🍝Healthy Substitute for Pasta, 🧴Help for First Sign of Aging, and a 🍂Fall Craft for a Door🍁

Turn zucchini into a healthy spaghetti!!

Fresh zucchini is so much more healthier for us than pasta…This is a spiralizer, it is small, but can turn most vegetables into different size noodles!!

Just twist and noodles are made thin or thick!!

I like my noodles on the thick side, that way they hold up to tomato sauce and meatballs!! If you were making them for soup you might like the zoodles thin!

My Italian sister-in-law, Marianna, makes sauce and meatballs for us regularly, so we have a supply in our freezer, to share with friends and family!! This day, my sister, Marilyn needed a little TLC, so I brought her some zoodles and meatballs…they were so yummy, sprinkled with Romano cheese!! I like to say that Marianna touches so many people’s lives, with her delicious tomato sauce and meatballs!!


I love the smell of apples baking on a cool crisp autumn day…Cooking this apple dessert will fill your home with those heavenly smells, and it tastes pretty darn good too, I had to share it with you all…

These are the ingredients for Iron Skillet Salted Carmel Apple Crisp!!

This is cooking the salted caramel sauce on the stove…the caramel sauce was so delicious, and is so worth making it yourself, it can be used for so many things!!

Sorry these are the only photos I have…I made it to bring for dessert, after a wonderful meal made by our brother-in-law Don!! As you can see we couldn’t wait to dig in and it didn’t disappoint, it was so very delicious!!!

Iron Skillet Salted Carmel Apple Crisp (copied from Love in My Oven website)

  • 8–10 apples*, peeled and diced
  • 4 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • 2 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • a pinch of salt
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, cubed (cold)
  • 2 cup salted caramel sauce*, plus more for drizzling
  • optional: ice cream, for serving


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F and grease a 10″ or 11″ cast iron skillet, or 8″x8″ baking pan. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the diced apples, granulated sugar, cinnamon and lemon juice. Toss to coat the apples. In another medium-sized bowl, combine the rolled oats, brown sugar, salt, cinnamon and all-purpose flour. Using a pastry cutter or a fork, cut in the cubed butter until the mixture resembles pea-sized crumbs.
  3. Empty the apples in an even layer in the bottom of the baking dish. Pour the salted caramel sauce all over the apples, and stir to combine. Scatter the oat mixture over the apples, in an even layer. The mixture should thoroughly cover the apples. Place the dish in the oven, and cook for 45-50 minutes until bubbling and hot. Remove, and allow to cool for 5-10 minutes before serving with a dollop of ice cream!

Leftovers can be stored in the fridge, in an airtight container for 2-3 days.

Make ahead: the crisp can be made ahead of time and assembled, and kept in the fridge, covered with plastic wrap up to 1 day ahead.


A beauty tip…One of the first things to show our age is our hands, the dark spots or age spots, on the back of our hands is a tell tale sign of aging…

My dermatologist recommended that I use a vitamin C cream, so I bought this one on the right from CVS. It worked well, but I thought I would try this one in the middle and so far this one is working well too..

As you can see, my hands still have spots, but they are significantly lighter from using the cream!! Also, my dermatologist said to use SPF on the back of my hand, the tube on the left is the sunscreen cream I use on my face, it works great for SPF on the back of my hands, especially when I’m driving long distances…hands on the steering wheel while the sun beats down on hands, are a huge cause of age spots


This fall gnome door/wall decoration is made from supplies bought at the dollar store!!

This one is from the website I copied!! Click here for YouTube directions on how to make this cute little guy!!

These are the supplies you will need to make your gnome, all bought at the dollar store. Under the black tinsel on the witches hat, is a plastic form that will work for the gnome hat…it is easy to remove the tinsel!! Four or five leaf branches with a few accent pieces to stick into brim of the hat. The directions called for burlap fabric, which I couldn’t find at the dollar store, but they had similar fabric that worked fine. However, I also bought a leopard scarf to experiment with instead of the fabric for hat. I found it easier to use, just wrap it around the plastic hat form and tack it with glue gun! One thing I didn’t include in this photo is a knee high, which is wrapped around the styrofoam ball for the nose.

