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Effortless Creamy Caramel Apple Dip

18 Oct

Hey Peeps!

I got a good one for you today!!!!…This recipe is so quick and effortless to make. Put this in the 5 minute or less recipe section of your files. A little bit ago I wrote about my favorite foods for Fall and Winter and I probably listed 3 or 4 foods that had apples involved in the recipe.  Foods with apples are favorites of mine that stay at the top of my list. Since this is the beginning of Fall and today’s weather is so reflective of it here in Flint, Michigan I thought I would share this comforting and Effortless Caramel Apple Dip.

Make sure your cream cheese is softened prior to mixing.

And your brown sugar!

Use a large bowl to mix them together with an electric mixer.

Mix in pure vanilla extract next.

Go ahead and give it a taste!….. I did. 

 

This easy peasy dip is a favorite of mine because of its taste and its simplicity. It is very simple to mix this up but, plan to make it a day ahead if you can because it tastes better when served on the next day. Serve with sliced apples, fresh strawberries and crunchy pretzel sticks. You may garnish it with finely chopped peanuts but, I did not because my daughter has a nut allergy and I am always cautious whenever she might be eating anything I make.  Feel free to make two batches; one with nuts and one without. Just be sure to label the dishes *with nuts* or *nut free*.  Prepare this bowl of cream cheese heaven for your upcoming potlucks, holiday parties or tailgates. You will  love, love, love the taste of the blended cream cheese and brown sugar together. And, more than that you won’t believe is basically, that’s all it takes! Smile.

Effortless Creamy Caramel Apple Dip

2 (8oz) bricks of cream cheese softened

1 cup light brown sugar packed

2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

1/4 cup finely chopped peanuts *optional*

Using an electric handheld mixer blend together the cream cheese and brown sugar in a large bowl, on a med-low speed until combined. Add in the pure vanilla extract and mix on low.

Transfer the brown sugar mixture into a serving bowl and garnish with *peanuts* if using. On a complementing serving platter prepare sliced apples and fresh strawberries.

***If making ahead, transfer mixed dip into a plastic container with a lid and refrigerate until ready to serve***

Happy Dipping!

An apple slicer/corer is a life saver. Use this for anything that requires an apple.

Use 2-3 teaspoons of lemon juice to keep your apples from turning brown.                        They will keep overnight too!

Perfect Slices in the making!

More Slices.

These fresh strawberries are bright red and so sweet! Delicious!

Can’t wait to share this yummy treat with my family! 

 

I’m sorry but, Donut Bar Detroit is not for me…..

19 Jun

Everyone has heard their mother say: If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all…. Today I am breaking that rule.

I don’t have a lot of nice things to say regarding my recent visit to Detroit Donut Bar in Southfield. I’ve been holding on to this post for over a week now because, it is something that I did not want to write about. Not like I just did not want to do it but, like: “Man!” “How do I nicely say to the WORLD; I didn’t like Donut Bar Detroit.”? I didn’t know.. I have thought about it since June 9th; the day I went there. There is no choice. I just have to say it. I have to give my honest opinion and, I’m gonna try not to take too long to do it.

So, my stop at the Donut Bar was not even planned. I had not even thought about it that day. My day started at 5:30 am baking 5 dozen of my famous chocolate chip cookies to deliver to an event in Southfield by 10am. I had several other stops to make while I was in the area and while I had not decided on what restaurant or food I would try out that day; I knew there would be at least food encounter before heading back home to Flint.

After I delivered my freshly baked cookies I decided to take the city streets to each place I needed to stop instead of the expressways hoping I would find something edibly interesting while completing my to do list.  I drove east on 12 Mile Road, when I hit Southfield Road remembering exactly where I was!! The plaza that houses Donut Bar Detroit!!! I was so excited!!!!… Every time I had been close by in the past the place was either sold out or closed. But, today was my day….. I could buy however many I wanted and no one would ever know because, this was a solo trip.  And by the way, let me just say I LOVE LOVE LOVE DONUTS… I know I say that  about a lot of different foods but, I really love donuts! I mean there is an art to a good donut. Cake or Yeast, there is an art. You can’t just cut or make some round dough put a hole in it and top it with sugar and frosting and call it a LEGIT donut. NO YOU CAN NOT DO THAT!!! Not with this girl from Flint City… Not from the city where Donna’s Donuts and B & J’s Donuts get made…. Now those are donuts. Donna’s donuts are so good you don’t even regret what they are doing to your arteries, cholesterol or your waistline. What I had on that ill fated donut doomed Saturday was a crime on my taste buds.. I was robbed!! I was deceived!! I was forsaken by bad donuts!

I bought six. Yes six donuts. Don’t. Judge. Me…….I did not plan to eat them all but, I planned to taste them all. And, these were my picks:

Samoa

Fruity Pebbles

Plain Glazed

Salted Caramel

Chocolate Covered

And,Vegan Maple Walnut

I’m gonna save you all some time and some money.. The Vegan Maple Walnut was the best tasting one but, not by much.

To me what seems to be the premise at this “Donut” shop is they take a VERY basic yeast donut and cut them into circle, square or oblong donuts and top them with a variety of different things such as: Fruity Pebbles, Crushed Oreos, Reese’s PB Cups, Coconut and Caramel and other things to make them look DELICIOUS… And they do LOOK delicious. But that’s where it ends for me.

The best thing I can say about this place is that it is definitely trendy, the customer service was great, the place was clean and I liked the decor and set up. If I ever have to go back I can try the coffee. But wait; I don’t drink coffee.

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