We inherited our house from my fiance's grandparents. This is obviously a huge blessing, and we are extremely thankful. However, our house is quite dated, and looks like it is in a timewarp from the 60's. After the wedding, we plan on starting to remodel, but until then, I will be using fake backdrops to make it look like I have a white marble kitchen.
One of the great things of living in an older house, is that the landscaping is mature. We have big beautiful trees, and 4 aged apple trees. I absolutely love our apple trees, to me, they are so beautiful, I could sit under them all day with a good book. They face the barn, and look out over the horses. If someone told me that we had to cut down the apple trees to get an updated bathroom, I honestly wouldn't take the deal.
We must have had a late freeze this year, though, because our trees are apple-less. This not only makes me sad, but also the family of deer who loved snacking on the fallen fruit last year. Cody (the dog), is quite sad about this too, because one of his favorite treats is a "tasty ball" aka green apple.
So we've been forced to buy apples from the store. Major bummer, but our grocery store just got in a new variety of apple, and oh, they are gooooood! One of my favorite snacks is an apple with almond butter, it sort of, kind of, tastes like a caramel apple.
Caramel apples bring me back to my childhood, my best friend / neighbor growing up, and I would eat them all too frequently after school. Do you remember those little caramel dip cups? What were my parents thinking buying those for us!? Haha, thanks mom! Anyways, if you are like me and love a caramel apple, then you're going to want to plan a caramel apple party.
This caramel is dulce de leche from Trader Joe's, and all you have to do it heat, and dip! In fact, most of the ingredients I used for this are from Trader Joe's, I love their pre-made treats that sit in the fish aisle. Such weird product placement isn't it? Their toffee is one of my post labor day guilty pleasures, if you haven't tried it yet, you're missing out!
This idea is the perfect excuse to get everyone together this season, the kids will love making these, and the adults will have fun taste testing (and sipping on mulled wine!). Lay out a long piece of kraft paper on your dining table, and set out the ingredients in little bowls, then let the kids take it away!
- 4 apples
- Dulce De Leche caramel sauce from Trader Joes (or make your own!)
- Candied Pecans
- Crushed Graham Crackers
- 1 Lemon
- Chocolate Chips
- Any other toppings you'd like!
Step 1: Slice apples into eighths, place in a large bowl. Toss with lemon juice to prevent browning.
Step 2: Warm the caramel sauce until it can be easily drizzled.
Step 3: Place toppings into small bowls, and put the rest of the ingredients out on a table. Allow the kids to make their own creations!