Thursday, May 26, 2011

Proud Mother Moment...

Please indulge me while I enjoy a proud mother moment. Last Friday Isabella was invited to read a piece of her descriptive writing to her entire school, and we were on hand to cheer her on!


She was full of nervous anticipation before her name was called...
{and see those cute sandals? mine! what is up with the raiding of the closet these days?!}


...yet she spoke beautifully during her moment!


Writing is obviously a BIG thing in our household! 
Her piece is going to be used by the state as an "exemplary example" of creative writing.
"Get out!", the mother says.


We thought we'd head out for a nice treat afterwards, but instead her choice was to come home and bake an apple pie! So Isabella and her Dad got busy. I supervised from afar, this was their project.


It turned out just right. Here is the recipe below, should the mood strike you to bake a delicious apple pie anytime soon.

Blue-Ribbon Apple Pie
Ingredients

Crust:
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup chilled butter, cut into small pieces
1/4 cup vegetable shortening
1/2 teaspoon cider vinegar
5 to 7 tablespoons ice water

Filling:
2 cups thinly sliced peeled Granny Smith or other tart apples such as Newtown, Pippin or Crispin  (1 lb)
2 cups thinly sliced peeled Braeburn or other all-purpose apple such as Empire (1 lb)
1 cup thinly sliced peeled Rome or other firm baking apple such as Baldwin or Winesap (1/2 lb)
1 cup thinly sliced peeled McIntosh or other tender apple such as Gravenstein or Jonathan (1/2 lb)
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
Cooking spray
2 teaspoons fat free milk
1 tablespoon granulated sugar

Preparation:
To prepare crust, lightly spoon 2 cups flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine with 1/2 teaspoon salt in a bowl; cut in butter and shortening with a pastry blender or 2 knives until mixture resembles coarse meal. Add vinegar and enough ice water, 1 tablespoon at a time, tossing with a fork until dough is moist. Divide dough in half. Gently press each dough half into a 4-inch circle on heavy duty plastic wrap, and cover with additional plastic wrap. Roll one half of dough, still covered, into a 12-inch circle; chill. Roll other half of dough, still covered, into an 11-inch circle; chill.

Preheat oven to 450 degrees

To prepare filling, combine apples and lemon juice in a large bowl. Combine 1/2 cup granulated sugar, brown sugar, 3 tablespoons flour, cinnamon, and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Sprinkle over apple mixture, tossing well to combine.

Remove 1 sheet of plastic wrap from the 12-inch circle; fit dough, plastic wrap side up, into a 9-inch pie plate coated with cooking spray, allowing dough to extend over edge of plate. Remove top sheet of plastic wrap. Spoon apple mixture into crust. Remove 1 sheet of plastic wrap from the 11-inch circle, and place dough, plastic wrap side up, on top of apple mixture. Remove top sheet of plastic wrap. Press edges of dough together; fold edges under, and flute. Cut 6 (1-inch) slits into top of pastry using a sharp knife. Brush top and edges of pie with milk; sprinkle with 1 tablespoon granulated sugar. Place pie on a baking sheet; bake a 450 degrees for 15 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 375 (do not remove pie from oven). Bake an additional 45 minutes or until golden brown. (Shield crust with aluminum foil if it gets too brown). Cool on a wire rack.

Enjoy warm with vanilla ice cream!

47 comments :

  1. Writing is a gift that not a lot of people have, and Isabella inherited hers from you. Keep up the good work Janell. My Congrats for Isabella and for you for setting an example of what a great Mom should be. :)

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  2. Awe.... so happy for her! Great job, public speaking is not my best quality - so I am envious!!

    xoxo

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  3. That is wonderful , janell..you must feel so proud as a mom..i often choke up at moments like these..di you hold up fine?? It is a gift if kids these day are interested in reading books and writing..i too am a lucky mom with meyha crazy about books..and now she's writing a mystery story during her holidays inspired by enid blyton!! your little girl is wonderful and i love it that she wanted to come home and bake a pie instead of going out for a treat..she's indeed special! congratulations again..xx meenal

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  4. The picture of the two of you is beautiful. Your pride in her really shows as well as the smile she has knowing that she did a great job. What a moment to capture and the pie really looks good too! Having the ability to write well and speak in public are two skills that will get you far - Very proud of her too!

