“Crack” Apple Pie


Hannah Mayo Photography

Hannah Mayo Photography

From time to time, I become a drug dealer.

Yes, it’s true. I was just as surprised as you, but my husband has informed me that my Glazed Apple Pie is as addictive as drugs and has lovingly termed it “Crack Apple Pie”. This pie is Paul’s absolute favorite!

Hannah Mayo Photography

Hannah Mayo Photography


It has a flakey double crust filled with wafer thin warm, cinnamon apple slices, surrounded by a creamy vanilla custard, all topped off with doughnut glaze. Oh yeah, it’s that good. So let’s take a look how this dish of awesomeness is achieved.

*Note, the amounts listed will fill a deep pie plate. 

What You’ll Need:


1 15 oz. package of pre-made refrigerated pie crusts (or you can make your own if you are feeling ambitious)


  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup whipping cream
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 4 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 4 tablespoons milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla

Apple Layer:

  • 3 medium/large size, tart baking apples –  peeled, cored and thinly sliced (I like gala or pink lady)
  • 2 tablespoons all purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon


  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 tablespoon softened butter

How to Make it:

  1. Heat oven to 400º F.  Prepare your pie crust by placing one crust in the bottom of the pan. Keep the other crust refrigerated until you are ready for it.
  2.  To make the custard filling, combine sugar, milk, whipping cream and butter in a medium saucepan. Cook over medium-low heat until the butter is melted, stirring occasionally.
  3. In a small bowl, stir together the cornstarch and milk until smooth. Pour this mixture into the custard filling and stir constantly until thickened, approximately 7 minutes. Remove from heat, stir in the vanilla then set aside.
  4. To prepare the apple layer, grab a medium sized bowl and combine apples, flour and cinnamon and toss to coat.
  5. Pour your custard filling into the crust lined pan, then layer the coated apples evenly over the filling.
  6. Take your second crust out of the fridge. You can either place it over the pie as is, or get creative and cut out shapes with pie crust cutters. I have cut circles, leaves, acorns and apples before. (It looks adorable but the glaze will cover up some of the detail.) Top with second crust of your choice and seal edges. Cut slits in several places in top crust, or leave small openings if you use crust shapes.
  7. Bake at 400º F for 30 – 40 minutes or until crust is golden brown. Cool for 30 minutes.
  8. While the pie is baking make the glaze. In a small bowl, combine all glaze ingredients; blend until smooth. Pour and spread glaze evenly to the edge over the pie while it is still quite warm. Refrigerate 1 1/2 hours before serving. Store remaining pie in refrigerator. Haha, that last part is a joke because there won’t be any leftover!

Warning – this pie is addictive! Don’t say I didn’t tell you so.


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Signature - Kelly


Take THAT Black Friday!!

Black Friday

So here I sit writing this post this morning on the ever so famous, dare I say “holiday”, Black Friday. No I’m not in a tent waiting to buy another television I don’t need, or standing in line like an Olympic sprinter waiting to bust through the doors when they open. Nope. Just me and the dogs on the couch in my p.j.’s.

I received a newspaper in the driveway yesterday (which I don’t even subscribe to) and I could swear every store in town had an advertisement in there. I didn’t order that paper but I was going to get it whether I wanted it or not. This time of year makes me very sad when so much focus is put on buy, buy, buy! The public is bombarded with sales pitches like a political campaign. Do we REALLY need to go shopping on Thanksgiving Day just so we can save 50% on socks? Ask the sales clerk at the store and I’ll bet you’ll get your answer.

Thanksgiving in our home has become quite the affair over the years. I’d say we have a pretty big family already having 4 children, and then when you add their spouses and my parents etc. it can be quite the crowd. But every year our family numbers get added to as we invite friends, co-workers, room-mates. I love that my children know our policy is that anyone is welcome and they invite freely. This year we topped out at 24 – oh and don’t forget the 5 dogs. It was a beautiful mess! People think we are crazy when we move all of our living room furniture outside and set up a sea of tables and chairs in the house making our house look like a small restaurant.

Thanksgiving is about loving on people, not fighting them to buy a stinking toaster.

Thanksgiving Collage

To accomodate our big family’s holiday schedules, we celebrated this year on the Sunday before Thanksgiving leaving us with no real plans on Thanksgiving Day, so our daughter Nicole said she was coming over and was going to cook US dinner. To my fellow parents out there, I know you can appreciate what an amazing feeling it is when your kids want to do something for you. Our kids are all adults now, but I was just as excited as when they were 7 and wanted to make me a lumpy pancake breakfast in bed.

Nicole's Thanksgiving

Well let me just say dinner was amazing! London broil, twice baked potatoes, squash-zucchini au gratin, roasted asparagus and sweet potato casserole.

Nicole took this photo and posted it with the caption, “Nothing makes me happier than making food for the people I love. ❤️ happy thanksgiving!!!” I gotta say, I would have loved it just as much if she made those same lumpy pancakes.

Family Thanksgiving

As we transition from Thanksgiving and into Christmas, it’s easy to get caught up in the shopping craze and want to put ourselves in debt to buy that perfect gift. (I have yet to get a Lexus with a enormous red bow on it in my driveway.) Taking a stroll through the mall will verify that the love of “stuff” is all around us. We are encouraged to buy more, drink more, do more regardless or our financial situations. This subliminal message of consumption can bring about undo stress and anxiety for many and can rob us of the true joy we should be feeling. I don’t want to sound like a bah-humbug, I’m not suggesting you go burn all your wrapping paper on the front lawn and boycott Christmas. I am suggesting however, that this year we all think outside the box. Let’s think of ways to show love for each other that doesn’t always come wrapped up with a little bow. Let’s enjoy this season stress free, debt free and full of love and lumpy pancakes.