Two Weeks Off.. Baking Time!

So today marks one week off of school (with one more week to go)!  “What have you been doing?” You may ask.  Well it has been raining hurricane-like rains for an entire week, so I have been crafting (project updates to come), cooking and baking for an entire week!  I LOVE Fall because it means pumpkin and apple recipes and warm drinks and cold noses.  Here is a breakdown of the things I have made this week and my opinions of the recipes:


1)  Chocolate Chip Cinnamon Coffee Cake


Taste Rating: 3.5 / 5 stars

Summary:  Easy recipe to make because I had everything around the house.  No eggs needed!  Made with Hungry Jack Mix.  Make sure to follow directions and place into balls as said.  Makes the removal / cutting so easy! 

Tips:  Add more sour cream for a moister bread.  It was good day of, but by the end of the second day it was not as moist.


2)  Baked Eggplant Parmesan 


Taste Rating: 4 / 5 stars

Summary: Normal eggplant parmesan recipe.  Use homemade sauce to make it even better!  Liked the idea of breading them and then cooking for 10 minutes on each side.  More than enough time to allow them to crisp up before baking.

Tips:  Cut eggplant to 1/4 of an inch.. not too thin but not too thick either.


3)  Crockpot Applesauce


Taste Rating: 3.5 / 5  

Summary:  Easy recipe! Skin apples, use apple corer and then throw into crockpot with toppings.  Done in 3 hours.  

Tips: I didn’t enjoy the taste of the brown sugar, but my husband did.  It seemed very sweet.  Use caution with the amount.  


4)  Easy Apple Cider Pork Tenderloin


Taste Rating: 4 / 5 

Summary:  Yummy!  One of the best pork tenderloins I’ve made.  Great Fall flavors.  I served with the applesauce above and asparagus parmesan risotto.

Tips:  It might be good to try some rosemary with the thyme as well.  I allowed the pork tenderloin to marinade for about an hour before cooking, but you could do more.  Made it very moist.  I didn’t throw the pork onto the stove first, just put straight in oven.

5) Caramel Stuffed Pumpkin Snickerdoodles



Taste Rating: 5 / 5!!!!!!! 

Summary:  The best tasting most amazing scrumptious cookies you will ever try.  I don’t like snickerdoodles and my husband doesn’t love pumpkin and these were the best non-chocolate cookies I’ve ever made. YUM! Make them.

Tips:  Make them now.  Make them later.  And then make some more because they will be gone.  I only put dough in fridge for 30 minutes to save time and they came out great.


6)  Pumpkin Coffee Cake


Taste Rating: 3.5 / 5 

Summary:  Very easy to make!  Used the rest of the canned pumpkin that I didn’t use in the recipe above.   

Tips:  I added regular sugar to topping as well because brown sugar / cinnamon were a little strong.  Taste topping before adding to top. Also 25 minutes was more than enough time.  No need for more!