In the door, out the door… and apple pie

Things remain to be hectic at my end.  But having things in and out the door makes me believe that I am making somewhat of a progress…

OUT THE DOOR — another quilt completed and being sent to “The Quilter“‘s editor, and shipment of “Pieceful Garden” quilt kits:


IN THE DOOR — new fabrics from Benartex‘s “An Apple A Day”.  These fabrics will be for a quilt appearing in “Quilter’s World” next year as well as for an original quilt pattern from me. These fabrics are just fabulous, aren’t they?

I mean, how can one not fall in love with this?

The fabric reminded me of an easy fresh apple pie recipe I tried a couple of weeks ago.  Since I am still a blogger in training (i.e., I still haven’t mastered the habit of strapping a camera to my hip 24-7, hahaha), I didn’t take a picture.  Sorry.  But I hope once you try the recipe, you would forgive me!

Ingredients:

2 9-inch pie shells

8 Granny Smith apples (you would have to tweak this according to the size of your apples)

2/3 cup sugar (for sweeter apples, you will be able to use less sugar)

1/3 cup flour

1 tbs ground cinnamon

1/4 tsp ground cloves

1/4 tsp ground nutmeg

1 tablespoon milk

1/4  cup sugar

1. Peel, core and slice apples, mix with the rest of the ingredients.

2. Pour mixture into pie dish lined with one 9″ pie shell.

3. Cover the pie dish with the other pie shell. Seal and crimp.  Cut vents on top pie shell.

4. Brush the top of pie shell with milk.

5. Sprinkle 1/4 cup sugar (I actually only used about half of the amount).

6. Bake in oven at 400 F for 15 minutes.

7. Reduce heat to 350 F, and bake for another 20-25 minutes. I cover the pie edge with metal pie strips to prevent the edge from being burnt.

8. Bake for another 5-10 minutes at 375 F to lightly brown the top of the pie crust.

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Won’t you join me…

One of the routines that I personally enjoy tremendously leading up to the holidays is putting up my spring/summer dishes in early October, and switch them out with my fall/holiday dishes.  I like to do this on a day when I am by myself, and enjoy the beauty of the different plates, cups and saucers etc. as I am switching them out.

Now that that is accomplished, and the weather is gradually getting nippy… won’t you join me for a bit of apple crisp (yes, we still haven’t gotten tired of the countless rounds of apple crisp I have been making, hahaha!) accompanied by something hot to drink, served in a fall theme?

Have a wonderful autumn weekend, everyone.  I will be back on Monday!

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Easy Apple Crisp

Much to my delight, my sister-in-law brought me some home grown apples over the weekend. Can you spot my “leaning” Tower of Apples?

I have been making rounds of Apple Crisp with the apples. The recipe is as follows:

5 cups sliced, peeled apples
2 tbs sugar
1/2 cup regular rolled oats
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup flour
1/4 teaspoon each of ground cinnamon, ground nutmeg, and ginger
1/4 cup butter
1/2 cup chopped nuts (I used pecans)

For filling, place fruit in a baking dish, stir in sugar.

For topping, in a mixing bowl combine oats, brown sugar, flour, and nutmeg, ginger and cinnamon. Cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in nuts. Sprinkle mixture over filling.

Bake in 375 F for 30-35 minutes. It is that easy!

Serve warm with vanilla ice cream, if desire.

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Also, Arlette has graciously awarded me this (thanks, Arlette!!!):

Arlette is an amazing crafter — do hop on over to visit her — you will fall in love with her creations, I promise!!

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I hope you have a very wonderful Wednesday, my bloggy friends! Do drop me a line and let me know of your visit.