Anyone Seen My Mojo?


Kentucky Festival Apple Pie

I am trying… desperately trying. It seems that many of the things I usually love to do… blogging, photography, cooking, reading, etc. are hidden somewhere among a mass of things that stress me out. Those activities that I deeply love to do are falling into the same categories as cleaning my house, paying the bills and shaving my legs. Things that I have to do but that just don’t make me jump for joy.

I am finding great happiness in my kids right now, which I am thankful for, but I need more than that. I need to feel productive and I want to BE productive, but the part of me who has the energy to produce just isn’t coming forward right now. She is hidden… sleeping in a deep coma apparently hidden until the day when this pregnancy isn’t knocking me down every time I feel like I can stand up.

This past Monday, I did find a smidgen of energy and decided to use it to please my husband. Not what you think people… I baked him an apple pie. He has been so good through all of this and I appreciate his love so much. No matter what, he always seems to pick up the pieces that I let fall and he does it without a bit of resentment. I felt like the one day I had some energy and the desire to cook something, it would only be appropriate to make him one of his favorite desserts.

As most of you know, I am pretty much a stick to the recipe kind of cook. One of the exceptions to that is when I make apple pie. I go off of one of my favorite recipes and then rarely measure. My apple pies are a scoop of this, a scoop of that and usually filled with more sugar than should be allowed! I always combine brown sugar with white sugar because I like the caramel taste the brown sugar adds when mixed with the apples. Gone by noon the day after I made it, and only eaten by one person in our house, I would say that this pie was much appreciated and quite a success!

Kentucky Apple Festival Apple Pie




  1. Crust: Mix shortening, 1/2 cup butter and flour.
  2. Add boiling water, salt and baking powder.
  3. Mix well.
  4. Separate into 2 balls; place between 2 pieces of wax paper; roll.
  5. Filling: Peel, core and slice apples.
  6. Lightly mix cinnamon, sugar, flour and lemon juice with the apples.
  7. Heap into pastry lined pie pan and dot with 1 1/2 tablespoons butter.
  8. Cover with topping crust; slit to allow steam to escape. (I always brush with a bit of milk and sprinkle cinnamon sugar on top).
  9. Bake at 425°F for 15 minutes then reduce temperature to 350° and continue baking 45-60 minutes.
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  1. says

    Warning! Pregnancy may be hazardous to blogging.

    Maybe I should have posted that sooner. Whoops! Now you have your own little loaf of Challah in the oven. :)

  2. says

    I am the same cook as you – my husband can throw something together and it tastes great.

    I on the otherhand have to look and say “okay, the recipe calls for 1 tsp. of baking soda.”

    But apple pie I can eye-ball!

    Hope you feel better soon!

    Bizs last blog post..I forgot

  3. says

    I hope you are feeling more in the mood of the things you love soon! I think it is normal to go off the boil occasionally!

    Your apples pies sounds very similar in flavour to the apple crumble I made for my hubby this week too. It is definitely apple season :)

    hollers last blog post..Adopt a Blogger – Part 3

  4. Nella says

    My dear Kristen, this is not the time to worry about the mojo. It is on vacation with my mojo down in Puerto Vallarta.
    You will perk up eventually. In the mean time, don’t even think about it. Just go with what you know. Do a couple of really good repeats for those of us readers who haven’t read your entire archive. We all understand. Nella

  5. says

    Kristen- Don’t forget that you are very productive right now. You have helped your baby make skin, bones, organs, muscles, fingers and toes, eyes and ears…no wonder you are so tired- look at all you are doing!! Hang in there- you’ll make it! Love apple pie too by the way!

  6. says

    I love apple pie!

    Take it easy.
    Sometimes we want to do more than a human being is able to do and we get all stressed out. Now the time is for relaxation :)

  7. says

    I swear, we really WERE switched at birth! The first 2 paragraphs could have been written by me {minus the pregnancy part!}. I so feel the same. I want to be productive, I yearn to be organized! I just can’t force myself to do it most of the time. And lately it just feels like something has got to give. And since the house won’t clean it’s self and the kids are my true joy and they need me, it probably means the blog…

    Hot Garlics last blog post..Aye Yai Yai


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