The Flavors of Fall: Apple-Almond Loaf Bread

Are you looking for some baking inspiration? Try this Apple-Almond Loaf Bread which is the perfect combination of spices with the sweet flavors of Fall.


Autumn is the perfect season for baking delicious breads, pies and cakes.  By the way, Have you tried my recipe for Banana-Nut Bread? If you have, this recipe for apple-almond loaf  bread is very similar and equally delicious.


This recipe is inspired by an article published by Food Network Magazine many years ago. In this article they teach you how to mix and match ingredients to make the perfect quick bread. Since then, I have created so many variations of bread; from Banana-nut bread to Carrot bread with walnuts! the possibilities are endless.


Since apples are in season, this is the perfect recipe for the Fall.

Recipe for Apple-Almond Loaf Bread.

  • 1 cup of apples, Shredded and squeezed dry.
  • 3/4 cup almonds, toasted and chopped.
  • 1¼ cups of all purpose flour.
  • 3/4 cup white sugar.
  • 1½ teaspoon baking powder.
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg.
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract.


-Preheat the oven to 350°. lightly butter one 8 x 4 loaf pan.

-In a large bowl, mix flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg. Add the almonds.

-In a medium bowl, whisk two eggs with vegetable oil, sour cream and vanilla extract. Stir in the shredded apple into the egg mixture, then fold into the dry mixture until just combined

-Pour the batter in the prepare pan. Bake for about 50 to 55 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Cool completely before serving.

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This loaf is so yummy and easy to make, I can’t wait for you to try it!


Did you like this recipe? What else would add to this Apple-Almond Loaf Bread. Share!

Happy Baking!


5 Must have for dogs #BestPawForward

This shop for 5 must have for dogs has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #BestPawForward #CollectiveBias

Hello everyone, today’s post is all about Bentley and 5 things I always have available for him. Bentley is my “Chihuahua-mix” dog. He was given to us 7 years ago when he was just a puppy. In fact, we took him in because Chihuahuas are not supposed to weigh more than 6 to 10 pounds as adults; which was perfect for us since not that long ago we lived in small apartment. But to make the long story short, Bentley is now 30 lbs. (do you now see why I put Chihuahua-mix in quotation marks?).

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Don’t you think he’s cute?

Bentley has become part of the family, and as a family member, I worry about his health and well-being*; so these are my 5 “Must Haves” for my dog.

1-A Blanket: Dogs (just like us) love comfort. Keep a blanket handy for those extra chilly days.


2-Good quality dog food such as Purina Beyond Natural Wet Dog Food and Purina ONE True Instinct. As pet owners, we feel that adding a pet to our family enriches and improves our lives, so it’s only logical that our pet’s health and wellness be a top priority. And guess what? Purina offers a wide range of products that contribute to our pet’s overall health and wellness, as well as natural food selections like Dog or Cat Chow Natural. These Purina products are conveniently available where we regularly shop for our family’s food and needs– Stop & Shop and Giant Foods!



Since you can’t always make a trip to the pet store, it’s convenient to browse a lot of natural and wellness minded products for our pets at the grocery chain we already know and love. At Stop and Shop and Giant Food you will find toys and accessories for your pet to help support an active-lifestyle. Stop and Shop and Giant Food provide convenient and thoughtful solutions for the entire family.


3-Purina DentaLife: Keeping my dog’s teeth healthy is very important. Purina DentaLife was recently launched, and features a range of oral maintenance not only for dogs, but cats too. I love that these products are especially designed with you pet’s health and wellness in mind.



4-Dogs Pads: Your dog might be trained but it’s always good to have a doggie pad inside the house for those days when is really could outside or for emergencies.

And last but not least…

5-Toys: It can be an old plush toys or a ball. Dogs love toys; it’s a great way to keep them active and entertained.


As you can see, you can keep your dog active and healthy with all these tips, plus, save some $$ with this coupon for the new Purina DentaLife! And on October 16, 2016 the local Sunday newspaper will have an insert highlighting money-saving coupons on these Purina Beyond Products!

Purina Beyond Wet Dog Food: Buy 5, Get 1 free on any Beyond Ground or Gravy Canned Products, Buy 1, Get 1 on any Beyond Purees, $1 off Beyond Ground Entrees Variety Pack.

