Saturday, September 6, 2008

Fall Fest

The Fall Fest is this weekend in our little town. The streets around the courthouse square are blocked off, making room for cook-offs, music and fun fall festivities. This is also a weekend that is difficult emotionally for me, so to cope I turn to my creative side for some therapy.

After touring around various blogs posted at The Inspired Room this past week, I gathered together some dollar tree finds and a hot glue gun and I went to work - literally.

Project 1: a floral and ribbon swag which I attached to my office door with a clip ring and upholstery nail. Project 2: white pumpkin table top topiaries to adorn the front counter.

Once I was home, I made a quick and easy Apple Crisp.
2 cans apple pie filling
1 box jiffy cake mix
1 stick butter, melted

Place pie filling in a square baking dish. Top with the cake mix and drizzle the melted butter over it. Microwave for 6-8 min. on HI or bake at 350 for about 15-20 min.

Then, I started dinner ...
Maple Apple Chicken
4 small boneless skinless chicken breast halves
1/2 c. sliced onions
2 red cooking apples, sliced
1/2 c. maple-flavored or pancake syrup
1/3 c. Italian dressing

Preheat oven to 350. Spray large ovenproof nonstick skillet with cooking spray. Heat on medium-high heat. Add chicken; cook 3 min. on each side or until lightly browned on both sides. Remove from heat. Place onions on top of chicken; surround with apple slices. Mix syrup and dressing; pour over chicken. Bake 20 -25 min. or until chicken is cooked through. Spoon syrup mixture in skillet over chicken just before serving.

Going to serve some good ol' sweet potatoes along with this tonight.

(Post-serving note: I melted Provolone cheese on each piece of chicken and added a strip of crispy bacon before spooning the syrup mixture, onions and apples over it. Delicious!)

These along with my Quince Spice Paddywax candle burning in the kitchen makes it a fall comfort kind of day at my house. Just the kind of day this gal needs.


Russ and Karla Patterson said...

Dinner sounds yummy!

pam said...

I'll have to try and quick and easy apple crisp.