May 20, 2018:


Yesterday Prince Harry married American Meghan Markle and I couldn't get enough of the royal wedding. What a gorgeous dress, the bride was radiantly beautiful and the church at Windsor - oh my goodness, the flowers alone were soooo beautiful. There's nothing like a good love story to make one appreciate how precious we can be (and should be) to each other.

I'm glad the weather was perfect yesterday for the new Duke and Duchess of Sussex's wedding. I can't say the same for around here. Spring keeps teasing and then going away. This morning I woke up to a "balmy" 47 degrees F outside, rain, damp, and I turned the heat back on! It's May 20th, the heat. should. not. be. on. Period.

Last Thursday, however, was beautiful. I was able to get a goodly amount of yard and garden clean-up done over several days last week. I also took some photos of my flowering tree anchoring the north corner of my house and made the current collage. I think it's an ornamental cherry, and on the the other end of the house, I think that's called a purple sand cherry? I'll have to check that. The blossoms on the tree do not have a distinct fragrance, but the purple shrub that wants to be a tree (despite my hacking it back, back and back yearly - I'm losing, by the way) has myriad blossoms with a distinct fragrance. I can't decide if the scent is too beautiful to bear or too awful to smell, it certainly can be overpowering!

This coming week will be the third cut of the grass this season. We had rain late Friday night and then for several hours earlier this morning. This rain, on top of the rain we had over four days the prior weekend, and the grass is growing like nobody's business! I don't mind doing the grass, though, as long as it's not too hot, too cold, not raining, and not too windy. I'm not picky at all, am I...

I still have a lot of raking out of areas that suffered from snow mold over the winter, and have not yet really tackled cleaning out the north flower bed in the backyard. That will be a chore!

But Memorial Day weekend is coming. This coming Saturday I will be out with a friend (who has a nice large van - goody!) stocking up on potting soil, top soil to fill in never-ending low spots in the yard, grass seed, and lots of plants! For some reason, this spring seems busier than those in prior years. I can't figure out why that is...


Thursday, October 10, 2013

A Fabulous and Easy Apple Crumb Pie

Hola darlings!  I'm getting this ready to post at Throwback Thursday #5 at Glitter, Glue & Paint

I was so sure I'd posted this apple pie recipe I've had for years at this blog, but it turns out nope, I have not.  So today I am correcting that omission.

This post is actually from my other blog that used to be called Chess, Goddess and Everything and now is called, simply, Goddesschess.  It was created to compliment the Goddesschess website.  None of which you are interested in because it's about chess, female chessplayers, chess history, and our research into the ancient origins of chess and other boardgames, and about lots of other stuff too, some of it whacky and wild, some of it pretty far out.

Not to get sidetracked, Jan...  Okay, so the original post that this recipe is from is long and talks about other things besides the apple pie recipe, so I don't know if it's cheating, precisely, to just cut out the apple pie recipe and post it here, and link back to my original post?  Anyway, here's what I wrote about the apple pie on a Sunday, November 6, 2011.  Get this -- I spent most of that day cutting the grass in my front and back yards!!!! in November!  Wow. 

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Yard Work, Genealogy and Apple Pie

Now, about that apple pie! I baked one yesterday, my first, but not my last, of the season. T'is the season for baking apple pie and making chili. Yesterday I opted to bake rather than make chili. The new Pick 'n Save - I have to say it has a splendid selection of apples, many on sale right now, some types I've never heard of before and have no idea what they may taste like. I am tempted to go back to the store today and buy one of each unknown type just to taste them and see what they're like! This is peak Wisconsin apple season although I'm sure some of these apples are coming in from other states, too. Beautiful, gorgeous big apples! I've never seen such big Cortlands in my life! I bought five yesterday on sale for $0.98 a pound but with my card I got them for $0.89 a pound, weighed in at 2.68 pounds! Five apples weighed that much! I bought the Cortlands because I know they're a good baking apple; they don't get mushy and watery, the death of a good apple pie.

Here is my pie:

Beautiful, if I do say so myself :)

It has a crumble topping and a store-bought bottom crust that doesn't need to be pre-baked. The prep time takes the longest; putting the pie together itself is fast once the prep is all done.

Hmmm, it seems I haven't written about my apple pie recipe before. Amazing! This is the same recipe I handed out to the CCR (the ladies of the bus) last week and also posted for the family at Facebook last night:

9" pie crust, unbaked - put into pie plate
5 -7 apples
Core and peel, slice into eighths (mine are irregular; these were really big apples and eighths were just too large, so I cut some of them slimmer)
Layer prepared apples on top of crust. Some people start from the center and work outwards; I learned from Grandma Newton to start on the outside and work toward the center, filling in odd gaps with pieces of apple.
1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
Mis sugar and cinnamon together and sprinkle over the layered apples.

Crumble Topping:
1/2 cup sugar
3/4 cup flour or baking mix
(I also add a dash - and I do mean just a dash - of salt, but the original recipe does not add salt)
1/3rd cup cold butter (5 tablespoons)
Mix sugar and flour or baking mix; cut in cold butter until mixture is crumbly. Don't use room temperature butter, and don't work the mixture too long cutting in the butter, it will turn into pie dough! I this know from experience... It helps the "cutting" to have a pastry mixer instead of a fork, and to cut the cold butter into little pieces and then add into the dry mix. The correct texture of this mixture will be dry, with coated lumps of butter dispersed throughout. Distribute the mixture over the apples, trying to get an even coating. This forms the "crust" on top of the pie.

Bake at 400 degrees F for 40 minutes OR until the pie is bubbling and the top is light brown to brown (not burnt!)

Using the Cortlands resulted in a sweet pie that holds together very well and there is no excess juice to make the crust soggy at the bottom of the pie.

I was an absolute Ms. Piggy last night. I hate a full quarter of the pie and enjoyed a rare evening cup of coffee with it. It was cool last night so I had a fire going as I enjoyed my coffee and pie. Heaven, simply Heaven! The only thing that would make it better is some French Vanilla Ice Cream. Hmmm....

I will only add in the present that I have made this pie with a mixture of Red Delicious and Granny Smith apples and it turned out very delicious, too, but didn't hold together quite as well when cutting it into slices as using only Cortlands, and the crust gets a little soggy by the 3rd day in the fridge.  But if you have lots of mouths at home to eat up this great pie, your crust will never get soggy because the pie won't be around long enough for this to happen, so try a mixture of Red Delicious and Granny Smith apples.  I like sweet so I use one more Red Delicious than Granny Smith, depending upon their relative sizes.  Experiment and create your own special blend of apples to make this delicious and easy pie. 

I also should mention that the raw pie is going to create quite a mound of apples in the pie plate and you'll eye it dubiously, thinking it's going to bubble over the rim, but it cooks down beautifully.  You may get a bit of spill-over, though, so you might want to put some tin foil down on the bottom of your oven, just in case.  Beats scrubbing out an oven! 

1 comment:

  1. Your pie looks absolutely delicious! I haven't made an apple pie in a while. I have a gluten free pie crust recipe I've been meaning to try. Most of my gluten free baking experiments haven't been too successful so I'm a bit hesitant :)

    Thank you so much for stopping by my blog and leaving a comment. I'm glad you like the deer head on the truck. I like it to, I just never know if I'm heading towards "over the top" or not LOL!

    Anyway, so nice to meet you!