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Apple somethings

I made & wrote up this recipe post a few years ago & never posted it. I wanted the recipe today since we went apple picking this morning.  Figured I would just go ahead & post it.  Enjoy making some!

I’m sure I have pictures somewhere… if I find them or we make them & they turn out well today I will post some.   I combined a few different recipes into making this. Among them I recall these….


Apple somethings
Mini rustic cinnamon apple pies with crumb topping
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  1. 2 pie crusts or equivalent recipe of pie crust - divided into 8 chunks
  2. Filling
  3. 6 cups diced apples
  4. Juice of 1/2 lemon (or 1-2tbsp lem
  5. on juice)
  6. 1/2 c sugar
  7. 4 tbsp flour
  8. 1/4 tsp salt
  9. splash vanilla (1-2 tsp?)
  10. heavy dose of cinnamon (1 tbsp?)
  11. Crumb Topping
  12. 1/2 cup flour
  13. 1/2 stick butter (I used 1.5 sticks butter & had a glob not a crumb topping - the recipe was confusing - I am guessing it is really ONE 1/2stick of butter)
  14. 1 cup brown sugar
  15. 1/2 c oats
  16. 1/4 tsp salt
  17. Egg wash
  18. 1 egg - fork whipped
  1. Make your pie crust or thaw pre-made crusts & divide into 8 crusts. Set aside to chill.
  2. Preheat oven to 375 (I will try 400 next time but 375 worked - I didn't add an egg wash & wish I had to get a nice brown crust)
  3. Mix peeled, diced apples, lemon juice, sugar, flour, salt, vanilla & cinnamon. Set aside.
  4. Combine cold butter & flour (I used a food processor) and add brown sugar, oats & salt.
  5. Roll out 1 eighth of the pie crust into a loose circle. Mound apple mixture in the center & cover with crumb topping. Pull up the side & pinch together. This is a rustic pie so it doesn't need to be perfect! Continue with remaining 7 pies.
  6. Brush top of the crusts lightly with egg wash.
  7. Bake 25-30 minutes until crust is golden & apples are cooked.
Adapted from Scrumptious Apple Pie - Pioneer Woman & others
Scraps by Heather



LiT Ep4: Design your own “Print&Cut” jelly jar labels

Ok first – yes it isn’t Tuesday!   Second – hey – a new video!  It’s about time!  The most challenging part?  Finding enough time when a 5week old, a 5year old and a dog are all quiet (oh & when my hubby isn’t home, because then nobody is quiet)!

My friend Kristen ( asked for some Silhouette help recently.  She was trying to make labels for some homemade grape jelly.   Simple right?  Well…. printing on a label & then cutting it sure is simple on the Cameo – IF you know how to do it!   So I wanted to share how I quickly helped her out.

Here is one of her labels – didn’t it turn out gorgeous?


And here is my how-to video.   We used a regular cut label that is meant to cut 3 different paper to make a layered label and turned it into a print & cut label with custom text & the printed purple border.  She used Silhouette’s Printable Silver Foil paper.

Here is the video – let me know if you need more help or have any questions & definitely check out Kristen’s blog for the jelly details!

Homemade Baked Mac ‘n Cheese

I am posting my homemade Mac ‘n Cheese recipe for my friend – she asked for it!

This isn’t crazy healthy on it’s own – but it is Mac n Cheese! Depending on your family you can definitely health it up thought. I have tried “real” cheese & honestly – it isn’t as good. I use the low-fat Velveeta, skim milk & whole grain pasta. Other ideas – you can add chunked tofu, pureed white beans, diced cauliflower, spinach or other veggie including frozen peas to make it a bit healthier.

mac n cheese

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Something yummy

I belong to a local running group the KC Express.  They are a great group of women who put on the Mother’s Day 5k every year here in Kansas City and also host weekly walking & running groups (Saturday morning).  At our monthly meeting last night we had our annual “Top Chef” competition.  I cooked this year & thought I would share my recipes on here too.  The chili was popular but the cookies won in my unofficial polling!  My 3yr old loves them (dark chocolate chips & all).

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