9.30.2010

How 'Bout Them Apples?

To me, September is synonymous with apples as October is to pumpkins.
At our old house, we had 2 huge apple trees.
Every September, we would get TONS and TONS of apples.
When we sold our house, I was really sad to leave those apple trees.
Well, our new house does have an apple tree.
But, it is a very, very, very sad looking apple tree:
But, even though it is a sad looking Apple Tree, it still produces apples!
Apples that are perfect for picking & baking with!
So, yesterday we braved the 100 degree heat and picked some apples in our backyard.
Our Apple Tree is so pathetic, Kate can even reach some of the branches!
A lot of the apples had been falling off the tree, so it was time to pick them so we could use them to make yummy apple-ly goodies.
Even though it was 100 degrees out, I had a mission with my apples.
I have never made an apple pie in my life.
It was time. Time to attempt to make an apple pie.
One of the things that made me so intimidated about making an apple pie was making the crust.
After some research (thank you, Internet) I read that Pilsbury's pre-made dough was the way to go. Sounded good to me!
Here is the recipe I used for my apple pie. I combined about 3 or 4 different recipes and came up with this:

1 package pilsbury pre made pie dough crusts (each package has 2 crusts)
6 cups peeled & sliced apples
1 Tablespoon lemon juice
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 Tablespoons flour
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
2 Tablespoons butter, chopped

Steps:
Take the dough out of the package & unroll it.
Peel your apples:
Slice your apples.....
In a bowl, combine sugars, flour, cinnamon & nutmeg:
Press 1 of your pie crusts into your pie dish (I sprayed my dish with Pam)
Then sprinkle in some of the sugar mixture on the bottom of the crust:
Then, combine the sugar mixture & the sliced apples:
Pour them into the pie dish:
Is your mouth watering yet?
Next, sprinkle the 2 T of chopped butter on top of the apples.
Then, take the 2nd pie crust and cover the pie . Or, you can be fancy & do a lattice top.
(That's what I did!)
Using a pizza slicer, cut it into 1 inch strips to make a lattice top.
I just overlapped them to make the lattice. See?
I melted some butter, brushed it on the top & sprinkled sugar on top. Yum.
Bake in your oven for 15 minutes at 450.
After 15 minutes, reduce heat to 350 and bake for an additional 45-50 minutes.
(After 30 minutes, I checked on my pie & the top was browning too much, so I covered the pie in foil. But, my oven can be temperamental, so just keep an eye on your pie!)

When the pie is done, it will be bubbly & golden brown on top!
I did it! I made an Apple Pie!
Claire, sniffing it because it smells SOOO good!
Kate & I holding up our very first pie!
I'm officially a grown up, I made a pie :)
I served it A La Mode...because everything is better with ice cream.
Now, go with confidence and make an Apple Pie!
I want to make another one this weekend...look at all the apples I have left!
But, I am going to make my favorite apple cake with homemade caramel sauce:
Click HERE for the recipe!

Happy Apple picking & Happy Fall Baking!

9.29.2010

What I Wore Wednesday

Lindsey over at the Pleated Poppy has been doing a blog series called
"What I Wore Wednesday".
I have wanted to participate for a while, but I never got my act together until this past week!
So, here is what I wore this past week.
When you are a teacher, it is all about comfort & layers (my classroom is freezing!)
Cardigan - Ann Taylor Loft
Ruffled Shirt - NY & Co
Capri's - Gap
Shoes - DB Shoes

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Cardigan - Target
Tank Top - Ann Taylor Loft
Necklace - Target
Jeans - Hudson
Flats - Old Navy

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Cardigan - Brass Plum
Tank Top - Target
Jeans - 7 for All Mankind
Shoes - Target


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What I wore to church (after church, it was back into my bathing suit!)
Dress - Target
Shoes - Target

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Shirt - NY & Co
Capri's - NY & Co
Necklace - NY & Co
Shoes - Db Shoes

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Blue Shirt - Ann Taylor Loft
Capris - Target
Shoes - Walmart
Necklace - I made using beads from a bracelet I got at H&M
Close up:
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I had fun documenting what I wore this past week & this is what I discovered:
1. I buy most of my clothes at Target, NY & Co and Ann Taylor Loft
2. I wear a lot of black, gray & blue.
3. I own a lot of cardigans.
4. Taking pictures of myself is awkward.
5. Our bathroom has terrible lighting! yikes.
This was fun, I will definitely participate in this again!

