Apple Pie and Ice Cream: A Delicious Fall Treat

Today is recipe day! I’m sure you will love what I have in store for you, that is if you like anything apple related. First we will talk a little about food.


Food is one of the areas that is important for a healthy lifestyle. If we eat junk food every day our nutrition is poor. It’s important to choose healthy options most of the time. I don’t think veering away from that occasionally is going to hurt much but should not be the norm.

Not everyone agrees with what is healthy and what isn't. Click To Tweet Each of us needs to research and determine what is best for ourselves and our families to eat. In sharing our choices with you I do not want to imply that you should do the same. I’m simply offering a picture of what our family likes and enjoys.

Local and Organic

There is a local food exchange that offers a variety of fruits, veggies, meats, raw milk and other items on a weekly basis. We like to eat organic and local if possible, but it is not always available. Click To Tweet So we choose the best alternatives we can find. We are blessed to have several farms that sell grass fed beef, pastured pork and free range chickens. Our own small flock provides us with delicious eggs.

As far as oils are concerned I like to use mainly extra virgin olive and coconut. I also use real butter and prefer it from grass fed cows when I can get it. We do use some organic cane sugar, but I prefer coconut sugar. Raw local honey and pure maple syrup are also good choices when you need a sweetener. I will sometimes use them for sweetening hot cocoa.

Are you ready for the recipe?

Our family loves homemade applesauce and apple butter, but our absolute favorite is apple pie. Click To Tweet
I’m sharing a recipe for two pies. That way you have one to eat and one to save. In my experience the first one disappears very fast, because everyone loves it. As a result there’s nothing left to show all your hard work. By making two you can still enjoy looking at the fruit of your labor.

Apple Pie Recipe

(makes 2 large pies)

First, preheat oven to 400ºF.

10 – 12 large apples, peeled, cored and sliced
¾- 1 cup flour
2 cups sugar
1 Tbsp. Cinnamon
½ tsp. of nutmeg
Put apples in a bowl. Add other ingredients and stir till mixed. Then set aside.


4 cups flour (I usually use half unbleached white and half whole wheat)
2 tsp. salt
3 sticks butter (1 ½ cups)
¾ cup cold water (This is approx. Today I needed a whole cup)

Mix dry ingredients. Then cut butter in small pieces and add to dry ingredients.


Mix well using your hands, a fork or my choice -the KitchenAid mixer. After the butter is incorporated add the water and mix till dough forms. (It’s okay if there are still some lumps of butter)

*If using the mixer while blending in the water be sure to watch it closely and turn off when the dough begins to follow the beater. Too much beating can cause the dough to be tough and hard to roll out.*

Divide dough into four sections, two for each pie.


I like to take one section, place it directly in the pie plate and roll it there bringing it up to cover the sides and top edge. Do the same for the second pie. You can also roll out on a floured board and transfer to pie plate.


When you are finished divide the filling between the two pies.


Then roll out the top crust to about ½ inch bigger than the pan. I do this on the counter or a floured board.  Next place the top on the pie and roll the extra under the edge all around the pie. Then take a fork to press down all around the edge and make air holes in the top. (Or you can use a knife and make a design in the top crust. My daughter, Sara, loves to be artistic in that way.)


Now it’s time to place the pies in the oven and bake about 35 minutes. Voila! You now have two delicious pies.


Finally, you can enjoy a delicious piece of apple pie.


I’m linking up with: #SmallWonder, #LMMLinkup, #TeaAndWord

This is Day 25 in my #write31days series of 31 Days to a Healthier Lifestyle. ***To find all my #write31days posts click on the button below. You can also click on the Write 31 Days 2016 tab at the top of my blog.***


Global or Local Our Words Impact

Global  is the word prompt for #5MFW #write31days. I’ve had fun trying to tie the prompts in with my theme, though it is a challenge to write meaningful content for thirty-one days straight. I’m sure each of us have struggled at times, but we keep on. Whether our words go far and wide or are just for ourselves, they do make an impact. 


My main reason for choosing to write about 31 Days to a Healthier Lifestyle was to keep myself accountable. I also wanted to encourage others along the way. Though I certainly didn’t expect a global reach, I did hope to have a few readers.I have been thrilled by the number of friends who have stopped here to encourage me along the way. Click To Tweet

Many people across the world have joined in to take the #write31days challenge. Wherever you are in your quest, I salute you! Your words matter. They are needed at just the time you write them. You may think you are way behind or you just can’t finish, but the important thing is that you tried.

