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Sugar Dish Me

"if you can read, you can cook" -my momma

I Suck at Mario Kart

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When my boys were little bitty there were a bazillion things we did together, no shortage of games we played. They were content to color with me for hours and make a mess with the finger paints. I can remember Andrew crawling through the house with all his might and laughing hysterically at me clambering around in his wake on all fours.

Chutes and Ladders were what it was all about. We would sing ridiculous songs from trippy shows like Bear in the Big Blue House or Caillou and dance in front of the TV with Elmo. “C” is for cookie was our mantra. Tickles and snuggles happened all the time and I cherished that baby giggle that comes from way down deep; that is the sound of the truest sort of happy.

Sometimes the little boys would climb into bed with me in the middle of the night, creeping around so softly I never knew they were there until I woke up with one curled behind my knees and the other tucked under my arm spooning the way only a tiny person can. Those were the best mornings.

My little boys are bigger now, and they can do all sorts of things they couldn’t do back then. Andrew can cut the grass. Evan likes to help Chad work on cars. They can put away their own clothes and put their own dishes in the sink. Neither one of them throw Cheerios at me anymore.

Bigger boys don’t want to watch Sesame Street with Mommy, though. They will occasionally sit down for a game of Skip-Bo or Phase 10 Twist, but mostly they like to talk at me about things like Star Wars and Minecraft that just go right over my head. I learned a long time ago that I am just not coordinated enough to play video games.

Today I tried my hand at Mario Kart again.

I still suck at it.

At my best I can get to about 3rd place on the easiest level. That’s bad news for whichever one of my children decides to be on my team. Evan kept saying, “That’s good, Mommy!” Andrew’s tactic was to not be on my team at all and strike me with lots of lightning. As if I needed any help driving my go-kart off an imaginary cliff.

After about 4 races the game turned into “How-to-Make-Fun-of-Mommy-Playing-Mario-Kart”. It goes like this: The boys take turns picking the hardest levels they can think of (Rainbow Road anyone?!! Anyone?) while snickering to each other because they think they are tricking me. They laugh hysterically when I can’t keep my go-kart on the moving road made of rainbows that is mysteriously located in outer space. Then they shoot turtles at me and laugh some more when I protest and say it’s not very nice. Evan had an attack of conscience after about my 3rd try and willed himself into 12th place so I could feel victorious in 11th.

Compassion.

Maybe I am doing something right.

I decided after the Mario Kart massacre that we would try our hands at something I can actually do. Because even though the little boys are bigger I still really want them to play with me.

easy apple pie filling
mini muffin pan lined with wonton wrappers
kids helping in the kitchen


These mini-apple pies used wonton wrappers for a light crispy crust. They were so so simple! We mixed up a little bit of the topping we used for the fruit crumble and sprinkled it on top of each one. Baked at 350 for about 10 minutes until the filling bubbled and the wonton crust was a pretty golden brown.

Evan did a super good job lining the mini-muffin pan and spooning the filling into the apple pies. While we waited for these to bake we made a few itty bitty fried pies with the little bits we had left.

pie filling in the middle of the wrap
We filled these wraps just like we do with ravioli; for step by step photos and instructions click HERE. The only difference is that we pinched together the two bottom corners to make little apple pie envelopes. These babies got dropped in some hot oil until they were crispy and golden and then they were dusted with cinnamon and sugar.

Andrew discreetly made about 15 unnecessary trips through the kitchen to steal one of these teensy fried pies each time he passed.


Evan was way proud of these sweet treasures.
delicious easy hors d'evours
So fun, and no game controllers involved, and they didn’t make fun of me anymore.

Mini Apple Pies and Crispy Apple Wontons

Ingredients

wonton wrappers (I used 24 for the mini-pies and then extras for the crispy apple wontons)

4 medium Granny Smith apples, peeled and diced

juice and zest of half a lemon

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

a dash of nutmeg

1/3 cup packed brown sugar

Topping (for the mini apple pies):

  • 1/4 cup wheat flour
  • 1/4 cup old fashioned oats
  • 2 tablespoons packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter

non-stick cooking spray (for the muffin pan)

vegetable oil (for frying the crispy apple wontons)

a bit more granulated sugar and cinnamon (for dusting the fried apple wontons)

To Make

Pre-heat the oven to 350. Spray the mini-muffin with the non-stick cooking spray. Tuck one wonton wrapper into each muffin cup and then set aside. In a large bowl stir together the diced apples, lemon juice, lemon zest, cinnamon, nutmeg, and brown sugar. Fill each muffin cup just to the edge of the pan. In a smaller bowl stir together the wheat flour, oats, brown sugar, cinnamon and melted butter until coarse crumbs form. Sprinkle a little of this crumbly topping over each of the mini pies in the muffin pan. Bake for about 10 minutes, or until the wonton wrappers are crispy brown and the filling is bubbly. Cool slightly before serving.