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  5. nothing more wonderful than sharing good news. wonderful post. love the mom moment. rock on.

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  6. I love stories of being proud of your children.
    HMMM, I wonder where she gets it from?

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  7. Congratulations to Isabella and to you. Isn't it rewarding to see your child accomplish something, maybe even more so than our own accomplishments.

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  8. Love your mom moment! What a wonderful accomplishment. I know you are so very proud!

    Take care,
    Lori
    www.lorimayinteriors.com/blog

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  9. There's no pride like the kind we have when our children succeed! Congrats to Isabella and the whole family who nurtures and loves her.
    Thanks for sharing!

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  10. Aw, how wonderful! Congratulations to your daughter for this wonderful achievement. Writing talent definitely runs in your family. :) How amazing she has such a great role model to look up to! And thanks for the apple pie recipe. The pie looks delicious!

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  11. What a great opportunity for your daughter! You must be beyond proud of her. The pie looks pretty yummy too!

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  12. Congrats proud mama on your beautiful creative young lady! Lots of sweet moments in this post! And I have never thought to include brown sugar when baking apple pie. I will have to try that next time. Enjoy your day
    Maureen

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  13. Wow, that is so fantastic! Thanks for sharing the wonderful job Isabella did... and I can't believe how big she looks now compared to when I first started following you! Way to go, Isabella!

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  14. Congratulations to Isabella. She's definitely gifted in writing and public speaking. Besides her own talent, I am sure her accomplishment also comes from the love and support from a wonderful mother like yourself and the whole family. You should be very proud of yourself!

    Jessie
    www.mixandchic.com

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  15. michiganhome...seriously?!? Can you even believe it, she is a half size smaller in shoe size and will pass me up in height within moments. In the blink of an eye...
    Janell

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  16. Oh my goodness- you must be SO proud- I can't wait for those school moments with my little ones. Congrats all around!!!

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  17. Janell, I can not believe how grown-up Isabella looks. She is adorable and i love that she thinks your shoes are cool enough to wear!! What a proud moment for your family and especially her, that is amazing. I love that she is a writer, just like her Mommy!! Congrats!! xo Kathysue

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  18. What an honor!! That is fantastic and I know you must be so proud! My little one sat and actually read a book to me yesterday. I don't mean she had it memorized, but read it! I wanted to cry (o.k. I did a little!). Congratulations to your daughter!

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  19. How great it is for us moms to see our kids healthy and happy and to excel at not just one but so many things. Congratulations to Isabella on her accomplishments and to you for being her excellent mom.

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  20. I am impressed!! On a few fronts, A. with her writing B. with how she was so mature that she chose to go home instead of going out to bake an apple pie nonetheless and C. that Dad was the one to help her
    You must be one proud mama!! She is a beautiful girl and to be a talented writer too..she is the whole enchilada....wow!
    The apple pie looks muy bueno too!
    Congrats to you all on this wonderfu achievement. You have every right to be proud and share it :-)

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  21. I am impressed!! On a few fronts, A. with her writing B. with how she was so mature that she chose to go home instead of going out to bake an apple pie nonetheless and C. that Dad was the one to help her
    You must be one proud mama!! She is a beautiful girl and to be a talented writer too..she is the whole enchilada....wow!
    The apple pie looks muy bueno too!
    Congrats to you all on this wonderfu achievement. You have every right to be proud and share it :-)

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  22. Congratulations! That's amazing that she is such a good writer, but also that she chose to spend some quality time, not spending money, at home with her family! So sweet!

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  23. Great news! Congratulations to Isabelle and Janell, be glad she likes your shoes. This too might change :) Will bookmark the apple pie recipe which looks very professional, btw.

