So is anyone dressing up this year? Brandon and I haven’t dressed up for Halloween in 3 years! We’re pretty boring, huh?
This was the last time we dressed up: Halloween 2009. We had just started dating. I
took the easy way out dressed up like Tim Tebow (I even had the Phil 4:13 in my eye black!), while Brandon stole his brother’s old clothes dressed up as a tourist.
Although we aren’t dressing up, we are looking forward to handing out candy to the neighborhood children. It will be fun to see all of them dressed up!
A smoothie made with organic 1% chocolate milk, 1/2 a frozen banana, a little peanut butter, ice, and lots of spinach.
Half of a whole-wheat bagel with cream cheese.
A pack of almonds +
A grilled cheese made with American cheese and a few slices of chicken breast, served with tomato soup and a kosher dill pickle.
I finally tried the Chobani chocolate chunk yogurt. And I have to say, I’m a fan!
Two pieces of chicken lasagna. This is an old picture … I was too lazy to take another. But go check out the recipe. This one is definitely a favorite in our house. I ended up making two lasagnas this time, so that I could freeze one for quick meals in the upcoming weeks!
And finally, I wanted to share another dessert recipe. I shared this recipe on my friend Lindsay’s blog last year, but since she (sadly) has taken a break from blogging, I wanted to be sure that all of my current readers had the opportunity to try this delicious dessert!
Caramel Apple Cheesecake. Incredibly easy, and always a hit at any party!
Caramel Apple Cheesecake
(Slightly adapted from this recipe)
- 1 (21 oz.) can apple pie filling
- 1 store-bought graham cracker crust (I believe it’s about 9 inches round)
- 2 (8 oz) packages of cream cheese, brought to room temperature
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
- 2 eggs
- 1/3 cup caramel topping (plus more for serving)
- Chopped walnuts
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Measure out 3/4 of a cup of the apple pie filling and set to the side for later. Pour the rest of the filling into the bottom of the graham cracker crust.
- Put cream cheese, sugar, vanilla, and cinnamon into a mixer. Beat until smooth.
- Add eggs and continue mixing until completely blended.
- Pour mixture into crust.
- Bake for 30-35 minutes. The center of the cheesecake should look set. Let the cheesecake cool to room temperature.
- After the cheesecake has cooled, pour the remaining filling and the caramel into a saucepan. Heat at medium-low heat for about a minute, stirring continuously.
- Spread the mixture evenly over the cheesecake.
- Sprinkle chopped walnuts over the caramel mixture.
- Let refrigerate overnight (or at least for several hours) before serving.
This should be called “cheesecake for dummies” (which is the reason why I can make it!). It’s so simple, but it tastes like it took hours to make!
Question for ya …
Best thing you’ve eaten this week?
Favorite type of cheesecake?
Any smoothie recipes you’re loving recently? Please share!
If you’re dressing up for Halloween, tell me about your costume!