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Some Healthy Thoughts for Friday

It’s the end of the week, and today’s forecast promises to be dreary (high of 41 degrees, 100% chance of rain).  The weekend forecast isn’t stellar either.  Knowing that we have cases of the flu going around, and with cold rainy weather, it’s a good time to remind/encourage your students to practice good self care and good hygiene.  We all want our students to be healthy.

Speaking of health, our friends at the University Counseling Center (UCC) are doing a couple of great things, both programmatically and social media wise, to promote our students’ wellbeing.  There is a new group being formed at the UCC on mindfulness and awareness, described as follows:

“The Counseling Center staff would like to alert you to an opportunity for your students to engage in a four-week group on mindfulness and awareness.  Did you know that mindfulness has been shown to decrease worry as well as increase relaxation and overall well-being, and improve academic performance and sleep quality?  If you know any students who could benefit from a group like this, please ask them to contact the Counseling Center​.”  Students can call the UCC at 339-758-5273.  You can also see the mindfulness group flyer online.

As someone who tends to be a ‘worrying mom’ myself, I can attest to the fact that mindfulness can make a huge difference in how you learn to handle your worries and move from a place of anxiety and stress to a place of calm.  If I could have known about mindfulness training when I was 18 or 20, I think I could have shed a lot of the [self-induced] stress I was placing on myself about grades and performance and living up to people’s expectations.  It certainly is a hugely helpful tool in managing adult stresses and pressures (at least for me).

I share that only in the spirit of saying that mindfulness is not something that you have to be clinically depressed or diagnosed with anxiety to benefit from – it’s for anyone who wants to try it.  This may or may not be something your Deacs might enjoy, but I encourage you to make them aware of it and let them know it is an option they can choose to pursue.

The UCC also is rolling out 75 days of daily tips for emotional success.  You can follow these on their Facebook page or on their Twitter.  If you aren’t already following the UCC’s social media accounts, think about doing so – and for the next 75 days you can see the tips for emotional wellbeing they are sharing.  Those might be fun things to pass along to your Deacs – or even to try and practice in your own life!

A final word about health and wellbeing.  Today is Friday, and we always encourage parents and families to connect with their students today and talk, as it has been shown to have a positive effect on reducing dangerous behavior (such as drinking to excess); see the info about the studies.

Tonight there is an extra reason to want to talk to your students: it is pledge night or kiss night, as it is sometimes called.  Historically on pledge night, there are celebrations for the fraternities and sororities and their new pledges and many students (Greek and non-Greek alike) attend those functions.  Some will drink (some to excess,  some years dangerously so).  It seems like first-year students can be at particular risk.

Depending on your family’s style and values, you might want to have a conversation about alcohol and how to reduce dangerous drinking behavior, or abstaining completely, or anywhere on the spectrum.  (With some of my own family members when they were in college, I have reminded them of things like ‘you can hold a drink and choose to nurse it, not drink it at all, accidentally-on-purpose spill it’ etc.)

There are resources online that might help you consider ways to talk about alcohol with your student should you choose to do so:

WFU Alcohol Position Statement (there are tips at the end about reducing risks)

Alcohol information from WFU CHOICES (this has some good information about drink sizes, BAC, etc.)  They also have a tips for parents page.

A final word about pledge night/kiss night.  Knowing that there is flu on campus, students ought to be especially judicious about things like sharing cups, kissing others, covering coughs or sneezes, etc.   There have been past pledge nights/kiss nights where Student Health saw increases in a certain illness (such as strep throat) a few days after the event.  So everyone, be smart, be safe, and make good choices.

– by Betsy Chapman

 

A Conversation with Mr. Wake Forest

20030122F_ed_wilson5003My colleagues at the ZSR Library sent me this notice of a speaking event on Thursday.  This is something your students should drop what they are doing and attend.

Every school has a legendary professor figure.  And at Wake Forest that professor is Ed Wilson (’43).  He taught English for decades, and his ‘British Romantic Poets’ and ‘Blake, Yeats, and Thomas’ classes were ones you fought to get into during my time.  An amazing man and a wonderful Wake Forester.

Run don’t walk to get there, students.  And for our Deac families, you can livestream it online that day.  Details below.

 

–  by Betsy Chapman

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Thursday, January 22, 2015

4:00 p.m.

