Turkey Club With NY Apples + Halloween Giveaway!

Happy Halloween!!! I’m sure you’ll be dashing around to get the kids dressed up, layered up, hand out candy, or take the kids out for some spooks! This sandwich will make everyone happy, get something in everyone’s stomach, and leave time for the best part of the day. The thin slices of apples give it an amazing crunch and the sweet/tart combination plays off the saltiness and meaty texture of the turkey and bacon. Really, it’s lovely. I ate these all week for lunch and dinner since they were so good.  I took the time and cooked off a large quantity of bacon and kept it in the fridge for safe keeping. I hid it in the way back to keep me from eating it slice by slice. I’m sure your self control is vastly better than mine.

Sometimes there’s just not enough hours in the day to be amazing, do it all, be a good person at work, at home, and put a five course meal on the table. The holidays are also creeppppppiinnnggg right along, which became evident as many places have already rolled out their festive gear. This recipe makes a great use of some of that leftover turkey or on a night when you just need a quick and hearty meal for you and your family or sandwiches for lunches. Dress it up or dress it down, heck, add some leftover dressing (AKA stuffing) to it, it’s my personal favorite with some cranberry sauce.

You’ll need:

  • Slices of bread
  • Deli or roasted turkey
  • bacon (pork or turkey)
  • cheese of choice, sliced
  • fresh lettuce
  • thinly sliced apples
  • mayo
  • mustard
  • other condiments
  1. Assemble as you desire. I like my bread toasted for a warm and comforting sandwich. Go buck wild.
  2. Layer each aspect and cut in half.
  3. Take a big old bite and ENJOY!!

Who says the kids should have all the fun today????  Giveaway!



I found these super cute items in the clearance aisle at tj maxx and they made me so happy to give them away. I liked them so much, I bought two sets, one for me and one for you! The items include:

  • smiley face measuring spoons
  • be a good cookie spatula from oxo
  • mini orange colander

Why should the kids be the only ones to get something for Halloween???

To enter:

for one entry: leave me a comment and answer the question, “what are you doing/did you do for Halloween?”

for additional entries: refer some new likes to my fb page & have the new peeps leave me a comment and tell me who sent them! For example, “Tiffany sent me!”

All entries must be complete by Friday, November 2, 2012 at 5 p.m. EST


Foodie Pen Pals-October! #foodiepenpals

I participate in Foodie Pen Pals and I love it!  It’s really fun!  Just like pen pals before email, foodie pen pals is organized by Lindsay at the lean green bean.  Thanks for organizing this! Foodie Pen Pal is an amazing program where bloggers (non-bloggers too) connect and each send to each other some foodie love!

My pen pal this month was Kara from MI, what a great gal! Thanks for the nosh! She sent me some awesome eats, some unique snacks, and something I think we can all agree on: COFFEE!

The pecan coffee was nutty and delicious. I also really enjoyed the edamame as a great snack for afternoons. I could grab a handful with little guilt about what the caloric ramifications would be. Kara shared that she had recently visited the Cape Cod chip factory and those were salty and delicious. She sent along some really yummy trail mix and some smarter snacks that I have been slowly working through as I’m out at schools every day until at least supper time. 4:30 p.m. hits and all I want is something to stop my stomach from rumbling!

If you want to become a foodie penpal, check it out and learn more about it.  It’s a great way to connect with other bloggers, check out some of the awesome eats, and have a little fun shopping for your own eats to send to someone. I sent my pen pal two kinds of homemade granola and some energy chunks this month and hope she enjoyed them!

I sent a package to Ashley, what a great gal!

Interested in participating with us?  Here are some of the dirty details!

-On the 5th of every month, you will receive your penpal pairing via email. It will be your responsibility to contact your penpal and get their mailing address and any other information you might need like allergies or dietary restrictions.
-You will have until the 15th of the month to put your box of goodies in the mail. On the last day of the month, you will post about the goodies you received from your penpal!
-The boxes are to be filled with fun foodie things, local food items or even homemade treats! The spending limit is $15. The box must also include something written. This can be anything from a note explaining what’s in the box, to a fun recipe…use your imagination!
-You are responsible for figuring out the best way to ship your items depending on their size and how fragile they are. (Don’t forget about flat rate boxes!)
-Foodie Penpals is open to blog readers as well as bloggers. If you’re a reader and you get paired with a blogger, you are to write a short guest post for your penpal to post on their blog about what you received. If two readers are paired together, neither needs to worry about writing a post for that month.
-Foodie Penplas is open to US & Canadian residents.  Please note, Canadian Residents will be paired with other Canadians only. We’ve determined things might get too slow and backed up if we’re trying to send foods through customs across the border from US to Canada and vice versa.

