Don’t you sometimes wish you could begin instead of end your meal with dessert? Me too.

True, there’s something to be said about saving the best for last…but not when it’s Caramel Apple Crisp. CARAMEL APPLE CRISP!


In my normal, everyday life I make decisions very quickly. People have even been known to call me a bit…impatient…ok, a LOT impatient. Hey, I just know what I want! ;)


Not when it comes to desserts though. Game over. I had the hardest time trying to decide what to take to my family’s Sunday afternoon lunch today.

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Should I make something chocolaty? Peanut buttery? Chocolate-peanut buttery? Don’t even get me started on sweet & savory dessert options.


I reviewed your suggestions over and over and in the end, the thick caramel, sweet apples and warm crisp this recipe called for completely stole my impatient heart. TO DIE FOR! You start by slicing 24oz of apples (about 6 medium-sized Granny Smith apples) then tossing them with cinnamon & salt.


Next you make the “crisp” part of the caramel apple crisp. A mixture of brown sugar, (tons o’) butter, spices, oats and flour.


Reserving a cup for the top, you press the mixture into a greased pan,


then top with the apples.


Next, you drizzle on the ingredient that puts this dessert way, way, WAY over the top – caramel!!


Creamy, thick, sweet, gooey caramel. OMDG.


Top with the reserved crisp and bake until golden brown.


Impatient doesn’t even begin to describe how I was feeling waiting for this to came out of the oven. The smell was intoxicating!!


The apples were tender, the crisp was crunchy and the caramel was bubbly.


Totally unbelievable and soooooo decadent. It made me miss Fall for half a second too. :) Find the recipe here and make this ASAP!!!!!


Alas, caramel, apples and crisp cannot sustain a family all by itself. Good thing my Mom had Stuffed Manicotti for the troops!


Each manicotti was stuffed with a chicken tender, then baked with fresh marinara sauce, crumbled Italian sausage and oodles of mozzarella cheese.


It was out of this world!


Tag teamed with sautéed asparagus,


and fresh bread. This was one of the best complete Sunday meals we’ve had ever! EVER!! Ugh. Mmmm. Ahhh. :)


In other news, I had an awesome grocery shopping trip this morning. I’ve bumped up our budget to $60/week because I’m buying more organic meat now, which is significantly more expensive than non-organic meat. That said, thanks to coupons for free eggs and ice cream, today’s trip came in right at $55! Here’s what I got…

Pantry Items


  • Wax paper
  • 3 boxes Kleenex
  • Pitted dates (I’m obsessed with making babies!)
  • Oyster sauce
  • Tortilla chips
  • Caramel sauce
  • 2 Sobe Lifewaters
  • Ginger, Sesame Seeds & Nutmeg seasonings

Fridge/Freezer Items


  • 2 large containers Fat-Free Cottage Cheese
  • Bare Chicken breasts
  • Eggs
  • Butter
  • Blue Bunny All Natural Vanilla Ice Cream

The Produce


  • Bananas
  • Asparagus
  • Pineapple
  • Roma tomatoes
  • Green onions
  • Jalapano
  • Garlic
  • Cucumber
  • Granny Smith apples
  • Kiwi
  • Salad blend
  • Coleslaw
  • 3 Avocados
  • Mango
  • Red onion
  • 2 limes
  • Cilantro

All for $55! :D


Here’s my menu plan for this week, using these here groceries:

Monday: Thai Peanut Noodles

Tuesday: Breakfast for dinner

Wednesday: Garlic Noodles

Thursday: Chicken with Fruit Salsa

Friday: Undecided

One yummy week – comin’ right up. :)

Well Ben and I have BOGO Chipotle coupons for dinner tonight. Homemade Chipotle Burrito Bowls are delish, but B’ingOG’ingO/someone else making it for you is always a plus. Even better when eaten while checking out the fashion at the Oscars. Will you be watching too?

Have a wonderful week guys! :D


What’s on your menu this week?

What are 3 words you’d use to describe your personality?

I’d say:

1. Bottom liner: Just give it to me straight.

2. Caring: I like to take care of people.

3. (Super) Independent: ’nuff said!