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Not the prettiest apple pie I've ever made, but it was eaten so fast it didn't matter!
We went to pick apples here and had an excess of sweet, tasty apples that were begging to be cooked. I have tried a few recipes and most are full of unnecessary sugar. This simple recipe will make a delicious pie and doesn't require extra sugar or take all day to make.
I also bought a vegan pie crust and to make it even simpler. I used a large 10.5 deep dish pie plate, but you can adjust this simple recipe to fit your needs.
Simple Vegan Apple Pie
2 Prepared vegan pie crusts
2 pounds apples
2 cups natural vegan apple sauce (unsweetened)
2 tablespoons cinnamon
1 tablespoon nutmeg
Preheat oven to 350' (read the instructions on your pie crust)
Place one pie crust in the bottom of your pie pan.
Peel and cut your apples into thin slices.
Transfer apples into a medium bowl, sprinkle in spices and stir to coat.
Place coated apples in pie crust, add apple sauce till almost full and place the top pie crust over the apples.
Seal the edges, and cut small steam slices in top crust and gently brush with vegan butter.
Bake for for 50-60 minutes or until the apples are tender.
Allow to sit for 20+ minutes before cutting.
For the last few years we let the raised beds rest, but now its time to plant.
I've germinated seeds in trays with mixed luck, but a few hardly babies have made it.
It's almost SPRING!
The official date for Spring, in the Northern Hemisphere is March 20, 2018, and I can't wait. I enjoy winter, but I'm looking forward to spring this year. I love flowers and of course all the fresh vegetables. I plan on planting another garden and expand my kitchen herb collection.
So I have already started looking for pots, seeds and any/all tools to get a jump on the growing season. I found this 3 Tier Stackable Garden - for indoor/outdoor use. I like the fact that it is self watering and I can expand the number of fresh herbs I can grow NOW and I don't have to wait for warmer weather. It's not too big so you can use it in the kitchen or on the patio. Best part it's under $25USD on Amazon!
Also by growing in my kitchen I have the fresh herbs handy when I need them, plus I keep bugs and critters out of the pots.
It should also help keep the locals out of my pots. Don't get me wrong, I don't mind a toad in the yard on or the patio, but not so much in the oregano.
I also really like this Earth Box kit. (It has wheels! How smart is that?) Plus it comes with everything you need- I know I hate driving into town for fertilizer or planting mix. Each trip I find more things I "need" and end up spending $50 when I went in for a $5 item. This kit is a little bit more pricey at $57 but I figure it paid for itself by eliminating all those extra trips into town. You can grow vegetables, herbs and flowers on windowsills, on your deck or even the balcony, or take it inside - with our unpredictable weather I like that I can easily bring the box inside quickly. Plus container gardening means no weeding!
And if you are just starting out gardening and are unsure about which supplies or tools you need this kit has got it all including non gmo seeds. It comes complete with:
I'm ordering one for each of my nieces and nephews so they can start gardening, too. Have you started planting yet? Nothing beats a early Spring garden full of fresh, homegrown vegetables. MMMMM I'm already looking forward to being over run with squash and strawberries!
I will update you on the garden process over the next few weeks and also don't forget I'm planning that BIG Pacific trip - so any advice on where to go/stay/see/avoid would be appreciated.
Okay only a little behind on this one!
When it comes to shopping I admit some months I shop more than others. September was a busy month between work, traveling and all the normal day to day stuff. Autumn usually is, though as we begin preparing for winter and everyone starts thinking about the holidays.
Somehow, I managed to finish up some personal projects, (yeah me!) and try some new products and I still found time to read! #WIN I have another 20 books I need to write a review on....
Meanwhile, here are a few of my loves for September:
(Note: I do have affiliate links, for some of the products. But I bought and LOVE all of these items or I would not waste my time talking about them.)
I was actually killing time surfing Youtube when I saw this shelf. There are quite a few out there, so I looked carefully at a number of the top sellers before choosing this one. It expands to fit my oversized tub, and the price was right. Now I can extend my already longish bath time, plus have room for a book and a drink! Another win!
(I will insert a link if you want to check them out.)
While we are talking about bath time, lol...Working so much I often just want to soak in the tub, then fall into bed! So I upped my bath tub game with Galaxy bath bombs.
I'm starting to think I was bath obsessed in September, WTF?
And my obsession with Acure products continues too!
I hoarded up a ton of Acure products for the win!
I so love this vegan brand!
I have been so happy with their facial scrub and body wash that I added Shampoo/conditioner, body lotion and cleansing towelettes to my collection. I also bought more body wash to stock the guest bath.
Okay enough bath stuff....I am still obsessed withCliff bars and packed my briefcase full before heading to the airport, like always. One of my die hard vegan friends told me that not every flavor is vegan. Hmmmm, when I did a search it looks like ALL the US flavors are. So I'm going to keep enjoying these delicious snack bars.
I have so many old posts to clear that I'm considering either: A. A Super long 200+ picture post, B. Marathon multiple post a day blogging, or C. Forgetting all the old stuff and just starting new from here. #FML
Do you have any suggestions?
I should have been writing all week long, instead I'm unpacking the Halloween decorations and getting into the spirit of Pumpkin Spice EVERYTHING! lol
Even though I should post another 3,000 entries tonight, I'm going to enjoy this wonderful rainy weather with a good book and nice cup of tea. (In the bath tub, but you already guessed that!)
Catch you later!
I have been subscribed to VeganCuts monthly Snack box for years, (see?) But this was my 1st Beauty Box.
Am I the only one suddenly obsessed with succulents?
