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Simple Christmas Coloring Pages

 Simple Christmas Coloring Pages are a great and fun activity to do with kids during the holiday season. It's no prep for busy moms, and tons of enjoyment for kids!


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I had no idea when I started doing these coloring pages in 2020 that they would soon become some of my favorite projects that I've brought to the blog this year. It's been so fun to have new content to create, and to challenge myself in a new way! I'm ending the year with these simple Christmas coloring pages that will be great for kids as school lets out and we need easy activities for them to work on! 

Simple Christmas Coloring Pages

These coloring pages consist of seven different pictures for your children to color this holiday season. We have everything from Christmas trees to Santa Claus, reindeer, snowmen, and so much more! Christmas is one of my favorite seasons which made these super fun to work on! My personal favorite might be the holiday baking coloring page!

These Christmas coloring pages are great for kids from preschool all the way through fifth grade. If you have older kids you could even spice things up with an at home Christmas coloring contest! Winner gets a candy cane or another fun and festive prize!

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How to Print Simple Christmas Coloring Pages

To print these coloring pages simply scroll down to the bottom of this post where you'll see a large link to click. It will take you to a google drive where you can click the down arrow in the top right corner to download these to your computer. From there you can print the PDF as you normally would!

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My Favorite Printer

I bought the Epsom EcoTank Printer back in February and it's by far been one of my best purchases in 2020. While the initial cost might be high, I can say that I've used this a ton and have not had to purchase new ink yet! The ink that the printer comes with is enough ink to print 4,000 colored pages and 7,500 black and white images. It is seriously the best feeling to not have to worry about running out of ink and being able to use your printer whenever you need it!

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15 Christmas Kid's Books

Is there anything better than celebrating the holiday season with some Christmas kids books? These 15 picks will help you celebrate the season!

With Christmas a little over a month away, now is a great time to add a few new Christmas kid's books to your holiday collection, or to start placing those holds at the library so you can get your hands on some new read-aloud-books with your kids. Books are my favorite way to celebrate any holiday, and you can't go wrong with any fo the Christmas Kid's Books on this list.  

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Christmas Kid's Books:

A Creature Was Stirring: The story of a little boy who couldn't fall asleep on Christmas night and found himself awake when Santa got there!

Room for a Little One: A short cute story about the birth of Jesus. I love how it's written so young readers really know whats going on. 

Mooseltoe: One papa Moose will do all he can to make sure his family has a great Christmas. Find out what he does when they find themselves without a Christmas tree the night before Santa gets there.

Ten on a Sled: A fun story about a reindeer going on a sleigh ride with his favorite animal friends.

The Christmas Story: A Little Golden Book story about the Birth of Christ. This one goes a lot more in depth than the Room for a Little One, and it's incredibly affordable if you can't find it at your library.

The Night Before the Night Before Christmas: You know me and my love for Natasha Wing books. This one was a no brainer for the list.

Christmas Farm: This story is beautifully written and one of my favorites. It's about an older woman that has a sunflower farm and decides to switch things up with Christmas trees. It's a really great story with beautiful illustrations.

Mr. Willowby's Christmas Tree: Mr. Willowby's Christmas tree is too big for his house. So he cuts off the top and the story tells how the little top of his tree provided Christmas cheer for all the animals near and far. 

Olive, The Other Reindeer: Olive the dog here's the song "all of the other reindeer...", and thinks they're saying "Olive", read all about her fun adventures as she tries to help Santa and his team.

Click, Clack, Ho! Ho! Ho!: We're huge fans of Click Clack Moo and have loved getting the other books in the series. This one has been welcomed addition.

How The Grinch Stole Christmas: I personally love the Grinch and find that it's not Christmas without reading the book and watching the movies. It's a holiday classic and there is something great about someone who softens their heart and gives back to others. 

The Polar Express: Another holiday must! We admittedly have never read the book and have only watched the movie, but I think this is the year we need to add it to our collection and make it a part of our traditions. 

Little Red Sleigh: This book is a new release for 2020 and is about a little red sleigh that has dreams of becoming Santa's real sleigh one day. I hear this is really heartwarming and a great story to read, and I can't wait to read it this year. 

Pick a Pine Tree: This fun book takes you through the process of picking out a Christmas tree and getting it ready for the holiday season! Maybe it's because we don't have our tree up yet, but this is one that I'm excited to read with the kids soon!

