Disclaimer...all photos were taken on my iphone...as I forgot my camera. Please forgive and excuse any pixilization or blurriness as it is unintentional.
Okay...now to the fun stuff!
A couple of weeks ago, we took the chance to slip away and relax as a family at my sister in laws cabin at Bear Lake. I love her cabin. It is so cozy, and has all the creature comforts you could need...then some huge bonuses...like the 5 foot long deep bathtub. That's an experience you will never forget.
We sat on the porch to relax and chat. As I was sitting there with my oldest son, I gazed across the grass at a huge tree and noticed...hmmm...mmmm...are those apples?
There was only one right thing to do after noticing ripe apples in that much abundance on the tree. Pick some. YUM! After discovering how SUPER tart they were, we decided...we'd make apple pie. I adore apple pie. It has to be one of my favorite desserts. Its up there with Key lime Pie, Pecan pie, and spicy pumpkin pie. Do you notice a trend in my dessert likes? I LOVE PIE!
We drove into town to get some missing ingredients...we stopped at the library to look at books with the kids (and my husband needed to use the internet to put in his work schedule bid for the coming month.) Then stopped at a yummy greasy pizza place where we had to overlook the grime-y chairs and napkin holders that hadn't been properly washed each night. Then finally, we got to the store where we picked up our most important pie ingredient...good quality vanilla ice cream. You really can't make a pie with out ice cream...it's just not right. We drove home quickly so the ice cream wouldn't melt, and enjoyed spotting some of our favorite country sites...like the farm with the "oreo" cows. The way these cows are marked make them look like oreo sandwiches, they are visually black and white...with doublestuff filling.
After returning from our trip to town, I brought the apples into the kitchen and started peeling and discarding any wormy ones. We are talking real organic apples here, and we didn't even have to pay extra at the grocery store for the worms.
By the way...this is the view out the kitchen window...yup pretty amazing. It is definitely a peaceful spot.
The way I was taught to make apple pie is to mix the sugar and cinnamon together with a little flour then pour it over the top of sliced apples stacked as high as they will go in the pan. Use more sugar if the apples are tart...less if the apples are sweet...and approximately 2 teaspoons of flour, and 1 teaspoon of cinnamon per pie. No recipe...just eyeball it, and guess...and I swear it turns out the same every time.
Now for the yummy part that makes this pie absolutely amazing! For each pie, fork together 1/2 cup butter, 1/2 cup sugar and 1 cup flour together in a bowl until crumbly. Then sprinkle on top of the pie like so:
So never-mind our streak of accident prone kids...we let them ride and have fun on the quads and dirt bike. Afterall...who could resist riding around such gorgeous property!
Doesn't that look yummy!
There's that sticky stuff I was talking about...you see that caramelized brown resin on the spatula? Yeah...you forgo the foil, and your pie is stuck to the counter...kind of makes it hard to serve at the table when that happens.
The pie was to die for...tart crisp apples are definitely the best kind of pie making apples there are. We invited the neighbors over for pie (because that is the right thing to do when you have more than enough pie for the 5 people in your family.)
Neighbors were glad, we were glad, and you know...pie makes great breakfast the next morning too. Kind of like sugar cereal fruit and milk...only crust, fruit, and cream.
This is the kind of stuff that makes up the good life. Family, relaxation, the outdoors, and apple pie!