I don’t know what it is about this time of year but every apple recipe that I see I want to make. My hubby and I recently had dinner at The Cheesecake Factory and their Caramel Apple Cheesecake looked amazing. I was way too full to eat any after dinner so I decided I had to come home and make it this weekend.
You’ll love these Caramel Apple Cheesecake Bars. The cinnamon crust combined with the apple cheesecake filling is amazing. Then you have a streusel topping and caramel sauce – YUM! It’s like eating a slice of apple pie with cheesecake.
Look at that creamy filling!
This was my first attempt at making any kind of cheesecake so I’m glad I made bars instead of an actual cheesecake. I don’t know why bars sounded less intimidating but they did. Plus, Connor could help me make them. His favorite thing to do is crush the graham crackers and my favorite thing is when he sits in the kitchen and talks to my while I cook. It’s always the little things that matter the most.
And did you know today is National Adoption Day? My husband and I both have stepfathers who adopted us at a young age. We are both extremely lucky to have stepdads who love us as if we were their own children and I can’t imagine my life without my stepdad. Families come in all shapes and sizes. I know that first hand. After my mom married my stepdad, we became the modern day Brady Bunch. My mom had my brother and me and my dad had four kids. Even though we are considered a step-family, we are just as close – maybe even closer. None of us even use the word stepbrother or stepfather when referring to each other. We are all just family!
More than 1.5 million American families have been touched by adoption. We have friends who have adopted and as a teacher, I see the impact adoption has on a regular basis. It is such a wonderful thing. Honey Maid has long recognized and celebrated that while the makeup and day-to-day lives of families have evolved, the idea and importance of wholesome family connections remains the same.
Thank you Honey Maid for reminding me how important my special family is! There is nothing better than spending time with the ones you love.
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