Sunday, October 13, 2013

Apple Pie

I love making Apple Pies this time of year.  Apples are plentiful at the market and at their peak for juicyness.  

This is my favorite recipe.  

Apple Pie Filling

1 cup water
1Tbsp. lemon juice
1 cup sugar
1/2 teas. cinnamon
1/4 teas. nutmeg
1/4 teas. ground clove
1/3 cup cornstarch
1/2 teas. vanilla
3 1/2 cups chopped apples
2 piecrusts  

Bake one piecrust for 10 minutes in 375 degree oven until slightly brown.  

Combine first 7 ingredients in saucepan.  Bring to a boil while stirring constantly.  Boil for 2-3 minutes until thickened.  Add apples and vanilla.    Let cool slightly and add to prepared pie crust.   Cover with second piecrust and poke a few vent holes.   Bake at 375 degrees for 20-25 minutes. 

Let cool before cutting.  We like ours with some vanilla ice cream on top.  

On Instragram

Some recent images from my Instagram feed. 
 Ferris Wheel at the TX State Fair

Love the pumpkins at the market 

Contemplation before last regular game of the Fall Season.  Now on to Tournament Season. 

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

San Diego 2013

We took a wonderful summer trip to San Diego in August.  We felt like with Madison starting her Senior Year of High School, this might be one of our last chances to take a nice family vacation together before the busyness of college prep begins.


We stayed on idyllic Shelter Island just off the coast of San Diego.  It's not really an island, just a little finger of land that juts off the "mainland" but it certainly has the feel of an island with a tropical vibe.  Our hotel balcony looked out over a marina which was just beautiful!

We mixed some beach time in with the usual touristy things.  San Diego Zoo was tops on my list of have-tos.  The panda bears were sleeping but it was still cool to see them. 

We went to Legoland which was crazy but fun.  Cullen had been saving his money for awhile to get Legos. 

We did a great boat trip, went to Old Town for Mexican food, ate tons of seafood and finished off our week with a Padres baseball game.

What a great way to end our summer!

October Afternoon Midway Collection


I received the new October Afternoon Midway Collection in the mail today.  The nostalgic feel is perfect for me.  I can't wait to use the cute elements in my Project Life pages this weekend to document our trip to the Texas State Fair.  That ticket paper is my favorite.