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  24. congratulations to your daughter for finding her own voice and direction...
    you should be proud....

    maureen

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  25. Wow what an honor for her!! But what amazes me even more is that she wanted to go home and hang out with Mom and Dad after and that was her idea of celebrating!! God, I hope I have kids that enjoy hanging out with me one day! You are an AWESOME Mom!

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  26. I would have been a big sobbing mess. Good to see you held it together. What a great day in your house!!

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  27. That's simply wonderful! Congratulations Isabella!!
    (and congrats to you too Mom! )

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  28. How sweet!!

    The apple doesn't fall far from the ::pie:: does it?

    ;)

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  29. WOW! A big congratulations to your girl! What a wonderful moment for her.

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  30. Congrat to Issabella and you too.
    Love when our children fight through their nerves and perform. Such a great memory.

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  31. Congratulations Isabella!! :)

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  32. What had just happened is this the little sweet girl I used to see at my fave blog?...She turn into a pretty young lady and smart too. Congratulation Isabella!!!.. good genes from both parents.
    I can totally relate to you Janell closet raid, I have 11 yrs. old daughter and a 7 yrs. old who recieved a Principal Honor roll yesterday, who loves to read and write. She always saw me reading your blog and keep asking if she can write a blog too?!. Told her maybe when she's 18. I suspected one day she will be an author. :)

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  33. What a sweet comment Lana, and yes, she is growing up so fast, before our very eyes. Congratulations to your child as well! Janell

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  34. So sweet, congratulations! She's just a doll.
    I got to listen to my first grader say the pledge of allegience over the loud speaker at school today and that made my eyes well up. :)
    xo~
    T

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  35. Oh, such a proud moment. And made even sweeter by her wanting to come home and bake the pie. That's what life is all about. She is darling.

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  36. Congratulations to Isabella!!! That's amazing and you should be SO proud!
    Stacy

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  37. Congrats to Isabella! You guys are such a cute mother and daughter combo!

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  38. Congrats :) That's amazing, The entire school, and she was calm enough to speak to the entire school, Not mee! I would be way to nervous!! Very impressive :)

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  39. How wonderful. Its moments like that remind you what motherhood is all about. Way to go Isabella!

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  40. Congrats to Isabella!

    As for closet raiding, when I was in middle school and high school, I loved wearing these old cashmere turtleneck sweaters that my dad had worn in high school (he was a beanpole), along with his plain white Hanes t-shirts. I also raided my mom's box of momentos and wore an ascot she had in high school.

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  41. * Dear Isabella~~~ You've accomplished MUCH more than I think even Y*O*U realize, and you did it with such GRACE and FLAIR, making your family n' friends sooo very proud!!! I am sooooo HAPPY for, and proud of, Y*O*U!!!

    So it I*S TRUE, too~~~~ "the apple DOESN'T fall far from the tree" (or in this case, the pie pan!!!)...

    Gosh, "YA DUN GOOOOD, GIRL!"... (And YES, that IS improper English, but it's OK to be silly when the stakes are so high!)...

    Janell, I'm so glad you SHARED this with us~~~ you must be bursting with pride, and deservedly so!!!

    Hugs,
    Linda in AZ *
    bellesmom1234@comcast.net

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  42. You are raising superstars! Congrats Isabella for your superb writing abilities! They will take you very far!

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  43. Aw. You're such a good mom. Good job to Isabella!

    (And the sandals were the first thing I noticed. Good choice!)


    Kelly

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  44. So sweet! What a great achievement, and an experience she'll always remember!

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  45. Congratulations to your beautiful daughter! And that pie looks delish!

    Kat :)

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  46. Your daughter is beautiful and apparently very talented. What a proud moment!

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  47. That is a proud moment! Have you ever tried your apple pie with american cheese on top? Sounds crazy I know but boy is it good! My southern hubby introduced me to that one, and I've been a cheese instead of vanilla ice cream kind of girl ever since :)

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