Easy Homemade Applesauce

I. Love. Applesauce. So of course the first thing I did after I went apple picking was go home and make applesauce! It's so ridiculously easy to make too. You can eat it for breakfast, snack, dessert...heck eat it for lunch or dinner too if you want.  For my birthday in September, I decided I wanted to go apple picking. The only variety they had that day since it was early in the season was Jonamacs. I've never had them before, but they're supposed to be good for baking. They sure made a really yummy applesauce.  Prep Apples First things first, you…

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October Bullet Journal Theme: Witchy

Last October for my bullet journal, I did more of a Halloween theme. For this year, since I didn't want to do the same thing, I decided on a witchy theme. I'm so excited about how this theme came out. It has exactly the vibe I was going for. Think witchy moon worshipping powerful women. Check out the difference between last year and this year: Monthly Spread October 2019 October 2020 This year the color scheme is more purples and browns, although I do use some orange still in other spreads for this month which you'll see when you scroll…

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Autumn Apple Hand Pies

Apple anything is always on my list of favorites and these apple hand pies are a must have for the autumn season. I love apple pie, but I think I might love these even more because they remind me of the little hand pies that I used to get at the convenience store when I was a kid. I think my husband and I ate these in approximately 2 days. It would have been less, but I had him ration them so we didn't make ourselves sick. It's so easy to just pop one in your mouth, then eat another and…

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September Bullet Journal Theme: Autumn Apples and Leaves

I know it's not September anymore, but I still wanted to share my bullet journal spread for that month because I love it and this theme could be used for any month in the fall season. I was really excited to go apple picking and see the leaves change color so I decided to merge both into a fall theme to express my excitement. Each month I typically do a monthly spread, a calendar spread for memories, a habit tracker of some sort, and a spread for all my daily lists. I may add something extra or new each month depending…

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Fandom Mail Art: Harry Potter & Avatar the Last Airbender

What's mail art you ask? It's basically just super fancy envelopes and letters. Think almost scrapbooking or collaging except with mail. One of my many hobbies is pen paling and I love to take the time to decorate each and every letter I send out. Each letter has it's own theme and recently I've made a couple fandom related mail arts that I wanted to share with you, from two of my favorite fandoms: Harry Potter and Avatar the Last Airbender.  I find that my creative process has a mind of it's own when I create letters. I get inspiration…

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Living Dairy Free—Brand Recommendations & Dairy Free Substitutes for Recipes

When I was young, my mom had my brother and I tested for food allergies and we both ended up being allergic to dairy woo hoo! So that means no more milk, cheese, heavy cream and all their variations. But living dairy free isn't as hard as you think. There are so many great alternatives out there now, it's a piece of cake to make all sorts of dairy free confections and sweets and even in my cooking too. I thought I would post about what dairy free alternatives are out there and what I use in my kitchen for…

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Fruity Smore’s Bars—No Bake, Gluten & Dairy Free

After I made the Smore's Ice Cream, I had some leftover chocolate ganache and almond flour graham cracker crumbles. I vowed to try and make a new recipe with them instead of eating them. I thought what if I made smore's but in bar form, maybe with an extra flavor added in? Then the fruity smore's bar was born. It's a layer of graham cracker crumble, chocolate ganache, raspberry jam, and finally toasted italian meringue on top. YUM.  I forgot to mention to, it's no bake! The only thing that has to be "cooked" is making a sugar syrup in…

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Bronx Zoo: Jungle World Langurs Pt. 1

I told you, you would be in for more photos from the Bronx Zoo! Besides the Gorillas, I love going to the Jungle World building and of course my favorite animals in there are the Langurs.  These were not taken with my old Canon, not the new DSLR. Still really good pictures I think, but I can't wait until all the exhibits at the Bronx Zoo open again.  I love this photo. He almost looks like he's getting ready to smile.  This one is the product of patiently waiting in the exhibit for a half an hour, as other visitors…

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Chocolate Birthday Cake—Dairy Free

Years ago, my mom made a chocolate cake for my birthday and she used this recipe. We never turned back after that. This is truly the best chocolate cake you will ever eat. All credit goes to Robyn over at Add a Pinch blog where we found the recipe, but I simply had to share this with you all. This is the cake I turn to for a lot of special occasions because I am a huge chocolate lover, and what's better than a classic chocolate cake? I dress it up with raspberries and some raspberry jam in the middle. As…

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Camping Staycation Weekend

We were supposed to use our vacation to go to California to visit friends, but due to the COVID travel advisories we unfortunately had to cancel it. So my husband and I planned some fun activities to do during our staycation instead.  We started with camping! We stayed at a quiet small campground that had a small pond with a hiking trail around it. Can you spot the frog in the first picture?  Here's his close up shot. This guy was the biggest frog we saw in the pond! He just chilled out and let me photograph him. I think…

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