Thursday, January 29, 2015

Ugly Pie

Filled with granny smith apples, chopped walnuts, raisins, and molasses - there's nothing ugly about the flavor of this delicious classic pie!




One of the things I'm most proud of myself for doing this past year is making library visits with the boys a habit in our family. This summer, I signed Wesley up for our local "1,000 books before Kindergarten" challenge. That's right, our goal is to read a whopping 1k books with him before September 2016! We're in the 200's right now so I'm hopeful we can do it! 

There are just so many benefits to getting kids interested in reading as early as possible and I have to say, the road has been long with Silas in particular! Up until this year, he really wasn't interested in books for more than 5 minutes at a time and usually when I would ask him if he wanted to read with me, his answer was "Not right now." Wesley on the other hand, was always into books and reading - even as a baby. He loved looking at the colors and the shapes and sitting with us while we read.

I have to say though, personally I LOVE the library. It's calm, peaceful, and I'm surrounded by some of my favorite things in the world: BOOKS! It helped Silas loads to see how excited I was to visit the library, and he now gets excited about our trips, too. Our local libraries offer so many fun activities for kids: toddler and preschool story times, summer "camps", Lego club, we even went a few weeks ago to a library "block party." They had bought brand new wooden blocks for the children's library and held a block party for the kids to play with them and hear stories read to them about shapes. It was a lot of fun!


On our last trip out, Wesley picked a book called "Ugly Pie" by Lisa Wheeler (*affiliate link). I was in a rush to get out and get my beloved iced coffee, this was one of the weeks where I just let them pick some random books that caught their eye. We read it that night before bed together and what an endearing book! It's about a bear who has a taste for "ugly pie" and goes around to his friends homes collecting the ingredients. Our mouths were actually watering by the end of the book and to our surprise as we turned to the last page - there was a recipe for homemade ugly pie from the author herself!

So of course the boys begged me to make it, and here she is! We all agreed that yes the ingredients were ugly, but this pie is absolutely delicious!



Ugly Pie

Ingredients
  • 1 pie crust
  • 6 cups Granny Smith apples, peeled and chopped
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 5 tablespoons flour
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 3/4 cup raisins
  • 1/4 cup finely diced walnuts
For crumb topping:
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup butter, cold
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
Cooking Directions
  1. In a large bowl, mix together apples, lemon juice, and molasses. Add in flour, brown sugar, white sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Toss to combine well. Stir in raisins and walnuts.
  2. Place pie crust into a deep dish pie plate. Fill with apple filling.
  3. For topping, place flour, cold butter, and brown sugar in a deep bowl. Using a pastry cutter or two knives, combine until you have coarse crumbs. Sprinkle evenly over pie.
  4. Cover with foil and bake at 400 degrees for 40 minutes. Remove foil and bake an additional 20 minutes. Cool completely before serving.



It's REALLY hard to wait until this pie cools completely, but it holds together much better that way. Of course if you have no will power (like me, haha), just top it with some vanilla ice cream and call it a day!


Here are some more of my favorite pie recipes:


Pastor's Wife Apple Crumb Pie




Mint Oreo Pudding Pie




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Monday, January 26, 2015

Green Chile Chicken Enchiladas

Cooked chicken and spices wrapped up in torillas and topped with a sour cream green chile sauce, cheddar, and guacamole - this one's a total crowd pleaser!





You guys. They want dinner every night. Every. Single. Night.


UUUGGGHHHH.


I plan and I buy all the ingredients. I have all the recipes on hand. But some days, I just want to throw in the towel! You know, the days when the kids decided that every toy needed to come out and into the entire living room, mount "laundry-more" is higher than the washing machine, and all you feel like doing is hibernating until winter is over.

Welcome to my world!

Life was so much simpler when I could just walk into the kitchen, make myself something to eat, and then sit right down and eat it. Not nearly as wonderful, but so SO much simpler.

Sigh.

These enchiladas, though. Send the kids to their room or, better yet, sit them in front of Curious George on Netflix, whatever you need to do to clear the kitchen so you can make these enchiladas. If dinner is going to be a stress and a hassle every. single. night. at least you get these amazing enchiladas, am I right?! ;)

Green Chile Chicken Enchiladas

Yield: 8 enchiladas
Ingredients
  • 2 cups cooked, shredded chicken
  • 2 tablespoons salsa
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 8 whole wheat or low carb tortillas
For green chile enchilada sauce:
  • 4 oz 1/3 less fat cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 4 oz can diced green chiles
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • prepared guacamole, if desired
Cooking Directions
  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine chicken, salsa, chili powder, cumin, garlic powder, onion powder, and salt. Spread evenly down the center of each tortilla, roll up tightly, and place in a 9 x 13 baking dish. In a small blender or food processer, blend cream cheese, sour cream, green chiles, minced garlic, chicken broth, chili powder, cumin and salt until smooth. Pour evenly over tortillas in baking dish. Sprinkle with cheese. Cover with foil and bake at 350 degrees for 35 minutes. Remove foil and bake for another 5 minutes or until cheese is bubbly. Serve with additional sour cream or prepared guacamole (I just mashed two avocados with some salsa and taco seasoning).




It's a long list of ingredients, but it's mainly seasonings and I can assure you. It's worth every minute of effort! YUM!


Here are some more of my favorite casseroles:


Cheesy Cauliflower Casserole




Biscuit Topped Italian Casserole




Pierogi Casserole




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Menu Plan Monday 1/26



Good morning everyone! Today is Silas' first official snow day and we are celebrating in style. Pajamas, blankets all over the living room, and snacks - ha! We actually already had about 4 inches fall here on Saturday so I was able to take the boys sledding for the first time. Take a peek:






They're so cute! And they had a total blast. Paul was disappointed he wasn't there (at work) so we're hoping with this lengthy storm today he'll be able to take them.

Here are the posts from last week, in case you missed them:

Lemon Meringue Cake







Tuna BLT Melt







5 Reasons I Plan "Dinner Out" Nights, and Why You Should Too!







Paul starts his seminary classes again this week, so we have a few months of super busy schedules around here until the spring! Here's my menu plan for the week:



Creamy Tomato Tortellini Skillet








Homemade Taco Helper








Roasted Nacho Potatoes








Crockpot Chicken Chili








Roasted Garlic Crockpot Rotisserie Chicken








Peanut Butter Pancakes with Honey Butter








Hoagies for the Super Bowl!






I hope you have a wonderful, wintry week!

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