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Friday Finds Linky Party #8

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Thank you for sharing your best projects on last week’s linky party! All your projects were awesome. Check out what we’ve picked out to feature – and don’t forget to link up on this week’s party! Have fun!Friday Finds Linky Party! #linkyparty #fridayfinds

Erin from Strawberry Mommycakes || Instagram || Pinterest || Facebook
 
DIY Rustic Wood Table Runner from Blooming Homestead
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Jenny from Bloom Designs || Instagram || Pinterest || Facebook

 

Candy Cane Soap from Gluesticks Blog
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Brandy from Gluesticks || Instagram || Pinterest || Facebook

 

Square Knot Bracelets from Curly Made
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Linda from Craftaholics Anonymous || Instagram || Pinterest || Facebook

 

Rustic Woodland Christmas Mantel from Cherished Bliss
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Vanessa from Tried & True || Instagram || Pinterest || Facebook

 

Faux Aqua Agate Leather Cuff from Delineate Your Dwelling
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Crystal from Cooking with Crystal || Pinterest || Facebook

 

Classic Apple Crisp from My Name is Snickerdoodle
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Devin & Tara from Salt & Pepper Moms || Instagram || Pinterest || Facebook

Painted Burlap Stocking from Gluesticks Blog

 

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Orange Chicken

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 I am SUCH a fan of chinese dishes and this one from the Pioneer Woman did not disappoint. I love the citrus flavor and this was a recipe even the kiddos loved!

I added some rice to the bottom of the bowl and I couldn’t get enough of this delicious dish!

For the chicken: In a large bowl, whisk together the cornstarch and egg whites until almost frothy, about 1 minute. Add chicken and allow to sit for 5-10 minutes. 

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For the sauce: Put the orange juice, soy sauce, sugar, vinegar, sesame oil, salt, crushed red pepper, garlic, ginger, and orange zest in small skillet and whisk. Heat until bubbling and starting to thicken, about 3-4 minutes. 

 

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Whisk together the cornstarch and 1/4 cup water in a small bowl and add 1-2 Tbsp of the cornstarch slurry to the sauce. Mix in and thicken for 1 minute. If it gets too thick, just add in another 1/4 cup water and whisk in. 

Heat 2 inches of vegetable oil in a heavy bottom pot until a deep fry thermometer inserted in the oil shows 350 F. In batches, drop a few chicken pieces into the oil and move around, 2-3 minutes. Let the pieces drain on a paper towel lined plate for 2-3 minutes. Then drop them back into the oil for 1 minute to solidify the coating. 

Toss the chicken in the sauce and serve immediately with more orange zest and sliced green onions on top. 

 

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Orange Chicken
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Ingredients
  1. vegetable oil, for frying
  2. 4 chicken breasts (boneless, skinless) cut into bite sized pieces
  3. 4 egg whites
  4. 2 Tbsp cornstarch
Sauce
  1. 1/2 cup orange juice
  2. 1 Tbsp soy sauce
  3. 1 Tbsp packed brown sugar
  4. 1 Tbsp rice vinegar
  5. 1/4 tsp sesame oil
  6. dash of salt
  7. dash of crushed red pepper
  8. 1 clove garlic, minced
  9. 2 tsp minced ginger
  10. 1 tsp cornstarch
  11. zest of 1 orange
  12. 1/4 cup water
  13. 2 whole green onions, sliced
Instructions
  1. For the chicken: In a large bowl, whisk together the cornstarch and egg whites until almost frothy, about 1 minute. Add chicken and allow to sit for 5-10 minutes.
  2. For the sauce: Put the orange juice, soy sauce, sugar, vinegar, sesame oil, salt, crushed red pepper, garlic, ginger, and orange zest in small skillet and whisk. Heat until bubbling and starting to thicken, about 3-4 minutes.
  3. Whisk together the cornstarch and 1/4 cup water in a small bowl and add 1-2 Tbsp of the cornstarch slurry to the sauce. Mix in and thicken for 1 minute. If it gets too thick, just add in another 1/4 cup water and whisk in.
  4. Heat 2 inches of vegetable oil in a heavy bottom pot until a deep fry thermometer inserted in the oil shows 350 F. In batches, drop a few chicken pieces into the oil and move around, 2-3 minutes. Let the pieces drain on a paper towel lined plate for 2-3 minutes. Then drop them back into the oil for 1 minute to solidify the coating.
  5. Toss the chicken in the sauce and serve immediately with more orange zest and sliced green onions on top.
Cooking with Crystal http://www.cookingwithcrystal.net/

 

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Recipe Source: The Pioneer Woman

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Friday Finds Linky Party #7

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Thanks so much for sharing your AWESOME projects last week! Check out our top picks, then scroll down to enter your links for this week’s linky party!

