11.19.2018

Homemade Apple Pie with Decorative Braided Crust | Jennifer L. Scott

5:51 AM 4 Comments


When you gather together with your family, what dishes are you always asked to bring? In our family, I'm the pie person. Whether I'm hosting the holidays, or just a guest, I'm always in charge of the pies!



Baking pies brings me so much joy. I find it really relaxing to make pastry and filling and combine it together to form a beautiful creation. (Although the part where you slip the pastry onto the pie dish is quite stressful!)

My pies aren't always beautiful... often they are rustic (that's a nice way of saying they look a bit funny!). Today, I make a traditional homemade apple pie and I make a decorative crust, perfect for the holidays. I find that when I use a pie mold for the pastry, the pie always ends up looking impressive with minimal effort.

This is the decorative pie crust mold I use...

I also use a pastry cutter to incorporate the butter and shortening. You could also use your hands, but I find that the cutter gets the butter into the right size crumbs needed for the flaky crust.




And Pastry leaf and acorn stampers to create the decorative crust.



This pie turned out really well. It was fun to make and delicious too. The addition of the lemon juice gives a tart zing to the sweet and cinnamon apples.

I use the Emile Henri 9" pie dish, which is not only a beautiful dish, but bakes the crust evenly and has ample space for a deep-dish apple pie.




This would be the perfect pie to make for Thanksgiving or even Christmas. For Christmas, I would just change the cutout pastry to Christmas-y shapes like gingerbread men.




Here is the printable recipe:
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Yield: serves 8 - 10

Homemade Apple Pie with Braided Crust

prep time: 1 hourcook time: 1 hourtotal time: 2 hours

This traditional homemade apple pie is perfect for the holidays. Use the pie molds and cut-outs to create a decorative crust.

ingredients:

For the crust
  • 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup shortening
  • 10 tablespoons chilled, salted butter, chopped
  • 5 to 8 tablespoons cold water
  • egg white for brushing the pastry
For the filling
  • 6 medium to large tart apples, peeled and sliced
  • 1/2 a lemon, squeezed
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour

instructions:

To make the pie crust, combine the flour and salt. Add the shortening in with a pastry cutter. Add the butter in with the pastry cutter until fully incorporated. The butter should look like large crumbs. Slowly add the water one tablespoon at a time until the pastry binds together. Roll the pastry into two separate balls. Wrap with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes. 

To make the filling: peel and chop 6 tart apples. Squeeze lemon juice on top so they do not brown. Combine the sugars, flour, and cinnamon and mix with the apples. Set aside.

To assemble the pie: spread some flour on a large cutting board and with a rolling pin, roll your dough out. Place half of the dough in the bottom of a pie dish. Fill the pan with pie filling. Roll out the rest of your dough. If desired, use a decorative pie mold to give your pie crust a braided look. Use cookie cut-outs  to create pastry decorations. 

Brush the pastry with egg wash and place in a pre-heated oven at 350 degrees for an hour, or until the pastry is golden brown and the pie is finished. 

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On last week's interview with Shannon Ables, Jasmine R writes,"Hi Jennifer, thank you for these interviews. Through you I discovered How Jen does it and Inspired by Nikki, who introduced me to Shannon. I love the ideas for Living Life well. As a full-time middle aged working mom with a demanding job, long commute and a family and house to take care of I was getting overwhelmed with my to do lists. All of you have helped me bring back some center to my life and focus on things that I truly care. I am still evolving.....and a work in progress :) Thank you to all you Wonderful Ladies!"

Thank you so much, Jasmine! I love my interview series because it connects fellow connoisseurs in a very special way. Thank you for your encouraging words.

Thank you for watching today's video. I would love to know... are you the pie person in your family? What are your favorite pies to make for the holidays? Let us know and your comment could be chosen as comment of the week on The Daily Connoisseur.

I'll see you Wednesday for a special collaboration with Nikki Moreno. See you then!


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11.15.2018

Shannon Ables + Jennifer L. Scott Interview | Living the Simply Luxurious Life

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My interview series continues with the delightful Shannon Ables from the wildly popular Simply Luxurious Life blog. Shannon and I met four years ago when I was a guest on her podcast series. She has always been such a wonderful supporter of the Madame Chic books.



Since our podcast interview, Shannon published her first book, Choosing the Simply Luxurious Life and in today's interview we discuss her second book, Living the Simply Luxurious Life, which was just released this week!




Shannon and I discuss her new book, the world of blogging, challenging cultural norms, finances, productivity, signature style, and so much more.

I hope you enjoy today's interview.

The book on productivity (whose title eluded me during the interview) was Deep Work by Cal Newport.



