Monday, August 31, 2009

Apple Pie

What says back to school more than apple pie. Here is my recipe for apple pie filling you can bottle, and a great apple pie too fill your house with that wonderful aroma. Make sure you serve with vanilla ice cream.

Apple Pie Filling

4 ½ cups sugar
1 cup cornstarch
2 tsp cinnamon
½ tsp nutmeg
1 tsp salt

Blend above ingredients together and add 10 cups water. Cook and stir until thick. Than add:

3 TBS lemon juice
8 lbs apples peeled and sliced ( I like granny smith or golden delicious)
Stir all together and heat thoroughly. Pack into sterilized quart jars and process. One quart makes a 9 inch pie.

Dutch Apple Pie
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup quick-cooking oats
3/4 cup butter, melted
1 bottle apple pie filling

In a large bowl, combine the flour, brown sugar, oats and butter; set aside 1 cup for topping. Press remaining crumb mixture into an ungreased 9-in. pie plate; set aside.

Pour filling into crust; top with reserved crumb mixture. Bake at 350° for 40-45 minutes or until crust is golden brown. Cool on a wire rack. Yield: 6-8 servings.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Shelby says the darndest things

Shelby has been a little rascal lately. She has an overdose of attitude. Wow girls are so different than boys. The other day she was getting into something and I told her she better not do that or there will be consequences, she looked at me all serious and said will he be mad? I said will who be mad? She responded with consequences. Yesterday she brought in a picture of Mike and I from our wedding and asked mom you married daddy. I said yes. She walked away and said but I wanted to marry daddy. I have a feeling this year at home with her is going to be a real adventure.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Oh, How Does Your Garden Grow?

We have been having a great season with our garden this year!I am so excited to get enough tomatoes to bottle salsa, whole tomatoes and chile sauce. YUMMY! I have already pickled all our beets. Here is a picture from last years salsa.

The only problem we have had this year has been with squash beetles. They have destroyed all my beautiful pumpkins.I was looking forward to fresh pumpkin pies. STUPID BEETLES!

So here are some pictures of the survivors of our garden. Tomatoes,Potatoes, Swiss Chard, Basil, Zuchinni(barely hanging on)(dang beetles),Cucumbers, Raspberries, Cantalope, Honeydew, and Sunflowers.

Mike, showing off the sunflowers.

Shelby, loves the corn and her new haircut.

Tomatoes, Tomatoes, Tomatoes!!!

Shelby, making mud pies in the garnden. YUM!