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Erin from Strawberry Mommycakes || Instagram || Pinterest || Facebook

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Camp Bedroom Reveal from Dear Emmeline

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Jenny from Bloom Designs || Instagram || Pinterest || Facebook

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Apple Almond Cranberry Quick Bread from Honey and Birch

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Brandy from Gluesticks || Instagram || Pinterest || Facebook

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Metalic Christmas Tree Stocking Hangers from Atkinson Drive

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Linda from Craftaholics Anonymous || Instagram || Pinterest || Facebook

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Yarn Wrapped Christmas Tree from Twelve O Eight

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Vanessa from Tried & True || Instagram || Pinterest || Facebook

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Falling Star Advent Calendar from Atkinson Drive

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Crystal from Cooking with Crystal || Pinterest || Facebook

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One Good Deed A Day from Delineate Your Dwelling

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Devin & Tara from Salt & Pepper Moms || Instagram || Pinterest || Facebook

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Pecan Pie Bars from Gluesticks Blog

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Aki from Minted Strawberry || Instagram || Pinterest || Facebook

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A Frame Chalkboard from Liz on Call

Now on to this week! Make sure you link back to this blog so you can be featured next week and follow our Pinterest Board and social media channels to see if we feature your posts!

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Friday Finds Linky Party #6

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Hey Everyone! We are so thankful you are here. We hope you find some inspiration for this Thanksgiving season! Here are our favorites from last week’s party.

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Erin from Strawberry Mommycakes || Instagram || Pinterest || Facebook

Pineapple Pumpkin by Delineate Your Dwelling

 

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Jenny from Bloom Designs || Instagram || Pinterest || Facebook

Old Fashioned Sour Cream Donuts by Gluesticks

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Brandy from Gluesticks || Instagram || Pinterest || Facebook

Caramel Apple Mason Jars by Shaken Together Life

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Linda from Craftaholics Anonymous || Instagram || Pinterest || Facebook

DIY Fruit Crate Shelves by Dear Emmeline

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Vanessa from Tried & True || Instagram || Pinterest || Facebook

Stay Sharp Succulent Picture by Delineate Your Dwelling

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Crystal from Cooking with Crystal || Pinterest || Facebook

Grandpa Bob’s Apple Cinnamon Nut Bread by Gluesticks

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Devin & Tara from Salt & Pepper Moms || Instagram || Pinterest || Facebook

Potato Boats by Blooming Homestead

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Aki from Minted Strawberry || Instagram || Pinterest || Facebook

Metallic Painted Pinecones by Blooming Homestead

 

Now on to this week! Make sure you link back to this blog so you can be featured next week and follow our Pinterest Board and social media channels to see if we feature your posts!

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Friday Finds Linky Party #5

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Happy Halloween! Before you head out for the evening, be sure to share the latest creation you’ve been brewing! Here are our favorites from last week’s party.
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Erin from Strawberry Mommycakes || Instagram || Pinterest || Facebook

Oreo Halloween Desserts from Happy With Printables

 

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Jenny from Bloom Designs || Instagram || Pinterest || Facebook

Reversible Wood Backdrop from Over the Apple Tree

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Brandy from Gluesticks || Instagram || Pinterest || Facebook

DIY Tray Stand from My Love 2 Create

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Linda from Craftaholics Anonymous || Instagram || Pinterest || Facebook

Breakfast Stackers from Amy’s Cooking Adventures

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Vanessa from Tried & True || Instagram || Pinterest || Facebook

Gold Tipped Cork Leaf Wreath from Shaken Together

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Crystal from Cooking with Crystal || Pinterest || Facebook


How to Make Origami Bats from Satsuma

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Devin & Tara from Salt & Pepper Moms || Instagram || Pinterest || Facebook

Pumpkin Guts Dip from Shaken Together

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Aki from Minted Strawberry || Instagram || Pinterest || Facebook


DIY Halloween Pumpkin Diorama from Tinsel + Trim

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Cabbage Slaw

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I LOVE a good cole slaw, but sometimes it’s just too heavy with sauce. I found a lightened up version that is flavorful AND healthy!

