We're having a blast with the Fall Lovers Series and hope you are too! If you missed day 1 or 2, click here and here, because you wouldn't want to miss out on the Anti-Wreath or Fancy Mantle posts.
I love fall foods. Perhaps I just like the fact that summer is coming to an end, routines are back, and fall foods are comfort foods in my book. We got home Saturday from a week at the beach and since it officially marks the end of summer for us, I made a roasted chicken, mashed potatoes (my favorite food), corn, stuffing, biscuits, gravy... it was so yummy!
I have many foods that are a Mangin family fall tradition, but one is kind of famous... my apple pie. It has to be baked for the Eagles' opening game every year. We actually make an apple pie like once a week all fall!
Monica’s "Famous" Apple Pie
So, my pie is nothing special. Actually, it's right out of a Betty Crocker cookbook we got as a wedding present, but it's a never fail recipe for sure. Anyone can handle this recipe... even the hubs makes a mean pie now!
(Sorry about the old TO jersey... we're too cheap to buy new jerseys all the time!)
An insider pie maker tip... Get yourself one of these bad boys from the Pampered Chef. I love it! Cores and slices the apples so easily. I've used generic ones before... blah! This cuts like butter! Check out our sidebar for Jen's info if you want to get one. She'll hook you up!
Here's the secret recipe...
Here's where the fun begins... the crust!
Now, if you want crazy fancy pie, well check out some of these links
Adorable and Impressive!
Almost too pretty to eat! (But trust me, it wouldn't stop me! )
Ok... get ready to be amazed and wowed and awed...
My Pathetic Excuse for a Decorative Crust...
Haha! I totally had just gotten in the door from running (ugh!) and I had company coming in like 10 minutes. I always do an EAGLES crust for the first game, so I started on the crust totally forgetting I was planning to blog about it, so this is real life people...
I ran out of room for the S so we were cheering for the EAGLE not EAGLES!
One fun thing I usually do, when I want to make a fancy crust, is to use a marker lid. You can make holes of all sizes and it looks really cute to do a pattern of some sort. For this pie I did nothing cute nor creative!
You just pop that crust on top and voila... No, I'm not showing you a finished picture for two reasons...
1. It looked atrocious
2. We ate it before I remembered to take pictures
Ok, so save myself from this rather humbling post, I'll share some awesome recipes and ideas I've found.
How fun would this be with a group of your gal pals on a cool, fall night? Jess and I added this to our To-Do list already.
Sunflower Dip- Caramel Apple
Fancy Caramel Apples
This would be awesome as the centerpiece on your table and then you just eat them for dessert. My kids would definitely want to help me make these!
Pumpkin Pie White Hot Chocolate
The hubs loves pumpkin. Can't wait to try this!
Sliced Garlic Potatoes
I made these a few nights ago and they were fabulous! I had mine with sour cream! Yum!
Well, after showing the world my ugly crust, I think I'll go eat a piece of humble pie...