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Do you say “car-maul” or “care-a-mel?” I say the former. I’m pretty cool like that.

I like this.

I like this “a la mode” more.

See? See what I did there? Yeah, I know. Majorette Dork at your service.

Anyway.

This recipe was adapted from Hilary’s blog, Hil’s Blog. She is pretty cool if I say so myself.

The other night, I was needing something sweet. Instead of making something like cake or brownies that would cause us to overeat, I was in search of a yummy dessert that provided a better portion control for Joe and myself. Lo and behold! These caramel apple crisps are served in individual ramekins. Perfect!

I couldn’t shove mine in my mouth fast enough. Hence, the reason why there isn’t a pretty photo of a spoonful of hot, gooey apple crispness. Sorry, guys. I just couldn’t help myself.

So, go check out this recipe on Hilary’s blog and then spend on hour looking through her other posts. Those boys are so stinkin cute!

I’ve started a new adventure and I’m extremely excited to share it with you today.

I spend a decent amount of time perusing blogs. I love reading them and I enjoy learning about all the people in this world that own their own section of the blogosphere. As I was perusing, I came across Tuesdays with Dorie: Baking with Julia. The idea is to cook/bake your way through the entire Baking with Julia recipe book with other bloggers.

Here’s the concept: Buy the recipe book. Sign up with Tuesdays with Dorie. Every month, two recipes are chosen. Every other Tuesday, you post a blog about that recipe. You can nominate recipes for upcoming months and you can also host the recipe, meaning you put the full recipe on your blog. If you aren’t hosting a recipe, you’re not allowed to post the actual recipe. This really shouldn’t deter you. The idea is to bake with all your fellow bloggers and learn from others’ experiences. You can link that weeks host(s) on your blog. It’s a great way to build exposure not only to your site, but to other blogs as well. It’s a pretty awesome community out there!

I’m excited about this because it gives me a chance to learn new recipes and techniques. I’m a novice baker and cook. I like things simple, but I’m ready and willing to learn more advanced recipes and techniques. It’s going to be a great experience.

So, either once or twice a month on Tuesday I’ll be posting my recipe trials and tribulations as I work my way through the Baking with Julia cookbook. *FYI: This is their second Julia book to tackle. Their first go around took them 4 years!*

Next week: Rugelach

Okay, question. Who likes breakfast for dinner? ME ME ME. And hopefully YOU YOU YOU.

In our home, we love breakfast. We love eggs, bacon, sausage, pancakes, french toast. The list could go on for a while.

A while back, my step-dad made a fritata. It’s sausage, cheese and bacon with scrambled eggs cooked in the oven. How’s that for an explanation? Of course, the ingredients are interchangeable. I learned that day that I DO NOT like baked eggs of any kind. I don’t like fritatas and I don’t like quiches. Considering this, I wanted to make a variation of it, so I threw together a breakfast skillet. It’s become comfort food in our home. We absolutely love it. We top it with hot sauce and ketchup. Sounds gross? It’s so freakin yummy.

Check it out:

You’ll need:
1 lb of sausage
2 large potatoes (or 4-5 small potatoes)
2 Tbsp olive oil
6 eggs
1 green bell pepper
1 onion
Old Bay seasoning
salt and pepper

Peel and cut potatoes. Place potatoes in a deep skillet with olive oil. Cook until edges of potatoes are golden. Continuously flip potatoes for even cooking. Season with Old Bay seasoning. Once potatoes are softened and cooked, place on a plate and set aside. In the same skillet, brown the sausage. During the browning, chop the onion and green pepper. In a separate skillet, scramble eggs. When browning of the meat is complete, add potatoes, pepper, onion and eggs. Add salt and pepper to taste. Stir and enjoy.

I’ll tell you right now this isn’t a difficult recipe and I’m no professional cook. I just like to cook and sometimes it’s not the most glamorous meals, but they are darn tootin delicious. I call this the poor man’s meal because the number of ingredients is low and the amount you’ll spend is even lower. And the cool thing is you can throw these into tortillas and have some awesome breakfast burritos. I don’t do that because the potatoes are enough carbs for me. Hope you like it!

I must say, I love a good sandwich. It must contain the right portions of meat, veggies, cheese and spread. It has to sit between two great pieces of bread, thick and hearty. So, I saw Brooke from the Plum Pie had made Cranberry Pecan Chicken Salad and I couldn’t pass it up. I’ve made it several times in the past, so I thought I would share the sandwich heaven.

This is so good. The combination of chicken, Greek yogurt spread and cranberries is outstanding. The addition of apples make it a true chicken salad sandwich. I omitted the pecans and shallots. I’m not a big fan of nuts on my sandwiches.

Run, don’t walk, to her blog to check out this recipe and many others.

Happy Sunday, y’all!

Oh man! I’m so glad it’s Friday. After three days at a Conference in Fort Worth, I’m ready for the weekend. So, I thought I would introduce to you today my favorite place to buy eye wear. Warby Parker sells glasses, sunglasses and even a monocle online. A few weeks ago, I got mine in the mail.

I was not compensated by or affiliated with Warby Parker in anyway.

Here’s the Warby Parker process:

1. Visit their site.

2. Upload a photo of yourself and start trying on glasses, “virtually.”

3. Pick out up to 5 pairs of glasses and add them to your “At-home” try-on kit. Provide a credit card number. *They don’t charge you. They just need a credit card in case you keep the home try-on glasses and don’t send them back.*

4. You’ll receive your glasses within a week. Model them. Show them to friends, family members, strangers. You can even take photos, like me, then upload them to Warby Parker’s Facebook page and you’ll receive feedback from Warby Parker staff themselves!

5. Send the glasses back within 5 days of receiving them.

6. Choose your glasses. I found this difficult, so I did 2 at home try-ons.

7. All glasses are just $95. Nothing more. Nothing less.

8. Order them and you’ll receive them in about 2 weeks.

I needed glasses when I entered the 9th grade. I couldn’t see the board. I never liked glasses much. I hated the frames and they got dirty easily. By the time I got into college, I had persuaded my mom to let me try contacts. I generally like contacts, but they get dry and sometimes I just want to wear glasses. I haven’t gotten new frames or a new prescription for my glasses in about 5 years. It was time for an upgrade.

What I love so much about Warby Parker is that they really care about their customers. I was able to keep in touch with them through Twitter and Facebook. Oh my gosh! I’ve forgotten the best part! For every pair of glasses you buy, they give a pair to someone in need. Yes, just like Toms. I love this idea. Go check them out. I’ve been very pleased with mine. I’m much more confident in these frames. My older frames I would only wear at home and now I’m comfortable wearing my new frames anywhere.

Now, go check them out! Do it!