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In Remembrance…

National Blogging Day of Remembrance


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by | December 17, 2012 · 8:00 am

Three Years Later and Getting Hauter…

We can hardly believe it has been three years since the inception of Haute Apple Pie. This blog started as just a fun side project to share our recipes and ideas with our friends and has grown into more than we ever could have imagined. To celebrate our third blogversary, we have some Haute Apple Pie superlatives for you, with links to some of our best, favorite and most popular posts!

Thanks to all of you for reading this little corner of the world-wide web. We appreciate you stopping by and letting us host this three-year long party.

And now, the moment you’ve all been waiting for…

Most Pinned
This post tops the charts as our most viewed post of all time, mostly thanks to your favorite addiction and mine, Pinterest.

Slow Cooker Beef Brisket over Garlic Parmesan Mash

Best Rehab
Who doesn’t want to make something old, look something new? Katie’s dresser rehab ranks #2 in the blog life traffic list.
{How to} Refinish a Dresser

How to Refinish Wood Furniture

Best Breakfast
We are not Nutella shy here at Haute Apple Pie. Anne’s French toast hit everyone’s morning sweet tooth.
Orange Scented French Toast with Nutella

The most popular meal posts include:

Best BBQ
The Perfect Bratwurst
Best Dinner
Chicken and Spinach Stuffed Pasta Shells
Best Dessert
Chocolate Guinness Cake with Bailey’s Cream Cheese Frosting
Best Snack
The Art of Toddler Food: Veggie Dip

We’ve also found that our HAP readers are wild about parties! It seems we have quite the following of haute hostesses. Here are the winners in the party category:

Best Kid’s Party
Anne threw this adorable camping inspired birthday party for Isla’s 2nd birthday, complete with bug juice and s’mores.
Campfire Birthday Party

S'more birthday party favors

Best Baby Shower
The ladies collectively honored Stef with the adorable safari themed baby shower. Who doesn’t love a good candy bar!
Lions and Tigers and Bears, Oh My! Baby Shower

Safari Candy BuffetBest Bridal Shower
Stef’s lemonade shower for her cousin’s wife was much more sweet than sour!
Summertime Lemonade Shower

Other parties topping the charts:

Inspiration for a Peter Rabbit Baby Shower
Pink and Brown Ladybug Party
Sugar and Spice and Everything Nice Baby Shower

We can’t forget about our do-it-yourselfers!

Katie’s DIY tie onesie rounds out at our third most popular post of all time! Consider making one of these for the little man in your life:
DIY Necktie Onesie

tie baby onesie patternOther projects to consider:

Fall Berry Wreath
Window Chalkboard

It has been a great three years and we cannot wait to see what the next three have in store. Thanks for reading!

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Haute Apple Pie Bake Sale for Children’s Tumor Foundation

Join us from 4-7 pm today at the Hartung Park Farmer’s Market for the first ever Haute Apple Pie bake sale benefiting Children’s Tumor Foundation. We will be selling mini pies, muffins, cookies, bars, mixes and more! We hope to see you there!

For more information, click here!

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Smoked Salmon & Egg Baguettes

Ok so I promise this will be my last salmon post for a little while but when the gettin’ is good it’s just too hard to not experiment. My brother-in-law spent an afternoon smoking some of his fresh catch and passed a little our way so I put it together with some equally bold flavors and texture for a super fast and hearty weeknight meal. I especially love the way the gooey egg yolk binds it all together.

Smoked Salmon Baguettes
1/3 C cream cheese
1/2 tsp dill
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1 bunch asparagus
Drizzle olive oil
1/2 Tbsp butter
2 C smoked salmon
4 eggs, cooked sunny side up
1 large baguette or loaf of french bread, cut into 4 large chunks
cracked black pepper
Kosher salt

In a small bowl, use a spoon to mix together the cream cheese, dill and garlic powder until well blended. Set aside.

Heat a grill pan on medium and place asparagus on the pan. Lightly coat with olive oil just enough to not burn. Cook asparagus for about 4-6 minutes depending on thickness, turning with a tongs until each side is slightly seared and asparagus becomes tender. Season lightly with salt.

Meanwhile, melt butter over medium. Once pan is hot, crack eggs and cook sunny side up (or over easy if you prefer) for approximately 4 minutes. Egg whites should be opaque and the yolk should be just beginning to cook.

While eggs and asparagus are cooking, slice the baguettes and spread the inside generously with cream cheese mixture. Top with several piece of salmon. Once asparagus and eggs are cooked, place asparagus,then the egg on top of the salmon. Finish with freshly cracked black pepper and a pinch of salt.


