I’m Sarah.

After graduating college, I worked as a TV news reporter at an NBC affiliate outside of Chicago. I then retired from that life to be a stay at home mom to my three little ones. While at home I was able to rekindle my love for decorating and crafts. A blog seemed like the perfect place to share those ideas. There is inspiration everywhere, I hope you find some here.

dutch apple pie

dutch apple pie

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For Danny's birthday a few weeks ago, I made an apple pie. He always prefers a pie over a cake. This one was pretty good. I got the recipe from my neighbor (whenever she cleans out her recipes, I always end up with some of her old ones).

Recipe:
1 prepared pie crust
3 lbs apples
1/2 cup sugar
1 t cinnamon
1 Tbls lemon juice

For the streusel topping:
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup plus 2 Tbls flour
1/2 cup (1stick) unsalted butter, chilled
1 t cinnamon
1 t nutmeg
1 t allspice
pinch of salt
1/2 cup chopped walnuts.

Peel, core and dice the apples. In a large bowl, combine the apples, sugar, cinnamon and lemon juice. Mix well and set aside.

In a food processor, combine all of the streusel ingredients except for the walnuts. Process to form coarse crumbs. Add the walnuts and pulse several times to just combine.

Transfer the apple mixture to the pie crust. Sprinkle the streusel mixture over the apples in an even layer. Cover the pie with foil and bake at 350 for 30 minutes. Remove foil and bake for 25-30 more minutes or until the top is golden. Let cool a bit before serving.

I topped it with some homemade whipped cream. I always just beat (with your whisk attachment) the pint of heavy cream on high until soft peaks form, then add about 3 Tbls of sugar and about 1-2 t of vanilla then beat until stiff peaks form.

I had a helper with me. It's always a little bit more difficult when I have "helpers" but since I wanted Jackson to help with Danny's pie, I decided I would be extra patient so that I wouldn't get stressed at how long it took to make the normally quick pie.

My added patience helped when he dropped a big spoonful of whipped cream and got it all over his sweater and the chair. We just laughed and laughed at how funny it was. It was a fun little afternoon with Jackson.

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