Caramel Apple Slab Pie with Autumn Glory Apples

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This recipe for Caramel Apple Slab Pie with Autumn Glory Apples was sponsored by Autumn Glory apples, but all thoughts and opinions are my own. #autumngloryapple 

My favorite season is autumn. The weather is perfect, there are so many fun outdoor activities going on, and so many opportunities to spend time with friends and family. And of course, there’s tons of amazing fall food! From soups, to pies, to warm crock-pot meals, autumn is definitely all about delicious comfort food.

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One of my favorite fall comfort foods is apple pie. Apples are amazing in autumn – they’re at their peak of flavor, and they imitate the autumn weather – crisp and sweet. This autumn, here in Atlanta, a new variety of apples is headed our way. Autumn Glory apples are rich with the fall flavors of sweet caramel and warm cinnamon. They’re perfect for snacking, slicing for a cheese platter, or baking in a warm apple pie. My kids love them too, and while they usually only take a few bites of an apple and leave the rest sitting on the counter, they gobble up entire Autumn Glory apples!

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Friday Favorites – Favorite Red Wines

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If you know anything at all about “mom culture” these days, you know we’re supposed to love coffee and wine. (And don’t forget about La Croix during the summer. #basic) These are the drinks that get us moms through the day. There are about a million memes out there that make fun of our obsession with coffee and wine.

And yeah, for me it’s totally true. I love them both!

So today, I wanted to share my favorite red wines with you. This post was inspired by the two bottles of the 19 Crimes brand of wine I bought last weekend. If you download the 19 Crimes app, you can listen to the convicts’ stories. It’s so neat! It uses augmented reality to animate the mug shots on the front of the bottle. You’ve got to buy some and try it out!

Holly’s Favorite Red Wines:

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Whole Wheat Apple Cinnamon Muffins with Caramel Butter

Ok – I’m going to let you guys in on a little secret…I’m not the best baker. I can cook pretty well. But baking? Not my forte. Too much exact science, measuring, and worrying about altitude and weather. That’s all way too complicated for this #lazymom! But since I’ve had kids, I’ve had lots of practice making muffins. For some reason, muffins aren’t as intimidating to me. And my kid’s absolutely love muffins, so we try to make them at least once a week. Muffins are also the perfect snack to bring to playdates, or send in to a preschool bake sale. These whole wheat apple cinnamon muffins with caramel butter are a fall favorite in our house, and we can pretend they’re healthy since they include whole wheat flour, ground flax, and apples!

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Tasty Treats to Whip Up When a Friend Comes Over

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There’s nothing better than eating good food with good friends, am I right? Before kids, Josh and I were always entertaining! We loved throwing dinner parties, cocktail hours, and seasonal parties. One year, my best friend Lauren and I threw an epic scary movie night for Halloween. These days, I mostly just host play dates and small groups from church. But I still love planning out snacks for my guests. If you’re looking for a few good recipes that will show your friends you care, here are a few ideas for tasty treats to whip up when a friend comes over. 

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3 Easy Ways To Make A Nutritious and Delicious Packed Lunch

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I don’t know about you, but I hate packing lunches! We all want our kids to be eating a balanced diet, but constantly coming up with new, healthy, and exciting lunches is no easy feat. In fact, Frodo’s march on Mordor was probably a more desirable challenge. Ha! It isn’t just because our imagination is lacking or time is short, but also because most of us can’t imagine our kids would be happy to open up a lunch box full of edamame beans, kale, and spinach.

So if you’re stuck in a rut with your kid’s lunches, check out some of the tips below. I’ve got some “simple to make” and “scrumptious to eat” ideas that can take your lunch boxes out of the realm of dull and unhealthy, and into the world of delicious and nutritious!

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