There’s something about Country and Americana decorations that give me that warm, comfey feeling of home. I think because so much of it can be tied back to something you may have seen in a home back in the good ole days or in an old country farm house. There is nothing like having that warm feeling in your home to bring comfort and peace to you, especially in today’s society where everything seems to be a race. Think of things that give you that feeling of comfort and incorporate them into your home. You wont be sorry. And remember that comfort not only comes from visual items, items that appeal to your senses and touch also work.
Something that seems to appeal to most people is a sense of smell of something very familiar. I do this quite frequently in the fall, but I also do it any time of the year ehen I need it.
It’s this simple. Put a small pan of hot water on the stove. Throw in a cut up orange, cinnamon, nutmeg and vanilla. No certain amounts just all to your liking. Keep it on very low heat and let it simmer away. Or you can use a cut up apple and some apple pie spice. Anything really that appeals to you. Your senses will surely take over in no time to bring you some comfort, not to mention your house will smell wonderful.
Of course if you think the apple pie smell will cause hunger pains with you here is a simple and cute apple pie recipe.
APPLE PIE BAKED IN THE APPLE
5-6 granny smith apples that can stand upright on their own
1 teaspoon cinammon
1/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon brown sugar
Pie crust – homemade or store bought
Heat oven to 375 degrees
Step 1: Cut off the top of 4 apples off and discard. Remove the inside of each apple with a spoon or melon baller very carefully, as to not puncture the peel.
If you’re a skilled interior apple excavator, salvage as much as you can so you can use it for Step 2. I, on the other hand, am not skilled so I just had to throw my interior apples away and chop up additional apples for filling.
This recipe will make 4 baked apple pies (in the apple).
Step 2: Remove skin from remaining apple(s) and slice very thinly. These apple pieces will give you the additional filling needed to fill the four apples you are baking.
Mix sliced apples with sugars and cinnamon in a bowl. If you prefer more or less cinnamon make adjustments as desired. Same goes for the sugar.
Scoop sliced apples into hollow apples.
Step 3: Roll out pie crust and slice into 1/4 inch strips. You can also add a strip of pastry inside the top of the apple almost like a liner to add a little more texture/sweetness to the pie.
Cover the top of the apple in a lattice pattern with pie crust strips.
Step 4: Place apples in an 8×8 pan. Add just enough water to the cover the bottom of the pan.
Cover with foil and bake for 20-25 minutes.
Remove foil and bake for an additional 20 minutes or until crust is golden brown and sliced apples are soft.
How neat does that look? The entire thing is edible and best served with ice cream if you ask me. Enjoy!