I mean I'm a plant person, so I like just about ALL types of Flora, but suddenly I'm obsessed with this tiny treasures! Aren't they amazing>
One of my friends is building fairy gardens and they are...wow! As soon as I get back from NYC I will start mine. Heavy on the succulents, of course. Do you have a favorite type?
Another friend has successfully grown and harvested pineapples! And she doesn't even have a green thumb! I think I better take a closer look at my compost pile and see if I have a crop.
Catch you later-
I'm starting off the year trying to eat better..so here are the results from the latest Fruit/Veggie buying haul. (I'm still in South Texas and we are blessed with lost of fresh produce.)
Bought the Shit outta all kinda goodness.
I had hopes of showing off the latest raw carrot cake I made, but my family ate it faster than I could food process carrots. (And that's pretty damn fast!) I'm still so amazed that everyone likes the raw food. So that 2 BIG raw food myths busted:
1. It's tasteless
2. It's so much hard work.
It's been my experience all the raw food is very tasty and super easy to make. IDK - whoever says otherwise has probably never actually tried it. Just more silly meat #propaganda or some such shite.
Now I'm off to make a big bunch of Nice Cream -- hopefully pictures to follow soon.
Seems like a good day to explore a bit more. We headed back to Penrith. (See map below.) The weather was still much cooler than I am used to, making it a fun experiences, instead of the miserable 100+ temps we are used to in South Texas. I can't believe I'm wearing a coat in June!
How cute is this?
Finished up errands there and then off to see the ducks!
I have 2 weeks to get my house in order before company arrives from New Orleans. Once she gets here we are out exploring every day. (So excited!)
So look for upcoming posts on Scotland, The Lakes and of course cleaning, lol.
Catch you at the airport-
*Warning* Picture Heavy Post
We continued our "Texas Road Trip 2015 Tour" by spending a week in Big Bend State Park. If you want to read about were we stayed and some of the other adventures click here and here. The trip was over 6 weeks long and I'm still sorting pictures!
"There is a place in Far West Texas where night skies are dark as coal and rivers carve temple-like canyons in ancient limestone. Here, at the end of the road, hundreds of bird species take refuge in a solitary mountain range surrounded by weather-beaten desert. Tenacious cactus bloom in sublime southwestern sun, and diversity of species is the best in the country. This magical place is Big Bend."-
The park stretches along the Rio Grande in far west Texas, on the U.S.-Mexico border.
We jumped out at the entrance and started exploring. The land is so rugged and different from my part of Texas. If you want proper info on the park - check out the state web site here.
Visitors can hike, mountain-bike, backpack, paddle, ride horses or explore by vehicle (the park has two- and four-wheel-drive roads). This is Texas’ biggest state park, so there’s a lot to explore!
The park has 238 miles of multiuse trails (for hiking, biking and horseback riding). Visitors can explore 70 miles of unmaintained dirt roads in high-clearance four-wheel-drive vehicles.
Big Bend Ranch State Park is Texas’ largest state park, at over 300,000 acres.
More than 500 prehistoric campsites and shelters, cooking areas and rock art sites dot the park. Many of these are near drainages, springs or tinajas, but some sites are on upland areas away from obvious water sources.
These are pictures taken over several days spent in the park. The sky was always changing and the vistas were so awesome. We will definitely return.
You need to prepare before you go to the park as water is very limited. There are quite a few camp sits and lodges, but they book up fast. Also there were signs to watch out for bears (we didn't see any) and bobcats.
There are so many different shapes and sized mountains in the park. Its a very rugged, but pretty place.
It was warming up and we were glad for the clouds and a slight breeze.
This area had once been thick forests, but was logged in the 1930-40's. The trees are slowly coming back.
We drove for hours without seeing anyone. If you want to explore an area without a lot of tourists, then Big Bend is the place.
A few cars and people were about.
We stopped (Still in the park) to see some fossils.
The view of from on top of the small hill.
I'm actually not sure where I took this...
Another days adventure..
More Jack Rabbits!
We parked and began to explore. But we were always on the look out for snakes.
People from Mexico leaving things for sale on the Texas side.
We parked and followed the hiking trail.
We walked further down.
It was odd to be at the river after spending all day in the high desert.
The river was calm and serene.
The rock outcropping looks somewhat like a ship.
The area was well worth exploring.
The sun was beginning to set so we walked back up to the car. Everything looked different in the changing light.
A over look area to catch the sunset. :D
Computer/site is on over load from all the pictures- Sunset pictures to begin next blog post.
See you at the airport-
Warning: This is another picture heavy post.
I have been wanting to return to Big Bend and the Alpine area for a few years, but there has never been enough time. This area of Texas is very different from my home in central Texas. There are mountains, deserts, different wild life and also the temps vary greatly. May is not a tourist month as the temps are already getting in to the high 90's F. But it was the only time we could fit a trip in. We took our time and drove out, this allowed more time to explore the area. Yeah, #Roadtrip!
"The town has an elevation of 4,475 feet, and the surrounding mountain peaks are over a mile high. It sits on a high plateau, in the Chihuahua Desert, with the Davis Mountains to the north and the Chisos Mountains to the south. Outcrops of ancient volcanic rocks spread to the northwest. Other layers of rocks have been exposed over time as the mountains were forced up and then eroded. The high altitude cools the desert air in the evenings. Alpine is located on U.S. Route 90 about 26 miles (42 km) east of Marfa and 31 miles west of Marathon".- from WIKI
We explored Marfa, Fort Davis, Big Bend, Marathon and attended a star party at the observatory. I took a few pictures, so this will be a few posts, lol.
Next post on the Star Party and exploring Marfa.
See you at the airport!
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