ZSR Library Auditorium (Room 404)

Doors open to the first 100 students at 3:30; open to the public at 3:55. This event will be streamed electronically through the Z. Smith Reynolds Library’s website and an overflow room will be set up in Room 204.

The Z. Smith Reynolds Library Lecture Series Committee is proud to kick-off the Spring 2015 events by giving Wake Forest students the opportunity to spend an hour with Ed Wilson! This “Oprah-style” hour will be an informal opportunity for students to ask questions and hear reflections from “Mr. Wake Forest” himself. Dr. Wilson is a legendary figure on campus: graduating from Wake Forest in 1943, returning to teach English in 1951, becoming Wake Forest’s first provost in 1967, and receiving numerous accolades along the way. The Wilson Wing of the Z. Smith Reynolds Library is named in his honor. Students, this one’s for you! Grab a seat and be prepared for an experience you can one day share with your children.

Opportunities Abound – for Students AND Parents and Families

I was at a meeting this morning where we covered a ton of upcoming events.  There are countless ways for your students to be engaged in interesting and exciting activities.  Here’s just a few of them.

2015 MLK Celebrations:  The 2015 Martin Luther King, Jr. celebration is coming up this weekend.  Some of the activities are at Winston-Salem State, and others are on campus.  The 10th Annivesary Gospel Fest in Brendle Recital Hall is not to be missed.

Spring Career Fair, Wednesday, January 21, 12-4 pm, 401 Benson Center.  This is THE place to be to talk about careers and internships.  Open to all WFU students.

Pro+ect, Thursday, January 22 at 7 pm, Brendle Recital Hall.  Join CEES in welcoming three women marine biologists who have dedicated their lives to saving the oceans: world-famous oceanographer and activist Sylvia Earle, renowned coral reef biologist Nancy Knowlton of the Smithsonian, and policy advocate Amanda Leland of the Environmental Defense Fund.

The Pro Humanitate Institute is offering a Summer Nonprofit Immersion Program where students will be exposed to the nonprofit sector and working with them.  An information session will be held on Monday, January 26th at 5 pm in Reynolda Hall 301.

Social Impact Careers Workshop, Wednesday, January 28 at 5 pm, OPCD Innovation Station (230 Reynolda Hall).  Are you looking for an internship or job that is dedicated to change? Do you want to bring a social and environmental lens to a traditional business role? If you answered yes (or maybe) to either of these questions, then this workshop is for you.

Looking to the longer term, there are opportunities for Wake Alternative Break – where students spend their spring break on a service trip doing something in the Pro Humanitate spirit.

There is a Social Justice Retreat that students can sign up for online.

There are International Service Trips that will depart for the Dominican Republic and Rwanda shortly after May finals conclude.  Information is online as well.

Happily, our many avenues of engagement can extend to YOU too!  Here is an opportunity for parents (as well as alumni) to participate in a transformational travel experience to Bali, co-led by the chair of the Wake Forest Religion department and our Senior Advisor for Engagement Strategies.

“Experience the beautiful and enchanting Isle of Bali in the spirit ofPro Humanitate. Explore the Balinese practices of Tri Hita Karana, a Hindu saying meaning, “to live in harmony with the natural world, community and spirit.” From the cultural and artistic hub of Ubud, travel to remote villages nestled in lush rice paddies, to sacred Mount Agung, and to the beaches along the north coast. Observe traditional ceremonies and rituals that the Balinese celebrate in joyful expression of reverence for their ancestors, god, families and the beauty of the natural world that surrounds them.”

Learn more about the trip and find contact information if you wish to sign up, Deac families.

Urge your students to get involved.  Do something amazing this year!  Stretch their boundaries.   And consider this trip to Bali, parents and families.

I bet you my next latte that your Deacs – or you – won’t be sorry for trying something new.

 

– by Betsy Chapman

Bid Day

Many (most?) of our students moved back over the weekend and we sure are glad to have them back.  While classes don’t start until tomorrow, there is activity on campus for sure.  The female students who went through sorority recruitment over the past several days learned this morning if they are getting bids.  Those bids will go out later today, and then there will be a frenzy of activity.

Normally the receipt of bids culminates in all the new pledges joining their sisters on the Quad, gathering together jumping and screaming.  I can’t remember if some of the groups do this or all of them, but in past years we’d have girls run a lap around the Quad in their new Greek letter shirts.  Today is a pretty nasty weather day – overcast and rainy, somewhere between a drizzle and a real rain – so I am not sure if that will curtail the fun or not.  Probably not.