Garlic Parmesan Cheese Knots

Garlicky, buttery, and with the help of biscuits from a can! (man!) These will be a huge hit with your people and they might even think you slaved all day (cue the old rice krispie treat commercial) so you better toss some flour around and dirty some extra dishes…Honestly, these are an easy side dish to accompany any meal or make a great dish/side to pass if you have some gatherings coming along for the upcoming holidays. These come together in just a few minutes and will give you some time to do something else. You pick what it is. 🙂

Garlic knots make a great side or appetizer! Can’t go wrong with the help from the canned biscuits. My grocery store was having a 10/$10 sale the last few weeks so I made sure to take advantage of the great deals. I also made a pig of myself and pretty much made everything out of crescents and biscuit dough from a can. I’m pretty sure it’s gross to admit, but sorryimnotsorry at this point. It was delicious. I may have gained a lb or two…good thing the sale is done. Seriously….

You’ll need:

make eight

  • 1 (16 oz) can of your favorite Biscuits
  • 3 tbsp of grated Parmesan Cheese
  • 2 TBS. shredded cheese
  • 1 tsp dried Parsley
  • 1 tsp dried Oregano
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 TBS. shredded cheese
  • 1/2 tsp Garlic Powder
  • butter and/or olive oil


  1. Start by cracking open that pack of biscuits.
  2. On a lightly floured surface, roll a biscuit into a sausage shape. Once it’s around 6-7 inches long, tie a knot with the dough…a simple knot, just as you would a rope or shoe lace or whatever.
  3. Pull the one end over and tuck it in the back and push the other in to the back as well.
  4. Bake the knots according to the instructions on the pack
  5. Bake them in the oven for a few minutes less than what the pack says. I baked for 10 minutes.
  6. While the knots are baking, combine parmesan cheese, shredded cheese, parsley, oregano, salt, and garlic powder.
  7. After around 10-12 minutes take the rolls out of the oven and brush butter and/or olive oil on each roll.
  8. Sprinkle your topping over each of the rolls. Be generous!
  9. Pop the rolls back into to oven till they turn a beautiful golden.

Fall’s Last Hurrah

Sandy will surely demolish whatever is left of the beautiful leaves this week with heavy wind, rain, and snow in our forecast….I shot this photo yesterday after completing the Color Me Rad 5k, fitting since there was so much color in the race. This little guy was poised with his best colors to show off on my campus when I went to change/clean up afterwards.  He was beautiful and I can’t wait to see him again next year!


Super Easy Chocolate Pudding

Quick, you’ve got 10 min. before you have to be out the door! Story of yours and my life right about now!

My friends at martha stewart also know of this problem due to the face that their readership is the head of house, the bread winner, and often times, the queen dessert maker. Her pudding recipe is super easy, comes together in a snap, and tastes like you’re going to need to double this batch next time!

I did modify this recipe slightly to suit my own needs and tight time frame so there’s no ice bath in my house and there was no homemade whipped cream. In fact, there was no whipped cream at all. Sue me 🙂

  •  1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 large egg yolks, lightly beaten
  • 4 ounces semisweet chocolate, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/3 cup heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon confectioners’ sugar


  1. Whisk granulated sugar, cornstarch, cocoa, and salt in a medium pan. Whisk in milk and yolks. Cook over medium-low heat, whisking, until thickened, 8 to 10 minutes. Remove from heat. Add chocolate and butter; whisk until melted.
  2. Pour pudding through a sieve into a heatproof bowl. To prevent a skin from forming, press plastic wrap directly onto surface. Refrigerate, stirring occasionally, until cold and set, about 40 minutes (up to 2 days)

Crack Brownie Cupcakes

Chewy brownies, peanut buttery cups, and crunchy oreo all in one cup of love. I love brownies. I love oreo’s. I love peanut butter cups. POOF. Triple love, is it possible?  These are perfect for someone who loves all of these things and only has about a half hour to get things ready to rock and roll. I posted a peanut butter oreo brownie recipe a while ago. It was good. It was real good. But then I started thinking about it. And then I saw the Halloween candy. And then my resolve left the building.

I’m not going to waste too many more words on this one. Pictures should suffice….

You’ll need:

  • 1 family size 13×9 pan size brownie mix
  • 12 oreos
  • 12 reese’s peanut butter cups
  • cupcake tin(s)
  • cupcake liners
  1. Make brownie mix according to directions or however you like to make it. Set aside.
  2. Line cupcake tins with cupcake liners or use non-stick spray and spray them.
  3. Drop a tablespoon of brownie batter in the bottom of the cupcake liners.
  4. Take one oreo and place it in each cupcake liner.
  5. Remove the peanut butter cups from the package/liners and place one on top of each oreo.
  6. Repeat 12 times :D
  7. Top each cup with a spoonful of batter.  Distribute evenly.
  8. Bake at 350 degrees for approximately 15-20 minutes.
  9. Enjoy!