Yummy…Apple Pie Eggrolls

Okay…..I weighed myself the other day and immediately decided that I was going back on the diet. I think training for this marathon has made me just want to eat more…..burning calories….yada, yada, yada.

Unfortunately, I don’t always want to eat right.  I love egg rolls….period. I could eat them everyday.  So when I came across this recipe for dessert egg rolls from http://www.spoonforkbacon.com, I jumped on it.(How can you not love the name of this blog…..it has bacon in it).  I am going to share the gorgeous pics from http://www.chef-in-training.com where I originally found the recipe because frankly their’s look so much better than mine did, but the taste is divine.

Diet….did I say I was going on that.  Right, tomorrow….after my run.

Happy Cooking!

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apple pie eggrolls
Picture courtesy of chef-in-training.com

Baked Apple Pie Egg Rolls

Makes 16

Ingredients:
apple pie filling:
2 green apples (about 2 heaping cups), peeled and diced

1 lemon, juiced
1/3 cup granulated sugar
3 1/2 tablespoons instant tapioca pearls
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground all-spice
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 egg, lightly beaten
16 egg roll wrappers
sweetened cardamom whipped cream:
3/4 cup heavy cream

1/4 cup superfine sugar (granulated is fine)
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
½ teaspoon ground cardamom

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 375°F.
2. Place filling ingredients into a mixing bowl and stir together until well combined. Allow mixture to sit for about 10 minutes.
3. Lay 1 egg roll wrapper on a clean surface and brush edge with a 1 inch perimeter of egg wash.
4. Spread 3 tablespoons of the filling across one side of the prepared egg roll wrapper.
5. Fold the sides over and brush with egg wash. Carefully roll filling tightly in the wrapper and press gently to seal.
6. Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment and coat with a thin layer of cooking spray. Repeat until all the filling and wrappers have been used.
7. Bake egg rolls for 20 to 25 minutes or until golden brown and crisp. Serve immediately with sweet cardamom whipped cream (recipe follows).
8. sweet cardamom whipped cream: Place cream in a mixing bowl and whip with a hand mixer, on medium-high speed. As the mixture thickens, slowly add sugar until fully incorporated. Add vanilla and cardamom and continue to whip until medium to stiff peaks form. Serve with baked apple pie egg rolls.

*Tip: Don’t overstuff these things and make sure the filling is covered by two layers of wrapper. This will help keep the egg rolls from bursting and sticking.

 

Easter is almost here…..

I love to decorate my home for every occasion, but for some reason Easter is always the most difficult. I’m not sure why…..but it is.

I started searching for ideas this year that would be fun for me and my three-year old to work on.  Here are a few thoughts and hopefully I will be able to get around to doing some of these…..

These adorable “bunny breads” are courtesy of Growing Organic, Eating Organic and they also have links for some great bread recipes.  You can check them out here:  https://www.facebook.com/GrowingOrganicEatingOrganic

bunny bread

Okay, so I know this is not decoration, but it looked too yummy to pass up.

Here are some great table decor ideas….

courtesy of Apartmentsilikeblog.com
courtesy of Apartmentsilikeblog.com
birdcage
photo courtesy of missgracieshouse.blogspot.com
paper mache eggs
courtesy of Shabbychicblog.com

What do you have planned for your Easter decor…..would love to hear some ideas before I get started on my home.

Happy Decorating!

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Easter Fun with the Little One…

I’m always searching for interesting things to do with my two year old that are fun for her, but not incredibly hard or messy for me…..is there such a thing as “no mess fun” with a 2+ year old…..if you find, please let me know.

Since Easter is right around the corner, we decided that we will make Easter Bunny Cupcakes and Decorations so off to Pinterest I go to see what kind of great ideas are out there…why reinvent to wheel, right.  As I was looking for Easter bunny cupcakes, I also stumbled upon some really cute ideas for cupcakes for other times of the year so I’m going to share them now instead of putting it away for later…..mostly because I will probably forget about it.

Some of the really great cupcake toppers that I found are below:

I absolutely adore these shabby chic style bunny rabbits.  You can’t go wrong with Peter Cottontail at Easter.  Find these at Unify on Etsy….adorable!

Easter Cupcake Toppers, Baby Shower Cupcake Toppers, Cupcake Toppers, Sandwich Picks, Bunny, Peter Cotton Tail, Set of 12

Another great option for toppers from SoCuteParties:

24 Vintage Chocolate  Easter Cupcake Toppers in Pink Yellow Light Blue and Purple
Vintage Chocolate Easter Cupcake Toppers

Love these toppers for a Mother’s Day Brunch…..You can find these at CatchSomeRaes.

24 Party Picks, Cupcake Toppers, Shabby Chic, Butterflies
Butterfly Party Picks

Let’s say you don’t want to use paper and want an ALL edible cupcake…here are some great fondant options.  Mustache and Ties from Parker’s Flour Patch:

Fondant Mustache, Tie and Bow Tie Onesie Toppers for Birthday or Baby Shower Cupcakes, Cookies or Mini-Cakes
Mustaches and Ties…

…..jungle theme. Here you go!  These incredibly cute little animals are at the Cupcake Stylist.

Set of 5 Edible Fondant Safari Animal Cake and Cupcake Toppers
Lions and Tigers and Bears, Oh My!

I’ve spent so much time looking for cute toppers and just haven’t found exactly what I was looking for, so we are going to try and come up with something on our own based on all of the great ideas we’ve found.  This should be fun, interesting and extremely messy!!!!  Stay Tuned…….

Happy Baking,

~the little chick~