This is the first gnome I made with the fabric hat!!

And this is the second one I made, with the leopard scarf wrapped around the hat form!! I will give this jaunty fellow away!!



8 thoughts on “🍝Healthy Substitute for Pasta, 🧴Help for First Sign of Aging, and a 🍂Fall Craft for a Door🍁

  1. My goodness, your recipes have me salivating!!!! We had a spiralizer too and it works great for making veggie noodles, and as you say, much healthier than pasta…by try to talk an Italian into giving up their pasta…I don’t think so!!! I always love spaghetti squash in place of pasta. As for zucchini, it makes a wonderful bread too. But, those apples look so yummy, and I think I just gained five pounds from reading the recipe.

    I love your gnomes and you really are looking Fallish. (Is that a word?) You are so crafty and talented, I wish I could do the things you do.

    We’re getting the backlash of Ian with tons of rain and heavy winds, but my heart hurts for those in FL and all the devastation they’ve gone through. I wish Mother Nature would calm down!

    Take care, my friend, stay well and safe, and hope Ian doesn’t decide to pay you a visit! Sending prayers and hugs…

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    1. Thank you Nancy, glad you liked the recipes💖 I guess I didn’t mention in my post, that the zoodles were for me and my sister and not my Italian husband, he wants his pasta😂 I have used spaghetti squash too, in place of potatoes!! I roast is with fresh garlic and add olive oil…such a good alternative to a starch!! That apple crisp was so yummy, and we used the leftover caramel sauce to put over brownies and vanilla ice cream…heaven!!!! The gnome was so easy, especially using the scarf…You could totally do it!!

      Oh no, yes, I did see that South Carolina is getting the backlash of Ian!! Maybe when Ian makes it to Massachusetts, all we’ll get is the much needed rain!!!
      You take care too, I hope Ian will be easy on you, keep us posted on FB!! Stay safe💖🙏


  2. Hi Carol
    I’m not a pasta person and believe it or not, I don’t like sauce, but I will share your recipe. The apple crisp looks yummy. I remember you telling me Don was quite the cook, the apple crisp was the perfect ending to a good meal. The gnome door pieces are lovely, and now that the weather is turning cooler, so appropriate. I will follow your advice on the hand cream. I remember “Bob” well , and how you were asked to evacuate. It brought back memories of Tess. When she saw my sister or me, she would come to the fence wagging her tail, and never barked, she did when people came down the road. Thankfully, Dee and Tamra had no damage. Tamra and Tim
    lost a few plants because o the wind, God was good. Its so difficult to see the
    damage and devastation and to know how the people are hurting. Hope and pray God takes care of them and that they are not taken in by the scammers. My sister has not been able to contact my cousin since Wednesday morning, the cell towers are
    down. Praying she is well and safe.
    Take good care, and you and Victor enjoy autumn at the Cape and at the “Train House.”
    ♥️♥️ Lucille

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    1. Lucille, thank you for reading my post, even though you don’t care for pasta, and I can’t believe you don’t like sauce😂 Don’s cooking just keeps getting better, he surprised me with lobster nachos for my birthday, so I was glad I made the apple crisp to share for dessert!!
      I’m so glad that Tess was a good dog when she saw you and Dee!! All I remember was her barking at everyone walking by, going and coming from the beach, it was a good thing we had a fenced in yard😂
      I am relieved that Dee and her family were safe from Hurricane Ian! It’s so sad to see the devastation that it caused in parts of Florida! I will pray that your cousin is okay🙏🏽
      Stay well and enjoy the weather getting cooler, and the beautiful foliage that the fall will bring🍂💛🧡🍁


  3. The zucchini with Marianna’s pasta sauce was delicious and the apple crisp was fabulous. The carmel sauce made it. The gnome came out beautiful too. Thank you for the TLC Carol.

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    1. Glad you liked the TLC😂 It worked out good, making 2 apple crisps at once🤗 I’m going to just make the caramel sauce, because it was so yummy!! Just putting it on ice cream over a brownie is delicious!! It could be put into the freezer, to take out if company drops by!!
      Take good care and stay healthy🙏💖


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