All over the globe people are writing and reading. Click To TweetNot everyone reads every post, but someone needs to read what you have to say. Be thankful and celebrate what you have been able to do. Don't worry about keeping up or comparing with others or making a global impact. Click To TweetJust pick up where you left off and do your best. If you can’t finish, then give yourself plenty of grace. Be glad you are part of this large community challenge. Hang in there, we are approaching the finish line.

For the remaining days I plan to review each of the seven areas I described in my introductory post. Exercise, Food, Rest, Work, Leisure, Fresh Air, Mental and Spiritual Well-being.  

Tomorrow is recipe day so Food is the category of choice to begin.

I’m linking up with: #TellHisStory, #CoffeeforYourHeart

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Praise the Lord our Unchangeable God

This is Day 23 of #write31days. I will veer away from my theme to share a psalm I wrote to praise the Lord. Today I give you a psalm of praise to our Lord. Click To Tweet

praise the Lord God

Praise God for His goodness;
He loves and cares for me.

Praise God for His awesome acts;
He created the world and everything in it.

Praise God who reigns over all;
He determines the fate of man.


Praise God for His faithfulness;
He is unchangeable and great.

Praise God for His mercy;
He grants us life.

Praise God for His kindness;
He cares for the smallest of creatures.


Praise God forever and ever;
He is the one true King.

Praise the Lord our God
Everyone praise His Holy Name
                                                                     ~gayl wright

Let's all take time to praise our glorious Lord. May He bless you and give you grace. Click To Tweet

I’m linking up with: #GiveMeGrace, #MomentsofHope, #LMMLinkup

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Off the Path or a Slightly Different Route

Saturday, October 22, 2016
Twenty-two days ago I set off on my journey to a healthier lifestyle. The prompt for Day 22 of #5MFW #write31days is the word off. There are only nine days left in this challenge, so how am I doing?


photo by Gayl

This morning I was feeling a bit discouraged, because it seemed like I still had quite a ways to go. I did not exercise nearly as much this past week as I wanted to. You might say I felt like I had gone a bit off the path and almost wanted to give up. Click To Tweet My eating habits were not great, and I was sure the weight I lost had come back. Then I put on my jeans that were too tight last week, and they fit! Needless to say it did encourage me a bit.

Today promised to be a busy day with my oldest daughter and her five kids here. I expected to be indoors most of the day and not get a chance to exercise. My husband and our daughter did some work outside. Among other things, they spread pine bark mulch around the garden and in front of the house. It was a beautiful day. The sun was shining brightly, the air was cool and the wind was blowing. Click To Tweet

It was too nice to stay inside, so I went out to see how they were doing. With the row of mulch around it the garden area looked much better. While I was admiring it I remembered that the plants needed watering. So I turned on the hose and make sure they got water.


photo by Gayl

Then I saw my small plant starts that were waiting to go into the ground. There were pansies, kale, broccoli and cauliflower. I couldn’t help myself, I just had to get my hands dirty and do some planting. By the time I finished it was cooler outside and nearing dusk, but there was still a bit of work to do.


Photos by me and Sara Harding, *Liberated Landscapes LLC

My daughter ordered firewood that was delivered Friday night. It was outside the fenced area where the small barn is located, but she wanted to stack it in the barn to keep dry. To make it easier, my husband took a wooden folding ramp and leaned it on the fence. That way they could roll the wood down into the barnyard.


Photo by *Liberated Landscapes LLC with my oldest granddaughter

We had quite an assembly line going.

At first my granddaughter was picking up each piece as it landed, handing it to a brother, who handed it to me, who then handed it to my daughter to stack. Another brother was helping Grandpa slide the wood down the ramp.


photos by *Liberated Landscapes LLC


As the wood started coming faster my granddaughter had trouble staying out of the way. She decided to toss pieces off to side, then move over and start handing off the wood again. Her brother got the idea to yell out “Incoming!” so she could move in plenty of time before the next barrage came down the ramp. Her brother got the idea to yell out “Incoming! Click To TweetIt was a lot of work, but it was fun and went quickly with so many helpers. The younger ones also helped part of the time and they knew a sense of accomplishment.


photo by Gayl showing corner of barn

By the end of the day, I was no longer discouraged, even though I felt exhausted. We had a lot of special family time indoors and out. Instead of my normal exercise routine I went off the path and took a slightly different route. Click To TweetIt not only gave me plenty of exercise but included fresh air and sunshine, too! 

*Check out my daughter’s business at Liberated Landscapes LLC.

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