Then I learned the themes for Pinstrosity's and Iron Crafter's first challenges of the year:
Pinstrosity's January Challenge is "A is for..... anything!" It could be an item that starts with the letter A, or a color, or the material it is made from, or how ever you want to take that. We are instructed to "Browse through your Pinterest boards, and then your sister's Pinterest boards, and then your high school BFF's Pinterest boards, and then your cat's previous owner's Pinterest boards, and then even the Official Pinstrosity Challenge Pinterest Board (we'll be adding ideas to it all the time) and find pins that fit the theme that inspire you. They can be food, decor, costumes, aprons, painting color schemes, etc. This month's theme leaves things wide open!" Then we are to do the pin(s) we liked and send in the results, good or bad.
The first Iron Crafter challenge of the year is based on the traditional gifts for a 4 year anniversary (as this is the 4th year they have done the Iron Crafter challenges). The traditional gifts are fruit or flowers, and the modern gift is appliances.
So something that starts with A, and has to do with fruit, flowers, or appliances.
That settled it. Apple Pie was on the menu! I pulled out my new Taste of Home cook book and flipped to the crumb topped apple pie recipe I wanted to try. Then figured if I am sending it in to Pinstrosity I needed to find the pin... luckily it wasn't too hard to find on the Taste of Home website.
|Doesn't that look simply scrumptious?|
Here is mine:
We have been trying to cut processed foods out of our diet, so we don't have shortening. And I haven't bought me any lard to use. My butter pie crusts haven't turned out as well yet. So I decided to try coconut oil (in its solid state), since it works well in my biscuit recipe. Not going to try that again... The coconut oil didn't combine as nicely into the flour, and the crust was super tough. My butter crusts turn out better.
Everything else I did just as the recipe says. (Well I kinda patted the crumb topping after I sprinkled it on, so it didn't look as crumb like).
And it was super delicious!! A major Pin Win in my opinion!
(Iron Crafters, does baking count as crafting?)