Apple Hand Pies

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I made & wrote up this recipe post a few years ago & never posted it. I wanted the recipe today since we went apple picking this morning.  Figured I would just go ahead & post it.  Enjoy making some!

I’m sure I have pictures somewhere… if I find them or we make them & they turn out well today I will post some.   I combined a few different recipes into making this. Among them I recall these….

By Heather Buchwitz

Apple Somethings (Hand Pies)

Mini rustic cinnamon apple pies with crumb topping

  • 2 Pie Crusts divided into 8 balls (Storebought or equivalent recipe homemade)


  • 6 cups Diced apples
  • 2 tbsp Lemon Juice ((or half of one lemon))
  • 0.5 cups Sugar
  • 4 tbsp Flour
  • 0.25 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Vanilla
  • 1 tbsp Cinnamon

Crumb Topping

  • 0.5 cups Flour
  • 0.5 stick Butter
  • 1 cup Brown Sugar
  • 0.5 cups Oats (Whole Rolled – not Instant)
  • 0.25 tsp Salt

Egg Wash

  • 1 Egg (Fork Whipped)

Pie Crust

  1. Make your pie crust or thaw pre-made crusts & divide into 8 crusts. Set aside to chill.

Preheat Oven to 400

Apple Filling

  1. Mix peeled, diced apples, lemon juice, sugar, flour, salt, vanilla & cinnamon. Set aside.

Crumb Topping

  1. Combine cold butter & flour (I used a food processor) and add brown sugar, oats & salt

Assemble Pies

  1. Roll out 1 eighth of the pie crust into a loose circle. Mound apple mixture in the center & cover with crumb topping. Pull up the side & pinch together. This is a rustic pie so it doesn't need to be perfect! Continue with remaining 7 pies.Brush top of the crusts lightly with egg wash.

Bake 25-30 minutes until crust is golden & apples are cooked.

LiT Ep4: Design your own “Print&Cut” jelly jar labels

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Ok first – yes it isn’t Tuesday!   Second – hey – a new video!  It’s about time!  The most challenging part?  Finding enough time when a 5week old, a 5year old and a dog are all quiet (oh & when my hubby isn’t home, because then nobody is quiet)!

My friend Kristen ( asked for some Silhouette help recently.  She was trying to make labels for some homemade grape jelly.   Simple right?  Well…. printing on a label & then cutting it sure is simple on the Cameo – IF you know how to do it!   So I wanted to share how I quickly helped her out.

Here is one of her labels – didn’t it turn out gorgeous?


And here is my how-to video.   We used a regular cut label that is meant to cut 3 different paper to make a layered label and turned it into a print & cut label with custom text & the printed purple border.  She used Silhouette’s Printable Silver Foil paper.

Here is the video – let me know if you need more help or have any questions & definitely check out Kristen’s blog for the jelly details!

Homemade Baked Mac ‘n Cheese

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I am posting my homemade Mac ‘n Cheese recipe for my friend – she asked for it!

This isn’t crazy healthy on it’s own – but it is Mac n Cheese! Depending on your family you can definitely health it up thought. I have tried “real” cheese & honestly – it isn’t as good. I use the low-fat Velveeta, skim milk & whole grain pasta. Other ideas – you can add chunked tofu, pureed white beans, diced cauliflower, spinach or other veggie including frozen peas to make it a bit healthier.

mac n cheese

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Something yummy

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I belong to a local running group the KC Express.  They are a great group of women who put on the Mother’s Day 5k every year here in Kansas City and also host weekly walking & running groups (Saturday morning).  At our monthly meeting last night we had our annual “Top Chef” competition.  I cooked this year & thought I would share my recipes on here too.  The chili was popular but the cookies won in my unofficial polling!  My 3yr old loves them (dark chocolate chips & all).

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