Dutch Apple Pie Recipe

I absolutely love a true Dutch apple pie.. it is one of my favorite desserts… My oldest son is obsessed with it as I am! My other kids really love it too, but he and I absolutely could eat it every day!

I got this recipe from a Dutch cookbook that I’ve had for years and years is so worn parts of falling off it is full of “Food samplings” 😂😂 but it is by far my favorite cookbook… It is full of good Dutch recipes…

                                     

This is a great recipe for Thanksgiving… in all the years that I’ve been making this, there’s only been maybe one or two people that didn’t think it was absolutely awesome. It’s easy to make, and it tastes absolutely delicious and is a great addition to any Thanksgiving dinner, or event over the holidays.

Dutch apple pie

9 inch pastry shell, unbaked

Filling:

5-6 tart apples, sliced

3/4 cup sugar

1 tsp cinnamon

2/3 cup flour

1/2 cup brown sugar

1/3 cup margarine

Preheat oven to 425°. Combine apples, sugar and cinnamon and placed in pie shell. Mix flour, brown sugar and margarine until crumbly. Sprinkle over apples and bake for 15 minutes. Reduce heat to 375 and bake 35 minutes more.

When you go to take it out of the oven, the top will look so bubbly and the brown sugar will almost have a caramel like look to it… I absolutely love this recipe it reminds me a lot of an amazing apple cobbler, only with a better topping.

I sometimes serve mine in a bowl with ice cream on top… This pie is not only absolutely awesome when it’s fresh out of the oven, but it’s also even exceptionally good reheated. I’ve even eaten it without heating it up again.

Another thing that I’ve done is double up on the amount of the apples, cinnamon and the sugar… And added a little bit of brown sugar and to it put that aside… And at a later time I’ve used that mixture in a cast iron skillet and made fried apples with it. This is also a great side dish, especially over the holidays with ham and mac & cheese.

I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we do, and if you bake one… please send me your feedback as-well as a picture! I always love getting feedback on recipes…

As always, thanks for reading my blog! hope everyone is having a wonderful holiday season.. please feel free to share with your friends, family and others on social media!

Thanks for following our 45 Awesomism Days of the Holidays

“See” you tomorrow!

Don’t forget Thanksgiving

Too often we get all caught up in the “Christmas Holidays” and forget about Thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving is a wonderful holiday… It truly is a time in the year where everyone stops and thinks about what blessings we have in our lives.

It seems that there’s so much negativity in the world these days, you can’t turn on the TV without seeing something negative about someone or something. People refuse to respect other people’s opinions etc. etc.… One of the things that I love most about the Thanksgiving time is this…It’s the one time of the year that we really emphasize being thankful for the POSITIVES in our lives… I’d love to see that carried on beyond just one day

If everyone would take the time to truly focus on what they are thankful for, I truly believe moods would brighten. I know with my GAD… I too often get so focused upon my anxiety and what is causing the anxiety and what I’m frustrated or angry or hurt about.… If I make a list of what I am thankful for it truly changes my mood… I would love to offer this for Thanksgiving…

I hope each one of us would pause everyday from Wednesday afternoon to Sunday afternoon the weekend of Thanksgiving and make a conscious effort Of not only expressing what we are thankful for… But that we show it!

There are so many ways we can show “thankfulness”

Send someone a positive email telling them why you are thankful that they are in your life…

Send a nice card in the mail… Yes, we too often  now just do things electronically.. it’s nice to go to the mailbox and get something positive…

Call someone that you haven’t spoken to in a while, tell them that though time has passed that you are thankful for the opportunity to “catch up”

Let’s show our gratitude and thankfulness by doing random acts of kindness this Coming Thanksgiving weekend!

Volunteer… Show others that you truly do care that they’re hurting. Help turn their sadness into thankfulness by knowing others care.

There are many people who are alone on the holidays… If you know someone invite them over.

Maybe you have an elderly neighbor who could use some help around their yard, In the warmer climates, in the colder climates maybe they need their sidewalk shoveled… Bring a neighbor something homemade.. like homemade chicken noodle soup… tell them I’m thankful for you…those little words and those actions can mean so much to people…

The best way to combat negativity is to be positive… So as we kick off this Awesomism holiday season from Thanksgiving to New Year’s let’s start it out with acts of thankfulness.

