• Skillet Apple Pie

     

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    If you follow me on instagram, you know I recently called out for DIY contributors to help fill my editorial calendar while I still get the hang of this whole ‘work from home, mother of two’ thing. I got some fabulous submissions and today I wanted to share a yummy recipe from Emily of Young Love Story for skillet apple pie, because I know you’re looking for something to do with that fall apple bounty you got apple picking or at the farmer’s market. Take it away, Emily!

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    Fall is in the air, leaves are on the ground, and you’ve reached into the back of your closet for your favorite boots and scarves.  If you are in Los Angeles you will still be wearing short sleeves with those scarves, but we’re getting there!  The best way to complete your perfect fall day is having the smell of a freshly baked apple pie in your kitchen.  Here is an updated, even more gorgeous take on the traditional.  Apple pie in a cast iron skillet.  Every kitchen should have a good cast iron skillet, mine is 12 inches and about 60 years old.  If you don’t have one, check out your local antique stores or flea markets.  You can usually find one in great shape for under $20! 

    For this recipe you will need a few pounds of a variety of apples.  I like to use braeburn and granny smith, they hold their texture while baking and have great flavor.  I also use store bought pie crusts, with two little kids in the house making pie dough quickly drops to the bottom of my massive to do list! 

    skillet apple pie | Young Love Story on Oh Lovely Day

    Start by prepping your apples.  Peel, core and slice them into 1/4 inch slices.  Toss them into a mixing bowl with white sugar, a squeeze of lemon, cinnamon and freshly grated nutmeg.  Set them aside.  This part feels super tedious and time consuming, but I promise once the apples are ready the rest of the process moves really quickly!

    skillet apple pie | Young Love Story on Oh Lovely Day 

    Next, melt the butter in your skillet on the stove top.  Add your brown sugar and vanilla.  Stir until the sugar has dissolved and the mixture starts to bubble.  This is creating a caramel sauce that will bake underneath the pie.  Does it get any better than that??

    Carefully roll out one of the pie crusts over the caramel sauce.  Don’t worry about pressing it into the pan, the weight of the apples will keep it in place. 

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    Gently dump your apples onto the crust.  If there are any juices in the bottom of the bowl do not add them, it can make the filling too watery.

    skillet apple pie | Young Love Story on Oh Lovely Day

    Roll out your second crust across the top and carefully seal the edges around the pan.  Cut 5 or 6 slits with a sharp knife to allow steam to vent.  With a basting brush or paper towel, brush on a thin layer of egg wash and sprinkle with white sugar.  This will make the crust golden brown and extra pretty. 

     skillet apple pie | Young Love Story on Oh Lovely Day

    Bake in a 350 degree oven for 45 minutes to an hour.  If the top is getting too brown after 45 minutes, cover the pie with foil for the last 10 minutes to prevent burning.  Gently check the apples through a steam vent with a sharp knife, they should be soft but not mushy.  Let the pie set for 10 minutes before serving.  Serve with your favorite ice cream or homemade whipped cream.  I chose salted caramel ice cream, because why not?

    skillet apple pie | Young Love Story on Oh Lovely Day

    Here’s a printable version of the recipe:

    Skillet Apple Pie

    Ingredients:

    • 3-4 pounds of mixed apples
    • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
    • 1 tsp vanilla
    • 1 cup brown sugar
    • 1/2 cup white sugar
    • 1 tsp cinnamon
    • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
    • juice of half of a lemon
    • 1 beaten egg for egg wash
    • 1 box of packaged pie crusts (I used Pillsbury)

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Peel, core, and slice apples into 14 inch slices.  Sprinkle with white sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and lemon juice.  Mix with your hands and set them aside.  Melt the butter in the skillet over medium heat.  Add brown sugar and vanilla and stir until sugar dissolves and the mixture bubbles.  Turn off the heat.  Gently roll first pie crust over the mixture and add apples.  Place the second crust over the top, gently pressing along the edge of the pan.  Cut 5 or 6 slits with a sharp knife to create steam vents.  With a basting brush or paper towel, brush a thin layer of egg wash and sprinkle evenly with sugar.  Bake for one hour.  If necessary cover with foil for the last 15 minutes to prevent over browning.  When apples are soft but not mushy the pie is done.  Let set for 10 minutes.  Serve with ice cream. 

