Apple Spice Cake with Cream Cheese Icing

Monday, November 13, 2017

Hello Sweet friends! Monday's post is brought to you by a weekend of baking! I love to cook. It's a fun way to be creative and bring people together! This last weekend I had my nieces over and we decided to bake up a treat! With Fall here apples are in season and they are a sweet treat when you add a little cinnamon! My apple cake bars and cream cheese icing are the perfect treat for a crisp fall night! 



Apple Spice Cake: 

2 & 1/4 cups all-purpose flour

1 & 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1/4 teaspoon ground allspice

3/4 cup unsalted butter, softened

1 cup packed  brown sugar

1/2 cup granulated sugar

3 large eggs

1 tablespoon of  vanilla extract

1 cup milk

2  apples, finely chopped

Pre heat your oven to 350 degrees 



1. Whisk together the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, salt, nutmeg, and allspice. Set aside.

2. Using an electric mixer on medium speed, beat the butter, brown sugar, and sugar until light and fluffy. 
3. Add the eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Mix in the vanilla.

4. Add the flour in 3 portions, alternating with 2 portions of milk. Mix just until combined. Stir in the apples.

5. Pour batter into a 9 x 13 pan and smooth out.

6. Bake 25 to 30 minutes, or until a pick inserted into the center comes out clean

7. Let it the cake completely cool before you frost! 





Cream Cheese Icing: 


8 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature

1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened

2 cups confectioners’ sugar, sifted

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract


1. On low speed mix together your cream cheese and butter until combined. 

2. Slowly add in your confectioner's sugar

3. Add in your vanilla extract

Once this is all combines it's time to frost your cake and cut into bar size's! 


I hope you all enjoy this recipe as much as I do! 


What are some of your favorite fall recipes? Share them with my in the comments below! 

Have the BEST day! 

Krista 

Dutch Oven No Knead Bread

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Hello Sweet Friends! Today we have another delicious recipe to share with you! Soups and Chili's  are some of my favorite things to make when the air turns crisp and cool. And what is better then a thick slice of crusty bread to dip in said soup and chili! Now this recipe seems to be everywhere and after making it I totally understand why. This bread is SOOOOO GOOOD and SO EASY to make! I am sharing the recipe I found from one of my favorite and fellow Minnesota Blogger Lindsay from Pinch Of Yum. I love her blog and her photography! So here we go with the best bread recipe! 




No Knead Dutch Oven Bread: 

3 Cups Flour 

1 1/2 teaspoons of Salt 

1/2 teaspoon of instant yeast 

1 1/2 cups room temperature water 


In a large bowl mix together the flour, salt, and yeast. Slowly add in your water until the dough is chunky. If you need to add more water add a few tablespoons of water at a time. You just want the dough to be mixed. 

Place plastic wrap over the bowl and let your bread rest for 12-18 hours. Overnight if possible. This is very important. 

In the morning set your oven to 450 degrees. Place your dutch oven in the oven while it's heating up so that the pan is hot. 

When the oven in heated take your dutch oven out and place a little flour in the bottom to help the bread not to stick. 

Then take some flour and place a little on your hands and the counter. 

Remove the plastic wrap and remove dough. 

Form into small ball shape and place it in your dutch oven. 

Place the lid on and cook in the oven for 30 minutes. 

Then remove the lid and let it cook another 15 minutes so that the outside gets nice and crusty brown! 


Remove from over and let cool completely before slicing. 

Slice and enjoy! 



Isn't this the MOST BEAUTIFUL bread you have ever seen?!?!?!?! It's also delicious and the perfect pair with a big bowl of soup! This bread was seriously so good! I hope you all enjoy it as much as we did! 



Have the BEST day! 

Krista 




Fall Look Book

Wednesday, September 13, 2017



Fall Look Book

Fall Look Book by krista-lenaem featuring a shirt blouse



Have the BEST day! 

Krista 

Cheddar Chicken Pot Pie

Monday, September 11, 2017

Hello sweet friends! How was your weekend? Here we are at the beginning of a new week and I have a new recipe I am so excited to share with you! I am in the fall spirit and am craving comfort foods. This last weekend I made a chicken pot pie with a twist! It was SO GOOD! It's definitely going in the recipe book for future fall and winter nights! 




Cheddar Chicken Pot Pie: 

1 Medium Onion diced 

2 Carrots peeled and diced 

2 Medium Potatoes diced 

3 Stalks of Celery diced 

1 Cup frozen Peas 

1 Cup frozen Corn 

2 Chicken Breast's cut into cubes 

1/ 2 Cup of Milk 

1/3 Cup of Flour 

1 3/4 Cup Chicken Stock 

5 Tbsp of Butter 

5 Sage Leaves chopped 

2 Sprigs of Thyme chopped 

Salt and Pepper 




Biscuit Topping: 

 2 Cups Flour 

6 Tbsp Cold Butter cut into cubes 

1 Tbsp Baking Powder 

1 Tsp Baking Soda 

1/2 Tsp of salt 

1/2 Tsp sugar 

1 1/4 Cup Buttermilk 

1 Cup Cheddar Cheese 




In a large sauce pan start to cook your chicken in a little EVOO. 