As we make out our  “what I’m thankful for this year list”… Let’s all add to it that I’m thankful that I made someone else’s day/week/year better by letting them know how truly special they are… Because nothing says care better than actions…

As always thanks for reading my blog and I’d love to hear from you how you “showed your Thankfulness this Awesomism Holiday Season.

 

 

45 Awesomism Days of the Holidays

We are super excited to be doing the 45 Awesomism days of the holidays!

As I have discussed in previous blogs… I have GAD, general anxiety disorder… And Peyton is as everyone knows well…  is autistic.

The holidays can be very stressful for everyone, but it can be particularly stressful for those who suffer with anxiety.

Nowadays… The stores start decorating for the holidays and pushing Christmas and Thanksgiving already in July… I kid you not, Peyton and I were in a store in July and they were taking down their Fourth of July items and putting up Christmas already!!

That can really add to the stress and anxiety of the holidays, because it seems like as it comes sooner and sooner it gets more and more in your head about the holidays.

I absolutely love Christmas! It is my favorite holiday… I have always really decorated every house I’ve ever owned to the max… Peyton loves Christmas as well, and as I get older.. I get less and less inspired to do all kinds of decorating.. dragging all the boxes out of the attic… Although we call ours a Texas basement because it is a walk-able attic, so it’s not as difficult… But dragging everything down, scrubbing down the house.. putting everything that was Up away and then putting up all the Christmas decorations takes a lot of work!

However; to see Peyton’s face be so happy and so excited, it’s all worth it to me!

I decided that this year I was going to do a 45 day long blog/video/pictures/craft/ideas/recipes/tips on my Website!.We will have everything in one place on our website… Also, we will have a dedicated Flipboard Magazine, A dedicated Pinterest Board… we will be having daily items on Twitter, Instagram and Linkedin!

I’m by no means an expert on helping lower your anxiety and/ or your stress… but I do know that with me, when I see tips that I can use, such as other peoples ideas.. it really does take a certain amount of the anxiety out of my life… So that’s what I’m hoping to do here! Just inspire people and help maybe lower your stress level, lower your anxiety by providing so many different things that can help you during the holiday seasons!

We will be covering Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day… as well as a few other surprises!

We have an Awesome Thanksgiving guest Blogger that you won’t want to miss his heartfelt Thanksgiving Blog.

I hope you enjoy our” 45 Awesomism days of the Holidays” and please share with your friends, family and anyone else that you think might benefit from it!

If you have any tips or ideas or would love to be a guest blogger, I would love to hear from you!

As always thanks so much for reading my blog and let’s get started…….. tomorrow we will start with a blog about some Thanksgiving tips

Here is a blog that I wrote a few years ago about the Stress I put on myself during the Holidays. Link: Traditions are made to be broken

Why Fall is My Favorite Season

Hi! My name is Peyton, I’m 20 years old and autistic. I’m the founder of Team Awesomism, and I’m a guest blogger of AwesomismMom, my mom’s website. Starting today, we will be putting out blogs on AwesomismMom as part of Blogtober. Are there any blog suggestions you’d like us to put out? Let us know! We’re always looking forward to people who are willing to share their blogs with us!

Soon, we’re going to be rebranding my Team Awesomism website, but we’d love to have you check it out now.

Fall is my absolute favorite season. What is yours? The reason I love the Fall/Autumn season is because it cools down to the 60s and 50s, we get to celebrate the holidays and watch football games (both pro and college football.) I always get excited when Fall is about to start, as well as football! My whole family is big football fans.

My friend Everett Dawkins played football in college and pro. He played for the Florida State Seminoles, he went to NFL and played with several teams, and then he went to Arena Football League and played for Tampa Bay Storm and Washington Valor. He is like a big brother to me! Did you know I wrote a blog about him? This may be an old one, but here’s the link on AwesomismMom if you’re interested in reading it: My Hero by Peyton

We also begin to decorate our house in the end of September, even sometimes in the middle! We decorate both inside and outside. The day after Thanksgiving , we take it all down and decorate our Christmas stuff around our house. Winter is my second favorite season!

When it gets to cool down, my mom and I take our dogs for a walk and sometimes drive around our neighborhood to look at fall and Halloween decorations, we do the same with Christmas. I love doing this!

