As I sit here, I am sipping on the best hot chocolate EVER! My husband’s mom, Linda, got me hooked about a week ago. She gave me a packet and I made it that night. I must tell you that I absolutely LOVE hot chocolate. It’s something my mom and dad started. We had hot chocolate all the time. Now when their grandchildren come over they always ask for it as well. One day I’ll tell you all about how my mom is always starting traditions with our family.
So if you haven’t tried this, you simply must!
This has been the first weekend since I started my blog and I believe I was fooling myself if I thought I could post every single day. Plus that might be a strain on our relationship! Don’t forget to leave me some comments by the way. No one likes to be in a one sided conversation! So that I won’t disappoint myself, I am going to let you know now that my weekends are mostly spent with my family unless I have the occasional wedding or family to photograph. I’m not saying I won’t post at all, but it will probably be mostly pictures. I’m sure you won’t mind that, lol!
My mom works 4 days a week and is off on Fridays. Since we had our baby, Jackson, and I decided to stay home, my mom and I get together on Fridays and usually sew or bake something. My mom is an excellent seamstress and an amazing baker/cook. She graduated from college as a librarian and home-ec teacher. So she knows all the tricks of the trade. She’s my very own Martha. Over the past year she has had to really slow down and actually teach me though. I am very appreciative and want to learn all that I can from her. I want our time together to be documented so that I never forget what I learn from her. I will call these segments “Fridays at Home.” Home because no matter how old I get I think I’ll always consider my mom and dad’s house “home.” But since Evan is gone, my Friday turned into the weekend.
Jackson stayed the night with Mom and Dad on Thursday night and I came over Friday morning pretty early. Mom had her cast iron skillet out and started peeling apples. I knew exactly what she was doing and I immediately began making the pie crust. We were making an apple pie in a skillet. I had this all pictured in my head. You put the pie crust in the bottom of the skillet and then your pie filling and then turn the edges over onto the filling. No need for a top crust. I have been waiting to make a pie like this!! Mmm… the best!
TThere’s Mom’s pie filling recipe. She used 8-Red Delicious apples. The cinnamon came from Country Cupboard. She poured the sugar, water, corn starch, and cinnamon into the peeled and sliced apples and cooked them for about 30 minutes till they were really soft.
I made the pie crust using the recipe from our food processor, which we both got for Christmas last year. It’s almost the same as Martha Stewart’s Pate Brisee. It’s such an awesome pie crust but it does have to be chilled for a while. When I’m in a hurry I make the Crisco crust. Both are great but I like to mix it up sometimes! I rolled the pie crust out and put it into the skillet. I rolled it so that it was quite a bit larger than the skillet. We added the apple pie filling and then turned the extra crust over onto the filling and baked it at 375 degrees for about 50 minutes. Just until the crust was a nice golden color. This pie was heavenly!
And here are just a few more pictures from our weekend. My nephew Parker feeding the baby calf he named Parker! Jack loves popcorn! My sister Jenna came home from dental school. We visited my Grandpa Roy in Winona and stopped at the scenic lookout and I loved the curves along the highway. Below those are just some bath pictures of Jack that I just couldn’t pass up!
Please remember to pray for my husband Evan who is in Africa on a mission trip. On Saturday, they began working on the construction project and it makes me think of Philippians 4:13 ” I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” And Sunday will be filled with visiting and possibly sharing what Christ has done in his life. So I’m praying for him to be able to speak encouraging words to the people. 1 Thessalonians 5:11 says, “Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are.”
Thank you and sorry this is so long! It’s 3 days worth!