It is such a light version of coleslaw, perfect to go with an outdoor BBQ!

The great part is that it’s only 5 ingredients and then add some salt, pepper, and mint and it’s done.

 

Cabbage Slaw
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Ingredients
  1. 4 cups shredded cabbage
  2. 1 1/2 cups thinly sliced radishes
  3. 1/2 cup diagonally cut green onions
  4. 3 Tbsp evoo
  5. 2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
  6. 1/3 cup chopped fresh mint
  7. 1/2 tsp salt
  8. 1/4 tsp pepper
Instructions
  1. Combine first 5 ingredients; toss.
  2. Sprinkle with mint, salt, and pepper.
Cooking with Crystal http://www.cookingwithcrystal.net/

cabbage slaw 2 Recipe source: Cooking Light Crave!

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Apple Caramel Crunch Pie

My husband is such a fan of pies.

They are his absolute favorite dessert. 

I am more of a fan of cookies, cupcakes, brownies, etc BUT I will eat a slice of pie here and there. Now, he is a hard critic, so he always gives me his honest opinion. There have been too many to count recipes that did not make the cut, that just didn’t taste right, or frankly were not good. 

I only share the ones that really are delicious and worth writing a post about. 

So, as the cooler weather sets in and fall is upon us, I am revving up the baking engine and this is the beginning of a series of baked goods. I recently went with my family to the apple orchard and we were in search of a variety of apples to make this recipe we’d been eyeing for quite some time……

Apple Caramel Crunch Pie.

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I am happy to report that not only did we go to the orchard and get a TON of apples, but then we made up this delicious pie! I wasn’t too sure it was going to pan out, but I spent about 2 1/2 hours working on it and I am SO glad that I put forth all the effort because the finished product was out of this world!

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First, begin by making the pie crust which you can find the recipe for that Pate Brisee pie crust here

It is seriously SUCH an easy pie crust recipe, fool proof, and it tastes phenomenal. 

 Apple Caramel Crunch Pie at cooking with crystal

After you roll out your pie crust and place your pecans in the oven to be toasted, start making the Cinnamon Sugar Crumb Topping.

Mix all the crumb topping ingredients into the food processor and let the magic begin.

Apple Caramel Crunch Pie at cooking with crystal

The result will be this beautiful topping.

Apple Caramel Crunch Pie at cooking with crystal

After the pecans have toasted and then cooled…

Apple Caramel Crunch Pie at cooking with crystal

go ahead and chop them all up. 

 Apple Caramel Crunch Pie at cooking with crystal 

 

Then begin making the filling for the pie. 

Start with the sugar, flour, cinnamon, and nutmeg and mix them together.

Apple Caramel Crunch Pie at cooking with crystal

 

Then peel all your apples.

I LOVE using my apple peeler that I got on Amazon. It is really time saving and my 3 year old can even use it. I just place each apple on it and he did all the cranking.

To get one click here.

 

Apple Caramel Crunch Pie at cooking with crystal

After all your apples are peeled, then pop the cores out. 

Apple Caramel Crunch Pie at cooking with crystal

and then you’re all ready to chop up the apples for the pie!

Apple Caramel Crunch Pie at cooking with crystal

Then add all the chopped apples into the sugar mixture. 

Apple Caramel Crunch Pie at cooking with crystal

Let them sit in that for a minute while you add the caramel to the bottom of the unbaked pie crust.

Apple Caramel Crunch Pie at cooking with crystal  

Then chop up the Heath candy bars to add to the crumb topping.

Apple Caramel Crunch Pie at cooking with crystal 

and then add them into the crumb topping mixture and look at that beautifulness!

Apple Caramel Crunch Pie at cooking with crystal

 Place the pie filling into the pie crust.

Apple Caramel Crunch Pie at cooking with crystal

and using my special technique, I roll out the other pie crust (because the Pate Brisee makes two crusts) and put it on top of the whole thing and seal the edges.

I mean c’mon I know that if I attempt to freeze the other half of the pie crust dough I’ll completely forget about it and never use it.

SO….this way I use up everything I make and it tastes EVEN better!