I thoroughly enjoyed my chat with Shannon and I hope you enjoy today's video.

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Yesterday's Natural Home with Jennifer reviewed the Bend Soap natural deodorant. Carrie J. writes, "Ever since your review this summer I have used these products; they are fabulous. I have given 2 baskets for birthdays and I'm gifting more baskets for Christmas. Thank you Jennifer, and thanks to Bend Soap Co. for their outstanding products."

Hi Carrie, I'm so happy you loved the Bend Soap review. I am giving their baskets for Christmas too. They make the perfect gift!


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11.14.2018

Bend Soap Natural Deodorant + A Giveaway | Natural Home with Jennifer

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It's Bend Soap day again on Natural Home with Jennifer. Bend Soap Co. is one of my favorite companies for natural beauty products. Located in Bend, Oregon, Bend Soap Co. is a small family business that makes high-quality goat milk soaps and other natural products. I fell in love with their soaps, lotions, body scrubs and milk baths this summer and have been very curious about their other products as well.



Bend Soap Co. has been so lovely. They sent me another goody bag to share with you today. I specifically requested their all-natural deodorant to test out.



You know me... I'm a natural deodorant connoisseur! I've been wearing natural deodorant for over a decade ever since I read about the toxic effects that traditional deodorant can have on your body. (Check out this article form Time Magazine on the dangers of traditional deodorants.)



I loved Bend's Natural deodorant and have been using it for the past month. It's creamy and moisturizing, yet doesn't leave a white residue on my clothes. It works really well too to prevent odor. I love it! Here is what Bend says about their deodorant:

A no-nonsense natural deodorant. Our aluminum-free deodorant is made with all-natural ingredients and provides you with all-day protection. The plant-based powders efficiently absorb wetness and odor while the natural oils provide a smooth, non-greasy, and non-sticky application. Give our natural deodorant a try and we’re sure you’ll agree: this is the ultimate 100% natural deodorant (that actually works!).

And here are the ingredients: Coconut Oil, Red Palm Oil, Baking Soda, Arrowroot Powder, Beeswax, Cocoa Butter, Shea Butter, Chamomile Extract, Calendula Extract, Honey, Grapefruit and Ylang Ylang Essential Oil. That’s It!



Bend Soap Co. also sent three or their large goat milk soaps. I love their soap. The size is generous and they are soothing, moisturizing, and all-natural. When I suffered from eczema after the birth of my son, these soaps were the only kind I could use without experiencing irritation.



The lavender goat milk lotion is very soothing. This is another great product for people with eczema. If scents bother you, they also carry an unscented version as well.



And their lip butter is great too! It's moisturizing and I love that it's so natural you could actually eat it.

Bend Soap Co. have offered a great discount to my readers: get 10% off your first order with the code DC10.



They are also offering a generous giveaway to readers of The Daily Connoisseur. Enter to win a starter gift set, which includes a full size goat milk lotion, a full size goat milk soap, an all-natural lip butter, and a loofah. The giveaway is open to US residents only. In order to enter you must be subscribed to my YouTube channel. If you are not already a subscriber, click the red subscribe button (it's free!) and be sure to hit the "bell" icon for email notifications for when I upload a video. Enter the giveaway via the rafflecoptor widget below. The winner will be announced next Wednesday on the widget. Best of luck!

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11.12.2018

One Centerpiece: Two Tables | Thanksgiving and Christmas | Jennifer L. Scott

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Happy Veteran's Day! Thank you to all of our veterans. Your service to our country is so greatly appreciated. We honor you today.

In today's video I'm showing how one neutral centerpiece can be the focal point for two different holiday table settings.



Thanksgiving and Christmas are rapidly approaching. Decorating for the holidays can be overwhelming. You might feel like you need to purchase a lot of seasonal decor to make your house look festive. Today, I show you how you can use the same standard basics in decorating and change out a few accessories to make an elegant seasonal look.



Here is our beautiful centerpiece. It's the snowball hydrangea candelabrum from Nearly Natural. Nearly Natural have the most beautiful and realistic selection of faux flowers and plants online. I selected two centerpieces from them and I am so impressed with their quality and appearance.



As I lay the Thanksgiving-themed table I share a lazy hack. (Who doesn't love a lazy hack?) I first place down a larger taupe tablecloth that is not ironed. On top of that, I layer a cream-colored textured tablecloth. I use my handheld steamer to take our the wrinkles. This is much quicker than ironing the cloth. Here is a direct link to the steamer I use.



This shows how the different textures and colors come together to create an understated, yet sophisticated fall table. My tablecloth is several years old, but here is a link to a similar style.



