“Fall Dinner” – Florida Style

At this time of year everyone in the USA gets excited about fall. The color of the leaves, the cooler temperatures, the fresh smell in the air, the pumpkins, spices and I could go on and on. In Florida, Fall is just another day on the calendar, weather doesn’t change, hurricane season is at its peak and the humidity does not allow for any fresh air as such and the green on the trees is there to stay!

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So the only way to get the “Fall” comfort cozy feeling around here is by cooking dishes that fill our homes with those “Fall” smells as well as pumping that A/C and lighting some fall smelling candles :-).

Today I was having a “fall” moment so I decided to make some Butternut Squash soup.

  • 2 butternut squashes
  • 4 green apples
  • 4 large garlic cloves
  • 1 tablespoons of olive oil
  • salt and pepper
  • nutmeg and all spice
  • 2 cups of broth (I used beef broth because it’s what I had in the fridge)
  • 1 cup of heavy cream or half and half

Preheated my oven to 385 Def F . Stared by peeling, deseeding and chopping up 2 whole butternut squashes as well as the onion and apples. I left the garlic cloves whole but smashed them up a little.

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Grabbed a large baking pan and lined it with foil (this of course helps a lot with cleanup). Tossed everything in olive oil and placed it in the baking pan. Sprinkled some salt and pepper (about a tsp of each).

I let it all roast nice and slowly for a good hour, checking it every once in a while to make sure nothing was burning or sticking too much.

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Once everything was nice and roasted I removed it from the oven and let it cool down a little. Out came the blender where it all went into, together with 1 cup of broth and I blended it away!

Once it was all nicely pureed, I transferred the mixture over to a saucepan, added the rest of the broth and the cream, a dusting of nutmeg and 1/4 tsp of all spice.

The soup is nice and thick, so if you prefer it less thick you would need to add some more liquid, but do it little by little so you don’t lose the flavour!

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All that is left to do is to pump up that A/C, light the cinnamon candle, put some garlic bread in the oven and its time for a “Fall Dinner Florida Style”! ❤

Apples, Caramel, Salt, Oh My!

Its that season when everyone starts making Apple Pies and Apple Crumbles. I personally do not care much for Apples Pies but I love love a good Apple Crumble! Then you add the idea of some salted caramel drizzled on top and wow, can that sound any better!

With that said, yesterday whilst perusing through Target I was looking for some cupcake liners and right there was a Pillsbury cake box Caramel and Apple flavored. That is something that made me curious. I am not the kind of person that makes cakes out of boxes, but every once and a while I like testing them out, especially when they have funky flavors that I like!

Instead of making the cake, there was an option on the box to make Salted Caramel Apple Crisp Bars and I was immediately sold on the idea!

Follow the recipe on the box, I am sure it will come out real good or you can add my little twists to it as stated below……

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  • After I chopped the apples I tossed them in some cinnamon and a squirt of lemon juice
  • I added 1/8 cup extra oats to the topping crumble part for extra crunch
  • Instead of using the Pillsbury Creamy Supreme Caramel Apple Frosting I used my own Salted Caramel Sauce

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They actually became a delicious fall treat, the tartness of the apples complement the sweetness of the caramel perfectly, the smell of the baking apple caramel in the house together with the smell of my lovely “Fireside” candle definitely made our house in Florida smell and feel like fall!

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For the love of Pumpkin…….yes Pumpkin Season is here!

A lot of us, self included are obsessed with any kind of food that involves Pumpkin Spiced something!

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Let me think, we have Pumpkin Spice coffee creamer, Pumpkin Spice Coffee & Latte’s, Pumpkin Spice Yoghurt, Pumpkin Spice OreosPumpkin Spice Milano Cookies, Pumpkin Spice Fudge, Pumpkin Spice Ice Cream, Pumpkin Spice Chocolate, Pumpkin Spice Cheesecake, Pumpkin Spice Biscotti, Pumpkin Spice Cookies, Pumpkin Pies and the list goes on and on!

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So with that said pictured today we have a smorgasbord of a few of the afore mentioned Pumpkin treats that will be baked in the upcoming months.

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As the Pumpkin Season goes into full swing I will be posting some recipes, so make sure to check my blog for updates!

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