Apple Caramel Crunch Pie at cooking with crystal

After that is complete, then grab your crumb topping and add it all over the top covering the whole pie.

Apple Caramel Crunch Pie at cooking with crystal

 

Then go ahead and put it in the oven to bake at 425 F for 15 minutes, then reduce the heat to 375 F and continue baking for 40 more minutes, until the crust is golden brown and the apples are tender.

Apple Caramel Crunch Pie at cooking with crystal  

When the pie completely cooled, about 1 1/2 hours, then drizzle the remaining 1/2 cup caramel sauce over top. 

Apple Caramel Crunch Pie at cooking with crystal

 

Apple Caramel Crunch Pie
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Crust (Pate Brisee Recipe)
  1. 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  2. 1 tsp salt
  3. 1 tsp sugar
  4. 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
  5. 1/4 to 1/2 cup ice water
Cinnamon Sugar Crumb Topping
  1. 1/2 cup unbleached all purpose flour
  2. 1/3 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
  3. 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  4. 1/4 tsp salt
  5. 5 Tbsp unsalted butter, cold and cut into 1/4 inch cubes
Topping
  1. 1/2 cup coarsely chopped pieces of Heath toffee bar ( approx. 2 bars)
Filling
  1. 1 cup chopped pecans
  2. 3/4 cup sugar
  3. 2 Tbsp unbleached all purpose flour
  4. 1 Tbsp ground cinnamon
  5. dash of ground nutmeg
  6. 8 medium apples, peeled, cored, and cut into 1/2 inch chunks
  7. 1 cup caramel sauce ( I like to buy Saunders Caramel)
Crust: to make the Pate Brisee Pie Crust (begin the night before or the morning of)
  1. Pulse flour, salt, & sugar in a food processor ( or whisk together by hand
  2. in a bowl).
  3. Add butter, and pulse (or quickly cut in with a pastry blender or
  4. your fingertips) until mixture resembles coarse meal, with some larger pieces
  5. remaining.
  6. Drizzle ¼ cup water over mixture. Pulse (or mix with fork) until mixture
  7. just begins to hold together. If dough is too dry, add ¼ cup more water, 1 Tbsp at
  8. a time, and pulse (or mix with a fork).
  9. Divide dough in half onto 2 pieces of plastic wrap. Gather 2 balls, wrap loosely in
  10. plastic wrap, and press each into a disk using a rolling pin. Refrigerate until firm,
  11. well wrapped, 1 hour or up to 1 day (dough can be frozen up to 3 months, thaw in
  12. refrigerator before using).
Pie
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. Place the pecans on a baking sheet and bake them for 5 minutes, or until they are lightly toasted. Remove them from the oven and raise the temperature to 425 F to preheat for the pie.
  3. Next, make up the Cinnamon Sugar Crumb Topping.
  4. In a large bowl, mix together the flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, and salt.
  5. Using a food processor or pastry blender, incorporate the butter by cutting it into the flour until the butter forms small, pea sized pieces. Set aside.
  6. Now make the pie filling. Whisk together the sugar, flour, cinnamon and nutmeg. Place the apple chunks in a large bowl and toss them with the sugar mixture.
  7. Chop the pecans and add them to the apple mixture.
  8. Pour 1/2 cup of the caramel sauce on the bottom of the unbaked pie shell and spread it evenly across (reserve the rest for later). Place the apple mixture on top of the caramel.
  9. Add Heath toffee bar pieces to the cinnamon sugar crumb topping.
  10. Roll out the other half of the Pate Brisee pie crust and place on top of the apple mixture. Crimp the edges.
  11. Then sprinkle the crumb topping evenly all over the top.
  12. To bake, place the pie plate on a lined baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes.
  13. Reduce heat to 375 F and continue baking for 40 minutes more, or until the crust is golden brown and the apples are tender.
  14. Transfer the pie plate to a wire cooling rack and allow the pie to cool and set for 1 1/2 hours before serving.
  15. Once it has cooled completely, drizzle the remaining 1/2 cup caramel sauce over top.
  16. This pie is best served at room temperature or can be warmed at 350 F for 10 minutes. It will keep at room temperature overnight and can be in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.
Cooking with Crystal http://www.cookingwithcrystal.net/

 

 

 

apple caramel crunch collage

Recipe adapted from Perfect Pies and More by Michele Stuart

 

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