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    Skillet Apple Pie



    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!

    skillet apple pie | Young Love Story on Oh Lovely Day

    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. 

     skillet apple pie | Young Love Story on Oh Lovely Day

    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


    • 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!


    DIY Modern Geometric Party Decor + Free Printables from Lupa & Pepi

    DIY Modern Geometric Party Decor + Printables | Lupa & Pepi on Oh Lovely Day

    Are you searching for DIY modern geometric party decor and printables? Then today is your lucky day! I’m thrilled to have the uber-talented Rachel, from Lupa & Pepi guest posting today – she’s sharing modern party decor ideas, complete will free printables and full instructions!

    Ciao! I’m Rachel and I design paper goods and party decor for Lupa & Pepi! I’m so thrilled and honored to write a post for Chandra while she’s enjoying some time settling in with her new baby! Chandra and I share a love of stationery. In fact, some of you may remember a blog post that Chandra wrote about a year ago where we collaborated on her moving announcements. Well, our collaboration inspired an entire matching set of personalized paper goods called Geometrica (available in Lupa & Pepi’s Shop!) which includes stationery and party paper goods too! So, when Chandra asked me to do a guest post, I knew that Geometrica party decor DIYs were in order!

    Every party can be spruced up with some matching party decor! Here are two DIYs (with downloadable instructions and templates!) that are super simple — in fact if you have some little ones running around, they could lend a hand with putting these together!

    DIY Modern Geometric Party Decor + Printables | Lupa & Pepi on Oh Lovely Day


    This Geometrica backdrop is perfect for a photo booth background or would be wonderful as the backdrop for a dessert table! It’s easy to make — with just some folding and cutting you’ll have triangles that you can use to create a pattern inspired by the Geometrica triangle print. We used twine but if you’d like the triangles to appear like they are floating, use fishing line instead! The step-by-step instructions and printable templates for the garland backdrop are available for download here.

    DIY Modern Geometric Party Decor + Printables | Lupa & Pepi on Oh Lovely Day


    With some ingredients that you probably already have at home (white paper, scissors and a glue stick!) you can quickly whip up some of these Geometrica Treat Boxes! They’re small enough for finger foods at a cocktail party or sweet treats displayed on a dessert bar. They can even be personalized with your guests’ names and used as place cards or favor containers! The step-by-step instructions and printable templates for the treat boxes are available for download here.

    The bold color palette from Geometrica invitations can also serve as wonderful inspiration for the rest of your party accoutrements — navy blue napkins, light blue paper straws, pink paper plates, etc.! Tie it all together with some Geometrica personalized coasters!! (They can say anything you want! They’re so fun!) And if you enjoyed these party decor DIYs, there’s more where that came from!

    Congratulations to the Fredrick family! Can’t wait to meet Baby Fredrick, Part Deux!


    xo, Rachel


    DIY Floral Planter Box

    DIY floral planter box | Siren Floral Co on Oh Lovely Day

    I’ve got another fabulous DIY from another amazingly talented gal today, this time from Rachael of Lace & Likes and Siren Floral Co. I’m obsessed with Rachael’s floral creations, and the DIY floral planter boxes she’s sharing today are perfect for wedding and home alike. Happy making!

    planter boxes aren’t as difficult to make as they’d seem. you just need a few simple tools//materials from home depot, and you can make your very own to use for herbs, house plants or a floral arrangement. i worked on these for an upcoming SIRENFLORALCO wedding this fall.

    DIY floral planter box | Siren Floral Co on Oh Lovely Day

    what you’ll need:
    -hobby wood from home depot (in the lumber section)

    -wood glue

    -copper nails (3/4″)


    -willpower :)

    ask a strapping fellow at home depot to cut the longer pieces of hobby wood to the measurements of the box you are wanting to make. they come in a few sizes, 2 ft pieces, 4 ft pieces, etc. i made this box 2 ft long and about a foot wide. they’ll also cut the end pieces to size for you. especially if you bat your eyes at them and look helpless :)

    DIY floral planter box | Siren Floral Co on Oh Lovely Day

    what to do:
    -first, you’re going to set the wood with the wood glue.
    -start with the base and side pieces and glue them to the bottom pieces. then leave them for a while until they’ve set.
    **be sure to wipe off any excess glue that leaks out of the connecting points of the wood pieces**
    -once all your wood pieces are set with the glue, go around and nail the nails into the connecting points about an inch and a half apart on each side and each end. or wherever you feel they connect well :)
    -then you’re done!

