Wednesday, July 28, 2010

"two things have I required of thee; deny me them not before I die: Remove far from me vanity and lies: give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with food convenient for me; Lest I be full, and deny thee, and say, who is the LORD? or lest I be poor, and steal, and take the name of my God in vain."

proverbs 30:7-9

Monday, July 26, 2010


Zeus got hit on the highway while we were on vacation. I think that the hardest part will probably be having to remind Douglas he's gone every time he wants to go outside or remembers him. needless to say, it'll be a while before I want another dog. :(

Thursday, July 15, 2010

the perfect apple pie

I like making apple pies. I think other people like me making them too.
Enter the greatest invention in the world (besides vaccines, cell phones, an epidural, computers, disposable diapers,  etc...)
The Pampered Chef's Apple Peeler/Corer/Slicer with stand


he're my first tutorial! The Perfect Apple Pie! trust me, it's amazing!

(if you're making the pie the same day you slice your apples you might want to scroll down and make the crust first)

peel and thinly slice about 5-6 large Granny Smith apples. 

place the apples in a large bowl (large so it's easy to mix without getting apples everywhere) and add the following ingredients:
1tbs cornstarch
1/4tsp nutmeg
1/2tsp cinnamon
3/4cups sugar
1tbs lemon juice

set aside. and this is what they'll look like.
or you can put them in an "air tight" container & refrigerate for I'd say up to 3 days. and then this is what they'll look like. if you make the pie the same day you mix the filling then your pie will be a little tarty and your apples a little firm. if you wait a day or 3 then they will be sweeter. My husband likes them to sit for a bit but will take this pie either way. Both ways are good, it's just a matter of preference.

in a bowl. (I use my beautiful Empire Red Kitchen Aid Mixer with the Dough Hook on stir setting)
sift together:
1tsp salt
2&1/4cups of flour
1cup vegetable shortening
(one time I used vegetable spread because I ran out of shortening and that worked out good too. just don't use as much, you'd have to eyeball it)
5-7 tbs ice cold water 
until a good doughy consistency. it should form into a ball. 

divide dough in half and form two rounds. they should be about 5 inches wide and about 2 inches thick. wrap in saran wrap and refrigerate for 15 minutes.

place one round in between two pieces of saran wrap. and roll out about 2 inches bigger than your pie plate. this saves your counter from having a floury mess and your rolling pin never even touches your dough.
remove top piece of saran wrap, place pie plate on dough and invert. gently press dough into plate & trim any dough hanging over edge of pie plate.

I use my hands and place the apples in the crust, then pour the juices left in the bowl on top. I feel like I can fit more apples into each pie this way. or you can just pour them our of the bowl into the crust. 
 Roll out remaining dough. place over filling. trim top crust about 1/2 inch beyond edge of pie plate. flute the edge or use a fork to decorate the edge. cut several slits to allow steam to escape.
for a shinny top pie brush a top with a lightly beaten egg
or for a "sparkly" top brush with lightly beaten egg and sprinkle with sugar

bake at 400°F for 45-50 minutes
if you'd like to do a little extra you can take the excess trimmings of dough and use cookie cutters to make it fit a theme or say a special message. 

(see more pics on my flickr photostream)
either way, this is what it will look like after your husband, brother, son & father in-law have a piece (oh & you as well of course)


Tuesday, July 13, 2010

greater vision

I love Greater Vision. 
Jason Wladroup left greter vision a couple of years ago. he was my favorite {via}

This song is one of my favorites of theirs. It always makes me feel better on a bad/sad/stressful/whatever day! Let's just say It's been part of my playlist lately. But it's also a great song to play on a happy/everything is going good day. If it's not a good day, it will make it a good day. make me thankful and sing along. it's very upbeat so that helps but it also reminds me that God's grace covers EVERY sin. No matter who you are... "the ground is level at the foot of the cross"

{Verse 1}
There was a woman who met with Jesus
At a well in the heat of day
She found the Water, but left her bucket
To go and tell she’d found the Way
I’m sure the scoffers must have gathered 
Ones who’d known her life before
And when they told her, “Your still a sinner”
I know she shouted out the door
{Verse 2}
Just like the woman, I needed Jesus
To come cleanse this heart of mine
My sinful choices had separated
Me from Holiness Divine
So when the doubters came and wondered
If this change in me would last
I boldly told them, “I’ve been to Calvary”
“And all my sin is in the past”
This world cannot accuse me of sin
It’s Paid In Full Through Jesus Amen
I’m a child of God. I’m the next of kin
To the One Who’s glory fills me within
I’m still amazed at what the Lord can do
How His touch of grace is gonna take me through
To a place of joy that’ll have no end
Made possible for the born again
And it’s Paid In Full Through Jesus Amen

Words and Music by Rodney Griffin, ©2005 Songs of Greater Vision, BMI.


ps i <3 the harmonica in the 2nd verse

Monday, July 12, 2010


I think having a girl will be more fun than I anticipated:

they've got some great photos on their Etsy Shop. This picture is the cutest picture I think I've ever seen. ever.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010


this past weekend I made these

smores on a stick

and this
american flag cake
it was my first time making cream cheese icing and it was all wonderful

thanks melanie for the smores on a stick
& to ashley for the flag cake

Friday, July 2, 2010

in God we trust

"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security. — Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. " from- The Declaration of Independence
have a great weekend!!