creamy spreadable butter. This easy to spread butter will make your mornings more convenient, and help you get the kids out the door on their way to school!

Unlike butter, Gold ‘n Soft is readily soft so you won’t have to waste time warming it up to put on toast. It’s easily spreadable. This is a butter blend mixed with better-for-you oils, which is the best of both worlds (spreadable butter without using cholesterol-heavy 100% butter) so you can feel good about feeding it to your family!

With simple ingredients, Gold ‘n Soft has a great taste, is conveniently spreadable and comes at a great value!

Visit your local retailer and save $0.50 on Gold ‘n Soft Spreadable Butter!

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Easy Weekly Meal Plan #1

Anyone else hit 5 pm and then realize they have no idea what to make for dinner? I have teamed up with 6 other wonderful bloggers to help alleviate that issue with a weekly meal plan! I joined up with them for the first time this week and I am so excited to try all of their wonderful recipes! We have everything from scones to pasta in the line up this week!

It’s been a crazy back to school week for me with all of my classes beginning and with creating new posts! I’m finally kicking things into fall mode with a plethora of pumpkin and apple recipes coming out the next few weeks! Today I whipped up a Caramel Apple Mug Cake that I topped with homemade whipped cream, chopped pecans, and a homemade salted caramel sauce that was just so good and had that for lunch.  The base even had some of the Slow Cooker Apple Butter I made the other day! I kept piling on more and more caramel and whipped cream as I got deeper into the mug cake.  Nothing with a bit of cake for lunch, yeah?

I have a feeling this will be the last beautiful summer weekend of the year too, today had a high of 57 with lovely blue skies which was nice after a really chilly start to the week.  These are already so many trees starting to change up here too.  Fall really is almost here!

Easy Weekly Meal Plan #1


 

Monday

Cheesy Chicken Casserole by Joyful Homemaking

 

Tuesday

30 Minute Chicken Fajitas by New South Charm

 

Wednesday

Chai Spice Monkey Bread by Mildly Meandering

 

Thursday

Pork Chops with Warm Nectarine Sauce by Jonesin’ for Taste

 

Friday

Laura’s Creamy Chicken Taquitos by Cooking with Carlee

 

Saturday

Stuffed Mushrooms by My Recipe Treasures

 

Sunday

Pumpkin Scones with Spiced Glaze by Tastefully Eclectic

 

Make sure to come back next week and check out the next meal plan!

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Pumpkin Spice Chai Tea Latte

Pumpkin Spice Chai Tea Latte – A fall twist on a classic drink! A flavorful hot spiced chai tea latte with pumpkin blended in!

Move over Pumpkin Spice Lattes, there is a new favorite fall drink right here! Chai Tea Lattes are already a very fall-ish drink but adding pumpkin to it makes it even better!


I am so happy it is pumpkin and apple season, it’s my favorite! Between apple pies, pumpkin pies, and every fall dessert out there, it’s by far the best season! I have been on a mission to make as much fall stuff as possible the past week so I’ve pumped out this drink, Spiced Chai Macarons, Slow Cooker Apple Butter, and Slow Cooker Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal along with about four more recipes coming next week from soups to more pumpkin!

The weather up here is already chilly too with the first leaves beginning to change.  It is pretty crazy driving past red and orange trees only days into September.  I already pulled out my fall jacket and boots to keep warm on the walk to campus in the morning.  Give it just a few weeks and I am sure we will have snow starting up again!

Pumpkin Spice Chai Tea Latte

Ingredients

  • 2 chai tea bags
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 cup milk (I used vanilla soy milk)
  • 2 tbsp pure pumpkin puree
  • 1 tbsp pure maple syrup or honey
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp ginger
  • 1/8 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/8 tsp cloves

Directions

  1. Bring water to a boil in a small saucepan.  Take off heat and place tea bags in to steep for 5 minutes.  Remove tea bags.
  2. Add all ingredients to the saucepan and stir.
  3. Pour into blender and blend until well combined and smooth. Pour into a glass to serve.

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Sheet Pan Garlic Herb Pork and Veggies

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Sheet Pan Garlic Herb Pork and Veggies – A quick and easy 30 minute meal with minimal clean up! Fresh green beans, yukon gold potatoes, and pork tenderloin with a garlic herb sauce!


 

I am always looking for easy weeknight meals to make after a long day of work and sheet pan meals are a staple for me! I love how simple they are to make and that they are done really quickly! This week I decided to try making this amazing Sheet Pan Garlic Herb Pork and Veggies using Smithfield Roasted Garlic & Herb Loin Filet and wow, it was so good! It was very flavorful and the whole meal came together in 30 minutes!

 

I picked up the Smithfield Roasted Garlic & Herb Loin Filet at my local Walmart along with some fresh green beans and potatoes! There was a variety of different flavors and cuts of Smithfield® Marinated Fresh Pork but the Smithfield Roasted Garlic & Herb Loin Filet sounded perfect for what I was making! Smithfield® Marinated Fresh Pork is 100% pork and their products could be prepared so many different ways from grilling to slow cooking! Plus, they are running a giveaway to win a trip to the Napa Valley (more information below!)

 

I ended up turning the leftover pork into a grilled cheese with thinly cut slices of the Smithfield Roasted Garlic & Herb Loin Filet, a creamy dijon spread, and swiss cheese all on rye bread with the remaining potatoes and green beans on the side! It was a hearty lunch and so delicious!

Another thing I just love about sheet pan meals is how quick the clean up is.  Overall, the only dishes I had were the sheet pan, two bowls, and a spoon! Clean up took so much less time then normal which was great!

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Sheet Pan Garlic Herb Pork and Veggies

Ingredients

  • 1 Smithfield Roasted Garlic & Herb Loin Filet
  • 1/2 lbs fresh green beans
  • 1/2 lbs yukon gold potatoes (cut into halves)
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp parsley
  • 1/2 tsp oregano
  • 1/2 tsp pepper

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 425°F.
  2. In a large bowl, combine green beans and potatoes.  Set aside.
  3. In a small bowl, combine olive oil, garlic, salt, parsley, oregano, and pepper.  Stir and pour over vegetables.  Stir until they are well coated.
  4. Place Smithfield Roasted Garlic & Herb Loin Filet and vegetables on a sheet pan. Place in oven and bake for 35-40 minutes or until the internal temperature is 150°F.
  5. Slice pork and serve!

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Fantastic Deal on Post® Shredded Wheat

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I am back with an even better offer from our friends at Post Shredded Wheat Cereals!


A better day begins with a better breakfast, and having a breakfast that is packed with flavorful goodness is what every family deserves. With three new Shredded Wheat varieties from Post® Cereals available at Walmart, it’s easy to please adults and kids alike.

You can try out these delicious new varieties with this cashback offer from ibotta. It’s essentially almost like buying one and getting one free!

And don’t forget to show recipes featuring Post cereals some love on Pinterest.

Whatever you’re into, fuel it with Shredded Wheat. Now in three new exciting flavors ready to inspire your next pursuit.

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