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And the winner is…

We are proud to announce the winner of our Organic Valley and Kickapoo County Fair winner…HAP reader Karis, from We hope you enjoy making more ice cream with some Organic Valley cream!



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Chicken Enchiladas with Corn and Spinach

My husband and I love Mexican, but my daughter refuses to eat anything that has even the slightest spice to it.  I made up these enchiladas one night and added ingredients that I knew she would like.  The flavor combination was so wonderful, we didn’t even miss the heat!  If you can’t live without it, add some diced green chilies to the mix.

Chicken Enchiladas with Corn and Spinach

10, 6 inch flour tortillas
1 1/2 cups cooked, shredded chicken
½ cup corn, cooked and cooled
½ frozen spinach, cooked and drained
2 cups shredded cheese, any kind you would like
3 Tbsp. butter
3 Tbsp. flour
2 cups chicken broth
1 cup sour cream

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and Grease a 9 x 13 pan. Mix together the chicken, corn and spinach. Add 1 cup of cheese and mix to combine.

Fill each tortilla with the chicken mixture, roll up and place in the pan, seam side down.

Meanwhile, melt butter in a sauce pan. Add flour and stir to combine, cook for 1-2 minutes. Slowly add the chicken broth little by little until smooth. Heat over medium heat for about 5 minutes, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and add the sour cream.  Pour over the rolled up tortillas and top with the extra 1 cup of cheese.

Cover with foil and bake for about 30 minutes. Remove foil and bake an additional 5-10 minutes until golden brown and bubbly.

I always make these expecting to have left overs, but the entire pan gets eaten every single time!

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Meet Baby Elin!

I apologize if I have been a little absent from the blog for the past few weeks, we have been quite busy around our house with our new little addition!  Meet baby Elin, the newest addition to the HAP family.

Elin Kathleen

8lbs 7oz and 22 inches long


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Banana Chocolate Chip Pancakes

My family loves having a big breakfast over the weekend when we have a little extra time on our hands. This pancake recipe is one of our favorites. It is my Grandma’s basic buttermilk pancake recipe with just a few extra special ingredients. You can make the pancakes any size, but for some reason I love making these almost as big as the pan!

Banana Chocolate Chip Pancakes

2 cups flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1 Tbsp sugar
2 cups buttermilk
1/4 cup melted butter or oil
2 eggs
2 bananas, chopped into small pieces
1/2 – 1 cup mini chocolate chips
(optional – 1/2 cup chopped walnuts)

Mix the dry ingredients in a large bowl and set aside. Mix the buttermilk, melted butter or oil and eggs in a small bowl until combined.  Mix the wet ingredients to the dry.

Finally, mix in the chopped banana, mini chocolate chips and nuts if you are using them. Mix well, smashing the banana chunks as you go.

Ladle into a well oiled pan (that makes them nice and crisp on the outside) and flip once you see bubbles form on the top.

Eat them warm with syrup. They are sweet, indulgent and oh so delicious!

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{Giveaway} Real Christmas Tree

**This giveaway is now closed **

We are excited to announce that lizinwfb is our winner! 

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, many of us are dreaming of turkey, stuffing and mashed potatoes. But after the big meal is finished, most families find themselves starting to prepare for the next big holiday. In my family, shopping for a Christmas tree the weekend after Thanksgiving is a tradition and it wouldn’t be Christmas without a real Christmas Tree and the smell of fresh evergreens.

This year, HAP is partnering with the Wisconsin Christmas Tree Producers Association to give away a real Christmas Tree to one of our lucky readers!

When you think about it, purchasing a real tree is actually an eco-friendly choice. These trees are a renewal resource and are often planted in soil that does not support more delicate crops. Buying a tree from your local tree farm is also helping to support local farms in your area.   If you live in the midwest, visit for more information on tree farms in your area.

To enter our giveaway, please leave a comment telling us your favorite kind of real tree to buy for your home.  If you are selected as our winner, you will be sent a gift certificate to go and pick out your real Christmas Tree. 

Lots and tree farms for this particular giveaway are located in Illinois, Iowa and Wisconsin. Check out the website to see if there is a location by you!

This giveaway ends at 5pm (central time) on Friday November 25, 2011.

You must be 18 years of age and a citizen of the United States to enter. No purchase necessary. The winner will be chosen at random.


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Happy Halloween!

Wishing you a very Happy Halloween from the Baby Gnome, Princess Snow White and the Little Surgeon!

Hope your day is full of fun, tricks and lots of yummy treats!


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