Tuesday, August 31, 2010

I'm in Denial

Yup, I admit it. I'm in denial. I'm in denial that tomorrow is September and it's still 100 degrees where I live. OK today it was 93 I think but Saturday it is supposed to be triple digits again.  Not that I want to say goodbye to summer but since school started on Monday it feels like Fall whether I want it to come or not. So I'm ready. I'm ready to embrace the smells, sounds and treats of fall. I'm ready to enjoy warm apple cider, pick out Halloween Costumes for the boys and get ready for the holidays to start arriving. Now... Las Vegas just needs to cooperate and give me Fall in return. Would that be so hard? Oh and can you thrown in some beautiful autumn hued leaves and the crisp smell in the air I remember as a child in Maryland? Pretty Please...

So since that probably won't happen... Hey you can only ask for some much when you live in the desert. I never have to sweep snow off my car right? I will share a favorite fall treat.

Caramel Apple Cupcakes
Butter Pecan Cake Mix
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
2 1/2 cups of diced peeled granny smith (or other tart apple)
35 caramels
4 tablespoons milk
1 1/4 cup of finely chopped toasted pecans
24 craft sticks

Directions:  Prepare cake batter according to package instructions adding spices. Fold in apples and 1/4 cup of nuts.  Fill 24 greased or paper-lined muffin tins 2/3 full.  Bake at 350 for approximately 20 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.  Cool in tin for about 10 minutes and then move to wire rack to cool completely.  In a small heavy saucepan melt the caramels and milk on low heat.  You may need to add a little more milk.  You want the mixture to be "spreadable".  I found the best way to get the caramel onto the cupcakes was to dip the top of the cupcake into the caramel mixture and then quickly spread with an offset spatula.  Sprinkle with toasted pecan pieces, press gently to adhere and insert a wooden stick into the center of each cupcake. 

Sorry no picture but they really do look lovely and what's even better is that they taste heavenly! I made for my best friend's Halloween Party last year and they were quickly eaten.

Since I don't have a picture of the cupcakes I thought I would share a photo of our pumpkins from last year. I found these great decorative pieces on clearance. They worked great for my toddlers (and their teenage big sissy)!

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