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Writing my first book was a marathon with an exhausting sprint to the finish. With a completed 280 page novel, I was proud of my accomplishment, as I should have been.

After finishing, I let my first draft sit for two weeks. When I read through the entire thing, I quickly realized that something was missing. But what that something was…I had no clue. Over time, a new vision and direction became clear, and I went back to work.

At the time, I didn’t realize that completing the first draft was only the beginning of months and months of work. Multiple revisions and beta reads later, it’s still not ready for submission. Why do you ask? Because creating a good story takes a lot of time and a lot of hard work.

Many times, reaching your goal is only the beginning. A high school or college graduation, getting that new job, or writing your first book can be the start of a new adventure. Don’t be afraid to write The End, it just might be the beginning of something wonderful.

In celebration of apple season, I am sharing my favorite apple pie recipe. Unlike my first book, it turned out perfectly the first time.

apple pie

Brown Bag Apple Crumble Pie (Gluten Free option)



-one unbaked pie crust (I like Whole Foods gluten free pie crusts)


-4 cups sliced apples (I used a combination of Granny Smith and Gala)

-1/2 cup sugar

-2 Tbsp. all purpose flour (or gluten free all purpose flour)

-1/2 Tsp. nutmeg

-1/2 Tsp. cinnamon


-1/2 cup all purpose flour ( or gluten free all purpose flour)

-1/2 cup cold butter

-1/2 cup sugar


Peel and slice 4-5 apples and mix them with the other ingredients. Pour your apple mixture into an unbaked pie crust. Cut up cold butter into small chunks and mix with flour and sugar until it forms crumbles. Put over the top of your filling.

Put the pie into a brown paper bag, roll top down to seal. Bake at 350 degree for 1 and 1/2 hours. Do not open bag during baking. When baking time is finished, remove bag from oven and remove pie from bag to cool. Eat and enjoy!!

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