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Month: September 2014

October, a month of blogging

Not only does fall happen to be my favorite time of year but October is my favorite month of the year, followed very closely by December. I love everything about the holiday season and October starts it off. My love for October and Halloween have […]

Fall is here…well sort of

Living in Arizona is sort of a shock for me. I haven’t lived in the southwest since I was 16 so I am totally used to actual fall weather, and while living in North Dakota didn’t give us a long fall or long spring for […]

Time well spent

So this past weekend (Thursday through yesterday) I was in New Jersey for my best friends wedding. To say this marriage has been a long time in the making is to put it mildly. Pete has been in love with Michelle since Freshman year of high-school (at least that is what I have heard I didn’t meet them until our Junior year). None the less there have (more…)

Your Fruit is Found in Me…

As I look back on my notes from the study of Hosea on She Reads Truth I see a kind of theme started…I FALL and I FAIL. Fact, I am a sinner just like the rest of the world. And thankfully just like the rest […]

Random time and random tea thoughts

Well I have been beyond blessed with something very unexpected today. I guess since Arizona can’t handle rain they cancel schools when the rain is too bad and the water level is too high. I am still not used to things being canceled because of […]

Apple Pie Makes Me Happy

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So in the world of happiness there is pie…Pretty much any kind of pie in my book is pure happiness—Apple, mixed berry, pumpkin…Oh how I love me some pumpkin pie, key lime—Love it more than pumpkin and that is saying a lot. Seriously love pie. So when K- and I deiced on tonight’s Sunday dinner I thought other than making supper I decided we needed dessert and what we really needed was apple pie.

This pie recipe has been adapted from a Giada de Laurentiis crust and a Paula Deen Apple Pie filling. Over the years I have tweaked and twisted and just made it my own. And then I went and changed it just a little bit more today, I went Gluten Free this time around, not 100% sure how I feel about it yet, the crust isn’t nearly as flaky as the last time. Adam is all for me just sticking with normal flour for at least this recipe, and since I don’t have to do G-F for stomach reasons and I don’t bake pies all that often I guess I can stick with the old one from here on out. It isn’t anything really special, but it is heaven to me in pie form. And so I thought that I would share it with you all.

First Pre-heat the oven to 450 degrees

For the crust (My favorite part):pie 7

~1 cup of FROZEN butter, freezing the butter is what makes it amazing. The butter melts as it bakes and forms these pockets of airy goodness throughout that makes this crust super flaky.

~2 ½ cups of all-purpose flour…Since I am trying to go Gluten free I used Pamela’s All Purpose G-F Flour.

~¼ cup ice water, more if needed depending on your climate…I needed about 1/3 since Arizona is so dry compared to North Dakota where I made this crust the last time.

~ 1 teaspoon of salt

~2 tablespoons of sugar
Pulse the flour, sugar and salt in the food processor, add your frozen butter and pulse until it resembles coarse meal. Start adding your water a little bit at a time; you just need enough to bring the dough together. Once you have the right consistency pour out the dough plastic wrap and wrap it up into a ball. Place it in the fridge for about 30 min or if you are making this for a future recipe just throw it into the freezer. It will last for a few months. Once you are ready to bake take the dough out separate it into two equal balls. Roll out one ball onto a lightly floured surface. Place in pie pan.pie 5

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Now for the filling!!!

~7-9 apples of your choice, I used Pink Lady’s this time but it just depends on what looks the best for me

~1/4 Cup flour

~3/4 cup brown sugar

~A sprinkle of Cinnamon

~The juice of one lemon

As I am cutting the apples I put them into a bowl with lemon juice and water so they don’t brown…I guess it doesn’t matter for this since I am baking them anyways but I like the little extra citrus flavor it adds. When ready dump out the water. Mix in the flour and brown sugar so you have a great sauce once you are done. Pour the mixture into the pie crust and top with the second crust. Coat it with a little egg wash and sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar, cut yourself little air slits in the top and bake for 45 minutes and let it set for at least 20 before you dive in…That is the hardest part for me. pie 8


I seriously LOVED baking today. I miss it so much, it really is hard to cook when Adam isn’t here so I am thankful that K- and I get to do Sunday dinners and I get the chance to cook once in a while. pie 4

It got a little burnt since I decided to DUMP the cinnamon on top but oh well, it was pie and for me today, that was all that mattered!!!