Hard to believe that the long winter break is over.  Tomorrow is back to business with a new set of classes.  Here’s to your Deacs having a great semester!

 

– by Betsy Chapman

 

 

Bitter, Brutal Cold

9 degrees when I entered Alumni Hall around 8 am today.  It hit 22 at lunchtime, but any way you spin it this is a bitter, brutal cold.  So cold that I didn’t even want to venture out to the center of campus to catch a glimpse of the ladies going through sorority recruitment.  Today is Day 1, and that is a long day for everyone.  Best wishes to all the young women involved.

Lastnight was the Wake-Duke basketball game, always one of the biggest games of the season.  Despite the cold weather and the tremendous win, there was a good crowd at the Joel and our team showed a lot of energy and talent.  Our unranked Deacs were up against the #2 in the country, but we held our own.  For those of you watching the game or following online, we were down by 9 at the half and made a magnificent climb back into the game, even leading for a time.  Eventually Duke got the better of us and won the game.  The 73-65 final score in my mind does not reflect just how close the game was.  You can read the game recap online.

So yes, it is a loss, but it’s also a win in the sense that we see the sparks of greatness in this team.  My Wake Forest friends on social media had a lot of very positive things to say about our team and Coach Manning.  They used words like ‘moral victory’ and they were excited and proud of our guys.  I have complete faith in Coach Manning and believe he’ll build on that greatness.  My prediction: this team is one we are going to enjoy watching more and more and more.

In other sports news, Bobby Muuss was named head coach of men’s soccer.  He had been an assistant at Wake from 2001-2007, so this is a sort of homecoming.  Welcome, Coach Muuss!

For those of you with Deacs still at home, tomorrow and Saturday will be warmer, but not by much.  It will be a cold reentry into college life for our students.

 

– by Betsy Chapman

 

Lovefeast 2014 Facts

20101205lovefeast1250USA Today ran a piece a few days ago called “4 Beloved Campus Christmas Traditions,” and in a surprise to no one here on campus, our Lovefeast was listed in the #1 spot.   If you have attended one (in person or via the Internet), or if your students have told you about their experience attending, you have a sense of just how special this service has been to Wake Foresters.

This year, some of my very creative colleagues decided to honor the 50th anniversary of the Lovefeast in a tangible way – by offering Lovefeast At Home kits for purchase.  The kit included Moravian coffee and Lovefeast bun mix, beeswax candles, anad a Lovefeast program.  The hope was that we might have enough people interested to sell 100.  Turns out, demand was so high that 300 were sold, which was the maximum number my colleagues could realistically produce.

Now that the Lovefeast is over, my colleagues did some analyzing of the Lovefeast kits and web viewing traffic, and the results are pretty interesting.  Read on to see just who and where people were sharing the Lovefeast with those of us on campus.

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Lovefeast 2014 Participation Report

Totals

20091206lovefeast2547In all, people in 45 U.S. States, the District of Columbia and 28 foreign countries participated in Lovefeast in person, via the Internet, or by purchasing Lovefeast At Home kits.

This amounts to an estimated 9,640 total participants: 2,200 in person, 4,440 via webcast and 3,000 through the 300 Lovefeast kits, which were designed to accommodate 10 people each.

Webcast

In all, 4,440 people in 42 U.S. States, the District of Columbia and 23 foreign countries watched at least some of Lovefeast via webcast. At least 8 percent of viewers came from outside the U.S. (Google could not determine the locations of 2 percent of the viewers.) China led all countries with 177 page views from 13 provinces.  (Update 12/18 – we know of at least one set of WF grandparents who were watching online from Puerto Rico!)

Lovefeast At Home Kits

Alumni, parents, and friends from 31 U.S. States, DC, and six foreign countries ordered Lovefeast kits.  By those combined methods, Lovefeast kits were sent to 241 addresses in 32 unique US states, DC, and seven unique foreign countries. Some addresses received multiple kits.


20111204lovefeast0556Foreign Countries Participating

Austria                                Greece                                 South Korea

Belgium                               India                                   Spain

Brazil                                   Ireland                               Turkey

Canada                                Italy                                    Taiwan

China                                   Malaysia                           United Arab Emirates

Colombia                            Mexico                               Uganda

Czech Republic                 Netherlands

Ecuador                               Nigeria

England                              Pakistan

France                                 Poland

Germany                             Saudi Arabia

 

– Intro by Betsy Chapman; factoids by Rob Daniels

Finals Continue

Last night was the “Late Night Breakfast” – which is held in the Pit from 10pm-midnight.  Faculty and staff work alongside our ARAMARK/Campus Dining staff to serve breakfast to students.  We know our students are studying for finals and need a break – maybe some carbs and protein too! – to power them through as they burn the midnight oil.

