Back to School Apple Hand Pies

Back to School Apple Hand PiesMy 5 year old son had his first full week of kindergarten! I watched my baby looking so grown up and so little at the same time, bravely walk into his new classroom wearing an oversized backpack and not knowing anyone. By Friday, I saw him walk into the same classroom but this time wearing a big smile and chatting with a new friend. I think those images will be forever burned into my brain. Needless to say, I am incredibly proud of him and wanted to do something ridiculously sweet for him to celebrate his first true “weekend”. (I had to explain to him what “weekend” meant.)

So we had ourselves an apple pie party on Friday night, complete with 5 different filling variations! Continue reading

Sweetheart Cherry Pies

Cherry Pie Hearts for Valentine's Day

Valentine’s Day is one of those holidays that have become a bit too commercialized I think. I like to keep this holiday simple… so I helped my son make and mail valentine’s cards & bake something special. (UPDATE: Sweetheart chocolate chip cookies with love messages for this year!)

When I checked out the Kitchen Play February menu, I knew exactly which recipe I would tackle. This month’s sponser is Cherry Marketing Institute, and Julie from The Little Kitchen had a wonderful idea with her cherry mini pockets. I wanted to take her idea and change it up a bit to make a sweet heart shaped pocket for the sweethearts in my life.
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Apple Picking and Apple Pie

Apple Picking
As a way of welcoming in the fall and saying farewell to summer, our family goes apple picking. It’s so refreshing to be outdoors in an apple orchard, with beautiful views of the California hills, endless rows of colorful apples ripe for the picking. Wheeling the wagon around and filling up our bucket, eating apples straight from the tree. Its a complete recharge for mind, body, and spirit. So you can imagine how easy it is to over pick. We brought home 35 lbs of apples!

a California Apple Orchard
What to do with all these apples? Apple pie, apple cake, apple sauce, apple chips, apple juice, threw some in salad. Gave a bunch to friends and the little guy gave some to his teachers. This weekend will be… muffins? If you have any suggestions… please leave a comment!
Apple Pie
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