The Ultimate Fall Treat: Swedish Apple Pie

Happy Fall, Embarquers!

This season only seems to be only be about pumpkin (which, don’t get me wrong- I love it!); however, apples don’t get enough credit!

One of my favorite things to do on the weekend in the fall is to go to apple orchards. There are few things more beautiful than listening to the crunch on the fallen leaves beneath your boots, and feeling the cool, fresh, crisp fall air fill your lungs.

After a lovely afternoon, I came home with two large bags of Zestar and Honeycrisp apples and knew I had to put them to good use, so I consulted my mother on her favorite apple pie recipe, and we came up with this little gem. Hope you enjoy!

Dawn’s Swedish Apple Pie


  • 1- 9″ pie pan
  • 4 medium Zestar apples, peeled and sliced (enough to fill the pan 2/3 full)
  • 2 Tbs Sugar, 1 tsp Cinnamon combined in a separate bowl
  • 3/4 C melted butter
  • 1 C Sugar
  • 1 C Flour
  • 1 Egg
  • 1/2 C Walnuts, chopped (optional)



1.) Preheat oven to 350 degrees

2.) Grease pie pan with butter


3.) Clean, peel, chop your apples, and fill your pie pan with your apples


4.) Sprinkle the cinnamon sugar mixture over the apples and set aside


5.) Beat the egg in a small bowl until fluffy

6.) In another bowl, combine the cup of sugar and melted butter. Add in the egg and mix


7.) Pour in the flour and nuts (optional), and mix thoroughly


8.) Take the dough mixture, place on top of the apples, and spread evenly with the back of your spoon to cover the apples.


9.) Sprinkle with cinnamon, and bake for 50-60 minutes… or until golden brown.


Scoop up some vanilla ice cream, and enjoy!



With Love,




Parties/Entertaining · Recipes

It’s 5 O’Clock Somewhere-My Favorite End-of-Summer Cocktails

Happy Friday!

Even though it may be September and people can barely keep calm about Pumpkin Spice Lattes, I am someone that likes to keep summer going as long as I can (since it’s so short in Minnesota). Here are some of my favorite adult beverages for warm weather

Let’s get to it!

Embarque & Co’s Pink Lake



  • Cocktail glass
  • Pestle
  • Small Blender (I used a Nutribullet)
  • Ice (~5 cubes per glass)
  • Your Favorite Vodka (a shot or two, depending on how rough your day is going 😉 )
  • Minute Made 15 Calorie Pink Lemonade (1 Cup per serving)
  • 4 Strawberries
  • Fresh Mint (~6 leaves per cocktail)
  • Collander


1.) Grab your cocktail glass, your mint leaves and pestle. Throw your leaves in the glass, muddle the leaves with the pestle until thoroughly crushed

2.) Grab your blender, Toss in the strawberries and fill with lemonade and vodka, and blend until liquified


3.) Take your cocktail glass, place your cubes and muddled mint in the glass. Place the colander over your cocktail glass, and strain the blended mixture (so the chunks from your drink stay in the colander and not in the finished drink).

4.) Garnish and enjoy!


Embarque’s Summertime Wine 



  • White Wine (pick your favorite, I love a good sauvignon blanc from New Zealand)
  • Your favorite fruit (I suggest peaches, raspberries or strawberries)
  • Pestle
  • Colander
  • Custard cup (or small bowl)
  • Wine glass (of course)


1.) Grab a handful of your fruit of choice, clean it, and toss it in the colander, and rest your colander on your custard cup

2.) Muddle your fruit and make sure the juices from your fruit land in your cup

3.) Take your wine glass, fill your wine glass, pour the fruit juice into the wine glass and garnish with the same fruit and enjoy!


Sarasota Lemonade


-2 bottles of sweet white wine (I personally like a Sauvignon Blanc-to take out a little bit of the super sweet taste- but the recipe calls for a Riesling)
-1 can of frozen pink lemonade from concentrate
-~3 cups of Sprite (more or less depending on how much you like Sprite)
-Raspberries (for added tartness and to make a beautiful drink)

1.) Mix the ingredients together in a glass pitcher. I put this in a large drink container (purchased at T.J. Maxx for $20) for a larger get together.





I hope you try out one (or all) of these cocktails while you unwind this weekend!


With Love,