The 10th Day of Christmas with Ruth Schwenk – The Better Mom

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Welcome to the 10th Day of Christmas with Ruth Schwenk of the Better Mom.

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Like you, Ruth wears many hats! She loves being the wife of a pastor, who is her best friend and mom to her four beautiful children. Ruth is a graduate of The Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, IL. She is the author of two forthcoming books with Zondervan, a speaker and the creator of

Now, here is Ruth!

I love to cook, but even more so… I love to eat!  I can always remember events and places I attended simply from the food I ate. The holidays are especially memorable, not just because of gathering, but because of eating!!! Typically when we are going to a work-related function, a family member’s house, or a friend’s party we bring along something tasty for everyone to enjoy. That just adds to the magic of this season! But how many times do you go to a party hoping that you made enough to feed everyone?

This Thanksgiving I was planning on making pie and I couldn’t decide if I should make one or two due to the number of guests. To be honest, I didn’t really want have double the work making two pies. And that is when it dawned on me…Company Apple Pie! Company Apple Pie is one of those yummy desserts etched in my memory. My sweet friend is an amazing cook and this is just one of her delicious desserts that she bakes. However this isn’t your typical apple pie, and that is what I love about it. It is perfect for a crowd, and an easy addition to your holiday menu!

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Company Apple Pie


Crust: 2 ¼ Cups of Flour (divided), ¼ cup of water, 1 cup of shortening

In a small bowl mix ¼ cup of flour with one teaspoon of water and set aside.

In a large bowl combine remaining flour and cut in shortening until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Add water/flour mixture and combine until dough forms a ball. Press dough on to and up the sides of an ungreased 15x10x1 pan (a cookie sheet with an edge).

Filling: 10 apples peeled and thinly sliced, 1 ¼ cup sugar, ¼ cup lemon juice, 2 tsp Cinnamon, 2 TBS flour

Combine and spread over crust.

Topping: 1 ½ cups flour, ¾ cup brown sugar, ¾ cup cold butter cubed

Combine flour and sugar in bowl. Cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Sprinkle over filling.

Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour or until apples are tender.

Tips: Turn oven off and let pie sit in oven if the topping is getting too brown so the apples can get tender. For an added touch drizzle caramel on top.

Hope you enjoy this delicious addition to your Christmas gathering!!


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Giveaway: Ruth is giving away a beautiful Dayspring Journal, along with the Redeemed necklace and bracelet set from Dayspring!

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  1. I always make too much. When I’m planning I always want to provide options – which leads to plenty of leftovers! Leftovers is never a bad thing!

  2. I normally double what I am making. If there are leftovers that is wonderful and if no then it must have been delish!

  3. Don’t laugh, but because family and friends know me so well, I am usually asked to bring shrimp cocktail and or pepperoni, cheese and crackers. My family always has an appetizer hour until all arrive. We then do a gift exchange, mostly for the children and dinner is served. I always bring way more than enough!

  4. I try to make something with some size of serving adjustments possible. Also, something that has multiple servings anyway.

  5. I always seem to make more than I should. . .but I guess I’d rather have it that way than to run short. I always prefer to bring a dessert, and extra dessert is never a bad thing, right?

  6. I usually make enough for 3-4 extra servings. Sometimes that makes it just enough for everybody there and sometimes it’s too much. But I’d rather have too much than not enough! And I love leftovers.

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