Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Salted Caramel Apple Hand Pies

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Dessert is definitely my favorite part of any meal.  Mike always makes fun of me because I say "I'm full," but what I really mean is "I'm tired of eating this, where's dessert?"  I always have room for dessert, and if you have a sweet tooth like me, you know having to share desserts is the worst.  When I eat cake or pie, I usually take a look at all the slices cut and look for the one that's even the slightest bit bigger.  Needless to say, I love individual desserts because I can pick the best-looking one and know it's all mine.  These salted caramel apple hand pies are so delicious!  I used to only make them once or twice each fall because they can get a little messy and clean up would be a pain, but the taste makes them so worth it!  Now, I've made a couple adjustments to my prep, including purchasing store-bought pie crust (seriously, it's so good) and using Sponge Scotch-Brite™ Brand for easy clean up, and I am a baking machine.  Trust me, these hand pies will 'wow' at your next party:
- two store-bought pie crusts
- 1 large granny smith apple
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
- pinch nutmeg
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon flour
- 8-10 store-bought soft caramels
- 1 egg
- coarse sea salt
1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.
2. Peel and chop the apple into small cubes.
3. Mix together the apple, lemon juice, cinnamon, nutmeg, brown sugar, and flour in a bowl and set aside.
4. Roll out each pie crust and use the rim of a drinking glass to cut out 3-4 inch circles of crust.
5. On half of the crust circles, cut in a heart shape and small slits for vents.
6. On the other half of the crusts, spoon in about a tablespoon of apple filling.
7. On top of each apple side, sprinkle one caramel, cut into 6-8 small pieces.
8. Layer a heart crust side on top of each apple side and press the edges together, using egg wash (1 egg and a tablespoon of water) to seal the edges.  Use a fork to crimp around the edges.
9. Place each mini pie on a baking sheet, brush with more egg wash, and sprinkle with the sea salt.
10. Bake in the oven for 12-15 minutes, until golden brown.
As you can tell, that cooking sheet gets a bit messy with all the baked-on delicious apple and caramel flavor.  Luckily, my Scotch-Brite® Non-Scratch Scrub Dots Sponge from Dollar General safely cleans all cookware, including everything non-stick.  The non-scratch sponges scrub fast and rinse clean.
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With all the holiday cooking and baking on the horizon this fall, you can spend more time with family and less time cleaning!
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Monday, October 16, 2017

Weekend Things

Happy Monday! This weekend, we had Mike's dad and grandma in town, which was a perfect opportunity to do all of our favorite touristy things. While Mike's dad has been here for a couple weekend trips to see us, his grandma hadn't been down since we move and hasn't seen Charleston since probably the 1990s. Picking me up from work on Friday at lunchtime, we headed over to Sullivan's Island for lunch at Home Team and a look at Fort Moultrie. Since they got up at 4am to get down here, they stayed back to relax while we went to watch the season kickball finals at the minor league ballpark. How cool is it that the teams get to play on the baseball field? Unlimited beer (for players and spectators) is an awesome bonus, too!
Saturday we headed to Johns Island to tour the Charleston Tea Plantation with stops at the Angel Oak and Baker & The Farmer, the cutest little new dairy and bake shop on Johns. This spot seriously deserves its own post soon - the chocolate ice cream and homemade waffle cone were perfection! Of course, we brought a few cookies home for that night, too. Dinner was our favorite Southern staple, Hominy Grill, followed by a few rounds of Sequence.
Sunday morning, Mike made sausage gravy and we spent time at Magnolia Gardens. After (my favorite part) the petting zoo, we did the nature train for the first time and saw tons of gators. After brunch at Mex 1 (another post I need to write soon!), we took a drive around Kiawah to show Grandma the beautiful beaches and homes.
We had the best time with them here, and the weather was equally as fantastic!

Friday, October 13, 2017

30 Before 30

I can't even count the number of people who said, "oooh, next one is the big one!" this year when I told them I was turning 29.  Well, if this year's birthday (and birthday weekend) were any indication, I guess this year is going to be big... I thought it'd be fun to round up a few of the things I want to do before this "milestone" to feel like I'm getting the most out of my last year of my 20s.  I tried to pull ideas for every aspect of my life: some of these are work-related, others travel-related, a few are to make the world a better place, and the rest are to try and be my best self.
1. Invest in an original piece of art

2. Get back to my ideal strength and weight

3. Volunteer

4. Get 8 hours of sleep each night

5. Purge and donate my closet

6. Start an herb garden

7. Have a girls night once per month

8. Visit more baseball stadiums

9. Network more

10. Run another race

11. Take a cooking class

12. Try yoga

13. Start a family tree

14. Do something nice for a stranger everyday

15. Visit the rest of the breweries in Charleston

16. Try something just for the adrenaline rush

17. Learn about wine

18. Make a plan to get to Cuba

19. Be a positive encouragement to those around me

20. Make an effort to break out of my introverted shell

21. Go on a hike

22. Advance my career

23. Buy a new camera

24. Travel internationally

25. Invest for the future

26. Cut my hair to donate again

27. Grow this blog

28. Stay more connected with family

29. Learn all the words to Rapper's Delight

30. Write to my congressmen about causes about which I'm passionate

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