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Thursday, October 22, 2015

You're the "APPLE" of my PIE... a new Paper Lady for the season!




Pattern will be ready by Monday! 

Will never show you the first DRAFT...was not feeling it...
but this morning...YEP, I think we got a pretty sweet pattern design! lol


There is a cycle of events that seem to repeat themselves every year.
Apple PIE making is one of them. 
Each year I prepare at least 2 dozen apple pies and load them to 
our freezer - when a reminder
of the season just needs a bit of warmth and a little bit of love..


Apple Pies are about LOVE

It is that LOVE that brings the smile to my Davids face when he enters
our home and the sweet aroma of a freshly baked apple pie awakens his senses...

It is the LOVE of the freshest memory of returning home from school
to find my Nanny reaching for the baked pie in the oven,  just as I rushed into
her covered porch heading to the kitchen...

It is the LOVE of sharing a PIE anywhere in the world.
This year I canned 24 Quarts....enough for a very deep dish apple pie..
There are 4 cups of SPY apples and spices added to each jar...
And a LOT OF LOVE


I have tried sending frozen pies in the mail with dry ice...
the cost was over $100.00 for one pie...
I did this for a GREAT AUNT whose dying wish was a whole apple pie
that I had prepared just for her...
She ate every morsel! " I tasted a a lot of love in that pie", she shared with  me...
she added  " I am taking all that love with me"...And she did...
To this day, every time I take an apple pie out of the oven,
I see the smile upon her face....

As some of my dearest sweetest friends find themselves
all around the world today, I kept thinking "how can I send
something that is full of love?"

I came up with this....

I ordered a bushel of SPY apples, 
SPY FOR THE PIE....My Nanny always said they make
the best pies....I also have made them with golden delicious
and macintosh, I have made them with Galas...
but I have to say SPY's make the best pies....


It took us a whole day, David helped peel all the apples while I sliced them 
and placed them in stainless steel bowl with 4 tbs of STAY FRESH and lemon juice,
this keeps the apples from oxidation ( turning brown) .

This Clear-Jel is like a refined corn starch, has no taste and has the perfect jel
to keep the apples fresh.


 After soaking the slices apples in Stay Fresh ( fruit fresh) and lemon juices, I blanched them in a very large pot of boiling water for just one minute..... using a ladle I transferred the apples to the  sterilized canning jars...
 I measured out 4 cups for each jar and begin stuffing them tight , nothing worse than a flat apple pie...This jar will give you what my husband calls it..."A flinstone pie". Why it is good to stuff each jar then pour your jel, is you have each jar filled with consistent amount of  FRUIT.

Pour out any water, and then following the recipe of the Clear Jel, add your spices
a bit of sugar, ( I used brown sugar) cinnamon and nutmeg ( only fresh spices)
once it boils, I pour about 1 cup of gel to the apples...
Then  seal and give them a water bath for 25 minutes..

What is so wonderful about this canning method of APPLE PIE FILLING,
is that all you need to do is pour out the contents into a pie crust..
I will be included a pound of Tenderflake lard and the recipe
to make the easiest most tender pie crust you ever tasted.

YOU really will get the message 
"You're the apple of my pie"

Our newest PAPER LADY, perfect for this season...
Cori made this T-towel as a trade for a couple jars of LOVE...
I think it was an excellent TRADE ....:)

Pattern will be out very soon! 


  "note, this wee apple pie, well one quart can make 3 little ones" 
 YOU really are very sweet to come by today....can you smell the PIE...I have one in the oven
just for you!

  I just had a service man come in, and he said " is that apple pie I am smelling?"
"Yes would you like a slice?"  I cut him a hot  slice and his eyes were as big as saucers...."When was the last time you had apple pie? I asked..." Real pie?---never"..... Well we certainly changed that....
From the look on his face, I think he liked it. I think he must of thanked me a dozen times....

Yep there is LOVE in the air today....and it came by from an APPLE PIE!





61 comments:

  1. Love the towel, love the apple pie love...thanks for sharing!

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    1. thanks for your sweet apple note....x

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  2. That makes me smile real big! You certainly made that service man's day!!

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    1. He just left....I think he stayed a little while longer to be certain our cable was working perfectly lol..

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    2. He just left....I think he stayed a little while longer to be certain our cable was working perfectly lol..

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  3. Mmmmm wonderful Apple jam!! I cooked apple jam too on Sunday.

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    1. Ahhh apple jam, I cant say I have ever had that......is it like applesauce? but thicker..