    DIY floral planter box | Siren Floral Co on Oh Lovely Day

    if you want it to be a planter box, i would recommend doing a water proof stain on top//on the inside when you’re finished and drilling small holes into the base for the water to drain. if you’re going to use it for a wedding centerpiece, you wanna line it with plastic sheeting (also found at home depot) and use short nails or a staple gun to attach it to the inside.

    now go getchu rosie the riveter on :)


    DIY Indigo Dyed Bedding

    DIY indigo dyed bedding | Jesi Haack Desing for Oh Lovely Day

    If you follow me on instagram you know my inspiration for Calvin’s nursery was indigo and California cool. I included some fab indigo dyed details, which is why today’s guest post from my sweet and uber-talented friend Jesi Haack is so perfect. I know you’ll  love it as much as I do.

    Indigo dyeing seems to be all the rage lately, and we wanted in on that action! We used dyeing methods based on the Japanese tie-dyeing technique called Shibori. We decided to make a cool and relaxed Shibori-inspired bedding set, perfect for the warm summer months.

    DIY indigo dyed bedding | Jesi Haack Desing for Oh Lovely Day



    • Indigo Tie Dye Kit
    • (2) 5-gallon (or larger) bucket or tub, preferably with a lid or cover
    • long NON-metal stir stick
    • items to dye (natural fibers in white or cream work best)
    • drop cloth
    • rubber gloves (optional, but highly recommended)



    1. Fill 1 bucket with cold water and set aside.
    2. To make your dye bath, fill the second bucket with 4 gallons of warm water and add the contents of the dye kit (which include dye, soda ash, and a reducing agent). Gently, but thoroughly, stir the vat in a circular motion. Once the vat is well mixed, cover with a lid and allow it to sit for 15-30 minutes (the longer the better). The dye should be a yellow-greenish color.
    3. While it sits, you can prep your items for dyeing with rubber bands. The kit provides a few different folding and tying methods and we found a couple others by searching online. It’s so fun to mix and match and get creative with the folding methods!

    DIY indigo dyed bedding | Jesi Haack Desing for Oh Lovely Day

    1. Once you have your items prepped and ready to go, soak them in water, then squeeze it out.
    2. Slowly submerge your items (one at a time worked best for us!) into the dye bath and manipulate the piece with your hands to make sure the dye reaches the unbound parts evenly. Work under the surface of the bath through this process, carefully avoiding letting too much oxygen get through with bubbles or splashing. You can leave your items soaking for as long as you want, but we did about 15 minutes.

    DIY indigo dyed bedding | Jesi Haack Desing for Oh Lovely Day

    1. When removing each item from the bath, try to squeeze out as much dye just below the surface (again, to avoid splashing). The fabric will be the same yellow-greenish color as the bath. Not to worry, as the fabric will oxidize after a few minutes and will gradually turn indigo blue!
    2. You can leave your items folded/tied while they oxidize or unfold them if you cannot wait another minute to see how the patterns turned out! We opted to leave them folded and bound in hopes that the dye would bleed into the fabric more.

    DIY indigo dyed bedding | Jesi Haack Desing for Oh Lovely Day

    1. Once your items are fully oxidized, rinse them in the cold water bath and hang them up to dry (i.e. admire them as you pat yourself on the beauty you just created)!
    2. After you’re done dyeing the items, you’ll want to set the indigo dye in the fabric and lock in the color.
    • Start by filling a washing machine with cold water and adding a capful of liquid delicate detergent.
    • Put in your dyed items when the machine is about half full. Allow the wash cycle to run, but stop the machine before the rinse cycle starts.
    • Add 2 cups white vinegar to the rinse water and let items soak in this solution for at least 2 hours.
    • Turn the machine back on and let it continue with the rinse cycle.
    • Let everything air dry.
    • Use a steam iron at the hottest setting to press the fabric all over.

    Everything turned out so great and we found that our “sheet” doubles as a unique tablecloth! 

    DIY indigo dyed bedding | Jesi Haack Desing for Oh Lovely Day DIY indigo dyed bedding | Jesi Haack Desing for Oh Lovely Day

    It SOUNDS like the whole process is very involved, but once you get set up, the whole thing is actually super easy and weirdly relaxing. How fun would it be to have a girls’ day in and throw a little indigo party to reinvent some of your old forgotten white tanks and sweats?

    CREDITS: Photos: Brian Tropiano for Jesi Haack Design / Production: Kay Lee for Jesi Haack Design / Jesi Haack Design is a member of our Lovely Vendor Guide. If you’d like to be considered, apply here.


    Old Hollywood Wedding

    Old Hollywood Wedding | Heidi Ryder Photography

    I’m giddy over today’s Old Hollywood wedding from Heidi Ryder. Old Hollywood glamour, vintage touches, gold polka dots galore – what’s not to love? And my favorite of all is the fashion and style the bride infused into the day. She designed and made her dress and the bridesmaid dresses herself, and I am more beyond obsessed with her dress. And her gold glitter Miu Miu heels. Just too good…

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