Category: Food

Today I am showing you how to make a “not so typical” apple pie and this tradition was handed down to me by my “not so typical” great grandmother Emma Geiger LaGorin, of German descent.  I was lucky enough to have my great grandmother alive and well until I was around 20 years old. I called her “great grandma on the farm” because…well… she lived on a farm of course!

Each visit to grandma on the farm’s house in rural Ohio, would begin with a huge dinner, farmer’s wife style. When we arrived and walked through the back door, instantly you would be welcomed by the smell of her fresh baked Sour Cream Apple Pie cooling in the pantry. I would rush through dinner just to get to this sweet, tangy, creamy pie! Till this day when I bake this pie I’m transported to grandma on the farm’s house.

Thanks for letting me go down memory lane with you today and share a recipe which is very near and dear to my heart. I hope this posting sparks a new tradition in your family for years to enjoy!Gather All Ingredients aka, Mise en place.
A little culinary lingo for you:)

fill your favorite pie pan, lined with your favorite crust, with enough cored, peeled and sliced apples (I prefer Granny Smith’s)
beat together eggs, sugar, salt, lemon juice then sour cream

Pour sour cream mixture over apples and bake at 400 degrees for 15 minutes.
Then combine crumble topping, sprinkle over pie and bake at 350 degrees for another 35 minutes or until bubbly and yummy.

your house should be smelling amazing by now


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Valentine Chocolate Pretzel Bites

(originally published February, 2012 can’t believe how small my now 8 year old looks compared to now)

Next week is the big day! The day for chocolate, hearts and most of all LOVE! This past weekend my 6 year old son and I took some time to make these yummy and super simple Valentine Chocolate Pretzel Bites for his Kindergarten class party. I love snacks that are sweet and salty, don’t you? I promise these will satisfy the strongest of cravings. I thought I’d share the recipe and make it a tutorial, plus offer up some more sweet and savory Valentine’s snacks at the end of this post. Enjoy!

Mini Pretzels
Heart Shaped Dove Chocolates
Valentine Colored M&Ms

Preheat oven to 200 degrees.
Grab a little helper and start placing pretzels onto a lined cookie sheet.

While your little helper is lining up the pretzels, unwrap all chocolates.

Center a chocolate onto each pretzel

Both milk and dark chocolate, make a nice contrast.

Bake 8-10 minutes or until chocolate is melted but still retains shape

Press an M&M into each chocolate (not too far)
Place in a safe place (where you can’t eat them:) and allow to cool
on sheet until they are no longer soft. Overnight is best.

If you follow me on Pinterest you’ll see I have been busy collecting all sorts of wonderful sweet and salty Valentine snack ideas. Here are my top 10 recipes and tutorials, handpicked just for you! Also for some behind the scenes snapshots, be sure to check me out on Instagram.

1. Red Velvet Valentine’s Cakes
2. Stained Glass Valentine Cookies
3. Sweetheart Shortbread
4. Valentine’s Day S’mores
5. Popcorn Poppers

6. Roasted Heart Potatoes
7. Healthy Hearts
8. Conversation Heart Toast
9. Marbled Red Velvet Cheesecake Brownies
10. Valentine Jelly Pop

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This is what my 2nd grader and I will be making over the weekend so he can share with his class on Monday. It’s soooo tasty and such a treat to give and receive.

Click HERE for recipe and free printable tags. ENJOY!

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Happy National Ice Cream Sandwich Day! I don’t know about you but the ice cream sandwich is (in my opinion) the epitome of ice cream perfection. I’ve scoured the web and found some super unique and tasty ice cream sandwich recipes for you to checkout. You can find them all on my Ice Cream Sandwich Love – Pinterest Board. ENJOY!

Do you have a favorite ice cream sandwich recipe? Please share with us by leaving a comment.

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Last week it was all about Cronuts, this week ice cream. My sweet tooth is getting the best of me this summer. Speaking of summer, did you know July is National Ice Cream Month? It’s also my birthday month (July 10th is my day) perhaps that’s why I love ice cream so much? In 1984, President Ronald Reagan designated July as National Ice Cream Month and the third Sunday of the month as National Ice Cream Day. Hey…that’s this Sunday or should we say Sundae?

In honor of National Ice Cream Month, I thought I’d share a super simple Magic Shell recipe my friend recently introduced to. You all remember magic shell when you were a kid, right? You know the ice cream topping that goes on like fudge and dries into a crispy, crackly coating once it hits something cold? I couldn’t wait to share her recipe and other ideas with you…

DIY Magic Shell Recipe

2 parts coconut oil to 3 parts chocolate – make as much or as little as you would like
{Makes 1 Cup}

2 Bars of good quality chocolate, approx 3 oz each
3.5 Ounces of Coconut Oil

1. Chop your chocolate and add it to a microwave safe container with coconut oil. Allow to melt in 30 second intervals, until it’s all melted.

2. Pour over ice cream (or anything frozen), and watch it harden. Then crack it open. Magic!

3. Pour leftovers in a glass jar or bottle and store in fridge. All you need to do is re-melt in the microwave before using it again.

Try these other ideas for using Magic Shell pictured above from Marin Mama Cooks and Smile Monsters.

While doing a little research I found some AMAZING recipes for flavored Magic Shell, YUM! How about Peanut Butter Magic Shell? Really????

Or Biscoff Nutella Magic Shell? Say it isn’t so!

Want MORE ice cream ideas? Be sure to check out my favorite past post on National Ice Cream Month.

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