For the Christmas table, I use the same tablecloth, table runner, and rattan placemats. I add a pop of red with the cloth placements. I really enjoy layering different textures of linens when dressing the table.



I create a very simple napkin holder for the holiday napkins. I use a piece of festive ribbon to tie the napkins into a bow shape. So pretty and easy! I like using our blue and white dishes for Christmas.



This is the second centerpiece I selected from Nearly Natural. I placed this one on our entryway table. It is beautifully crafted and the vase with faux water gives it such a realistic look. When it arrived, the stems were straight up (for shipping), I had fun arranging the flowers to make it look natural in the vase.

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On last week's Etiquette Chat, Anon writes, "Your etiquette videos are my favorites too! This was really timely. Last year, I went back to work (albeit from home) after over a decade of being a stay at home mom. I was quite shocked at how things have changed, especially in terms of language and oversharing. I'm glad to know I'm not the only one experiencing this!
You're so right about letting your light shine. Sometimes silence and not participating in whatever is going on (gossip, language, etc.) speaks louder than anything else.
I really enjoyed all your books. Thanks for your wonderful blog!"



Thank you, Anon! I agree... sometimes letting your light shine is much more powerful than an admonition. Great point. Actions speak louder than words.

Thank you for joining me for today's video. I would love to know how you decorate the table for the holidays. What is your seasonal style like?


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11.09.2018

Unboxing Grove Collaborative's New Gel Dish Soap & Hand Soap | Natural Home with Jennifer

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You know you're getting old when you get excited about receiving cleaning products in the mail. Ha!



Grove Collaborative sent me a surprise package with their new gel dish soap and hand soap plus reusable glass pump dispensers. I love Grove's products because not only are they eco friendly and affordable, but they have the most wonderful scent. I reviewed their cleaning concentrates in a previous video.



Today, I unbox their new soaps and try them out for the first time. The gel dish soap in Lemon, Eucalyptus, and Mint smells fresh and crisp- perfect for the kitchen. It has two refills in it and sells for $5.95, making it $2.97 per refill.

The gel hand soap has 3 refills in it and also sells for $5.95, making it less than two dollars per refill. These are excellent prices!

I find that the gel soaps perform beautifully. I also love the high-quality glass dispensers. The silicone base on the dish soap dispenser is handy in keeping the glass intact. My favorite part of the products are their wonderful scents, which are spa-like in nature.

I hope you enjoy my unboxing and review in today's video.



Grove's November offer features the Mrs. Meyer's holiday scents. If you missed my review last week, I share which one was my favorite. The three scents are Iowa Pine, Peppermint, and Orange Clove. New customers receive a Mrs. Meyer's holiday trio (dish soap, hand soap, and multi-purpose spray in the scents of their choice) along with a red Grove cleaning caddy and walnut scrubber sponges when you spend $20. Existing customers receive walnut scrubber sponges.

I hope you enjoy today's video.


Before we close, I want to extend my prayers to the families affected by the horrible tragedies in California this week: the tragedy in Thousand Oaks, and the people affected by the wildfire in Paradise, CA. One of my best friends, Romi, has likely lost her home in Paradise. I am just so thankful that she and her family are all OK.


Have a nice weekend and hug your loved ones a little tighter tonight.

With love,

Jennifer

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11.08.2018

Lack of Professionalism at Work? Etiquette Chat

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Today's etiquette chat deals with the issue of professionalism at work (or lack thereof). I received two emails from readers with personal anecdotes regarding bad behavior at work.



In today's video I address the emails and weigh in with my own experiences. We end on a positive note with advice for young professionals.

My best professional etiquette advice is this: no matter what job you have, whether you love it or hate it, give it your all and do it to your best ability with a happy heart. Be professional always. Don't swear and don't over-share. Keep busy and stay off your phone. Think about what your boss is looking for and how you can better the company. You would be amazed at the doors that open for you.

A wonderful resource on etiquette and poise is my third book, Polish Your Poise with Madame Chic: Lessons in Everyday Etiquette.



I hope you enjoy the etiquette chat in today's video. I would love to hear your thoughts on all of the subjects discussed... be sure to chime in with your comment.

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#読了 #フランス人は10着しか服を持たない #凛とした魅力がすべてを変える #ジェニファーlスコット #jenniferlscott * 凛とした女性になるための心得が書かれてありました。私的にはやはり1冊目が一番良かったけれども、こんな凛とした女性になるべく、頑張りたいと思える本でした( ・∇・) まずは、背筋を伸ばすところから始めたい!笑笑 * * #本 #book #本好き #活字中毒 #本好きな人と繋がりたい #図書館 #図書館活用 #本借りすぎて読むのが追いつかない

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Comment of the Week
Monday's first ever Teatime with Jennifer: Meme Edition was so much fun! I loved reading all of your comments and which memes resonated with you the most. I have many favorite comments and here are two of them:

Gloria writes, "There is an Amish/Pennsylvania Dutch saying: "Kissing wears out; cooking don't."

