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   Posted 12/23/2017 11:36 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Everybody,

I am starting this thread with Cassandra Lee's last post on the other thread.

I hope you all have a good day!!!



Hi All. I'm just putting my 2 cents in too! Half an hour ago, I finished up with my Chinese students. All their tutoring and feedback from tonight and today are finally done. I am work-free until 8 pm tonight! So, now I need to figure out how much (or how little) money I have for Christmas shopping. A few weeks ago, my car had a Merry Christmas with four new tires. So, I have not been able to start my Christmas shopping until now.

I have finally gotten over the flu and am actually feeling positive and motivated today. Thank God! I was wondering if that was ever going to happen again. I am now off work (from job #1 outside of my house) until Wednesday. I have lots to do and I hope I can stay in this motivated mode to finally get it done.

I hope all of you start feeling better too so you can enjoy your holidays. Personally, I will be alone. But I am trying to find something fun to do myself on Monday, so that I won't be feeling too down. I am even going as far as trying to find a good crockpot recipe for myself, so that I know I'll be eating a decent meal.

(If I sound a bit like PollyAnna with this "ultra-positive mood" that's a good thing because I'm trying so hard to get through the holidays positively this year.)

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   Posted 12/23/2017 12:42 PM (GMT -7)   
Joyce,

I just took the pie out of the oven and it looks good. Will have to wait for it to cool off to taste it though. My main worry is the crust. I make my own. I have bought pre-made crusts and we don't like them.

Cass,

I hate shopping late. My husband always does because prices come down. But whenever I do, they run out of the stuff I am looking for. So I do mine real early and mostly online.

I am glad you are over the flu. Do you ever get flu shots? I get one every year. I hate being sick.

I hope you have a nice peaceful holiday and that you don't feel lonely. I will most likely be on the forum if you want to post. I check it frequently.

Have a lovely day you guys...

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   Posted 12/24/2017 5:07 AM (GMT -7)   
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   Posted 12/24/2017 5:34 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey Joyce,

My apple pie turned out great. Just wanted to let you know.

I hope you have a good Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

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   Posted 12/24/2017 5:59 AM (GMT -7)   
Good news about your pie, Karen.
Would you share info about your crust ingredients and ratio?

Thanks for holiday greetings...but unfortunately it's not one for me this year. No celebration of any kind, and it's difficult to do so with so much activity around and on the TV.
I'm (trying) to remain amiable

~ Joyce

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   Posted 12/24/2017 6:47 AM (GMT -7)   
I use about 1 1/2 cups flour. 2/3 cup of Crisco. 1 tsp salt. Then I mix in 6 to 8 tsp of cold water. I let it set in the refrigerator to get cold. Seems to be easier to work with when cold. Most recipes say 2 cups of flour, but I don't use that much. I use the remaining flour to roll out the pie crust.

I hope I put everything. My mind isn't so good today. I cut up about eight apples and put 3/4 cup of sugar. sometimes a couple tsp of flour. I forgot yesterday but it wasn't runny. Then I ad 1 tsp of salt and a tsp of cinnamon. After I put it in the crust I add a few pieces of butter.

I put foil around the edges of the pie so that the edges don't get burnt. Take it off about ten minutes before it is done. That browns it evenly.

That is my apple pie recipe. I don't have it written down, usually do it from memory.

Have a nice day Joyce.

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   Posted 12/24/2017 8:21 AM (GMT -7)   
Sounds good.!! Thanks for going to the trouble, Karen
I've copied it for future use...whenever I get some energy !!!!!!

~ Joyce

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   Posted 12/24/2017 8:34 AM (GMT -7)   
Karen, at what temperature & how long do you bake your pie? It sounds delicious.
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   Posted 12/24/2017 9:35 AM (GMT -7)   
Crisco is the best. We have a couple of local stores that sell lard--but I have never used it. My crusts never turn out well, though. Sound great, Karen!!

Cass--The paperwork can take a lot of time, can't it!! I don't have any classes until Early Tuesday morning, but since they have a two week holiday in China--my slots are booked for next week. One of my favorite recipes is crock pot pulled meat. Take a big piece of pork, and rub it all over with your favorite spices--whatever. BBQ, Italian seasoning, Asian. My fave is Italian spice mix with some added fennel seed and black pepper and salt. Put in crock pot. Ignore--and then take out and cool-and boil down the juices for a sauce. I serve it over some fresh spinach and provolone cheese.

Joyce--Mary and Joseph were thought to have traveled in spring, because many people were farmers and were busy at other times of the year. Plus the weather was better. Remember the events at the end of Jesus life--travelling in the spring for the same reasons for the same holiday. December 25 was appropriated from a pagan ritual in late December celebrating Mithras, a god of violence and the sun, who was the son of the sun and was sacrificed for others in his tribe.

On that happy bit of trivia--making stollen (gluten and sugar free,) black beans, a sweet potato pie, and mixing together a frittata for easy breakfast. Be well all--peace and calm to all.

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   Posted 12/24/2017 9:37 AM (GMT -7)   
I forgot the temperature. Yesterday I baked the pie at 375 for 45 minutes with the foil on the edges. I took the foil and baked it another ten minutes. I didn't let it get real brown because I put too many apples and it was running over. Ha...

I used macs for apples which cook a little faster.

Let me know how it turns out if you try it ladies...

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   Posted 12/24/2017 10:16 AM (GMT -7)   
Karen, thank you so much for posting this. I do plan to attempt to make one perhaps in the next couple of days. I love homemade apple pie, however, I cannot make pie crust that is fit to eat, lol. I truly believe a person either has that knack or they don't. You know category I fall in.

