Easy A

6:00 AM Elizabeth Seckman 84 Comments


My first job in counseling was in a group home for delinquent youth. We had a therapeutic motto:
Accept and move on.
Sometimes things happen that honestly just suck. Things that are out of our control and cannot be changed. All that can be changed is whether or not you allow the event to trap you in a negative place, or you can accept and move on.

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I saw this idea for an easy art project: it's a collage post card! You know that craft you did in kindergarten by cutting pictures from magazines and pasting on card stock? Make them in post card size and voila...you are now an Artist, my friend!



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Super Easy Apple (sort-of) Pie

Looks a little ugly, but it's delicious. Makes its own crispy crust!
Peel and dice 1 large apple (I prefer Granny Smith for the tartiness)
Mix apple dices together with
2 eggs
1/2 Cup flour
1/2 Cup white sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
Pour mix into a greased pie pan 
Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes
Great with whipped cream or ice cream.

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Graphic by: www.matusic.com

I'm a member of the Muffin Commandos!!
Lead by the fabulous C Lee McKenzie

MISSION STATMENT
      (Kind of :-)
We're the muffin commandos.
As delicious as we can be.
Mixing it together to whip the A-Z.
Fully baked, crispy crusts- we'll make it to the end.
We're the muffin commando, the net's sweetest blend.

84 comments:

  1. I make so much food that looks weird but tastes amazing.

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  2. Love both the ISWG and your A to Z quotes. Yeah, accept and move on. I must be a writer because I AM scared to death. lol

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    1. I was happy to read that fear was a good indication too. I always feel like I am an impostor amongst the talented.

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  3. That statement is so true.
    In the movie Super 8, the main character tells the alien 'Sometimes bad things just happen.' And it's the same sentiment - they happen, but we have to move on.

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    1. Sadly, so many bad things happen that we cannot control. We have to keep moving past those and deal with the things we can control.

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  4. Good words to live by, Elizabeth. And I love that Pressfield quote.

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  5. Accept and move on...... I like it. A lot.

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    1. It's always stuck with me. I'll start to obsess over the why's of life and have to tell myself...accept and move on.

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  6. Yer a counselor? I bet those linquent yutes luved you.

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    1. I was. A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away.

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  7. I love everything about this post, ha ha, but "accept and move on" is a gem. The statement about writers is awesome, too!

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    1. I was fearing and I love everything but was coming...love your way better!

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  8. The apple pie looks amazing. I'd have it with natural yoghurt - I have everything with yoghurt!

    Annalisa at Wake Up, Eat, Write, Sleep

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    1. Mmm...that's a good idea! I do love this sort-of pie. It's not nearly as sweet as a real pie.

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  10. I loved that quote so much. I also loved this whole post, I think I'm going to try making the apple-sort of-pie too :)

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    1. sorry, forgot about the rules :P
      I Will Never Give you Up (479)
      http://haneenwrites.blogspot.com/

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    2. Thank you Haneen!!
      (I keep forgetting the rules everywhere I go today too..first day blunders!)

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  11. "Accept and move on" is a great quote. Thanks for sharing that. It fits my theme for the day! :)

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  12. I work with kids and this 'accept and move on' quote is gr8!

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    1. It's great for diffusing. Once kids get used to the idea that there are some things they cannot control, this is a quick reminder.

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  13. I work with kids and this 'accept and move on' quote is gr8!

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  14. Sh*t happens is another way of putting it. I agree you have to accept and move on though. Posting recipes Liz? Looks good.

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    1. Sh*t happens is the one I use in my private life ;)

      Yep, I should add a link to your blog for real cooks to get something that's beyond the very simple.

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  15. Go Muffin Commandos! :) Love the quote. Good luck with your A to Z theme!

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  16. I'd love to do that collage postcard with my nephews. :)

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    1. I want to try that myself. I think that looks like fun!

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  17. Accept and let go. I'm finally learning this art. Not easy. Sometimes I think I've let go only to find that same old garbage just moved to another location and is still Hanging Out. It does feel awesome when you finally dump it for good.

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    1. I think as part of the acceptance, we have to also learn if there is anything within the situation that we can control...are we walking away from one toxic friend and picking up another?
      But the important part is understanding that we can't change the past. We must move forward and not beat ourselves up. We're smarter and stronger each day.

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  18. The cat likes the cat and postcard idea. And very true, crap happens and we can't dwell on it

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    1. The cat needs to get learn how to use scissors and get cutting!

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  19. When I saw "Easy A", I thought you were going to talk about that time on our class field trip and that gi...but, I've said enough already.

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    1. Don't bring up the field trip!! Imaginary or not, it must not be discussed in public.

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  20. Accept and move on - needed that today! Love the quote.

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  21. Loving the quote too. "Accept and move on."

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  22. I don't really have a sweet tooth, but when it comes to dessert, my no.#1 choice is apple crumble and fresh cream.
    Cute artsy idea!
    Love your mish-mash post!

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    1. When you're trying to be easy, may as well throw in variety too!

