Monthly Archives: October 2012

Apple Crumb Pie

apple crumb pie

apple crumb pie recipe


My Mom’s apple crumb pie recipe is simple and delicious. I was craving it on Saturday, and then my sister B and her boyfriend unknowingly made the pie when we celebrated my mom’s birthday yesterday.

My mom had a lot of extra apples that she sent home with me, so I made my own last night. I made the pie crust from scratch, as well.

Andrés, his mom, and I all had a slice with our late breakfast.


  • 5 to 7 apples (5 cups)
  • 1 9-inch unbaked pastry shell
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 6 tablespoons butter


Core the apples, and cut into thin slices. You can pare them, or not — I don’t. Put the apples in a large bowl and mix with 1/2 cup of sugar and 3/4 teaspoon of cinnamon until they’re evenly covered. If you want a more tart pie and you’re using sweet apples, like Red Delicious, you can add some lemon juice to the mix. Arrange the apples in the unbaked pastry shell.

Mix 1/3 cup of sugar with 3/4 cup of flour, and cut in the butter until it resembles course crumbs. I use my hands to cut in butter because I’m lazy, I don’t own a pastry cutter, and the two knives method annoys me. Sprinkle the crumbs over the apples.

Bake at 400° F for 35-40 minutes. If the pie browns too quickly, cover the edges with tinfoil.

Serve it warm with ice cream or whipped cream.

Very Good Things

This week I’m grateful for:

  • My husband
  • These adorable pups
  • My MIL spoiling us
  • Getting our new pans (the Calphalon Unison set)
  • This sweet video
  • Delicious Cuba libres
  • Food truck Mexican burritos
  • Researching birth options
  • Making chess pie
  • Fantastic pho with friends
  • Getting hit on randomly
  • Celebrating my mom’s 58th
  • Pumpkin carving with my family
  • Surprise long weekend
  • Andrés’ grilled cheese sandwiches
  • Homemade apple crumb pie, with a homemade crust

Very Good Things

This week I’m grateful for:

  • My husband
  • Many generous gifts from family and friends
  • Being married for a whole week!
  • My new name!
  • Cool nights with lots of blankets
  • Pumpkin spice coffee at work
  • Everything slowly returning to normal
  • Family dinners
  • This awesome little girl
  • My MIL’s amazing food
  • This article
  • Kari Herer’s photography
  • Date night (pho + Argo)
  • Free birth control!
  • All the beautiful trees in our town
  • Fall TV being back
  • Ruby not being lost

Mr. & Mrs.

Andrés & I were married this weekend in the mountains of West Virginia, surrounded by crisp air, changing leaves, a gorgeous lake and our closest family and friends.

We exchanged vows of unconditional love, support, and respect; of accepting each other’s faults; of attending each other’s needs; of teamwork; of nurturing growth and embracing change.

It was perfect.

woods at sunset

deer in woods

gazebo before wedding


Y doing her hair

A and B

decorated gazebo

gazebo aisle


wedding rings


More photos to come.

Very Good Things

This week I’m grateful for:

  • My husband, Mr. AFV ;)
  • Being MRS. V.!
  • My dearest internet friends (D. & N.)
  • My helpful fairy godmother (& her awesome dog massages for Ruby!)
  • Our beautiful wedding
  • Pretty much everything working out perfectly
  • My dad’s toast, and later his tears
  • Almond cake with vanilla almond buttercream frosting
  • My parent’s generosity
  • My sisters, for their patience & invaluable support
  • Sriracha popcorn
  • Seeing lots of amazing friends & family
  • Meeting my brother-in-law!
  • Our awesome wedding rings
  • Andrés sprinkling rose petals all over for our wedding night
  • Photo booth strips
  • Surprise family reunions in parking lots

Very Good Things

This week I’m grateful for:

  • Mr. AFV, my fiancé for one more week
  • My sister & M spending the night
  • Being a team
  • Men babywearing
  • Safe travels to & from Denver
  • Luxurious hotel beds
  • Confidently eating out alone
  • Reading birth books
  • Same Love by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Mary Lambert
  • Seeing Nas for free!
  • Giant frozen margaritas
  • All my sisters in the same spot (last time: July 4th, 2011)
  • Drag brunch bachelorette party!
  • My bestie, Cara
  • Delicious Peruvian chicken
  • Little Black Dress Vodka
  • My MIL being so helpful and awesome