Where's the song ~~ "Don't let your daughters grow up to marry a Cowboy" ?

​​​​​​​Life is tough! Requires hard physical work, long, long days of pain, dirt, and broken fingernails.​
​Days of frigid cold & scorching heat; through the dust & mud; daybreak into the darkness of nite~~​
​the heart & body becomes toughened & weathered replicating leather!​
​A forever constant factor for a real Cowboy's Wife is tons of sweat, oceans of tears and a constant 'drought' in the wallet!​
​​​​​​​​​IF​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ she wants to spend anytime at all with her Cowboy, she must do as he does, you become partners!​
​​​​​​Kick off your boots, grab a cup of coffee, sit back and envision yourself in my life!​
​... It really isn't that bad! There are many rewards to be had to make it a great lifestyle! ...​ ​​​​​​​

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Make Yourself Feel Better...

...with feel good food!

First, you need to have a good friend who brings you a big box of apples!
From that point on? What else but have some fun! Wing it!
Dance the Hokey Pokey! ~~Sing at the top of your lungs~~
**You put your right foot in,You put your right foot out;
**You put your right foot in, And you shake it all about.
**You do the Hokey-Pokey, And you turn yourself around.
**That's what it's all about!
You cannot ruin the "Feel Good" that this is all about!
And if you live where we do, no one will notice that you've lost your marbles!
No one will be calling the Psych ward to have you hauled off!
Apple Pie is Just*Plain*Old*Fashioned "Feel Good Food" no matter what you do to it!

From this box, grab 8-9-10- 11 ??? of the largest ones from the top!
Remember..."An Apple A Day, Keeps the Doctor Away"! So load it up!
Juggle them as your walk back into the kitchen!
If you don't know how? That's alright, they don't splat too bad!
And it certainly won't hurt the apples nor will it hurt your floor!
Remember, practice-practice-practice makes perfect!
Have fun every chance you can! Create your own laughter when all else fails!
These happen to be Honey Crisps from the Yakima Valley.
Hopefully, they bake up and will be as good as Granny Smiths.
...Sounds like just the right combination to me...
**Cowboy is my Honey and I am a Granny! **
Should be perfect don't you think?
I will be adding some lemon~ in case they are not tart enough.
Not that we are sour-pusses, but we do like a tart pie!

Notice the knife?
I must warn you! They C-A-N & they W-I-L-L cut you! Any chance they get! They are vindictive, trust me!
Lord knows you don't want to end up like me these days!
Since I knew of no other way, I felt I had to use a knife to make my "Feel Good Food"!
I DID, carefully, tuck & roll my pinkie out of the way!
I do that now-a-days because it is "dead"...no feeling at all left in it.
Now, Peel & Core, Peel & Core...slice, slice, slice! Peel & Core, Peel & Core ...Cha-cha-chá.
I know.... I know, you aren't dummies and I'm no author qualified to write a book called
"Apple Pie Making for Dummies"...sorry....I know you know that!
(Since we no longer have chickens, the discards will go into my compost pile #3.)
Add your sugar, ** blah, **blah...**blah...
I don't use recipes for anything, so I can't tell you what to do from here.
But you probably wouldn't listen if I tried! No one else listens, so my expectations of you "invisible people" are not any grander.
Sorry, you are on your own, just make it GOOD so it makes YOU feel good!
Dump the lot into your pie crust...sorry Elliemae, I just couldn't make myself place them in such a pretty order as you do...I just dump and go!
The more the better!

I bet you were thinking...looking at that awesome picture taken from my extravagant 8 year old $20 camera,
that I'd never get a "lid" on it! Ha Ha! I did!
Don't you think that "lid" kind of looks like the night cap Laura Ingalls wore on "Little House on the Prairie"? I have practice! And remember, practice makes perfect!
I do know all about living on the prairie, just ask Hydro...she will answer you with a grumbled "Yea...."

Be sure to throw an enormous heaping of love on top of it...see the Heart 'vent'?
This is Very Very important!
If you forget this step it will turn out to be only "Feel Good Some of the Time Food"
No... we need "Feel Good Food".. Now"!

The best part of this fun day, dancing, singing, juggling and splatting apples where they lay, is when this "Feel Good Food" comes out from the oven almost an hour later, dripping with piping hot, sticky sweet goo...steaming with the aroma of baked apple goodness!

Ahhh-h-h-h-h what a Good Feeling!

Yea, I know, I still have to clean the floor from the splattered apples do my ineptness at juggling and I must clean the sticky sweet goo that is plastered inside the ovens bottom layer...
but what the heck...
There is always tomorrow!

Did I lick up the counter of all that yummy goo? Darned right I did!
... when it cooled off enough to not burn my tongue.
No sense in wasting any of the Good Feeling!

What apples are left in the box, will be turned into applesauce tomorrow; I can always turn applesauce into some other "Feel Good Food" later.


LL said...

Man... that looks good enough to eat. ;)

I was going to ask how you kept it from cooking over with that many apples in it, but I read you didn't...

You must like cleaning stoves more than I do. :P

Sage said...

I feel an apple pie day coming up tomorrow - having a glut of apples and not knowing what to do with them every recipe helps. Glad I'm not the only one who likes a tart pie. Yours sure looks good in the pictures.

wordmama said...

Barb, that vision has inspired me to follow suit and make an apple pie of my own this weekend.

I'm glad to see that you've found a way to make your heart happy! Pie always does it for me too - just don't forget the big scoop of french vanilla ice cream!

