Apple Orchard, Apple Pie and Half Marathon Results

by zesty on October 19, 2009 · 19 comments

Happy Monday! What a weekend we had…  to say it was a busy weekend would be an understatement but it was so much fun.  Saturday started with a visit to the house, three truck loads of junk to the dump, checking out the temporary driveway (woo hoo!), followed by a “PEI Spud Run for children”.  We entered both turkeys (our kids) as part of the Marathon Weekend.  It was a good time despite the weather which was very cold and rainy.



On to the Food

Earlier in the week we finally made it to the apple orchard.  It was a a great time where the kids loved it and the weather was very nice.  We came home with a big bag of cooking apples (Cortland) and eating apples (MacIntosh).

Here are a couple of shots in the orchard followed by a killer apple pie – compliments of Mama Cooking’s super pie crust recipe.





Topped with some homemade whip cream or even just plain Vanilla ice cream – a great dessert.  Actually I had a slice of this for breakfast…. Do you think that is a bad thing?


  • 6 Apples ( Peeled and Sliced)
  • 1 1/2 Cups Flour
  • 3/4 Cup Butter
  • Pinch of Salt
  • 1/2 Cup Water
  • 1 Tbsp. White Sugar
  • 1 Tsp. Nutmeg


  1. Preheat the oven to 425 Degrees and Pre grease your pie plate (this one was a 10 inch)
  2. In a large mixing bowl add the flour, butter and salt then cut in together.  Once cut in, add the water slowly mixing with a fork.  Do not over mix and do not make it too wet.
  3. Cut the dough into two equal parts and then roll out fairly thin.
  4. Place the bottom layer of the dough in the pie plate.
  5. Add sliced apples sugar and nutmeg ( sprinkled on top.  Add the top crust and cut three steam holes in the middle.  Once the top is in place, use a fork to crimp the edges of the pie to ensure it doesn’t come apart.
  6. Brush some milk on the top crust and bake for about 20-30 minutes until golden brown.
  7. Remove from heat and let cool.


  8. ENJOY!

Zesty Tip: The big tip here is not to over work the dough.  If you want a flaky crust, keep your paws off as much as possible.  Just add enough water to combine the flour butter mixture and that is it – otherwise it will be stocky and hard to roll out.

On to the Race

As I mentioned on Friday, Mrs. Cooking was running in a half marathon this weekend.  A few people were sending her well wishes and asked for an update so I thought I would fulfill the request.  Overall the weather was nice but it was fairly cool with a stiff breeze.  Janet did extremely well.  Her time was 2:13.46.  I am super proud of her! Me, the kids along with the in-laws provided support every step of the way (via car).  Great Job J!  Mrs. Cooking is below on the right!


Here is a shot of Cooking Jr. and Mrs. Cooking at the Spud Run on Saturday.


Well that was a post somewhat all over the map but I hope you enjoyed it and have a great Monday.  I will be back in the morning for another riveting write up.

Take care


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{ 18 comments… read them below or add one }

1 VeggieGirl October 19, 2009 at 8:34 am

Congratulations to Mrs. Cooking!!! Awesome accomplishment.

And I love the apple shots! :-D


2 Jenn (eating bender) October 19, 2009 at 8:41 am

Aw, so fun! I love it – congrats to Mrs. Cooking and your two turkeys :) It sounds like a fun weekend!

Love the apple pie – I’ve got a craving now!

Have a great day!


3 Foodie (Fab and Delicious Food) October 19, 2009 at 10:12 am

Ah, apple picking – how fun!

The apple pie looks great! I’ve never tried making pie crust before, but I’ll give this recipe a try! Thanks for all the tips!

Congrats to Mrs. Cooking on the half marathon!


4 brandi October 19, 2009 at 10:30 am

congrats to Mrs. Cooking!!! That is awesome :)

The apple pie looks perfect. You can’t beat homemade pie.


5 Jessica @ How Sweet It Is October 19, 2009 at 10:36 am

Great job on your half! :)


6 Maria October 19, 2009 at 11:43 am

I love apple season. Love the pie and congrats to Mrs. Cooking on the marathon!


7 Shannon October 19, 2009 at 11:59 am

congrats to mrs. Cooking! apple pie is certainly a must-make after apple picking :) i know i did!


8 Lindsay October 19, 2009 at 12:15 pm

Congrats to Mrs. Cooking!


9 Lindsey @ Sound Eats October 19, 2009 at 12:23 pm

Congrats to Mrs. Cooking and the turkeys. :) Looks like a busy, but fun weekend! Love the apple pie, too!


10 Janette October 19, 2009 at 12:31 pm

Well done on the run! Not sure I’d try it (53yrs and counting) maybe just walk. Run a guest House in the boondocks in South Africa. Thanx for all the inspiration. Looks good, but for a more “tanned” crust, would probably try egg-wash instead of milk. Glad to see your house is coming on so well.


11 BroccoliHut October 19, 2009 at 1:29 pm

What a gorgeous apple pie–I am way jealous of your apple haul!
Congrats to Mrs. Cooking on the race:)


12 Kate October 19, 2009 at 7:05 pm

What a beautiful day for a run — I was there cheering on some friends as well:) Your pie looks delish!


13 Kristen @ Simply Savor October 19, 2009 at 7:42 pm

congrats Mrs. Cooking–awesome job!!


14 Kim October 19, 2009 at 8:11 pm

WTG Mrs. Cooking on your half!! :) WTG!


15 Marianne October 19, 2009 at 8:44 pm

There is definitely nothing wrong with apple pie for breakfast. It’s just apples (fruit), and pastry (grains), right? Add a little ice cream (dairy), and you almost have all the food groups right there.

And congrats to Mrs Cooking on her half marathon.


16 Jen @ MaplenCornbread October 19, 2009 at 9:02 pm

Oh how fun!!!!! I LOVE apple pie too so its perfect for breakfast too :)


17 Jess (Fit Chick in the City) October 19, 2009 at 10:38 pm

Love this post! Tell Mrs. Cooking congratulations!


18 Maggie October 27, 2009 at 10:05 am

Congrats Mrs. Cooking! What a great accomplishment :) I hope to do a half marathon someday too.


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