Cinnamon Apple Bread

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We’ve waited patiently throughout the humid and sticky summer months and are finally in one of our favorite seasons: fall! We love smelling fresh baked pie wafting from the kitchen, donning our chunky scarves and sweaters to head out in chill October mornings, and doing every activity imaginable that is associated with autumn. We’re talking hayrides, pumpkin carving, haunted houses, and, of course, apple picking.

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Apple picking is a fun event for the whole family, however sometimes we find ourselves coming home with way more apples than we intended! As much as we love keeping the doctor away with our apple a day, we found ourselves craving a different way to use up our orchard loot. That’s why we’re showing you how to make cinnamon apple bread!

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All you need is one of our Fiesta Loaf Pans, some fresh apples (we used honey crisp, but you can use whatever kind you’d like!) and you’re ready to get baking. This apple bread is a tasty treat at any time, especially when you’ve had just one too many PSL’s and are hankering for another fall flavor.

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Need something to wash our Cinnamon Apple Bread down? Click here to find our tips on how to make homemade apple cider! 

Cinnamon Apple Bread
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Ingredients
  1. ½ cup packed brown sugar
  2. 1½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  3. ⅔ cup white sugar
  4. ½ cup butter, softened
  5. 2 eggs
  6. 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  7. 1½ cups all-purpose flour
  8. 1½ teaspoons baking powder
  9. ½ cup milk
  10. 1 large honey crisp apple, peeled and finely chopped
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Grease your Fiesta loaf pan.
  3. Mix brown sugar and cinnamon together in a small Fiesta Baking Bowl and set aside.
  4. In a stand mixer, combine white sugar and butter until smooth.
  5. Add eggs and vanilla and continue to beat on medium speed until combined.
  6. Add flour and baking powder, then milk, and beat again until combined.
  7. Pour half the batter into the prepared pan.
  8. Cover with half of the apples.
  9. Pat apples into batter with the back of a spoon.
  10. Sprinkle with half of sugar and cinnamon mixture.
  11. Pour the remaining batter over apple layer; top with remaining apples and add more brown sugar/cinnamon mixture.
  12. Pat topping into the batter with the back of a large spoon.
  13. Bake for 50 minutes or until toothpick inserted in the middle of the loaf comes out clean.
  14. Cool in pan 10 minutes.
Adapted from The Happier Homemaker
Fiesta Dinnerware, Always Festive http://alwaysfestive.com/
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Fall Pumpkin Alfredo Zoodle, Squoodle and Patoodle Recipe

Fall Pumpkin Alfredo Zoodle, Squoodle annd Patoodle Recipe on the Fiesta Dinnerware blog at www.alwaysfestive.com.

Now that the air is getting its first hint of crispness, we are oh-so-ready for fall. It’s time for snuggly sweaters, comfort foods and of course that seasonal favorite…pumpkins. Most pumpkin recipes tend to favor the overly sweet side, but this one we’re about to share is uniquely savory and just perfect for a chilly autumn evening.Fall Pumpkin Alfredo Zoodle, Squoodle annd Patoodle Recipe on the Fiesta Dinnerware blog at www.alwaysfestive.com.

The recipe combines goat cheese with pumpkin puree for a seasonal alfredo sauce that’s out of this world. So the dish is not too heavy, we put the sauce on top of a trio of zoodles (zucchini noodles), squoodles (yellow squash) and patoodles (sweet potatoes) — we made up the words squoodles and patoodles, but they kinda work right?!

Fall Pumpkin Alfredo Zoodle, Squoodle annd Patoodle Recipe on the Fiesta Dinnerware blog at www.alwaysfestive.com.

If you’ve never tried making noodles out of vegetables, all you need is a simple tool called a spiralizer. Or you can simply julienne your vegetables for similar results. There are a few different ways you can make -oodles: steamed, roasted, sautéed, or boiled.

We’ve tried several methods and we prefer to roast them in the oven (and PS, coconut oil worked the best for us).

Zoodles, Squoodles and Patoodles
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Ingredients
  1. 1 - zucchini
  2. 1 - yellow squash
  3. 1 - sweet potato
  4. 3 tablespoons - coconut oil
  5. salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Spiralize or julienne vegetables.
  3. Heat coconut oil in microwave just until melted, about 10-15 seconds.
  4. Spread zucchini and yellow squash on a baking sheet.
  5. Spread sweet potato on a separate baking sheet.
  6. Pour 2 tablespoons coconut oil over zucchini and yellow squash and toss to coat evenly.
  7. Pour remaining tablespoon of coconut oil over sweet potato and toss to coat evenly.
  8. Sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste.
  9. Roast zucchini and yellow squash approximately 15-20 minutes, turning ½ way through.
  10. Roast sweet potato approximately 20-30 minutes, turning ½ way through.
Notes
  1. Tip: Because everyone’s oven is different, you’ll need to watch your -oodles carefully the first few times you make them.
Fiesta Dinnerware, Always Festive http://alwaysfestive.com/
Fall Pumpkin Alfredo Zoodle, Squoodle annd Patoodle Recipe on the Fiesta Dinnerware blog at www.alwaysfestive.com.

