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Granny Smith Apples


Rustic Apple Pie

Pic Monkey Apple Pie

A lot has been happening around here lately.  For starters………………..


We are so so so happy for him and his new wife.  We gained a sister, friend, and an entire new family that we deeply care for and love!

Now they just need to start having babies and my life will be complete.  No pressure, right?  LOL!

Well, Mom and Dad were here as well and one of the last nights they were here, we had everyone over for Sunday dinner and mom made Apple Pie!  I have made it before, but when Mom is in town, it’s best to just leave things like this to the “professionals”.  😉



It always has this Rustic quality to it and I love that she never tries to make it too “fake looking”.  Everything is from scratch, including the crust.


Just let me set the stage for you.  It’s a crisp cool day in Fall.  The aroma from the kitchen is taking over the house as the cinnamon and sugar fills the air. As you bring your fork to your mouth filled with that bite of perfection……..   um YEAH!  That happened here that day!  The crust was slightly crunchy, while the filling was a thick cinnamon apple yumminess!

Come on y’all, it’s FALL!!!

Why not get in the kitchen and bake you up some Apple Pie?


You know you want too!  And just in case, because I love you so much……..Here is Mom’s recipe!

Recipe: Rustic Apple Pie

– 2 Homemade or Prepared Deep Dish Pie Crusts  (*You will need 2 crusts, one for the bottom and one for the top. *NOTE: Crusts perform better when refrigerated well.  If frozen, make sure to thaw completely and chill in fridge until you need it.)

– 15 Granny Smith Apples, Peeled, Cored and Sliced (*NOTE: Slice no larger than a 1/2 inch in thickness or apples will not cook properly)

– 1 Heaping Tbsp. Cinnamon

– 2 Cups Sugar

– 1 Tbsp. Cornstarch

– 4 Tbsp. Unsalted Butter

– 2 Tbsp. Milk

– Small amount of additional cinnamon and sugar for dusting the top of pie.


– Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

– Take a 9in. pie plate and spread first crust evenly over bottom.  Refrigerate.

– Place apple slices into a large mixing bowl.

– In a separate bowl, combine cinnamon and sugar and cornstarch.

– Add Cinnamon mixture to apples and mix well using hands, making sure all apples are coated well.

– Remove pie plate from fridge and add apple slice mixture.  *NOTE:  Apples will mound up in dish.  This is normal and makes for a great pie!

– Cut 4 Tbsp. Butter in half and dot over apple mixture evenly.

– Top apples with remaining pie crust.  Pinch all around edges of pie to “seal” crusts together.  *NOTE: This can be done by using a fork or by index finger and thumb method all the way around.

– Brush top of pie with 2 Tbsp. Milk.

– Lightly dust top of pie with additional cinnamon and sugar.

-Cut 2-3 slits (1 in. long)  in top of pie crust for steam to escape during baking.

– Bake pie in oven for 15 minutes.

– Turn temperature down to 350 degrees and continue baking pie for an additional 45 minutes.

– If at end of baking, pie is not golden brown, turn temperature back to 400 degrees and watch closely for 5 minutes.  *That should do the trick! 😉


I hope you enjoy the recipe!




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Mom’s Southern Stewed Apples

The other day was Em’s 7th Birthday!

 I cannot believe enough time has passed to be able to say that.

I always try to make everyone’s favorite dinner for their birthday.  My mom has always done that and it always made me feel so special.  I have tried to continue this tradition with my own family.

One of her favorite things is my Mom’s Stewed Apples.  She can eat enough to make her sick…… and I don’t blame her.  I have to hold back myself.


They are SOOOOO good!


First, take some Granny Smith Apples.  (I use the whole bag because I like to make a lot)

Peel, core, and slice.  ( I use a peeler first, then put them under this handy little baby made by Pampered Chef)


I fill them up in the pot first to see how high they go.  Then I put them into a seperate bowl while I ……..

Melted half a stick of butter in the saucepan,


Added some Cinnamon,

And for whatever reason, felt there wasn’t enough butter, so I added another half stick of butter.  Yes, there is now 1 whole stick of butter in the recipe and YES!  I’m SORRY!  : D


Then I added a 1/2 cup of sugar and mixed until it was dissolved.

Add the apple slices.



Toss the apples until they are completely coated in the cinnamon/sugar mixture and allow to simmer for 45 minutes.

This is what they looked like after 20 minutes.


And this is what they looked like after 45 minutes.  Softened and DELICIOUS!

Complete YUMMINESS! 

Recipe:  Mom’s Southern Stewed Apples



– 1 Bag Granny Smith Apples, peeled, cored, and sliced

– 1 stick Unsalted Butter

– 3 Tablespoons Cinnamon

– 1/2 Cup Granulated Sugar



– In a medium saucepan, melt butter on medium heat.

– Add cinnamon and sugar and mix well.

– Add apples and stir, mixing well in cinnamon/butter/sugar mixture.  *Bowl will be very full, so be careful mixing.

– Allow to simmer on medium low, stirring occasionally for 45-50 minutes, or until apples are soft and tender.

*Make sure you stir occasionally!  If not, sugar/butter mixture may burn.




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