The Apple Pie of my Eye

I like pie. 
Apple pie...to be exact.
With rich French vanilla ice cream.
Like this.....

I mean, the perfect blend of flaky, yet slightly doughy, crust.....thick cinnamon filling...firm aromatic apples...served warm next to smooth, rich, creamy & cold French vanilla ice cream.....
....all intended to create a puddle of gooey, appley, creamy decadence in the bottom of the bowl at the end.


The world seems to be on a fitness kick this time of year so I set out to find some recipes that would give me the experience with less of the guilt. 
Not that I have any guilt whatsoever.....but you may not be as committed to your love affair with pie, so I'mma look out for you.
There are a million and one pie recipes out there, but I wanted to share some of the few that I find to be unique.

Find the yummy recipe here!
This version is made without pie crust and only takes about 10 minutes!!! 

This next recipe delivers the goods in a smaller package! I found this Mason Jar Apple Pie a la Mode recipe at Hello Giggles!
Mason Jar Apple Pie a la Mode
This is a great example of portion control. Most dessert servings are way too big anyway and after the first few bites, your tongue is incapable of savoring what you are eating as intensely as it did the first bite. The key to paring down successfully is to trade size for style!

If you prefer your pie to pack a little more punch.....these next two recipes will blow your pie loving mind!!!

What could I say BESIDES, TRY IT!!! Recipe 
If you prefer something a bit more unorthodox but no less intense.....Apple Pie Moonshine by Foodie with Family!!
A dab will do ya!! Recipe here!!

Of course, I couldn't leave out the ones that may prefer to go a more...shall we say, gentle route.....
Make these with the kids!! Recipe here!

...And if you prefer, here's a SHOCKER!!! LOL! Apple Pie a la Mode Protein Smoothie by Lexi's Clean Kitchen!!! 
This one is sooo good! Recipe here!
I must admit that this was my recipe of choice last night during my INTENSE craving!!! I had to test it for you guys!! It really hit the spot and left me satisfied........I wouldn't have made it through The Good Wife without it!! Thanks Lexi!!

You can try one....or all of the recipes I've shown you today.......or thank the pie loving gods for your immense self control and strong will!! I, on the other hand, am not built to live without sweets.....or tell myself that I will, for that matter!! You may have different views, but I refuse to use this blog to debate several things.....including, but not limited to;
-Social Justice
-Natural Hair Types & Associated Hierarchy
-Pie Consumption & Global Impact

I say, eat what you like, but be kind enough to yourself to own the responsibility for it's consequences on your life and health.

I mean, how are you going to enjoy yourself if you are living in the state of DENIAL?!?

They don't even serve pie there!!!! 

So, the next time you can admit the need to indulge....and do so responsibly.......give good 'ole apple pie a try! 



Homemade BBQ Sauce

Imagine my surprise when I posted a pic on Instagram of my BBQ chicken and some sweet soul actually wanted the recipe!!!
As promised, I am going to share the recipe with you and I hope to the heavens you like it!! It was a struggle figuring out what measurements I use.....since I don't actually measure! LOL! 
Somehow, I managed to get it done, so here you go!

Sweet & Smoky BBQ Sauce
(makes 5-6 cups)

- 2 cups Ketchup
- 2 cups Tomato Sauce
- 1 cup Clover Honey
- 1 tablespoon Yellow Mustard
- 1 cup Balsamic Vinegar
- 4 teaspoons Liquid Smoke (hickory flavored)
- 2 tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil *see note*
- 1/2 teaspoon Granulated Garlic
- 1/2 teaspoon Onion Powder 
- 1/4 teaspoon Chili Powder
- 1/4 teaspoon Smoked Paprika
- 1/4 teaspoon Ground Cinnamon 
- 1/8 - 1/2 teaspoon Cayenne Pepper
- 2 Tablespoons salt free seasoning blend

(*Note: if you are going to use the sauce on chicken with skin or ribs....omit the above mentioned oil. If you choose to use this sauce in other applications, follow the directions above.)


1. Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl until well blended. If using as a marinade, skip to step 3.

2. Transfer desired amount to a pot and let simmer for 20- 30 minutes or  until desired thickness. Serve warm or cool to room temp for marinade. 

3. Use 1-2 cups to marinate raw meat and allow to sit, covered or sealed, for 4-24 hours. 

4. Drain excess marinade BEFORE cooking!! Baste meats the last 30 minutes of cooking time with fresh sauce and pan drippings. 

5. Store cool & unused sauce in an airtight container in the fridge (7-14 days) or freezer (up to 3 months)

Easy as pie......or chicken, for that matter! This sauce goes well with just about .....anything! Have it over quinoa.....use it in place of soy sauce in fried rice......try it in a stir fry.......even use it to wake up an egg white omelette!!

The base of this BBQ sauce can also be morphed into a meatloaf glaze or a great sloppy joe sauce I just may share with you as well! Try it and tell me what you think!

So, the next time you're struggling to make food that's good for you and tastes......uh, good......
.......make a batch of Sweet & Smoky BBQ Sauce to save the day!  

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