Thursday, September 29, 2011


What is your favorite cloth diaper detergent? Right now I really love Clean B but it can be hard to come by. I've been trying grocery store brands but none really seem to work all that well. I have made my own, too. Mix equal parts of Washing Soda, Borax, and Oxyclean to get your detergent. I use 1/4 cup in each load, since I have a top loading non-HE machine. Oh and the off brand of Oxyclean works just as well as the big brand. That's all for now but if you have a detergent you LOVE, please mention it in the comments below!

Friday, September 23, 2011

Off topic! Apple Pie!

Dixie's Apple Pie

Preheat oven to 425 F

Make filling:
-stir together:
4 cups chopped apples
1/4 cup white sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup flour
-sprinkle with cinnamon

Make Dough
(I loosely followed Joy of Cooking's recipe for this, here is what I did):
3/4 cup shortening
-stir together:
2 1/2 cups flour
1 1/2 tsp kosher salt
-cut in:
1/2 of the shortening,
-crumble it up with your fingers until it is a little coarser than cornmeal
-cut in:
the rest of the shortening
3 Tbsp Country Crock (or other butter or spread)
-slice through it with two knives until there are no pieces of shortening any bigger than large peas
6 Tbsp ice water
-knead it until it comes together.
If you have to, add a tiny bit more water (if it is too crumbly) or flour (if it is too wet).

Tear dough into two equal pieces.

Roll first ball of dough out to about a 1/8" thick circle.
Put it into a greased pie pan.
Pierce the dough in several places with a fork.

Put the filling into the pan.
Break up 1/4 cup of butter or spread and scatter it over the apples.

Roll out the other half of the dough into about a 1/8" thick circle.
Place this dough on top of the apples, and trim the excess.
Pinch the edges to seal in the filling.
Cut slits and/or use a cookie cutter to make airholes in the top of the pie.
Butter the top of the pie, then lighly sprinkle it with sugar and cinnamon.

Place pie in oven at 425 F for 15 minutes.
Then turn down the heat to 375 F and bake for another 30-45 minutes or until golden.

Friday, September 2, 2011

Festival time again

I'll be setting up a booth at the Greater Lansing Area Festival in Lansing, NC on Saturday if anybody is local and wants to come visit. Hope to see some of you there!