Greetings to Folks near and far. May all your days have sunshine and enough of what ever it is you may need.
Hankerin' for some good old fashioned apple pie? Maybe with some vanilla ice cream slowly melting off the top of a big warm slice? Here is my favorite recipe for apple pie.
Electric Mixer Pastry
For a two crust 8" or 9" pie.
2/3 cup vegetable shortening
1 3/4 cup flour
1 tsp. salt
1/4 cup cold water
Place first three ingredients in mixer bowl. Blend at low speed for 1/2 minute or until consistency is like coarse corn meal.
Add water all at once and mix on low speed for 15 seconds or until dough holds together. Shape into a ball. Wrap in wax paper and refrigerate while apples are being prepared.
6 - 8 medium apples, Granny Smith or Pippin
(I like to pile the apples high, like a Beatrice Potter pie, so it is old-fashioned looking)
2 - 4 Tbsp flour (depends on how many apples you use and how juicy they are)
Cinnamon to taste (I like lots, about 2 tsps)
Sugar to taste
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp salt
2 Tbsp butter or margarine
Peel, core and slice apples, place in large bowl. Add flour, sugar and seasonings. Gently mix till apples are coated. If I have walnuts, I chop them up and add about a handful to this mix.
Roll out pastry and place in pie pan. Add apple mix, dot with butter and cover with top crust. Press top crust down gently onto apples. Cut a design into top crust. Bake in preheated oven at 425F for 50 to 60 minutes or till crust is golden brown and apples are tender. Let pie cool slightly. Serve warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on each slice. Enjoy. And remember: if you cannot handle the many compliments, do not make such a good pie.
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When you move into a new house or apartment, before you move any furniture or other items in, give your new home a thorough once over with an old-fashioned cleaning ritual. To a gallon of warm water, add a cup of sea salt and a little white vinegar. The salt and vinegar together makes a safe organic sanitizing solution. Even if the place was cleaned by the former residents, or a cleaning agency, this procedure will assure you that all neglected remnants of hidden dirt particles are found and eliminated. Tiny pieces of dirt can remain after a cleaning and also negative energies of people from former times.
You will know for sure that you start out fresh and protected by purifying your new home yourself.
Till next time, Folks, may your home be filled with laughter and may it reach from floor to rafter.
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