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Diabetic Friendly Apple Pie

Since the Old Man has become a diabetic I have changed a lot of things in the kitchen and how I cook. Baking is only done for very specific occasions with no extras available. I don’t buy cookies and candy and sweets like I use to. If it isn’t in the house, then he won’t be tempted to eat it. Being diabetic has not lessened anyone’s sweet tooth though. The Old Man craves his favorite dessert from time to time, apple pie.

After some searching and experimenting, I have found an apple pie recipe that he likes and doesn’t mess with his blood sugar too much.

Ingredients:

Store bought pie crust-I use 2 crusts

Granny Smith apples (I get a 5 lb bag)

approx 1 teaspoon Cinnamon

approx 1/2 teaspoonNutmeg

2 Tablespoons Corn Starch

approx 1/2-3/4 cup Surcalose (such as Splenda) depending on how tart the apples are

Bowl

9 inch pie pan

Optional:

Sheet pan

Parchment paper

Apple corer, peeler, slicer tool. I have the Pampered Chef one and LOVE it. Once I set it up, even the Kid can use it.

Pre-heat your oven to 375 F.

1. Fill the bowl with cold water. Peel, core, and slice your apples. Put the sliced apples into the bowl, the cold water will keep the apples from browning. I can usually get the whole bag of apples done in 5-10 minutes depending on if the Kid is helping. If it takes longer, you might want to put some lemon juice in the water to keep the apples from browning too much.

2. Drain the apples. It is okay if there is a little water in the bottom of the bowl. Add the cinnamon, nutmeg, corn starch, and sucralose. Mix well until the corn starch and sucralose are evenly distributed. Put the first pie crust in the pie pan. I like to line a sheet pan with parchment paper and put the pie pan on that for easy clean up.

3. Place the apples in the pie crust. Then sprinkle a bit of sucralose on top if the apples are really tart.

4. Place the second crust on top and pinch the edges. I have never been able to make a pretty edge on my pies. Add a steam vent on the top crust. This time I just made some cutting guidelines.

5. Bake for 30-35 minutes and check the crust. Once the crust is a nice golden brown, take your pie out of the oven. Because the apple slices are thin, it doesn’t take long for the pie to cook and I don’t have to worry about the crust getting to dark. If your apple slices are thicker, bake for longer, keeping an eye on the crust so it doesn’t get too dark.

Very distinguished taste

One of the Kid’s unique traits is that she hates, HATES for her feet to be bare. Until she was about 3, she would not touch anything but water with her bare feet without screaming. Screaming. Sandals and flip-flops were not enough. She wanted her toes and whole foot covered. This held true for the sandbox, grass, dirt, inside. When she sleeps, she has to wear socks. She hasn’t changed at all and she is nine now. I think it is sensory that stems from the Turner’s Syndrome.

The Kid is not too picky about the socks she wears. She has always loved the hand knit socks I make for her. Recently I completed two pairs of socks for her.

For the first pair I used Plymouth Yarn Neon Now in colorway 1. It is mostly pinks, her favorite color. I didn’t use a pattern. I cast one, knit in 2×2 rib for the cuff. Stockinette stitch until I got to the heel, used a short row heel. More stockinette stitch to the toe, decreases, and kitchiner stitch the toe closed. I have the Kid try the socks on as I knit them to get the correct size for her.

The second pair of socks were knit exactly the same as the previous pair. I used Regia Design Line Random Stripe by Kaffe Fassett in the colorway 2901 Sizzle. For the heel and toe, I used leftovers from the Plymouth Neon yarn. I was worried I was run out of yarn otherwise.

Both pairs of socks have meet with the Kid’s approval.

Breaking my own rule

As a general guide in life I prefer not to discuss politics or religion with people I don’t know or people I know it will only lead to an argument with. This works well for me.

That has changed some since becoming the mom to a Turner’s Syndrome princess. Things happen and I can’t keep quiet about it for the sake of my daughter. The Kid is on growth hormone therapy (GH) and she has been for several years. Her cardiologist said it was time. Her heart was growing but her body wasn’t. She hadn’t grown more than a centimeter in 2 years. This is common with Turner’s Syndrome. GH therapy is a daily subcutaneous injection given at bedtime.

When the Kid started GH, the Affordable Care Act was starting to be implemented. So the kid was able to get decent health coverage and a secondary insurance. Turner’s is generally considered a pre-existing condition. Let me get back to the point. When the Kid started GH, she was able to get the pen. It was a very simple procedure. Attach the pen needle, dial the dose, and inject. Easy to travel with as well.

Growth Hormone Therapy in a pen form. www.leaveyoursanity.com

Suddenly, at the end of January, it all changed. We have had to go back to the “old fashioned way” of mixing vials and injections with syringe. Every 5 days I have to mix a new vial to use. Insurance and coverage has continued to change for the Kid since the end of January. I am not a happy momma and the Kid is not happy with the new injection syringe.

