Momma’s Apple Pie

There are so many things that my mom has taught me over the years.  One of the trades I appreciate the most is the skill of making pies from scratch…and mastering the crust.  I feel like homemade pie crust is a delicacy these days and so often replaced with the pre made crusts.  Apple pie is a favorite in our house and overtime I make it I think of my mom and how we would watch her make it and catch the apple peelings before they hit the trashcan or how we would try to steal cinnamon sugar-coated apple pieces before she could put the top crust on.

Pie Crust Recipe

{single crust}

1 1/2 c. flour

1/2 c. shortening

4-5 tbsp. cold water

to bake single crust without filling: 450 degrees for 10-12 minutes

{double crust}

2 c. flour

2/3 c. shortening

5-7 tbsp cold water

cut shortening and flour together using pastry cutter.  ADD water and then stir with fork.  roll onto floured wax paper (or use the cheat method-a pie crust bag)

**ALWAYS prick bottom crust with fork before baking of any kind**

{Apple Pie}

preheat oven to 400 degrees

5-7 large granny smith apples, peeled and sliced (I use this awesome apple peeler and slicer)

place apple slices in bottom crust (remember to prick with fork first) and then mix these ingredients in a bowl and pour this over the top of the slices:

1 c. sugar

2 tbsp. flour

1 tsp cinnamon

dot with 2 tbsp. butter and cover with top crust.  Make a few knife cuts in top crust.  Bake 50 min until done. (I test by running knife through pre cut slits and making sure apples are soft and cut smoothly.) tip – I always line bottom of my oven with foil to collect dripping from pie as it cooks.  it will save you a big headache with clean up!

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Dirt Cake

Dirt cake.  Yep.  Dirt cake.  It is a favorite childhood memory of mine and Andrew had the great idea to surprise our dirt loving boy child with one.  He LOVED it.

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It is so easy to make and definitely a recipe the kids can join in on and help make! 

Ingredient list:

½ cup butter softened

1 (8 ounce) package of cream cheese, softened

½ cup confectioners’ sugar

2 (3.5 ounces) packages of instant vanilla pudding

3.5 cups milk

1 (12 ounce) container of frozen cool whip, thawed

32 ounces of oreos or any chocolate sandwich cookie

  1.  Chop cookies very fine in food processor or blender

2016-07-17 14.05.47 2016-07-17 14.11.532.  Mix butter, cream cheese, and sugar in a bowl

2016-07-17 14.22.373.  Mix milk, pudding mix, and whipped topping together in another bowl

2016-07-17 14.29.074.  Combine pudding mixture and cream cheese mixture
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5.  Layer in bowl or bucket of choice alternating pudding and cookies

6.  Repeat layers until last layer is cookies on top

7.  Add gummy worms

8.  Chill until ready to serve

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