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Making Apple Cider

As I mentioned earlier this week, Mississippi is a little slow on the uptake concerning fall. And as I also mentioned, I’ve decided to take matters into my own hands. Some days that means making soup, some days that means wearing (and sweating in) sweaters on our morning walk, and some days that means making apple cider.

Making Apple Cider | R. Simple Life.

Making Apple Cider | R.Simple Life

Making Apple Cider | R.Simple Life

Making Apple Cider | R.Simple Life

You guys. I grew up in Michigan, the land of apple orchards in the fall. An average October weekend was not wasted spent at the cider mill drinking apple cider, eating cake donuts, picking out pumpkins in the parking lot. I’m no Krispy Kreme girl, and 10 times out of 10 I’ll pass on apple juice. But hand me that cider mill donut and a warm mug of apple cider and I’m in heaven.

While I was doing my grocery shopping this weekend, I spotted the first apple cider of the season. I had the plastic jug in my cart and was turning away when I saw it. The rows and rows of bags of Jonathan Apples. I promptly put my half gallon back, grabbed a bag, and headed home to my (neighbor’s) juicer.

Making apple cider might just be the easiest juice I’ve ever made. Scratch that, it’s definitely the easiest. Three steps:

1. Wash the apples (and give one to Harry to play with).

2. Cut the apples in half.

3. Juice the apples.

That’s it. Sure, I added a little cinnamon when I heated the cider up that night, but easy, peasy. And ridiculously good.

So take that Mississippi. You serve me an 85 degree October day, and I’ll come back with a big dose of fall.

xoxo, Mallory

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Beef + Barley White Bean Stew

Where is fall??? Four years ago on this very weekend, Jon and I had to cancel his birthday camping trip because of too much snow. This weekend it was 85 degrees. I’m over it Mississippi. Time to get with the program and cool the heck down. I have two new pairs of jeans and three new sweaters I need to get some milage out of.

beef bulgur white bean stew

When football season started, I decided to bring fall back in a major way, even if Mother Nature had other plans. I brought back our “Souper Sundays” – which basically means I’m giving into my laziness and cooking soup every Sunday. Minimal effort with maximum taste output. And yesterday I hit the jackpot of soup recipes.

Martha Stewart’s Lamb + Bulgur White Bean Stew became my Beef + Bulgur White Beat Stew. Not because I didn’t want lamb. Oh, contraire. There is a disappointing lack of options when it comes to food where I live. Lots of seafood, but a girl can only have crawfish once or twice (in five years). So I substituted the lamb for beef stew meat. Still absolutely amazing, and I can only imagine what it would be like with the lamb (earth shattering). Anyway, if you’re looking for a stew that is going to knock your socks right off your feet, try this one. With lamb or beef.

xoxo, Mallory

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The Great Cookie Roundup

R.Simple Life | The Best Cookie Recipes Roundup

I never thought the Sesame Street character I’d best relate to would be the Cookie Monster. But you guys. It’s true. Sweet teeth, I had none, until my pregnancy, when I started craving everything from brownies to butter pecan ice cream to salted caramel to cookies. Luckily, the only thing that stuck (aside from what stuck to my thighs… only kidding) was the cookie craving.

Oh Cookies. I could write a sonnet for you. This cookie addiction is only safe in a house where husbands don’t let wives give into cravings. Lucky for me, I live in a house like that. But that doesn’t stop me from pinning every cookie recipe I find. And drooling while I do so.

So I’m trying something. In order to let go and get these cookies off my mind, I’ve got a round up of the cookies I am most dying to try. Maybe if each of you made a batch of one of them and reported back, it would help.

Who am I kidding, this is just a spot for me to corral all my cookie cravings so I have something to drool over during those midnight feedings. Sorry Harry, I’ll get you a handkerchief.

the best oatmeal cookies you will ever have¬†(I’d like to test that)
peanut butter pie cookies
soft batch dark brown sugar coconut oil cookies
healthy peanut butter oatmeal cookies
healthy oatmeal chocolate chip miracle cookies (I mean, they’re healthy)
honey chocolate chunk cookies
best ever skillet baked chocolate chip cookies
Nutella-stuffed brown sugar + sea salt chocolate chip cookies
sweet potato chocolate chip cookies

How’s that for a Friday roundup? Whose hungry?

xoxo, Mallory

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Peanut Butter Oatmeal White Chocolate Cookies


Holy crap. I don’t know if it’s that I’m pregnant, or if it’s the combination of peanut butter, oatmeal, and white chocolate chips (all my favorite kinds of cookies) but these cookies look like heaven. Like I’m tempted to ditch my date with the husband to make them. (I won’t, don’t worry.)

Let’s see what happens tomorrow… a batch of these guys might be sitting pretty on one of my Christmas plates… for about 10 seconds before I eat them all.

xoxo, Mallory

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Recipe Fail


If you follow me on Pinterest, you may have seen me repin this Apples & Cinnamon Breakfast Quinoa recipe and thought to yourself, “YUM.” That was my thought when I pinned the recipe. I’m a oatmeal fan and apples & cinnamon anything sounds fabulous to me. Quinoa is also high on my list of yummy foods. So it had to be good, right?

Eh. Not really. I wasn’t overwhelmed with food joy. I wasn’t totally underwhelmed either. I was simply whelmed. Can you be just whelmed? It wasn’t as sweet as I wanted it, and it was drowning in milk. Overall, not my favorite recipe trial, and I probably won’t be making it again.

As for my self inflicted 30 Days of Homemade Food challenge – I’m doing okay. I had dinner prepared FOR me twice in the last four weeks. The first time we picked up a pizza after starting, and stopping (due to lack of sufficient ingredients) TWO different dinners in one evening. And the second time was just before Jon went out of town for a while. We wanted a special date. I felt terribly guilty after the pizza, but not so much after the date. I suppose that has taught me the lesson that eating out can be wonderful. If used as a special time. If used because I forgot spaghetti sauce AND rice while grocery shopping, or out of laziness, or out of cravings, not so great.

I’ve still got the rest of the week to make it on home cooked meals. Wish me luck!

xoxo, Mallory

PS I’m thinking of making THESE. What do you think?

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I’ve never been a sweets person. I could turn down a cake, pass right by a box of donuts, and make a batch of cookies that would never get eaten. But since I’ve been pregnant, my number one craving, which I just now have realized, has been sweets. A little break from the Hershey’s with Almonds sitting in my refrigerator is my night cap of choice. I find myself pinning recipes for baked apple cinnamon donuts, craving funfetti cupcakes, and drooling over cookies every day.

I’ve been avoiding sweets (other than my Hershey’s night cap) to avoid all the extra sugar + pounds. But today I found a recipe for Brown Butter Oatmeal Chocolate Chunk Cookies I might just need to try. I’ll let you know if their worth the risk of failing your glucose test once I’ve made them – and sent 90% of them to work with Jonathan, so I’m not too tempted.

xoxo, Mallory

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