Back in my much younger days when I cooked all meals & baked goodies I tried several recipes for crust. None of them worked. I was so determined one day that I took an afternoon of trying to learn how to make it. I went through nearly 5lbs of flour & have no idea how much crisco, lol. I had the biggest mess plus a garbage sack full of dough. It is hilarious now but it wasn't back then, lol.

So, it will be store bought crust & I will let you know how it turns out!!
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   Posted 12/24/2017 10:21 AM (GMT -7)   
I have a pastry blender which helps get the Crisco mixed into the flour. I think one trick is to not work it too much. The more you work it, the tougher it will be. I put the dough in the fridge for awhile so it is cool when I work with it. I hope that this helps.

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   Posted 12/24/2017 12:16 PM (GMT -7)   
I did not inherit the 'pie crust gene' from Mother...my sister did. If not for the Pillsbury doughboy, there would be no pies in my house! lol

Our Christmases have always been more 'Little Drummer Boy' than 'We Three Kings' and that is fine with us. Don't get caught up in the whirlwind as much.

I picked up the fruit and nuts...my Dad is smiling from heaven...can't find the stockings to put them in though! Oh, well!

He would take the apples and oranges, peel them and dice them, add sliced bananas and the shelled walnuts and mix it all up in whipped cream. I plan to do the same! We only have it once a year and look forward to it. It is best served immediately as the bananas tend to brown quickly.

I have my turkey breast thawing in the fridge. Fresh bag of potatoes for whipping, biscuits and a vegetable and we are all set!

I used to use foil on the pie crust edges, too. Lisa found me a silicone one that can be made smaller or larger, depending on the size of pie dish. I like it, but found out the hard way that it is hotter than the foil when it's time to remove it!

I hope you all have a peaceful day, however you are spending it!
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   Posted 12/24/2017 12:36 PM (GMT -7)   
We usually make a fruit salad too Pitmom. The only difference is I put grapes too. Love it. I make it ahead but don't put the bananas until it is time to serve it. Like you said, they turn brown quickly.

I think I have seen the silicone one, but never had one myself. The foil often pulls some of the crust off. It does for me anyway. I try not to push it down but it still happens.

I hope you are having a nice Christmas Eve. And I hope you have a wonderful day tomorrow (Christmas).

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   Posted 12/25/2017 3:40 AM (GMT -7)   
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   Posted 12/25/2017 8:26 AM (GMT -7)   
Karen, back in my much younger days when attempting pie crust I did not even know there was such a thing as a pastry blender, lol. I used 2 forks to try to blend it. You are so right about the crust being tough if handled too much. One pie crust that I attempted to use was in pieces & tough as a boot because it had been man-handled by me, lol. Making pie crust is a true art. Betty Crocker & I had a work out one day!!

Pitmom, as kids we always had stockings filled with apples & oranges & mixed nuts. This is something that was passed down through the generations. It was a huge treat for us kids, we were very poor people & loved our stockings.

Today its just the husband & I. He bought a small ham & I will bake it. I have some fresh sweet potatoes so will make those & who know what else, lol. Wish I had some apples, could have made this pie of Karen's.

Myself, my mother made biscuits with lard & buttermilk. She had this recipe in her head, nothing was ever measured. Biscuits was served rather than bread at meals. My oldest sister still makes biscuits with lard. She gets an organic lard online somewhere, much healthier she says. Hmm, I don't know, lard was used long before Crisco arrived on the scene, lol.

Happy Holidays everyone!!
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   Posted 12/25/2017 8:50 AM (GMT -7)   
Good Morning All!!!

Beautiful day here so far, light snow but sun is shining through the clouds. It is just hubby and me too Susie, and we are having ham too.

I had a wonderful Christmas Morning. I hope you all did too.

Enjoy your day!!!

Love and hugs,

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   Posted 12/25/2017 11:23 AM (GMT -7)   
A blast from the past is here!

I just want to offer a ((((((hug)))))) to those who may be alone today.

This forum saved my life so please feel free to post- the healing well family is full of love and compassion!

My love to all!
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   Posted 12/25/2017 3:05 PM (GMT -7)   
Merry Christmas everybody! Hope you all are having a peaceful day.
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   Posted 12/26/2017 6:41 AM (GMT -7)   
It is 5 degrees here (if that). Very cold and snowing.

I Hope you all had a nice Christmas. Ours was nice and peaceful, good food.

I need to go to town today. Hope the truck starts.

Have a good day all...

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   Posted 12/26/2017 7:09 AM (GMT -7)   
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   Posted 12/26/2017 8:11 AM (GMT -7)   
Morning all-

I know this won't sound cold to you but it's rainy and 34 degrees here. For East Texas that's cold.

Thinking about taking the Christmas tree down today. We will see.
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   Posted 12/26/2017 8:25 AM (GMT -7)   
HI Chelel,

So nice to see you posting again. Thanks for chiming in. I can imagine that 34 is cold for you in East Texas. So I am not the only one freezing here. The sun is trying to come out. Our truck started, but it was -2. Hope you warm up. Stay cozy...

Hi Joyce,

Thanks again for the smilers. I so enjoy reading them. I hope you have a good day today. Take care...

I hope everybody has a good day today. No matter what the weather or temperatures.

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   Posted 12/26/2017 10:16 AM (GMT -7)   
That laryngitis turned into something bad. Coughing fits of almost an hour in the middle of the night. Ugh. Wish me luck.

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   Posted 12/26/2017 11:47 AM (GMT -7)   
Hope you feel better Lynn.

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