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Christmas is going to be here before we know it! I LOVE Christmas. Especially getting all those cute cards from family and friends. I hope that tradition never goes away even with all this technology there is just something about getting those cards in the mail that excites me!
I’m a big fan of finding a cute card and personalizing it just the way I want it. I search and search for the perfect card. That’s where Tiny Prints comes into play! They have the cutest, most adorable things on there. I can’t wait to find a card to go with our pictures which I have scheduled already, but that whole picking out outfits to coordinate is a bit on the difficult side. More on that to follow…
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I should really wrap up these apple posts and move on to some pumpkin!

Here is another gooey ooey yummy breakfast treat for fall. I love how easy it is as we all know I’m all for easy. You don’t even have to peel the apples in this one!

The recipe comes from the amazing blog Six Sister’s Stuff. I’m pretty much in love with them. If I try one of their recipes it’s sure to turn out! They even commented on one of my posts one day and I was in heaven since they are like my idols!

Remember that I still have my 2 Year Blog Anniversary Giveaway going on for another day. Go enter before it’s to late! I’m giving away a Scentsy warmer and bar. It’s simply amazes me how many people have not heard of Scentsy. If you don’t have one or don’t know what it is please go visit the website. It’s simply the most amazing stuff you’ve ever heard of it. It smells amazing and it’s so much safer than burner candles! Plus if you REALLY love it then you can sell it and make some extra cash on the side. Trust me I’ve bought a lot of extra goodies for myself, like my super duper fancy camera, from selling it!

Next up is another pretty sweet giveaway from Tiny Prints! Stay tuned for that coming in the next few days!

Oh and I’ve moved into the current century and have Instragram now with my nifty new iPhone! Please find me at julieseatsandtreats. I’m lonely and look like I don’t have any friends on there!

Oh and one last thing (I PROMISE!) please leave me comments when you think something looks good, something is fun, you try anything or you just want to say HEY! I LOVE to hear from you all otherwise I feel like I’m blabbing to no one, kind of like when I talk to my hubby! Click the little comment button at the bottom of the post and leave me some lovin’!

Apple Pull Apart Bread
Ingredients
12 frozen dinner rolls, thawed
2 Granny Smith apples, chopped
1/3 c. brown sugar
1/2 c. walnuts, finely chopped
1/2 tsp cinnamon
2 Tbsp butter, melted
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9×5 loaf pan with non-stick cooking spray.
2. Mix together the chopped apples, brown sugar, walnuts, and cinnamon until well combined.
3. Using a pair of kitchen scissors, but each roll into thirds. Place 12 small roll pieces on the bottom of the loaf pan. Drizzle a third of the melted butter on top of the roll pieces. Then top with third of apple mixture. Repeat layers two more times, until ingredients are used up.
4. Let rise for about an hour or until rolls have doubled in size. I actually let it raise overnight and it was pouring out over the side. I just stuck a knife into it several times and let the air out and then baked it.
5. Bake for 30-35 minutes, until tops are golden brown and the middle rolls are done.
6. You can drizzle a powdered sugar and milk glaze over the top if you want!

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I’ve been meaning to make these cookies for over week now and I finally got around to doing it. I had all the ingredients and everything, but life just got in the way.

I made them for my co-worker who informed me the other day that my baking and sharing of treats has been slacking since I had Miss K. I decided it was due time that I shared some treats! We just can’t have people making remarks like that can we?

Of course I decided to finally make them possibly on the worst night ever.

It was the night of Miss K’s 4 month check up and shots at the doctor. I’m proud to report she is in the 90th percentile for height and weight. Healthy. Robust. Lovable.

Well, mostly lovable. That night went like this –

Get home from the doctor and she’s sounds asleep after crying herself to sleep after 4 shots in the the leg. Ouch. It almost did mommy in. It’s terrible watching that as any mother can relate. I keep trying to get the hubby to go the doctor appointment and he just won’t agree too. Imagine that!