5 Sleeps Til Christmas: Another new release for 2020 from Jimmy Fallon! He has some really wonderful children's books, and I can't wait for this sweet book about a child counting down the days until Christmas morning. 

What are some of your favorite books to read during the holidays? I'd love to hear in the comments below!

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Nativity Advent Calendar

This free Nativity Advent Calendar is the perfect printable to make with your family this holiday season to help you celebrate the birth of our Savior and the true reason for the season.

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I used to make an advent calendar for our family every year, and then the last two years our kids had advent calendars gifted to them, so I didn't make one. This year I decided to try my hand at making one again, and thought it would be fun to share it with all of you! This free printable nativity advent calendar is the perfect way to count down to Christmas and remember the birth of our Savior and the true reason why we celebrate this holiday.

Nativity Advent Calendar:

This nativity advent calendar can be printed from the comfort of your own home. There is a scripture for each day that you can read with your family, and then from there you can discuss as a family what is happening in the scriptures and break it down for young children to understand.

I simply wrote which scripture to read, and didn't type them out because I know so many people read different translations of the bible and I wanted to give families the opportunity to read whichever version works best in their home. 

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How to Make This Nativity Advent Calendar:

For this project you will need a printer, scissors, glue stick, tape, and string. 

To make this advent calendar you're going to need a printer to print out all the papers. You're going to print 8 pages of the star sheet, and then just one copy of each of the scripture pages. 

From there you're going to cut out all 24 of your stars, and then cut out around each of the scripture squares. If you cut as close to the holly wreath as possible on each of the scripture verses, you'll be able to glue them onto the back of each of the stars like I did here.

I made sure all of my stars were in rotating color order, "gold, green, red, gold, green, red, etc...", and then used a long piece of twine that I tapped onto the back of each star to form it into a garland in number order. 

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How to use the Nativity Advent Calendar:

I hung the garland onto my wall, and then each day leading up to Christmas we'll take one of the stars off and read the accompanying scripture and discuss it together as a family. I used stars as the shape for the calendar because the wise men followed a star to Christ. Likewise, we can follow these stars throughout the month of December to follow the journey to the birth of Christ.

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Bonding With Your Dog

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This February will be three years since we adopted our dog Chester. He has honestly been one of the best additions to our family. While I originally was pretty skeptical about the situation from the beginning, adopting him was one of the best things we've ever done, and I can't imagine our family without him. 

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Bonding with your pet is so important, and something that I make time for everyday whether it's cuddling on the couch, playing fetch, or playing with a toy, I find that this time is not only good for my own soul, but for our dog's emotional wellbeing too. 

5 Tips For Bonding With Your Dog:

1) Watching The Pack Amazon Prime Video:

We're so excited to watch The Amazon Original Series, The Pack, that premiers November 20th on Amazon Prime Video.  Chester loves snuggling on the couch while we watch a show, and I love everything that The Pack has to offer. It's about 12 teams made of humans and their dogs who go on epic transcontinental journey. There is $750,000 up for grabs, and the winner is decided based off which team wins various challenges throughout the show, that look to identify which team has the strongest bond between pet and owner. 

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The Pack Prime Video Launches Novemeber 20th and I'm looking forward to some winter snuggles on the couch with our own little pup anxiously waiting to see who the winning team is going to be! 

2) Training Your Dog:

This might sound so strange, but training our dog has helped us bond so much more. Chester was mostly house broken when we adopted him, but he didn't know any "tricks" like sit, stay, roll over, etc... During this time at home Derek started training him and it's so fun to not only go through that process to teach your dog something, but it's also so fun so see them do their tricks after the fact and give them treats and belly rubs for a reward. 

3) Sleeping with Your Dog:

I always joke with the kids and tell them that Chester is my dog, but part of me actually means it. Chester always sleeps by my side every night and it's one of my favorite things. During the day he'll often come find me to sit next to me while I work as well (just like he is right now as I'm typing this). I love this time because honestly there is nothing better than having a furry friend cuddle you, and it's something I look forward to most evenings. 