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  4. I used to bake a lot. I think my hubs misses it. I am quite sure you made that serviceman's day. Always gives me a good feeling when I am able to do something like that. Mmmmmm smelling the love

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    1. WElll when he left he was still smiling...feeling the love as you say...lol/ I bake small things...but often as my David really has a sweet tooth..me not so much lol

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  5. Your towel is very beautiful! And I love apples too :) This evening we cooked the apple pie with my small daughter (she is 2.5 years old) :)

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    1. ahhh Ira....how nice..now that is love...cooking with our little ones..

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    2. yes :)))) and then all evening she was very proud : "I cooked this cake" :))))) But eat very small piece of it :)))))))

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    3. ohh Ira, what a delightful age she is....of course she cooked cake...you sound like a great Mom!

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  6. Yummy!! I think fall is perfect apple pie season!
    Your little paper lady embroidered tea towel is PERFECT for the season! Adorable!

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    1. we can smell the apples in the air around here Linda...it has been a good season ....x

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  7. This article warmed me up all over! :)
    I love making apple pies.

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    1. ahhhh sweet Sue....I too feel the warmth...x

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  8. What a beautiful towel, Samm! I love it! I also loved the story about the apple pie you sent to your Great Aunt. I haven't made an apple pie for years. I think I'll have to change that!

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    1. HI Christine....you know what is nice about canning them, is you can just make small pies...
      this way you are never overeating them...it is a nice treat. And my Aunt would be smiling with you..x______

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  9. oh Yummy! People think I am crazy because I like my apple pie with a slice of old nippy cheddar cheese. You got the pie Samm, I got the cheese! A little vanilla ice cream on top and it all tastes heavenly.

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    1. Ohhhh Evelyn, our saying in our home, came from my Nanny ..." apple pie without cheese is like a hug without a squeeze" . I always serve a slice of old cheddar cheese with every piece...xx
      no ice cream for me..you can have an extra scoop winkx

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  10. Such a touching post full of memories of your Nanny and you Aunt ... something you'll remember forever. The apple pie reminds me of the times my mom made apple pies and apple slices. Loved the aroma that wafted through the house while the pies and slices were baking. The tea towel Cori made is adorable. Your cable man will never forget you and I'm sure he's hoping that if you ever have problems again that he will be the lucky one to go to your house to fix it. ; )

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    1. HI Jan, I have many memories of them both....apples were certainly a theme in our homes...
      ahhhhh when I think of USA I always think everyone is still baking pies...especially apple pie.
      and yes Rod was his name, he left a card and said if ever I needed 'anything' to call him lol.
      funny how a slice of pie can melt a mans heart...my Nan was correct...to get to a man, you have to get through his stomach lol

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  11. There is nothing like a fresh apple pie to put a smile on someone's face. Can you imagine never having tasted a real apple pie???

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    1. HI Mary, I was afraid to ask him about what that meant? lol I suppose perhaps he meant like HOME MADE ....he never had one...He sounded like Bob from "what about Bob?"....It was a funny and loving afternoon lol...

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  12. Yummy apple pies! Hmmm.... can smell them from here...... love your tea-towel gift - special!

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    1. Hi Karen, you can .....lol and the tea-towel is yummy too...thanks for smelling in ..lol

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  13. I have been thinking of you for a few days, wondering how things were for you and David. Checking in just now I see you have gone through the kind of loss with which am I all too familiar, and my heart aches for you. We lost three of our dogs over the last year--our mama dog and two of her 11 year old daughters--so I understand some of what you are feeling. Please know that one more loving heart is thinking of you, and will be there in the days ahead--through the sunshine of the new little boys, along with the grieving that is still ahead of you. Both are okay, both will honor the girl you loved so much.

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    1. HI Beth, I miss her every moment of my day, it is not the same home at the moment, but we try to keep our spirits up ....You certainly know the loss, we so miss their sweet personalities, and that love, well no mistaken, it is hard not to long for them...xx

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  14. Nothing says LOVE like an apple pie! Yours look delicious....the more apples, the better! I cannot wait to get a jar! How many more could I get for a quilt?.lol....just kidding. I know I got the better out of this deal! You are such a sweet lady to offer the cable guy a piece....I am sure you changed his life forever.... just as you will change mine! xx

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    1. Well I certainly have enough to share...David laughed when we were canning..24 quarts that is almost a pie every other week, and since I made little pies that is 6 pies a month...we don't eat that much pie..so we must share lol.