Pumpkin Alfredo Sauce
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Ingredients
  1. 2 tablespoons - unsalted butter
  2. 2 tablespoons - flour
  3. 2 - garlic cloves, minced
  4. 1/2 teaspoon - thyme, finely chopped
  5. 2 cups - low-fat milk
  6. 3oz - goat cheese, crumbled
  7. 1 cup - pumpkin puree
  8. 1/8 teaspoon - ground cinnamon
  9. 1/2 teaspoon - salt
  10. 1/4 teaspoon - pepper
  11. roasted and salted pepitas (pumpkin seeds)
Instructions
  1. Heat a medium saucepan over medium heat and add butter. Once sizzling, add flour and stir until bubbly, about 3 minutes. Add garlic and cook 30 seconds. Add milk and thyme. Stir constantly and increase heat if necessary until mixture begins to bubble and thicken, about 5-6 minutes.
  2. Add goat cheese, pumpkin, cinnamon, salt, and pepper, stirring until smooth and thickened into a sauce.
  3. Once thickened, remove from heat and serve immediately.
  4. Garnish with pepitas!
Adapted from Cookie and Kate
Adapted from Cookie and Kate
Fiesta Dinnerware, Always Festive http://alwaysfestive.com/
Served up on colorful Fiesta dishes, like our new 3pc Bistro Place Setting, these noodle alternatives are so much fun. If it’s your first time making zoodles, squoodles, patoodles or you’ve tried any other types of -oodles, let us know how it goes! 

Are you a sucker for all things pumpkin? Be sure to check out our other Fiesta pumpkin recipes and some fall favorites: Mini Pumpkin Pies, Pumpkin Bread, Holiday Butters, Simple Fall Desserts, Thanksgiving Sweet Treats, and Fall “Brinner.” 

Fall Pumpkin Alfredo Zoodle, Squoodle annd Patoodle Recipe on the Fiesta Dinnerware blog at www.alwaysfestive.com.

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Big Batch Cake Batter Overnight Oats

fiesta overnight oats With the leisurely days of summer coming to a close, we are ushered in to the brisk days of Autumn where our schedules seem to take off.  With so much going on, we like to simplify a few things to keep our days running smoothly, and what better time to do that than with breakfast? 

fiesta overnight oats The most important meal of the day is often neglected on busy weekdays, but we’ve found a way to streamline our breakfasts into one big batch of yogurty, oaty goodness.

fiesta overnight oats strawberry 2You heard us right! We’ve combined two breakfast staples –oats and yogurt- into one protein-packed, deliciously creamy concoction.  Add to that the fiber-rich super food, chia seeds, and you are on your way to a well-fueled body and mind ready to take on even the busiest of days.

fiesta overnight oats peaches 2While you can go all out creating amazing flavor combos such as chocolate peanut butter and pumpkin spice, we wanted a simple base flavor that we could customize each morning with our choice of fruit.  From peach and banana to pineapple and orange, we wanted our oats to support a myriad of mix-ins. 

fiesta overnight oats pineapple 2 copyWhat we settled on was the rich, nostalgic flavor of cake batter.  Think about it…pineapple upside down cake, blueberry muffins, strawberry shortcake.  Fruit-and-cake combos are delicious and perfect for breakfast, especially when they’re made with this many good-for-you ingredients.

fiesta overnight oats kiwiFor the most amazingly rich and creamy texture, we opted for coconut milk as our liquid, although any unsweetened milk would do.  Simply reduce the amount of liquid in this recipe to about 3 cups, to account for the swap.  As the mixture sits, the chia seeds and oats soak up the milk, yogurt and flavorings to yield a thick, creamy, and textural bowl of oats.

fiesta overnight oats blueberryIncredibly, overnight oats can be stored in the refrigerator for at least 5 days, meaning you can prepare an entire workweek’s worth in one go.  Our big-batch recipe yields 60 ounces of oats, which can be ladled out of a big FiestaÒ Baking Bowl and served at the table, or divvied out into 5 pint-sized canning jars (or 10 half-pints) for a travel-friendly option.

Big Batch Cake Batter Overnight Oats
Creamy coconut milk and Greek yogurt soften hearty rolled oats for a healthy, make-ahead breakfast.
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Ingredients
  1. 1-2/3 cup plain Greek yogurt
  2. 2-1/2 cups rolled oats
  3. 3-1/3 cups unsweetened coconut milk
  4. ¾ cup plain milk (cow, almond, soy)
  5. 5 tablespoons chia seeds
  6. 2-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  7. 2 teaspoons almond extract
  8. ½ teaspoon salt
  9. ½ cup maple syrup
Instructions
  1. Stir together all ingredients in a medium-sized mixing bowl.
  2. Cover bowl with plastic wrap or pour into clean jars with lids.
  3. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours, but ideally overnight before eating.
  4. Top with freshly chopped fruit, or alternatively, mix fruit in with the initial batch (before refrigeration) for a more intense flavor.
Notes
  1. If substituting plain milk for coconut milk, reduce the amount of milk to about 3 cups total.
Fiesta Dinnerware, Always Festive http://alwaysfestive.com/

 

 

 

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2016 Everything Fiesta Columbus Tent Sale

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With the 2016 Everything Fiesta Tent Sale in Columbus, Ohio quickly approaching, we thought we’d give you a colorful reminder, complete with a few examples of the pricing you will find on 2nds quality ware.  

For more information on our Everything Fiesta Tent Sale in Columbus, hop on over to this post: Columbus Everything Fiesta’s Tent Sale.

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