Wednesday, November 15, 2017

A is for Apple... First Place Apple Pie!! | Thanksgiving Prep

I am seriously feeling like it CANNOT be mid-November...
How is this all happening so fast??

Here we are...just 8 days away from Thanksgiving...
I'm feeling a mid-September vibe.
...my calendar keeps telling me I'm wrong... very wrong.

The yard looks like November.
...but my dining room...
Nope.

...not Thanksgiving ready yet!!

But...in 8 days...
We. will. get. there.

My internal clock...it's not keeping up with the pace of the days
as they shuffle by me... 

I LOVE Thanksgiving...I do.
It's a great big fun family day...
  and also a ton of work...but I love it just the same.



If you need a little nudge...*(like me) to get on with 
the Thanksgiving plans... well this post is for you!!



I was looking through my recipes...
and I am pretty sure I never posted a simple- no frills...
 apple pie...

Just in time for Thanksgiving... I give you...

Fist Place Apple Pie. (Recipe is at the bottom of the post)

I am also re-sharing all
my very BEST
Thanksgiving readiness posts...
If you need help with pie dough, decorating 
or keeping the kids busy... this is for you!!





Sunday, November 5, 2017

For Late Bloomers Everywhere | First Place Apple Cranberry Pie | GF Apple Walnut Cake

Several weeks ago we visited a local
apple orchard.

First time pickers here!!!

I felt like I needed to wear a button on 
my shirt "First Time Apple-Picker"...
proudly announcing my 
late arrival to this new and wonderful 
world of apples, fresh and juicy
 falling right into our hands, directly from 
the branches.

When I shared with a friend that 
I had never been apple picking before...
Well...she was shocked... utterly shocked!!  

"How does someone like 
you NEVER go apple picking ...until now!???"
 she exclaimed.  
"You need to get yourself to 
the orchard...this season...!" she said.

She was right. 
How had I missed this 
amazing fall tradition?? (until now)

Because, yes, ...I've been to many a farm 
...and I have picked
fruits and vegetables of all kinds...right form the fields...
strawberries, blueberries, peaches and cherries...
blackberries, pumpkins, tomatoes, corn...
~
Even picking and harvesting 
from my own little backyard garden...
But apparently, I have been
missing out on some of the best
U-pick action around:

Apple Picking!!!


Actually...
This whole apple picking business... 
it ranks right up there with all
the other activities that
 I have come to discover,
 well after the masses
knew they were awesome...

...like FM radio...

Yes, that's right... 
for a very long time I had no idea about FM radio. 

100% no idea, at all.

Zero inkling about pop music... none.

 How could this happen??

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Halloween Candy Solution!! Last Minute Halloween Ideas

In just a few short hours...
our house will be brimming with 
all sorts of candy...
A deluxe assortment from
neighbors far and wide...

My kiddos will be overjoyed at first...
but the excitement ...and somehow
the deliciousness of all that
sweet and sugary haul
 wears off pretty fast.
Here I am,  Halloween night with my younger brother...Clownin' around since 1979!!

All that candy...
...and in a few days the feeding frenzy
will fade to the background...

If your house is like mine...
you might be left with a few too many
fun size candy bars...

(I know...Is it really possible to be 
left with too much chocolate??)

If somehow your pantry is 
overflowing with 
too many fun size sweets...

I know just what to do!!

Recycle!!

Yes, recycle
all those assorted fun size chocolates 
into a really delicious dessert.
The greater the assortment of chocolates...
the better the dessert turns out!!

Every bite is different...
some with Twix, another bite with a little Baby Ruth... 
It's pretty amazing and everyone so far 
has LOVED it!!

It's great with a cup of coffee... and the best part...
It doesn't
scream... "Hey, I'm old Halloween candy!!"


Friday, October 6, 2017

The Cake That Changed Everything: German Chocolate Cake

The very first time I ever decided 
to enter a baking competition... 
I decided to bake a single
 cake from scratch.

No practice cakes... 
No taste-testing...
I simply baked a cake,
and entered it in our fair.  

Seems simple enough...

It was a local county fair, a well-attended and 
well-loved fair, right in the heart of the Midwest.

I could say... end of story...
but...actually,
this where the whole story really begins.