What’s on The Menu: Amy’s Apple Pie

Hey guys! I’ve got a special treat for you today! My recipe for my homemade apple pie! Since it is starting to feel a little cooler outside, I felt like I should celebrate with one of my favorite fall desserts. Also, this pie makes your house smell sooo good. So, here we go…my homemade apple pie !

Ingredients:

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– 6 Granny Smith apples
– 3 refrigerated pie crusts (I use Pillsbury)–They come in packs of 2, so you will have one leftover that you can freeze.
– 1 tbsp lemon juice
– 3/4 c sugar
– 1 tbsp flour
– 1/2 tsp cinnamon
– 1/4 tsp nutmeg
– 1/8 tsp salt
– cinnamon/sugar for sprinkling

1. Core, peel, and slice the apples into thin slices. Mix in lemon juice.
2. Combine sugar, flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt, and stir together.
3. Add this mixture slowly to the apples, and make sure you coat all of the apples.

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4. Place the apples in a strainer over a bowl; this will release the juices. Keep in the strainer for about 25 minutes. After all of the juices have drained, you can throw away the extra juice, or my husband gave me the idea of saving it to put over ice cream. (YUM)

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5. Unroll one of the pie crusts and place it into your pie pan, and then put the apples in.

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6. You can just use the other pie crust and place it on top, but I like to do my apple pie with a basket weave pattern. Unroll the pie crust and cut into 1 inch strips. (it doesn’t have to be perfect)
7. Place the strips vertically over the pie crust.

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8. Take the last pie crust and cut into one inch strips, and then start making your basket weave pattern. The best way that I can explain this is to just fold every other strip back, and then place the strip down, and then repeat the process until you have all of the strips down.

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9. After you are finished making the basket weave pattern, go around the edges of the pie and trim off any excess pie crust that is hanging over the pie pan. Then, what I like to do is grab a fork and press down the edges, I think it gives a definite crust look to the pie! I also like to sprinkle some cinnamon sugar over the top.

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10. Bake at 400 degrees for 30-35 minutes. If you notice that the edges are getting browned, cover them with some foil.

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And that is it! Let the pie sit for about 30 minutes before serving. It is a very easy pie to make, and everyone will love it!

Thanks for reading guys, and let me know if you try it! 🙂

Letter To My Twinkie

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My Dearest Twinkie,

I have loved you all my life. When I was a little girl, you were always there for me. Picnics, school lunches, afternoon snacks, you were always there to bring a smile to my face.

I was lonely; lost without you, dear twinkie…and I missed you. My life just wasn’t complete without you. I knew someone would buy you, and everything would be ok again, but I couldn’t help but miss you.

Today, when I saw you, the last one on the shelf at Albertson’s, sitting all by your lonesome…I knew you’d be mine again. When I opened the box and saw you, I was so happy. We are meant to be together, twinkie. I know you feel the same way, and I promise to never take you for granted again, twinkie. You are just as delicious as you once were. I love you, dear twinkie.

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What’s On The Menu: Family Meal Planning

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Hi Guys! Today, I have a post for you about Family Meal Planning. I don’t know about all of you, but unless I take a list with me to the grocery store, I will spend so much money on things that I don’t need to buy. This is why I have started planning my meals! I have been doing it for about a month now, and I have been saving a lot of money. I used to spend $100-$200 at the grocery store every week, and now I spend about $50 a week. Here’s what I do:

1. I made a list of all of the meals that I usually cook for dinner, and then I let my husband pick out 5 meals for dinner that week. I chose to only plan 5 meals per week because we usually eat out twice a week. We usually get pizza on Saturday night, and we usually go out to eat at a restaurant once a week.

2. After he picks out the meals he wants, I write them all down on a magnetic whiteboard that I got for the fridge. You don’t have to get a whiteboard, I just think they’re fun to write on. Here’s what we are having this week:

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3. Then, I make my grocery list for the week. I only write down the things I will need to make these meals. Of course, I include other things, like fruit, veggies, snacks, paper plates, or anything else that we may need for the week. My daughter and I eat breakfast and lunch at home most of the week, so I buy the things we will need for that also.

4. When you go to the grocery store, make sure you stick to your list! I know that the cookie aisle may be calling you…but try to resist the urge!

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You will really be amazed by how much money you will save, and the best thing is that you never have to worry or think about what to make for dinner! You will have all of the ingredients you need already in your fridge.

I think it is important to always eat dinner together as a family. I know it makes me happy to sit down with my family after a long day. 🙂

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I hope you liked this post, and I hope you all will try it! Thanks for reading!

What’s On The Menu: Chicken Tortilla Soup

Hi Guys! So, I know I mostly write about beauty and fashion, but I thought I would do something a little bit different today! I was born and raised in San Antonio, where they have delicious Mexican food. I make this soup for my family, and they love it, even my 2 year old! This recipe reminds me of the food in San Antonio, and I think you guys will like it!

CHICKEN TORTILLA SOUP

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Ingredients:

2 cups shredded chicken
2 cans chicken broth
1 can tomatoes and green chilies (Rotel)
1 cup corn
2 cloves of garlic
1/4 cup cilantro
1/2 cup onions
1/4 cup lime juice
1 tbsp cumin
shredded colby jack cheese and tortilla strips for garnish

1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Place two chicken breasts on a cookie sheet (I line the pan with foil) and bake them in the oven until the juices run clear (about 30 min) at 325 degrees.
2. After the chicken has baked and cooled, take a fork and shred the chicken into bite sized pieces.
3. Put shredded chicken into a large soup pot and add the chicken broth and Rotel. I like to use a food processor and blend up the Rotel until it has the consistency of salsa.
4. Add the corn and garlic. I use a garlic press to get the garlic chopped up really small.
5. Chop up your cilantro and onions and add them in. If you don’t like onions, you can chop them into big slices, and remove them after they are done cooking, that way you will still get the onion flavor.
6. Add the lime juice and cumin, and stir everything together.
7. Bring everything to a boil , and let simmer for 30 minutes.
8. Garnish with cheese and tortilla strips.

This soup tastes even better the next day! I hope yall enjoyed this recipe, and let me know if you try it!  

Have a great day, and thanks for reading!