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DIY Apple Pie Spice

Make your own custom blend of DIY Apple Pie Spice to make plenty of pies all season long!

DIY Apple Pie Spice - Custom blend your own Apple Pie Spice for the holidays!

I used to make a Christmas WISH list every year growing up. I’m pretty certain that I made one almost all the way through high school as a last ditch effort to get that pony I so longed for, and something to this day I’m only slightly bitter about…MOM. I was pretty well one track minded on the horse stuff – and I emphasized the WISH part every year. I know usually  looked something like this…

1) A horse

2) Horse stuff

3) Subscription to Horse Illustrated

4) Horseback riding lessons

5) Horse Vet book

6) The new 98 Degrees CD

I had such varied tastes, can ya tell? With an adolescence brimming with the love of all things pony and Nick Lachey, I really should have expanded my horizons… And I think it’s time to get the Christmas WISH list back out again. Even if a pony is still going to be at the top of the list.

After last weekend though – I found out what else needs to be added to the list… a Safety Can Opener.

DIY Apple Pie Spice - Custom blend your own Apple Pie Spice for the holidays!

I used to swing axes at my feet, run with chainsaws up logs and I got taken out at the hand by the lid of a cranberry sauce can. Really, universe? As I was attempting to throw the dang thing away I ended up ramming it, edge first, into the bow of my hand between my thumb and first finger. Ben immediately jumped into nurse mode and patched me up pretty nicely. And thank goodness it happened AFTER I was done fixing lunch with the besties that had come by. Oh what’s that red on your sandwich, just tomato. I promise.

As a notorious picker, he’s making sure I don’t mess around with it too much and open it up again and get blood in the salsa or something stupid. He takes all the fun out of it. Geez.  So, safety can opener it is. How lame. And they’re useless at draining tuna from the can. Next thing I know he’ll be putting bumpers on the coffee table to make sure I don’t kick it with my shins. No need for baby proofing, I just need to Megan proof it.

If you love your fall pies – make sure to get your mitts on this DIY Pumpkin Spice Blend, too! There is no such thing as too much pie. Truth.


PS – The gash is healing nicely. No stitches required.

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Apple Pie Spice

Blend your own custom creation that's ready all year long!

Yield: ⅓ cup

Prep Time: 5 Minutes

PrintPrint Recipe


¼ cup Ground Cinnamon
2 tsp Ground Nutmeg
½ tsp Ground All Spice
1 tsp Ground Ginger
½ tsp Ground Cardamom


In a small jar add all ingredients. Close jar with lid and shake to combine. Add or decrease certain ingredients to suit your personal tastes.


12 Responses to “DIY Apple Pie Spice”

  1. #
    Kristi — October 23, 2013 @ 5:33 am

    I love making my own spices. I made pumpkin pie spice, and this might be my next one.

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    Laurie {SimplyScratch} — October 23, 2013 @ 6:00 am

    Oh I’ve so done that! And those sort of injuries hurt more than anything!

    Ps… it looks like we’re both on a DIY theme today! Love this pie spice!

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    Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl — October 23, 2013 @ 7:19 am

    Pumpkin spice is definitely one of my favorite spices to make, the smell is always the best!

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    Marg S — October 23, 2013 @ 7:30 am

    Your list really made me laugh (and I’m sick today so it was a much needed laugh). I’m right there with you on the “I never got this present and I’m still not over it”. Only in my case it was an Easy-Bake Oven. I wanted and asked for one every year and my mom said “you’ll burn the house down, you can’t have it”. I never got one and now I hate to cook. I’m thinking the two things go together. Just sayin. The DIY spice mixes though look like something that would be good in a basket as a gift.

    • Megan replied: — October 23rd, 2013 @ 9:39 am

      Ohhh Marg, I’m glad I could make you laugh! Just don’t hack up a lung, then I’d really feel bad! Feel better soon 🙂

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    Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain — October 23, 2013 @ 11:38 am

    Ha! I adore your list! And I am still waiting on my Notre Dame Starter jacket circa 1992! Sigh. Love this spice mix, friend. You are so smart:)

  6. #
    Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking — October 23, 2013 @ 1:23 pm

    Ok, I have to make this, and STAT. I go through this combination of spices way too quickly!

  7. #
    Nutmeg Nanny — October 23, 2013 @ 7:31 pm

    I love mixing up my own spices 🙂 saving this recipe!!

  8. #
    Gaby — October 24, 2013 @ 6:32 pm

    Love this spice mix! No such thing as too much pie, for sure!

  9. #
    Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. — October 24, 2013 @ 10:18 pm

    Oh, 98 degrees! I still have their CDs in my closet.

    Love making my own spice mixes! They make such cute gifts too!

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    Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel — October 27, 2013 @ 7:18 pm

    This plus a cute pie tin would make an AWESOME gift for Christmas! Plus, I go through apple pie and pumpkin pie spice at an alarming rate this time of year. This is so economical!


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