October 25, 2011

Dream a Little Dream (of apple pie) and Another Award!

You know how you go into a store (it's usually Home Depot for me) and you catch a whiff of manly cologne?

Pour yourself a Hoptober and peel, core and slice apples.  Mix up the dreamy ingredients and pour over apples.
You immediately begin to search out the source of the manly cologne wearing man; nonchalantly of course.  We don't want to be too obvious!

You locate the source of the magical manliness and you stalk stroll along behind him; nonchalantly of course.

Pour mixture into your unbaked pie crust.
Taking deep breaths in through your nose.. and.. "Aaaah", deep breath in.... and.. "Aaaaah", deep breath in... and.. "Aaaah"; nonchalantly of course.

Dreamy manly cologne man!  You sprayed an extra spray for me this morning, didn't you?

Throw your "crust" ingredients in the food processor and process.  Top your pie with it.
Your eyes are closed and you're wearing a silly little smile.  Forgetting yourself in your moment of aromatherapy delight.

Suddenly, your hubby bumps your elbow bringing you back to your senses.  He's looking at you like you may have lost your mind.

Wrap foil around the edges of the crust to avoid burnage!
What are we browsing here?  What aisle am I in?  Is it hot in here?  Lordy!  Someone turn on the air in this place!

All tucked in and ready for the oven!
What?  That's never happened to you?  Liar!

Dreamy Apple Pie
Yield: 8 servings

  • 1 whole unbaked pie crust (I used Pilsbury Deep Dish.  Make your own if you're an over-acheiver.  You can find a recipe for awesome, flaky pie dough here)
  • 3 whole large (4 or 5 small) Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored, and sliced thin
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 T. all-purpose unbleached flour
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 2 t. vanilla extract
  • 1/8 t. cinnamon
Ingredients for Topping:
  • 7 T. butter
  • 3/4 cups all-purpose unbleached flour
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup pecans (more to taste)
  • Dash of salt
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Roll out pie dough and place it in a pie pan. Decorate the edges as desired.
  3. Add apple slices to a large bowl. In a separate bowl, mix together cream, 1/2 cup brown sugar, 1/2 cup sugar, 1 tablespoon flour, vanilla, and cinnamon. Pour over apples. Pour apples into pie shell.
  4. In the bowl of a food processor (or you can mix by hand) combine butter, flour, sugar, pecans (chop if you're not using a food processor), and salt. Mix until everything comes together in clumps. Pour topping over apples.
  5. Attach foil to the edges and lay a piece of flat foil loosely over the top of the pie. Place pie pan on top of a rimmed cookie sheet and bake for one hour. At the end, remove foil and allow to finish baking and browning. Can bake for up to 15 or 20 minutes more if necessary.
  6. Remove from oven when pie is bubbly and golden brown.
  7. Serve warm with whipped cream or ice cream.
Adapted from The Pioneer Woman

Servings: 1 slice
Calories: 455
Total Fat:  23.5 g
Cholesterol:  47 mg.
Sodium:  205 mg.
Protein:  3.0 g.

Before you skip on out of here I wanted to brag about my new award!

Donika from Mom! What's for dinner?  passed her Liebster Award on to me!  Isn't she just da bomb diggity?  I sure do think so.  She made my heart go all a flutter when she left me a message letting me know of the award she had sitting over there on her blog for little ole me!  Sometimes I don't feel like anyone is reading little ole me's posts due to the lack of comments and my small group of followers.  Alas, I cherish my small group of followers and commentors.  You guys make my day!  Those of you who aren't followers, why don't you scroll on up until you see that little ole "Come Follow Me, Please" signage on the right and join me!  Be my friend!  I'm very nice :)

Rules, there are always rules associated with these little blog awards.
  • First and foremost you should always link back to those who gifted you the award.  In this case, that would be me, duh!
  • You also need to pick your 5 , and let them know they have been awarded by commenting on a recent post of theirs, lastly write your own post about all of this as I have.
movita beaucoup - I just recently discovered movita beaucoup a few days ago.  Her writing style is very similar to mine.  Which makes me feel like I'm not the only loony one out there!  Her recipes are mainly her own and I'm impatiently awaiting my invitation to her house for dinner.  In the meantime, head on over and get involved in her Pumpkin Carve Off.  You know you want to!  You sit there and carve and carve your little heart out just to put it (the pumpkin, not your heart) on the stoop and let it rot.  Might as well takes pictures and enter a competition!  Be a winner or die trying!

