Mini-Pies In A Lid - Fresh Living

As you know, I am soooo in love with pie anything.....pies in a jar, pie pops, pie bites, pie...pie...pie etc.!  I thought I had mastered them all until I thought of "pies in a lid".

They are the easiest most simple way to make a little individual pie I have ever seen!  All you need is a wide mouth canning jar lid and ring, a baking sheet, non-stick spray, your favorite pie dough and filling.  Lay the rings on a baking sheet and place the lids inside the rings.  Spray with a coat of non-stick spray and press your pie dough into the lid.
I found the easiest way to do this was to find a round "template" to cut the dough out.  I used a round plastic bowl just a half inch larger than my wide mouth rings.  This allows for extra dough to pinch into a lovely crust.  Pour in your filling and bake at a normal temperature.  I have found that these little pies bake in a quarter of the time of a regular set your timer accordingly.
Once they are finished baking let cool a few minutes and pop the ring and bottom off the shell and serve! They come out perfect every time.  I am busy making some up for our family's Thanksgiving feast...a little apple, pear & cranberry, and of course pumpkin!  I hope you have fun with this new little idea!!!

Conference Cinnamon Rolls

This afternoon I taught my newlywed daughter how to make Conference Cinnamon Rolls that she has eaten twice a year since she was a toddler.  I only make them twice a year when we gather together to listen to our church leaders speak at the LDS General Conference.  Hence the name Conference Cinnamon Rolls.  Her favorite job as a little girl was to lick the beaters and she still does.  I'm posting out of request from my children and friends who have had these and love them.  Enjoy!

Conference Cinnamon Rolls

1.  Preheat Oven to 200 degrees.

2.  Make Dough

In a mixer add 3 cups of warm water, 2 Tbsp. SAF instant yeast, 4 Tbsp. sugar, 4 Tbsp. oil and 1 Tbsp of salt. Mix together on low speed for a minute.  Add 4 cups of flour and mix until it is a wet dough.  Add  3 half dollar size drops of soy lecithin.  Mix again.  Add 3 more cups of flour and mix together.  You will want the dough to just pull away from the bowl.  It should be soft and a little doughy but touchable.  If you need to add a little more flour to get this consistency.  

Knead on medium speed for 3 minuets and let stand for 15 minutes.  This helps the dough to relax.

3.  Mix 3 Tbsp. of Saigon Cinnamon with 4 Tbsp. of sugar.  Set Aside.

4.  Melt one stick of butter.  Set Aside.

5.  Rub your counter down with some oil to work with the dough.  

6.  Softly roll the dough out into a rectangle about a 1/3" thick.  Let rest a few minutes.

7.  Brush the rectangle of dough with melted butter.

8.  Sprinkle with a cup and a half of brown sugar.  Make sure to get the sugar to the edges.

9.  Sprinkle the Cinnamon/Sugar mixture over the brown sugar.

10.  Take the long side of the dough and carefully roll towards you to make a cinnamon roll dough "log".  Pat the ends into shape.

11. Break off a piece of unwaxed and unflavored dental floss about two feet long.  Slide the floss under the dough to about a inch and a quarter length.  Lift up the ends of the floss, cross over and cut the roll pieces.

12.  Place the rolls in a deep greased 9" x 13" pan.  (You will need two pans).  Place so they are barely touching each other.  Once they are all cut, lightly pat down the tops to make the circle shape.

13.  Place the pan of rolls in the 200 degree oven for about 15 minuets to raise.

14.  Once raised, turn the heat up on the oven to 350 degrees and cook until lightly browned on the top.  About 20 minuets.  

15.  Once they are done, brush the tops with the remaining melted butter.  

16.  Make the cream cheese frosting,

In a mixer with a whisk attachment add 1 stick of softened butter and 1 block of softened cream cheese.  Whisk together.  Add 2 Tbsp. of vanilla.  and 3 Cups of powdered sugar.  Whisk together. Slowly add a Tbsp. of milk and whip until you get a soft frosting consistency.  You may need to add a little more milk or powdered sugar to achieve the balance...but you'll get it.

17.  Spread the frosting over the rolls and enjoy!!!

We hope you love this recipe as much as our family has.  They are sooooo good!   


Caramel Apple Butter - Fresh Living

One of the best aromas ever is a slow cooker full of apples and spice...there is nothing like it, and one of the easiest ways to enjoy the fall smells is by making Caramel Apple Butter.   My family loves to eat it on crisp toast and pancakes.  My favorite is over salted caramel ice cream...don't judge! 

All you need to make this simple apple butter is a slow cooker and about 20 large apples.   My favorite kind to use are Jonathon's or Honeycrisp.  They are the perfect mixture of firm, sweet, and tart.  Wash your apples and peel them.  I like to use my old fashioned apple does the job in a matter of seconds.  I think I found this peeler at Wal-Mart for $19.00.  When the peeler comes my husband and kids are ready to help.

