I’m such a slacker.

I really had no intention of taking 2 weeks off the blog. If you follow me on Instagram, you know that my aunt was visiting and even though I really planned on getting posts up, it just didn’t happen. I even had recipes photographed and ready to go. I’m sorry, I’m a slacker.

If it helps, I didn’t even do laundry while she was here.

I did 7 loads of laundry yesterday.

Seven.

My aunt and I spent the whole week eating doughnuts, tracking down food trucks I’ve always wanted to try, and eating more doughnuts.

#LivingTheDream

Anyway, remember how the kids and I went to that apple farm a couple weeks ago? Well, it turns out my children threw a bunch of rurnt (ruined, bad, disgusting for those that don’t speak Alabama) apples into their bags.

What is wrong with my children?

Why would you pick an apple filled with holes?

I don’t understand.

The littlest’s bag was so bad that he had to have been taking bites of each apple before putting them in his bag.

I mean.

What.

But I somehow salvaged enough to make this Apple Crisp. I think I tell you guys every year around this time about how I hate making pies. I just hate it. Crust is just too fussy for me. So when I have apples, I always make crisps or crumbles.

What’s the difference, you ask? You should ask someone smarter. I have no clue.

But this particular crisp is special because it’s got a bottom crust! But not a fussy crust like a pie crust. It’s just the crumb topping pressed into the bottom of your dish!

It was absolutely delicious. And since it’s made with oatmeal, you can totally call it breakfast.

Right?

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Two breads in a row!

It’s carb week on Fake Ginger!

Just kidding.

It’s carb week every week in my life.

Have I told you guys that I’ve been obsessed with Captain D’s recently? Yeah, the fast food seafood place. It’s one of the stranger things that’s happened in my life. I mean,  I (very lovingly) make fun of my friends that aren’t from areas by the water when they say that Red Lobster is their favorite restaurant. And now I’m obsessed with Captain D’s? What is life?

I don’t know, guys. The hushpuppies. They call my name.

And the clams. And the lobster bites.  And the fries that are so delicious dipped in tartar sauce.

I’ve been at least 3 times in the last couple weeks. Possibly 4.

I’ve vowed not to go anymore and now that I’ve publicly shamed myself, maybe I’ll stick to it.

So these Cheesy Garlic Crescent Rolls!

Canned crescent rolls are probably my favorite bread to serve with dinner but I very rarely do it because I could easily eat all 8 before dinner is even on the table. What do they put in them to make them so addictive?

I decided to make them even more addictive by slathering them with garlic butter and then stuffing them with mozzarella cheese. And you better believe I ate so many that I was too full to even have a bite of the spaghetti that was supposed to be dinner.

Super simple and I bet you have all the ingredients on hand already!

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It snowed on Friday!

Yes, snow!

I know!

This is our 4th winter in Colorado and we’ve never had snow before November. I didn’t believe the weather people when they started saying we’d get snow. Mostly because we never get snow when they say we will. I think they just like to play with my emotions. And then it’s when they say that we’re gonna have an unseasonably warm day with absolutely no precipitation that we get half a foot of snow.

That’s just how it works here.

But yeah, I was so disappointed when I woke up and couldn’t see anything coming down because it was so dark. And then I let Penelope (the husky) in and she was covered in the white stuff! It was pretty exciting.

It didn’t stick and never really got heavy so both my kids in school had recess in it which always sounds really cool to me because I’m from Mobile, Alabama and the 2 times in my life it snowed, we just got sent home early.

It also made me incredibly aware of the fact that my kids have basically no pants. So at 6:30 on Friday morning I was ordering all the boys pants that H&M has and possibly a poncho for me. What am I going to do with a poncho? I mean, really?

I think I’m even more excited for fall and winter now. The kids and I went to an apple farm yesterday and bought 10 pounds of apples and 3 big pumpkins. The pumpkins are definitely not going to last until Halloween but, ugh, I couldn’t help myself!

I also made Pumpkin Swirl Bread because once again, I couldn’t help myself. This version is so yummy. It’s a typical pumpkin bread but has a layer of sweetened cream cheese in the middle. It also has raisins which I considered leaving out but I’m really glad I didn’t. I really enjoyed them in this!

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One thing that always stumps me is when someone tells me that their kids love soup.

What?

My kids wouldn’t know what to do with soup. If they can’t stab it with a fork, it’s not happening.

I know, I should teach them how to properly eat.

I tried.

I also tried to teach them not to jump on the furniture, share popsicles with the dogs, or announce when they… ummm… make gross noises in public.

My husband says “they’re boys!” And I say they’re his boys and therefore more stubborn and obnoxious than all the other boys in the world.

So we don’t eat soup. If I want soup, I go by Panera for some French onion.

But really, is there anything more comforting that chicken noodle soup? Nope. And that’s exactly what I’m craving in this weirdly cold weather we’ve been having.

This Chicken and Noodles is like chicken noodle soup but without the soup. So it’s got the chicken, the noodles, the carrots, celery, even some peas. You make it like you’d make soup but at the end you thicken it with a milk and flour mixture. It makes a creamy sauce that really coats everything.

You can click through to the original recipe if you need instructions on cooking the chicken but in an effort to make my life easier, I slow cooked a whole chicken early in the week and then made Pioneer Woman’s chicken spaghetti with half of it and then used the rest for this. If you wanna make your life really easy, buy a rotisserie chicken from the grocery store.

This is going to be a winter staple for us, especially after my husband gets home. I was sending him photos of the cooking process and eventually he just started ignoring me completely because chicken and noodles is his fave!

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I don’t know if you guys have noticed but I am SO READY FOR FALL, SNOW, WINTER, SNOW, HALLOWEEN, SNOW, CHRISTMAS, and most importantly SNOW.

It’s like that scene in Knocked Up when the guy says he wishes he liked anything as much as his kids like bubbles. I imagine my husband probably says, “I wish I liked anything as much as my wife likes snow!”

We had a day last week where our high was in the 50s and I was in heaven. I broke out my boots, my winter coat, my big scarf that my mom made me. It was awesome. I’m sure everyone who saw me thought I was crazy pants but… I’m just excited, y’all.

And btw, it’s well into the hundreds in Afghanistan and my husband is not amused by the scarf selfies I send him. #bestwifeever

One of the great things about fall is, of course, apples. Oh man, I can’t even wait for the honeycrisps to show up. They are probably the thing I like most about fall.

After football.

Obviously.

But while we wait for honeycrisps, I had to make something with apples. This is a Taffy Apple Pizza with a sugar cookie crust, a peanut butter cream cheese sauce, apples, peanuts, and a caramel drizzle.

I totally don’t mind eating fruit if it’s served on a cookie with caramel on top.

If you need me I’ll be sitting in my house, sweating my butt off because I’m too stubborn to turn on the A/C.  Come on, fall!

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