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Rum Apple Cider

It’s almost the end of a long week. I say long because I’ve been waiting for Halloween for what feels like forever. Do I have an awesome costume? Not really. Do I have some party to attend?? No. I’m actually just super excited to stay home and hand out candy. I’ve actually never really lived in a place that I’d be able to do that, and I think it’s a fun idea to see all the kids dressed up.   We do have a bubble fogger that we’ve yet to use (that’ll go out by the front porch), and we’re going to carve our pumpkin tomorrow. Is anyone else excited about seeing all the kids in costumes?

Rum Apple Cider

This drink is perfect at the end of a long day (or week). The apple cider really mixes well with the fruit flavors of the pineapple juice and the peach schnapps. Cruzan is a super smooth rum, and the hint of coconut is very subtle in this. We added some whipped cream and caramel on top, which was unnecessarily necessarily if you get my drift.

Rum Apple Cider

I even might whip up a batch of this for us to sip on while we wait for our doorbell to be rung. What a lovely way to pass the night! I really can’t wait for Halloween…I know I’ve said that already, but there’s no other holiday quite like it!

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Japanese Curry

This is one of my all-time favorite comfort foods….Japanese curry!! It’s also probably one of the first things I really began making on my own. Mostly because it’s so simple and delicious! I make about half a package and get about a week’s worth of dinners (or lunches). It heats up very well in the microwave, so I would take some in a pyrex with a side of rice to work.

Japanese Curry  Japanese Curry

I have to have carrots, potatoes, and onions in my curry, but I’ve added other types of veggies too. Zucchini and eggplant are some of my go to when I feel like adding on to the staples. This time I used tofu since I had it on hand, but I also make it with ground beef. And to top it all off, I add some pickled ginger. It gives it a hint of sour flavor that really adds something special. Bren can take or leave the ginger, but I like to pile it on.

Japanese Curry

I used to only buy one type of curry, but one of my coworkers told me to mix two curry brands together to get a better taste. Since I work in an office with a bunch of Japanese, I decided to take their advice as I figured they’d know best. Turns out they were right and ever since then I’ve been combining Vermont and Golden curry. This means that you end up with half an open package of each, but they keep well in an airtight container in the fridge. The spicy curry packets aren’t all that spicy, but if any spice really isn’t your thing I recommend the med-hot packets. The Vermont curry especially is an apple curry and is on the sweeter side.

Japanese Curry

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Pumpkin Pancakes

Can you tell that I love breakfast yet!?! Well…..I love breakfast for dinner at least. For some reason, at breakfast time I usually crave something like pizza or nachos or some other dinner-ish type of food. This week’s been all eggs and pancakes for dinner and I love it!!

Pumpkin Pancakes

I don’t think I’ve ever eaten so much pumpkin in my life as I have this fall, but that’s ok because it means we’re finally getting through some of the cans of pumpkin puree I bought last year in preparation for pies that never came about. And that’s a good thing because otherwise these pancakes may never have existed in my life, and I love these. We’ve had them about once a week for the past three weeks. It’s like pumpkin pie in pancake form!

Pumpkin Pancakes

I love topping these with just a bit of butter, a banana, and maple syrup! The salt from the butter really brings out the sweetness from the pancakes, and maple syrup is just a must. You could even top these with candied pecans if you had any. It would be like fall heaven…sigh now I wish I had some candied pecans handy. Go make these!! Right now! You have to enjoy fall while it lasts because before you know it winter will be here.

Pumpkin Pancakes

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 Breakfast Casserole

I’m one of those people who begins to plan for the holidays months in advance. I don’t mean that I decorate or put up a tree or anything like that, but I like to have all my shopping done before December. I’m already trying to plan when we’ll be where and what I should make for which family gathering. I’m also trying to figure out what gifts to give everyone.   Why are people so difficult to buy for?!?! I’m really trying hard not to stress over it, but sometimes it gets the better of me. Please tell me the holidays are also on your mind. No! It’s just me!? Oh well…I’ll just start my holiday meals a little earlier this year. Not such a bad thing when I think about this breakfast casserole.

Breakfast Casserole

Early morning gatherings are a tough one. Desserts are too sweet for that early in the morning. Luckily, I’m prepared with this super easy dish! I get my coffee while it’s baking in the oven. I also bought frozen hashbrowns to help cut down the prep time. I am not fully aware of my surroundings in the morning, so the less I have to do the better. Next time, I might also buy precut veggies, but that’s slightly pushing it.

Breakfast Casserole

Normally, I’m kind of weary about breakfast sausage since there are some that use a certain seasoning that I’m just not that fond of, but I really really really wanted to add sausage to this casserole. We ended up buying Bob Evan’s Natural Sausage, which turned out perfect! It’s really hard to find sausage without a lot of additives, but this one had a fairly decent ingredient list. Since the sausage itself has so many spices already included, you really don’t need to do much else to make this a flavorful dish. I did add just a bit of paprika, salt, and pepper to the eggs just to give it a slight boost.

Breakfast Casserole

Now that I’ve got breakfast covered, bring on the early morning guests! Or maybe, I’ll just save this for myself.

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Guinness Stew

This stew is nice, thick, and perfect for warming you up during those chilly nights. It’s a bit of a lengthy process, but it’s totally worth it. The beef becomes incredibly tender and just melts. I saw a bag of mixed “gourmet” potatoes at Costco, and wanted to try them out in this. They worked well, but don’t worry any potatoes would do.

Guinness Stew

It’s definitely becoming stew weather. Days are getting shorter and there’s a chill in the air when I wake up. This is so comforting to eat in the evening when all I want to do is curl up in a blanket and read a book. Sometimes, I even read in front of our fireplace! That’s right…our new apartment has a gas fireplace!! I’m super excited about this, and love to turn it on to warm up the place.

Guinness Stew

Anyways, I can totally see myself coming back to this stew time and again during this winter. I hear it’s going to be a cold one, but I’m just hoping that it’s not as crazy as the last one. If nothing else, I’ll have delicious stew to help see me through any future snow days.

Guinness Stew

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MeHi! I’m Alexis, a 20 something college grad from the Midwest. I began to step into the kitchen when I wanted to learn how to make Korean food, and noticed that dishes which looked complicated turned out to be simple to put together (most of the time!). It’s also easier on my wallet, which is always an extra bonus. Thank you for visiting!

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