Monthly Archives: October 2012

It’s an Apple Sensation!


I love fall. The colors (though where I’m at it’s more the pictures of the colors) the sounds, the crisp coolness to the air that’s a nice reprieve from summers boiling hot temperatures, and the smells. Oh the smells! From the smell of wood fires to apples roasting, this is the time of year backing gets going in full swing.

I’ve really gotten in the the whole Pintrest thing. It’s a bit sad the amount of time I spend on there. And they have an app for smart phones now, so I’m on there when I forget to bring a book or my sewing for the slow times at work (like when I’m waiting for carrots to cook and the wonderful woman I work for doesn’t want me to leave the kitchen so I don’t burn them, which in my defense has only happened twice). Today I saw this post on Pintrest and it’s inspired me to make a list of my own fall love, apples. All of these I’ve got pined on my own pintrest boards, you should go over and check me out. (Click on the pictures to get the recipe)

A deconstructed apple pie

Spiced Apple Pie with Fluted Round Cutouts from Martha Stewart

Apple Praline Tart

Apple-Raspberry Slab Pie

Cheddar-Crusted Apple Pie (because nothing goes better with Apples than a nice sharp cheddar)

Apple Strudel

Minnie Apple Pies

Gourmet Caramel Apples and instructions on how to ship them

Apple Quick Bread with Oatmeal-Walnut Crumble and Caramel Sauce

Apple Cider Caramels

Apple Brownies-of course, there is no chocolate in them, so I might call them blondies. But the recipe says Brownies.

Caramel Stuffed Apple Cider Cookies

Candy and Caramel Apple Pie

Baked Apple Cider Donut Holes

Apple Cinnamon Donuts

Apple Cider Donuts

Apple Cupcakes with Caramel Buttercream

Baked Apples-I made these for dinner tonight. The are amazing.

Apple Cupcakes with Caramel Buttercream-I’ve made these, they are really good.

Apple Chips

I’ll be honest, I’ve not made all these, but they all look amazing. Hope you enjoyed looking at them. And now to stop procrastinating and do that homework.


I Might Not Be Making Cupcakes, But My Kids Are Still Awesome


Do you ever feel inadequate? I do. A lot. I don’t feel like there is enough time in the day. I worry that I’m not spending enough time with my kids, that my school work is suffering, and I don’t even remember the last time I baked something from scratch. The last one people might laugh at, but for me it’s a big deal. I always wanted to be the mom who had the cookies, who would make the treats for the class party, who would be know for their fresh baked bread. Instead, the most ambitious thing I’ve made lately is jello salad.

And this makes me sad. Why? Because there’s this nifty thing called Pintrest that has popped up and I’ve been seeing all sorts of things that I would love to do. Worse, I’ve been seeing moms who actually seem to have the time/energy/money/drive to do all sorts of cutesy things. They bake, the cook, they sew, the kids in their pictures always have their hair done and clothes that not only match but are the height of fashion. All the pins have to come from somewhere and when I follow them back to the blogs that they come from it makes me want to cry.

But you know what? My kids are happy 9mostly) and Boo is already on B level books in the third month of kindergarten. And Bud has taken an interest in cooking. I’m doing it right, maybe not perfect, but I am doing it. Bud loves to play outside and could care less if his cupcakes are of the Hostess variety.

And, to make myself feel better and prove that I have happy well adjusted kids I’m going to share some pictures, because this is my blog and I love my kids.

This picture was taken with my old phone, though it’s not that old. Only about a month. My son is learning to ride a rip stick. Yes, he’s doing it in his socks. Apparently he can’t feel the board in shoes. Shortly after this picture was taken he fell off and bruised his wrist. He now has a helmet and a full set of body protection (wrists, elbows, knees). He still wont wear shoes.

As I mentioned above, Boo is learning to read. And does she read. She also writes. This amazes me. My new phone (there is a story behind that) has a nifty cool note pad program that came installed (I love my Galaxy S3, even if I live in mortal fear of dropping it on the ground, or in the toilet which was the fate of my last phone) and the kids have been playing with it. Boo has even writen a story I’d like to share. Keep in mind that she is only in her third month of kindergarten.

In case you can’t read kindergarten spelling (just be glad she remembered the spaces, she’s not very good at typing yet) it says “Once upon a time there was a golden meadow. It was sweet. It loved itself. The end.”

Yup. I’ve got awesome kids.

GUEST POST: Time for Yourself

My good friend Kelly has been published. I don’t know how she does it, she’s got three kids, a full time job and a husband (which we all know is sometimes as bad as having another kid). She has asked to post here and on my other blog in order to promote her new book. I highly recommend that you check out not only her blog (info at the bottom of the page) but also her book (links to that also at the end of the page).
In this crazy, fast-paced world, how do you find the time to do something you (not as a mother, as a woman) want to do? In my opinion, there has to be a balance between your duties as a wife and/or mother, and your duties to yourself as a woman.
It’s not easy. As a writer trying to get my books out with a full-time/out of the house job, three kids, a house, and a husband who would like it cleaned occasionally, I have very lovely purple and black bags under my eyes. Plus, at 31-I have some of the most spectacular threads of gray… er silver… in my hair. But, to me, it’s worth it. But don’t let me kid you… it is a sacrifice (and everyone in your family will feel it)—I don’t have much free time to do anything other than mama/teacher stuff and writer stuff, but that’s okay. It is filled with something I feel good about… spreading the word about God (I write Young Adult/Christian books).
Do you have dreams that are personally and not related to being a wife or a mommy? Can you see yourself doing them? Is it something you feel God has put on your heart? Remember, if God wants you to do it, He’ll give you the time. Pray about it, and see where God takes you J
 CROSSING THE DEEP (Astraea Press): OUT OCT. 9, 2012
Sixteen year old Rachel Harker expects the church sponsored hiking trip in the Smoky Mountains to be short and painless. Four days later, injured and scared, Rachel prays to just make it home alive.
Asher Jenkins, fellow hiker and handsome skeptic who is only on the hike so he doesn’t have to go home and face his abusive ‘uncle’, finds Rachel in the woods and tries to get her back to Deep Creek Trail. A small hole hidden under the fall leaves causes her ankle to twist and forces Asher to leave her to get help. As night falls, he comes back, unable to find the right trail.
As hours stretch into days, an unexpected rainstorm bears down the mountain, flooding Deep Creek and cutting off their way home. Rachel puts all of her faith in God to save them. Asher thinks believing in God is a waste of time and does what he can to prove to Rachel that He doesn’t exist.
With their food gone and the temperature dropping, time is running out. Will Rachel be able to do what needs to be done to get home? And can Asher find faith when he needs it the most?
~Kelly Martin is a writer, blogger, mommy, teacher, wife, sleep deprived lady (not necessarily in that order). She writes young adult/Christian fiction. Her second book, SAINT SLOAN, is coming late winter 2013. For more information on her, please visit her blog at
Digital book available to purchase at Barns and Noble, Amazon, and Astraea Press