LNB is always a fun affair.  There’s great music – thank you, Wake Radio! you were playing some great tunes – and it is fun to see students’ reactions to administrators they may know who are serving food or helping take trays to tables, etc.  The Demon Deacon was there as well, high fiving students, sitting at tables and looking at books with them, even dancing.

Speaking of dancing, there were a few moments of pure, unadulterated awesomeness lastnight.  Occasionally one or more students would break into a spontaneous dance – tons of energy and verve, great to see.  At one point, there were a couple of students and a couple of staff doing a line dance together.  The coup de grace for me was a young man in a white t-shirt and red shorts.  He was cutting a rug like nobody’s business.  Really amazing.  I credit both his dancing skills and his confidence.  He was rocking it and it was a joy to see.

My job lastnight was to click a counter as students came in the door.  Normally when they come in, they have to show their ID and swipe it to use a meal from their meal plan – but last night’s feast was totally gratis, paid for by Campus Life.  When students would try to show me their card, I got to tell them ‘this one’s on us, compliments of Campus Life.  Eat, drink, and be merry!’ and you would think I had just handed them a $50.  Free food for tired students facing finals is always a win.  All told, we served 513 students between 10 pm and midnight.

In other campus news, today from 12-2 there was an opportunity for students to come together on the Quad to ‘Claim Our Space.’  The Claim Our Space flyer gives the background about this student-initiated project.  Students could tie a red ribbon around the trunk of one of the Quad trees, and/or they could write a message on a notecard and tie that up there.  My time there was just before the start of the event so I didn’t get to see it in full swing.  Hopefully there will be some pictures.

A final word on finals.  Think back and remember how you felt during your own finals week.  Students are stressed out, tired, and it’s hard to feel cheerful with exams looming.  However, at the Daily Deac, we’re trying to find some light moments.  A quick search on finals week memes brought up some funnies.  Your students might not be ready to laugh at these, but maybe you are..?

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– by Betsy Chapman

Last Week of Classes

And you can sort of smell it in the air.  Our students know they have much to do before break, and there is a wide range of end-of-classes/pre-finals faces.  For some they look tired, for others they have a determined look about them, still others carry a nonchalant look like ‘I’ve got this!’

I’m not sure if it’s because of the weather (still cold and gray and misty today) or if people are starting to hunker down in work mode and get serious, but I saw a lot more sweats and casual clothing on our students today than one normally sees.

12 2 14 3 12 2 14 4 12 2 14The school is cognizant of the pre-finals stresses, and happily there was a cart advertising free hot chocolate on the Quad.  I took some pictures and then later as I was on my way, I overheard some students in the distance see the cart and say something akin to ‘THIS is why I chose this school – I knew it would be hard, but they also do things like this for us.”

More of that sort of help will be coming with Wake the Library, which will begin this Friday the 5th.  Students can spend time in the ZSR studying and working, but also having some opportunities for free food, relaxation stations, and some moments of fun and frivolity to lighten the mood.

Lastnight was Lighting of the Quad, and if you are not following Wake Forest University on Facebook, you should – they have some great pictures from lastnight, including some aerials.  You can also friend on Facebook Stu DentUnion and see some of their coverage, including a fun video of all the students with their lit candles.  The Lighting had reflections and songs, the lighting of the Christmas tree and menorah, as well as the trees in the Quad.  A good time was had by all.

20091206lovefeast2793Coming up on Sunday night at 8 pm is the 50th annual Lovefeast in Wait Chapel.  For many students, this is a not-to-be-missed event.  For all of our Deac families, you can join in and watch via simulcast on Sunday night.  You’ll go to the main WFU web page (www.wfu.edu) and you’ll see a link on how to join the livestream.   The Lovefeast truly is one of the most beautiful communal moments at Wake Forest.  If you want to read some coverage about what it is like, here is a link to last year’s Daily Deac about it.

Here’s a final few of shots of the campus, taken at different times (early morning and midday).  The weather has not improved one bit.

