Sharing glimpses of my journey through life as I endeavor to Fully Rely On God for Peace

Love Wichita

There is nothing that inspires me more than to see people of all denominations united, laying their differences in theology aside, and working side by side toward a common goal. On Saturday, April 25th, here in Wichita, exactly that will take place as churches from all over the city come together for one common purpose: To Love Wichita.

Love Wichita

There’s still time to register. Check it out and get involved!!!!

A Taste of Home

There’s nothing quite like the aroma of homemade apple pie baking in the oven. The smell of baking apples and cinnamon is just one of those nostalgic aromas that always seems to trigger warm and fuzzy feelings of goodness and thoughts of family, togetherness and home.
Yum
Apple pie is definitely the most requested dessert by my friends and family and being my husband’s absolute favorite, I have tried several recipes over the years in an effort to find the perfect blend of spices and flaky crust. My discovery? Less is more!

No matter how complicated I’ve tried to make it, trying different blends of cinnamon, ginger, mace, nutmeg and allspice, or adding different fruits or nuts, the unanimous favorite amongst family and friends is my mother-in-law’s simple, simple, super easy, no fuss Apple Crumb Pie made with my mother’s pie crust recipe. Mother really does know best!

Below are the recipes for this yummy-licious, ever popular, Apple Crumb Pie along with some tricks I’ve learned along the way to make it absolute perfection!

Mom’s Flaky Pie Crust

  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • Dash of baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup shortening
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons cold water
  • Mom's Pie Crust

    Assemby

    In a mixing bowl, stir together flour and salt. Add a dash of baking powder for extra flakiness. Cut in shortening till pieces are the size of small peas. Sprinkle 1 tablespoon of the water over part of the mixture; gently tossing with a fork. Push to side of bowl and repeat until all is moistened. Form dough into a ball. On a lightly floured surface, flatten dough slightly with hands. Roll dough from center to edge, forming a circle about 12 inches in diameter. Wrap pastry around rolling pin. Unroll into a buttered and floured 9-inch pie plate. Trim pastry to 1/2 inch beyond edge of pie plate. Fold extra under pastry and edges as desired.

    Tips

    • Use butter flavored shortening
    • Handle the pastry as little as possible to prevent toughness
    • Use a floured pastry cloth and rolling pin sleeve
    • Rolling the dough thinly makes for a more flaky crust

    Apple Crumb Pie

      Pie mixture:

    • 5 cups tart apples
    • 1/2 cup sugar
    • 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    • Crumb topping:

    • 1/3 cup sugar
    • 3/4 cup flour
    • 6 tablespoons butter
    • Almost Ready to Bake

      Assembly

      Pie mixture:
      Peel and core apples and cut into fourths. Arrange in an unbaked pie shell. Mix 1/2 cup sugar and cinnamon. Sprinkle over apples.
      Crumb Topping:
      Mix 1/3 cup sugar with the flour. Cut in butter until crumbly. Sprinkle over apples in pie crust.

      Bake at 400 degrees for 35-40 minutes.

      Tips

      • Use more than one variety of apples (I use Granny Smith and Golden Delicious)
      • Sprinkle a bit of lemon juice on apples to reduce tartness
      • Cover edges of pies crust with foil for the first 30 minutes to prevent over-browning
      • Bon Apetit!!

The Joy of Puzzles

For as long as I can remember, I have been crazy about puzzles. Words, numbers, shapes … it really doesn’t matter what form the puzzles are in, if it involves logical thinking skills and problem solving, and I’m exposed to the challenge of it, I become intrigued.

Puzzled

The latest “puzzle” I’ve become fascinated with is web design. It began when I decided to bite the bullet, so to speak, and start this personal blog. There was quite a bit that went into getting this site up and running and fortunately I had a great techno mentor in a family friend to help with all of the initial set up. I decided to follow his advice of using a self-hosted blog platform for more control and flexibility in my blogging, to have the freedom to tweek my site as desired, and to actually own the content. This involved purchasing my own domain name through Go Daddy and arranging hosting for my site which I did through ANHosting.

It didn’t take long for my wheels to start spinning and I began asking, “What if? How? Why?” as it pertained to all the different elements of my blog. I soon realized one of the benefits of a self-hosted site … the opportunity to tap into my creative side and begin to make my blog uniquely mine.

Because I set up a self-hosted site, I had the option of making my blog look anyway I wanted. Since I’m new to all of this, I found a fast and easy way to get started with the appearance of my blog, was to download a free web design theme from WordPress. Once the initial set up for my domain was complete and the WordPress theme of my choice was installed on my site … ta da! I was up and running … an “official” blogger.

Hackers “R” Us

My first official “hack” involved re-writing the little blurb in the upper right corner under the About section. It originally contained a few lines of Latin. Obviously, I wanted it to say something different, so I entered my site as the administrator, accessing the guts of my blog, and began exploring. Once I found the section of code that contained the section of Latin, I was able to delete it and add instead what you see written there now.

Plugins

For the first few weeks I was content to have my blog up and running, and simply enjoyed having an outlet for my writing. I was able to add to the appearance and features of my blog by simply installing ready made plugins, such as the coolest thing evah … the Thought Sphere seen in the sidebar on the right. (Seriously, you know you visit my site just to play with it and get lost in it’s spinningness. Okay, maybe that’s just me.) Yet, I was still bothered by a few minor things about the appearance. I realized that if I was able to hack into the code and change the little Latin blurb, that must mean I could make other changes as well.

Hooked

Oh, goodness, gracious, me! I’m now addicted and working on learning CSS and HTML code, which it appears my site is basically built with, along with PHP, to understand website design and build my own. Fascinating stuffage and one of the most exciting puzzles I’ve come across. I’ve started hacking the code for the theme of this site in my own little workshop. Very crude hacking, mind you, with little concern about the appearance. I’m just trying to understand all the elements of this theme’s design.

Is that cool or what!!!