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4) Relying on Your Pet for Emotional Support:

Some people might be dubious to the idea of an emotional support animal, but it's totally a real thing. After we adopted Chester in 2018 I went through some of the hardest times in my life. I had a lot of things going on with my dad, I was finishing my undergrad, growing my business, working part-time, and I had a lot of responsibility at church that I probably wasn't handling too gracefully. There were seriously days where I would just sit on the couch and cry while holding my dog, which I recognize sounds beyond pitiful, but it was also probably one of the most therapeutic experiences in my life. I'm actually convinced that's one of the things that solidified the love between Chester and I. 

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5) Playing with Your Dog:

The kids, Derek and I, all love playing with Chester outside in the evenings after dinner. We did this more when it didn't get dark so early, but it's one of our favorite things to do as a family. The kids will take turns throwing him his toys and playing catch or giving him a treat. Chester also loves chasing after the ball while Kyle and I play soccer. It's kind of like the puppy version to, "Monkey in the Middle". 

Bonding with your dog is one of the greatest joys on earth. I'd love to hear how you bond with your dog in the comments below! I cannot wait to watch The Pack on Amazon Prime November 20th and see which team has the strongest bond and wins $250,000 for a charity of their choice! 

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Financial Goal Progress 2020

I've been sitting with a lot of thoughts in my head around this topic the last few days. My number one goal for 2020 was, "to stop spending money on stupid stuff", and while we maybe haven't been 100% perfect, it's amazing to see how far we've come, and the huge changes we've made, with almost no change made to our household income. 


When Derek and I first moved to Utah in 2017 we were in a lot of student loan debt. It was actually pretty crippling to our finances. I had $10k in loans that were about $139/mo, and then Derek had about $36k in loans, $8k of which needed to be paid back to his previous employer in Georgia immediately because we didn't stay with the company long enough after graduation for them to pay it for us. When everything was said and done there was a three month period where we were paying $1,800 a month in student loans. It was more than our rent or any other bill that we had at the time. Writing that number out actually makes me question how we survived when we first moved here. 


Derek received a signing bonus a few months after we moved here though that wound up being enough money to pay off his old company in Georgia, and then we were spending a little under $500 a month on our loans. 


In September of 2018, about a year after we moved to Utah we bought a home that we lived in for nine months, before selling it in July of 2019. We felt very convicted that it was the right time to buy that house when we bought it, and equally convicted that it was the right time to sell it when we did. The money that we got from the sale of that home we used to pay off the remaining balance on my student loans, and a little bit of the balance on Derek's. 


After that we just started hoarding away every single extra penny that we had to save for our next house thinking we were going to buy again at some point in 2020. At the beginning of 2020 Derek and I started listening to a lot of financial podcasts, youtube channels, and reading a lot of the Dave Ramsey things about getting out of debt. We really felt like our future selves would thank us if we instead of buying a house, we continued paying off more of Derek's student loans. 


So on January 20th of this year we took every single penny that we had saved away for a future home (almost $10k), and poured it into paying off several of Derek's student loans. He had about five loans that we were making monthly payments on that totaled $339 each month. When we payed off several of the smaller balances it brought his monthly total down to $200. Which seems like such a small cry compared to the $1,800 we were paying three years before. 


If you've been around for a while you might know that Derek and I were waving this white flag of, "We can't reach any of our financial goals in our lives because our salary isn't what we think it should be." At one point this year, Derek had been approached with a job opportunity in Ohio. Before the offer we said, "we'll only move if we make "x" amount of money and get a full relocation package". 


It didn't seem like such a crazy idea to move out of state because we had already sold our house a few months before and didn't have anything major tying us to Utah at the time. The offer came in and it was exactly $2k less than what we had already agreed on accepting, and they weren't going to pay to have us relocated. We also had something like two days to accept the offer. 


We looked at all the numbers and tried to see if there was any way we could make it work... there was no medicaid waiver programs for Kinsley, the closest Shriner's hospital that could treat her was two hours away in Kentucky, and the housing market for the areas where we could live were about the same, or more expensive than living in Utah. Although the higher salary was tempting, Derek and I conceded to stay where we were. 


Several months later there was a real possibility that Derek might be offered a job in Texas and I flipped out. For one thing, Texas is on my small list of states I don't want to live in because of how hot it is, and how that would negatively impact my running, but all of a sudden it really hit me how much I really loved Utah. Derek wound up not being offered the position but it was this real moment that helped us solidify that this was our home and that we were happy to stay here regardless of what our financial situation looked like. 


