This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of PEOPLE®, StyleWatch®, InStyle®, and Sunset®. The opinions and text are all mine. Fall is on it’s way and there are so many things I love about this season – crisp weather, cozy sweaters, apple cookies, leaves crunching underfoot. What is not to love? But I must confess that one my favorite things about Fall is the fact that the kids are back at school. We have enjoyed a wonderful summer as a family, but after months of constant togetherness, it is nice to have a little “me time”. Every woman needs some “me time” and it looks different for everyone.
When I get some hard earned “me time” I have a few activities that I must do. One of them is reading and another is baking. Both these activities just relax and calm me. I was shopping at Safeway recently, when some magazines caught my eye. I decided to pick up the new issues PEOPLE and InStyle so I could enjoy them while taking some precious “me time”. I find that giving myself some time to relax with a magazine really helps rejuvenate me and provides me with fresh ideas and inspiration.
Now that I had my reading material, I was inspired to engage in my other favorite “me time” activity – baking. Every Fall, the apple tree in our backyard becomes heavy with apples. We struggle to eat and give away all the apples that the tree produces.
I am always looking for new ways to use our apples. I decided to use the apples to make some cookies and I am so pleased I did. These apple cookies were the perfect complement to some time spent with PEOPLE and InStyle.
I picked some apples from our tree, peeled them and chopped them into small pieces.
I then added them to my traditional oatmeal cookie recipe. I just love how you can see the bits of just picked apples in each cookie.
This recipe will make three dozen apple cookies, but they won’t last long. For my family of five, these cookies usually last 1-2 days.
These apple cookies stay soft and chewy. The apples and oatmeal make them hearty and filling.
Now that my apple cookies were baked, it was time enjoy a few with a cup of coffee and my favorite magazines. I was able to catch up on all the latest celebrity happenings with PEOPLE. Since I often blog about kids activities, I was excited to see a feature in PEOPLE detailing how celebrity moms do crafts with their kids.
There is just something special about flipping through an actual magazine that can take you away from it all. InStyle is a magazine that I can totally get lost in. The beautiful images of the latest fashions get me thinking about how I can incorporate the latest trends into my wardrobe.
Are you ready to enjoy some “me time”? You can find PEOPLE and InStyle at your local participating Safeway, Jewel-Osco, Vons, Pavilions, Tom Thumb, Randall’s, Shaw’s, Carr’s or Acme Market and get $1 off PEOPLE®, InStyle®, StyleWatch® or Sunset® magazine too through Just for U or MyMixx, while supplies last through 10/18/16!
My favorite recipe for delicious Apple Cookies. Chunks of apple make these the perfect fall treat!
- 1/2 cup butter softened
- 3/4 cup white sugar
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 cup flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon nutmeg
- 2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 cup rolled oats
- 1 1/2 cups finely chopped apples granny smith work well as do any variety used for baking
- 1 cup chopped almonds
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- In a large bowl, cream the butter with the white and brown sugars.
- Beat in eggs and vanilla until thoroughly blended.
- In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking powder, salt, nutmeg and cinnamon.
- Stir dry ingredients into wet ingredients until blended.
- Add oats,apples and almonds.
- Drop cookie dough by rounded tablespoonfuls 2 inches apart onto parchment lined cookie sheets.
- Bake for 12 to 15 minutes at 350 degrees.
- Remove from oven and cool on wire rack.
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Nestle® Pure Life® . The opinions and text are all mine.
This is a sponsored conversation. The opinions and text are all mine..
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