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Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes

I spent much-needed quality time with my two monkeys today. Dan was working and I was not (yay! yippee! hooray!). It felt really really good. I kissed on my sweet lil' Sammy so much that he banned me. "No more kisses today, Mommy. Ok...just ONE more today and only TWO tomorrow." I love those boys to pieces! Even when they are pouring water out of the tub and spilling entire plates of food onto the floor.

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Apple Pie Bars

The weather is crisp and delicious! I love fall when it behaves like FALL. The beautiful fall weekend that we just had is sadly nearly over. It has involved a touch of everything...time with friends, time with family, rest time, work time, home time and getting out. I also had a complete kitchen FAIL over the weekend that I'll have to improve upon and try again soon. It is so disappointing when something doesn't turn out anything like I'd imagined. 

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Chocolate Candy Corn Cookies

Literally when the calendar flips over to October every year, I begin instantly craving a couple of things: scary movies, soup, hot bubble baths, breathing in the crisp fall air and....CANDY. The other night, on October 1st to be exact, after the boys were in bed and Dan and I were in lounge mode, we both expressed intense desires for candy.

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Apple Pie Jam

My thumb is finally healing from my apple-peeling incident, but things are not the same as before on the right side of my left hand. I have a band-aid covering it at all times because looking at it reminds me of the pain I felt on that day! I would prefer never to experience anything like that again!

I promised that I would continue to post some apple recipes, so here is another delicious one. It took me THREE batches to get this jam just right. It was worth the effort (shout out to my apple peeler for making it easy!) because I learned a very important lesson: DO NOT OVERCOOK. Even if the mixture appears runny, do not cook past the 20-minute mark or you will have an apple-jam ROCK on your hands. Try cleaning that out of a pan! Like slicing a huge chunk of flesh from your thumb, it is not super fun or recommended.

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Crockpot Applesauce

My huge stash of apples is gone and I'm sad. I miss them. I miss using my awesome new apple peeler. Have I mentioned how I came about a large stash of apples? This is going to sound made up, but I promise it's true. My friend Monica can vouch for me because she is the one who gave me access to 500 apple trees that have barely been touched.

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