With all of that in mind, we started asking ourselves questions about what our financial goals were, where we ultimately wanted to live, how we were going to save for retirement, and how we were going to do that with the amount of money we have right now, and not putting things off until we think we have the ideal salary in the future.


This was around April of 2020. We knew the lease to our three story townhouse was going to be ending in July, and the rent was going up $200 that we didn't want to pay for a place that was not at all conducive to having a child who couldn't walk. We tried to find a single level home to rent, but everything that was available was so ridiculously expensive that it would have been cheaper for us to buy than rent. 


So now all of a sudden we were looking to buy a home, we had no money because we purged all our savings into Derek's student loans a few months before (and every extra penny since then), and a lot of unknowns about where we would live, where the kids would go to school, and what that was going to look like for everyone. 


Our options were to stay in North Salt Lake/Bountiful/Centerville, but buy a home that was super inexpensive so that we could also continue paying Kyle's private school tuition because that was also a thing that happened in the year since us selling our home, or move back to a small handful of neighborhoods in Layton where Kyle could go back to the same school he went to for Kindergarten and first grade so that there would be less school trauma on his end instead of having to try and figure out ANOTHER school again. 


As most of you know we moved and bought a house in Layton again over the summer. We were able to do a 60 day close so we could hoard every penny we needed for closing costs, and then got a really awesome loan to help pay for the downpayment. You can read all about that here


Once we moved in we were back to figuring out all of our finances again. The next big goal that Derek and I wanted to tackle was retirement. We previously weren't taking full advantage of his employer matched 401k program, so we upped our contributions so that we were taking advantage of that, and not leaving free money on the table. We then paid off all our credit cards (again), from all the random moving expenses that just happen (movers, washer and dryer, blog projects that need to be paid for up front that I then get reimbursed for 30-60 days after the fact, etc...) 


Once we had all of those moving things settled the next thing we finally did was open a Roth IRA in my name. Derek has his 401k from his employer but we also felt strongly that I needed to have a long term investment in my name too. The benefit to a Roth IRA is that you pay into it after taxes, which works well for Derek and I because our plan was to keep investing any money that was leftover at the end of each month which meant it was money we were getting after payroll.


We also admittedly didn't have any emergency savings stored away in case Derek got laid off or something crazy happened, so we've been taking our excess money each month and splitting it in half. 50% goes into long term savings in our Roth IRA, and the other 50% goes into emergency savings that we keep in a money market account outside of our regular bank account (out of sight out of mind right?)


The crazy thing is to look back and see how far we've come this year, and in the last three years. Three years ago Derek and I would have told you that we never would have been able to do any of the things we've done this year. We never thought we'd be able to start saving for retirement the way we have, bought a home the way we have, that we would have paid off $27,000 in student loans... all with almost no changes to our take home pay. 


For so long we thought that it was our salary that was holding us back from reaching these goals, when in reality it was us that was holding us back from reaching these goals. I think often we tell ourselves, "That seems impossible so I'm just not going to try...", and then we choose to live our lives in a way that doesn't give us a chance to reach those goals.


The biggest thing I've learned in the last year is to be honest about where your money is going, be honest about the things you can live without, make a plan with your spouse (if applicable) on what your long and short term goals are, and then hold each other accountable to reach those goals. Get comfortable with saying no to things if it doesn't fit in your budget, purchase clothes second hand, set a grocery budget and actually live by it, set one day a week to eat out so that it's something you can look forward to instead of eating out every single day, cancel monthly subscriptions you're not using (we all have them), live without cable, get the cheapest internet plan, the cheapest phone plan, get a side hustle (oh hey blogging!)


Honestly, I'm so glad that we never got that higher salary when we thought we needed it. I know it sounds weird to say that out loud, but if we had been handed more money when we wanted it, I don't think it would have ever made us crack down and get serious about our finances the way we have. I think we appreciate where we're at financially right now so much more because it's something that we've worked so hard at this last year especially, but over the last three years in general. 


Our goals moving forward into 2021 are to keep building up our emergency funds, continue contributing to our Roth IRA, and possibly finish paying off Derek's student loans? We admittedly stopped paying them when the pandemic hit because we were buying a house and saving every penny we could, and they told Derek he didn't need to pay them until January 2021. Now there is this talk of loans possibly being forgiven? (Ask me how bitter I am for actually paying mine off... I kid, but also not kidding kind of haha). So we're sort of waiting to see what happens on that front... But in general the main goal is to keep doing what we're doing and to stay committed to our long term goals! 