Heat the vegetable oil in a skillet or heavy-bottomed pan. Spoon about a teaspoon of the remaining apple pie filling into the center of each wonton. Use water to press the wrappers into a triangle and seal. Fold the bottom corners together and pinch with a little dab of water to make apple pie “envelopes”. Instructions and photos for how to fold and seal the wontons are HERE. Drop each filled wonton wrapper into the hot oil and fry for about 1-2 minutes on each side, or until golden brown. Remove from the oil with a slotted spoon and let drain and cool on a paper towel. Immediately dust with the granulated sugar and cinnamon.

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Written by Heather @ Sugar Dish Me

July 10, 2012 at 11:15 am

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  1. I can so relate to this! I suck at Mario Kart too plus all the other games they force me to play (I draw the line at WWE!) My boys are getting bigger now and they have definite opinions on what’s cool and what’s not..turns out I have no clue! Oh well, Those mini apple tarts look delicious! At least we can still cook with our kids, they always seem to enjoy doing that xx

    NickkiT

    July 10, 2012 at 11:48 am

    • I tried to play UFC on the Xbox with Chad once. Disaster! I have no idea what I’m doing. Birthdays and Christmases get trickier and trickier as the boys get older, too! Girls are easy. My sisters and I were always thrilled with earrings or new mascara. But when holidays roll around I have no freaking idea what to buy these children that won’t require a bank loan. I think I’ll just bribe them with cookies.

      Heather @ SugarDish(Me)

      July 10, 2012 at 1:49 pm

      • I like your way of thinking! 😉 It’s so true, it gets trickier and more expensive every year. Boys are so hard to buy for! x

        NickkiT

        July 10, 2012 at 4:10 pm

  2. These look so delicious. I would love one right now!

    Peggy Campbell

    July 10, 2012 at 11:57 am

    • These were really quick and super good! We keep buying wonton wrappers and making crazy stuff out of them; it’s pretty fun. Way more fun than Monopoly. Just sayin.

      Heather @ SugarDish(Me)

      July 10, 2012 at 1:51 pm

  3. I am terrible at all video games except Plants vs. Zombies. And then I’m only mediocre. But I do like little pies!

    • I don’t know anything about plants vs. zombies, but i feel quite certain I would suck at that, too. I CAN work it out with Just Dance 1,2 & 3 on the Wii, but Chad always beats me and then I get oddly competitive… once in awhile I play when he’s not here just so I can go through and beat all his scores.

      Heather @ SugarDish(Me)

      July 10, 2012 at 1:53 pm

  4. Phew – apple wontons?! Count me in! I’ve never been any good at driving games, puzzles are more up my street. Worry not, you are not alone.

    Rock Salt

    July 10, 2012 at 2:04 pm

    • I love the driving games!! But I am seriously hopeless at playing them. The apple wontons were awesome; my little guy was so proud of himself!!

      Heather @ SugarDish(Me)

      July 13, 2012 at 6:15 am

  5. These sound AMAZING!! I HATE when they throw lightning bolts..and you’re doing really well…I’m almost always, 10th, 11th, or 12th….

    zannyro

    July 10, 2012 at 2:30 pm

  6. Oh my gosh I LOVE rainbow road!!!! Granted I haven’t played for a year but still!
    Let’s make a deal my friend – you hop on over to my place with some gorgeous apple treats and in return I teach you mario kart so next time when you play, your beautiful boys will be in awe of you 😀

    Cheers
    CCU

    Choc Chip Uru

    July 10, 2012 at 4:44 pm

    • I would happily trade apple wonton desserts for lessons, but I think I am missing a key brain component to playing these games. I don’t think it will ever happen. So maybe I’ll just bring you the wontons stuffed with apple pie filling? 🙂

      Heather @ SugarDish(Me)

      July 13, 2012 at 6:18 am

  7. I was never good at mario cart and i have played lots of video games. My favorite game to play with my neices and nephews is wario smooth moves. Fun for everyone.

