Friday, December 19, 2014

Cranberry Apple Pie with Slivered Almonds

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Cranberry Apple Pie with Slivered Almonds


Think outside the circle with this square pie! (NOTE: it is just as scrumptious if made in a regular round pie plate - hahaha)
This flavor combination is mouthwatering delicious - apples, cranberries & almonds - YUM!
This is now one of my favorite pie recipe creations yet.

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double pie crust (click HERE to learn how to make your own pie crust)
1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon+ cinnamon (ground)
lemon juice from 1/2 lemon
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1 cup cranberries (Wash & drain.  If they were frozen - thaw first)
2 cups apples (washed, cored, peeled & sliced)
1/2 cup toasted almonds (click HERE to learn how to toast your own almonds)
2 tablespoons flour
1 tablespoon butter
cinnamon sugar for dusting
a little cream
Toast the almonds (see above link).  Prepare the pie crust & set aside until later.  Prepare the fruit as described above.  In a large mixing bowl combine the sugar, cinnamon, lemon juice/zest, flour prepared cranberries & apples & stir until fruit is coated (see picture above).  Now, divide the pie crust dough in 2 equal portions.  Roll out half & place on the bottom of your pie pan.  Spread the toasted almonds (cooled - not hot from the oven) on the inside of the bottom pie crust (see picture below on the left).  And now pour the fruit filling on top of the almond layer (see picture below on the right).

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"Dot" the fruit filling with 1 tablespoon of butter (by "dot" I mean pinch little pieces of that utter & spread/place on top of the filling.  Roll out the top pie crust dough and place on top of the filled pie.  Pinch & seal the edges of the top & bottom crust together.  Make a few holes in the top crust or a few knife slices so that steam will be able to escape without the fruit bubbling over.  Brush the top of the crust with a little cream (half & half or unwhipped whipping cream - about 1 tablespoon) & then sprinkle that with cinnamon sugar.

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Bake in a preheated 375 degree oven for 40 minutes (or until desired "doneness" is achieved) (NOTE: my pie plate was dark metal - if you are using glass it might take a little longer in the oven).

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Allow to cool, slice, top with whipped cream & ENJOY!!



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STORIES#2 - From My Christmas Family Tree Ornaments

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If you missed the post from a few days ago about "My Christmas Family Tree Ornaments - Scrapbook Style" then click HERE to view.



I decided that I will share a few of these pictures each day until Christmas - they will either be MEMORIES or STORIES.  (Memories are obviously something that happened in my lifetime & Stories are taken from pictures that I did not experience but rather heard the descriptions of the events that those pictures portray)

STORY#2 From My Christmas Family Tree Ornaments


My Husband the "Punt, Pass & Kick" Champ - My husband is the boy holding the football in the picture above (The other kids in the photo are his siblings & then of course his dad behind him).  Often, during the Fall he would compete in what was then a Ford Motor Company Competition called "Punt, Pass & Kick".  After winning the local competition he would then go to Detroit for the state competition - he always placed first or third overall.  This is a great Story Ornament. 


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365 Days of Being THANKFUL - DAY#23

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A few weeks ago I decided that I would start a new series on this blog called: "365 Days of Being THANKFUL".  The more I thought about it the more I felt led by God but then at the same time I started wondering if I would be able to do this for a whole year!  One month of being thankful is measurable let alone hundreds of days!
So, I'm now in the third week of my challenge - I must be able to find something each day that I am thankful for since I am so blessed.
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DAY#23 - Today I am thankful for great deals/sales at the fruit & veggie market

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DAY#22

Thursday, December 18, 2014

DAY#7 - Daily Meal Planning for the Holidays

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DAY#7 - Daily Meal Planning for the Holidays

Whether we're talking about Thanksgiving, Christmas or New Years - the "Holidays" bring company and the opportunity to be creative in the kitchen!  I wanted to help take the stress out of daily meal planning by providing an entire day of recipes.  There will be 8 days total.  These "daily meals" are not the big celebration meals for Christmas, New Years or Thanksgiving, rather these are for the in-between days.
I will even include some beverage recipes on certain days.
Feel free to click on each title below to see more detailed instructions.

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Bueberry Blintz, by Angie Ouellette-Tower for godsgrowinggarden.com
Blueberry Blintz - a.k.a. Palacinka

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MEMORIES#2 From My Christmas Family Tree Ornaments

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If you missed the post from a few days ago about "My Christmas Family Tree Ornaments - Scrapbook Style" then click HERE to view.


I decided that I will share a few of these pictures each day until Christmas - they will either be MEMORIES or STORIES.  (Memories are obviously something that happened in my lifetime & Stories are taken from pictures that I did not experience but rather heard the descriptions of the events that those pictures portray)


MEMORY#2 From My Christmas Family Tree Ornaments

Sitting on My Dad's Lap vs My Mom's Lap - In the picture above my little sister is a few months old & I am almost 4 years old (you can see that I had a bad habit of biting my nails).  This picture was our 1974 Christmas family picture.  I remember often during church having to sit on my parents' laps.  My dad's lap was level but not very comfortable - like sitting on logs (very bony legs) - but it was steady and sturdy.  My mom's lap on the other hand was much softer, however it was more like a slide - every 5 minutes I used to have to scoot myself back up onto her lap and in the winter there was also the added problem of causing static electricity making my hair stick up because of the constant scooting.  I'm just thankful that "lap sitting" is no longer a requirement - hahaha.  This is a great Memory Ornament.

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365 Days of Being THANKFUL - DAY#22

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A few weeks ago I decided that I would start a new series on this blog called: "365 Days of Being THANKFUL".  The more I thought about it the more I felt led by God but then at the same time I started wondering if I would be able to do this for a whole year!  One month of being thankful is measurable let alone hundreds of days!
So, I'm now in the third week of my challenge - I must be able to find something each day that I am thankful for since I am so blessed.
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DAY#22 - Today I am thankful for memories both happy & sad (the sad ones make us "heavenly minded" - better things to come if we believe in Jesus)

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DAY#21

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

STORIES#1 - From My Christmas Family Tree Ornaments

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If you missed the post from a few days ago about "My Christmas Family Tree Ornaments - Scrapbook Style" then click HERE to view.


I decided that I will share a few of these pictures each day until Christmas - they will either be MEMORIES or STORIES.  (Memories are obviously something that happened in my lifetime & Stories are taken from pictures that I did not experience but rather heard the descriptions of the events that those pictures portray)


STORY#1 From My Christmas Family Tree Ornaments

My Husband the Rocker - Oh those dimples! - They still make your heart melt! (or mine anyway).  In the picture below my husband is sitting on his rocking horse.  My mother-in-law said that he used to fall asleep on this rocking horse because he loved it so much.  He has been rocking his entire life - today he has a rocking chair for the family room where he watches TV & gets on the computer; he has a rocking chair in his office where he works everyday while rocking; he has a rocking chair on the porch and also out back for the summer when relaxing by the garden.  About the only place where he does not rock is at the dining room table.  This is a great Story Ornament.


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