Wednesday, December 13, 2017

It's All in the Sauce with Autumn Glory Apples

*This post was written in collaboration with Autumn Glory Apples and you can believe me when I say that my opinions are 100% my own and my opinion is that these apples are delicious.

I'm starting to be of the mindset that I've got to figure out a way to get more fruits and veggies into my kids without buying those expensive pouches all the time and while also serving my inner domestic goddess. When Autumn Glory Apples was like hey Amanda, can you work with our apples but we want it to be a pretty simple apple hack and not too many steps, I was like hey, you came to the right girl. This Mama of two little ones does not have time for extravagant recipes full of precise measurements because, well, I've usually got a three year old helping me.


The Autumn Glory Apples are a variety of sweet, caramel and cinnamon, that frankly, taste like starshine and moonbeams, they're that delicious. They come in both conventional and organic varieties. Add to that that they are sustainably and thoughtfully grown, well, I'm yours AGA. Wes loves when I cut them up and drizzle a little Whole Foods peanut butter on them but we also love some apple sauce! Since store bought apple sauce often contains unnecessary added sugars, we make ours at home with just a dash of this and a little bit of that so that I know exactly what's in it. This is the perfect kind of recipe for a preschooler to help with too since it's kind of hard to mess up and is bound to be delicious no matter what. We make an apple sauce using apples, cinnamon, ginger and maple syrup and to be honest, the Autumn Glory Apples took our usual recipe to the next level.

It really is as simple as peeling 4-5 Autumn Glory Apples, putting them in a medium/large sauce pan or dutch oven, setting them on medium heat and seasoning. I like to start heating the apples with 1/4 cup of water (you can always add more later) then start adding in the spices, finishing off with maple syrup. My go to amounts are 1 tablespoon of cinnamon and ginger, then I drizzle pretty freely with the maple syrup (I use the organic from Trader Joe's) though I have to say that these apples are pretty sweet on their own so I didn't need to use a ton for this sauce.

Once the apples are soft, I let them cool then pop them in the food processor or blender. The batch usually yields enough for immediate consumption, snacks in the fridge, a couple servings to freeze and enough to make a couple of my favorite applesauce cake recipe. I received 12 apples and they've seen us through a few weeks of snacking, baking and cooking (did you see my apple rosemary flatbread from a recent potluck?)!



I absolutely love these apples. They seriously got Wesley interested enough to take a bit through the peel, which was no small feat let me tell you. I'm hopeful that on my next batch of apple sauce, maybe I can sneak some turnips in without him noticing... but seriously. it feels good to be able to make good food from quality produce that tastes amazing and comes from only the best hands. I can't wait to see what the team at Autumn Glory Apples and Super Fresh Growers have in store for us in the future!

What's your favorite Easy Peasy Apple recipe?

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

12 Days of Giving- Day Twelve


It's the holidays y'all and I have sort of started a tradition where I try to gather some like minded ladies to put some positive vibes out into the world via something that we're doing every day- on our computers, phones, tablets etc. You may remember last year's giving back series here on the blog and we've decided to kick it up a notch for 2017 because in my humble opinion, we need a little more love and kindness this holiday season! Each day we are donating to a specific and worthwhile charity while also celebrating in high style with a brand that we love. It's really about bringing attention to great organizations while also having a little fun! So here's the deal, I've asked my ladies to give me three words that describe how they are blessed. It can be in all their years, just this year, the day they sent me my email. Three words. It's easier said than done when you're really trying to think about how you are fortunate. So before I get to today's ladies, charity and giveaway, I ask you to do the same exercise. What are three words that you would use to describe how you're blessed?


That's Chelsea

Prim and Propah

Shell Chic'd


Sara Divello


Today, on our final day of the series, we have made a donation to the organization So Others Might Eat. So Others Might Eat is an interfaith, community-based organization that exists to help the poor and homeless of our nation’s capital. They meet the immediate daily needs of the people they serve with food, clothing, and health care. Just as importantly, they help break the cycle of homelessness by offering services, such as affordable housing, job training, addiction treatment, and counseling, to the poor, the elderly and individuals with mental illness. Each day, SOME is restoring hope and dignity one person at a time. I can get on board with that this holiday season.

