Cranberry Apple Pie

I will forever be grateful for my (ex) brother-in-law for introducing me to this delicious pie. Whenever we spend Thanksgiving with family I make this pie. After all these years when I think of Thanksgiving I think of a Cranberry Apple Pie. Cranberry Apple Pie Use a basic pie crust recipe for a double crust 9” pie. 1 cup sugar 2 Tbsp flour ¼ tsp salt 2 cups cranberries ½ cup raisins (optional) 4 tart apples (Pippin or Granny Smith work best), peeled, cored and thinly sliced Freshly grated zest of one orange 2 Tbsp unsalted butter Preheat your oven to 425 degrees. Roll out your pasty for the bottom crust and line a 9” pie pan. Roll out top crust an set aside. In a large bowl stir together the sugar, flour, and salt. Add the cranberries, raisins, apples and orange zest. Toss to mix well. Pile the fruit mixture into the pastry lined pan and dot with bits of butter. Cover with the top crust, trim and flute the edges. Cut a few vents in the top. Bake 20 minutes at 425 degrees and then reduce the heat to 350 degrees. Continue to bake until the crust is Read More […]

    Welcome to Our Simple Homestead Blog Hop #27! Happy Thanksgiving! I hope you are all enjoying a wonderful day surrounded by family and friends. We are so blessed to be spending this Thanksgiving on the west coast with our children. Can’t think of anyplace I’d rather be! Please join us this week for Our Simple Homestead Blog Hop! Thank you for sharing your homesteading, homemaking, and homeschooling posts with us each week! It’s so much fun to read your hints, tips, and happenings! Each week I will feature our most visited post from the week before, which also linked back to the hop, and my weekly favorite. I hope you have fun exploring all the great ideas everyone has shared with us! Here are the co-hosts of Our Simple Homestead Blog Hop. Tracy at Our Simple Homestead Facebook – Twitter Pinterest – Google+ – LinkedIn Sandra at Clearwater FarmFacebook – Pinterest Instagram – Google+ Nancy at On The Home Front Facebook – Twitter – Pinterest Instagram – Google+ Kathi at Oak Hill Homestead Facebook – Pinterest BlogLovin Amy at Home and Farm Sense Facebook – Twitter Pinterest – StumbleUpon LeeAnn & Alex at One Ash Homestead Facebook – Twitter Pinterest – Instagram Read More […]


Spending two months living in Portland, Oregon in a townhouse is a new experience for us. We are used to living in the woods of Vermont far from the city. There is so much to experience here and everything is so close. Recently we had a chance to visit the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI). It was a short drive from where we are staying, located right on the Willamette River. Parking was easy and it is also easily accessible by public transportation.Our daughter and her family had purchased a membership pass so we didn’t have to wait long to get in. With our two grandchildren, ages 2 and 4 there was more to see than we could take in during one visit. OMSI contains three auditoriums, including a large-screen theatre, planetarium, and exhibition halls with a variety of hands-on permanent exhibits focused on natural sciences, industry, and technology.The hands on exhibits were the most fun for our grandchildren. There were cranes to drive.Even an earthquake house in which you could experience an earthquake! I think our grandchildren have been instructed as to what to do in an earthquake! They both ducked under the benches!Another fun exhibit involved balls Read More […]


Are you used to celebrating the holidays in your own home or do you often travel to visit family? For the last number of years we have alternated between staying home one year and traveling to visit our children the next. With all four of our grown children now living in the Pacific Northwest it is nice because if we go visit the PNW we can spend Thanksgiving with all of them. We’ve had several Thanksgivings over the years where we would rent a house for the long weekend and we would all gather for a special Thanksgiving meal. It was always fun because you were never sure what the rental house would provide, would there be a well stocked kitchen or would we be scrambling to find a large roasting pan to cook the turkey? This year we are spending the months of November and December in Portland, Oregon. My daughter will be hosting Thanksgiving and we may do something different this year like a brunch! That way we are not in the kitchen all morning but instead can enjoy a nice meal together and still have time to venture out for a hike! Much as I love traditions Read More […]

soup in a jar, soup mix, pantry

Do you enjoy giving homemade gifts? As the holidays approach I try to think of gifts that I can make myself that might bless others. One favorite idea is homemade gift jars. You can fill jars with all sorts of gift ideas – cookie mixes, brownie mixes, or soup mixes. One of my favorites is a Minestrone Soup Mix. It makes four gift packages and when presented in a jar with a cute tag makes a wonderful gift. Most of the ingredients you probably have on hand in your pantry. Minestrone Soup Mix Flavoring Mix; ½ cup dried onion flakes ½ cup dried celery flakes ¼ cup dried parsley flakes 2 Tbsp basil 1 Tbsp dried oregano 1 Tbsp dried marjoram 1 tsp garlic powder 1 tsp pepper ½ cup beef-flavored bouillon granules 1 pound dried navy beans 1 pound dried kidney beans 2 cups elbow macaroni, uncooked Combine the first 8 ingredients and divide evenly into 4 gift packages. Add 2 Tbsp of the beef flavored bouillon granules to each package. Label and seal.  Combine navy beans and kidney beans and divide into 4 gift packages. Label and seal. Place ½ cup of macaroni into 4 gift packages. Label Read More […]

Scrambled Egg Muffins

I’ve seen a lot of recipes for Egg Muffins online, however this is the way we like to make them! They can be made ahead and frozen for a quick breakfast when you are running out of time. Just pop them in the microwave and reheat! Scrambled Egg Muffins ½ pound pork sausage (or use ground turkey for a healthier version!) 12 eggs ½ cup chopped onion ¼ cup chopped pepper (red or green) ½ tsp salt ¼ tsp garlic powder ½ cup shredded cheddar cheese ¼ tsp pepper In a skillet brown the sausage and then drain. In a bowl beat the eggs and then add the onion, peppers, salt, pepper and garlic powder. Stir in the sausage and cheese. Spoon 1/3 capfuls into your grease muffin cups. Bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes. Let cool on a rack. Enjoy immediately. Or freeze to enjoy later!

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