Easy As Pie! Making My First Apple Pie With My Daughter

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I made forty resolutions to do by my fortieth birthday. One of those goals was to make an apple pie from scratch. For some reason, probably due to my lack of baking confidence, this just seemed like a daunting task. After I did it, I realized that there was no need to be afraid of making a pie. It’s so easy!

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My 6-year-old daughter and I had fun making this pie together. We found a simple recipe to follow in the Better Homes and Gardens New Cookbook. This cookbook was a wedding gift and is filled with all kinds of easy to follow recipes. I rely on this book for most of my baking projects.

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Even though this project was on my 40 by 40 list, I also put it on my kids’ advent gift list. For the first twenty-four days in December, we unwrap a gift that includes either a book, game, or activity that we can do together. Zara was so excited to help me make this pie, while my son was content to come and observe every so often. She did great, helping me mix the ingredients and roll out the dough for the pie.

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I though making pie crust would be harder than it was. It was so easy!! I’m not sure if knowing how to do this is a good thing, considering my love for pie. I now feel confident to experiment with different crusts. If, like me, you’ve been too intimidated to try this yourself, there is no need to be. There is a reason for the saying “Easy as pie”.

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Bring Fall Home With This DIY Natural Diffuser

Have I mentioned that Fall is my absolute favorite time of year? As I write this, I am actually preparing to spend a weekend in Muskoka, Ontario in October! I can’t wait to soak that all in!

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Fall, sweater weather, pumpkins, blankets, coffee, and a good book. You can’t beat it! How can we embrace the Autumn scene—rather scent—at home? Here is a simple DIY natural Fall scent diffuser that will have your home smelling magical in minutes!

What you need:

A small pot

Orange peels

2 Cinnamon sticks

1/8 Tsp ground cloves (or 5 whole cloves)

2 Cups water




Instructions:

1) Combine all ingredients in the pot and bring to a boil.

2) Turn element to low, and let simmer for a minimum of 20 minutes (then for as long as you want—keeping an eye on the water level)

3) Breathe it in and enjoy!

 
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3 Steps To Organize Every Room In Your House

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Whether in a small space or a large one, most of us have that space that we just can’t make sense of– that den that becomes the “catch-all” room, the play area overrun with toys, the office spilling over with clutter, or that storage are that we pretend doesn’t exist. Can you relate to any, most, or all of the above? No worries! There is a solution to get your home functional again.

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I am going to break organizing your home down to 3 simple steps. Are you ready?


Step 1: Choose your space


What I mean is you have to start somewhere. Choose to start, and choose where to start. Starting to feel overwhelmed? Here are two things to consider when choosing where to start organizing

1. Start small.

Find the room that needs the least amount of work and start there. This will help you conquer overwhelm, give you a small win, and help you build momentum to tackle the next project.

2. Start with the high priority area.

This is the area where you spend a lot of time, sees a lot of traffic, and needs to be functional. If your high priority area is particularly large, break it up into smaller tasks (ie, organize the kitchen pantry, then the counters, etc).


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Step 2: Define your space x 2

You are going to want to define your space in two ways. The first way is to ask yourself a series of questions that will help you figure out the purpose of the room overall.

Who uses the space?

What activities take place in the space?

Is the space formal or casual?

What do the functions of the space need to be?

What do you want to feel when you walk into the space?

The second way that you need to define the space is according to function. Each area in the space will serve a particular purpose. Once you have defined the purpose, you now want to arrange the space to serve that purpose by creating stations.

Creating stations may be something you already do without even realizing it. Stations may include: a reading nook, a play area, a coffee station, a prep area for cooking, a craft area, etc. Give each part of the room a purpose.

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Step 3. Refine your space


Once you have been able to define the space and find its overall purpose, as well as the smaller stations within the space, it is time to refine. Now you can find places for your items and give them all a home in the area where they will best serve their purpose, and toss out or donate what you don’t need.

Here you have it! Three steps to getting organized. Now go, make your home your favorite place to be again!