The making of apple pie

October 18th, 2014 by Cat

I love pie, but I really don’t make it enough. The problem is the amount of food. My husband and I shouldn’t eat a whole pie (I almost said “couldn’t” but then I realized that wasn’t true), and it’s also not enough to share with my coworkers (I double my cookie and cake/cupcake recipes for work). Having people over is pretty much the perfect time.

This morning when we went to do yard work, we saw that apples had grown inĀ on our apple tree! Today also happens to be when we’re hosting a football watching party, so it was the perfect time to make some apple pie :) This is a recipe my mom has been using for several years, with a few modifications by me.

The first thing I make is the dough because it needs to be refrigerated for at least an hour before it’s used. Homemade dough may seem intimidating, but it’s actually quite easy and uses very little ingredients.

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When it comes to cookies, cakes, and frosting, you usually start with room temperature butter because it allows more air to be beaten in. For pies and tarts, you typically use cold butter, and it’s easier to use when cut into smaller pieces and slowly added into the mix. My mom does this part by hand, but I like using my stand mixer with a flat beater. (A large food processor would work as well.)

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What’s in my bag, #3

October 10th, 2014 by Cat

I’ve actually done this meme twice now, but the last time I did it was… 4 years ago! Of course, my bag and contents have changed since then, so here it is again :)

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1. I’m currently using a LeSportsac Deluxe Everyday bag. When I first got it, I thought it was too big, but my mind quickly changed after seeing how much I could put in it. It has several compartments too! I no longer stand in front of my door, searching for my keys for like 5 minutes, because I have a special place for them now.

2. 3DS and case – have to StreetPass!

3. iPhone 5S

4. Gum – usually 5 Gum in Cobalt.

5. Headphones – often useful in public places when using my phone or 3DS.

6. Wallet – I like these big wallets to hold a bunch of cards. I’m a sucker for those free rewards cards you can get at places.

7. Small things like key fob for work, chapstick, lip gloss, and eye drops.

8. Reusable bag – never know when you might need it, especially since plastic bags are banned in my city. (Not a complaint, by the way. I liked the move to using reusable bags over plastic.)

9. Keys – I keep my house and car keys separate. That was handy for the time I locked my keys in the car and was still able to enter my house for the spare.

10. Sunglasses

11. Panasonic Lumix LX5 – a nice compact camera that can shoot in RAW and allows for full manual settings. Most of my food photos are actually with this camera since I always have it in my purse. It’s stored in another LeSportsac bag.

I also carry a few other items not pictured like medicine, tissues, and a copy of my car insurance (useful for car related things like rentals or renewing registration).

If you haven’t done this meme yet, I recommend doing it! It’s fun to see what everyone is using and carrying in their bag :)

October is here

October 2nd, 2014 by Cat

It’s October! This is probably my favorite month of the year because of a few reasons:

1. The weather starts to get cooler. People living in colder areas might laugh at me (and have already), but it’s finally dropping to the 80sF which is pretty amazing for us here in Texas.

2. It’s our anniversary, both of them actually. My husband and I began dating on Oct 29, 2005 and were married on Oct 9, 2011. We’ve been together for quite a while now :D

3. Halloween! I don’t really celebrate it anymore, but any holiday that celebrates with costumes is pretty great for cosplayers. Oh the sales!

I made it a goal to finish a couple things before October. One was to finish the Elsa costume I was commissioned to make for a friend’s 9-year old daughter. It’s done now, and I think she likes it :)

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The other was to do and finish a paid photoshoot. I know I said I needed a break from photoshoots, but this was a non-cosplay one with someone I enjoy working with. She just needed some photos for a job application, so we did a short shoot, and I was able to return the photos the next day.

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