    creativenoshing

    July 10, 2012 at 5:40 pm

  8. Men and video games are like women and makeup lol ying and yang! I don’t understand video games at all and ugh Star Wars?? lol Half of the guys I work with are legit Star Wars junkies, they hit up all the conventions and everything…I just can’t get into it lol Mario Kart sounds like fun but I’m with you on that one…I’d come in last!! That was sweet of Evan to let you beat him though, so cute!!! Your pies are like crazy clever!! I love them!! I kind of hate the fact that I have an apple and wonton wrappers currently in my house right now…but I love the fact that I don’t have brown sugar!! haha Phew…dodged a bullet there!! I wish you lived near me I would totally have you come on my show and make these!!! I don’t think I’ve ever seen mini apple pies made from wontons!!! It’s brilliant!!! You’re killing me with that crumbly topping again haha My god I want to eat that lol Good work!!!

    hopefuladdict

    July 10, 2012 at 8:25 pm

    • I would love to make these on your show!!! Print out the recipe and make your hosts do it lol. Evan handled it and he’s 9. I have no idea what to say when my kids tell me about Star Wars… I think I probably get that glazed over look on my face. The same one I get when they ask me about math. Mario Kart is really fun, but I guess I need to do like I do with Chad and Just Dance on the Wii: I gotta practice when they aren’t here and then bust a move next time they wanna play (for the record I can beat Chad’s scores on Just Dance when I’m home alone, but I CAN’T BEAT HIM when we play together! It’s maddenning.).

      Heather @ SugarDish(Me)

      July 13, 2012 at 6:23 am

      • hahahahahahaha that’s hilarious!!! I think you just let Chad win lol Girl you work those moves!!! haha Take down your man, show him who’s boss!!! Your kids faces will be priceless when all of a sudden Momma’s got the moves!!! lol Next guest that cancels…I know what I’m making!!!

        hopefuladdict

        July 15, 2012 at 12:37 am

  9. I don’t have the patience for video games, so I always sucked at them too! Haha! I have won ton wrappers and I was thinking of stuffing them with the filling for Asian lettuce wraps, but now I’m thinking apple pies! I bet your house smelled wonderful! So cute. I love mini treats!

  10. I don’t have the patience for video games, so I suck at them too! Haha!

    I have wonton wrappers and was thinking of stuffing them with the filling from Asian lettuce wraps, but now taste buds say I should try these cute little apple pies. They are so adorable. I love mini treats! I bet your house smelled wonderful!

    • Hey Sandra!! I hope you’ll try these! We loved them. I love how totally versatile wonton wrappers can be. Lettuce wrap filling sounds delicious, too!

      Heather @ SugarDish(Me)

      July 13, 2012 at 6:25 am

  11. What a lovely post – so great to do things together with your children. And what tasty treats too!

    Chica Andaluza

    July 11, 2012 at 3:06 am

    • Aww thanks! I love to play with my babies, but they’re getting big and I don’t really know how to play big boy games!!

      Heather @ SugarDish(Me)

      July 13, 2012 at 6:26 am

  12. OMG these little mini apple delights are so cute and delicious-looking! I wonder how other fruit would fare…like strawberries? With cool whip or whipped cream on top? Yummy! Great idea!

    burlesquebaker

    July 11, 2012 at 9:30 am

    • I ate all the strawberries or I would have fried the empty wontons like I would a taco shell, dusted them with cinnamon & sugar, a drizzle of honey and then strawberries and whipped cream. YUM!!! Also Joy the Baker has wonton wrappers stuffed with Nutella and strawberries and then fried. Wow.

  13. So cute this dish looks 🙂 When you have some time, do drop by my blog. I just made some custard and would love to know what to think of my recipe 🙂

    When Harry Met Celery

    July 11, 2012 at 3:30 pm

  14. Lol! I haven’t played it but considering the last thing I played was Tekken and that too years ago, I bet my skills are worse. I LOVE what you have done here!! Wanton wrappers are such a handy way to make quick finger foody apple pies. Yum yum. And they look great; perfect for a picnic or high-tea.

    Meenakshi

    July 12, 2012 at 2:14 pm

    • Wonton wrappers are so versatile! I love them. The fried pies were my favorites. I suck at all video games. There is seriously no hope for me.

      Heather @ SugarDish(Me)

      July 12, 2012 at 4:13 pm


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