Wednesday, October 1

Apple Pie

Ever since the weather has cooled down, I have been itching to bake.  Having a newborn and a toddler has made this a little more difficult, but today was the day.  I was determined to make it happen.  P went down for her nap, so I decided to take full advantage of the time and get myself back in the kitchen.  Lucy started fussing as soon as I started making the pie, but I wasn't going to let that stop me.  I busted out my Ergo baby carrier and she fell asleep instantly on my chest.  I had never cooked with a baby on me, but it was rather relaxing.  

My friend/cousin Angie gave me the recipe for this pie a couple years ago.  I remember trying it for the first time and falling in love.  The crust was flaky and the filling had the perfect amount of sugar to cinnamon ratio.  It also doesn't hurt that it's a pretty simple recipe.  I am usually intimidated by pie, but this one is a great beginner recipe.  The dough is also very easy to work with and I usually have all the ingredients.

Apple Pie Recipe

Filling
3/4 cup sugar
1 tsp. cinnamon
3 large green apples
2-3 Tbs. butter (I use 3)

Perfect Pie Crust
2 cups flour
1 tsp. salt
1 cup shortening (I use the butter flavored Cristco sticks)
1/4 cup ice water
* I use the Marie Calendars pie tin when I make this pie.  It is the perfect size and cooks the crust perfectly. 
 Mix flour and salt together.
 Cut in shortening with a pastry blender until crumbly.  Stir in ice water with a fork until dough holds together.
 Firm into two round balls.  Use one for the top and one for the bottom.
Place crust in fridge while you make the filling.
 Slice apples into thin slices.
 Mix sugar, cinnamon, and apples together.
 Pour into pie shell.
 Dot with butter.
 Top the pie with extra dough.
 Place slits in the top of pie.
 Bake at 450 degrees for 50 minutes (mine baked in 40 minutes) or until crust turns golden brown.

* To prevent crust from browning, like mine (oops, mom brain) cover with tin foil before placing in the oven.

Make sure to let pie cool before digging in.  Get yourself out a bowl, place a warm slice of pie in it and fill it with your favorite vanilla ice cream (mine is from Costco.

HAPPY FALL!!!!! 

If both of my girls happen to sleep at the same time again, I will be sure to post more of my favorite fall recipes.  In the mean time HERE is my FAVORITE apple crisp recipe. 
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Tuesday, September 30

Lucy One Month

Dear Lucy,
Have you really been with us for one month already?!  The time has just been flying by.  You are such a sweet addition to our family.  You have been the best thing for your little sister.  I love seeing the two of you together.  There is so much love for you in our home.  You are already teaching us so much and helping me become the mama that I need to be.  When you are awake your eyes are open big and wide.  You are so aware of your surroundings and love to be talked to.  You are not a fan of being left alone, especially when awake.  You prefer to be held, walked around with and bounced.  Most of the things that worked for your sister do not work for you.  We have found out pretty quickly that you do not like to be swaddled.  If we keep your arms out then you are much happier.  You are also not a fan of the binky.  We tried about every binky imaginable.  Luckily you take a bottle pretty well.  You are getting better and better at nursing every day, which makes things a lot easier.  When you get the hang of things, you sure know how to guzzle.  I believe you are going to be a chunky monkey in no time.  Your cheeks lay perfectly on your chest and you have the most adorable double chin developing.  I can't help but kiss your plump cheeks every chance I get.  The rolls on your arms are so yummy and you have the cutest thighs ever.  They already have definition.  You get that from your daddy's side.  Speaking of your daddy, you have his dimples.  When you smile your entire face lights up.  You have two deep dimples that anyone would be jealous to have, especially your mama.  Your hair is extremely fluffy and oh so cute.  I think you might even keep some of it.  You have started sleeping three to four hours each night, which is oh so appreciated by your parents.  You love sleeping with your hands by your face.  You look like an angel when you sleep.  You have the tiniest feet that I just can't get enough of, in fact you are tiny everywhere.  You are still wearing newborn diapers and newborn clothing.  It's funny because you are putting on plenty of weight.  Surprisingly enough you love tummy time.  You have even fallen asleep because it somehow relaxes you.  Whenever you are fussy I lay you on your belly and you seem to calm down.  You constantly make us laugh when you go cross eyed, which is pretty often.  You also purse your lips together and make the cutest pucker face.  We call you our little Blue Steel. 
We love everything about you baby girl and feel so blessed to be your parents.  Thank you for being the perfect addition to our family.  We look forward to watching you grow and develop.
Love,
Your mama and papa.
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Monday, September 29

Lucy's Blessing Day

Yesterday was such a special day.  Tyson was able to bless our sweet Lucy in our ward.  We woke up to rain and a power outage, but we weren't about to let that ruin her day.  I felt my dads presence first thing when I woke up.  I deeply cherish the days were I am surrounded by his love and know that he is there, even though I cannot see him. 

We luckily made it out the door, just in the knick of time.  We are a bit of a circus getting out the door, but we managed with extra hands.  As we drove to the chapel I glanced over at Tyson and immediately had a feeling of gratitude rush over me.  I am so thankful that my husband honors his priesthood and is able to bless my children.  This is something I do not take for granted.

Tyson gave a beautiful blessing were the spirit was felt.  Lucy looked adorable in her dress that my mother made.  I tell her often how amazing I think she is, but I don't think she will ever realize how much I adore everything her hands have made.  Lucy's blessing dress was even more beautiful than I could have imagined.  I so appreciate the time, energy and thought that went into every stitch.  We were worried it wasn't going to fit, but were pleasantly surprised when it fit like a glove.
^^^ My arms are full, but my heart is overflowing. ^^^
My mom and sister made the drive back to California after just being here.  It meant everything to have them there.  I felt incredibly spoiled to have had them both here so often these past couple of months.
^^^ P posing with here favorite treat. YAYA, otherwise known as gum.  Where this girl comes up with her words, I will never know. ^^^
^^^ I absolutely love this little family of mine. ^^^
^^^ Lucy with her amazing grandparents. ^^^
^^^ Great grandma Betty. ^^^
^^^ Aunt Cara and Uncle John. ^^^
We had a brunch over at our house following the blessing.  There were so many people who helped pull it off.  My good friends Megan and Josh even made the drive from Riverside.  We were all up late Saturday night baking and cleaning.  My dear friend Ellie came over and made endless amounts of delicious orange rolls.  My friend Kim's mom made the most scrumptious pumpkin bread that night as well.  Everything turned out wonderfully.  Who doesn't enjoy orange rolls, doughnuts, breakfast casserole, fruit, pumpkin bread, and chocolate milk.

^^^ P along with the other kiddos were in doughnut heaven. ^^^
^^^ My mom was a gem and held Lucy the entire weekend. ^^^
^^^ Meg's and JC, I don't know what I would do without these friends of mine. ^^^
Lucy's blessing day will always hold a special place in my heart.  I am so thankful for everyone who came and supported us and am happy that the weather turned out perfect as well.
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