Fall Break Eats

Jack was home for fall break last week. What a gift to parents of college students! An entire week to look at my baby's face! AH!

We didn't go anywhere. Jack visited with some friends and was happy for some downtime. We also ate some good stuff while Jack was home...now I'm on Operation Work Off Fall Break Calories...and I want to share some of the deliciousness with you.

First up, I learned a lesson. Last year, every time Jack was about to come home on break, I would ask him, "Is there anything special you'd like to eat when you're home?" His answer always, "Not that I can think of." Okaaaaaaaaaay.

I wised up this time around. I texted him, "What cookies would you like in the cookie jar: chocolate chip, peanut butter, or peanut butter chocolate chip?" PEANUT BUTTER was his answer. So, we had the peanut butter cookies from The Cookie Book by Rebecca First. (Remember I made the pumpkin chocolate swirl cookies from the book a couple of weeks ago?) They were a hit and were delicious for over a week!

Jack's first night home, I made King Ranch Chicken from the United Tastes of Texas cookbook. The recipe was a little more involved (read: no cream of anything soups) than the one I've made for years, but so worth it. Like most casseroles of this type, it was better the next day. Believe it or not, I didn't take a photo, but Leite's Culinaria has the recipe posted online here. [NOTE: when I make it again, I'll tear the tortillas rather than leaving them whole.]



Of course, we had sandwiches and I made that potato bread from a few weeks back. Jack took one bite of his grilled cheese and said, "What kind of bread IS this?!?" Oh yeah. It makes for killer grilled cheese sandwiches.

Trader Joe's Almond Kringle

Speaking of lunch, one day our lunch was Trader Joe's Almond Kringle. (Don't look at me like that.) Jack woke up late and I typically skip breakfast, so Almond Kringle was perfect. I was even tempted to eat it again for dinner.

Have you ever heard of Maid-Rite Sandwiches? Apparently, they're a regional dish from Iowa. Well, when I saw the recipe on Dine & Dish's site, I knew I had to make them for Jack. They just look like comfort food. Think, sloppy joes without the tomato/brown sugar element. I was right about Jack liking them...he had two!

brown butter chocolate chip cookies from The Cookie Book

Back to cookies...again, I went back to The Cookie Book and made the brown butter chocolate chip cookies. First off, they're GORGEOUS cookies. I think I might make all of my cookies with chunky chopped chocolate from now on. We thought they were best eaten warm or within 48 hours of making. Shouldn't be a problem...they go quickly. ;)


THIS ALMOND CRUMB CAKE from How Sweet Eats really capped off our Fall Break. LOOK. AT. THAT. CRUMB. I made it for breakfast one day and all three of us swooned. We collectively decided that we'll make it on Christmas morning instead of our traditional monkey bread. Who says you can't start new traditions?

Jack also helped me test out a few recipes that'll be coming really soon to The Pioneer Woman Food & Friends. Yay! Thanks, Jack! What are YOU making this fall?


13 comments

  1. A fall staple in our home is "Apple Cup Stew"...sausage, apples, potatoes, beer, apple juice...all sorts of yumm! Thanks for sharing all your fall recipes!

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    1. Yum! I've never heard of this, but I think I need to make it now!

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  2. Really did love your blog... I'm not, however, excited about the fact that all the pictures are now an instagram logo with the words view this post on instagram.

    If I wanted to view it on instagram I would have gone there first. When reading a blog it would be my thought that I could see every detail on the individuals blog. A little disappointed right now. :(

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    1. Oh, Melanie. Maybe take a second to consider that my only child home from college for a week and I didn't want to spend every second of it staging or editing photos of every morsel we consumed. As I mentioned at the end of the post, Jack and I tested a couple of new recipes, coming soon, WITH photos.

      Instead of not posting, I thought this would be a fun share, a nice way to link you all to a couple recipe sites/books where I enjoy getting recipes, and a little something different. If you did not enjoy, please visit the other 1,319 posts on this blog, or the 91 categorized, alphabetized recipe/decorated cookie index pages.

      Happy baking! ♥

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    2. Oh please Melanie. This is ridiculous. What's really disappointing is that an adult would make this type of comment. Woe is me. I have to go to Instagram. If this is the type of thing that disappoints you, you must have a miserable life.

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    3. After about .5 seconds of seeing the instagram logo on the photos, they loaded within the blog page for me and I didn't have to click out of the page to see the photos. Maybe it was just a slow widget.

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  3. All of your photos look delicious. Not bothered at all by this layout. I'm glad you got to visit with your family this weekend, as that is what is most important! <3

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  4. I loved this post--so many great baking ideas, and what a sweet photo of Jack! Thanks for sharing Bridget!

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  5. Love the St. Christopher medal someone (you?) attached to your son's backpack. This is totally something I would do- I've got a high school sophomore and I am ALREADY feeling all the feels that come with getting a kiddo ready to leave the nest. Love your blog- great pics, great recipes. I don't know that I've ever commented, but I do make a lot of your bakes and they are always a big hit. Except the decorated cookies. I'm rubbish with those. ;)

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    1. I checked with Jack...it's a Miraculous Medal. ♥

      Enjoy the rest of those high school years!!! Thanks so much for the sweet comment!

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  6. If you want, go over the videos below with your son, and then possibly use a piece of graph paper or paper to invent a game and try to get him to learn how to think of the state of each object, like Health-Points, or for a target Destroyed, it's a good starter: facebook video downloader

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  7. My baby came home last week too, but fall break was only one day! I do the same thing. I want to make him everything he loves. He likes to get in the kitchen himself. He loves to cook and finds it a great diversion for all he studying and school work. This time home he made some simply delicious Chocolate Pumpkin Brownies So easy and so delicious. May be my new favorite brownie. (No eggs!) I usually cook comfort food. That's what he usually asks for. Good, old home cooking. I have a great recipe for the original Racine Kringle! I make both apricot and almond varities. Prune kringle is very popular in Racine, WI...home of the Kringle.

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    1. The Krinkle!!! Ooohhh....and after having the INCREDIBLE prune cake at The Merc a few weeks ago, I'm totally sold on the idea of a Prune Kringle. I'm going to google that. ♥

      Yay for fall break...even if it's just for a day!

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