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Spiced Coffee

Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, except for mommy wrapping presents..!
And she needed some coffee!

Not really. But maybe. It certainly will be a good Christmas breakfast drink tomorrow morning. Coffee, spices, hot milk and some optional whipped cream on top. This is delicious. Enjoy!

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  • 1/2 cup fresh ground coffee
  • 2 tsp ground cardamom
  • 1 Tbsp honey
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1-2 cups milk (cows, almond, coconut, or other)


  • In a coffee filter, add coffee, cardamom, honey, cinnamon and nutmeg
  • Mix gently to combine
  • Add water to coffeemaker and brew
  • Heat milk until just steaming
  • Pour coffee into mug and top with desired amount of milk
  • Optionally serve with some fresh whipped cream and a dusting of cinnamon and a cinnamon stick
  • Cheers and Merry Christmas, happy holidays!


Grandma Ople’s Apple Pie // aka Best Apple Pie Ever!

I want to preface this by saying it’s not my Grandma Ople’s Apple Pie.  I don’t have a Grandma Ople, but just the name alone should tell you how good it is!  I originally found this recipe 7-8 years ago, and I’ve never looked for another apple pie recipe since!

I always make it over the holidays (only just now getting around to blogging it!), and it’s always one of the pies that disappears the quickest!  Well, it’s usually a tie between this one and the Pumpkin Layer Pie.  We usually have 6+ pies or…about 1/2 a pie for each family member in attendance haha.

Blog Grandma Oples Apple Pie-1Ingredients

  • 1 recipe pastry for a 9 inch double crust pie (pre-marriage and kids, I made my own, but I cheat now and buy store bought.  Nobody complains, and then I have time to do lattice!)
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 8 Granny Smith Apples (cut, peeled, and sliced)  I used Honeycrisp this last time, because that’s what I had, and it was a mistake.  It was too watery 😦  BUT…every time I’ve used the Granny Smith apples it’s been perfect.  And it sounds like a lot, but it’s a mountain of yumminess!!!


  1. Peel and then cut all your apples.  I usually do them in 1/2 inch slices.
  2. Melt butter in a sauce pan. Stir in flour to form a paste. Add white sugar, brown sugar and water; bring to a boil. Reduce temperature, and simmer 5 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, place the bottom crust in your pan. Fill with apples, mounded slightly. Cover with a lattice work crust. Lattice isn’t as hard as it looks.  I just cut mine in to strips and then started layering here and there.  It doesn’t have to be perfect!
  4. Gently pour the sugar and butter liquid over the crust. Pour slowly so that it does not run off.  A lot of reviews said to just mix the apples in with the mixture, but don’t!  It makes this golden crispy sweet glaze on the top that is one of the best parts!
  5. Bake 15 minutes at 425 degrees F (220 degrees C). Reduce the temperature to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C), and continue baking for 35 to 45 minutes.


Grain Free Lasagna

This lasagna uses zucchini for noodles! Yes, it’s true, and what’s even better? It’s super yummy and tastes like lasagna! You slice the zucchini into thin noodles, layer with a hearty meat sauce, ricotta, and cheese, and voila – not only gluten free, but grain free lasagna! 🙂

Blog grain free lasagne


  • 1 very large or 3-4 small zucchinis
  • 1 lb hamburger meat
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 large can of tomato sauce, crushed tomatoes or marinara sauce
  • 1 16oz tub of ricotta
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 2 tsp dried parsley
  • 2 cups of cheese
  • Oregano, salt, pepper – to taste (optional)
  • Bay leaf (optional)


  1. Wash and peel zucchini
  2. With a mandolin slicer, a cheese cutter, or a sharp knife (this is the hardest) – slice the zucchini lengthwise
  3. Heat olive oil in pan and add chopped onion
  4. Sautee until fragrant and soft and add hamburger
  5. Brown meat and then add tomato sauce and some oregano, let simmer on low heat
  6. Beat egg and mix with ricotta until well blended, add dried parsley
  7. Now you are ready to layer and bake the lasagna – alternating meat sauce, noodles, ricotta, extra tomato sauce (optional) and cheese on top
  8. Bake for 45 minutes on 350
  9. Enjoy with a fresh green salad dressed with olive oil & vinegar and chopped veggies!


Merry Christmas! …the day after :)

I hope everyone had an amazing Christmas with loved ones!  We sure did 🙂Blog Free People Frye-1 Blog Free People Frye-2 Blog Free People Frye-3 Blog Free People Frye-4Blog Maya Gap CoatMy mom got these of me before we all headed over to my in laws. Blog Free People Frye-6 Blog Free People Frye-7 Blog Free People Frye-8On me…

Sweater- Free People (old, but similar here)
Pants- H&M
Boots- Frye “Fiona 3 Strap” (sold out, but similar here and less expensive here)
On Maya…
Dress- Gap (ThredUp similar here)
Coat- Gap (Thrifted, but similar here and this is cute too)

Boots- Nordstrom (thrifted, but similar here)