9.21.2010

Totally Awesome 80's Party



On Saturday night, my friend Kelly threw her husband Gregg an 80's party for his 35th birthday.
Everyone dressed up in 80's outfits.
It was hysterical seeing what people came up with.
So much fun, I LOVE costume/theme parties!
This one did not disappoint!

Get ready to see some obnoxiously awesome & hideous 80's outfits!
Here we are:
Yes, it was our goal to look as gross & tacky as we could!
Kevin didn't shave for a week so that he would have an 80's stache for the party.
Our outfits are vintage 1980's.
My outfit was splatter paint shirt, acid wash denim skirt with fringe, white fishnet tights, slouchy socks & white lace gloves.
Kevin's acid wash jeans were his brother's from the 80's and a white fur trim jean jacket (which were found in his old bedroom closet!) I think the mullet wig adds a nice touch!

Gotta love the slouchy color coordinated socks!
I also painted my nails with neon nail polish:
Kelly asked me to make an invite:
(Now available in my Etsy shop!)

Here are some more pictures of what people wore.....
Andrew, Ryan & Kevin:
One of our friends didn't even recognize Kevin at first!

Kevin & Ben:
Becky & I:
Muffy & Buffy, the 80's prepsters:
Gotta love 80's Rockers:
There was JOLT soda! I totally remember having this before middle school dances!
There was also Bartles & James wine coolers. Classic!
Some of the girls:
Kelly & her brother (who won best costume)
Seriously, his outfit was legit. Totally 1980's..even the fanny pack!
Ben & Becky:
Nothing says the 80's like Pop Rocks!
And, yes, I borrowed a crimper to crimp my hair!
Close up of us. Eww. Just eww!
Lee & Bridgette
(not pictured, Lee's boom box. He did the Say Anything vibe)
Susan & Becky:
(Susan won best female costume)
Bridgette, Kelly & I:
Gregg & Kelly:
The next morning, Claire found my socks & shoes downstairs and wanted to wear them:

Kelly did a great job & had so many fun details (that I wish I had taken pictures of!)
I may or may not have done the Running Man at the party....
We had so much fun & I totally want to throw an 80's party in a few years for my younger sister's 30th Birthday!

9.19.2010

Going to the Chapel

And, they're going to get married!
That's right....
My little sister Rebecca is getting married!
Jason proposed this evening in San Fransisco overlooking the Bay & a view of the Golden Gate Bridge.
They stopped by tonight to show us the ring:
(Kevin was the one who took Jason ring shopping, so he had already seen the bling-bling)
Congrats Jason & Becks!
We are so happy for you & can't wait for your Big Day!
Let the wedding planning begin!

9.10.2010

10 on 10 :: September 2010

Ten on Ten: Take a photo every hour for ten consecutive hours on the tenth of each month. Document a day of your life and find beauty among the ordinary moments.
Happy Friday & Happy 10 on 10!

At school, here are the 3 math books that I use:
(I am teaching 3 different math classes this year)
When I got home from school, the UPS man delivered the Thank You cards I designed for Claire. I love how they turned out:
Garden fresh tomatoes (from my neighbor & Kevin's parents) Yum!
Nothing better than home grown tomatoes!
Claire having an afternoon snack of blueberries (while "vacumming" with her toy she got for her birthday)
Claire playing in the car while I buckled up Kate in the car seat:
Dinner time....Friday night is Pizza Night!
And, it was a beautiful night so we ate dinner outside.
Playing in the backyard after dinner:
Watching Mickey Mouse Clubhouse in our room before bedtime:
I got my Colorado gear laid out for the big game tomorrow. Colorado is playing Cal.
Go Buffs!
So glad the weekend is here!
It has been a busy & fun filled week for our family!
But I am exhausted & going to bed soon!
Hope you have a great weekend!

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