    Thanks to Emily for this delicious recipe! If you make this, instagram a pic with the hashtag #OLDbakes so I can see it, and any other yummy recipes you’re baking up this fall! And if you love to create, take great photos, and want to submit a DIY to be published on Oh Lovely Day, send them my way to chandra@ohlovelyday.com with the subject line DIY submission. Photos must be high quality, DIY’s original, and preferably not yet published elsewhere. Full source list and instructions should be attached to email in a word doc, photos at least 600 pixels wide, and either attached to the email or submitted via dropbox. Can’t wait to see what you are creating!

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    Motherhood Comparisons

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    Sometimes I feel like I write two blogs: this one that you’re reading now (which started as a wedding blog and has organically transformed into a little-bit-of-everything blog) and my instagram feed. I still try to share as much wedding-related content as I can here on Oh Lovely Day, but my instagram feed is my life. That means it is mostly my kids and motherhood-related posts. But it is my real life, my daily journal really, and I try to be as real as possible. It’s a balance between blogger/creative and momma/wife/work-from-home-mom/hot mess. The blogger in me loves styling a photo, sharing pretty things, putting my boys in cute matching tees and instagraming a picture. The mom in me has a messy house, dirty hair, no makeup on, and am probably in workout pants without actually working out. I’ve gotten quite a lot of mom followers on instagram, and sometimes it can be a nice little community where I ask a question about something I’m struggling with or share my favorite tips or products. And since I’ve had another baby and taken a little time away from this blog, instagram has allowed me to stay connected with my readers and my little community.

    The downside to instagram (blog reading) is that sometimes you see the edited versions of people’s lives. At the very least you might only see the highlights. Everything looks perfect from the outside.  I try really hard not to only share the highlights. I might share that my two month old slept eight hours one night, but three days later he barely sleeps at all – so I try share that too. And the main reason I share that he slept through the night in the first place is that as a second child, I don’t have time to write his milestones down. Instagram is like his baby book, and luckily there are ways to print those photos and captions now so it literally IS his baby book. If I didn’t instagram something, it wouldn’t get documented at all. But I really do try to keep it real. Sometimes though, I realize maybe I haven’t. Maybe things look better or easier than they really are.

    An instagram follower emailed me last week and it affected me. I asked her if I could share the email here because I think it is something many of us feel and is good to put out in the open. So here it is:

    I follow you on Instagram. I wanted to let you know…..I admire you! I’m a new Mom & First time Mom. I’m a sleep deprived, body aches, nipples hurting, working, hungry (no time to cook a whole meal) new Mom, but You give me hope that this will all get easier. I read how well you breast feed, change Calvin to all these cute outfits all the time and decorate their rooms and you make it look so easy….meanwhile I’m dying. My boy doesn’t sleep thru the night, we struggle with breast feeding and my milk supply goes up and down. The day I had to begin supplementing with formula…I felt like a loser.
    Anyway, I just wanted to let you to keep doing what you do….because I see you & you give me hope.

    Thanks so much & see you on Instagram :)

    This was my response:

    I sooooo appreciate your taking the time to send me that email. First, thanks so much for your kind words – made my weekend! Secondly, I owe you an apology because if I make this look easy, I must not be being honest. It is so NOT easy for me. And my first time around it was so overwhelmingly hard I’m surprised I wanted to do it again. Part of why I blog and Instagram is to share that, because I didn’t see anyone saying “I’m struggling, this is hard” etc. when I was a new mom. I have shared some posts on days I was really struggling. I’ve cried out of exhaustion and frustration many times the last 2 months. I usually try to talk about it with a little humor but it isn’t easy for me, I promise. And I had to supplement my first baby with formula since day 1. He got more formula than breast milk b/c my supply was so low due to a thyroid disorder and I felt the same way. And I had postpartum depression. I was so hard on myself. And you know what? He didn’t get his first cold until 11 months and his first ear infection until he was 3. He’s a smart, healthy, happy boy. And I’m just lucky about the sleep thing – I do nothing special. Every baby is so different. Hang in there! We all have it hard and struggle but it does get better and easier. 

     Don’t be so hard on yourself. I wish I could go back and tell my first time mom self that. You’re doing great, your baby will be fine, and everything will get easier. It will pass. I promise.