Hurry to make supper. Miss K wakes up. Content laying on floor playing with toys so I get an extra ounce of energy and decide to make cookies. Half way through the cookie making process Miss K starts throwing a fit. Feed Miss K. My supper is done. Inhale supper. Back to making cookies. Miss K is anything but content on that floor. Strap her into her carrying facing out so I can continue to mix the dough up. She’s happy. My back hurts. Flip the bowl with the butter into the cookie dough. Luckily it was plastic. Clean up mess. Try laying Miss K back on the floor. She throws a fit. Back into mom’s arms she goes. Finally done making cookie dough and start to bake. Forget cookies. Burn cookies. Save a few.

All while the hubby was off sheet rocking at my brother’s house. End of story.

I once remember my friend telling me that she tried making cookies while she was home on maternity leave and it took her the majority of the day. I can now relate. Bars. I’m making bars from now on!

Moral of the story? These were dang good cookies, but don’t try to do it with a cranky baby that just got shots!

Remember to hurry up and enter the 2 Year Blog Anniversary Giveaway!!!

P.S. I really do love my child to no end don’t go getting all judgey on me 🙂

Candy Corn M&M Cookies
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Ingredients
1 1/2 c. flour
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/8 tsp baking powder
1/2 c. butter, softened
1/2 c. brown sugar
1/4 c. sugar
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla
1 c. white chocolate candy corn M&M’s

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper. Set aside.

2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, salt, baking soda, and baking powder. Set aside.

3. In a large bowl, beat butter, brown sugar and sugar until light and fluffy about 2 minutes. Beat in the egg. Add vanilla and mix. Gradually beat in the flour mixture. Stir in M&M’s.

4. Chill dough for 1 hour in refrigerator.

5. Drop dough onto cookie sheets. Bake 10-12 minutes or until slightly golden around the edges. Let cool on pan for 2 minutes and then remove to cooking rack.

Recipe adapted from: Chocolate Moosey

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Things that get better with time. Gotta love them don’t you?

Take me for example. I’m a firm believer that I’m getting better with time and age. Oh sure when I was graduating high school I thought I had it ALL figured out, like most kids. Yes I say kid because that is exactly what I was. Trying to make all these huge life decisions and thinking that everything was going to work our magically.

You know what? It all did. There’s nothing I would change.

Did it work out how I had expected it to at that time? Heck no! Far from it. It worked out even better. I’m blessed and truly happy, but at that point in my life I was dreaming of far different things.

What was my dream? I’ll share it with ya! I was going to go to school for a bachelor’s degree in Hotel/Restaurant Management, mission accomplished on that one. I have the piece of paper to prove it! Then I was going to go off to some huge city, preferably New York City (of course!), and be a big wig CEO. Along with this dream was a amazing hubby (mission accomplished on this too details to follow), matching BMW’s (black preferably), high powered CEO of a major hotel, pencil skirts, suits, etc. Nice Huh?

My reality as it is now – Married to an amazing hubby, one beautiful and precious daughter, living in rural Minnesota (my hometown), driving a truck (Gasp!), working at a telecommunications company as a Service Coordinator, wearing sweats as often as possible (possibly decorated with spit up more often than not) etc. For the record I did live in a city for a few months, I hated it, I did manage a hotel for a few years, I disliked it, but I was good at it and sometimes I miss it.

You know what? I’m happy. I’ve aged, I’ve grown, and I’ve gotten better. I have everything I want, sure I wish for things, but I have what I need. I love living by family (most of the time, love you guys!), knowing the majority of the people I encounter on a daily basis and living in my little community. Things change, people grow and age.

This apple bread is way better the day after you make it! My hubby even commented after he had a piece after it cooled that it was way better. If he notices it must be true!


