Thursday, October 17, 2013

APPLE PIE AND PURSES and A Visit From A Fellow Blogger

Apple Pie seems somehow synonymous with a happy home.  Just the smell alone lifts ones spirits.  Since this is National Apple Month, we are celebrating this week and Apple Pie seemed like a must have! 

 This is just a simple - basic crumb topped apple pie:

Because this was a deep dish pyrex - I used a 2 crust pie recipe:
2 cups sifted flour, 1 tsp salt, 3/4 cup crisco, 5 - 8 Tb ice water

Here is what you will need for the pie:  1/3 cup granulated sugar,  
1/3 cup firmly packed light brown sugar,  3 Tb flour, 1 tsp ground cinnamon, 6 large tart apples (Granny Smith or Rome Beauty) pared, (I did 8 medium apples) quartered, cored and sliced, pie crust recipe below, 2 Tbs butter

Topping ingredients:  1 cup lightly spooned flour, 1/2 cup firmly packed light brown sugar, 1 tsp ground cinnamon, 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter

Preheat oven to 400 degrees
In a large bowl:  Combine sugar, brown sugar, flour and cinnamon - add sliced apples and toss well to mix.  Fill pastry shell with mixture.  Dot with 2 Tb butter.
Topping:  Combine flour, brown sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl.  Cut in butter until mix is crumbly.  Scatter topping thickly over apple filling.  I cut a long strip of foil and ran it around the corners of the pie plate to protect the edges from over burning.
Bake 400 degrees for 30 minutes until crust and topping are brown.  Cool pie before cutting Dust with Confectioners sugar 

I am also sharing my ongoing sewing for
 my shop with these purses I made this week:

I may be keeping this one above because the handles were definitely labor intensive since they are stuffed with polyfill and that wasn't easy.  I also made the mistake of putting one of my favorite antique buttons on it - how can I part with that?  The fabric is vintage upholstery fabric.

These below I will be selling at my shop and the one in the middle is really a tote bag:

Made from a soft vintage corduroy remnant:

This one below has handles that were more simple:

Late note:

I had a visit from Nancy and her family today at my store and many of you follow her blog Nancy's Daily Dish where she shares her knowledge and love for transfer ware dishes!  It was wonderful to meet such a great family!

I will be sharing this post with these blogging friends:
Foodie Friday


Storybook Woods said...

Beautiful totes Bernideen!! Well done. Clarice

Angela McRae said...

Your bags are gorgeous, Bernideen! I honestly don't see how you find the time for all that you do in addition to running a business!

Marilyn said...

You are definitely on a creative roll. Good job and loving everything, even the apple pie.
You might just inspire me to get busy here and make a pie or sew. Thinking about getting
out the soldering iron and make some ornaments for the holidays.

Bernideen said...

Normally I could not be at home sewing. However, due to the government crisis - our business and the shops here in Old Colorado City have really suffered so I have left my hubby in charge at the store and stayed at home some to sew. Our city is like 20% military people.

Susan said...

I love when I get to meet a fellow blogger--what a wonderful day you must have had. XOXO

ellen b. said...

So much good stuff here today! I want a piece of that pie. Great job on those purses...
How fun for a bloggy family to come to your store! Blessings...

Butterfly 8)(8 Bungalow said...

So pretty! The pie looks scrumptious! I love your plate rack!

What a nice surprise to have visitors.

Anonymous said...

Bernideen, that pie looks so delicious! And your purses are so sweet! Thank you for sharing with us.

Beth said...

Great purses, and the pie looks fantastic! So great that you got to meet Nancy and her family!

kitty said...

Hi Bernideen, the pie looks delicious and I'd love a slice right now! Your purses are so pretty, too. I love that you were able to meet Nancy and her family. How exciting! Have a wonderful weekend, dear friend. xo