So Others Might Eat

I've been working with Wayfair as a Homemaker for a few years now. I have really grown to appreciate their relationship with myself and other bloggers and was obviously thrilled when they agreed to hop on board this 12 Days of Giving train. Today they are offering one reader the opportunity to win $150 to shop their site... which is pretty amazing and a blessing itself! Make sure to visit the previous 11 days to find a ton of awesome giveaways, charities and ladies taking part of an amazing holiday series!



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Monday, December 11, 2017

12 Days of Giving- Day Eleven


It's the holidays y'all and I have sort of started a tradition where I try to gather some like minded ladies to put some positive vibes out into the world via something that we're doing every day- on our computers, phones, tablets etc. You may remember last year's giving back series here on the blog and we've decided to kick it up a notch for 2017 because in my humble opinion, we need a little more love and kindness this holiday season! Each day we are donating to a specific and worthwhile charity while also celebrating in high style with a brand that we love. It's really about bringing attention to great organizations while also having a little fun! So here's the deal, I've asked my ladies to give me three words that describe how they are blessed. It can be in all their years, just this year, the day they sent me my email. Three words. It's easier said than done when you're really trying to think about how you are fortunate. So before I get to today's ladies, charity and giveaway, I ask you to do the same exercise. What are three words that you would use to describe how you're blessed?



Champagne Thursday

True Moringa

Travel Eat Love

Fash-ology




I was searching for a charity to donate to that would bring money to areas that were affected by the record breaking hurricanes that hit our country this year. With everything that is going on, it can be easy to forget that people are still recovering even after months and months. When I discovered Project Hope, it was refreshing to see a new take on relief efforts. Project Hope works with medical professionals to empower them to bring critical care during times of crisis and every day, actually. Their efforts span different regions but one thing is consistent, and that's the care that they are bringing to those in need.

Project Hope


I love today's brand not just because they fit with my yoga loving, comfortable clothes wearing lifestyle. Soul Flower creates clothes in the USA with low impact dyes, organic materials and a little bit of that certain something! When making purchases, I always try to be thoughtful of the brands I'm supporting and this one out of Minnesota is just my kinda set up! Today you can win three of their awesome, and super soft, organic cotton headbands, a $50 value!

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Sunday, December 10, 2017

12 Days of Giving- Day Ten


It's the holidays y'all and I have sort of started a tradition where I try to gather some like minded ladies to put some positive vibes out into the world via something that we're doing every day- on our computers, phones, tablets etc. You may remember last year's giving back series here on the blog and we've decided to kick it up a notch for 2017 because in my humble opinion, we need a little more love and kindness this holiday season! Each day we are donating to a specific and worthwhile charity while also celebrating in high style with a brand that we love. It's really about bringing attention to great organizations while also having a little fun! So here's the deal, I've asked my ladies to give me three words that describe how they are blessed. It can be in all their years, just this year, the day they sent me my email. Three words. It's easier said than done when you're really trying to think about how you are fortunate. So before I get to today's ladies, charity and giveaway, I ask you to do the same exercise. What are three words that you would use to describe how you're blessed?


Asha is Now

Voices of Mental Illness

The Perpetual You

Wandertruck



Today's donation today is to The Brain & Behavior Research Foundation. The BBRF is committed to alleviating the suffering caused by mental illness by awarding grants that will lead to advances and breakthroughs in scientific research. Nearly everyone is affect by mental illness and it's super important to study the brain to help treat and cure. The BBRF studies the following and more: addiction, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), anxiety, autism, bipolar disorder, borderline personality disorder (BPD), depression, eating disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and schizophrenia. We are donating today to raise awareness of such a great organization while also working towards removing the stigma from mental illness.

BBRF



Do you guys remember when I harassed you all to vote for my tee shirt design? Well, my design made it into the Top 10 and was printed for all the world to purchase. I don't know how many tees actually sold but I do know that a portion of the proceeds went to Girls on the Run International so it was definitely a super fun experience- Today, Cents of Style, the folks who ran the contest and printed my tee are helping me give away my Happiness: It's an Inside Job tee to three winners! Exciting, right?! If you win, I want a selfie sent to me stat!


