Back to School Apple Hand Pies

Back to School Apple Hand Pies My 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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