An Apple A Day

I love apples, especially this time of year, in cider, pie and drenched in caramel. I also love going to local orchards and picking our own. It’s relaxing, fun and you’re guaranteed the absolute freshest of the fresh (which is something most local grocery stores can’t guarantee).

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We’ve found some excellent ways to enjoy all the bounty of the season – just one of the fall flavors I hope to profile over the next week (bear with me, please. I’m on a new medication that is taking my body more to adapt to than anticipated). Whether you like them fresh, juiced or BOOzed, we’ve got an Apple recipe for you!

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Straight out of the gate, let’s not mess around, watch how to make caramel apple shots and learn how to make apple cider Jello shots. Remember, you can purchase vegan gelatin products and if you’re nervous about using Fireball (called for in the Jello shots), due to the reports of it having antifreeze in it, there are similar cinnamon whiskies available (if you have a Total Wine store near you, they have a “house brand” called Catch Fire, that’s much better and a fraction of the price).

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Caramel apple sangria , spiced apple sangria or pumpkin apple sangria would be devilishly delicious for a party or girls/boys night, (yes, men can enjoy fruity “chick” drinks too) but here’s an apple pie bourbon shot , in case you disagree.

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Now, let’s talk candy apples, one of my all-time favorites! Unfortunately, my horrible teeth make them a challenge to eat, but
caramel apple slices might make the task a little less daunting. Try some of the most indulgent caramel apple toppings (and keep this in mind for Christmas, too – I see those expensive, Mrs. P gourmet candy apples sell out on the home shopping channels every year, and would make a great gift for coworkers, neighbors and people you don’t know well, yet feel obligated to gift them something…like your cousin’s neice, twice removed, new boyfriend’s sister in law, who is coming to the family dinner).

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And, as promised on social media, the poisoned toffee caramel apples (the black and green looks so spooky together!).

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Craig and I search for spiced apple rings every blessed fall, and none of our local grocers carry them or will order them in for us (“not enough demand”, is the only excuse we ever hear…but, considering he’s the first person I’ve ever met who admits to liking them, I guess I’m not surprised). I remember when these used to garnish fancy dinner plates in SoCal restaurants, back in the 80’s, and I was always the recipient of everyone else’s! Never a complaint from me!
I think they’d be delicious with spiced apple ice cream, maybe drizzled with (another favorite of mine) homemade apple butter and a side of warm apple pie cookies.

Peel just bits of the apple, to make them mummified!

Peel just bits of the apple, to make them mummified!

Cheesecake stuffed apples, caramel apple cheesecake dip or candy apple cheesecake bars would all be a great way to kick off those extra 15 pounds you know you’re going to gain this holiday season.

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For this apple tart with maple custard (which, being allergic to walnuts, I would swap pecans), you might want to watch this YouTube clip on making apple roses, if you want it as pretty as the picture. Or, when all else fails, pipe rose frosting with a touch of caramel, maple or apple flavor added.

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Still not enough to keep the doctor away? Here’s some more awesome apple inspiration!

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10 Ways To Use An Apple
This includes using an apple as a mug for tea or cider.

Hassleback Apples

Bloomin’ Apples

Apple Dessert Nachos

Spiced Apple Cake With M&Ms

Cinnamon Apple Rings

10 Wonderful Ways To Use Apples

Awesome Apple Recipes

Creative Uses For Apples

Prank with care. Make sure the recipient has a great sense of humor, isn't allergic to onions and whatever you do, keep these away from Fido and Fluffy - raw onion is toxic to pets.

Prank with care. Make sure the recipient has a great sense of humor, isn’t allergic to onions and whatever you do, keep these away from Fido and Fluffy – raw onion is toxic to pets.

While we’re at it, check out all our past #FreakyFriday blogs, for more Halloween decoating, makeup and other inspiration! And, don’t forget to follow #GlitterFantasy on ALL our social media, like Twitter, Instagram and especially Facebook , for even more exclusive, daily content.

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Won’t You Be My BOO?

The Great Pumpkin

Oh The Tangled Webs We Weave

Children Of The Corn

Me, to poor Craig, every blessed time!

Me, to poor Craig, every blessed time!

Dem Bones!

Have A Bloody Good Time

Halloween Haunting On Any Budget

Spooktacular Halloween Beauty
This will surely have additional parts, as I find more and more spooktacular Halloween makeup ideas and tutorials.

Hair Raising Halloween
All about the day of ‘do.

In The Spirit
This is our BOOziest Halloween blog! Everything from DIY, black sugar/salt rims, to the verdict on dry ice being safe and even some skeletal stirrers.

The Cute, The Creepy And The Terrifying
A collection of makeup, costumes and decor.

I love this! Grab a foam skull or even ceramic from a craft store and use it as a vase. Pick the flowers, choose adornments like bats or ghosts on a stick, and make an elegant,  yet eerie, centerpiece or accent.

I love this! Grab a foam skull or even ceramic from a craft store and use it as a vase. Pick the flowers, choose adornments like bats or ghosts on a stick, and make an elegant, yet eerie, centerpiece or accent.

Scary Mary, Quite Contrary
My #1 Halloween pet peeve as a cosmetologist and MUA, this is a concern for the health of you and your family.

The #TealPumpkinProject – whether you or a loved one has a food allergy, just hate sugary treats, or if your family is vegetarian or vegan, this is a must know.

All these blogs have additional links, to other Glitter Fantasy posts – for example,

The Great Pumpkin

has a link for tons of pumpkin recipes and

Won’t You Be My BOO?

has some awesome scary stories, in an additional link. Make sure to check them all out, and get your Halloween fix, Glitter Fantasy style!

Images: pinterest, wanna-joke, teresasmixednuts, twohealthykitchens, zazzle, facebook, personal (additional credits in respective links).

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