Autumn Butters

Some of my favorite fall goodies are fruit and vegetable spreads. I love pumpkin and apple butters in place of jams or preserves on my morning toast and even mixing in pumpkin butter into my pumpkin bread batter. Keep in mind, none of these actually have butter in them (sorry, Paula).

I have always had such a love for canning and appreciate the flavors of fall that I see around. I’ve listed some of my favorite autumn butters below. One of my favorites is actually from Trader Joe’s which I picked up when I was in California last week. I’ll have to try my best to ration it until we get our own Trader Joe’s :)

1. Blackberry Farm Pumpkin and Pear Butter

pumpkin and pear

2. Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Butter

TJ's Pumpkin Butter

3. Williams-Sonoma Cinnamon Apple Butter

WS cinnamon apple butter

Images via Blackberry Farm // Trader Joe’s // Williams-Sonoma

What are some of your favorite autumn goodies?

Chicken Apple Sausage and Broccoli Pasta

Sprouts has some of the best selection of sausages I’ve ever seen. My go-to choice is usually a chicken sausage filled with blue cheese. This week when I went in to purchase my normal order, the guy behind the counter threw in a chicken apple sausage. I kept telling him that it wasn’t necessary and that I just wanted my normal order, but he absolutely insisted that I have one on him. He told me that it would become my second favorite and  how could I resist anyone giving me free food? I decided to experiment with my giveaway and cooked up a chicken apple sausage and broccoli pasta dish. This is not only a super easy recipe to make but it’s also very delicious. You can use any type of pasta or sausage but the subtle apple flavor of the chicken apple sausage makes a huge flavor difference. I’ll be seeing the guy at Sprouts soon :)



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Apple Dumplings

We hosted some family friends for the weekend on their road trip back to Dallas and I wanted to make them brunch. I absolutely love cooking for people who are stopping by. There is nothing better than a home cooked meal when you are away from home and on the road. I watched Trisha Yearwood make these amazing apple dumplings on the Food Network one morning for brunch and was sold. Deep-dish apple pie is one of my favorite desserts, but I like it even more in the morning when I can have a slice (or two) for breakfast.

These apple dumplings are almost as good as having a slice of pie in the morning. Almost…

You can even serve with vanilla ice cream, if you want (Blue Bell only, please). I served the apple dumplings with a sage sausage and egg scramble and a hot pot of coffee. We feasted on the dumplings throughout the morning and they were gone by the afternoon. Don’t say I didn’t warn you, these go quickly! Doubling the recipe would be wise. 😉

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Deep-Dish Apple Pie

For Christmas I got a new food processor and a propane-fueled blow torch. Needless to say, I was beyond ecstatic with my new cooking toys. Almost a little too ecstatic. While making the pie dough for this pie, I sliced my thumb pretty badly on the blade of my new food processor. Luckily, no stitches were needed, but I did have to leave my pie and go get a tetanus shot. Thankfully, my bad accident was redeemed by how wonderful this deep-dish apple pie turned out. I got to use my new pie plate and pie guard too :) Didn’t burn the pie (or myself) either.


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Baked Apples

Looking to make a tasty fall treat with minimal effort? Baked apples are your answer! This recipe is super simple and only takes a few ingredients. You can use any apple you’d like, but I’d stay on the sweet side (fuji, honeycrisp, gala or golden delicious). Besides baking with pumpkins during the fall, I love cooking with apples. You can bake the apple either whole or half. I chose to split the apples in half instead of coring them whole so that they were easier to eat. Note that if you want to bake a whole apple you might need to increase the oven temperature and baking time. Also, feel free to use whichever variety of nut for the topping. I went with a pecan and walnut mixture. Annnnd a scoop of vanilla ice cream (Blue Bell, all the way) on the side. :) Enjoy, and happy fall!

Baked Apples

(adapted from Real Simple)

  • 4 large apples (I used Fuji)
  • 1/4 cup walnut pieces
  • 1/4 cup pecan pieces
  • 1/6 cup light brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons of cubed unsalted butter
  • Vanilla ice cream (optional- but if you do, go Blue Bell)

Preheat oven to 350˚F. Line a 13 x 9 baking pan and line with foil. Half the apples and core out the middle with a melon baller or paring knife.

Combine the butter, brown sugar and nuts in a small bowl.

Sprinkle the mixture over the apples and place in the baking pan.

Bake in the oven for 45 minutes or until the apples are tender.

Add a scoop of vanilla ice cream on the side :)