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  15. I can almost smell it all the way down here Samm - scrumptious! Thanks for posting this. I can't wait to try it! blessings, marlene

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    1. Hi Marlene...it really is a simpler way of doing apple pies...I never would have thought that....I made a pie with one of the quarts yesterday, tasted like I made it fresh from the tree..x

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  16. Such a YUMMY post from you, Samm! ^_^ I love your new paper lady! She is such a good wife I suppose :)

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    1. Thanks Maria, it is nice to have help in my home, even if comes by as a tea-towel lol

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  17. Чудесная хозяйка! Люблю яблочные пироги!:)

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    1. so nice to see you sweet lady....ahhhhhh

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  18. Mmm, I like this apple post! We usually do some apple chips by drying apple slices. But I should try your variant, it looks yummi!

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    1. ohhhh apple chips we do like here...my oven has this new feature to dehydrate perfectly...and yes this method is superb...passed the test just yesterday lol

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  19. Сколько любви в Вашем рассказе, очень трогательно!
    Пожалуй, нужно сегодня испечь пирог!

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    1. How much love in your story , very touching !
      Perhaps you need to bake a cake today !


      Ahhh sweet lady what a delightful idea...today I have on the menu, a lemon, cherry loaf....
      I love sour, and the cherries are local, that I purchase in tubs...x

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  20. I wish I had your love of baking. Baking Christmas Cookies is about the most interest I have in baking from scratch. I had a friend (that has passed) who baked pies while she cleaned the kitchen cabinets. Those are two major productions for me and she combined them not only into the same day, but concurrently!! Wow, you gave someone their first slice of real apple pie!! How cool is THAT!!
    xx, Carol

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    1. Morning Carol, you are up early....baking, I love to bake, and when I do I fill freezers..with Christmas cookies, I make up all the dough in November, I make some each week and then when I ship them out, everyone can bake them fresh...I love your friend, now cleaning cupboards at the same time is not a feat I conquered lol. and yes their first slice of pie...turned out he only ever had supermarket pie..x

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  21. Oh, love that new paper lady! How perfect on the kitchen towel. And that apple pie filling makes my mouth water. I made some apple crisp the other day, I think I'll have it for breakfast!

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    1. Hi Deonn, ohhh apple crisp for breakfast, sounds wonderful. may I join you lol

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  22. That sounds quite interesting to store apple pie fillings in canning jars! I had an apple pie receipe that I made very often, when my son was a boy .... I think I should bake it again soon. Thanks for this inspiration, dear Samm!
    Hugs
    Hilda

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    1. Funny I would never have thought of either, except it was hard to think of ways to send a fresh apple pie to my loved ones...And the JEL is what preserves the apples...I made an apple crisp this morning on Deonn's suggestion and it was perfect... Like I had just sliced all the apples this morning....I think from this day forward, this is how I will store all my pie fillings...wish I could serve you a piece Hilda x

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  23. Hi Samm!
    I like apple pies very much! My mum makes a lovely one) And I tried this year too! I also made apple jam for the first time - alse tasty one)
    Have lovely days,
    Olga

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    1. Hello sweet Olga, I think every Mom makes a perfect pie for her children...now you are the second to mention apple jam...I can't say I have ever had that....but it sounds wonderful...x

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  24. Oh My the Apple of my Pie...love the embroiderd towel with the crochet edging, your canned apples looking so delicious and fresh baked apple pie. Yum! Creative Apple Pie Bliss...

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    1. HI Sherri, it is looks and smells like Autumn here....a nice time to reflect on your sweet comment xx

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  25. Beautiful towel and wonderful apple pie story:)
    Have a nice weekend!

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    1. Hello sweet lady, always nice to see you...may your weekend be filled with tender sweet moments xx

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  26. Мне очень понравилось ваше сообщение! Все так красиво и вкусно! Браво!!!

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    1. really enjoyed your post ! Everything is so beautiful and delicious! Bravo !!!

      Thank you so much pretty lady...nice to see you xx

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  27. Love is in the air. So is fall. What a sweet post. That's a pretty cute tag you have. The newest pattern is darling. It might be my favorite. Looks like you rolling out dough.

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    1. Hello sweet Corrie...this pattern is perfect for this season, I am doing it up for a pillow sleeve...it is so pretty...and yes that would be rolling out my pie crust...in my apron x

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  28. If I close my eyes I feel the smell .... As far as I would like to try one !

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    1. ahhhh I bet you could too....it still smells fresh in our home...x

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  29. Oh my goodness that is such a sweet pattern. Those apple pies sound so delish.

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    1. well we tried a couple on the weekend...they came out perfectly..so a great idea was born out of no more room in our freezer lol

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