aspen & pine

a journey in creativity and mindful living

Month: October, 2013

rustic apple tart

rustic apple tart

I had some apples that my mom gave me from a local orchard, what better to do with them than to make a rustic apple tart?



1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 tsp. salt
1 Tbsp. sugar and stevia blend
1/4 cup canola oil
3-4 Tbsp. milk

2 apples, peeled, cored, and sliced
4 tsp flour
1 Tbsp. sugar and stevia blend
1 Tbsp. butter, cut into tiny pieces
1 tsp. cinnamon

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F. For the crust combine the flour, salt, and sugar blend. Add canola oil and 3 Tbsp. of the milk all at once and stir to combine. If the mixture is too dry add a fourth Tbsp. of milk a little at a time. Form the dough into a ball and roll out into a 9-10 inch circle between two pieces of wax paper. Transfer dough onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.

To make the tart, combine the sliced apples and flour in a bowl and toss to coat. Then arrange apples on the tart leaving about a 1 -1 1/2 inch border for the crust. Fold the dough up around the apples and press into place. Sprinkle tart with the sugar, butter pieces, and cinnamon. You can brush the edges of the tart with a little milk so it will brown, then place in the preheated oven and cook for 45 minutes. Cool 15 minutes and enjoy a warm slice! Serves 6.


my favorite thing

snake plant

Snake plant – leaves can grow 3 to 4 feet high, thrives in low light, can handle some neglect, and was recommended in a NASA study on air improving plants!

Interesting fact: this plant filters formaldehyde, benzene, toluene, trichloroethylene, and xylene out of the air! You can read more about this amazing plant here.

mini folio

scraps from the darkroom

I am currently learning how to make folio’s that hold two matted prints. This is a practice one, so I used some scraps from Jordan’s darkroom. These little prints are actually pieces of images Jordan has produced in the darkroom (aka our tiny bathroom).


I am also working on what the closure should be. I used this lace because it was what I had on hand, however a ribbon may look more simple. This lace was a little wide for my mini folio I think.




Have a wonderful day!