Mini Iced Oatmeal Cookie Apple Pies |

There is cause for celebration today for two reasons. One: I’m introducing you to mini iced oatmeal cookie apple pies ← like WHOA. And two: It’s a surprise virtual baby shower for the sweet (and sweets queen) Lauren of Keep It Sweet Desserts! Hooray for babies and baby pies, amiright?

Mini Iced Oatmeal Cookie Apple Pies |

If you haven’t had a chance yet to see what gloriousness Lauren crafts up on her blog and her online business, I need you to go to there and check it out. Because between recipes like Margarita Cookie Bars, Brown Butter Chocolate Chunk Cookie Cake and Vanilla Bean Bourbon Nectarine Bundt Cake with Vanilla Bean Caramel Drizzle (drooooooooolfest), this gal knows her desserts. So I hope she really likes these mini pies, too. I know my tummy sure did.

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Classic Italian Bread |

Sometimes I wish I had one of those potions from Alice in Wonderland so I can make myself small enough to lay on a slice of this Italian bread like a pillow. A heavenly soft, carbolicious pillow.

But seriously, how wonderful would that be? Because not only are you totally comfy-cozy, you also have a snack right there to munch on as needed. And then when you want to eat the bread as a sandwich or make it into a yummy baked French toast or strata or something, you can take the potion that makes you big again. It’s perfect.

Aaaaaand I’ve lost you. But homemade, soft-on-the-inside-crusty-on-the-outside classic Italian bread, remember? Yes, let’s focus more on that.

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Slow Cooker Cranberry Pulled Pork with Cheesy Polenta |

Everything’s coming up autumn over here. After a cool-weather weekend, I’m full-on into the season — complete with canned pumpkin, PSLs, cozy sweaters and comfort foods. Oh yes. I may love me some summertime, but fall is my true favorite — especially when it comes to the eating.

Green Chile Chicken Tamale Bake |

That’s why I’m fairly certain that my dinners this fall will most likely be either slow cooker cranberry pulled pork with cheesy polenta or green chile chicken tamale bake. Or both. Because I don’t want to take sides, obvi.

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Grilled Chicken Parmesan |

I’ve really set myself up for hangry-ness as I type this post.

Not only is it right before breakfast, but there are fresh-baked brownies on my kitchen counter aaaaand I’m staring at photos of this grilled chicken Parmesan. Good grief, I am HUNGRY.

Good thing this recipe takes like two seconds to throw together (OK I exaggerate, but it’s really, really quick and easy) and friends, it is deee-licious. And I am going to tell you about it real fast so I can eat breakfast (which may be brownies) while dreaming about making this dish again for dinner. Mmmmhmmm.

You’re probably all, “Um, OK Steph, chicken Parmesan sounds kind of been there, done that,” and I’m all, “Yes but this is way different and you’re going to love it!” The reason being because the whole dish is made on the grill. Yep yep yep. No need to slave over the stovetop to make some comfort food yums when you can be outside enjoying these few precious days left of summahtime making it.

Have I mentioned that it’s also super quick and easy? Chyeah. It’s getting G-O-O-D.

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Caramelized Apple, Bacon and Blue Cheese Pan Pizza |

True story: This pizza was gone in less than 12 hours. That either means a) we are not eating enough pizza in this household so when we do, it’s a free-for-all or b) this pizza was just that good.

Considering I ate my weight in delicious pizza last weekend (and my husband has been known to down an entire frozen pizza on his own without blinking), I’d say it’s the latter.

But really, when you’ve got crispy bacon, caramelized apples and onions and loads of melty mozzarella and blue cheese for toppings, are you surprised? I know I sure wasn’t.

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Ginger Plum Pie |

“If you really want to make a friend, go to someone’s house and eat with him … the people who give you their food give you their heart.” — Cesar Chavez

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: The food blogging community is one of the kindest, most gracious, most caring and friendliest I’ve ever been a part of. This past weekend, when I met with a few food bloggers from near and far for a pizza/pie party at Zoë Francois’s lovely home, the sentiment was only further confirmed. These are my people, and I am so incredibly blessed to know them.

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