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Upside-Down Praline Apple Pie

Guest post from Brigette Shevy

Just when you thought apple pie couldn’t get any better… it does! Not only does this pie look impressive, it tastes amazing, too.

This twist on the classic apple pie is probably my very favorite apple pie of all time. And no, it’s not even close to low-fat, but let me assure you that it’s worth every blissful calorie! One taste of the caramelized pecan-studded crust, and you may never be able to settle for regular apple pie again.

We served a pie similar to this at a Victorian tea room that Crystal and I waitressed at for several years (a loooong time ago!), and it was always a favorite on the menu during the fall.

This is my adaptation of that recipe.

Although this pie would be a fabulous addition to your Thanksgiving menu, there’s no need to wait until then to enjoy it!

This is fabulous served warm with ice cream!

Brigette is a full-time wife and mother who is blessed with three amazing bundles of energy (ages 5, 3 and 1). She enjoys music, experimenting in the kitchen, homeschooling her children, finding great deals, long-distance running, and anything chocolate.

Baked Apple & Brown Rice Casserole

Guest post from Michelle who blogs at 

It cannot get any easier than today’s recipe for Baked Apple & Brown Rice Casserole. In fact, I almost feel guilty because it’s just so easy. But, I have been asked for the recipe several times and it’s always a huge hit at our home.

My mother-in-law has always made the best baked apples. The kicker is that she hardly does anything to the dish, yet it always turns out delicious. Well, this isn’t her recipe, but I did get one very important tip from her — use a variety of apples and pears. Something about the variation in tartness, juiciness, and sweetness lends to a perfectly melded pan of apple goodness.

In this season of our most favorite traditional and bountiful fruit, try this easy baked apple recipe. I promise the whole family will love it and will be asking for the leftovers the next day — if there are any!

As always, I have a few notes worth mentioning.

::This dish is naturally allergy-friendly.  Yay!

::I like to cook up a pot of brown rice a day or two before (for another meal) and use the leftovers in this casserole. It’s a great way to get two meals out of one night’s effort of labor.

::Feel free to sprinkle anything on top of the apples that sound good to you. Some options are shredded coconut, raisins, and even nuts.

Michelle is blessed to stay home with her three children (ages 10, 7, and 4), while her husband works to provide. When she’s not experimenting with allergy-friendly meals, she’s blogging about it at . Through the Willing Cook, her hope is that you gain peace of mind in your kitchen (and your pocket book) and are able to serve those you love who suffer with food allergies.

Double Apple Whole-Wheat Scones with Caramel Glaze

Guest post from Brigette Shevy

I love fall. Cool crisp mornings, bright orange pumpkins, breathtaking color, fresh apples from the orchard, football, steaming chai lattes, honeycrisp apples, sweatshirts and jeans, baking, snuggling with blankets and my sweet children, and did I mention apples?

I spend the entire year counting down the months until September, when those amazing Honeycrisp apples are finally in season (and thus semi-affordable!) at my favorite orchard.

Here’s a recipe that transforms a delicious fall favorite — caramel apples — into tender, flaky scones. These are perfect with a mug of hot tea or coffee! We like them for breakfast, snack, dessert… pretty much any time of day.

They are sophisticated enough to serve as a fancy, not-overly-sweet dessert, but simple enough for everyday. As an added bonus, they will make your house smell good for hours!


What is your favorite way to use delicious fall apples?

Brigette is a full-time wife and mother who is blessed with three amazing bundles of energy (ages 5, 3 and 1). She enjoys music, experimenting in the kitchen, homeschooling her children, finding great deals, long-distance running, and anything chocolate.

Apple Crisp Pizza

My trusty kitchen helper, Silas, made with me this afternoon.

We used since it’s one of those no-fail pie crusts.

I couldn’t find my one lone pizza pan (can you believe I’ve survived almost ten years of marriage with one pizza pan?!), so I made this on a cookie sheet instead.

The end result was just as I expected — delicious. I ended up baking it for a little longer than it recommended as the center crust wasn’t quite baked. I’m thinking that it might work even better to pre-bake the crust a bit, then top with apples and the crumb topping.

Click for the . It’s a winner — especially if you love apples, apple pie, and apple crisp!

Apple Peanut Butter Muffins

When I saw , I knew I had to try it. It sounded like a creative twist on traditional apple muffins and I mostly just wanted to experiment with it out of curiosity.

The end result? Definitely yummy. Different, but yummy. The peanut butter chips add a fun surprise and jive well with the apple flavors.

Are these the best muffins I’ve ever tasted? No, but they are good and hearty and perfect for fall!

Here’s my rendition of (because, oh yes, you know I tweaked it! :))…