Quick and Easy Apple Pie Bites

I love apples.  I love pie.  I don't like waiting for a pie to bake.  These are a perfect solution.

The best part?  They only have 4 ingredients (5 if you count the cinnamon and sugar as separate).  Easy Peasy.

My hubby needed a treat to take to a work breakfast so I made a double batch here and they were a hit!  We've made them 2 more times since then for an easy dessert with friends and we put a scoop of vanilla ice cream drizzled with caramel sauce.  To. Die. For.

Okay, ready?

Make sure you have some cinnamon sugar ready to go.  I like to make a lot and then put it back into an empty cinnamon bottle so I can have it on hand when I need it.  You'll also need about 1 T. of butter, melted too.

Cut your apple into 8 pieces.  My apple cutter does just that, and plus it makes them look like a flower.  Win, win.  I peeled my apples too after I cut them, because I wasn't sure how the peels would cook in this situation.  

Last but not least, crescent dough.  Yep.  Super easy.  Roll out each of the crescent rolls, brush with butter, sprinkle cinnamon, roll up the apple.  You'll be praised for your culinary masterpiece and nobody needs to know how easy it was.

You just bake them as directed on the package of the crescent rolls.  Doesn't get easier than that.  I was worried about the apples not being done in such a short time, but they were delicious and perfectly soft, but still with a little bit of crunch.


 Makes 8 Apple Pie Bites (you'll want 2 so this is perfect for two couples)

  • 1 package of refrigerated crescent roll dough
  • 1 Apple, cut into 8 pieces and peeled
  • Cinnamon Sugar
  • 1 T. butter, melted
  1. Preheat oven to temperature on crescent roll package (mine was 350).
  2. Unroll crescent dough and separate each roll.  Brush each individual roll with butter and then sprinkle generously with cinnamon sugar.
  3. Place apple slice at the big end of the roll and roll up like you would if you were just making crescent rolls.  Repeat for the remaining rolls.
  4. Brush the top of the rolls with the remaining butter and sprinkle with cinnamon sugar.
  5. Bake as directed on the crescent package or until the rolls are golden brown.
  6. Enjoy warm (or cold, but they probably won't last that long!).


Things I've Tried

You know it's true.  You love Pinterest.  Or you haven't seen it yet, and you probably should stay away unless you want to get an endless supply of ideas and fun things to do, eat, play, craft and share.

I just wanted to point out that I have a board titled "Things I've Tried" where I try something from Pinterest, or something I thought up and then give a review on how it went.  Check it out!  I'm always adding more to it.

Here are some things I've tried... (click on each picture caption to see my review)

Pearly Bites  REVIEW: I used Nilla Wafers, Cream Cheese frosting and yogurt covered raisins.  These were a hit at my son's ocean themed birthday party.  We made around 50 of them and there were only 6 left when the party was over.  So fun and easy.
Pearly Clam Cookies

the BEST playdough recipe, hands down. and you make it with JELLO!  Awesome! REVIEW: this was really easy and fun to make.  It smells heavenly so the kids kept trying to eat it. Surprisingly easy to clean up too.  I had to add more flour to make it play dough consistency.
Jello Playdough

Toddler Tie Tutorial REVIEW: this is really easy and adorable. Make sure if you are using a pattern like plaid that the part of the pattern you want is on the front before cutting.  Check the angle of the lines too if you have stripes.
Toddler Necktie

Template for printing on Post-It notes. REVIEW: this was easy and saved a lot of time for a project. If you want to print out several sets though you might want to reprint the template for each set as the lines start to get a bit fuzzy after there is more than one set.
Sticky Note Printing Template

Cafe Rio Pico de Gallo - REVIEW: I could eat this with a spoon....okay, maybe I actually did. I didn't put in the jalepenos because I'm a wimp and it did need some salt (just sprinkled some over the top and it was great.  1/2 an onion is PLENTY (some recipes call for a whole one) and even though this says to use the juice from 1 lime, I felt like half a lime would have been sufficient.  Not as good the second day, so eat it all in one sitting.  Seriously.  It's that good.
Cafe Rio Pico de Gallo Recipe
Happy Pinning!


Fried Rice Quinoa

Today I had to run an errand that took me right by a Chinese restaurant and it smelled SO good I almost gave in and went and got some even though one of my goals this year is to eat more healthy.  I resisted the craving, finished my errand and got home.  

I still wanted it. 

I've been on a Quinoa kick recently and have been using it to replace rice in some of our favorite meals.  I decided I needed some Fried Rice...I mean, Fried Rice Quinoa.  Since it was one of those "gotta-have-it-now" cravings, I didn't take pictures along the way, but here's how it turned out:


It satisfied my Chinese food craving, but kept it around 300 calories for the whole bowl.  

Here's what I used in my Fried Rice Quinoa:
  • 1/2 cup Quinoa cooked and cooled (I just cook a lot and keep the extra in the fridge for times like this)
  • 1 carrot, peeled and sliced
  • 1 celery stalk, sliced
  • 1/4 bell pepper, chopped
  • 1/4 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1/4 cup canned corn (leftover from enchilada night last night)
  • 1 scrambled egg
  • 2 green onions, chopped
  • 1 T. soy sauce
  • 1-2 T. olive oil
  • Onion powder
  • Garlic powder
This was simple to put together.  I heated a small skillet, put in the oil and the veggies I knew would take longer to cook (carrots, celery, peppers).  I sprinkled that with onion powder & garlic powder then sauteed until the veggies were tender.  I like mine with a little crunch so it really only took a couple of minutes.  Then I added the corn, quinoa, eggs and green onions.  I stirred that up and let it cook for a couple minutes to get warmed through, then poured the soy sauce on.  A couple more minutes to make sure everything is nice and mixed and warm and, voila!  Delicious healthy Chinese.  

I just used whatever veggies I had around, so feel free to try it with things you like!  I'd love to hear how it turned out for you!


Happy 2013!

Happy 2013 everybody!

Resolution time!  Yes, yes, it's true.  I've decided to be better at blogging this year, which sadly won't take much!  But I've set a goal to post something every week! Check back often to see what new fun things going on in this crazy life of mine! 

Other resolutions I have include:

Some of this:

A little of this:

Definitely more of this:

And hopefully more of this:

What are your resolutions for 2013?