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I don’t know about you guys, but the last month has been non-stop back to school photos on my Facebook and Instagram timelines. I actually got to be a part of it this year, because my sweet baby boy started preschool!

first day

We had loads of fun shopping at Target for his school supplies. He felt like a ‘big kid’ picking out a backpack after he saw an older kid looking at them, too. “Mommy! I’m going to school like that kid!”

Ugh, slow down a bit. I can handle preschool, but I’m not ready to think about elementary school yet.

Check out my recent YouTube video for a look at what we picked out. Also, my hair is wild in this one.

How did your first day back go? Tell me all about it in the comments! Don’t forget to subscribe to my YouTube channel. I have lots of fun product reviews and a giveaway coming up soon!


Are you on Instagram? Do you like pretty things? Do you like to buy stuff?  If so, go check out my profile (theoriginalashleemae) to see the two scarves I’ve added.

When I’m not working on a custom order or a gift, I like to keep busy making lots of random things. Now that fall is (sort of) here, and with winter rapidly approaching (dammit), I tend to make a lot of scarves. Like, a lot. Anyway, last year I made so many that I ran out of places to put them. This year, I’ve decided to sell them.

It was suggested that I try using Instagram instead of Etsy or Ebay, so I’m giving it a shot. Check it out, and if you see something you like, let me know!


If you follow me on Instagram you probably saw my picture of the mini apple pies I made to celebrate national pie day:


Well, since I’ve been rather lazy in the kitchen lately (that pork loin was really the gift that kept on giving), and since I got a request for it… I thought I’d share the recipe. I’m a giver.

These little pies are super tasty and ridiculously easy…perfect for when you need to use up a few apples or when you want a sweet treat without much fuss.

For twelve mini pies, you’ll need:

One recipe heart – healthy pie crust (or your favorite store – bought crust for even less fuss)

3 medium/largeish-5 small apples (whatever variety you love), cored, peeled, and diced

Brown sugar



Butter (about a teaspoon per mini pie)*

Caramel sauce (optional)

Preheat your oven to 425°. Spray a muffin tin with a little Pam.

Use a cookie cutter to cut circles out of your rolled out crust. You could also just tear off a chunk and press it into your muffin tin like I did. Either way, get a bottom crust into each hole of the muffin tin. Make sure a little crust hangs over the edge so you can seal the pies easily.

In each crust, add diced apples to the top of the tin. Sprinkle brown sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg over the apples (I didn’t measure, but maybe 1 to 1 1/2 teaspoons of each?), then either pour about a tablespoon of caramel sauce over everything, or add a dab of butter to the top. *I don’t recommend using both because the filling might get soupy.

Use whatever method you like to form top crusts, then place them over the pies and seal ’em up. Vent each pie by cutting a slit into the top crust. Bake for 18-20 minutes, or until the top crust is golden brown.

Serve warm with more caramel sauce and vanilla ice cream. Prepare to be adored.


Yep, same picture. I just thought you might like to see them again. Now go bake!

I know I haven’t been very active here…

Very? Try not at all!

Ok…Ok…I know. But I have been pretty active in other places. So if you just can’t wait to hear from me (and who can blame you?!), feel free to visit me:

On Twitter: @Ashlee_Mae

On Pinterest: AshleeMaeG

On Instagram: @theoriginalashleemae

I’m hoping to have actual, honest-to-God internet service again soon. I don’t want to try to start posting regularly again until I do. Or until I figure something else out. 

Don’t worry, though. You guys haven’t heard the last of me! 

-Insert evil laughter –

But for real, I miss you guys!

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