Monday, July 30, 2007

Noni's Apple Pan Dowdy

I entered Noni's fabby Apple Pan Dowdy in the fair today. Fingers crossed I beat the hefty blue hairs that I encountered in the Home Arts building.

1 cup AP flour

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar (packed)
  • 1 Tablespoon cinnamon
  • (1/2 teaspoon ginger)


    Cut together butter and flour with a pastry cutter until it resembles a course meal. Then add sugar, cinnamon, (and ginger). Mix together with a spoon and set aside.


  • 1-1/2 cup AP flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons shortening
  • 3-1/2 - 4 Tablespoons ice water
  • (1 egg)
  • (1 Tablespoon water)


  • 4-8 sweet, but not too juicy, apples
  • Sprinkle of cinnamon and ginger


    Whisk together flour and salt until well blended. Cut in shortening until mixture resembles a course meal. Gradually add in the ice water, one tablespoon at a time. One especially dry days, more than 4 T water may be needed. When the mixture begins to stick together, gently roll it into a ball within the bowl.

    Cover and flour bread board and rolling pin, or use a pastry towel and rolling pin cover. (cover with plastic wrap and chill in freezer for 10 minutes). Roll out the dough until circular and slightly larger than desired pie diameter. Fliip dough onto pizza pan and set aside.

    Grate apples into a bowl. Place grated apples onto prepared dough, leaving about an inch of crust to fold over. (Sprinkle with cinnamon and ginger.) Top with sugar topping out to edges of apple filling. Gently fold over crust to make a crust perimeter of about and inch around the filling. If desired, whisk together egg and water and brush on outside of crust for a shiny finish.

    Bake at 350o for 40-45 minutes. Allow to cool for 20-30 minutes before serving. Serve a la mode with caramel sauce.

Alternate crust recipe:

  • 1-1/4 cups AP flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 4 Tablespoons cold butter (1/2 stick) cut into pieces
  • 2 Tablespoons vegetable shortening
  • 3-5 Tablespoons ice water


    Whisk together flour and salt until well blended. Cut in butter and shortening with a pastry cutter until mixture resembles a course meal. Sprinkle in ice water, one tablespoon at a time, until dough just begins to come together. Roll into a ball. Wrap in plastic wrap and shape into a disk. Freeze for 10 minutes. Roll out to just larger than desired diameter and cut around edges to shape.

Sunday, July 29, 2007

Pump It Up

Complete physical exhaustion...I have just finished BODYPUMP training. Three days of hardcore endurance weight training, not to mention the emotional/psychological strain of learning choreography and coaching methods. I feel completely drained, but so strong. It was a bit of a mix between the experience I had at the Olympic Training Center and the Presidents' Conference I went to for leadership.


I know that most people will probably ask me why in the hell I paid money to put myself through hell, gave up my weekend, and spent three days in Bakersfield in the middle of my nice, relaxing summer. It is an addiction, really. I cannot even explain the incredible power the runs through me, constantly asking for a new challenge. I would rather put myself through this hell than sit at home doing the same old thing for one more weekend. I believe that a person gets out of life what he or she puts into it. When I challenge myself I feel empowered, stronger, and more content. I think I am also a student junkie. I cannot stand to go through life without expanding myself mentally. I learned so much about coaching, motivating, and weightlifting itself this weekend.


The break and build cycle was such a great experience. When I used to do BODYPUMP at the gym, I would look up at the instructors and think to myself, "I can do that, not problem." So I went to the training and learned that it really was a lot more involved than I thought it was I doubted myself for a while. However, as I pushed through, I realized that it could be done. I am not that far off.


It was also nice to realize that I am in DAMN good shape, if I do say so myself…Bring on the pain, I'm addicted to pump.


Good try

It was a good first attempt. I did not quite get the picture to upload, but at this point I am too tired to care. I just feel accomplished that I got the blog linked to Word and my words uploaded to the internet…Though I am not so sure about security, but hopefully the "may be able to see username and password" is a slight may rather than an absolute.

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My gorgeous sister.


I am currently working on using Microsoft OneNote. So far it is AMAZING, like a mixture of the best things about Word and PowerPoint jacked up on caffeine. I am hoping that I will be able to get a blog going off of here…My first attempt includes this beautiful picture of my sister, because I love her, and I know how much she will appreciate me posting this attractive photo of her here.


After I made this page on OneNote and tried to send it to my blog, I figured out that the blog uploading feature is actually a new function of Word…cool.