Happy Monday! This morning I’m guest posting over at Mom Endeavors for the Cornucopia of Creativity series, which is full of Thanksgiving ideas. I’m showing you how to make cute place cards for the holiday table.
What treat says “autumn” more that caramel apples? Today, I’m taking part in the Improv Cooking Challenge, where we are given two ingredients and come up with a recipe including those two ingredients. For October, it’s apples and caramel. While I love a good green apple dipped in warm caramel sauce, I wanted a more grown up treat. Enter the yumminess that is apple flavored rum..
Although quite decadent, rum balls are ridiculously easy to make.
Caramel Apple Rum Balls
- 2 cups powdered sugar (confectioner\\
- 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
- 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1/2 cup apple flavored rum
- 1/4 cup dark rum
- 2 tablespoons light corn syrup
- 2 1/2 cups finely crushed vanilla wafers
- 1/2 green apple (minced or put in food processor)
- 1/2 cup finely chopped walnuts
- 25 unwrapped caramels
- 1/4 cup half-and-half
- In a large bowl, sift together 1 1/2 cups of powdered sugar, cocoa powder and the nutmeg.
- Stir in the rums and the corn syrup.
- Stir in the crushed vanilla wafers, green apple and walnuts.
- Divide in half and put into refrigerator for at least 2 hours.
- Once chilled, make 1-inch balls and roll in the remaining powdered sugar.
- Place caramels and half-and-half in a double boiler and heat. Do not stir until caramel appears melted.
- Drizzle caramel over rum balls.
- Refrigerate until ready to serve.
Putting the hot caramel sauce into a Ziploc bag and cutting a itty-bitty tip off the corner of the bag, seems to be the best way to get a controlled drizzle. I had to wrap a dishcloth around the bag because the sauce was hot. Ouch!
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I think we are close enough to October that it’s okay to start putting up the Halloween decor! I’ve never been too into Halloween, which is weird because I heart everything else that has to do with fall. I think the pressure of coming up with a good costume idea year after year got to me. But now that I have kids Halloween is becoming fun again!
I can’t believe September is almost over! It’s still in the high 90s low 100s here in the desert, and I’m longing for the crisp, cool, fall air. It’s crisp and cool in the house..so I guess that will have to do.
I really like the colors on this medallion wreath over at Organize and Decorate Everything, made by guest poster A Trip To Holland. I’ve seen ceiling medallions used more and more for non-ceiling decor. I can’t get over the colors..they kind of redefine fall and can definitely go into winter.
Since the Fall Equinox has passed, we are officially in fall. Yay! Now I have absolutely no guilt decorating for fall. Our dining table needs a lot of help. It was a craigslist find, and was supposed to be temporary..that was two years ago. We just can’t seem to find the perfect one. Anyhoo, I made some cute placemats to help make the table a little more..attractive. (I think those faux gourds need some glittering!)
These placemats were a little labor intensive..lots of cutting and painting and gluing..but totally worth it.