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  1. says:

    November 18, 2013 at 8:56 am

    First, congratulations on the big move! I have yet to do it (new stuff scares me), but I am encouraged when I see fellow bloggers make the WP.org leap. Your layout is gorgeous and I suspect your following will continue to grow and grow.

    I love these ramekins filled with all sorts of apple goodness. There is something so special about serving individual deserts like these (versus hacking into one large pie & leaving part of the crust in the pie plate). Thank you for the inspiration and the recipe!

    Have a good week!
    Allison

    • tworedbowls says:

      November 18, 2013 at 2:57 pm

      Aww, I am so glad to hear that from you, both about the desserts and the layout! Thanks for being so wonderfully encouraging. I was pretty nervous about making the leap myself but I figured I had to do it sooner or later. I’m sad to leave the WP.com party! By the way, out of curiosity, how did you see this post? I assume I don’t show up on the WP Reader anymore, but I have no idea how any of this works, really… so just curious!

      Thank you SO much for your lovely comment, Allison. Hope you have a great week yourself. :)

      • says:

        November 19, 2013 at 4:38 pm

        Yes, you did show up in my reader! You can’t “like” a post and I was not able to comment from there, but just had to click through to get to your site so I could finish reading and then post a comment. Other blogging friends who’ve gone to self hosted continue to show up in my reader, which is wonderful & makes it easy to stay in touch.

        A question…did you have one of the “happiness engineers” transfer your blog? This is one of the things that scares me a little (because of my technology inadequacies).

        Thanks for the info and best wishes for continued success!

        • tworedbowls says:

          November 19, 2013 at 4:56 pm

          Oooh, I got it. Yay, that’s wonderful! Like you said, I’m so happy I can continue to stay in touch that way.

          You know, I’m kind of embarrassed to admit it, but I did have them do it for me! I just don’t have the time lately with work to devote to figuring all that out (especially when I’m not tech-savvy and could very well mess something up and create lots of extra work for myself). I’d recommend doing it :) It was worth how painless the process was! Thank YOU for keeping in touch and for your lovely comments!!

  2. says:

    November 18, 2013 at 9:55 am

    Are you trying to kill me?? This looks amaaaaazing.
    And ah, congratulations on the move! You must let me know how it is — I have big changes in mind for my blog (I know, I know, agaaain) but I’m still feeling it out for now :) But the layout looks great! And, of course, I want to eat everything on the blog. Good Lord.

    • tworedbowls says:

      November 18, 2013 at 2:59 pm

      Hahaha, thank you so much, Sara! I thought of you and your wonderfully designed blog when I was blundering around in CSS this weekend. We should definitely talk (aka you should teach me your ways since I know absolutely NOTHING. It took me like three hours just to figure out how to import Google fonts.) I like it so far but I’ll keep you posted! And we still need to get together one of these days!

      • says:

        November 20, 2013 at 1:50 pm

        Yeees! To everything that was just said, haha. And I herp derp my way around coding most of the time, too, but I am totally down for blogging days — I find that I’m more productive when I’m doing blog things with someone else…

        And yes, let’s please grab coffee (or I can just sit in your kitchen and eat things, that’s cool too) soon!

  3. says:

    November 18, 2013 at 2:21 pm

    Yay for going self-hosted! Way to go, Cynthia! I haven’t worked up the nerve to do it but I’m hoping to in 2014. It looks fabulous! Even more fabulous though are these individual sized crumbles. I absolutely love your recipes for two (simply because I always baked giant pies ‘n cakes and end up eating them all myself!). I know that cheddar + apple is a classic combo but I’ve never eaten them together before. You’ve sold me on this crumble – I need to try it for myself! And a huge thanks for including my pie in your round up. I’m super flattered!

    • tworedbowls says:

      November 18, 2013 at 3:03 pm

      Awww, thank you so much, Nancy! I really wasn’t sure about whether I had the nerve either, and was second-guessing myself the whole way, but I really enjoy it so far. If I can do it, you definitely can. Your blog is beyond fabulous (so of course I had to link to your gorgeous pie!). Definitely let me know what you think if you try this crumble!

  4. says:

    November 18, 2013 at 4:21 pm

    Congrats on the move! I know it can be totally overwhelming. I moved from Blogger to Self Hosted WordPress and it was little nightmarish, but SO worth it! I’m sure you’ll continue to grow and love your new “home”! Also? I’d totally take a crumble over a pie any day. But don’t tell pies I said so. ;)

    • tworedbowls says:

      November 19, 2013 at 9:52 am

      It’ll be our little secret! :) Yes, moving was definitely scary, but so far I’m so glad I did it. It’s a little unsettling not to have the structure of WP.com to be a safety net for views and such, but like you said, this does feel like a new home, and an opportunity to change and improve — so I’m so happy I made the decision. It’s encouraging to know that you thought so too! Thanks so much for commenting, Courtney!

  5. says:

    November 18, 2013 at 9:16 pm

    Isn’t it funny that I’ve never heard of Cheddar being used in a crumble before. Yet, it’s a Northern English cheese! Well, I’m neither Northern nor English. That aside. Of course! Cheese and fruit always taste so good together. Still, the idea of Cheddar in one of my crumbles…

    As for brown butter, unfortunately I can’t stand the smell of it!

    Loving the new look, particularly the ‘Find me on …’ section. Where did you find that?? Oh, must look out for you on Flickr!