    My kids and I don’t go on picturesque picnics on mexican blankets. I don’t make uber-healthy lunches using all organic ingredients. I don’t even cook dinner every night. Or every other night. I don’t keep my child perfectly entertained without the assistance of the television or iPad. Calvin nurses well because it came easy. If it hadn’t, I would have had NO problem giving him formula and calling it a day. I’m 20 lbs overweight and hate it. But I don’t have time or energy to do anything about it most days. My husband and I haven’t had a date in three months. And I’m tired. So tired. I wish everything I did was blog or instagram worthy, but it just isn’t. And if it were, it is only because blogging is currently my job. Moms with regular 9-5 jobs or who are SAHMs and aren’t bloggers should not and cannot expect to keep up with that. That’s what it is like to live in LA – I walk around looking like a regular person amongst all of these beautiful and skinny actresses. I have to remember that so-and-so lost her baby weight in 2 months because it is her job. And she has the resources at her disposal to do so (a nanny, a personal trainer, a plastic surgeon, etc.). She gets paid to look like that. It is not realistic for us regular gals. And we can’t hate ourselves because we can’t keep up.

    I just wanted to share that. We are all doing our best. But we all have hard days. Another instagram follower once commented that we shouldn’t compare our behind-the-scenes to someone else’s highlight reel. I love that. Just remember that all those people you follow on instagram or on blogs are real people. They have ups and downs, feelings, and hard days. No one is perfect. Let’s take it easy on each other. Let’s take it easy on ourselves.

    PS – My experience with postpartum depression.

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    Prep + Styling Tips For Your Fall Family Photoshoots

    10 Tips for Preparing for Family Photoshoots | Oh Lovely Day

    Fall family photos are my fave (say that fast three times!) and fall is the most popular time for family photoshoots, since you all want a current photo for those holiday cards. Since we’ve had 8 family photoshoots since Charlie was born (well, 6 plus one maternity and then a recent newborn shoot for Calvin), so I feel like I’m becoming an expert. And while some of these tips are kiddo related, you can use a lot of these to prep for an engagement session as well.  Read More »

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    Bridesmaid Dresses from Nordstrom

    Styling Your Bridesmaids

    If you’re a reader of this blog, you know I love mismatched bridesmaids and I love grey as a neutral. So I’m swooning over today’s featured bridesmaid dresses. I also love making things as easy as possible for your bridesmaids – they are doing so much for you by being a part of your wedding day. Think about it – they spend their own money, take time out of their lives, travel, throw showers, attend bachelorette parties, listen to you complain about wedding planning, and so much more. So why not make life easier on them and let them choose their bridesmaid dresses from Nordstrom Weddings? Nordstrom has a wide variety of bridesmaid dress options, with colors and silhouettes that will please and flatter all of your gals. And we all know Nordstrom is known for their amazing customer service, which is key if a dress doesn’t fit or there is any sort of issue.

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    As someone who has been a bridesmaid 9 times (I’m not kidding!) I would SO have appreciated getting to wear a dress as gorgeous as one of these with the ease and convenience of buying at Nordstrom.

    From a bride’s perspective, you don’t have to worry about your gals choosing an ugly dress or something you don’t like, because the bridesmaids dress selection at Nordstrom is gorgeous! The dresses are elegant, classic, and timeless – just like you want your bridesmaids to look. And since there are locations all over, your bridesmaids can shop, see a stylist, get alterations done, and make exchanges wherever they are, in store. So everyone wins! You can see more bridal and bridesmaid style available at Nordstrom over on Style Me Pretty as well.

    How do you plan to have your bridesmaids shop for dresses? Will you choose the dress, let them choose, or shop together?

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    Compensation for this post was provided by Nordstrom via AOL Media.  The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Nordstrom or AOL.

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    Beautiful & Budget-Friendly Wedding Bands from Tungsten World

    These days most brides and grooms choose a white gold wedding band. I know I did. But did you know that there is a material out there that looks the same as white gold but is more durable and more affordable? True story! Cobalt chrome is a material that is naturally white gold in color, so there is no need for rhodium plating. It is also more scratch resistant and more budget-friendly than white gold. But looking at it, you would never know the difference between the two.  And even though it is scratch resistant, Tungsten World can do custom engraving on your cobalt chrome wedding band with their laser etching system.

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    If you can get a beautiful wedding band that is more durable and more affordable than the traditional white gold, why wouldn’t you? Put that money you’re saving into the honeymoon fund!

    And during the month of October, Tungsten World will be donating 10% of all sales of their breast cancer awareness jewelry to the American Cancer Society and Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

    *This post was sponsored by Tungsten World.

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