Cactus Jack Splash said...

I can't make a pie crust to save my life...I am envious. Looks like one really good pie and you sound so happy.

Annie Wicking said...

Wow that looks wonderful! May I have a slice with my cuppa?

I'm so glad I dropped by, Barb.

Best wishes my dear friend, ((HuG))


Elliemae said...

Lol! I bet your pie is delicious, no need for the apples to be orderly. I suspect mine are orderly because OCD rears it's head sometimes. :)
Sooo glad you protected that pinkie! And yes, your "lid" holds some similarity to an Ingall's cap!
Ha ha! Looks yummy especially on this cold rainy day.

Janice Thomson said...

Save a piece for me will ya? Oooh I can smell it from here. Yummers.
Love how you're going with the flow...

Mrs Mom said...

Oh Wow, WOW. We are gonna kidnap you and bring you here to make us nummies like that! ;) And so you can see the Confederate Rose blooms too!!

DesertHen said...

I want that apple pie for my breakfast......like right now!! YUMMMMMMMMMIE!!!!!! Those apples look just lovely......how lucky you are to get fresh apples. We have had several apple trees in the past at different places where we lived....loved it when the trees went bonkers and we had apples coming out our ears!! I made pies, applesauce, applebutter, canned apple pie filling, apple this and apple that......I miss those days. My daughter and I are going to make caramel apples today to take to a Fall gathering this afternoon.....maybe I will take photos and post about it......Have a great day W.O.W. and go dance the hokey-pokey some more......I'm off to clean a house and now have the tune stuck in my head........hummm, humm,humm

Thank you for the sweet words you left in my comments.......I feel connected to you as well and I do KNOW what you are going through.....Love Ya.....=)

Egghead said...

Can I come to your house? That pie looks divine! You always put a lovely spin on things. I can see you licking the counter tops clean. Ha! You are funny.

The Blonde Duck said...

Apple pie makes everything better. :)

Theresa @ Take A Sentimental Journey said...

Well that did it . When I read your post it got me to wanting apples. So we rode to the Apple Barn and I got a big bag of winesaps . My hunny bunnie loves fried apples.Your apple pie looks yummy Barb.

TheCoffeeLady said...

Barb...... this was an evil post.... I have no room left on my hips for apple pie!!!! I think I gained 10 pounds dreaming about eating it!



Linda said...

You do make a beeuuuoootifull apple pie, it makes mine look so sad! One of these days................we're going to get together and eat one.

JennyLu said...

I am so please that you said you made a mess with that pie. The only thing I was thinking when I saw that heaping bowl of love juice was... if I did that I would be in the oven with an SOS pad if it didn't catch on fire! LOL. I don't like apple pie, but I like the smell of them cooking and I like to make them. *sigh* Sounds like you had a yummy day.

Train Wreck said...

I'm on my way with the icecream!! Yum! I was already hungry! Now I am craving Apple Pie! That is the most Love-ly pie ever! You need to write a book, and a cookbook!! Now how bout sendin a little "love" this way!he he!

virtual voyage said...

Just called in from Janice. That apple pie looks like the ones my grandma used to bake....!

terri said...

That pie looks AMAZING and HUGE! I love honeycrisp apples. They are my favorite, but I have to admit that I wondered how good they would be in a pie. Good call on adding some lemon juice!

You sure do know how to have fun. I'd love to hang out in your kitchen watching you bake! Glad you kept your pinkie finger intact this time too.

Renie Burghardt said...


Now that's a whopper of an apple pie if I ever saw one! And it does look mighty delicious. Since a friend brought me two big bags of apples the other day as well, I think I will try to immitate your pie!

Happy eating, dear Barb. You and cowboy enjoy that pie. And apple sauce tastes mighty good served with some potato pancake!

Have a great Sunday.

Hugs and blessings,


Train Wreck said...

Wanted to start my day off "feeling Loved" So I stopped by.., yep I can feel it! Thanks!

Alex said...

yummy yummy!! Looks mighty tastey! :)

Five O'Clock Somewhere said...

That is the most amazing pie I have ever seen! And I bet it tastes even better than it looks! Have a great day :-)

Midlife Mom said...

Oh that pie looks soooooooooo good!!!!!! I know tomorrow I will be making a pie of my own as I can't get yours out of my mind!! Great post!!!

Rising Rainbow said...

Wow, that makes my mouth water.

Christina said...

Just stoppin' in for a (((hug))) and to say "HI"

PK said...

hmmm....bet you're gonna have a cup of coffee with that pie! Sure looks delicious! Pass the server please! And my cup is the one with the blond cowgirl sitting backwards on her horse!

Razor Family Farms said...

What a gorgeous pie!! Oh my good gracious, I want some of that! I'll bring the homemade ice cream - okay!


Rue said...

Hi Barb :)

You know you can put foil on the bottom of the oven and you won't have to burn your tongue?? LOL

I know things are rough, so I understand the need for comfort food. I could go for some of that pie myself with the market the way it is... yikes!


Oh and a hug from you would be better than any money paid gift ;)

Rue said...

Oops! I mean DADR of course ;)

Freak Magnet said...

That has got to honestly be the most yummy pie I have ever seen and I actually now want to make an apple pie!!! I love the pics too, btw - awesome job with that camera! The pics certainly rival mine with a much newer and more expensive one! Way to go!

Professor said...

So if I drive over now, will there be any pie or apple sauce left? :)