    • tworedbowls says:

      November 19, 2013 at 10:13 am

      Haha, I felt the same way! I love fruit and cheese together, and yet the moment when I was holding a handful of cheese over my crumble topping, I almost couldn’t go for it! :) But it really worked, I thought. Ooh, and I can definitely understand being put off by the smell of brown butter. It was so unusual the first time I tried it.

      Thanks so much, Johnny!! I actually just did those banners on Picmonkey.com with some random filters and overlays and such… Very easy, I promise! :) But so happy you liked it, and yes! Let’s be Flickr friends!!

  6. says:

    November 19, 2013 at 3:32 am

    OMG I thought I noticed something different about your blog! I skimmed through it quickly the other day and now when I passed by I just thought to myself, “wow I think she changed something here” And there you go, you just confirmed it. Did you convert on your own or did you hire someone? I’m converting within the next few weeks myself as a birthday gift :) Pardon my rush to ask. I’m just excited for you that you made the big switch and I completely understand the confusion. Going through that process right now.

    And as far as the forgiveness for not showing us a pie…I forgive you lol. I’m sure we’re going to see plenty of pies this week! So I appreciate your apple cheddar crumble :)

    • tworedbowls says:

      November 19, 2013 at 4:54 pm

      Hahaha, phew! I feel very black sheep this week :) and I wish I was baking pies! So I’m glad this crumble is still getting some love.

      And I’m so happy you noticed the layout! It’s very possible you came by when I was tinkering with it and it may have looked a bit haphazard at that point, so it makes total sense that you weren’t sure. (In fact, I’m glad you weren’t, the site was definitely struggling for a few hours!) I’m kind of embarrassed to admit I splurged on this, but I did just buy the self-guided transfer that WP offers! The tutorials I looked at seemed simple enough (or…at least possible), but with work I just don’t have time lately to devote to it, especially when I’m definitely not tech-savvy to begin with, and could very well create even more work for myself by messing something up. The WP Happiness Engineers were absolutely fantastic and took care of it for me in less than a day. I think it would be an awesome birthday gift to yourself! I guess it’s an early Christmas gift for me. :)

  7. says:

    November 19, 2013 at 6:27 pm

    Hi! thank you for this, I made it tonight and it’s great! But I forgot to add the cheddar in the end, and now that I re-read the recipe I can’t figure out when or how I was supposed to add it… Did I miss something?!?

    • tworedbowls says:

      November 19, 2013 at 6:54 pm

      Oh my GOODNESS, I’m so sorry!!!! No, you most definitely did not miss something! When I made these I added the cheddar last minute on a whim, and turns out I forgot to update the recipe with it other than in the ingredients list. I am so sorry about this! It’s edited now — you can really put in the cheddar at any time you like (on top after the oat topping, or mixed into the dry ingredients, or just sifted in after you cut in the cold butter). I even added more after baking and just let it melt into the crumble as I ate. I am SO sorry, Bianca — I hope you still enjoyed it!

      • says:

        November 20, 2013 at 4:29 am

        It was great, no worries!

        Since I had no Greek yogurt or vanilla ice cream at hand, I topped each with a generous tablespoon of double cream and some cinnamon sugar. Yummy…

        But now I know for next time when to add the cheese :)

        • tworedbowls says:

          November 20, 2013 at 10:04 pm

          Oooh, genius. I love it. So glad you still liked it! :) And hope you like it with the cheese, too!

  8. says:

    November 19, 2013 at 9:32 pm

    These look delicious! That crumbly topping, and the savory cheese, mmmm. I love the idea of a small serving – I made an apple pie this weekend and feel like my husband and I have been eating it for days!

    • tworedbowls says:

      November 20, 2013 at 10:05 pm

      Hahaha, that’s how I feel whenever I make full batches of things, too! I’ve also started freezing doughs and things, which helps, but these kinds of mini recipes are still my favorite way to bake for two. Thanks so much for your comment, Cate! :)

  9. says:

    November 22, 2013 at 4:56 pm

    This is a wonderful crumble. I’m going to copy you and make it for sure. Especially like the cheddar in the recipe as well as the portion size. I adore your new look. Your “like” showed up on my post and it appeared I was not “following” you so I clicked on and sure enough! Changed. I clicked “follow” again so hopefully I’m in.

    • tworedbowls says:

      November 23, 2013 at 3:55 pm

      Haha yes!!! Please do! In my opinion, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery ;) I hope you like it if you try it out. And I’m so touched you went out of your way to re-follow me! Having just moved from WP.com to self-hosted, I’m not sure what technical changes are going to happen to my blog, especially in terms of who was following me before. So happy that you’re still around, and that you like the new layout!! Thanks for your wonderful comment. :)

  10. says:

    November 24, 2013 at 8:01 am

    Oh my gosh….apples and cheddar are just divine, but adding browned butter? Over the top! This just looks soooo delicious!

    I love the new layout. It looks really nice! And I’ve nominated you for the Liebster award!

    • tworedbowls says:

      November 25, 2013 at 10:13 am

      Hahaha, I was wondering if I was going overboard!! But with these, the answer is too much of a good thing is just an even better thing.. Lol.

      Thank you so much for the compliment! It was a long time coming, and I do think I’d like to change it up a bit more in the future. but I’m excited about it for now. And THANK YOU so much for the award! I am SO flattered!!! :):)

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