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Best Apple Pie Recipe In The World

If you're looking for the best apple pie recipe in the world, look no further. The filling in this recipe is made with apples, butter, maple syrup, and apple juice, making it incredibly flavorful and satisfying!

If I could only eat one pie on Thanksgiving, I would choose this apple pie every time. I've had some apple pies before that are just not good. If the filling doesn't have a good balance of sweet, with a hint of fall spice like cinnamon, it just isn't very good and not worth eating in my opinion. This apple pie has the perfect balance of fall flavors and will wow the crowd at Thanksgiving dinner. 

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Best Apple Pie Recipe in the World:

What sets this apple pie apart from other recipes I think is the great balance of flavor in the apple pie filling. You get a lot of tartness from the granny smith apples, but then the combination of sugar, maple syrup, and cinnamon really balances it out well. The mixture is super easy to throw together, by tossing the ingredients together in a bowl and then dumping into your pie crust. It has such a perfectly balanced flavor profile that is not too sweet and not too tart!

Best Apples for Apple Pie

I personally like to use tart apples in an apple pie. This recipe calls for five granny smith apples, which may seem like a lot, but it's really balanced well with the sugar, maple syrup, and apple juice in this recipe. I would also use pink lady apples which offer a great bite and tartness, but I personally wouldn't use a more mild apple such as a red delicious. 

Homemade Vs Store Bought Pie Crust

I personally don't have a huge preference and you could use either for this recipe. my pie crusts are typically hit or miss, and I think there are a lot of great quality crusts on the market in the refrigerated section. I know there will be people who disagree, but if making pie crust isn't your thing, buy a pre-made one, and skip straight to the filling. 


Best Apple Pie Recipe in the World
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Best Apple Pie Recipe in the World

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Author: Paige Flamm
Prep time: 10 MinInactive time: 60 MinTotal time: 1 H & 10 M
If you're looking for the best apple pie recipe in the world, look no further. The filling in this recipe is made with apples, butter, maple syrup, and apple juice, making it incredibly flavorful and satisfying!

Ingredients

  • 5 large granny smith apples
  • 4 tbsp butter
  • 1/2 tsp maple extract
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp apple juice
  • 2 tbsp flour
  • 1 box of refrigerated pie crust (make sure it's a box with two crusts in it, one for the top and one for the bottom)

Instructions

  1. Peel, core, and slice the apples into very thin slices. Mix the slices with flour, sugar, cinnamon, maple extract, apple juice, and butter.
  2. Press one of the pie crusts into the bottom of the pan. Then dump all the apple slices, and juices into the crust. Then place the other crust on top and fold the bottom crust under and crimp. Trim away extra crust as necessary. Cut two inch vents in the top crust.
  3. Bake at 375° for 1 hour. If crust browns too quickly, cover with foil.

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Libby's Pumpkin Pie Recipe

Libby's Pumpkin Pie Recipe is a classic pumpkin pie recipe that will bring back all the classic nostalgia of Thanksgiving dinner to your table.

Pumpkin pie has always been one of my favorite pies of the holiday season. I'm a sucker for all things pumpkin everything, and being that pumpkin pie is the only pie my son will touch, this will definitely be making an appearance at our Thanksgiving dinner. My grandmother always made this classic Libby's Pumpkins Pie Recipe, and it's the same recipe that I use today. It's classic, easy, no bells and whistles, and turns out perfect every time! 

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Libby's Pumpkin Pie Recipe:

Libby's pumpkin pie recipe is super easy to make. You're going to need one can of Libby's Pumpkin Puree (not pumpkin pie mix!), and to that you'll mix in your eggs, sugar, cinnamon, salt, cloves, ginger, and evaporated milk. Then you're simply going to pour the mixture into a 9inch deep dish pie crust and then back in the oven for 40-50 minutes. Make sure you let it setup on a cooling rack for at least two hours after baking. 

The Best Pumpkin for Pumpkin Pie:

I've tried to make pumpkin pie both from fresh pumpkin and canned pumpkin. Your results are much better, and more consistent when using canned pumpkin. I personally recommend the Libby's brand, but any brand of pumpkin puree will work!

What Type of Pie Crust for Pumpkin Pie?

