Incredible Dutch Apple Pie Recipe

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I love apple pie, honestly I love pie, but I hate making pie crust and I think it’s a waste of time.  Its futzy and never turns out great for me – so…confession time…I buy pie crust.  Pillsbury does a completely acceptable job, and it makes throwing a pie together pretty fast.  Generally pie crusts come 2 in a package, so you could make 1 apple pie, or two “one crust pies” like a pumpkin pie and a …….  dutch apple pie!

I don’t eat pumpkin pie – it is too close to pudding consistency – and pudding is against The Food Rules! (capitals and punctuation required)  So at holiday time, I have to make something besides pumpkin pie, but I don’t want an extra pie crust laying around – so I fiddled and faddled around until I came up with this dutch apple pie recipe.  Enjoy!

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Wild Rice, Orzo & Mushroom Pasta

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Yum! I love wild rice – a love that probably traces back to my upbringing in northern Minnesota. My grandpa used to harvest wild rice and we always had it in the pantry. These days it’s a bit harder to find, and more expensive – but it’s SO WORTH IT!

First you must endure a little lesson about wild rice – because it is one of my favorite things. Fact #1 – It’s a grain – not a rice. Fact #2 – It has been found in layers of the earth dated as far back as 12,000 years. It is most definitely an ancient grain.

Fact #3 – Any wild rice that is actually growing wild in Minnesota’s state waters can only be harvested with a permit -and must be harvested the same way the First Nation tribes harvested it years ago. Which is actually a pretty cool process.

I love the flavor of wild rice, but it does take awhile to cook – so plan accordingly – 1 cup of wild rice in about 3-4 cups water cooks in about 45-55 minutes.  If you’ve never made, or eaten, wild rice – this recipe is an amazing intro – it’s easy, flavorful, and good for you.  Get adventurous and trade out the orzo for another ancient grain – maybe faro or barley would be good!Get the Details!

Oregon Trip – Vacation 2015

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Happy Fall, Y’all! We were lucky enough to take a family trip before school started and we took our daughter off to College. Something tells me this may just be the last trip we all take together for quite some time. Hopefully it’s not – but you just don’t know until you “Know.”

Before we hit the airport, we went to the Kenny Chesney Big Revival Tour.  Maddie is a huge Kenny Chesney fan, so we got her Sandbar tickets for graduation. You can see how close we were in the photos.  Todd and Aerik sat in the nosebleeds – Thanks for taking one for the team, guys :)

Sunday morning we flew out of Denver International early. We arrived in Portland at about 10:30 in the morning and Get the Details!