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It Doesn’t Smell Like Snow

It doesn’t smell like snow – and those of you in snow-prone areas know there is a distinct smell in the air when snow is coming – but boy it sure looks like it could snow at any minute.  Yesterday was sunny and nearly 70, today is 40 but feels like 35 with wind chill and is gray and dreary.  There’s no nice way to say it – the weather is just gross today.  Hopefully the intermittent mist will end in time for the Lighting of the Quad tonight.

artisan fairSpeaking of the holidays, if your Deacs are looking for some easy holiday gift-buying for family members, we are holding our annual Artisan’s Fair on Friday in room 401 of the Benson Center.  Your students may not have any idea that an administrator or faculty member they know is also an accomplished artist, baker, jewelry maker, or seamstress (seamster for men?) – but on Friday they can browse the various offerings.  It’s always a great spread for gifts – or even if they just want to buy themselves a treat.

A couple of other activities on campus that bear mentioning.  Tomorrow (Weds.) at 11 am the Divinity School is hosting Ferguson: A Discussion on Race, Justice, and Hope for the Future.  The Women’s Center will host The Water Cooler at 4:30, an opportunity for students, faculty, and staff to gather; this coffee and conversation hour happens weekly.  There is an Orchestra concert tomorrow night at 7:30 as well.

One final note about campus doings tomorrow.  At 4 pm, the campus is invited to join Gender Equality Allies for a photo project in solidarity with survivors of sexual assault on college campuses.  The Daily Deac covered a lot of the ‘Together Tuesdays’ pictures earlier in the semester, and these sort of group photos/awareness raising can be powerful moments.  I hope your students will join me there.  There is also an important message on our News page about sexual assault that I hope you will read.

 

- by Betsy Chapman 

Post-Holiday Readers’ Choice Recipes

Your Deacs are back and today they get to enjoy a wonderfully warm and sunny day.  It’s nearly 70, sunny, and gorgeous.  And tomorrow it’s supposed to be in the low 40s.  That’s way too much weather zigging and zagging for my taste.

Speaking of taste and the Thanksgiving holiday, I asked our readers last week to share some of their go-to meals.  I got a few very promising looking recipes – so if you are looking for a new salad, entree, or dessert, we have a few great examples at the end of this post.  Many thanks to those who submitted!

Tomorrow night is the Lighting of the Quad.  It will be on the Quad from 7-8 pm, and is described on the Events calendar as follows:  “Lighting of the Quad is time of holiday cheer and good tidings when the Wake Forest family can come together and celebrate the spirit and meaning of community.  At Lighting of the Quad, students, faculty and staff will enjoy treats, an a capella concert, student and guest speakers and the lighting of the university tree, menorah and individual candles held by all in attendance.”

Your students will want to go to this – it’s a nice way to share in the communal joy of the upcoming holiday season and be present with friends and classmates for good cheer.

Here’s the recipes from our Daily Deac reader-chefs.  Bon appetit!

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Edamame Three-Bean Salad

2 tablespoons red wine vinegar

1 teaspoon Dijon mustard

1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt

1/2  teaspoon pepper

3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

1/2  cup frozen corn (rinsed under cold water to thaw)

1 cup shelled soy beans (edamame)

1 (15-16 ounce) can red kidney beans, drained and rinsed

1 (15-16 ounce) can garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed

2 scallions, cut in ½ inch slices

1/2 red pepper, diced

2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro, basil or a combination

In a small bowl, whisk together the red wine vinegar, mustard, salt, and pepper. Slowly whisk in the olive oil; set aside.  Combine the edamame beans, kidney beans, garbanzo beans, scallions, bell pepper, cilantro and basil. Gently toss in the dressing.  Refrigerate for a few hours before serving. 

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Chopped Salad

1 can garbanzo beans (chickpeas), drained and rinsed

1 cucumber, seeded and diced, medium

2 large tomatoes, medium diced

2/3 lb fresh mozzarella, medium diced

8-10 olives, roughly chopped

Italian salad dressing to taste

*all quantities are flexible, depending on your family’s tastes. We usually have Campari tomatoes in the winter, but grape tomatoes are also easy. We try for even proportions of cheese and cucumber and tomato and garbanzo, with olives as seasoning with the salad dressing. Simply chop, mix everything, toss with dressing and enjoy. It holds up well on a buffet table, and if there are leftovers, it’s a great sandwich filling in pita bread.

