So Friday was just gorgeous again..and still in the 90's..we ran errands in the morning and in the afternoon Jacques mowed the lawn and I did all the trimming..when I finished..and thought so many grateful thoughts for where we live..I picked a bouquet of my Russian Sage and wild asters from my driveway..the messy right side..and my borrowed landscape..filled one of my sap buckets..and found the late afternoon light so pretty in the section of the potting shed..(J's) that I have been using once in a while for photos..I hung Ikea sheer curtains at the double doors..it's the class I took w/ Kim Klassen that suggested a studio..you should see hers..well..go look..:)
I may take more classes eventually..but I am so into painting little things here and there..I am torn with my hobbies..
Anyway I have a small stepladder in there..a tv table..and a white board from the dollar store..
there was a breeze again so it was start and stop..but I just thought I would show you..that that pretty bouquet is not in a lovely room in our home that has a breezy sheer giving a sublime light;)
It's placed exactly how you see it..and then the magic happens when you crop out the ugly..cause the potting shed sure is pretty outside..but as I have said not inside..garden tools are every where..a potting bench, a work bench..but see what cropping can do.
A make believe world.
Like Photoshop for all those exquisite women we see advertising anti-wrinkle creams..they have nary a one..yet they are 60..they cannot all have the same perfect genes;)
Below..is the truth photo..the whole truth and nothing but the truth photo.
Jacques had picked up the LCBO's Food and Drink Thursday..it's been months ..probably 1 year since I have had one..we usually both look at it..Nothing really grabbed me..but Jacques said:"Did you see the Cheddar Crumb Apple Pie Recipe?"
I did and I didn't I guess because it is not the one I bookmarked..
Saturday was going to be glum glum and heavy..my outdoor chores were done..I thought I would make it for him..
It's so pretty..the crust is lovely..and the result is..quite delish..the taste of cheddar..subtle..
the only thing I did differently is instead of the cinnamon..I use the apple pie spice I mix..I use cinnamon..nutmeg and freshly ground cardamom..I like the cardamom freshly ground:)and added 1 tbsp of sugar to the crust...omitted the salt because my butter is salted. I don't get unsalted butter:)
So here is the recipe..courtesy of The LCBO.
Crust..you can use whichever one you like or store bought..I made the one they suggested for the galette on the previous page and it turned out perfect.It will be one of my go tos now..
You will need a 14 x 4 1/2 tart pan w/ removable bottom
Your oven will be pre-heated at 400F..
Place pie in oven and immediately reduced to 350F
Bake for 45 minutes..
Again..I switched this up..I did preheat to 400 then immediately went to convection 315 for about 55 miutes after placing a foil gently covering the crumble at about 40 minutes..I kept an eye out..
2 cups of flour,
2 tbsps granulated sugar(I put 3)
1/2 tsp salt..not me..my butter is salted
3/4 cup cold unsalted butter
3 tbsps ice cold water.
In a food processor pulse the first 3 ings..cut up your butter and sprinkle on top of the flour mixture..pulse until coarse crumbs..through the feed tube w/ motor running add the water slowly until it starts to come together.
Mine came out of the recipient so nicely..I just formed a flat disk on parchment..wrapped and refrigerated 30 minutes..
1/2 cup all purpose flour
2tbsps packed brown sugar
3 tbsps room temp butter
1 1/ 2 cup finely grated old cheddar cheese..I used 1 cup
Mix flour w/ sugar..blend w/ your fingers add cheese and work in until evenly combined..press into clumps and place all over the pie mixture..a handful at a time..
5 medium apples such as McIntosh peeled,cored and thinly sliced
(ap 4 1/2 cups)
1/4 cup of all purpose flour
3 tbsps granulated sugar
1/2 tsp of cinnamon..I used my blend and did about 1 tsp.
I placed all the above pie ings in a large freezer bag and gently shook to coat all.
Take the dough out of the fridge and on a lightly floured surface with a lightly floured rolling pin..roll dough a little bigger than your rectangular tart pan.
place in pan..shape and trim to fit edges of pan..
place your thinly sliced apples in the dough..don't mound..gently press in evenly.
Sounds like a lot..it's not..a pleasure to make.
would love a human dishwasher for hire though..lol I am messy.
..and here is the truth.
this is how the pics were taken.
I guess what I am trying to say is that we show the good parts of the gardens..the recipes that worked..the cute stories about our families..everything can seem hunky dorie..with sheers blowing in the wind;)but remember it has all been edited in many cases.
I am sure some people feel blue sometimes..and think oh my goodness what a life so and so has etc..
it could be true..but it could be edited.♥
Many things..in blogland..IG..FB..we are seeing what the poster chooses to show..chooses to share at that particular time..
some may need to share personal triumphs and tribulations..some share their likes..dislikes..
some prefer to focus on la vie en rose to not focus on troubles..others feel better sharing their troubles..
I had an aunt..quite different from my mom..married to my dad's brother..she was very wealthy..and I am sure had lovely qualities..but was so different from my wonderfully educated..talented..non wealthy beautiful and down to earth mother.
When I married.. my mom had passed away the prior December..she said to me.."never air out your dirty laundry..people never forget..they always remember the negative.."
I guess in some ways that has stuck w/ me..well not in some ways ..look I still remember and it is 43 years later;)
And I find it is mainly true..in many circumstances.
I quite admire people who say it all like it is..but I also admire quiet courage.
We are all so different.
Like quiet giving..quiet receiving..quiet do gooding.
I have a friend that volunteers in palliative care hospitals..and will soon go to people's homes on an individual basis.
She never talks about it.
She just does it.
Quite the role model if ever there was one.
And that's my Friday and Saturday..
today is Sunday Sept 11th.. it poured buckets all night..the sun is out and the wind is howling..
and we are watching the news like every morning..I usually don't pay attention..I am reading my blogs..but it is such a rememberance day..our channels here in QC Canada are honoring the day,with the news being just about that day this morning.
I do remember what we were doing..I remember the circumstances..everything.