Chocolate & Caramel Apple Slices


makes 9 slices

Happy Halloween!! I can't think of a better way to celebrate this holiday than with chocolate and caramel covered apple slices. These things are boo-tifully delicious and bring back so many great childhood memories! Since these are apple slices instead of whole apples, you don't have to worry about having a face covered in chocolate and caramel. But let's be honest, when something is this good who cares if it's all over your face?!

What You Need
2 apples (I used fuji)
2 (4 oz) boxes of Baker's semi-sweet baking chocolate 
1/3 bag of caramels
Sticks (I used screwers)
Eye sprinkles 

Directions
1. Slice apple into slices, making sure they are thick enough to fit the stick in the middle. I didn't use the core pieces. Lay slices out on parchment paper. 
2. Pat slices dry on both sides with a paper towel, absorbing as much water as you can.
3. Using a double boiler, melt the chocolate over medium-low heat. 
4. Place new parchment papper on a baking sheet and then place a cooling rack on top. Place apple slices on the cooling rack, making sure to spread them out.
5. Cover the current side in chocolate for all the apples and then place in freezer for a few minutes so the chocolate can harden. 
6. Once hardened, remove from freezer and flip the apple slices over. Cover that side with chocolate and place in the freezer to harden.
7. While the chocolate is hardening, melt the caramel with 1 TBS of water in a pot over low heat. Be sure to constantly stir because it can burn quickly. 
8. Remove apple slices from freezer and drizzle with caramel, adding the eyes as you go. You have to quickly add the eyes right after the caramel, because it hardens super fast. 
9. Place the slices in the freezer so everything can harden and then remove and enjoy!!
10. Have a caramel apple filled Halloween!

Halloween Weekend!

Hello Halloween & Georgia Florida weekend! This year i'm not heading down to St. Simmons/Jacksonville for the game, so i'll finally be in Atlanta to celebrate Halloween. Now that I think about it, I haven't dressed up for Halloween since college. Wow how time has flown by! This year, i'm dressing up as an alien. I can't wait to cover myself in glitter and wear a crazy outfit! What do you have planned for this exciting weekend?!

xxxx

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Last Minute DIY Halloween Costumes

Party Animal - What you need: Bunny ears, formal dress, heels, face paint, champagne glass, and clutch

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Jack o Lantern - What you need: Oversized orange t-shirt, Jack o Lantern stencil, black paint, black knee high socks, and black shoes.

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Space Alien - What you need: Metallic dress, makeup, headband, and metallic heels

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Hotline Bling Girl - What you need: Hotline bling tee, ripped jeans, microphone headset, hoop earrings, and sneakers.

Nutella Chocolate Cake w/ Ganache Topping

My Grandpa turned 94 a couple weeks ago and my family and I went up to the mountains to celebrate. My sister and I are always in charge of the birthday cake and this year we went all out. We picked this Nutella chocolate cake and it was amazing! Seriously guys, this was the best cake i've ever had and it wasn't even very difficult. Make this cake for your next party and I promise you won't be disappointed! 

What You Need
For The Chocolate Cake
2 cups four
2 cups sugar
3/4 cup dark cocoa
2 TSP baking soda
1 TSP salt
2 eggs, at room temperature
1 cup buttermilk
1 cup vegetable oil
1 1/2 TSP vanilla
1 cup boiling water

For The Nutella Frosting
1 cup butter, at room temperature
1/2 cup shortening
1 cup Nutella
4-5 cups powdered sugar
3-4 TBS milk

For The Chocolate Ganache
6 oz semi sweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup heavy whipping cream

Directions
For The Chocolate Cake
1. Preheat oven to 300°
2. Using an 8-inch cake pan as a stencil (you need 4 total for the cake), cut out 4 circles on the parchment paper to place into each cake pan. Spray the entire pan with Pam as well. Set aside.
3. Add 1 cup of water to a small pot over high heat.
4. In a large bowl, whisk together all the dry ingredients. 
5. Then add the eggs, buttermilk, and vegetable oil and mix well.
6. When water is boiling, add vanilla and then add mixture to the large bowl. Mix well. 
7. Divide the mixture between the four pans and bake for 30-35 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean.
8. Once cooked, let cool for 10 minutes and then remove from the pan and set aside.

For The Nutella Frosting
1. With a mixer, beat together butter and shortening until creamy and smooth. 
2. Add Nutella and mix well.
3. Next, add the powdered sugar 1 cup at a time. After the 3rd cup, add 3 TBS of milk and then add 1-2 cups more of powdered sugar depending on taste.
4. If needed, add more milk to make the icing spreadable. 

Assembling The Cake
1. Once cakes are completely cool, place the first layer on desired serving dish. 
2. Using a spatula, cover the first layer with icing and then place second layer on top. 
3. Cover the second layer with icing and then place the third layer on top. 
4. Cover the third layer with icing and then place the fourth layer on top.
5. Make the chocolate ganache (see below).
6. Pour the chocolate ganache over the cake and let it fall down the sides, using a spatula to push it off the edge if needed.
7. Add remaining icing to a zip lock bag and cut out a small to medium sized hole at one of the bottom ends. Pipe icing onto the top of the cake in a circular motion (like in picture above). 
8. Using a sifter, sift powdered sugar over the whole cake and then serve!

