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Friday, January 29, 2016

Toddler Pillow Case Review

I am so happy that we got this pillow case. I was even more excited to find that I actually had a little pillow that fit inside of it just right.  

Elise is happy to have a new cute little pillow on her bed and could hardly wait to cuddle up on it. The fabric is not only a great quality, but it is so soft. I want this on my bed, in fact! 

There are four color options available and we chose the Ivory. I was hoping it would be a little more on the yellow side so it matched her bedding better, but it's no big deal. It does match her quilt pretty good. 

We made sure to wash the pillow case before testing it. I washed it in cold water and dried it on medium heat. 

This pillow and case are a much better size for littles ones to use, rather than standard size pillows. Plus they're easier to cuddle with, if your kiddo likes to do that too. 

I would totally recommend this pillow case to you all. It's just the right size for a kiddo pillow or even a travel pillow. The sateen fabric makes this look very nice and again, is high quality. I did not find any random loose strings, nothing came unraveled in the wash. I believe this pillow case will withstand many washings. I also have not noticed any pilling yet. 

I hope you found this little review useful and if you have any questions, let me know in the comments. Here is the link were you can find this product.

**Please note, we got this adorable little pillow case for free in exchange for my honest review. 

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Mini Apple Hand Pies

Just a quick post for you all with a super quick recipe! Sorry I don't have lots of pics, but this is so easy, you don't need a step by step photo tutorial. I promise! 

Sadly, I did not get a good picture of these to show you how mini and cute these little hand pies are.  Next time I make them I will take pics of them in the girls' hands so you can see how perfectly adorable these are.

These are just right for a little dessert or snack. They'd be even more perfect for a picnic or party!

Here's what you'll need:
1 sheet pre-made pie crust (*Don't take your crust out of fridge yet)
1/2 apple, Gala or Granny Smith are great for this
1 Tbsp. Sugar
1 tsp. cinnamon
pinch of salt
1 egg, beaten
1 Tbsp. Kraft Caramel bits, optional
4" round cookie/biscuit cutter

First, dice your apple up very small. This will ensure they will cook up in the short baking time and also that they fit perfect inside the crust. 

I combined the cinnamon, sugar and salt in a plastic container. I then added the diced apples, put the lid on and gave it a good shake. This could also be done in a ziploc bag or just a bowl, giving it a good stir. Let this sit while you let your pie crust come to room temp.

Remove your pre-made pie crust from the refrigerator and let it sit out before rolling. You can use a homemade pie crust for this if you would like, but it takes away from the ease of this recipe. I'm sure you could make the pie crust from scratch while your filling sits and gets all deliciously combined. In my case, I used Pillsbury pie crust due to convenience. But now that I have seen all of the unnecessary ingredients Pillsbury uses, I plan to switch to this brand.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. 

Once your crust is ready and rolled out, cut as many circles as you are able to fit. I got 5 out of mine. Place about 1/2 Tbsp. of the apple filling, and a few caramel bits if you are using, into each pie circle you cut. Before folding, brush the edges with your beaten egg. You can use a pastry brush for this, or just your fingers are fine. Gently fold the crust in half while containing the filling the best you can. 

Seal the edges by crimping with a fork. Brush the tops with the remaining egg wash. Place on a baking sheet. 

Bake for 12-15 minutes. Keep an eye on them though. Ovens vary and you don't want to burn your delicious crust. In my opinion, that's the best part. 

Once you remove them from the oven, I suggest letting them cool on a baking rack for 20-30 minutes. Otherwise, they are just burning hot in the middle. 

This would be cute served in a little ice cream bowl with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. That's not my thing though, so I served mine as is. 

The girls absolutely loved them and were begging for more right after they finished theirs. They even begged all the next morning. Eventually, I let them have them as an afternoon snack. 

Also, since those pre-made crusts come in a 2 pk., you can totally and very easily double this recipe. That way you can use up that whole apple of yours ;)

You're probably also wondering, "Am I just supposed to throw away the rest of the pie crust?". 
My answer, "ummm, no! Coat those babies in some cinnamon and sugar and bake them after you've made your pies!" (They burn if cooked WITH the pies.) Bake at a lower temp also. 
Pie chips anyone?! I could just make an entire batch of those, I love pie crust so much! 

I'd love to hear from you! Let me know if you try this out. You can totally change this up and make it all the more easier by using a fruit jam for the filling.