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~sipping pumpkin spice with friends~

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dried poetry 

don’t tear me apart

don’t send me away

don’t whiten my mind

with the strain of decay

don’t flee from my world

please remain, please stay

for love is an art

for which many pray
But here I am dried

and tired

I climb

where in my world

is there room for this sign?

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I wrote this poem a few months ago.  I just found it today, the rhythm sounded pretty cool still, so I decided to post it! Also, thanks to Em for taking this pic of my lamp. 😉 

Oatmeal Cream Pies!

So delicious you’ll want to nosh down the whole batch!

These simple, sweet cookies are made from a light fluffy batter and icing whipped to cloud-like perfection.

The cream pies are thick and surprisingly soft! The secret to the softness lies in beating the batter as you add each ingredient,then gently mixing in the oats to keep the light consistency.

They’re the perfect mix between hearty oats and flavorful cookie! Not to ignore the icing, which is pretty sweet too. 🙂

Happy baking,

Kat ❤

(Recipe)

Baby Apple Pies

Yum!

These pies have a soft, buttery crust with a flavor like no other due to the secret ingredient – a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar. The sweet apple filling includes spices such as nutmeg and cinnamon, and tangy lemon juice. I used mini pie pans and cut the top crust into different patterns.

This pie is so perfect and sweet! I modified the filling recipe from here. Instead of boiling a cup of water with cornstarch, then pouring in everything, I coated the sliced apples in spices and lemon juice, letting them soak while I rolled out the crust. Then, rather than boil all the ingredients in water, I microwaved a quarter cup of water and poured it over the apples and labels of the sauce into the pie pans. Then I cooked the mini pies on a cookie sheet at 3:50 for 30 minutes. Cut yourself a slice and enjoy!

Kat

delicious enchiladas {from scratch!}

So good. I’ve made this recipe a couple times, once with grilled chicken and once with pan seared chicken.  Here is the enchilada sauce recipe.  It involves salsa, spices, and tomato sauce, and contains a great combination of flavors.

The process: preparing the sauce, warming corn tortillas, grilling chicken, and shredding Monetery and Cheddar cheeses. 

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Spread a tortilla with sauce, sprinkle with chicken and black beans, and douse generously with cheese. 😉  Then roll, burrito-style, and place in pan.

(oh, here was my inspiration for the enchilada recipe: yum!)

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Once pan is filled, drizzle with extra sauce, remaining toppings, and shredded cheese.

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Bake at 350 degrees F for 20 minutes, uncovered.

Devour that warm, cheesy goodness!

Signing off for now,

Kat ❤