Ok I have a treat for both local readers and readers from far away. Since October is right around the corner there are lots of fun fall activities to take part in in the Chicago Suburbs. Here is a list of some of my favorites around the Chicago Western Burbs.
Sonny Acres Farm
This is by far the best place to go get pumpkins, enjoy a petting zoon, go on hayrides, enjoying some yummy cotton candy and roasted corn.
290 W. 310 North Ave.
West Chicago, IL 60185
High Point Harvest Acres
Pumpkin Patch and Corn Maze
30 Ferry Rd
Naperville, IL 60563
They have having a Oktoberfest this weekend with live music, grape stomping, food and wine of course!'
15. S. Roselle Rd.
Roselle, IL 60172
Ok now for a yummy recipe that inspired my fun little list. This recipe is a must try. Perfect for fall and amazingly tasty!
Caramel Apple Cupcakes
from Rachael Ray Magazine
1 1/4 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 eggs, at room temperature
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
2 honey crisp apples, peeled and shredded
1 1/2 cups chewy caramel candies
1 tablespoon heavy cream
3/4 cup pecan pieces
Arrange a rack in the upper third of the oven and preheat to 350°. Line a cupcake pan with baking liners. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, cinnamon and salt.
In a medium bowl, whisk together the eggs, brown sugar and granulated sugar until smooth. Whisk in the oil and vanilla. Stir into the flour mixture until just combined; stir in the apples and 1/2 cup pecan pieces. Spoon the batter into the prepared pan until almost full. Bake until golden and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out dry, 25 to 30 minutes. Transfer to a rack to cool completely.
In a small, microwavable bowl, combine the caramels and cream. Microwave for 1 minute at medium power, then stir; repeat in 30-second intervals until melted and smooth. Let cool. Spread the frosting generously on the cooled cupcakes and top with remaining pecan pieces.