Archive | June 2013

Mmmm, Apple Pie

Homemade apple pie was a staple for Dad’s birthday celebrations, Christmas, and Thanksgiving.  I restarted the tradition last year and added Father’s Day to the mix, since my hubby and my Daddy enjoy apple pie.

I would like to take credit for the lovely crust that made this yummy apple pie, but I can’t.  I remember Mom renaming a few crusts as she worked to make them from scratch.  Ultimately, she bought the refrigerated box crusts and said it wasn’t worth all the headache trying to make it herself.  (And she was a good cook.)  I’m following her lead here.

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6-7 golden delicious apples

1-2 teas. cinnamon

1 C of sugar OR  3/4 C honey

2 pie crusts

9″ pie plate


Peel, core, and thinly slice the apples. (This is the most time-consuming part.) Add sugar or honey and cinnamon to apples.  Stir well and let set for about 20 minutes.  In the meantime, heat the oven, and get your crust ready.  Put the first crust in the pie plate, pressing the sides firmly and carefully.  Add the apples.  The filling will be high, but the apples cook down.  Gently put the second crust over the apples.  Overlap and pinch the sides together, then cut a few air vents in the top of the crust.

Bake on the middle rack at 375 degrees. Make sure to put a foil-lined cookie sheet under the pie, or you’ll have an oven to clean. (Oops.)  Check after 50 minutes;  it may take up to an hour to finish.

Let cool on a rack.  Serve with vanilla ice cream.


Book Review: New Spirit-Filled Life Bible (NKJV)

Simply put, the New Spirit-Filled Life Bible is a dense study bible.  In addition to scripture, these 1,800+ pages provide a lot of information, which it is a go-to source for most things. Each book has an introduction that includes the book’s author, its purpose, and an outline of the book.  The maps are colorful and clear. They present the tribal section, Jerusalem, the general area, the exodus route, and missionary journeys. In addition to the typical footnotes, this version has a center column area with more notes and references. There are Word Wealth blocks through the stories to give more in-depth information about a word, and Jesus’ words are in red text.

I like the NKJV translation and the outline before each book that provides an overview, especially of those with which I am less familiar or only want to peruse.  While, this bible is chock full of ideas and background, I find it too busy.  I’m not studying all references, so I would prefer more visual white space and story, with only a few sections devoted to explanation and study resources. Also, the paper is thin, so the gray boxes (for Word Wealth, Kingdom Dynamics, and Truth in Action) show through the other side of the page, and highlighting or underlining would show through, too.

I would not recommend it for the general lay person who wants the stories with a little background. I would recommend it for someone who wants to go past the basic text of the bible and learn more about the word choices, where the same topics and themes appear throughout the bible, and doesn’t mind all the other stuff on the page. (4 out of 5 stars)

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from in exchange for my honest review.

A Memory

Dad was in the Air Force, and he would go TDY (Temporary Duty Yonder) at least twice a year for a week or two at a time. Mom would take this opportunity to relax with dinner a bit. We’d have things that Dad would eat but didn’t prefer like tuna noodle casserole, tomato soup with popcorn, and other things.
One time when I was about 15 we decided to go get fast food, but not just any fast food. We were specific: burgers from Burger King, fries from McDonald’s, and blizzards from Dairy Queen. Yes, we went to 3 places to pick up our dinner. It was different and fun. We laughed about the silliness of it and enjoyed every minute.
Since I’m sharing this with you, it’s obviously a favorite memory that brings a smile. 🙂

Recipe ~ No-bake Energy Bites

These are yummy and easy to make.  All you need are a few ingredients and your refrigerator.  Looking for a recipe to use with kids?  This would work well.


1 C regular, uncooked oats

1/2 C chocolate chips (I used 1/3 C mini)

1/2 C peanut butter

1/2 C ground flaxseed

1/3 C honey

1 tsp. vanillaweb_no bake bites bowl

Mix all of this together in a bowl.  It will be sticky.  Use a spoon or two and roll dough into balls on a cookie sheet.  Refrigerate them for a few hours until set.  They’ll keep for a few days, refrigerated, if they aren’t gobbled up first.  This recipe made 15 balls for us.

Here they are, ready to refrigerate. :  web_no bake bites pan

Disclaimer:  I didn’t create this recipe, but I’m grateful to whomever did.