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Take a Vacation with Caramel Pecan Apple Pie

I spent last week in Auburn for an almost-end-of-the-summer vacation.

For the second time, Matthew and I went bowling with his roommate, Christian, and his girlfriend, Emily. They’re my favorites.

And for the second time, the girls lost to the boys. I didn’t mind too much since I finally got a strike.

With victorious grins, they requested that their prize be a homemade dinner.

Emily and I were on board with that! We went grocery shopping on Thursday and picked up ingredients to make chicken pesto paninis: sourdough bread, mozzarella, tomatoes, and chicken. Matthew had lots of basil from his gardening class, so we whipped that up in the food processor with some pine nuts, olive oil, and parmesan.

We sauteed a few thin chicken breasts, sliced them up, and built the sandwiches. Luckily we both had George Foreman grills, so it went pretty quickly.

We wanted a light side dish, so Emily thought of making a fruit salad, which is now one of my favorite snacks in the world. Diced Granny Smith apples, bananas, grapes, and strawberries = perfection.

And for dessert…you guessed it.

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Caramel Pecan Apple Pie.

Mhmmm.

It’s such an interesting pie that you won’t get tired of eating! (I warned you.)

As much as I love traditional pecan pie and apple pie, it can get a little boring sometimes.

This one has a gooey filling with caramel, pecans, and tender slices of apples. IMG_20160718_172601210

And according to Matthew, it is now his favorite pie.

The good news is it’s one of the easiest to make!

You blind bake the crust using pie weights, rice, or dry beans for a few minutes, like this…

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…and then bake it with the filling for a little while. It will transform into something magical and sweet.

In the midst of this sweltering hot summer, take a vacation to the crisp days of fall with all of the wonderful feelings and aromas that this pie provides. No harm in that, right?

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Unfortunately this is my last week to make pies for Copper Kettle Tea Bar since the summer is coming to a close and I’ll be returning to Auburn, but it has definitely been a rewarding and educational experience! They are so supportive of “locals with dreams” and it has truly been an honor baking pies for them. They are top-notch in every way…I couldn’t recommend them enough!

Recipe adapted from Aimee Broussard

Sipping Cider

First thing’s first.

Have you ever dipped a gingersnap in hot apple cider?

You probably haven’t, because the normal “dunkers” are Oreos in milk. Or biscotti in coffee. Or fries in a milkshake. (Maybe that’s weird, too.)

But, oh, how right the world seems when crunchy gingersnaps team up with spiced apple cider. It’s quite marvelous.

I recently realized that I could not leave my house without bundling up in a sweater or go to sleep without fuzzy socks. I knew the time had come. The time for hot cider.

Buried beneath about seven blankets last night on the couch, sipping my cider and working on an article for my alma mater’s newspaper, I felt I was missing a piece of the puzzle. That piece was a gingersnap.

I had quite a few left over from my gingersnap crust last weekend, which I am still daydreaming about.

So, I dipped that snap and all of my dreams came true again. Hey, maybe yours can, too!

 

Fast forward to today. We learned about healthy lifestyle choices, the BMI index, exercise guidelines, etc. in my Food Science class. I had a sudden urge to run and eat tofu.

Thankfully, those feelings passed once I left the room. I did walk briskly to my car, though.

Once I got home, Sarah and I decided to go grocery shopping since our fridge was looking a little sparse. On the way there, she expressed a very logical thought: If you are ravenously hungry when you go grocery shopping, you will buy absolutely everything in sight. On the other hand, if you are uncomfortably full, you won’t want to buy anything at all. Maybe just like a bag of lettuce and oatmeal. So what is the happy medium?

We decided it was Wendy’s.

Mostly because after all this food talk I realized I was ravenously hungry, and Wendy’s was right next to the grocery store.

But then I thought back to my class earlier in the day. “Portion control, balanced meals, exercise…”

Wendy’s.

But in all honesty, fried foods didn’t sound super appetizing at the time. I wanted something satisfying, yet energizing for our exciting little grocery shopping trip. As I made my way to order, somehow the sentence, “I’ll have a kid’s grilled chicken wrap with apple slices and a chocolate milk.” escaped my lips.

“Would you like a toy with that?” she asked with a confused grin.

I passed on the toy. But that was probably the best fast food experience ever. I think sometimes we forget that we don’t have to have fries or chips or sweet tea with our meal. Apple slices and chocolate milk are SO good. And this is coming from the pie girl, so you can trust me on this. No shame in TruMoo.

 

I’m gearing up for a fun filled weekend in Auburn, starting with a jazz band and ending with pie making.

Where pie making ends, precalculus begins. I better enjoy the former while it lasts!

I hope you all had a wonderful week…here’s to an even better weekend!

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