Apple Struesel Bread
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Ingredients
1/2 c. butter, softened
1 c. sugar
2 eggs
1 Tbsp lemon juice
2 tsp vanilla
2 c. apple, peeled and diced
2 c. flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt

Topping
2 Tbsp brown sugar
2 Tbsp flour
2 Tbsp granulated sugar
1 Tbsp butter
1 tsp cinnamon

1. Beat butter, sugar and eggs until creamy. Beat in lemon juice and vanilla.

2. In a separate bowl mix together flour, baking soda and salt.

3. Gradually stir flour mixture into butter mixture until just moistened. Mix in apples until combined.

4. In small food processor add topping ingredients and pulse until crumbly.

5. Spread half of apple batter into a greased loaf pan. Sprinkle half of struesel topping over batter. Repeat layers for 2nd half of batter and ending with the rest of the topping.

6. Bake at 350 degrees for 60 minutes. Let cool completely before slicing. Remember better with age!

Recipe from:  Semi Homemade Mom

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I never knew how hard it was to become a mother. I didn’t have the respect I should have gave to all the mom’s out there before. I may have shrugged off the “Oh I can’t find a babysitter” or “I would rather spend time with my kids” as an excuse before. Now I get it.

Do you ever go to bed and wonder how on earth you are going to climb out of bed and do it all over again? I do. On a regular basis. That’s right. You may think that I’m all “put together” and “got it going on”, but I’m not.

One mom at daycare was commenting on how Miss K was so adorable (right like you have to tell me!?) and then continued to say of course you would have a content adorable child. Seriously? Did I put some fairy dust on me this morning and trick you all into thinking I’m completely organized and wonder woman?

I’m not. I hate to break it to you. I dare you to look at my house on any random night. It’s scary. Wait Halloween is coming. I’m just going with the flow. Not sure what my excuse will be after Halloween!

I’m going through that right now. Most days life is grand and I get through the days, but I also have “episodes” where I wonder how on earth I’m going to keep this up. Something has got to give. But then it gets better and everything comes together. For about a month, then falls apart.

Yup that’s right every month. I’m now coming to the conclusion it’s directly correlated with PMS. UGH. Seriously.

So I’m almost done with this months episode. My hubby is going to jump for joy when this week is over. I sometimes am amazed he still loves me.

It doesn’t help Miss K has been cranky with a touch of a cold. See my child is not perfectly content Ms. Daycare Mommy!

My question is how do you balance everything with kids?

I’ll help you with the supper part! This is perfect for all you hard working, crazy busy moms out there. The crock pot is a magical tool. I LOVE coming home to find the majority of my supper done and I don’t have to think about making something. Just throw this in and you’ll be greeted by the aroma of supper being done when you walk in your front door!

Crock Pot Swedish Meatballs
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Ingredients
2 1/2 lbs frozen meatballs
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 golden mushroom soup
1 can beef broth
1 envelope brown gravy mix
1/2 c. water

1. Mix everything except meatballs together. Pour into crock pot. Add meatballs

2. Cook on low for 6 hours.

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Our Delightful Home
*WARNING*
This treat is HIGHLY addictive ~ Do not blame me for your pants not fitting tomorrow morning, but you will enjoy yourself while you eat it! 
Oh and those “skinny” jeans you want to get into…this will not help your cause at all. Like those “pre-pregnancy” pants that I still can’t get into. Don’t get me wrong I can squeeze into most of them but a few of them still just. won’t. button. Ugh. Back to the gym I go so I can eat more of this amazing treat and still be able to fit into my pants! 
If you have a spare 10 minutes please whip up a batch of this. Your kids will love you. Your hubby will love you. Your friends will love you. 
Your pants will not. I repeat. Your pants will not love you. 
But don’t worry. I’ll still love you!

Cake Batter Puppy Chow
Ingredients
5 c. Chex cereal
10 oz (5 squares) vanilla flavored almond bark, or white chocolate chips
1 1/2 c. Funfetti cake mix
1/2 c. powdered sugar
1. Melt Almond Bark according to package directions. 
2. Pour cereal into a large bowl and drizzle Almond Bark over the cereal. Mix gently with a large spoon. 
3. Dump the cake mix and powdered sugar in the bowl and mix gently until cereal is evenly coated. 
*You could also mix ingredients in a large paper bag if you don’t have a big enough bowl. Then just shake the items!
Recipe From: Six Sisters’ Stuff

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