Monday Munchies: Skaneateles Bakery- Skaneateles, NY

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Okay, I took the summer off from my Monday Munchies post because the summer is always super crazy and I just didn’t want to half ass these fun posts. I wanted to share some great places while writing thoughtful, helpful posts about them. So I’m back! Enjoy!!

Whenever we head back to Price’s hometown for a visit I go to Skaneateles Bakery for some breakfast goodies. I love to walk down there so I feel like I’m off setting the donuts that I’m about to consume. All about balance people.

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But really my mile walk down there and back is hardly enough to put a dent into the calories for the pastries I get. I just go there and act like a kid in a candy store and go ‘ohh, I’ll take a half dozen donuts!… and a scone!… and a rice krispies treat!… and a cinnamon roll!… and a bacon egg and cheese!” As I walk down the counter I see more and more things I want so I just keep going ‘and’ as I add more and more things to my order.

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Trays, platters, and pedestals display a fun selection of baked goods that range from scones ($1.90), muffins, and cinamon rolls ($2.50). Price loves rice krispie treats ($2.50) so I always get him one of their massive ones to enjoy later on in the day.

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Their Bacon Egg and Cheese is elevated from your typical B.E.C as its made with Applewood Smoked Bacon, Cheddar Cheese, and Ciabatta. ($5.65) The cheese is melty and the bacon has a nice smoke flavor to round out the sandwich. The bread does a great job of soaking up the bacon grease and cheese too. Overall it’s a large sandwich so we end up splitting it as we are also enjoying a donut or two.

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I love that you can watch them make their cake donuts from their front window. I love to watch the donuts happily floating in the oil in the machine before they get dropped off into the big catch basin for them to get topped. I always get a half dozen ($4.50) so I can get some variety  in the box. They make a typical old-fashioned, powdered, glazed, cinnamon & sugar, as well as,  glazed with cinnamon & sugar, chocolate-glazed, chocolate-glazed with rainbow sprinkles, and coconut.

They are light and airy with plenty air pockets under that slightly crunchy fried exterior. The donuts are topped with fresh toppings and are the perfect size for you to have easily have 2-3 of these hot from the fryer babies.

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Sprinkles make everything better.

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To round out a recent trip to the Bakery we enjoyed snacking on on of their home made raspberry poptarts. They make their poptarts with pie crust and their home made raspberry jam. It’s great for breakfast but also great to satisfy an afternoon sweet tooth craving. No matter when you enjoy it you’ll find that the homemade jam is the best filling for it. 

The Skaneateles Bakery is a real treasure as it serves locals and area visitors with great breakfast and lunch pastries, sandwiches, and drinks. Be sure to stop by and have a fresh cake donut for me.

 

Skaneateles Bakery

19 Jordan St

Skaneateles, NY 13152

(315) 685-3538

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The Next Best Thing to Robert Redford Pie

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You guys, Labor Day is just a few days away. I can’t even…

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How is the unofficial end of summer here already? It’s like a slap to the face I tell you! I just don’t want to believe that the days are getting shorter (you know what I mean), it’s already getting cooler in the mornings, and before I know it I’ll be muttering swears under my breathe as I shovel snow off the walkway in front of our house. Or my favorite, mop up melted snow water that sneaks away from the mat at the front door in hopes that the bamboo floors don’t get water damage there. Seriously, thanks previous owner- it was super smart to put a sensitive wood right at the door in a climate where is snows for like 8 months of the year. dumb.  And that’s just the beginning of the crap they didn’t or did do.

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Since September is just about here I am making this ‘The Next Best Thing to Robert Redford Pie’ because it’s Price’s favorite pie and his birthday is coming. So let’s pretend this is an early birthday pie. Or is it a late birthday dessert since I never made him the German Chocolate Cake brownies that I owe him for his 2013 birthday. I am the worst.

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Speaking of being the worst, I can barely remember to do my time sheet every week before the system closes on Saturday at midnight. And yes we get reminder emails that I just delete because I’m dumb. That means I have to do it manually in excel on Monday mornings, which is bad because it creates more work for a coworkers as he then needs to enter it in the system in some sort of back way sort of way. And when I said Monday mornings I really meant Wednesday morning, which is exactly what happened this week since I was traveling on Tuesday… ugh. how am I not fired yet? So I bought him a breakfast burrito and left a note at his desk asking him not to hate me. Hello, tangent…

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Anyway, this pie is great. I had never heard of it before Price asked for it years ago. I did manage to make it for him in a somewhat of a timely manner then. ha! So you should do yourself a favor and make this asap since it’s the bee’s knees.

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It’s super quick to make since it uses the good stuff like Cool Whip and instant pudding mix, however it takes several hours to set up. Sooooo plan accordingly. And be sure to tell people that you are not make it for right just now. My mom is visiting and was kinda disappointed to learn that she would have to wait for it. So she just stole some of the cream cheese & Cool Whip layer and went back to watching TV and reading. #multitasking

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The first piece kinda has to be scarified since it just doesn’t come out of the pan that nicely so that is the one you get to set aside for a midnight snack. Or you can eat it for breakfast, like what Price did. Now that is not the worst.

