Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Pie Day!!!!! Recipe included.............

I cannot take any credit for this as I got the recipe from Alicia Paulson over on her blog which if you're not familiar with her....OMG!!!!!  The cutest baby girl, the cutest house, the cutest knitting and crocheting and the BEST recipes.  Oh, and her husband Andy is darn cute too.  Alicia herself is just plain gorgeous!   But I digress.  I was going to make this  last year and never did but boy am I glad I made it this year!  YUMMO!  This is totally a wonderful way to greet Fall.
Recipe for Sour Cream Apple Pie


3 tablespoons butter, softened
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
2 tablespoons flour


1 1/3 cups sour cream
2/3 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 large eggs
3 tablespoons flour
4 or 5 large apples, peeled, cored, and thinly sliced (She calls for Granny Smith but I already had "who knows what" kind of apples on hand so that's what I used)

Pie Crust - You can make your own or use the ready-made deep dish pie dough which I used in my deep dish pie dish, no less.  Use a 9" or 10" deep dish and once you put the dough in it put it in the frig to chill.

To make the topping, blend butter, sugar, cinnamon, and flour in a bowl until mixed well then put this in the frig to chill also.

To make the filling, whisk together the sour cream, sugar, salt, vanilla, eggs, and flour until smooth.  Add the peeled, cored, and thinly sliced apples to the mixture and stir together.

Spoon the filling into the chilled pie shell and crumble the topping evenly over it.  Bake the pie on a baking sheet in the middle of a pre-heated 350 degree oven for 1 to 1 1/4 hours.  You might want to put some tin foil over the top for the last 15 minutes to prevent the top from burning (I did).  Transfer to a rack and let cool completely....well, okay....I admit it was still a bit warm when I took my slice but can you blame me???  I mean, the smell of it baking was enough to drive you nuts!  And the taste was well worth the wait!  I was in such a hurry to try it I forgot to take a picture of the slice I put on my plate.  I have to admit, later in the evening I went back for another "teeny little" slice before I put it in the frig.  This is THE best apple pie ever....I kid you not!  If you make it let me know what you thought when you had that first bite.....for me it was a memory maker!  Enjoy!  Oh, and thank you Alicia!

Sunday, September 22, 2013

YOP Sunday

 Happy Fall!  I have waited for this all Summer! LOL!  It's not that I don't like Summer, it's just that I don't like Summer in the South!  Too hot for this cool weather chick!  Anyway, I've been having so much fun this week working on decorating, painting and knitting and crocheting.  Here's what I've been up to.........

 Remember those rectangles of orange and white crocheting I showed you earlier in the week?  Here they are!  Easy peasy!  Single crochet, I cast on 16 for the small ones and crocheted 26 rows, then you stitch it together into a tube, gather one end, stuff it, stick a twig in it and do a running stitch around the top, tighten and stitch closed.  The leaf is just a small circle, chain 8 and then sc into the circle 8 times.  Just make sure your circle is big enough to slip over your twig. 

 This next one is going to be bigger...taller and skinnier to finish my little trio of pumpkins.......
Remember the Dixie Cups........Ta Da!!!!!!!!!!!!
 Miniature lampshades!  I saw this on Pinterest but it was in another language so I thought I could figure it out and I did... although I need to "fine tune" it.
 The only problem is you're limited to Dixie's designs and colors on their cups...but about glueing your own scrapbook paper or any kind of paper you want on the outside....I'm thinking Halloween paper with black edging?  I have battery operated lights that I got at the dollar store and I think there are 15 lights per strand.  They also have Halloween lights right now in candy corn and black and purple but they're not battery operated. Anyway, I love lights, candles and cozy all year long and Fall has really kicked my creativity into overdrive!  The cups are removable from the lights and you can replace them depending on your mood, decorating theme or season.  I wonder if I could make sets of these and sell them on line?   What do you think?  What would I  charge?  I could use some extra cash for yarn, and things I can't make with yarn! LOL!  
 I did a blanket stitch around the edge first and then did my edging.  Next time I will go over the edge with the blanket stitch.
 Below is one strand of the lights without the shades.....
 Honeysuckle or jasmine (I always get them mixed up) is blooming all over and smells heavenly.
I'm off to make split pea soup, sour cream apple pie which I didn't get made yesterday, ironing, watching football and then I have some painting to do if I have any energy left.  Have a great day!  I'll be by later to catch up with everyone!