The theme is... (and caramel!) apples

So many things to say in one post!

1) The results are in; the theme is apples! Alex's dad insisted, and we obliged.
2) Top Chef Season 3 Finale. We're watching it.
2) Caramel apples!

I'm not huge on traditions, but there is no such thing as Autumn without caramel apples. This year, we took it to the next level with pie-flavored caramel apples. The best thing about this recipe is that it is so much fun to make. It's messy and sticky and smells unbelievably good. And they taste even better than they look. We tried to pick some tart apples at Penn's farmer's market today to balance the sweetness of the caramel.

Trust us, you want to make these.

1 bag of kraft caramels (comes with popsicle sticks)
1 tsp vanilla
5 apples
1 bag white chocolate chips
brown sugar

Wash the apples and stick the popsicle sticks in them. Unwrap the individual caramels and put them in a microwave safe bowl. Add 2 tbsp water, a 1/2 tsp vanilla and 1 tsp cinnamon. Melt the caramels in the microwave for about 2 1/2 minutes, stirring every minute. Dip the apples in the caramel and let them cool on a buttered surface (or waxpaper) in the fridge. After about 30 minutes, melt the white chocolate and drizzle it over the apples. Sprinkle a combo of cinnamon sugar over the apples. Stick them in the fridge again for about 30 minutes and serve.