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Saturday, December 9, 2017

12 Days of Giving- Day Nine


It's the holidays y'all and I have sort of started a tradition where I try to gather some like minded ladies to put some positive vibes out into the world via something that we're doing every day- on our computers, phones, tablets etc. You may remember last year's giving back series here on the blog and we've decided to kick it up a notch for 2017 because in my humble opinion, we need a little more love and kindness this holiday season! Each day we are donating to a specific and worthwhile charity while also celebrating in high style with a brand that we love. It's really about bringing attention to great organizations while also having a little fun! So here's the deal, I've asked my ladies to give me three words that describe how they are blessed. It can be in all their years, just this year, the day they sent me my email. Three words. It's easier said than done when you're really trying to think about how you are fortunate. So before I get to today's ladies, charity and giveaway, I ask you to do the same exercise. What are three words that you would use to describe how you're blessed?


urgan grape

Just Us Gals

sarah surette

like so pretty




Today we are supporting Lipstick Angels. Lipstick Angels utilizes nurturing beauty services and physical touch to restore, strengthen and protect the dignity, hope and self-respect of seriously ill patients undergoing debilitating treatments such as chemotherapy. Specifically, they provide complimentary, personalized one-on-one beauty and skin care services by professional makeup artists and estheticians at the patient’s bedside or while they are receiving chemotherapy infusions when they are at their most vulnerable. I think that especially when someone is going through something so hard, having to fight through that organizations like this are doing wonderful things to bring normalcy and beauty back into women's lives. We've made a donation to this great organization in the hopes that we can help bring a little beauty into the lives of others this holiday season.

Lipstick Angels



As a clean beauty lover, you know that Credo Beauty is not just on my radar but is a go to when it I'm looking for the brands I know, love and trust. Credo just opened a new location in Boston and to say that I was ecstatic would be an understatement. The Newbury St location is beautiful and chock full of all the beauties that are safe to use and make you feel beautiful. I love that this brand is connected to doing good. They donate 1% of all sales to Lipstick Angels (see above) because they believe in using the power of beauty to heal. Today they've generously offered one reader the opportunity to win their Credo Clean Makeup Kit!


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Friday, December 8, 2017

12 Days of Giving- Day Eight


It's the holidays y'all and I have sort of started a tradition where I try to gather some like minded ladies to put some positive vibes out into the world via something that we're doing every day- on our computers, phones, tablets etc. You may remember last year's giving back series here on the blog and we've decided to kick it up a notch for 2017 because in my humble opinion, we need a little more love and kindness this holiday season! Each day we are donating to a specific and worthwhile charity while also celebrating in high style with a brand that we love. It's really about bringing attention to great organizations while also having a little fun! So here's the deal, I've asked my ladies to give me three words that describe how they are blessed. It can be in all their years, just this year, the day they sent me my email. Three words. It's easier said than done when you're really trying to think about how you are fortunate. So before I get to today's ladies, charity and giveaway, I ask you to do the same exercise. What are three words that you would use to describe how you're blessed?


Trendy Trainer

Capability Mom

Style Wire

Like So Pretty


With more than 20 years of on-the-ground experience working with women in countries affected by conflict, Women for Women International understands that a comprehensive program addressing the social and economic empowerment of marginalized women is the most effective approach. Whoa, this is one of those charities doing some real work with women who have been truly affected by things like war, poverty, famine and other life altering experience. They look to create sustainable solutions to help these women build their lives back up after tragic situations. We made a donation to this program in the hopes that we can help women who have suffered bring joy back into their lives.

women for women



You may remember the Local Lovin' piece that I did on TIEM not that long ago. I loved the idea when I heard of them. They are making a cycling shoe that not only looks like a general fitness sneaker but you can actually wear it to and from the studio. I think it's pretty genius for those of us who love to take in a spin class now and then (or often). It's a cycling shoe for the modern athlete and they are so generously offering one reader a pair of their own plus a set of cleats ($145 value). This is amazing and we are so grateful that they are joining us in this celebration!
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