Apple A Day Party 2013: Week 2

It’s been another week and plenty has happened. Like how last weekend I was stung or bit by something and it’s still itchy. I can’t tell if there’s a stinger or anything. I sure hope not and I definitely hope it gets better soon! Really weird. And it happened so fast I have no idea what it was that caused the issue! Oy… Only me!

Julie and I kicked off our long distance buddy workouts this week. Basically we’re harassing each other at the crack of dawn a few days a week to make sure the other is up and ready to workout. It’s worked out really well so far! I only wish my mental clock wasn’t broken and always waking me up 15+ min before I’m suppose to be up. And that’s not even just on those days, but any day. I can’t seem to catch a break when it comes to sleep. I just want to sleep until I have to be up. Is that too much to ask? I’m guessing it is. Also, working out with an iPad kind of rocks because I can catch up on shows or movies while still working out. I’ve decided to give Friday Night Lights a try. Were you a fan of the show? I’m only a few episodes in but so far so good!

2.5 out of the 5 of us had annual visits this week. I say 2.5 because my oldest tagged along (okay really, she didn’t have a choice) to get her flu mist since we were going to be there anyway. I’m sort of hoping I can get the flu mist at the pharmacy because I totally don’t like shots. I handle them okay but if there’s an easier alternative, why not go that route? Right? So, do you get the mist or shot? Or are you one of those people who doesn’t get a flu shot for one reason or another?

And shocker here… I went to the apple farm again! It’s going to easily be a once a week thing until the season is completely over.

An apple a day party at bakedbyrachel.com

Now let’s get down to business… What did you miss this week?! Hopefully nothing! But just in case, here’s a happy little recap.

Apple-Spice Layer Cake with Goat Cheese Frosting by Tracey's Culinary Adventures on bakedbyrachel.com

Tracey kicked things off with a seriously gorgeous apple spice layer cake with goat cheese frosting. I want a slice! Don’t you?

Apple Cheddar Biscuits by Fat Girl Trapped In A Skinny Body on bakedbyrachel.com

Thanks to Julia, now you can enjoy apple cheddar drop biscuits in under 30 minutes! How awesome is that?

Apple Cheesecake Shortbread Cookie Recipe by Rachel Cooks on bakedbyrachel.com

Rachel of Rachel Cooks says her apple cheesecake shortbread cookies are basically slice and bake cheesecake! Crispy, sweet and a definite must make!

Caramelized Apple + Cheddar Cheese Soft Pretzels with Apple Cider Dipping Sauce Recipe by Half Baked Harvest on bakedbyrachel.com

I’ve seriously never wanted a pretzel more in my life and I have Tieghan to thank for that! Check out her caramelized apple and cheddar cheese pretzels! She even paired them with apple cider dipping sauce.

Roasted Beet and Apple Salad Recipe by Running to the Kitchen on bakedbyrachel.com

A sweet break for the week, Gina fixed up a roasted beet and apple salad for us to enjoy! She even whipped up some homemade honey mustard dressing too! Seriously, next to bacon, apples on a salad is just pure genius.

Cinnamon Apple Hand Pies Recipe by bakedbyrachel.com

My cinnamon apple hand pies were rounding out the week’s recipes. Seriously, if you love pie but you hate making it or you just want an easier alternative – this is totally for you! They’ll disappear before your eyes, so you might want to make a double batch.

Lastly… there are TWO giveaways going on! Just a reminder, be sure you’re reading the giveaway instructions. I’d hate for you to be disqualified for any reason.

OXO Giveaway on bakedbyrachel.com

Head on over and enter to win a fun baking package from OXO! If you love OXO as much as I do, you definitely want to enter! ENTER HERE

KitchenAid 7Qt Stand Mixer Giveaway at bakedbyrachel.com

And the big’n… yep, you could win a 7qt KitchenAid stand mixer to call your own!! So be sure to enter. ENTER HERE

As always – have a fantastic day and I hope you’ll be back to check out all of the delicious guest posts in the days ahead!

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