Growth Hormone Therapy in the mix it yourself vials.

Fairy Garden DIY part 2

After completing the fairy houses we started to gather the rest of our supplies. On a trip to the dollar store, we found a good selection of fairy garden elements. A trip to Joann fabric, a sale, and some coupon stacking got us a few more pieces for the fairy garden. The Kid LOVES painting wooden bird houses, so we got some of those she had already painted. (I gave everything we made a good weather proof coating) We were ready.

The house we live in has a few garden beds around it. There is one in the backyard that sits between the patio and the fence. It is unusable for vegetables or flowers because it is over a slab of cement. I pulled a few vines and raked the dirt level. I had some leftover brown mulch that I put in and leveled off. I have a lilac in a pot that we put in the middle. Then the Kid and I started adding all the different pieces in. Finally, using leftover pebbles, we make roads and tried to anchor everything down. It can get windy here and didn’t want anything to blow away. The kid is pleased with it.

Fairy Garden DIY, the final result. Made with things we had around the house. www.leaveyoursanity.com Fairy Garden DIY, the final result. Made with things we had around the house. www.leaveyoursanity.com Fairy Garden DIY, the final result. Made with things we had around the house. www.leaveyoursanity.com  Fairy Garden DIY, the final result. Made with things we had around the house. www.leaveyoursanity.com

All pictures are pre-clean up. I take pictures pre-clean up or I forget.

Fairy Garden DIY part 1

The Kid just loves fairies. She has fairy statutes from the dollar tree that end up everywhere. When she was younger, she loved to dress up as a fairy with her dress, wings, and wigs.

We were out one day at a butterfly garden and greenhouse. Inside the greenhouse were many different examples of fairy gardens. The Kid fell in love and decided she wanted a fairy garden too. That is when I discovered how expensive fairy garden supplies can be. Ugh!

DIY to the rescue. Some popsicle sticks, coffee containers, hot glue gun, and paints were gathered up. I glued the popsicle sticks to the containers. I had grand plans to have doors and windows as well. I glued the front and tried to make doors on the front. So time consuming! After that, I started gluing the sticks on the other direction and things went much faster. The kid could paint windows on if she wanted them.

Fairy Garden DIY. Making fairy houses with supplies you already have. A great rainy day project. www.leaveyoursanity.com

Fairy Garden DIY. Making fairy houses with supplies you already have. A great rainy day project. www.leaveyoursanity.com

If we make these again, I am just going to glue the popsicle sticks on and paint any doors and windows. Headache and time saver.

Breakfast Surprise

I am someone who hates, HATES to waste food. Anytime I throw away food all I see is money in the trash can.  The other morning I opened the frig hoping to find something to surprise the Kid and Old Man for breakfast. There was store bought pie crust that needed to be used that day. Strawberries that were already sliced and sweetened with sucralose (generally Splenda). The Old Man is now a type I diabetic so diet changes had to be made. And a package of unsweetened raspberries. I came across a recipe for a strawberry crostata at Buns In My Oven.  Here is my version of the recipe.

2 store bought pie crust

1 Tablespoon Sucralose ( or to taste) and extra to sprinkle.

6 oz. of softened cream cheese

1 Tablespoon vanilla

Strawberries

Raspberries

1. Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees. Line large baking sheet with parchment paper and place the pie crust on the parchment paper

2. Mix together cream cheese, sucralose and vanilla.

3. Using an off-set spatula, spread the half the cream cheese mixture on each pie crust leaving a one inch border around the edge. Pile the strawberries on top of the cream cheese mixture on one pie crust. Work your way around the pie crust folding the edges up every one inch or so. On the other pie crust and cream cheese, pile on the raspberries. Sprinkle the raspberries with sweetener.

4. Bake for 20-25 minutes. Allow to cool and serve at room temperature or slightly warm.

Breakfast Surprise! Sugar free and Diabetic Friendly Strawberry Crostata recipe. www.leaveyoursanity.com

This is all that was left. I forget to take pictures of food before we eat.

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Hi there.

It has been a while.

Six years and three months.

That is a really long time.

The Kid is nine now and I am 40 (cough,cough). I started feeling old when I registered the Kid for kindergarten.

If it is okay with you, can we hang out again? Get to know each other? Sure there is a lot for us to catch up on. Give me some time, it is going to take a while to type everything out.

Zig zag

I have a thing for crocheted blankets. And knit blankets. But they have to be hand-made. The bulk produced kind from the store aren’t the same. I finally braved crocheting a zig zag blanket. I am finding it quite easy to crochet. I don’t have enough yarn for a full blanket like I had planned. So I think I am going to get a contrasting color yarn and have some stripes at the end of the blanket. Just for some color.

Little One had a princess that needed to warm up under a blanket.

Double Pink

My princess loves all things princess. She working on having a complete collection of princess dolls. There is the princess bedding. Princess shirts. And now we have progresses to princess dresses. That gets worn out in public  when she wants to. She will only be two once.