Gloria- what a neat saying... and so true!

R.S. writes, "I always joke that I could be on my death bed and suddenly I'll hear the gentle turning of the door knob, and a little head will poke in (or maybe my husband's) and say, "I know you're dying, but have you thought about what's for dinner?" Thank you, Jennifer, for the laugh! Your videos make my day!

R.S., this made me laugh! Ha! :)

Thank you for joining me for today's etiquette chat. I would love to hear from you. Do you have any etiquette horror stories from work? Do you have any tips for our young professionals? Let us know and your comment could be comment of the week on the blog. See you tomorrow for a new Natural Home with Jennifer!


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11.05.2018

Teatime with Jennifer | Meme Edition!

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After a long day, sometimes you just need a good laugh. And sometimes that laugh verges on hysterics. Well, that's what happens with me in today's video, the first ever Teatime with Jennifer: Meme Edition!



Whenever I find a good meme, I save it. And in today's video, I'm sharing some of the funniest memes I've seen.

This meme isn't funny, but nostalgic. My great-grandmother's generation dressed like this. Dress sense has changed drastically this past century, hasn't it?


This is where I am right now. I don't need a fancy vacation, just a trip to the bathroom by myself, thank you very much!


You can be on time, or everyone can be wearing shoes. You can't have both! This was us two weeks ago at a field trip!


I want to be the mother who listens to her children, so I do. But sometimes those monologues about Ninjago go on for a long time...


We stopped watching television in order to be more efficient with our time... this meme illustrates the binge-watching culture we've become.


#Truth


Very good advice for young people: marry someone who knows (or is willing to learn) how to cook. I'm taking men and women here. It's a needed skill!


I lost it with this one.


This would never be Mr. Connoisseur as I don't take him shopping. Ever. But I know many husbands could probably relate to this meme!


You're welcome.


I'll just live in denial that we look like the top image and not the bottom.


This is what I imagine my YouTube hater looks like...


A very compelling reason to not throw in the towel...


I hope today's video has given you a good laugh. If you have a meme you'd like to share with me for a future Teatime with Jennifer: Meme edition, you can tag me with a photo on social media using the hashtag #teatimewithjennifer

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I recently finished listening to two of Jennifer L. Scott’s (@dailyconnoisseur) books: Lessons from Madame Chic and At Home with Madame Chic. I enjoyed them both and thought they had some great takeaways. In her series, she discusses her time spent in Paris while studying abroad and the Parisian lifestyle that she learned from her host family. • A theme that she emphasizes throughout her writing is to simply appreciate the small mundane tasks in your daily life. It might sound silly, but try it. Change your mindset around these tasks. Find something small about them that can make them enjoyable. Use a soap or a cleaner you love that has a refreshing scent. Listen to relaxing music while you take on a chore. Make the intention to stop and eat your meals at a table without your phone or computer in front of you. Actually savor your food. Make time for regular self-care. Sip a cup of your favorite tea in the evening. Enjoy the things that you have - your nice dishes, clothes, jewelry, etc. - and don’t wait for a special occasion to use them. • I think that our mindset can be so powerful. I find that when I purposefully think about these little things, it definitely makes a positive impact in my day.✨

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Comment of the Week
On last week's Ten-Item Wardrobe video, Eleanor writes, "Hi there Jennifer I have just started with my ten item wardrobe for the first time and have reduced my number of clothes from about 80+ pieces to about 36 pieces which include 10 core items and extras such as blazers, t-shirts, event pieces and shoes( all from my own wardrobe no new clothes).I must admit I love it cause it has given me a more calming experience everytime I get dressed in the morning now.I wear at least 1core item out of my ten item wardrobe and pair it with something from my extras.Something extraordinary has happened since I have started the new wardobe change , my husband and kids compliments me every day now on how nice I look!!! Some of my clothes I am not wearing now (winter clothes) have been packed away for next season I am from South Africa we have spring /summer weather at the moment Thank you for all your advice love it."


Eleanor, I loved hearing your ten-item wardrobe testimonial, especially your family's reaction to your change. Wonderful!


I hope you enjoyed today's video. Which meme was your favorite? Which one resonated with you the most? If you have any funny memes to submit for a future video, use the social media hashtag #teatimewithjennifer

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