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. Usually we are just asked to bring something to add – potluck style. I like to make up a meat and cheese and cracker tray- 1 because it’s simple, 2 most people enjoy it and 3 even after the meal people will still eat at it.

  2. Well I always make too much food! I’d rather over cook when I’m in the kitchen and enjoy the relaxing feeling of knowing there are great leftovers in the fridge! In fact one friend and I have turned leftovers into a reason to get together each year! In the days following Christmas we gather our families together and eat our leftovers, rotating whose house we use. Low stress and lovely! We get to try each other’s new recipes that were shared on Christmas Eve or day, and everyone is relaxed!

  3. Depends on the event…..try to make enough for everyone if it’s a small one, and if it’s something where there will be lots of folks, I make a large dish where 10-15 could eat it.
    This pie looks awesome! :)

  4. Always make too much, but at least we never run out and it gives the hostess something to serve her family later without having to cook.

  5. It depends on the event. If it’s a family gathering, then I try to make enough for everyone. If it’s a church event, I make what I would for my family plus a few more. There’s always so much other food that I don’t feel it’s necessary to try to feed everyone with my one dish.

  6. I tend to overcook so there is plenty. I like to try new recipes too. I see if they disappear, tben I know it’s a ‘keeper’ recipe. Heehee.

  7. For a side dish at a larger “pot bless,” I was given the advice of a side that would feed 8. Usually people at the large events sample a little here and there, and a serving of 8 feeds a whole ton more.

    But when I made rolls for my husband’s work party, I got a headcount and made extras because no one is going to want a half a roll : )

  8. For me it depends on the size of the gathering :) if it’s a small family affair I’ve made a recipe for 6 or 10 but for church pot luck dinners I’ve been know to quadruple the recipe. ALWAYS my 3 word prayer for making sure there is enough is “Loaves and fishes” God knows what I mean and now my kitchen crew at church does too. Sometimes it looks like there couldn’t possible enough and we whisper “loaves and fishes” and there is ALWAYS enough :)

  9. I never worry about how much I should bring since most of the things I make are from my Mother’s recipes and her recipes should read serves “one army”!

  10. I like to always check with the hostess to see it I can take a dis off her to do list, but if not I love to bring apple crisp

  11. My husbands family is a large family, sometimes we are not always together. So when I know about how many will be there I plan on how much I will make according to that and make sure I double so there is enough. Each person usually makes something that they like to make and bring that.

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