Grandma Sue’s Apple Butter

It’s that time of year again. The air is crisp, the leaves start changing, and people turn into fall obsessed, pumpkin spice loving, boot wearing crazies! Don’t get me wrong, I love fall and everything about it. I just think its hilarious how much attention fall gets! You would get a weird look if you said something like, “I can’t wait to wear sunscreen and hide from the blistering sun this summer!”

I especially have a soft spot for fall this year because we are expecting our second son in October. I am 34 weeks along and I am so ready for summer to be over! I know there are tons of moms out there that can sympathize with me, so I am not going to go into details. All I want to say is it has been a HOT summer! So bring on fall and all the crazies!

Okay my rant about fall is over. What I’d like to share with you today is Grandma Sue’s Apple Butter recipe! Grandma gave me tons of apples, so what better thing to do then make her apple butter. The aroma of allspice and cloves turns me into one of those crazy fall people! And it will you, too! If you are looking for a sugar free recipe….I am sorry, this is not for you. But when you spread this spiced jam on a fresh baked biscuit, you will be thanking me for every calorie!

Apple Butter

10 C. Apples (peeled and cubed) 

8 C. Sugar 

1/2 C. Vinegar 

2 tsp. Cinnamon 

1 tsp. Allspice (ground) 

1 tsp. Cloves (ground)

Peel and cut apples, put them into a crock pot with all other ingredients and cook  on low for 10 to 12 hours. Apples will cook down. Apple butter makes a great gift! 

<3 Justina 



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12 days til Christmas

We love Christmas! Honestly, who doesnt?! Decorating the Christmas tree, driving around town to look at Christmas lights, family movie on Christmas Eve, reading the Christmas story on Christmas morning, oranges in the bottom of our stockings, these are just a few of my favorite childhood traditions. 

We have developed many family traditions throughout the years, however, the years for new family traditions are upon us!

With all3sisters married- Ember 18 months, Bradley 8 months, and Baby St. John on the way, the traditions will start to look a little different then when we were kids. We’ve already started a few! Fresh cut Christmas tree in the woods for the cabin, Happy Birthday Jesus party, new Christmas book, and new pajamas each year!

What are your favorite traditions? As we approach #themostwonderfultimeoftheyear don’t forget the true reason for the season!

<3 Jaclyn

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Happy Birthday Michelle!

Every year on our Birthday growing up, Mom would wake us up with a photo in bed. She should have passed the responsibility on to our husbands as the tradition ended after we moved out.

We look forward to gathering at Mom and Dad’s for our family birthday party and requesting our favorite dinner. Michelle typically requests fried chicken and mashed potatoes!

How are we celebrating Michelle’s Birthday this year, you ask? Vacation birthdays call for pizza and Michelle’s dessert of choice! Pizza Hut stuffed crust is a family favorite!

Mom made ‘Golden Oreo Cake Batter Ice Cream Pie’ for Michelle and we wanted to share it with you! Enjoy!birthdaycakepie|

Golden Oreo Cake Batter Ice Cream Pie
Serves 10
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Prep Time
20 min
Prep Time
20 min
680 calories
86 g
85 g
35 g
8 g
18 g
173 g
472 g
51 g
0 g
16 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving
Calories 680
Calories from Fat 312
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 35g
Saturated Fat 18g
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 4g
Monounsaturated Fat 12g
Cholesterol 85mg
Sodium 472mg
Total Carbohydrates 86g
Dietary Fiber 2g
Sugars 51g
Protein 8g
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Golden Oreo Crust
  1. 30 Golden Oreos, crushed
  2. 1/4 stick butter, melted
Cake Batter Ice Cream
  1. 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  2. 1 can sweetened condensed milk
  3. 1/2 cup dry yellow cake mix
  4. 1/2 cup sprinkles
  5. 10 Golden Oreo's, broken into pieces
  6. Sprinkles for decoration
Golden Oreo Crust
  1. In a medium bowl combine crushed Oreos and butter until fully combined. Press mixture into a 9 inch pan, making sure to make an even layer that goes high up on the sides of the pie plate.
Cake Batter Ice Cream
  1. In the bowl of an electric mixer whisk the heavy cream on high until stiff peaks form.
  2. Meanwhile in a bowl combine condensed milk, cake mix, sprinkles and Golden Oreos.
  3. Fold the condensed milk mixture into the heavy whipping cream.
  4. Pour into prepared pie crust, sprinkle the sprinkles on top, cover with plastic wrap and freeze for at least 6 hours or over night.
  5. Store in freezer.

<3 Jaclyn

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