Once the apples are peeled, you can use an apple slicer to slice them into large wedges. Place them in a slow cooker and turn it on to the low setting.  It's ok if there are little bits of peel on the apple, they cook down great.

Once the slow cooker is full, add four cups of sugar and three tablespoons of apple pie seasoning.  If you can not find apple pie seasoning, mix together cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and cloves to a mixture you like. 

Put a lid on the slow cooker and cook for eight hours on the low setting.  Stir occasionally to mix the spices and sugars through the mixture.   You will have a delicious amount to apple juice that cooks out of the apples over cooking time.  When the time is skim off most of the juice and set aside. The spiced apple juice can be cooked down to make a delicious apple syrup for pancakes!

Add a jar of your favorite softened caramel. and mix together.  I like to use an immersion blender to blend the chunks up into a half chunky sauce.  If your mixture is still too thin, cook a little longer in the pot.  (It will thicken even more in the fridge.)

Once your apple butter is done, you can refrigerate it for up to three weeks or freeze it for up two months.  If you want it to last through the winter,  you can process them in a water bath for 20 minutes and they will keep for a year.  You can find the instructions for the water bath process at the Ball Fresh Preserving Site.

Just imagine a spice filled thick sweet and tart apple sauce in one bite...and you will know why we are crazy for this recipe!   I usually cook up several batches through the fall to give as housewarming and holiday gifts.  A jar of apple butter, and a loaf of bread and you have the perfect gift.  You can view the KUTV Fresh Living Segment by clicking on the highlighted link.  I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we do!  


DIY Story Stones - Fresh Living

One of the hottest trending children's "toys" out there is a simple stone, a Story Stone.  Story Stones are all over Etsy, Pinterest and local markets too.  They are simple to make and give hours of creative fun for your entire family.

A Story Stone is simply a stone that has an image on it that helps spark a story.  To play with them you paint or modge-podge a collection of images onto rocks and place in a bag.  You can play with one person by having them choose a rock and start a story, pick another rock and add a little more until your tale is told.

In a group setting have one person pick a rock and tell a sentence and then pass the bag onto the next person who chooses a story stone and adds another sentence, and so on.  For children who are very young, you can have them draw their story after choosing a rock.  I love this game because it gets everyone talking and laughing together...and the stories never end!

The materials are simple.  Rocks that can be found outside or at your local craft shop, paint markers, Sharpie Markers, acrylic paint, some clip art and Modge Podge.  I love to paint the rocks and if you need a little inspiration look up Story Stones on Pinterest and you will find plenty of ideas.

If you are not the artistic type, you can use clip art images Modge Podged onto the rocks.  It's super simple.  Just lay down a thin layer or Modge Podge to glue the picture to the rock and then brush over it again to seal it.  Let dry, and you are ready to play.

I found my little bags at the local craft store in the jewelry section.  They were super cheap..about $3.00 for a set of four.  I like to decorate my bags for whatever theme rocks I have in the bag.  

There really are no "rules" to how these Story Stones are used.  I know my kiddos will want to mix and match and play with them a characters.  It's just how they roll, but getting them to come up with their own bedtime stories is a treat...and it helps Mom who flat lines when it comes to making up my own story.

Ps -- They also make great gifts!


Upcoming Barn Quilt Classes

I'm so excited to announce upcoming dates for my Barn Quilt classes.  Most weeks throughout the fall that you can find me painting with a fun group of ladies somewhere.  These classes are addicting and I love to have repeat students come and paint for a day.  If you have ever wanted to learn about barn quilts and how to paint one check out my upcoming classes and sign up!

In addition to teaching I will also be at Swiss Days over Labor Day weekend in Booth A-2 with finished boards, unfinished boards and quilt block patterns for sale.  We love this event!  It has been a tradition in our family for years and I look forward to seeing many of you there!  I will also be at the Sundance Harvest Festival on September 24th.  Come by for a visit!

Fall Schedule

  • Swiss Days - Midway, Utah September 2 & 3
  • Olie and Evie - Riverton, Utah  September 10th 9:00 am - 1:00 pm  (
  • My Girlfriend's Quilt Shoppe - Logan, Utah September 16th 9:30 am - 1:30 pm & 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm.  (435-654-2844)
  • Sundance Harvest Festival - September 24th 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

  • Elaine's Quilt Block  - Cottonwood Heights, Utah October 8th 11:00 am - 3:00 pm (801-947-9100)
  • American Quilting - Orem, Utah October 14th 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm (801-802-7841)
  • International Quilt Market - Houston, Texas October 28th - 30th