Once Chicken is mostly cooked through remove from pan and set aside 

Add a little more EVOO to your pan and toss in all your veggies: carrots, celery, potatoes. Let those cook till slightly tender. 

Then add in your butter and let melt. Once melted add in your flour, chicken stock, and milk. 

Stir together then add in your chicken,peas, corn, and herbs. 

Spray a baking dish with non stick oil. Pour your pot pie into the dish and start making your cheddar biscuits. 


In small bowl add flour, baking power, baking soda, salt, and sugar and mix. 

Then add in your butter and buttermilk. Mix until combined. 

Stir in your cheese. 

Place the biscuit mix on top of Pot Pie 


Place in the oven and cook for 30 mins. at 375 degrees 

Once it's done serve hot and enjoy! 















I hope you enjoy this as much as we did! What are some of your favorite comfort food recipes! Share them in the comments below! 


Have the BEST day! 

Krista 

Fall Bucket List

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Hello sweet friends! Does anyone else like to make list's? I am a list lover. There is nothing sweeter than a list that is ready to be accomplished and checked off! With fall here I think a bucket list is needed! What a fun make memories with the ones you love. I am in a season of life where I want to send time with my family and friends and make the best memories! So without anymore delay here is my Bucket List for Fall! 




2017 Fall Bucket List 


Go to a Farmers Market 

Visit an Apple Orchard 

Watch Hocus Pocus 

Bake a Pie from Scratch 

Make Carmel Apples 

Go to a Football Game 

Sip Apple Cider 

Carve a Pumpkin 

Jump in a Pile of Leaves 

Go on a Hayride 

Bonfire with Smore's 

Take a Scenic Hike 






What are some things that are on your fall bucket list? Let me know in the comments below! 


Have the BEST day! 

Krista

September Goals

Friday, September 1, 2017

Hello sweet friends!! Happy September 1st. Today marks the first day of my Favorite time of year! FALL. Bring me all the leaves, blankets, sweaters, boots, and pumpkins! I love love love fall. September through December are my favorite months out of the whole year! I can't believe we are already here but I am so ready for this sweet season. I hope you all are having a great week! This week has been a long one, my heart is hurting for our friends in Texas. If you can donate in anyway please do! You can donate to the Red Cross here. Also this article is a great resource to find a place to donate. Lets be the hands and feet of Jesus and help those that need it during this time.





Now onto today's post: Its a new month which means it's time for new goals! I love setting monthly goals to help achieve and hold my self accountable!










1. Continue Training for 5K- In case you missed it, I am running my first 5K on Thanksgiving with my sweet family! I am so excited but also really nervous and want to make sure that I am prepared and ready for this race! 

2. Read my Bible EVERY day- I have a confession to make. This last month I haven't made time to do my devotions the way I want them. And I felt it. I missed this time with my Heavenly Father and it took a toll on me. This month I HAVE to spend time in the word everyday. 


3. Give this blog a face lift.- Over the last 2 years I have LOVED blogging and sharing life with you! This blog means the world to me and I love working on it. With that being said I want to see where this can take me! I want to give it all I have and I want to spend a little more time and energy to see what could happen. I also think that after 2 years we deserve a little face lift! I am still working with a few designers to find the right look and I can't wait to share it with you! 



There you go! Goals for the first month of fall! What are some goals you have for September! 


Have the BEST day! 

Krista 


Fall Favorites 2017

Monday, August 28, 2017

Hello sweet friends! I hope you all had a great weekend! Monday is here and so starts another week. Before we jump into today's post I want to take a minute to say friends in Texas we are praying for you, you are in my thoughts and my prayers. Friends if you are able text Harvey to 90999. This donates $10 to the Red Cross to continue helping our friends in Texas.





Now onto today's post! With September practically here I thought I would continue to share about my love for this glorious season. You see to me there is nothing better then a crisp fall day. September-December is my absolute  favorite. Today I want to share some fun fall outfits with you. I love how both of these are perfect for a great fall day. And both looks can mix and match with other pieces in your wardrobe. One this I think everyone needs is a classic fall tote. This Madewell transport tote is the perfect color and the leather makes this a bag you will love and treasure for the rest of your life. A bag like this will last a lifetime and only get better with age. If you invest in anything this fall make it a classic leather bag.



Fall Favorites

Fall Favorites by krista-lenaem featuring a crewneck sweatshirt


Tote // Sunglasses  // Shoes

                        Outfit #1: Top // Jeans                                               Outfit #2: Sweatshirt // Jeans








               What is the one thing you want to invest in this fall? Let me know in the comments below! 

Have the BEST day

Krista 

 
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