Vegan Apple Cobbler

Apple Cobbler Filling

  • 6-7 Granny Smith apples, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • juice from 1/2 of a lemon
  • 3 tbs. vegan butter

Mix all ingredients in a bowl and refrigerate over night

Pie Crust

  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour spooned and leveled
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup (4 tablespoons) vegan butter, earth balance brand preferred, cold and cut into cubes
  • 1/4 cup (4 tablespoons) vegetable shortening, cold and into a few pieces
  • 3-4 tablespoons ice water

Simply whisk together the dry ingredients in a large bowl, then add the cold butter and shortening. Use a pastry cutter or fork to cut it in, then drizzle in the ice water and stir until dough comes together.

Form the Apple Cobbler.

Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees. Add the apple pie filling to a 9’11 baking dish. Lay the crust over the filling. Using a fork, prick holes in the crust. Bake for 40-45 minutes. Remove baking dish from the oven. Spread a tablespoon of vegan butter over the crust and sprinkle cinnamon on top. Bake another 5-10 minutes. Serve warm, with vegan cool whip or vegan vanilla ice cream.

Are You Running Your Business or Is Your Business Running You?

Many business owners are being run by their business without knowing it.

I know when my business is running me (or it doesn’t feel quite right) because it feels unorganized and I feel stressed!

So when you see the signs, consider getting professional help in areas where you can identify these failings. But identifying the signs is the first step in accepting that your business isn’t going the way you want. Here are some common signs that you are losing grip on your business:

Constant state of being overwhelmed

When you are simply going through the motions with your business activities without actually getting work done, then there is a strong chance that you are losing grip of your business. This includes doing too much without any real results.

Failing systems and processes

This is where we are working at the moment – lots of work around systems and processes. Are your team and customers complaining about your business being unorganized? Are you feeling it? Are you running behind schedule all the time? Are you working until midnight and on weekends? At this time “YES” your system/processes are failing.

More expenses than revenue

The purpose of running a business or working is to make money and be productive. If you are doing everything and your accounts are in red, it means you are not managing your finances properly or under-utilizing your revenue streams.

Team cannot function without you

You are either micromanaging people too much or not giving your team good or enough direction. It’s a fine line, but as a business owner, we need to be awesome at this – and sometimes you have to learn how to be a better leader and manager.

Get a grip of your business and put the proper steps in place to make sure that you are being productive without being too busy. Also build your team’s capacity to function in your absence so that your business can run itself.