I'm not a huge crust snob when it comes to pit. If you're really good at making your own crust and you enjoy doing it, then make your own crust. I see nothing wrong with getting a premade crust from the fridge or frozen section at your local grocery store, and either of them will work well for this recipe. If you're using a frozen crust, be sure to thaw it ahead of time according to the package insturctions.

Can You Make Pumpkin Pie Ahead of Time?

YES! In fact, I would recommend doing so since this pie needs two hours to set before you can cut and serve the pie. Make your pie the night before and then let it cool for two hours on a cooling rack. Cover with plastic wrap and store in the fridge until you're ready to serve. 


Libby's Pumpkin Pie Recipe

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Libby's Pumpkin Pie Recipe
Yield: 8
Author: Paige Flamm
Prep time: 10 MinCook time: 50 MinInactive time: 2 HourTotal time: 3 Hour
Libby's Pumpkin Pie Recipe is a classic pumpkin pie recipe that will bring back all the classic nostalgia of Thanksgiving dinner to your table.

Ingredients

  • 1 (9 inch) unbaked deep dish pie crust
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 (15 ounce) can pure pumpkin
  • 1 (12 fluid ounce) can evaporated milk

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 425°F.
  2. Combine sugar, salt, cinnamon, ginger and cloves in small bowl. Beat eggs lightly in large bowl. Stir in pumpkin and sugar-spice mixture. Gradually stir in evaporated milk. Pour into pie shell.
  3. Bake for 15 minutes. Reduce temperature to 350 degrees F.; bake for 40 to 50 minutes or until knife inserted near center comes out clean. Cool on wire rack for 2 hours. Serve immediately or refrigerate. (Do not freeze as this will cause the crust to separate from the filling.)

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Karo Syrup Pecan Pie Recipe

The only pecan pie recipe you need is this Karo Syrup Pecan Pie Recipe. It brings together all the warm and delicious flavors of the holiday season with the delicious nutty goodness from Karo Syrup. 


Pecan pie is not a pie I grew up eating during the holidays. When I was a senior in high school my dad was dating someone who had an amazing pecan pie recipe that she would make for my friend and I. We might have been bribed to like her with pie... I think it worked? But my dad and her also aren't together anymore so maybe it didn't? Hard to tell. When Derek and I hosted Thanksgiving in 2013 I made this Karo Syrup Pecan Pie Recipe and it turned out perfectly. If you're looking to make Pecan Pie this year, you're in the right place. 

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Karo Syrup Pecan Pie Recipe:

Pecan pie is actually really easy and straightforward to make as long as you have the proper tools, and follow the directions closely. You're going to boil your sugar and Karo Corn Syrup for two minutes and allow it to cool slightly. Then in a different bowl you'll beat your eggs while slowly pouring the sugar mixture into the eggs, while you keep beating. You must keep beating while you pour the sugar mixture into your eggs, otherwise the eggs will scramble from the heat of the sugar and you'll have a clumpy mixture. 

Once your sugar and eggs are mixed together, get a mesh strainer and strain the the mixture into another bowl to make sure it's nice and smooth. Then mix in your remaining ingredients, pour into a pie crust, and bake in the oven for about 50 minutes!

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What type of pecans to use for this Karo Syrup Pecan Pie Recipe?

For this recipe I used either pecan pieces or halves because that is what was available at our grocery store the Thanksgiving of 2013. You'll still want to use those because the recipe calls to chop them for the mixture anyways, however, I think the next time I make this pie I would purchase some whole pecans as well to lay on top of the pie in a pretty design, but that is totally optional and not required.

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Can I make Karo Syrup Pecan Pie ahead of time?

Yes! You can actually make this pie, cool it all the way, and then freeze in an airtight freezer bag for up to three months. Simply thaw it in the fridge 24 hours before serving and you're good to go. You can also make this the day before Thanksgiving, cover it with plastic wrap, and store in the fridge until you're ready to serve!


Ingredients: 
3/4 cup light  corn syrup
3/4 cup dark corn syrup
1 cup sugar
4 eggs
1/4 cup butter, melted
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 cup pecans, coarsely chopped 
1 unbaked deep dish pie crust (I used frozen, thawed)

Directions: 
Preheat oven to 350. In a sauce pan boil together sugar and corn syrup for 2 minutes and then cool slightly. 

