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Apple Pie in a Jar – Apple Pie “Shine”

2 Apr

When I think of apple pie, it reminds me of being a kid, playing outside and being able to smell the delicious fragrance of freshly baking apple pie flowing out the open windows in the spring. There is just something about that smell and taste. It’s childhood.

As an adult, I like to enjoy apple pie in different variations. Cookies, cupcakes, cakes, tarts. As a grown up beverage, it can’t be beat. I did an Apple Pie Sangria with a jar of this mixed into the batch. It was AMAZING. Slightly potent, but AMAZING.  The best way to make a batch of that sangria is to actually have a jar of the Apple Pie “Shine” to mix into it. It’s easy to make, and just as easy to drink. My second batch was a little less potent, so I may add another shot of grain to the jars upon opening them. The recipe listed below is my variation of the recipe given to me by a friend. I think it makes something great tasting become epic tasting!

apple pie shine

Apple Pie Shine

1 gallon apple cider

1 gallon unsweetened apple juice

3 cups brown sugar

2 tablespoons molasses

2 vanilla beans, split lengthwise

1 heaping teaspoon cinnamon

2 tablespoons vanilla extract – do not use imitation

1 liter (plus a couple extra glugs if you are heavy handed like me!) moonshine, Everclear, or the highest proof vodka you can find

Take and put all of your ingredients into a large pot, with the exception of the alcohol. Bring to a boil and let boil for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally to dissolve brown sugar and molasses. After 10 minutes, remove from heat and let sit for 10 minutes to cool slightly. Add your grain alcohol, stirring to combine.

Fill clean pint or quart mason jars to bottom of threads on jar, wipe rims and add lids and screw bands, twisting to finger tight. Rinse jars to get rid of any sticky residue and store in a cool dark place. Let “age” about 1 month to get rid of any strong booze flavor. Enjoy ice cold, shaking the jar before passing the jar around with friends! Tastes just like apple pie – in a jar!


The DIY Life: Homemade Instant Oatmeal Mix

19 Apr

So the hubs is on his oatmeal kick again. On the cool mornings he likes to enjoy a bowl of hot oatmeal before heading off to work. Of course, he eats 2 packets because he’s a man. And men eat more than us dainty ladies. So that means that in a week, he consumes a box of oatmeal packets. Which means that I’ve got to stock up on oatmeal packets, and even buying the store brand it’s $2 per box. So, since we just ran out, and I had a surplus of quick cooking oats, I decided to try my hand at making my own mix. This is pretty much the standard recipe floating out there on the internet, I didn’t invent it but thought i’d share it with my penny pinching followers who also want to be more aware of their foods content. You are welcome my fellow thrifters.

I myself cannot eat oatmeal. Boy I wish I could. It’s wholesome, fills your tummy, and good for you. But I cannot get past the texture. No matter how amazing the steam from the hot oats smells, as soon as it hits my tongue I gag. Sigh. I did try this mixture dry for my taste test and it was pretty tasty. A nice flavor combo. Hubs confirms it’s good.

And I didn’t do the math because I had all the ingredients in the house to make this, BUT it’s got to be cheaper than purchasing the store bought stuff if you are going through at least one box per week. I doubled the recipe and filled a gallon sized mason jar. Put a scoop in it so now the hubs can just scoop out what he wants and be on his way.

And it’s way nicer to look at the oatmeal mixture in my sweet ass mason jar than those packets sitting in the fruit basket. I have a thing for mason jars. Like a HUGE thing. In case you hadn’t picked up on that from my posts yet. Like if there were Mason Jar meeting similar to the AA setting, I would have to attend them. But there isn’t any such thing, so i’ll go on collecting mason jars like it’s my destiny.


Brown Sugar Cinnamon Instant Oatmeal Mix

18oz container quick oats

1/3 cup powdered milk

2/3 cup packed dark brown sugar

1-2 tsp Cinnamon (I did 2tsp for more cinnamon flavor)
Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix by hand. Be sure to break up any chunks of brown sugar. Store in an airtight container.
To serve, place 1/2cup oatmeal mix in a bowl and cover with 1/2cup hot water or milk. Add in fruit or nuts if you want some additional flavor.