I like summer, even though it gets too hot, especially our area in Texas. We had an intense heat wave this year, that we hardly went outside. I like Spring more than Summer, we plant our flowers and plants in our garden in the backyard, I love seeing them grow, and we even plant vegetables, which is really cool, because we get to eat them! My Uncle Jerry taught me how to plant better.

My 2 favorite holidays are Thanksgiving and Christmas. What I like about Thanksgiving is that we get to watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade every year, and eat delicious food for dinner, like Turkey, mashed potatoes, casserole and some other awesome stuff. My siblings sometime get to come over for Thanksgiving dinner! I love it when my siblings come home. Thanksgiving is also a time when we reflect on what we are thankful for. I like this because it focuses on positive stuff, not negative.

Of course, Christmas is my favorite for many reasons. I find those Christmas lights really calming, we love listening to music, which is very soothing, and use our fireplace in our family room when it’s cold out.

In fact, a year ago, I even wrote a blog about why I love Christmas! Here’s the link to it: Merry Awesomism Christmas!

Oh, there’s one more thing, I like hockey, but I’m not a huge of it nor am I an NHL fan, but my mom is. She gets excited when hockey is about to start, and it is about to now. That’s one thing I don’t like about the Fall season, because she screams at the TV all the time especially when her favorite team, Chicago Blackhawks, lose.

Thanks for reading! I hope you have an amazing and busy fall season this year! Happy Autumn season!

Peyton

No place like home for the Holidays


I absolutely love my husband… To me he is the best husband on this planet. Being married to an oil guy means you have absolutely no set schedule. You live according to an “oil schedule” Which is just fine with me. I miss him when he’s gone, but our love is stronger than distance.

My husband was supposed to be home a week and a half before Thanksgiving… That didn’t work out… He got home on Thanksgiving day. We decided to have Thanksgiving with our third child, who lives close, on Sunday… We watched football and relaxed, on Thanksgiving. 🦃

I had this feeling that he wasn’t going to be able to be home when he thought he would be. I decided that I was going to decorate the whole house… Mind you we have 4100 ft.²… For Christmas, before he came home.

I usually have a rule that I don’t start putting any Christmas decorations up until Thanksgiving is over… I love Thanksgiving, it’s one of my favorite holidays and I don’t like to dismiss it, by having Christmas stuff up. This year I made an exception!

I wanted to make sure, that if my husband didn’t make it home for Christmas… That he still got to enjoy Christmas in our home. I absolutely positively love decorating… Very few people know this about me, but my background is interior design.…Even though I chose not to pursue it professionally, after college.

I love designing and decorating my own home. The holidays to me are like an empty canvas and I get to paint with passion and love. I go all out. This year was no exception. In fact this year I went above and beyond what I have done for the last five years combined.

I put a 7 foot plus tree in our sitting room… And I decorated it with all little white lights and lots of gold, silver with angels, beautiful ribbon etc. the rest of the room was decorated the same.

I did the lights down the staircase with Garland swags and bows… In our office I did our sports Christmas tree!  Each room in the house has a different theme.

Our family room and kitchen I put our family Christmas tree… And that was decorated with the ornaments that we’ve collected over the years from our children and family ornaments. Multicolored lights on the tree & fireplace.The fireplace has the garland and the stockings 

I must admit when I was all done, even though it was a lot of work, I loved it. I loved it even more when Mark walk through the door and I could see by the smile on his face, and that twinkle in his eyes how much he loved it!

As I said at the beginning of this blog my hubby is awesome. Doing things like this for him makes me happy.  He not only is an awesome husband… He is an amazing stepfather… He’s actually their dad. Peyton and my older kids all absolutely adore him.

Peyton helped me decorate the whole house… He loves the lights part,  which is so awesome for me because I get so frustrated when the light to get all tangled up! He has the patience of a saint.  😂🎄

In fact Peyton  even wrote a blog about why he loves Christmas lights so much! https://teamawesomism.com/merry-awesomism-christmas/

My hubby works very hard… He never complains… So making his Holidays a little bit better by having the house cozy, loving and festive is the least I can do. My goal was to have Mark feel ” There is no place home for the Holidays” I think I achieved that! I know he felt the love In every Christmas decoration! ❤️🎄❤️