For The Chocolate Ganache
1. Microwave heavy cream in a microwave safe bowl until it starts to boil (about 4-5 minutes).
2. While the cream is heating up, place chocolate chips into a medium sized bowl.
3. Once heavy cream is boiling, remove from microwave and pour over the chocolate chips. 
4. Cover bowl with saran wrap and let sit for 5-7 minutes. 
5. Once time is up, remove saran wrap and whisk together until smooth and then let sit for 10 minutes. 

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Hello Friday!

Welcome to the (almost) weekend! My sister is coming home, so it is going to be an exciting weekend for me. We've got so much on the agenda including trying the new Superica, Burt's pumpkin patch, pumpkin carving, and Taste of Atlanta. It is going to be one great Fall (& food) filled weekend!  What do y'all have planned this weekend? 

xxxx

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13 Scary Movies Perfect For Halloween

Here is something you might not know about me- I love scary movies! I don't know why, but I just love being on edge and being spooked (from the safety of my living room of course). With Halloween a few weeks away, there is nothing better than a good scary movie to get you in the spirit. Now, gab your blanket, popcorn, and lots of pillows and prepared to be scared! 

Saw 
The puzzling and extra creepy game of Saw is one of my favorite scary movies/franchises ever. I mean have you seen the doll? It's super creepy. 

A family staying in a secluded and deserted hotel for the winter is the perfect scary movie plot line. This movie was based off of Steven King's book, so you know it will be good.

Another one of my all time favorite scary movies, this is about a group of girlfriend who go on a cave diving trip. What they find down there is nothing they could of ever imagined. 

Let me introduce you to Jason. 

Another Steven King book-turned-movie and my first ever scary movie. With all the clown sightings lately, this will be extra frightening. 

The name says it all. A murderer gets out on Halloween night and wrecks havoc in the town of Haddonfield. 

Another of my favorites. This movie is about a woman (Kate Hudson) who ends up taking a job to care for an old married couple who lives in an old house with a lot of crazy bayou history.

A husband and wife, that are paranormal investigators, try and help a family that's house is overflowing with paranormal activity. Oh, and it's based on a true story.

This is a classic scary movie/franchise that I really like as well. A group of teens are hunted down by a family of cannibalistic psychopaths. You will never look at a chainsaw the same way. 

This is an extra scary movie, that is definitely not for the faint of heart. It is also one of my favorites. A true crime writer and his family movie into a house and find some crazy things involving the previous owners and how they were murdered.

I can't make a list of scary movies without putting this movie on here. Whatever you do, DON'T WATCH THE TAPE!

This movie is filled with surprises and gruesome scenes that you will not forget.

Another one of my favorites and bonus- Ryan Reynolds is in it and it's based on a true story.
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Best Crockpot Taco Meat

serves 6-8

What You Need
2 lbs ground beef or turkey
1 large onion, diced
5 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 cup strained tomatoes
2 TBS Worcestershire sauce
3 TBS taco seasoning
1 jalapeno, minced
1 TSP garlic powder
1 TSP onion powder
1/2 TSP cumin
1/2 TSP coriander
1/2 TSP sea salt

Directions
1. Place all ingredients except the meat into your slow cooker. Stir to combine. 
2. Add in the meat and cover with sauce. 
3. Cook on low for 6-10 hours, stirring occasionally. 
4. Voila! Now go enjoy the best taco meat ever!

Friday is Here!!

Hello Friday! What a week it has been for me! I got to catch up with friends, Fall is finally in the air, and I signed a lease for an apartment! Come December, I will no longer have to call my mom my roommate (thank the lord!). I've been caught up in the joy of a new apartment, so my week has gone by pretty fast. I can't believe it's already Friday, but I am not complaining! This weekend, i'm going up to Oktoberfest in Helen with some friends. I've never been during this time, so i'm super excited! I hope y'all have a fun weekend ahead!

xxxx

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Chicken Tortilla Soup

serves 8

What You Need
2 TBS olive oil
1 1/2 cups sweet onion, diced
2 medium carrots, chopped (about 1 cup)
1 poblano pepper, diced
6 cups chicken stock
3/4 TSP kosher salt
1/2 TSP pepper
1 can (14.5 oz) diced tomatoes, undrained
8 oz tortilla chips, crushed
3/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
1 lb chicken breast, cooked & shredded
6 drops of hot sauce 
6 oz of frozen corn 
1 1/2 TBS taco seasoning

Toppings
Lime wedges
Tortilla chips
Cilantro 

Directions
1. Add olive oil to a large stock pot over medium heat. Once warm, add in carrots, onion, and poblano pepper. Cook for 8 minutes or until slightly tender.
2. Turn the heat up to medium-high and add the stock, salt, pepper, and can of tomatoes. 
3. Once it starts to boil, turn heat down to a simmer and add crushed tortilla chips, cilantro, chicken, hot sauce, corn, and taco seasoning. 
4. Cover and let cook for about 2 hours, stirring occasionally. Add more spices and flavors if you want a stronger taste and more chicken stock if it's too thick. 
5. Serve topped with crumbled tortilla chips, fresh cilantro and a lime wedge. Enjoy!

{adapted from Cooking Light}
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