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  23. Creatives are wildly insecure, aren't we? I'm in revision/edit at the moment and am having my regularly scheduled bout of 'this sucks'.

    I'm having trouble with the accepting thing lately. It's OK though. I tell myself it's OK to be sad.

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    1. It's more than okay. Grieving is healthy. It's part of accepting.

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  24. You know pie is my weak spot, right? I am soooo trying this. :)

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    1. On the bright side, it's a bit higher in protein and has less sugar than it's pastry counterpart.

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  25. You are a Muffin, and a super one, too! Thanks for the simple pie recipe. That might just be our dessert tonight.

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  26. I've 'favorited' that quote on Pinterest! (Or whatever you call it on that site.)
    The apple pie thing looks great! And I think that's wonderful A advice. :)

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    1. I need to visit Pinterest more often...so much cool stuff!

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  27. I really like and believe in that quote. I never trust anyone who calls themself an expert. "Accept and move on" is an effective, healthy way to live. I should adopt that someday. Smiles.

    Hi, my friend. Sorry it's been a while. Great to see you keeping busy with lots of fun stuff, including the challenge.
    I'll message you at some point - maybe when this A-Z madness is over. Big hugs!

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    1. I've been totally out of touch! We'll have to get together over some virtual chocolate and get caught up!

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  28. Moving on is essential to not being stuck in the past. Nice post today Liz, I can do with this kind of Easy A. :p

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  29. Mmm, that pie looks good. And I love that motto.

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  30. Look at you and your new blog look and making me all hungry!!!!

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  31. That super easy apple pie doesn't look ugly at all to me. I would really want to try some right now. :)

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    1. Cause you're a sweetheart Al!

      Fly on up, I'll warm you up a slice...or you can breathe fire on it.

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  32. Oh boy, can't wait to try that pie! Thoughts for tonight since we're having salad for dinner! I really like the "accept and move on" motto. Thanks for sharing! Lisa, co-host AtoZ 2015, @ lisabuiecollard.com

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    1. I love salad. I wish I still had my mom to cut it all up. (worst part of salads is the prep!)

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  33. I make a similar "apple Pie" but without eggs and dairy due to my son's food allergies.
    I also really enjoyed reading accept and move on.. ,makes perfect sense. How fantastic that you have helped young people that need it the most grow.
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    1. I can't imagine having to cook with food allergies in mind. I got really lucky with my kids.

      I really enjoyed working in social work. The kids were special...and it's a good thing, because the money is nothing!

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  34. Love your easy A, Elizabeth! And, I really appreciate the art idea. I'm not good at drawing, but I used to love to collage words and pictures together, and I need to get back to it.
    :) Have a wonderful day! (someday I'll get that muffin commando statement on my blog right)

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    1. I forgot to add all the commandos! You beat me there.

      I want to try the collage art too. I'm not at all artistic either.

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  35. Love that Easy A. Pie, art, and great advice! I especially love that quote. I'm always questioning myself. It helps push me to better myself. Good luck this month! :)

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    1. I suppose staying just a wee bit insecure keeps us open to input and stops us from getting arrogant.

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  36. Thanks for the recipe! Who cares what it looks like, as long as it's yummy! Love your mantra, Accept and Move On! Cheers to my fellow Muffin Commando Squad member!

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  37. Apple pie without crust - now THAT I can manage! I am NOT a good baker, but that does look pretty simple. And I don't care what it looks like, either :) Thanks, Elizabeth!

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    1. Trust me, I'm NOT a good baker either. If it requires more than a few steps, I'm out.

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  38. Aww man, now I want apple pie!!

    Postcard art is awesome :) I love those books for post secrets.

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  39. Oh, I soooo need to live more by "accept and move on"

    Especially when I read your funny A comments to me!!!

    My blog is grown up, yes... (now, how about me!!!)

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  40. That was such a cute art project! I think I could even do that :) Acceptance seems to be a good theme to write about for A, been on several other blogs that mentioned it, but so true to accept things, especially those that we cannot change!

    betty

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  41. "Accept and move on" sounds like a very worthwhile pursuit. I love the idea of the art project - sometimes messing around with scissors and glue is a blast.
    Tasha
    Tasha's Thinkings | Wittegen Press | FB3X (AC)

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  42. I like Granny Smiths in my apple pies too! I thought me and my wife were the only ones.

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  43. That apple pie looks incredibly delicious... I might be developing the urge to bake again, having seen that! Thank you for the incredibly simple recipe.

    I like the quote a lot too. Definitely have to remember that one since I struggle with it a lot... a bit like the whole acceptance thing.

    -Pax, (currently) 504 on the Blogging A-Z list

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  44. I am constantly daydreaming...and the stories I write in my head! Surely a best seller! (In my fantasy, at any rate! ha)

    No pie is ugly if it tastes good!

    Accepting and moving on usually involves forgiveness, and I find that when I get stuck and can't move on, it's because I am hanging on to unforgiveness. Great post!

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    1. Also, I really appreciated all your kind words about my blog! Thank you!
      ~Margaret

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  45. Oh, my! That apple pie looks delicious. I'm going to have to try it...

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