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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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In Which Harry Eats a Pepper

R.Simple Life | Five Month old meets a pepper

Here you see Harry’s first foray in solid foods. Contrary to what you may believe based on the faces, he chewed on that pepper for 30 minutes, quite enjoying it, before dropping it on the floor for Duke. Sorry for the red pepper and the red shirt. Fashion faux pas Harry.

xoxo, Mallory

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The Best Cookies Ever

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You guys. Let’s talk about sweets for a minute. When I was pregnant with Harry, I craved sweets night and day. I’ve never been a chocolate girl, but Harry sure was a Chocolate boy. Cakes, cookies, candy? I could always say no. No problem. But Harry made me want to say yes. I was actually a little concerned that the sweets addiction would build while I was pregnant and then continue to thrive after I gave birth.

It didn’t. Thank goodness. But, I did come across this cookie recipe the other day, and I can’t get enough. It’s SO easy. Literally two ingredients (though I add a pinch of cinnamon and a handful of peanut butter chips). It takes me 17 minutes to make, and 16 minutes of that is baking time. And we eat the whole batch in a day.

But that’s okay. Because two bananas and a cup of oats is not so bad for us. In fact, it’s pretty good for us. Seriously, try them. You won’t regret it.

Poor Harry is going to grow up thinking this is what a cookie is. He’ll have his first chocolate chip caramel crunch cookie at a friends house one day and demand to know why he has been led to believe anything but that is a cookie. But he’ll thank me for it in the long run. And we can have cookies for breakfast if we want to.

xoxo, Mallory

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Peanut Butter Oatmeal White Chocolate Cookies

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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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30 Days of Thanks: Day 18

Sandwiches. Today, I am simply thankful for sandwiches. Delicious, wonderful, perfect sandwiches.

xoxo, Mallory

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Recipe Fail

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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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Sweets

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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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Autumn’s Calling

This weekend marks the start of Fall 2012. Though I’m still enjoying (ahem:: could you hear my sarcasm?) days in the high 80’s here on the Gulf Coast, I plan on fully enjoying the autumn season, complete with pumpkin everything, scarves, lots of red and orange, football, and apple cider.

What’s your favorite fall activity? I think mine would have to be hiking on a brisk day through the changing fall colors. Or maybe curling up outside with a good book, a warm blanket, and a pumpkin latte. Or apple cider + doughnuts.

xoxo, Mallory

PS if someone wants to buy me this skirt, I’d take a medium to fit over the bump.

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