Photography is a passion of mine but I do have a life and other interests. I am also passionate about my family, animals, and life in general and yes, sometimes that means some quirky stuff. I wrote a column on Examiner.com for seven years and with their recent closure I've been transferring many of my old article's into the blog.

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~Gila

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Apple Dumplins

My mother is an old school cook, sticking mostly to recipes she could make in her sleep, measuring nothing in the course of a meal prep. The past year or so (since getting on Facebook) she's taken an interest in trying a few new recipes.

She made these apple dumplins for Thanksgiving and Christmas and they were such a big hit they have replaced the pumpkin pie that almost nobody eats each year. One of my sisters, not necessarily a big fan of fruit pies and the likes, ate 4 or more of these! Apple Dumplings from Tiphero.comApple Dumplings from Tiphero.comGet the recipe here, at tiphero.com

Mom said they were the easiest thing she's ever thrown together and I can attest they are super scrumptious.

 

Ingredients:

2 (8 oz) cans refrigerated crescent roll dough
2 large Granny Smith apples, cored and peeled
1 stick (4 oz) salted butter
1 ½ cups granulated sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp ground cinnamon
6 oz lemon-lime soda

Instructions
1. Preheat your oven to 350 F.

2. Spray a 9×13 pan with non-stick spray.

3. Slice the cored and peeled apples into eight wedges.

4. Open one of the cans of crescent rolls and carefully unroll it. Separate the 8 triangles from each other.

5. Place one apple slice on the wide end of the triangle, then roll up like a crescent roll (the package has an illustration on the back if you’re not sure what that should look like). Tuck the ends around the apple slice to completely enclose it. Place in the baking pan and repeat with the seven remaining triangles from the first can, then repeat again with the second can of crescent rolls.

6. Place the butter in a large microwave safe measuring cup and microwave until melted, about a minute.

7. Stir in the sugar, vanilla, and cinnamon, then spread evenly over the dumplings in the pan.

8. Pour the Mountain Dew around the edges of the pan.

9. Bake at 350F for 35-40 minutes, or until the crescent rolls are golden brown on top.


She got the recipe from Tiphero.com and you can see the video by clicking here.


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