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Thursday, November 22, 2007

Welcome to the Pie Hole---Apple pie Tutorial- Thanksgiving 101;)

4:05 a.m. Thanksgiving morning- 2007

To do list:

1) Coffee. Check.

2) Make old fashioned oatmeal with almond slices and dried cherries- topped with fat-free half and half and brown sugar- Check.

2) Make one bowl instant apple cinnamon oatmeal. Check.

3) Heat a plate of cinnamon toast sticks and serve with warm syrup and french vanilla hot cocoa. Check.

4) Locate- handwarmers- hats, boots, attach handwarmers to various un-reachable body parts with double sided tape- Check.

5) Wave goodbye to the hunters by 6:00 a.m.

6) Update Ipod- load for cooking. ;)

7) Begin the Great Apple Pie Caper of '07.

And so begins Thanksgiving 2007. Don't be impressed. (I didn't think you were;) I typically manage to mumble "good luck, be careful" to my guys - before rolling over and going back to sleep... but today is special. It's Thanksgiving. And- I am thankful to be My husband's wife- and my boys Mom. So, I made their favorites- and sent them off warm and cozy.

I'm not cooking this year- (well- officially- I'm not- but I will be tucking a turkey into the oven before we leave to go to dinner---we GOTTA have turkey leftovers!) Yesterday- I made the Cranberry relish- and today- it's a tutorial for :apple pie tutorial

(mostly) homemade apple pie.

The pics are in my sidebar or here if you need to see them larger;)

Preheat oven to 350-

Ingredients:

3lbs Granny Smith Apples- washed

1 1/2 -to- 2 cups sugar

1/4 -to-1/2 cup flour

pinch of salt

cinnamon

Pat of butter

Pillsbury Prepared pie crust )told- it's almost homemade;)

2 Tblsp milk

cinnamon sugar to sprinkle

Directions:

Remove pie crust from box- let sit at room temp until pliable.

Peel, core and then thinly slice (about 1/4-1/2 inch thick) the apples. In a bowl, combine with flour, sugar cinnamon and salt. Mix or toss to coat apples.

Sprinkle pie pan (I prefer the Pampered Chef Pie plate stone) with 1 Tbl flour and a sprinkle of sugar. (helps to avoid soggy bototm crust)

Unroll and press bottom pie crust into pan.

Fill pan with apple sugar mixture. (Pack 'em in there- make em fit. Plan on cleaning the oven later if it runs over;) )

top with a pat of butter and a sprinkle of cinnamon.

Unroll second pie crust, place over apples. "Crimp" Top crust to bottom using a fork. Trim excess crust with a knife. (reserve)

Roll put the dough and cut into holiday themed shapes- (I like leaves and pumpkins-)

Use a pastry brush to brush pie top with milk. Place "cut outs" onto pie top by brushing bottoms with milk.

Sprinkle pie with cinnamon sugar. Use sharp knife to cut "vents" into pie top.

Bake at 350 for 50-60 minutes.

Serve warm with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream.

Receive the praise;)

Thanksgiving... A day to be thankful.

I am thankful that God is patient and kind and loving- that that he not only puts up with me- but loves me- issues and all.

I'm thankful to be surrounded by family and friends- (crazy or otherwise)

I'm thankful to have enough to be able to give. (I'm thankful that I know the secret is you always have something you can give- no matter how little)

I'm thankful that you stopped by today;)

I'm thankful for warm slippers and hot coffee.

I'm thankful for turkey and stuffing. (and loose waisted pants;)

Happy Thanksgiving- to you and yours-

ps- oh sorry to "Pushing Daisies's" for stealing the Pie-hole reference;) Not that I watch it online every week or anything.....;)

finoshed pieI will now distract you with apple-y goodness! Pies done!

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