In a large bowl beat the eggs lightly while slowly pouring the syrup mixture into the bowl, stirring constantly so the eggs don't scramble. Strain the mixture over a large mixing bowl to remove any lumps and then add the butter, vanilla, and pecans. Stir together and then pour into pie crust. 

Bake for 50-55 minutes or until set. Make sure to bake it with tin foil covering it, not tightly, just lay a sheet gently on top to prevent the crust from browning too fast.
Karo Syrup Pecan Pie Recipe
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Karo Syrup Pecan Pie Recipe

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Author: Paige Flamm
Prep time: 20 MinCook time: 50 MinTotal time: 1 H & 10 M
The only pecan pie recipe you need is this Karo Syrup Pecan Pie Recipe. It brings together all the warm and delicious flavors of the holiday season with the delicious nutty goodness from Karo Syrup.

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup light corn syrup
  • 3/4 cup dark corn syrup
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cup pecans, coarsely chopped
  • 1 unbaked deep dish pie crust (I used frozen, thawed)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350º. In a sauce pan boil together sugar and corn syrup for 2 minutes and then cool slightly.
  2. In a large bowl beat the eggs lightly while slowly pouring the syrup mixture into the bowl, stirring constantly so the eggs don't scramble. Strain the mixture over a large mixing bowl to remove any lumps and then add the butter, vanilla, and pecans. Stir together and then pour into pie crust.
  3. Bake for 50-55 minutes or until set. Make sure to bake it with tin foil covering it, not tightly, just lay a sheet gently on top to prevent the crust from browning too fast.

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Recipe for Dutch Apple Pie

Dutch apple pie, or apple crumble pie, is a delicious spin on a traditional apple pie. It's sugary crumble topping makes this the perfect dessert for Thanksgiving!

If someone made me choose between a traditional apple pie, and a dutch apple pie, I don't think I could choose. Although they both seem similar, they're just so different! This recipe for dutch apple pie has been in my family for years, and it's a dessert I love having at least once a year. I'm a sucker for all things apple crisp and cobbler, so putting it into a pie just feels right. If you need a recipe for Dutch apple pie this Thanksgiving, look no further, this one is perfect. 

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Recipe for Dutch Apple Pie:

This recipe for dutch apple pie is super easy to make! You start off by cooking water, apple juice, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, and cornstarch together in a pot on the stove. Once it's thickened remove it from the heat and stir in your apples and vanilla extract. Then you'll pour the apple mixture into a frozen pie crust, bake for 10 minutes, add your crumble topping, and then bake for another 35 minutes. It's a super easy process and turns out fabulous every time. 

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Can You Make Dutch Apple Pie Ahead of Time?

Yes! I love to make all my pies the night before Thanksgiving so that it's one less thing I have to worry about the day of. Does it make it incredibly hard for me to exercise self control and not eat all the pies ahead of time? Yes. But definitely a time saver. This pie can be covered with foil, and sit at room temperature until you're ready to serve.

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Difference Between Apple Pie and Dutch Apple Pie:

The major difference between apple pie and dutch apple pie is that a traditional apple pie typically has two crusts. One on the top, and one on the bottom. A Dutch apple pie, or apple crumble pie, has one crust on the bottom, and a brown sugar crumble baked on top. Both pies are amazing, but if you love a good apple crisp, this pie might be the one for you!


Recipe for Dutch Apple Pie

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Recipe for Dutch Apple Pie
Yield: 8
Author: Paige Flamm
Prep time: 15 MinCook time: 45 MinTotal time: 1 Hour
Dutch apple pie, or apple crumble pie, is a delicious spin on a traditional apple pie. It's sugary crumble topping makes this the perfect dessert for Thanksgiving!

Ingredients

Filling
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 Tbsp apple juice, apple cider, or lemon juice
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp ground clove
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla
  • 3 cups apples, cored, peeled, and chopped
  • 1 Frozen Pie Crust
Crumb Topping
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon

Instructions

Filling
  1. In a large saucepan, combine water, juice, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, and cornstarch. Stir over medium heat until thickened and bubbly. Cook for 2 minutes, constantly stirring. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla and apples. Cool to room temperature then pour into frozen pie crust.
  2. Bake for 10 minutes covered with foil and then add the crumb topping, reduce heat to 375, and then continue baking for another 35 minutes, still covered with foil.
Crumb Topping
  1. Mix all ingredients together until it becomes crumbs and then sprinkle on top of pie.

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