Saturday, October 5, 2013

{ Butter Crumble Apple Pie } ::

apple pie

what do you do with freshly picked apples? why, make pie of course. but not just any apple pie my friends, Butter Crumble Apple Pie!
 yes, that's right! what's better than pie crust and a crumble topping? i answer, nothing! crumble on a pie is soooo good! Yum, so so Yum! Seriously the best apple pie i've ever had, ever made! Actually first Apple Pie i've ever made! (Erin L. are you so proud? come here so we can make pie together!) And it was so easy!
 I got the recipe from The Country Cook. And here is her pie crust recipe & her butter crumble apple pie recipe here. on the site she shows you step by step pictures of how to make everything, which i always find helpful. but if you don't feel like clicking on over for the recipe, *i will share it here with you and little bits of what I did for my pie! 

Butter Crumble Apple Pie

Preheat over to 400 degrees  

Pie Crust Ingredients 
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour 
1/2 tsp. salt 
1/2 cup vegetable oil
 2 tbsp. water 

 In a medium bowl, combine flour and salt.
 Stir in oil and water. 
 Mix until combined. 

Then form into a ball. 
Spray your pie pan with non-sticking cooking spray.
Put your ball of dough in the middle of your pie pan. 
start pressing down on your ball of dough and spread it to the sides.

Do the best you can to press it to the sides. 
you want enough dough along the sides so you can make the pretty crimp at the top of the edge.
It's a forgiving dough, so if it tears a little, or you press to hard, just smush around the dough with your fingers to seal it back together.
And also make sure when pressing the dough on the bottom that its not thick, try and press it out as even as possible. 

*once I finished my pie crust and it was all pressed out and the edges were crimped, I put my pie pan in the fridge while I did the apple filling and the crumb top. 

For the Filling 

6 granny smith apples *(I used Jonagold apples and it was AMAZING!) Peeled, cored, and sliced.
1/4 cup all-purpose flour 
1/2 cup sugar *(I used white sugar) 
1 tsp. ground cinnamon 

 *I washed my apples, peeled them, then sliced them, and put all the slices in a large bowl. 

 In a small bowl, toss the flour, sugar, & cinnamon 
 Pour the flour, sugar, cinnamon mixture over the apples and toss to coat all the apple slices with the mixture.  
*I left my apples in the bowl while I made the butter crumble topping. 

 For the Butter Crumble Topping 

1/3 cup white sugar 
1 cup all-purpose flour 
1 stick (8 tablespoons) Butter, room temperature 

 In a bowl, combine, sugar and flour. 
Then add in soften butter. 
Using a fork, combine flour mixture with butter until it looks crumbly. 

 *Get your pie crust out of the fridge, pour your apples into the pie crust, and sprinkle crumble mixture all over the top of the pie. 

 Bake in the center rack of your oven for about 45 minutes until apples are soft and top is golden brown. 

*After about 30 minutes my pie was nice and golden brown, I was afraid my apples weren't cooked all the way, so I just turned my oven down to 300 for 15 more minutes. 

And then I took it out and let it set for like 3 hours. That was the hardest part, waiting! I did get a fork and dig out a piece of apple just to doubly make sure the apple was cooked and sure enough it was perfect. I did stick it in the fridge to cool for about 2 hours. 

 It was amazing pie! like soooo amazing! so what are you waiting for? go make some pie!

Thursday, October 3, 2013

{ 9 months } ::

sydney 9 months  
Sydney is 9 months old today. 

 i say it all the time but, seriously we can't get enough of Sydney. she fits in our family so perfect and we are so lucky! 

she is growing like no other. and well i think it just needs to stop, but at the same time it's so much fun. little miss, eats great, sleeps great, plays like a champ, is pulling herself up on everything and scoots along (crazy talk!), she climbs the stairs like someone on a mission, she is fast, and girly, super mischievous, beautiful, happy, has the best smile, strong and healthy! 9 months old. i love it! she is so full of life, spunk and personality. 

in the past month she has kisses, waving hello and goodbye, and waking along the furniture. i love the stage that she is in right now. it's bittersweet to see how fast my baby is growing, but i love every new thing she gets to explore and experience. life is great. 

 can you stay 9 months forever? pretty please? 

 we love you peachies!

{ 8 months } ::

sydney 8 months 

 On September 3rd, Sydney turned 8 months! this little morsel of everything yummy is the sweetest thing ever

 she's a super speedy crawler. 
 she's standing himself up against everything. 
 She has 2 bottom teeth, so cute! and the top teeth are starting to make there way. 
 she's so curious and adventurous! 
 she loves being outside at all times. 
 she claps her hands when we cheer for her and say, "yay"! 
 she gives kisses. 
she LOVES our huge bear Big.
 she loves all food and is an awesome eater. 
 she loves to snuggle, especially with her papa bear. 
 she's a little jibber jabber talker and it's so cute. 
 she is a little charmer everywhere we go. 
 she loves going to the park and swinging. 
 she loves other kids and babies. 
 she loves reading books.
 she's been hiking and to the zoo. 
 she loves having brody around. 
 she is so fun and silly. 
 she loves it when we crawl around with her and chase her all around, she giggles the whole time. 
 she's got one spunky, fun loving personality and we can't get enough of her. 

 we love you baby girl!

7 months