Our Family Favorite: Dutch Apple Pie

We’ve been spending a lot of time in the kitchen lately, have you? I’ve tried several new recipes, and lots of family favorites. This apple pie is a huge hit at our house. I hope you’ll enjoy it and make it a family favorite at your house!

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A mix of pie and apple crips topping, this is the ultimate apple pie.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 65 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds Fuji or Gala apples peeled and thinly sliced
  • 1 mandering orange- juiced
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar , packed
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup rolled oats (not instant)
  • 1/2 pound cold unsalted butter , diced
  • 1 refrigerated pie crust

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees and pre-bake pie crust according to directions.

  2. Remove pie crust from oven once slightly brown.
  3. Reset the oven to 350 degrees.
  4. In a large bowl add the apple slices, orange juice, 1/4 cup sugar, 1/4 cup brown sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg.

  5. To make the crisp topping, mash together the flour, 3/4 cup sugar, 3/4 cup brown sugar, salt, oats and butter.

  6. Add the apples to the pie dish and add the crisp topping on top before baking for 40-50 minutes or until golden brown.

Get the Printable Recipe here: Easy Dutch Apple Pie

Shelf Cooking: Family Friendly Shrimp and Sausage Paella (not spicy)

Things are a little different here these days. May of us are staying home, almost all of us find ourselves cooking at home more often. If you’re like me, after 30 days you’ve made all the “family favorites,” and are looking for new ideas. I’m sharing a new recipe I tried, and look forward to sharing more with you in the coming weeks!

We made this dish and it was such a huge hit! Paella is usually made with the wonderful (but expensive) spice called saffron. Have you ever tried it? Since we’re practicing shelf cooking (meaning cooking at home with what we have, instead of running to the store with a list of ingredients) I had to improvise a little. Here’s my version of this delectable dish!

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Ingredients

1 lb kielbasa sausage, sliced into ¼inch pieces

2 medium red bell pepper, cut into thin strips (or green bell pepper) 

1 medium onion, chopped (1/2 cup)

2 cloves garlic, finely chopped

1 can (14.5 oz) diced tomatoes with herbs, un-drained

3 cups chicken broth (or hot water and 3 tsp better than bullion seasoning)

2 cups uncooked long-grain rice (or Mexican rice)

1 lb peeled deveined medium shrimp, thawed if frozen, tail shells removed

1 cup frozen sweet peas

2 tbsp chopped fresh parsley

 

Directions

  1. Fill electric kettle (or 2-quart saucepan) with water (or chicken broth in saucepan) and bring to a boil.
  2. In a large paella pan or 3-inch-deep 12-inch skillet, cook sausage over medium heat, stirring occasionally until browned. Remove sausage and add chopped onions lightly salted until softened, add bell peppers stirring occasionally until crisp-tender. Reduce heat to low add garlic and tomatoes and combine.
  3. Sprinkle in rice and pour over heated broth or hot water and add 3 tsp better than bullion chicken concentrate; heat to a boiling. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer. Simmer for about 15 minutes.
  4. Add shrimp and peas. Cover and simmer about 10 minutes or until rice is tender. Sprinkle with parsley.

 

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Let me know if you make this recipe! And if you modify it, I’m always looking for new meal ideas at dinner time. Stay safe, stay healthy friends!

xo,

Christine

Spring Patio Refresh

Welcome rain storms, and lots of beautiful outdoor time. Target is having a great patio sale. And if you have a red card, this should all ship free to your house! We have this table and chair and bench from last year and we love them! They’ve held up so well.

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This is also a great time of year to plant flowers for the early summer! I’ve linked some of my favorite I’ve added to our garden over the last few years. Here in North Carolina we have the perfect conditions for growing beautiful peonies.

 

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Dinning patio table | Dinning chairs | Bench

Umbrella | Wicker Patio Love Seat | Side TableBasket

Navy Chair Cushions | Stripped Accent Pillow | Woven Rug

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Please comment below your plans for your garden this spring. Are you a container gardener? Do you have flower beds? Or maybe you have a balcony with some succulents? Tell us your favorite way to spend more time outdoors!

 

xo,

Christine

Colorful Autumn Soup 🍂

Here’s a soup the whole family will love. Tested by several of my close friends and family members, this soup has been a hit for all members of the family! Moms, Dads, even picky eaters will love this! And as a bonus, its filled with lots of hearty ingredients and may even help boost milk production for nursing moms!

I first discovered this recipe when I was pregnant with my third baby. I knew I wanted to have some soups on hand when the baby arrived. When my mom came to visit we first made this together. It was such a hit! We made a double batch and froze the ingredients in the freezer to make into a crock pot meal later! (Yes it froze well, and it was so easy to dump everything into the crockpot when I needed a quick meal.) Remember to give yourself grace when you’re in the middle of a huge life change. A home cooked meal out of the crockpot will feed your family too just the same as if you made everything from scratch. Below is my version of this fabulous soup that I hope your family will love too!

