Friday, October 17, 2014

Celebrate It! Blog Party #13

Welcome to the
Celebrate It! Blog Party!!

Thank you so much for stopping by and linking up with us.
An extra big "THANK YOU" to everyone who linked up last week.
You were part of our biggest party yet!

I hope your week has been wonderful.
What have you been celebrating?

Getting ready for Halloween?
Share what you are making with us! We would love to see it!
Taking any great pictures as you enjoy the beautiful fall weather?
Share them with us!
Creating any new DIY projects?
Link them up!
We want to see what you are making!
Link up those great meals and desserts you have been making!
We love, love, love them!!

Link up anything you
would like to share, and as many as you want. 
We would love to celebrate with you! 
Here are last weeks features:
Pumpkin Cornbread
Sarah, who blogs at The Gold Lining Girl
shared this incredible looking
Pumpkin Cornbread. Doesn't it
look moist and tasty?!
Step Ladder Makeover 
This step ladder makeover, from Lindy of
Itsy, Bitsy Paper Blog is so great looking!
I love how she redid the ladder, (wow, the color!)
and then used it to display pumpkins and fall flowers.
Clever, creative, and pretty!
By linking up, you are giving The Freshman Cook permission to feature your post on social media and our blog using a photo, title, and link to your site. Proper credit and links will be given to you.
Look for your link ups on my Pinterest  page for Celebrate It!, on Twitter, and on Facebook!

Let's start the party!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Spiced Apple Bundt Cake w/ a Caramel Brickle Drizzle/#BundtBakers

Today I am celebrating fall by making this Spiced Apple Bundt Cake with a Caramel Brickle Drizzle. Fall is definitely in the air here in North Carolina. The days are mild and gorgeous, and the nights are  brisk enough for a fire in the fire pit. Definitely a reason to celebrate! Another reason to celebrate?! This bundt cake is part of #BundtBakers. This months theme is caramel.....Yum!  So check out all the other goodies, after you see mine, of course!! You are sure to find several favorites!
Spiced Apple Bundt Cake w/ a Caramel Brickle Drizzle

3 cups Granny Smith Apples
1 1/4 cup Canola Oil
1 1/2 cups Sugar
3 Eggs
2 cups Flour
1/2 teaspoon Baking Soda
1 teaspoon Vanilla
1 teaspoon Cinnamon

Caramel Sauce
1 cup Sugar
1/3 cup Water
2 tablespoon Butter
1/2 cup Whipping Cream

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
Peel, core, and then chop your apples.
Combine your oil, sugar and eggs in a bowl and mix well.
Add the flour, baking soda, vanilla and cinnamon. Mix well.
Mix apples in. 
Grease and flour your pan. I have found that cakes are difficult 
to remove from bundt pans if they are not prepared correctly.
This is what works for me: I use vegetable shortening and I 
apply it with a 1/4" wide paint brush that I bought just for this.
The brush makes it easier to get all the crevices. Then I 
put flour in each pan. If, when you shake out the flour,
some of the pan does not cover,
 just add shortening to the uncovered spot, add flour, 
and you are done.
Bake for 10-15 minutes. Let cool completely.
Make your sauce by placing your sugar and water 
in a pan over low heat. Allow the sugar to melt.
Increase your heat until the sugar mix begins to boil.
Do not stir. Put a small amount of water in a bowl.
Using a pastry brush or a silicone brush, brush the sides
of the pan with small amounts of water. This will remove the 
sugar crystals that are sticking to the sides of the
pan as it begins to get hot and boil.
Do this all around the pan.
As you can see, the sugar mix is beginning to turn an amber color.
The sugar is beginning to caramelize. 
Start swirling the pan slightly and the entire pan will
 caramelize and turn amber color. 
Add your butter and cream.
Boil for 2-3 minutes.
Take off heat.
Let it cool. It is too hot to eat at this time.
As it cools you will see the deep, rich color of the caramel.
Drizzle your caramel over the cake, adding as
much as you would like.
 Sprinkle with brickle bits!

Thanks for joining me today! I hope you like this recipe!
I took some of the cake part of this recipe from a 1993 cook book. The book is
from an apple orchard about 2 miles from where I grew up. It appears that it was
written to promote the orchards U-pick customers. It is very unique and 
has a lot of nice recipes.

