Mary Beth Johnson is a wife and mum to four schooners, as she’s dubbed her children. On a normal afternoon, you would find her in moccasins, skinny jeans and a comfortable tee, camera in hand. Recently moving to the suburbs of Atlanta, Mary Beth spends her days homeschooling, sneaking away to the bookstore, trying to act the part of a southerner, and sifting through recipes in The Vegetarian Times. Food is her love language.

October completely escaped me in a whirlwind of unpacking boxes, getting into the homeschool routine after a month off, and juggling life with a brand new baby. It is during seasons such as these that I reduce life down to the purest essentials. Shower….check. Instant oatmeal for breakfast…check. Reading, writing, and arithmetic done with the schooners…check. Feed the baby…check. Favorite sweatpants washed…check. And so daily life repeats.

While I am a natural homebody and relish the excuse to stay home, I know myself well enough to know that I need to get out and do something purely for inspiration. The orchard seemed like the perfect place…

We packed the children up and took a day trip to the Blue Ridge mountains. The skies were the prettiest blue, the leaves were changing into their rich colors, and if the sun went behind a cloud it wasn’t too hot. 😉 We walked away with two dozen apple cider donuts and a huge bag of freshly picked apples, taste tested for baking.

When thinking on what recipes to bring to you this November (with Thanksgiving just around the corner) I knew I wanted to start with apples. There are so many options this time of year, but I decided to once again boil it down to the essentials. These four recipes I’ll bring to you are the classic ones that’ll never go out of style or offend the pickiest eater. They will each be the perfect addition to round out your Thanksgiving menu.

So lets get started…with dessert, of course!

In my humble opinion, Ree’s creamy filling paired with the crunchy topping makes this apple pie stand out from all the others. I will never try another recipe other than this one. Ever. 

 1 whole Unbaked Pie Crust
 (An amazing recipe HERE, use your favorite, or use one from the store!) 
3 whole Large (4 Or 5 Small) Granny Smith Apples, Peeled, Cored, And Sliced Thin 
 1/2 cup Brown Sugar 
 1/2 cup Sugar
 1 Tablespoon All-purpose Flour
 1 cup Heavy Cream
 2 teaspoons Vanilla Extract
 1/8 teaspoon Cinnamon
 A couple drops of Young Living lemon essential oil, optional


 7 Tablespoons Butter
 3/4 cups All-purpose Flour
 1/2 cup Brown Sugar 
 1/4 cup Pecans (more To Taste) 
 Dash Of Salt


Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Roll out pie dough and place it in a pie pan. Decorate the edges as desired.

Add apple slices to a large bowl and sprinkle with a couple drops of YL lemon essential oil (optional). In a separate bowl, mix together cream, 1/2 cup brown sugar, 1/2 cup sugar, 1 tablespoon flour, vanilla, and cinnamon. Pour over apples. Pour apples into pie shell.

In the bowl of a food processor (or you can mix by hand) combine butter, flour, sugar, pecans (chop if you’re not using a food processor), and salt. Mix until everything comes together in clumps. Pour topping over apples.

Attach foil to the edges and lay a piece of flat foil loosely over the top of the pie. Place pie pan on top of a rimmed cookie sheet and bake for one hour. At the end, remove foil and allow to finish baking and browning. Can bake for up to 15 or 20 minutes more if necessary.

Remove from oven when pie is bubbly and golden brown.

Serve warm with whipped cream, or ice cream. Enjoy! 

Source: slightly adapted from The Pioneer Woman. All photography is my own.

***  Any suggestions made on this blog are very specific to Young Living essential oils and should not be used with oils from another source. Statements made on this website about Young Living Essential Oils have not been evaluated by the FDA. These products and information are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Anyone suffering from disease or injury should consult with a physician. If you are currently on medication, please DO NOT STOP. This is just how I make & do things. you must make informed decisions for yourself and your own family. 
“We are starting our journey with Essential Oils and have done our own research on the purity of oils.  I am confident in using oils in our recipes because we only use Young Living.  They are  beyond organic and never use pesticides, herbicides or any harmful chemicals. Their soil has never been exposed to them as well.  I don’t suggest ever using any other oil for ingestion because I don’t know of their purity. “



Health & Wellness

November 9, 2014


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