Crunching leaves inspire the baking of tasty treats


Warm cinnamon apples with vanilla ice cream

Recipe credit to Rachel Ray.

This contrast of warm apples and cold ice cream is a go-to fall dessert. In just a few simple steps, this dessert will wow guests.

Kitchen Materials:





-4 large green apples

-2 tablespoons butter

-3 tablespoons brown sugar

-½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

-1 whole clove

-1 pint vanilla ice cream

-1 container of whipped cream

-Freshly grated nutmeg


-Preheat a medium skillet over medium to medium-high heat.

-Peel and quarter the apples, making sure to remove the stem as well as any seeds.

-First add butter to the skillet, then apples.

-Saute for seven or eight minutes until golden brown in color.

-Add sugar, cinnamon and cloves, and stir.

-Remove from heat.

-Let sit for two minutes to cool.

-Spoon the sauteed apples into dessert dishes and top with desired combination of ice cream, whipped cream and grated nutmeg garnish.


Comforting hot-spiced apple cider

Recipe credit to Benay Rubin.

Pour this savory spiced drink in a decorative mug and have it at a dinner party, or enjoy sipping it in the presence of a roaring fire.  Not only is this drink easy to make, but the smell will linger throughout your household even after you finished drinking!

Kitchen Materials:

-Large pot


-Spatula (to use as a stirrer)


-Heat proof pitcher


-7 ½  cups of apple cider

-1-4 cinnamon sticks (depending

how much spice you prefer)

-⅛ teaspoon of grated nutmeg

-5 whole cloves

-1 orange peel

-1 vanilla bean (cut length-wise)

-Sweetened whipped cream


-Combine apple cider, cinnamon sticks, nutmeg, cloves and orange peels in a pot over medium heat.

-Let pot sit for seven minutes (or until hot), stirring the mixture every minute.

-Strain the mixture into a heatproof pitcher.

-Pour cider into individual mugs.

-Top it off with a swirl of sweetened whip cream.


Cranberry and apple-stuffed acorn squash

Recipe credit to About Food.

A side dish this delicious is sure to brighten any Thanksgiving Day table. The vibrant colors of the cranberries, apples and squash look and taste delicious. This side dish will add a savory spark to any entrée.

Kitchen Materials:

-Baking Dish

-Medium size bowl





-1 acorn squash (about the size of

a melon)

-1 cup of boiling water

-1 apple peeled, and cut into ¼

inch pieces

-¼ cup of dried cranberries

-1 teaspoon of cinnamon

-1 tablespoon of melted butter


-Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.

-Cut squash in half.

-With spoon, scoop out pulp and seeds.

-In a large baking dish, place acorn faced down in center.

-Pour boiling water over the squash, evenly.

-Place dish in the oven for  35 minutes.

-Combine apples, cranberries, cinnamon, and butter into a bowl.

-Mix the ingredients.

-After 35 minutes, take squash out of the oven.

-Flip over halves.

-Place half of the mixture from the bowl in the center of one of the halfs.

-Repeat step 11 for the other half

-Place stuffed squash back into the oven for 30 minutes.

Plate and enjoy!