Our pumpkin pie at Thanksgiving was so very delicious, but who can resist the thought of an apple pie? Not me, so that's what I'm making this morning.
Our apples this year are HUGE. I feel they could have used a little more time on the tree to fully mature, but Mother Nature doesn't always give us that. Supposedly, some varieties will actually ripen a bit more in storage. Fingers crossed.
Papa Pea can't tolerate a mushy apple so is very happy munching on one that is hard and crisp. (One that I would call a smidge unripe.)
I'm the opposite in that his kind of apple gives me an instant tummy ache so when I came across one (that he would call) mushy apple this morning while peeling and paring the apples for the pie, I saved it for myself and happily ate it while finishing the pie preparation at the counter. (Aren't we all different?)
I always measure out my apples in the pie plate to make sure I have enough for a nicely packed piece of pie. Who wants an apple pie with two crusts but only a sliver of apples?
All set to go into the oven. Top crust brushed with milk and sprinkled with a sugar/cinnamon mix. Between the turkey stock simmering and the apple pie baking there's gonna be a lovely aroma wafting through the house.
The apples always settle down in baking but this pie looks as though it will still make adequately thick pieces. Here it's cooling on the back unheated porch. (Hope all the bears have gone into hibernation 'cause the pie is scenting the whole back yard.)
Remember the new sloppy joe recipe I tried several days ago that we didn't care for? Well, never being one to waste any part of a pound of pricey ground beef, I put the remainder of the batch in the freezer. Yesterday afternoon I wanted a quick, easy dinner for us so defrosted and reheated the remainder of that mix. Guess what? We both thought it was much better! Matter of fact, there is enough left that we're eating it again for breakfast this morning. (I'm still not keeping the recipe though.)
Last night I finished the Christmas-y X-stitch I've been working on. Well, perhaps finished is not a totally accurate word as I'm going to make it into a small pillow as decoration during the holiday season. The design itself is only 8" x 8". I've needed some new Christmas decorations for a while now (years?) so it feels good to be creating some. Less than a month now until we'll be putting out a plate of cookies for dear old Santa!