Monday, August 24, 2009

pie bites

this summer has been way to fun (and hot) to stay inside and bake, but sunday brought nice cooler temps and some rain and i felt a little motivated to bake somethin tasty!
being inspired by the always creative and talented Bakerella, i made these adorable little pie pops!these little treats are very simple! start with some pre-made pie crust. use a rolling pin to roll out the crust.
pick a cute cookie cutter to make your bite size shapes (the stars are really cute but there was a lot of space in the points that didn't have any pie filling in them so they were a bit dry, i would suggest using a more even/circular shape)place sucker sticks and push them gently into the bottom pie crust. Start adding the goods, you can use any pie filling you are cravin, be careful not to over do it on the filling cause it will leak out all over. the stars only held one cherry and some juice.
put the tops on and crimp the edges using a fork. i brushed a little egg white on top and around the seam to help hold them together better.follow the baking instructions on the pie crust mentioned the stars were a bit dry, so in an attempt to liven them up i whipped up a simple almond glaze. it consists of about a cup of powdered sugar, a splash or two of milk, and a few teaspoons of almond extract. sorry i don't have exact measurements for this i just make it to taste.let them cool for a few minutes, then drizzle on the glaze.
after all that work with the sticks and all i decided i liked them better without, so they became pie bites, instead of pie pops.delicious!!serve warm with some vanilla ice cream.for the apple pie bites i used a more open shape, and they worked much better!repeat all the same steps.... add the filling. crimp the sides. brush with egg white. bake.

the only thing different for the apple is right when they are finished baking brush the tops with a dab of butter and sprinkle with a cinnamon sugar mix.

these bites are "easy as pie" and were a major hit!

Thursday, August 6, 2009

called to serve-drum roll please...

so as promised i let little brother make his big announcement to the world last night,
and it is now my turn.
my awesome little brother has been called to serve here
it will be a total culture shock for him, but i know that he will be a phenomenal missionary!
we love you scottie!

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

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what a very exciting day!

little brother recieved his mission call!

he leaves september 30.

where is he going?

well... i promised i wouldnt steal his thunder and inform the world where he is going until he gets home from trek tonight and has a chance to call everyone... (so i will inform ya'll tomorrow)

but it is an awesome place and he is going to do great!

i love you scottie!! we will miss your happy, funny,and loving personality around the house! it is going to be a quiet 2 years, but we are so proud of you and how hard you have worked to achieve all the goals you have set for yourself. You are an inspiration to our family, and i know all of the people you teach will be just as inspired and blessed to know you.