Now, check out what everyone made today! So many gorgeous cakes!!
Thank you to our host, Lauren from Sew You Think You Can Cook.
Thanks for all the hard work, Lauren!


#BundtBakers is a group of bundt loving bakers who get together once a month to bake bundts with a common ingredient or theme. We take turns hosting each month and choosing the theme or ingredient. This month’s theme is caramel and our creative host is Lauren of Sew You Think You Can Cook. If you are a food blogger and would like to join us, just send an email with your blog URL to All recipes and photographs can be found on our individual blogs, on our Pinterest board, and the #BundtBakers homepage

And don’t forget to take a peek at what other talented bakers have baked this month:

Friday, October 10, 2014

Celebrate It! Blog Party #12!

Hello! I am so glad you are here for Celebrate It! Blog Party!

Link up and show us how you have been celebrating!
Here at The Freshman Cook, Fall and Halloween decorating and cooking
are in full swing! Have you been busy creating fall memories and 
planning how to celebrate Halloween? There is such
excitement in the air this time of year!
Share with us what you have been creating~maybe a new recipe,
an autumn drive to look at the gorgeous leaves, a new DIY for
your home, a craft to celebrate the season. Link up anything you
would like to share, and as many as you want. 
We would love to celebrate with you!

Here are last weeks features:

We are big chicken wing eaters in my family,
so this recipe by Anne from A Girl in Paradise,
 for making chicken wings in the crock pot
 has to go on the menu for next week!
Don't these look amazing?

I would love to sit on this cozy front porch
and just take in the scents of autumn,
and enjoy the brisk air! LouAnn from
Lovely Livings Blog shared her cozy
front porch with us!

 By linking up, you are giving The Freshman Cook permission to feature your post on social media and our blog using a photo, title, and link to your site. Proper credit and links will be given to you.
Look for your link ups on my Pinterest  page for Celebrate It!, on Twitter, and on Facebook!

Let's get to the party!

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Chocolate Caramel Apple Thumbprint Cookies

Here is a fall or Halloween cookie that you will love. These  Chocolate Caramel Apple Thumbprint Cookies are full of fall flavor with baked in apple chunks, topped with caramel and drizzled with chocolate, they say fall in every bite!

Chocolate Caramel Apple Thumbprint Cookies
 Chocolate Caramel Apple Thumbprint Cookies

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Celebrate It! Blog Party #10

What have you been celebrating lately? Here at The Freshman Cook we have been celebrating this week with the air turned off and the windows open.  Fall is here in North Carolina and I am loving it! It is my favorite time of year!  We lived in the southwest for most of my married life, and fall was usually late to get there, and didn't stay very long. So this is truly something to celebrate and enjoy!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Carmelized Apple Spice Cake

Here in North Carolina, fall dropped by today! So, to celebrate my favorite time of the year, I have a Carmelized Apple Spice Cake for your dessert time pleasure. Today, I'm participating with over 40 other bloggers in a LorAnn Oil and Flavors Recipe Round-Up! Do you know LorAnn Oil ? They produce an incredible variety of oils and flavorings, and have done so for over 50 years. They also offer other items such as candy making and baking supplies, making them your "go to" company. Check them out! But check out my Carmelized Apple Spice Cake first! 
I used a special cake mold to make a spice cake, carmelized some apples,
melted some caramels, put it all together, and tasted fall! 
Carmelized Apple Spice Cake

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Celebrate It! Blog Party #9

It's time for Celebrate It!

Dessert Sushi!!!

Today, I am visiting over at Bacon Time with the Hungry Hypo, and I brought something special with me. Kind of a faux dessert, really. I call it Dessert Sushi! It looks like sushi, but tastes like candy, and it is lots of fun!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Chocolate Caramel Apple Bundt Cake/#BundtBakers

This month the #BundtBakers cake was a lot of fun! How does Chocolate Caramel Apple Bundt Cake sound? I know, sounds good, right? The theme this month was Autumn Harvest, so my brain immediately went to apples. But I wanted to add a little decadence to this treat, so I stuffed the cake with chunks of apple, and then I topped it with chocolate fudge sauce, apple pie filling, and caramel sauce. Definitely, decadence elevated!