Cucumber Cream Cheese Ghosts

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When it comes to Halloween-themed foods, I feel like all I ever see are sweet treats. There’s not enough savory recipes! As much as I like the sweet stuff, there is only so much sugar I can take!

How cute are these little ghosties?! They are basically little tea sandwiches, but in a much cooler shape. They are a lot of fun for all ages and you can use whatever flavors of cream cheese you like best! I served these at a party I had last weekend to break up all the sugary stuff.

I will tell you that it can be a little tricky to spread the cream cheese over the cucumber. Using thin slices of the cucumber and whipped cream cheese makes it easier, but if you are finding it too difficult, you could always just skip the cucumbers!

Cream Cheese Ghosts

Apple Pie Dip with Cinnamon Pie Crust Chips

Apple Pie Dip with Fried Pie Crust Cinnamon Chips

The weather is finally starting to cool in California (and by cool, I mean high 60s, low 70s), but that is good enough for me! I have a theory, starting September 1st is beanie season. I grew up in Vermont, so September is really when it starts to cool down. However, in California, we are still pushing 80-degree weather here, and people kind of look at you like a crazy person when you are wearing a beanie with shorts and a t-shirts. Now that we are in the middle of October, it should be completely acceptable to wear beanies, chunky sweaters and boots.  I am totally ready for a change in wardrobe!


Now something that is completely acceptable in October- Apple Pie. I have a total obsession with Apple Pie filling. I put it on everything. So finally I decided that I wanted a recipe that was just for my filling. Instead of going through the trouble to make a pie, why not save yourself the time and fuss. You can whip together and apple pie filling in less than 20 minutes. You can serve your Apple Pie Dip with fresh pie chips.


Now I deep fried my pie crust and then rolled it in cinnamon sugar. But again, you can save yourself the hassle and bake them as well. These pie chips are also lightly coated in butter and cinnamon sugar. Serve this as an appetizer or as a dessert. Better yet, why share at all? Now I usually like to make my apple filling with maple syrup because I love the caramelized texture, plus it helps make the apples extra soft.

Apple Pie Dip

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Happy National Coffee Day! 10 Must Try Coffee Recipes

Did you know that today is National Coffee day! It is a day to try new recipes with some delicious coffee. It is a holiday after all.


Huckleberry Yogurt Scones – Gluten Free, Refined Sugar Free

Huckleberry Yogurt Scones

In the year or so prior to going gluten free, my breakfasts typically subsisted of a latte and a massive blueberry or lemon curd scone.  Aside from a bowl of yogurt and fruit – it’s one of the most fulfilling breakfasts I can think of.  So after going gluten free one of my first priorities was to learn to bake scones with a new selection of flours.

My first attempt at scones (actually the first gluten free thing I ever baked) was made with 100% white rice flour. They were fluffy but incredibly gritty – not what I remembered. So I continued to experiment and by year two, I got to what my husband and I call “scookies”. These were treats that tasted like scones, had the right consistency, but flattened out like a cookie. It was year three when everything finally fell in place after my mom gifted me a cast iron mini-scone pan. Turns out, this makes all the difference for well-shaped gluten free scones.


Sheep Yogurt U District Market


Compared to the other two Seattle neighborhood farmer’s markets I’ve shared with you so far (Phinney Ridge and Ballard), I find the University District Farmers Market to be serious business. Perhaps as the oldest and largest farmers market in the city – it’s built a strong reputation as the place to come for all sorts of unique finds. It starts earlier than most of the other morning markets and it’s so full by opening hour, signage gently encourages shoppers to allow the vendors time to get their stalls set up before pouncing on the goodies.

Even though it’s not practical for me to walk to this market, it’s unique set of vendors has drawn me in to making my way there early ever Saturday morning (but I patiently wait for opening hour before entering). On a recent visit, my haul included sheep milk yogurt (packaged in reusable and returnable mason jars) sold by Glendale Shepherd, foraged huckleberries from Foraged and Found, and another jar of honey from Seattle Urban Honey.

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