Oven Baked Apples

Apple season is here and I am sure I am not the only one who is very excited. Right now all of our grocery stores have great sales on all kinds of apples. I recently picked up some honey crisp, fugi and granny smith apples for our latest apple endeavors.

When I was younger, I remember one of the first recipes I ever made was baked apples. It was always a favorite of mine but I didn’t make them much as I got older. In fact, I don’t think I have ever made them for my kids so I make some a couple weeks ago.

Oven Baked Apples

These oven baked apples are easy to make and don’t require many ingredients. The buttery taste with the combined flavors of an apple pie makes this a perfect dessert for a Fall evening. These are even easier if you have an apple corer. I suggest investing in a good one if you don’t have one like this Apple Corer from Amazon for under $10!

Oven Baked Apples

Easy Oven Baked Apple Recipe


  • 3-4 apples (cored and sliced in half)
  • 1.5 cups of brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon of pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 cup of butter

Oven Baked Sweet Apples

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  • Line a pyrex dish with apples face up.
  • Mix the pumpkin spice with the brown sugar. Half it.
  • Take half of the brown sugar mix and blend it with the butter.
  • Spoon one scoop of the butter brown sugar mix onto each apple. Top with the remaining brown sugar.
  • Bake for approximately 45 minutes until apples are soft and tender.

Oven Baked Apples

 Have you tried baked apples? Do you add anything else to it?

Oven Baked Apples

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DIY Halloween Poison Bottle Decorations

The Halloween decorating is just about done at our house. I created these fun poison potion bottles for Halloween to add to our decor. Since this weekend we are going to have a kid friendly Halloween party, I thought these would be fun to display on the tables! I really like how easy these bottles were to make thanks to some food coloring and the Cricut.  I bought these bottles at Ikea a couple years ago for less than $5.

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Ikea Hack: DIY Skeleton Rug

 If you have been to Ikea, you have probably seen the white rug for less than $3.00. I picked one of these up recently and knew I wanted to do an Ikea Hack and turn it into a Skeleton Rug for Halloween. The cool thing about this rug is that the Clever Guy can have it in his room after Halloween!

Of course, I used my handy dandy Cricut Explore. I really am pretty obsessed with it, especially for my holiday creations. Since I started doing the screen printing with the freezer paper, my life is changed! The screen printing process with the Cricut Explore is pretty easy. All I have to do is load the mat with a piece of freezer paper, cut out the stencil I want then I use that to paint on fabric.
DIY Skeleton Rug

Ikea Hack: DIY Screen Print Skeleton Rug

What you’ll need:

  • White Rug (I bought this one from Ikea for a few bucks)
  • Black acrylic paint
  • Foam brush
  • Freezer paper

DIY Skeleton Rug

How to:

  • Cut this skull out on Freezer Paper with the Cricut.
  • Iron the cut waxy side down on the middle of the rug.
  • Once secure, take the brush with black paint and dab on the open space of the inside of the cut. You’ll want to put at least two coats on and push the brush around in the fabric.
  • Allow to dry. Coat with Thompsons Fabric Seal or other fabric sealant to keep the paint from running.


DIY Skeleton Rug, less than $5 to make

DIY Halloween Skeleton Nail Decals
I’m going to start this blog post with letting you know, I am not very good at painting my nails. I am in awe on Pinterest of all of those talented people out there that can make a mani into art work. Of course that means even though I love pretty nails, I don’t do my nails that often. I did do my nails recently for Halloween though and luckily, it was easy peasy!

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Last month some of my favorite blog friends and I headed to the Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort in Phoenix for a fun weekend getaway. This resort is not too far from where we live and the nice thing about this resort is that it’s centrally located for anyone in Phoenix! Living in Phoenix means we have limited time outdoors in the Summer. Meaning, we either go swimming or we don’t go outside at all. One of the bonuses though is the fabulous resorts in the valley that are perfect for a staycation. I had never been to the Point Hilton before but I fell in love once we got there.

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