Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Apple Pie in a Bag and Nature's Aromatherapy

I was looking through mom's old cookbooks and discovered Apple Pie in a Bag and it was pretty much the same pie that Monique made from Kim's mom's recipe. I crossed my fingers while it was baking in the paper bag, and it was like unwrapping a surprise gift once it came out of the oven. I was almost afraid to open the bag :-) It came out great, and next time I will make a smaller pie using parchment cooking bags. I have a three cup pie dish that I use when making pie for two. It fits perfect in the parchment cooking bags! Tonight I will be testing rhubarb crumb pie in the parchment bag.
Our "fish truck" is back until December, so I go every Thursday before work to get fish. Last week the fish man (John) had some beautiful Alaskan salmon, so I picked up some local shitake mushrooms (amazing) and made a maple, soy and ginger marinade. Put everything in the bag, and baked it. Easy and five stars ;-)
There is nothing like the aroma of lilacs for me.  I look forward to lilacs every spring, and they are just perfect this year. My potting bench was looking worn and stained on the top (hey at least I use it). I am in the process of spiffing it up, and doing a bee theme.  I used modge podge and MacKenzie-Childs tissue paper on the top. Then put a protective coating on top.
Some little cuties from my garden.
And finally, I would be remiss to not show some Red Trillium blooms from a recent hike. Our  unseasonably warm temperatures at the onset of May caused everything to explode out of the ground. Leaves also came out almost overnight and transformed naked winter-like tree tops into a shady canopy. The photos were taken near our camp while we were summer-izing for the season ;o)

Have a wonderful week! I am joining Rattlebridge Farm for Foodie Friday.

Debbie@Mountain Breaths
Debbie@Mountain Breaths

Hello, I'm Debbie.I enjoy hiking, kayaking, cross country skiing and snowshoeing in the Adirondack Mountains (thus Mountain Breaths). I live in Upstate NY with my supportive husband and have three precious sons..


  1. Debbie, The salmon has my mouth watering and it's breakfast time! Sounds delicious! I'll have to try the bag cooking method. My lilacs did not bloom this year. Last year we had only a few flowers and this year the buds didn't open. Yours are so luscious I can almost smell them and they look so good popping against your checkered tabletop. Yes, they do provide excellent aromatherapy! Linda

    1. Linda, we had no lilacs two or three years ago due to a killing frost in the spring when they were budding, and it just didn't seem right. Thanks for stopping by!

  2. Your garden is doing so well!
    How uncanny you had a similar recipe..it was Kim's mom's:)

    So maybe they would have been the same age etc..

    I was gifted w/ the green and purple Ball jars..perfect for your lilacs..
    SO funny we have those same parchmnet bags here..I thought Loblaw/s/President's Choice was a Canadian company..and they have these!
    Your Allium is ahead of mine..
    What a lovely time of year;)

    1. We had Loblaw's when I was growing up, but they have been gone a long time. They offered prints for free, maybe they gave points you had to use. We loved when mom brought home the prints ;o) Do they still do that? I got the parchment bags at our health food store, and am loving them.

      Don't you just love the purple Ball jars? I have the aqua ones too. They do make great vases.

  3. The parchment paper bags sound like a wonderful item. I only have a roll of it, and use it all the time. The three cup pie dish would be perfect for me. I like that idea. Your flowers are all so gorgeous and I can just about smell the heavenly scent of your lilacs.

  4. Debbie how beautiful is your post! love it!

  5. Yummy looking pie! Your flowers are beautiful, Debbie. The rains have played havoc with them here, this year. I didn't get to enjoy the lilacs or the peonies at the corner of the house...just ran out to get some from the row I have near the driveway before the storm hits later tonight. They are big fat buds that are just starting to open so they should be good for a week or so.

  6. Oh my Debbie, this pie looks heavenly and yummy. I love your colorful lilac. How pretty they are in that vase. I bet they smell delighful. xo

  7. Debbie, I've never made pie in a bag, and I'm going to try it. Your garden looks like a heavenly place--I can just imagine the fragrance. The purple Ball jar is making my heart go pitty pat, especially with that beautiful bouquet.

  8. I have yet to try the apple pie in a bag recipe! I looks beautiful and so delicious! All of your purples look so beautiful. We don't have lilacs but our neighbors do and when they bloom the scent is wonderful.

  9. First, let me say that hearing your hubby read my Mom's story just melted my heart! I didn't even know if anyone would read something like that on my blog, but I want to post some of her stories that have just touched me! Tell him he is the bomb!
    Second, the pie sounds fabulous. I have heard about it but haven't tried it either but everyone says it is wonderful.
    the Salmon and mushrooms sounds wonderful too. How fun to have such fresh fish!
    Your flowers are stunning! Enjoy this wonderful time of year!

  10. Love the idea for a pie. I am a little crazy about anything pie.

    What I wouldn't give for a bouquet of lilacs. It is too hot where I live. They are working on it, but they have no scent which defeats the purpose.

    I thought your Red Trillium was a clematis - thanks for keeping me straight.

    Very clever potting bench using MC design.

    Sorry for being so long, but you set off so many thoughts. :)


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