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Taco Soup

2 lbs ground beef

1 onion, chopped

Brown these, together in large pot, and drain. Return to pot.

 

Add the following, without draining:

1 can corn

1 can hominy (optional)

1 can chopped tomatoes

1 can black beans

2 cans Rotel tomatoes

2 pkgs Ranch dressing mix

2 pkgs taco seasoning

Simmer 30 minutes and serve over tortilla chips with grated cheddar cheese on top.  Can add a dollop of sour cream and/or slice of avocado, if desired.  Always better the 2nd day.

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Bow Tie Pasta with Sausage, Tomatoes and Cream

2 tbsp olive oil

1 pound Italian sausage ( use all hot or half sweet, half hot)

1/2  tsp dried red pepper flakes   (can double for more spiciness)

1/2 cup diced onions

3 garlic cloves, minced

1 28 oz can Italian plum tomatoes, drained, coarsely chopped

1 1/2 cup whipping cream

1/2  tsp salt

12 oz. bow tie pasta

3 tbsp. minced fresh basil or parsley

Heat oil in heavy large skillet over medium heat.  After taking casings off  sausage, add sausage and peeper flakes to skillet. Cook sausage until no longer pink. Add onions and garlic and cook until tender. Add tomatoes, cream and salt.  Simmer until mixture thickens, about 4 minutes.

Cook pasta until tender but still firm to bite. Drain

Bring sauce to simmer. Add cooked pasta and cook until heated through and sauce thickens…about 2 minutes. Serve with parsley and Parmesan cheese.

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Judy’s Chicken Pot Pie

1 cup chopped onion

1 cup chopped carrots

1 cup chopped celery

1 (10-ounce) package frozen peas

1/3 cup butter

1/2 cup all purpose flour

1/4 cup white wine

2 cups chicken broth

1 cup half-and-half or evaporated milk

1 tsp. salt

1/4 tsp. pepper

4 cups cooked chopped chicken  ( I cook a whole chicken in crockpot and then debone or you can use breast)

2 unbaked deep-dish pie shells

Sauté onion, celery and carrots in butter for 10 minutes.  Add flour, stir and cook for 1 minute.   Add chicken broth and half-and-half. Stir well. Add peas.  Add white wine.  Stir and cook over medium heat until thick and bubbly.  I also add a chicken bouillon cube sometimes when I add the broth.  Add salt, pepper and chicken. Simmer on lowest heat.

Pour chicken pie filling into one pie shell. Top with second crust. Seal edges. Prick top with fork. Bake at 400 degrees for 45 minutes.

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French Apple Pie

INGREDIENTS

Pillsbury Ready-made pie crust

3/4 cup sugar

1/4 cup all-purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

dash of salt

5-6 thinly sliced peeled and cored apples (Golden Delicious)

 

Topping:

1 cup all-purpose flour

1/2 cup firm butter

1/2 cup granulated brown sugar

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Put ready-made pie crust into 9-inch pie plate. Double the pie crust on the edges so it doesn’t burn, and press down on with a fork.  Mix all ingredients together, except the apples. Then mix the apples and put in the pie plate.

Mix together topping ingredients until crumbly and place on top of pie. If you have one of those pie crust protectors, use that so crust doesn’t burn. If not, try covering the crust (only) with aluminum foil.

Bake 30-40 minutes. During last 10 minutes of baking, remove pie crust protector or foil and cover entire pie with foil.  Best served warm. Bonus: add whipped cream or vanilla ice cream. Enjoy!  SERVING SIZE- 8 to 10 people

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Pumpkin Butterscotch Chip Cookies

Ingredients

2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour

1 ½ teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

½ teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

2 large eggs

1 cup sugar

½ cup canola oil

1 cup canned pumpkin

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 cup butterscotch chips

Preparation

Preheat the oven to 325. Line baking sheet with parchment paper.  Stir the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon together in a medium bowl and set aside. In a large bowl, using mixer on medium speed, beat the eggs and sugar until smooth and lightened in color (1 min) scraping sides as needed. On low speed, mix in the oil, pumpkin, and vanilla until blended. Mix in the flour mixture to incorporate it. Mix in the butterscotch chips.

Scoop mounds of the dough onto the prepared baking sheets and space cookies at least 2.5” apart. Bake the cookies until tops feel firm and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out dry (~16 mins). Cool on baking sheets for 5 mins, then transfer to wire rack to cool completely.

 

 — by Betsy Chapman