Sunday, October 27, 2013

Fall: Apple Chex Mix, Pumpkins, Scarecrows and New Donut Flavors

Fall is finally here! The weather has been absolutely beautiful here in Tulsa. I started writing this post the first week of October and what feels like a few days has turned into a few weeks and am posting it at the end of October. We have been so busy this month between making donuts and keeping up with our kids, it has flown by! 

I went to drop the kids off with my mother at my grandparents house and I walked in and immediately smelled "Fall". There were huge pans of Chex mix everywhere. This was not traditional Chex mix though, it was Apple Cinnamon Flavor. It was deliciously addictive. I loved it so much, I had to get the recipe from my grandmother. They used all rice cereals, so the mix is also gluten free.  

Here is the recipe:  

Apple Chex Mix

18 oz box Crispix Cereal
1 to 1 1/2 Cups Pecan halves (of course the best come from Knight Creek Farms!)
1 to 1 1/2 Cups whole Almonds
1 to 1 1/2 Cups whole cashews or walnuts
5 to 6 Bags Seneca Apple Chips - I used Granny Smith and Original; found in most Produce Departments
Toss together in a couple of large roasting pans. Set aside.

Syrup: Bring to a low boil, stirring until everything is well blended.

3 sticks butter
1/2 cup plus 2 tbsp sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar
2 Tbls plus 1 1/4 tsp cinnamon 
Pour syrup over dry cereal mix and stir until well coated. Bake at 215 degrees for 15 min. Stir well and return to oven for 15 more minutes.

Remove from oven and allow to cool. Store in tightly sealed container. 

We also celebrated Fall by painting Pumpkins and making Scarecrows...

They picked out the outfits from clothes they have outgrown and helped me stuff them with newspaper. It was cheap and fun entertainment. 

Even Scarecrows are LYLMD fans! 

Our Lick Your Lips Vintage Trailer Pumpkin Carving

One of Stapleton's favorite movies is The Fantastic Mr. Fox, so we used that as our inspiration for the kid's halloween costumes this year. I got the costumes off of for about $6.00 each and ended up taking them apart and adding a little flare to them so they were fun and super cheap.  

The Fall Festival at our church.  

Larken as Fantastic Mrs. Fox and myself dressed as a vintage donut maker at our church's Fall Festival.  

We have been busy making our minis and have come up with a few new flavors.

The "Fall in Love" mini-donuts topped with whipped cream, divinely delicious pumpkin drizzle and sprinkled with cinnamon sugar.  

I'm not going to lie, this drizzle is beyond amazing.  I have put it on ice cream, pancakes (instead of syrup)and in my coffee for a homemade PSL, it is good!

This is the "Fire in the Hole"...Sriracha, Peanut butter drizzle, peanuts and cilantro.  We were not sure what to call this new creation, so we posted to Facebook and asked customers at an event.  We were at an event with Mr. Nice Guys Taco Truck, and they suggested Fire in the Hole.  It is the perfect combination of sweet, spicy and salty. 

We were playing around with candy corn...

I was trying to make a penguin, but it ended up being a Fall Owl.  

We are having so much fun creating new flavors and sharing them with our customers.  We are enjoying meeting so many wonderful people. Thank you to all of those who have and continue to support us! 

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