Apples, apples and more apples!

Last weekend was an activity packed one. It was also the weekend before and during Todd’s finals. He had a final Saturday morning at 9am. Who does that?

Anyways, Saturday my friend Kelly and I went to Barktoberfest. It was a dog festival like thing. There honestly wasn’t much there but we had a good time and got this gem of a picture!

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Saturday night we went to a BBQ and then a dinner party with friends. It was a great night. Sadly I don’t have any pictures. :(

Sunday morning we went Apple Picking with the Net Impact Club at Tepper. Apple picking is big in the fall here!
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Triple B farms is a good size farm with a good amount of Apple trees as well as pumpkins. We filled our bags with apples, then sat down for lunch.

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It was a good day hanging out with the Tepper family.

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We came home with $19 worth of apples!

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It’s time to put them to work!

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I filled my crockpot with peeled and sliced apples.

Cooked on low for 4 hours then puréed and added a little cinnamon! Ta Da! Homemade apple sauce.

I saved some applesauce and am continuing to cook the apples down to make apple butter!

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I tried my hand at apple chips! So easy and delicious! No sweetener needed.

Let’s see I made an apple crisp we are almost finished with..

And.. There are still apples!! What else can I make?

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Fall is in full effect over here! Check out those leaves. This was on our daily walk with Stella around the neighborhood.

Hope you’re having a great Thursday!

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Fall is Here!

This weekend marked the beginning of Fall in Pittsburgh… for me. It was cold but going to get colder!

Fall means lots of soup, and lots of crock pot meals!

I was very productive this weekend. Did all of our laundry, ran, went to yoga, went grocery shopping and did some food prep for the week. Eating well takes preparation that’s for sure!
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I made breakfast burritos with eggs, soyrizo, sweet potatoes, onions, bell peppers, and mushrooms. Todd needs something portable he can bring with him to eat at school, so this should work for this week.

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I also put the crock pot to work with sweet potato black bean chili.

Sweet Potato Black Bean Chili
2 cans rinsed black beans
1 onion diced
3 sweet potatoes
1/2 green bell pepper diced
1/2 red bell pepper diced
28oz can crushed tomatoes
2T chili powder
2t smoked paprika
2t cumin
1t garlic
Salt to taste
1/4-1/2t cayenne pepper
1-2 cups water

Mix all in crock pot and cook on low for 6-8 hours

This will be great for lunches and/or dinner. Add Tapatio, sour cream or Greek yogurt and Great Harvest bread and you’ve got yourself a filling healthy meal. If only I could find some good avocados, then it’d be perfect! Spoiled Californian problems I guess.

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How about them Chargers??

I watched the game at a local bar drinking a Pumpking. I have a post in itself in regards to beer. It’ll happen at some point.

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Happy Monday! Make it a great week!

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