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The Next Best Thing to Robert Redford Pie

Ingredients

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup butter, at room temperature
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 2 (8 ounce) containers frozen whipped topping, thawed
  • 1 (5.9 ounce) package instant chocolate pudding mix
  • 1 (5.1 ounce) package instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 3 cups milk
  • 1/8 cup grated semisweet chocolate

Process

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Combine the flour, butter, and chopped nuts. Press into the bottom of a 9 x 13 x 2 inch pan. Bake for 25 minutes, or until golden brown. Set aside to cool.
  3. The the bowl of a stand mixer/large bowl, beat together the cream cheese and sugar until fluffy. Add 1 container of whipped topping and mix until combined. Spread evenly over the cooled crust.  Attempt to not kill Pricer for screwing it up!!
  4. In a large bowl, combine the pudding mixes and milk well until thick. Spread evenly over the cream cheese filling.
  5. Spread the remaining container of whipped topping over the pudding layer. Sprinkle grated chocolate over the top.
  6. Refrigerate for 6 to 8 hours before serving.

Sourced from All Recipes

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Fancy Schmancy Pigs in a Blanket

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You guys the new football season starts in a week!!!!!!!!

I am super excited to watch some football and play around on the floor with Autumn as she crawls around and tests our baby proofing abilities.  Since she is now on the move we are baby proofing this weekend in hopes that all of our books, bowls, plates, and vases on a bookcase that divides our living room and kitchen survive for us to enjoy at a later date. you know, when Autumn is like 15… ha!

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Anyway, this is the prime time for us to teach Autumn about our beloved Giants. I went to a consignment sale this past weekend with my sister and found the cutest Giants’ cheerleading uniform but it was 12 months and by the time Autumn grows into that they will be at training camp next year. I thought it might be tough for her to cheer for them in the summer. ha! (Thankfully, I did get a bunch of great stuff at the sale, like a barely used snowsuit for her at a steal!)

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So while she won’t have a cheerleading outfit this year we can all still enjoy the games. And while she enjoys some milk and kiddie finger foods, we will have these babies to enjoy. They elevate the typical pigs in a blanket with the quality of the sausage, crunchy wrapper, and seasoning. I swear by the Everything Bagel Seasoning as it adds so much flavor compared to just salting them.

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Since you are buying a few packages of sausages this doesn’t shake out to be an inexpense recipe. However, just keep in mind that you are getting 72!! pieces. Since people are only going to enjoy a few of these each you will be able to serve a huge crowd. Or hang on to to enjoy throughout the season for yourself and family.

The best thing about these babies is that you can prepare them well in advance to when you want to enjoy them as they store great when frozen. They are great for snacking on while you sit back and relax while you watch your favorite football team pound the snot out of their opponent.  :-P

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Be sure to grab a spicy brown mustard for dipping!

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Fancy Schmancy Pigs in a Blanket

Makes 72 pieces

Ingredients

  • All-purpose flour, for surface
  • 2 sheets puff pastry, preferably all-butter
  • 18 fully cooked sausages (5 inches long, straight is preferred)
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • Everything bagel seasoning or poppy seeds and maldon sea salt
  • Spicy Brown mustards, for serving

Process

  1. On a lightly floured work surface, gently roll each pastry sheet out into a 12-inch square, then cut into nine 4-inch sized squares.
  2. Mix the egg and 2 tablespoons of water together.
  3. Lightly brush each square with the egg wash. Place the sausage along the edge of the puff pastry square. Roll up the sausage and gently press the exposed edge to seal it.
  4. Place the sealed edge on the underside of the roll. Brush the tops with the egg wash, then sprinkle with the seasoning. Cut each sausage into 4 pieces.
  5. Freeze the pieces on a parchment-lined baking sheet until firm. (When they are frozen place batches into zip-top bags or air tight containers and freeze for up to 3 months.)
  6. Bake at 400 degrees. Place the frozen pigs in a blanket 1 inch apart on parchment-lined baking sheets. Bake until pastry is puffed and golden brown, about 25 minutes. Serve warm with mustards.

Adapted from Martha Stewart

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The Hub

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Whenever we visit Maine we go to an island(ish thing) that is called The Hub. I don’t know if it’s officially called that or it’s something that locals call it or just something Price’s family calls it (Elaine… some insight?).

The last time I was there we picked mussels, but this time we just hung out and took some pictures. It was just a nice mellow time allowing us to walk around, check out the seaweed, find teeny penny sized crabs in the tidal pools, and take pictures. Some of the best ones were the ones with Autumn sitting on the rock where Price’s grandmother would spend time sitting as she watched all the grandkids. We think she was pretty stoked to hang out on ‘Olive’s Rock’.

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Kemper was so excited to explore with Price. He was probably dying to get off leash and we were tempted to do it had we had more time than before going back home for dinner. We just figured that he would end up climbing up/down the boulders and getting stuck, so then Price would have to save him. ha!

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Honey, don’t eat the sand.

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See you next year Maine.

 

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8.22-24: Weekend Recap

{Friday Night}

get Autumn from daycare | Autumn has dinner | finish packing quickly | leave for the weekend | McDonald’s on the road | arrive in Greenwich! | hang out & get settled | birthday cake for Keagan & Dad |  go to bed

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{Saturday}

up early | bacon egg and cheese sandwiches from the Firehouse Deli | Tiny Tots Kids Consignment Sale | consignment shopping | farmer’s market | pick up dad | Carvel | lunch and party at Mama’s | back to Kris’ | date night out! dinner | back to Kris’ | Autumn to bed | NASCAR | pump | bed

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{Sunday}

breakfast | pack up the car | Dad, TJ, Cara come over | leave for home | stop for lunch at Sonic | home | Autumn plays in the pool | dinner time | bed time | showers | relax | clean up | pack for Miami trip | bed

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