For more Purina visit their Facebook and Twitter pages.

What do you keep in your dog basket? Share!



*Not to be taken as professional veterinary advice. Please consult your veterinarian for recommendations and practices appropriate for your pet.



cinnamon raisins overnight oats

This post for cinnamon raisins overnight oats has been sponsored by Momtrends and its advertiser. As always, all opinions are mine alone.


What would you do with an extra hour in the Morning? Would you sit at the dining table to enjoy breakfast? Would you read a book or just meditate? I would do all of them. Cause let’s be honest, Who doesn’t want a bit of extra time in the morning to do what they want?

For us moms, each morning is a challenge– we barely have time to get the kids (and us) ready, let alone meditate or sit down to have breakfast.  But guess what? I found a solution for the breakfast part, Its call overnight oats and I learned about this easy and delectable morning meal not too long ago…

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Lately I have seen many friends and bloggers posting beautiful pictures for overnight oats recipes, and honestly, I was a little skeptical to the idea of trying it, but once I did, I loved it; besides, oats are a whole grain and are packed with nutrients such as fiber and carbohydrates for energy!


Overnight Oats are easy to make, plus, you can prepare breakfast in advance and eat it the next day. The recipe is rather simple, just combine 1/2 cup of Quaker® Oats with 1/2 cup milk, top it with your favorite ingredients, refrigerate overnight and voila!

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Today I want to share my favorite Quaker® Overnight Oats recipe: Cinnamon Raisins overnight oats.

For a loose consistency I added 3/4 cup of milk instead of 1/2 cup.


  • 1/2 cup Quaker® Oats
  • 3/4 cup whole milk
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup of raisins


In a jar, combine 1/2 cup Quaker® Oats with 3/4 cup of milk. Add the brown sugar and cinnamon, stir, cover tight and refrigerate overnight. Top with raisins before eating.

Oats are delicious and great for that extra energy in the Morning!

Now, that you have a solution for your breakfast, What else would you do with an extra hour in the Morning?






Cause we need it too! Moms night out thanks to #Momtrends

This post for Moms Night Out has been sponsored by Momtrends and its advertisers. As always all opinions are my own.

We moms need a night out too. We need a night without the kids or the hubby…a night just to chat and mingle with girlfriends. As  mothers, we are in a constant rush and concern about the family, the job or the house. We forget that we need to take a step back and enjoy some “ME” time once in a while.


Picture second row to the right:Crisse, Betsy-V and myself, photo by: Betsy-V

About a month ago I received and invitation by Momtrends to attend a fabulous “Moms Night Out” event–I couldn’t believe it! A night to mingle with other bloggers, plus the chance to connect with fabulous brands? Count me in! With the beautiful view of the World Trade Center behind us, we enjoyed rooftop cocktails and throughout the night we savored delicious hors d’oeuvres .

Also, we learned as moms and housewives, what’s stressing us out right now thanks to Meredith Publications, and we had the opportunity to distress ourselves by making our own scented body lotions thanks to Glad®; decorating Clorox® wipes containers; creating cute baby gifts thanks to Philips Avent; trying organic snacks from Earth’s Best Organic®, and one of my favorites–learning how to make overnight oats with Quaker®

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-Learning how to make overnight oats…

Overnight oats are quick, easy and delicious. Just combined 1/2 a cup of milk, 1/2 cup oats, top with your favorite ingredients and refrigerate overnight!

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-Making scented body lotions thanks to Glad®. By the way, Glad® with Febreze neutralizes odors for up to 5 days–guaranteed.


-Decorating Clorox® containers and getting ready for the upcoming cold and flu season by stocking on Clorox® Disinfecting Wipes, which kill 99.9% of germs including viruses that cause colds and flu.

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-Enjoying snacks thanks to Earth’s Best. For 30 years parents have trusted Earth’s Best to provide organic nutrition for their babies.


-For the babies! How cute are these? Philips Avent, the #1 reusable bottle brand and pacifier brand in the US, helps give babies a healthy start in life for a healthy future.


Overall “Moms Night Out” thanks to Momtrends was amazing and I can’t wait for the next event!

What do you like to do on your free time? Share!