Posts Tagged "apples"

Fall Apple Picking! 00

Fall Apple Picking!

Fall Apple Picking!

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It’s that time of year again – autumn! Check out the beautiful trees changing color right outside our window! The season calls for all things involving apples, pumpkins, mulling spice, apple cider, winter squash and hot tea. What better way to celebrate then a trip out to Kuiper’s Family Farm to pick some delicious apples right from the orchard! Last weekend I went apple picking with my...

Sage French Toast with Apples and Maple Chicken Sausage 00

Sage French Toast with Apples and Maple Chicken Sausage

Sage French Toast with Apples and Maple Chicken Sausage

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Friday night’s Crossfit workout really beat me up. 21 Overhead Squats (@ 65#) 42 Pull-ups 15 Overhead Squats (@ 65#) 30 Pull-ups 9 Overhead Squats (@ 65#) 18 Pull-ups All in under 15 minutes… So it’s no wonder why I haven’t been able to move my arms all weekend. I even slept in until noon on Sunday…quite unlike me. So Sunday brunch was a little later in the afternoon than planned, but...

Baked Cinnamon Apple Chips 00

Baked Cinnamon Apple Chips

Baked Cinnamon Apple Chips

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If you are like me, you tend to forget about some of the produce in your refrigerator every now and then and it starts to go bad. I had tons of apples this season from my trip to the orchard and unfortunately, I neglected a few for so long that they were no longer crisp or appetizing to eat. However, the good news is that I you don’t have to waste them or throw them away. Simply turn on the...

Maple Glazed Pork Chops 00

Maple Glazed Pork Chops

Maple Glazed Pork Chops

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Friday night we stayed in for a relaxing evening, made dinner, and in the spirit of Halloween watched Zombieland! We had maple glazed pork chops, roasted autumn veggies, and cranberry-apple sauce. The pork chops are yet another charming recipe from my new I Love Trader Joe’s Cookbook. Maple Glazed Pork Chops gluten-free, grain-free, soy-free, dairy-free, peanut-free, tree nut-free,...

Heirloom Tomato Salsa 00

Heirloom Tomato Salsa

Heirloom Tomato Salsa

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In preparation for my road trip to Minnesota tomorrow, I made some salsa to take with me on the road! All of the ingredients came from my trip to the farmer’s market over the weekend. I couldn’t wait to use my heirloom tomatoes to make something, and salsa was the perfect solution! Heirloom Tomato Salsa vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, grain-free, soy-free, dairy-free, peanut-free,...

Baked Apple Crisp 00

Baked Apple Crisp

Baked Apple Crisp

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With all of the apples I picked up at the orchard this weekend, I decided to make a healthy apple crisp! I grabbed this recipe from Clean Food and got cooking. This recipe is SO easy, and it tastes incredible! If you are looking for a great autumn dessert recipe, I highly recommend giving this one a try. I even sneak a piece every now and then for breakfast! Baked Apple Crisp vegetarian, vegan,...

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Kuipers Family Farm

Kuipers Family Farm

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Yesterday I went to Kuipers Family Farm in Maple Park, IL to go apple picking! In case you forgot, here is a look at last year’s trip to the orchard. This year, the orchard was busier then it had ever been and we had to wait in line for a bit before accessing the orchard. But it was well worth it! I came home with an abundant variety of 27 apples! Not to mention the half quart of apple...

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Eggsperience

Eggsperience

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Yesterday morning, after a 5 mile run in the gorgeous summer weather, I went to brunch at Eggsperience Pancakes & Cafe in the River North area of downtown Chicago. Eggsperience is a newly opened 24 hour breakfast/lunch/dinner restaurant that I had hear nothing but great things about, so I had to check it out! Eggsperience was bustling on a Saturday afternoon (picture above from...

U-Pick Apple Orchard! 00

U-Pick Apple Orchard!

U-Pick Apple Orchard!

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This weekend I got a chance to go to an apple orchard to pick my own apples! I went to  Kuipers Family Farm in Maple Park, IL (about an hour west of Chicago). It was a gorgeous day for apple picking! Sunny and relatively warm for October! Before entering the orchard there was a giant billboard explaining what was being picked today. However, since it was the last weekend for picking,...

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U-Pick Farms

U-Pick Farms

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This season I plan to participate in some agritoursim by going to a U-Pick farm to pick my own apples, pears, pumpkins, and squash! You can’t get produce any fresher than picking it straight from the source yourself! Most U-Pick farms are only open for you to pick produce until the end of October and they typically charge you by the pound for whatever you pick. You can even bring your...