Wednesday, September 17, 2014

The Homemaking Party

We've all been having a blast with my mom---she's been here a week. Jamie took this picture of me and mom with all the kids...

And then she took one of all of us! Today we'll be meeting some cousins from Oklahoma who are driving over to see us. We've never met any of our family from there before---super excited!

Hope you're having a blessed week too! Thanks for stopping by the Homemaking Party!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Friday, September 12, 2014

Apple Sauce Chicken Recipe #FlavorofFall #shop #cbias

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It's beautiful, glorious, wonderful fall here in Northwest Arkansas and I'm taking advantage of every moment! I've got all kinds of plans this season: beautiful walks, cozy socks, and lots of tasty treats and Fall recipes for comfort foods too! Apple is my Flavor of Fall this year and I plan to use it in ways I'd never considered before. This Applesauce Chicken is a great start. I made a piece just for me the other day and it was so moist and flavorful! Stay tuned for the recipe later on down the post, as well as a great dessert idea featuring fall-colored M&M's®.

This is my yard in mid November. When it looks like this outside, how can I not be inspired? 

Last week I went to Walmart to stock up on delicious ingredients. They're all stocked up for autumn celebrations and have all the great M&M's flavors together in one spot. This year's featured flavor is Candy Apple. I found it on the top shelf in this aisle marked, "seasonal". Make sure to grab a coupon before you go:

I also grabbed a bag of plain M&M's with fall colors, as well as some Mott's applesauce and apple juice. I've enjoyed Mott's applesauce since I was in grade school and I always like to use their juice to make cider.

My husband has a favorite family recipe for Applesauce Chocolate Chip cookies. I changed it up a bit to include M&M's and they were yummy! I'd recommend mixing up the batter without the M&M's and then just adding a few to the top after you've scooped it out onto the pan. Otherwise, the moistness of the batter will cause the colors to run. 

Applesauce Chocolate Chip Cookies w/ M&M's

2 c. sugar
1 c. butter
4 eggs
1 1/2 c. applesauce
2 tsp. baking soda
4 c. sugar
2 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. salt
1 bag chocolate chips
1 bag M&M's

Mix sugar and butter until smooth, then mix in eggs. Mix in applesauce and baking soda. Then mix in the remaining dry ingredients. Stir in chocolate chips and scoop out onto a baking sheet. Add a few M&M's on top and press down. Bake at 400ยบ for 10-12 minutes.

Finally, my Applesauce Chicken recipe. This is just such a moist and delicious way to make chicken. You won't be disappointed.

Applesauce Chicken
4 boneless chicken breasts
½ tsp. thyme
¼ tsp. salt
¼ tsp. pepper
2 Tb. oil
1/2 onion, thinly sliced
1c. applesauce
1 c. apple juice

Rub chicken with thyme, salt and pepper. Heat oil over medium high heat and fry chicken until brown on both sides, then transfer to a plate. Add onions to pan and cook until almost clear. Add applesauce and stir for a couple minutes. Then add apple juice and bring to a boil. Place chicken back in pan, cover, and cook five minutes on each side. Serve with as much or as little of the applesauce onion mixture as you'd like.

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