Sweet Potato and Black Bean Tortilla Soup

Sweet Potato Black Bean Tortilla Soup is a vegan version of classic tortilla soup that’s every bit as hearty! {GF, V}

 

SWEET POTATO BLACK BEAN TORTILLA SOUP

Quick Download of the recipe here.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium red onion, chopped
  • 2 tbs cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1.5 lbs. sweet potato (about 2 medium), peeled, and cut into 1″ cubes
  • 1 red bell pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 1 cup corn, fresh or frozen
  • 5 cups water
  • 4 tsp vegetable broth concentrate
  • 1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 14 ounce can fire roasted diced tomatoes with its juice
  • Juice of 1 lime plus lime wedges for serving
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • salt and pepper, to taste

 

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Heat the olive oil in a large soup pot over medium heat.  Add the onion, a pinch of salt and sauté until softened, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and lightly sauté (be careful not to burn). 
  2. Add in the chopped red bell pepper, can of diced tomatoes, and spices. Stir everything together and then add in the chopped sweet potatoes and cover with  water and stir in the vegetable concentrate (you could use 5 cups of veggie broth instead).
  3. Bring to a boil.
  4. Once boiling, reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes until the potatoes are tender.
  5. Add in the black beans and corn. Turn the heat back up to bring it to a boil, stirring occasionally. Beans should be cooked, but not mushy.
  6. Check flavors and adjust with salt and pepper to taste (we skip the pepper for the little ones.)
  7. Remove from heat.
  8. We serve it with fresh chopped cilantro and lime wedges. You could add tortilla strips, goldfish, bread, jalapenos for spice, yogurt, sour cream or anything you have on hand for dipping to make it your own. Enjoy!

 

Please feel free to share this with a new mom, or better make it and bring it over for her! What’s your go to recipe for new moms, or a meal to take to a friend. Leave it below, I’d love to share what works well for others too!

(The original recipe has been adapted from flavor the moments blog.)

 

xo,

Christine

 

 

Cozy Autumn Home

This posts contains some affiliate links, however all content is my own and not sponsored in anyway.

Delightful Southern Moments

 

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I love when the seasons change, don’t you? The cool, crisp whisper of autumn in the evenings and all the cozy sweaters, football games, and campfires! Fall is a great time to update your home too. With a few easy changes you can create a cozy home that’s the perfect gathering space for your family!

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Creating layers is the perfect way to think about having a cozy home. Think horizontal, vertical and depth. Adding a new piece of art to your wall can create a lot or just a pop of drama. I adore this print by COLLEEN KARIS! It’s the inspiration to the rest of the autumn pieces I’m sharing for updating your home for Fall!

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Home Sweet Home Doormat | Buffalo Check Doormat | Wheat Grass Wreath

 

 

Fall Mug | Boxwood Wreath | Buffalo Check Pillow Cases

 

 

Welcome Sign | Hello Pumpkin Mug | White Pumpkin with Gold Pumpkins

 

 

Ceramic Pumpkin Cocotte | Twinkle Lights | Wooden Coasters

The last two layers to consider are item which adds an extra layer of cozy. A fluffy throw blanket and pillow are an easy way to update a space for the season. They pull together all the colors in a space because there are so many options!

 

 

Thankful Pillow | Embroidered Pumpkins Pillow | Linen Wheat Grass Pillow

 

 

Chunky Knit Throw Blanket | Plaid Faux Mohair Throw Blanket Hamilton Trail Check Bed Blanket

 

You don’t have to spend a fortune to update your home for cooler months. A few key pieces of layer can make it the perfect gathering space for your family!

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You can find more home goods at our amazon store front! Please visit Shop the Blog on Amazon

And if we left out anything you’d add, please comment below. And be sure to check out our other autumn themed posts including Our Autumn Book Haul and Fall Bucket List 🍂🍁

xo,

Christine

 

 

Our Autumn Book Haul

We love reading stories at our house. Reading aloud to children is so important.

“Reading builds brains, fostering early learning and creating connections in the brain that promote language, cognitive, and social and emotional development.

By reading with your child, you also help cultivate a lasting love of reading. Reading for pleasure can help prevent conditions such as stress, depression and dementia.” (University of Liverpool)

Our library is a great place to pick up all our favorite autumn themed books! Check out what is in our current reading basket:

 

Goodbye Summer Hello Autumn | Ten Apples Up On Top! | The Apple Pie Tree

Apples and Pumpkins | Blueberries for Sal | Apple Countdown

Leaves |The Complete Tales of Peter Rabbit | Curious George Apple Harvest

 

These are some of our very favorite stories to read when the weather starts to cool down. What are your favorites? Do you have a story you love to read every autumn?

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My current outfit is on major repeat!! Raise your hand if you love a good workout outfit! These shorts are my very favorite pair! They’re great for everything from downward dog pose in yoga to running after cute kiddos! The waistband is wide and sit at a very comfortable mid-rise position. They also have full pockets! How awesome is that? The top is one of my new favs as well! It’s long enough to tuck and can easily be worn with shorts or leggings! Linking my favorite sneakers too! For reference, I’m wearing a medium in the top and bottoms. Hurry only a few sizes left and marked way down!!

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Today’s top was a nursing friendly find from my favorite online store! I love how cool it is in the summer with its waffle weave, and button front! It’s a little hard to tell, but I tied the bottom into the cutest knot! These shorts are also a favorite. High rise and you’ll definitely want to size up one since they run a bit small. My slides are super comfy, and super affordable! I love how they give just a little sparkle to my outfit! My ring sling is sold out, but I’ve linked other options for you as well!

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Top | Shorts | Slides | Ring Sling

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