Tuesday, October 18, 2011


Step outside and nature appears to be set ablaze with color. Beautiful shades of red, orange and yellows seem to be splashed everywhere you look. There is just a nip of chill in the air and if you are like me an intense urge to bake something sets in. Often our home is filled with the aroma of freshly baked bread, pies and delicious casseroles at this time of year.

With the arrival of autumn comes one of my favorite holidays, Thanksgiving. Our girls come home from college and we'll often spend days baking cookies, pumpkin rolls and other delicious foods that seem to be set aside for just this time of year. Our whole home is filled with the aroma of good food and lots of laughter. I pray that as the holiday season begins this year that your home will be so blessed too!

Below you'll find my family's favorite recipe for Apple Crisp. Hope you enjoy it!


6 mediums tart apples
1 1/2 cups of brown sugar
3/4 cup of all-purpose flour
3/4 cups of old-fashioned oats
1/4 cup of chopped nuts (optional)
1/2 cup of softened butter
2 tsp of Pumpkin Pie Spice

Preheat oven to 375ºF. Grease bottom and sides of a casserole dish with vegetable shortening.

Spread apples in dish. In medium bowl, stir remaining ingredients except butter. Cut butter into mixture. Sprinkle over apples. 

Bake about 45 minutes or until topping is golden brown and apples are tender when pierced with a fork.

Best served warm. Top with vanilla ice cream if desired.

Tip: You don't need to deep fry your turkey to get it a rich brown color, instead before placing the turkey in the oven rub it all over with butter, sprinkle on salt to taste and then sprinkle on paprika. The paprika gives it a beautiful, even rich color. 


  1. Great recipe Stephanie!
    Love the tip about the paprika...I will have to try that this year. :)

  2. What a great tip regarding the turkey! Thank you :)