Thursday, November 22, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving! Apple Pie Recipe

We wanted to Wish Everyone a Happy Thanksgiving! If this is your First Thanksgiving in your House or you look to next year, be thankful for everything that you have. We have loved dreaming this year about a new house and a new life together and look forward to many more days in this beautiful house.

As a fan of Apple Pie, I wanted to share my recipe for the best Apple Pie you may ever try. ENJOY!

DallVechia Apple Pie recipe.


1 pastry crust for a deep-dish pie 9-inch (homemade or store-bought)
1/2 cup sugar
3 Tbsp. all-purpose flour
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/8 tsp salt
6 cups thinly sliced peeled apples (You may need more if your family sits by the bowl and sneaks the sliced applies when you are not looking) I like to use Golden Delicious and Fuji apples.
1 recipe crumb topping (see below)
1/2 cup chopped pecans
1/4 cup caramel topping

Ingredients for Crumb Topping:

1 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup quick cooking rolled oats
1/2 cup butter

Directions for Crumb Topping:

1. Stir together brown sugar,flour, rolled oats.

2. Cut in 1/2 cup butter until topping is like course crumbs. Set aside.


1. In a large mixing bowl, stir together the sugar, flour, cinnamon and salt.

2. Add apple slices and gently toss until coated.

3. Transfer apple mixture to the pie shell (I remove the store-bought pie shell from the aluminum pie plate and transfer it to a 9-inch pie plate of my own, but you do not have to.)

4. Sprinkle crumb topping over apple mixture. 

5. Place pie on a cookie sheet so the drippings don't drop into your oven.

6. Cover edges of pie with aluminum foil.

7. Bake in a preheated 375 oven for 25 minutes. Then remove foil and put back in for another 25 to 30 minutes without foil.

8. Remove from oven. Sprinkle pie with chopped pecans then drizzle with caramel on top.

9. Cool on a wire rack and enjoy warm or at room temperature.

There you go!

Sunday, November 18, 2012

DIY: Laundry Room Drying Rack

DIY: Laundry Room Drying Rack

I really wanted to save the money and build a laundry rack for Megan.
I knew I could do it with a picture, so I did. Here's my DIY Ballard style Drying Rack.
Here is a Similar one from Centsationalgirl Laundry Rack that inspired me.

The Laundry Room isn't exactly gigantic, so that more space I could utilize the better!

You are going to need some tools and materials. (Here's What I used)

  1. Three 1/2 x 2” poplar boards ($5.90) or white board 8 Feet long ($2.67)
  2. Three 3/8” dowel rods (48” long) ($1.20 each)
  3. Sheetrock screw system ($2.41)
  4. White chain with small screw eyes (.68 cents)
  5. Primer and paint of your choice
  6. White Paneling with design of your choice. ($9.78)
  7. Framing Nails and Panel Board nails

- Drill with Bits ( 3/8th's needed for Dowels)
- Rubber Mallet
- Sander with 120 thru 220 Grit Paper
- Jigsaw or other cutting contraption (Ryobi Orbital Saw is $28.00 at Home Depot)
- Tape measure or ruler
- Hammer and Framing Nails
- Wood Filler (Elmer's is great)

Here is the Finished Product!

Tools you will need--

Building the Individual Racks

Rough Frame to double check Cuts and make any necessary changes

Pre-Finish - Awaiting more paint, panel to be secured, white chain and for me 
to finish painting the Laundry Room

On the Wall