Cravings of a Lunatic - I'm sure each and every one of you know the beautiful loony Kim!  She is a wonderful blogger friend who perks up my day when she posts her lunatic cravings.  She can make a pizza that will blow your mind.  Trust me!  I made her Killer Spicy Pizza Dough on Friday night.  I will never order in again!

MJ's Kitchen - MJ is the sweetest foodie blogger in town!  She always comments on even my silly little tongue twister posts.  She eats peanut butter right from the jar!  That my dear friends is a foodie through and through!  Her pictures are beautiful and I just may be a little bit envious of her glorious dishes!  Just look at the marvelous blue bowl.  Be still my beating heart!

Cultural Dish - Elyse is one of the first foodies I started following when I joined Foodbuzz.  She is super sweet and she enjoys a tall frothy glass of Guinness!  She's a girl I could hang with.  Her pumpkin recipes are out of this world and she is a frequent linker on my Pumpkin Blog Hop.  Remember her Pumpkin Fudge?  Yeah, that was Elyse!

Vanilla Garlic - Garret is literally the first foodie blog I ever laid my eyes on, oh so many years ago.  I'm sure he has no idea I have been reading his blog for so long because I have always been a silent stalker reader.  When I started my facebook "fan" page he was one of the first, after all of my friends and family of course, that "liked" my fan page.  You want to see an embarrassing freak out?!  My hubby thought the world was ending when he heard me whooping and hollering!  "OMG, Garret McCord is my new fan on facebook!  OMG!"  Ya see, he is a blogalebrity (yes, that's a word) in my world.  Hubby knew exactly who Garret McCord is because I have talked about his posts many many times.  I even share his Eat Beast kitty posts with the kids.  He is one of the best writers in the whole wide blog world.  So, pull up a comfy chair, grab a hot cup of coffee and a muffin and settle in for a delightful read of a little bit of Vanilla Garlic!

~ Enjoy!


  1. Yes - I do seek out smells that I love! :) I've been roasting bell pepper this afternoon, so you can only imagine how good the house smells; however, not near as good as baking this apple pie!!!! This is decadent as all get out. Dee - You are so very sweet!!! Thank you for the Liebster Award! I had to look up the meaning of the word "liebster" and I certainly know why you received it "sweetheart", and am delighted to be in your company!

  2. Alright this could take awhile.
    1- I am giggling like a lunatic and picturing you following some manly dude in home depot and getting busted by your hubby. So funny. I would NEVER do anything quite like that. NEVER!
    2- This pie is killing me, I mean holy snikeys that looks incredible girl.
    3- Stick with it my dear, you are awesome, people will come. Trust me, you are so worth reading.
    4- Thanks for turning me on (mind out of the gutter Dee) to a couple new blogs. I already know MJ and Elyse as I follow them. But I hadn't met the other two yet. So I promptly went over and thoroughly embarrassed myself and perhaps you. I'm not even sorry. I may have gushed a bit. It all happened so fast.
    5- AW, you are so sweet to include me. I am touched and moved and am dusting a place on the mantle (virtual, I'm not nuts) right now. Thank you so much my dear friend. I love and adore you. And sometimes embarrass you. Mwah!

  3. @mjskit Roasting bell peppers, yum! Thank you MJ. You are so very welcome. You deserve every little bit of it :)

  4. @Kim Bee Uh oh! I'm skeered to go over there now!

    Thanks so much for all of your support Kim! You totally knew my mind was in the gutter at that moment too. I may have looked around to see if you were watching me while I read that little part!

  5. LOL, I love your manly man story. I've tried to get my hubby to wear cologne because I love it, but he doesn't like it much. Guess I'll have to stick with his boring ol' soap smell, LOL

    OH, and this pie looks SO dreamy!!

  6. I love you. Let's not make this awkward. Just know that I am out here loving you. Not in a kiss you on the mouth kind of way. In an awkward half hand shake, half hug, half fist pump kind of way. Even though that adds up to one and a half ways. I love you.

  7. D'awwww. Thank you. =D

  8. Love it! Can only imagine you stalking some guy at Home Depot! Congrats on your award - well deserved for sure!

  9. Good grief, Dee!! - no, I can't say I have ever noticed something like that or done that!! LOL But, then you know sometimes I think my nose is more for decoration on my face as it doesn't always pick up on things so quickly. Still,....no way I'm risking getting into trouble strolling behind a nice-smelling man!

    Love apple pie though - and my nose would smell that one baking in the oven - for sure!

  10. @movita beaucoup That wasn't awkward at all. I love you too.


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