Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Iron Crafting + Pinstrosity Challenge = Crumb Topped Apple PIe

For my birthday Theron and Darla gave me a beautiful stoneware pie dish.  Of course I instantly started itching to make pies.  However I had to decide what kind of pie did I want.  A savory pie like chicken pot pie, or spaghetti pie?  Or what about sweet: chocolate or apple or such?  I flipped through cookbooks, I looked to Pinterest.  Too many yummy things to choose from!

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?)

Friday, January 2, 2015

Monthly Missions

Instead of having New Year's resolutions, or a 101 things to do list, or a yearly theme/word I am going to take it one month at a time.

I am going to have a theme/virtue/word/habit of the the month that I focus on.  I am not going to plan all 12 months out now.  I am going to take it one month at a time.  During the last week of the month I am planning on evaluating where I am at in life, and seeing what I need to focus on the most, and that will be my next Monthly Mission.

For the month of January I am focusing on Patience.  I actually started this half way through December, but it is one I am still needed much improvement on.  Mostly in the parenting department.
All to often I find myself snapping and yelling at the boys.  I hate it.  I hate being mad/frustrated at them so often.

I was afraid to work on patience.  It seems that when I strive to improve a habit/virtue/etc. God gives me more opportunities to work on my issue.  Even though I feel like if I am given any more opportunities I'll snap and need to be put in a nut house.  I didn't want to have more opportunities to be patient.  I didn't want more opportunities to fail and yell at the boys.  I didn't feel like it was fair to them.

But my level of impatience wasn't fair to them either.  After several nudges and promptings from Heavenly Father, I realized I could take a really long time to learn patience the way I was going.  Or I could go through a relatively short refiner's fire and be better for it.  I could have the patience I need sooner.  After much thought and prayer I decided to go for it.

I have been reading quotes and scriptures on patience.  I've been finding articles about how to be a more patient Mommy and reading through them.

What are you working on this year/month/week?