Friday, November 30, 2012

Barn Door - Help!!

We are so close to having our barn door up and moving! Literally! I have wanted a barn door for years, perhaps because |I grew up in a cottage type house that has barn wood throughout!

So when we decided I would be working from home and using our lower level as a salon, we wanted to make the space multi functional. This was the space my sister had been living in, which is one of the reasons we moved to this cookie-cutter-fixer-upper.

After she moved out, we moved down all of our exercise equipment. (We have a lot, because at one point one of my career changes included prenatal mamas and fitness:)) Up until we decided I wouldn't be returning to work at a downtown salon, we knew we needed to utilize our lower level, but also knew the space was too grand for a one-mama-salon. We decided to marry the salon and the gym and have them coincide together. Don't you want to lift some tens while your colour is processing? ;)
 
Finally, I had the best excuse ever to convince my husband that we needed a big ole barn door! It would, infact, be the perfect separation between our at home gym and the salon. Not only would it make both rooms seem larger if the door was drawn open, but it would also be the perfect addition of character to the other wise neutral area.
 
But, NOW comes the hard part. Deciding on a stain or colour for this feature piece!!
 
I have been carousing Pinterest looking for visuals on all the different types of finishes out there for barn doors. Originally, I was so excited to visit all of the pins I had happily/hastily pinned under my "salon" board! Quickly though, those feelings of excitement were diminished. I couldn't find any correct links to the actual source where the original pictures were from!
 
What!?
 
Does this ever happen to you??
 
It is so frustrating to link to spam or to another "weight loss miracle" page. Boo.
 
What was a girl to do??
 
I knew I couldn't make this big decision on my own, (I am needy like that sometimes ;)) So I asked some friends on Facebook and Instagram what their opinions were of our plain-jane barn door.
 
I loved all of the responses!!
 
 
The above picture was on my Instagram and Facebook, begging for help in the colour selction process. My theory was and is, that I can't stain the wood if I paint it first (Duh!) So, I would like to stain it first, and if I don't love it I can then choose to paint it, you know??
 
(By the way I don't have a Instagram link within my blog, but you can follow on Instagram by searching "Bethanythislittleestate". I would love to have you join in the picture fun! Android users can get Instagram too now! (Note: I have had Instagram for two years, and my first account deleted by accident...I may have cried....a lot....but HORRAY, NOW I have this account! Follow if you want! In have always been obsessed!)
 
Ok, back to barn doors and sliding awesomeness...
 
I always thought I wanted a grey (Canadian spelling) gray (American spelling)...see how inclusive I can be, and people pleasing? ... colour door...but now I wonder if a warmer tone stain would make the room feel, just that --warmer!
 
I spent a lonnnngggg time searching for the original sources for your convenience! I believe in pinning responsibly (Pinning from the original source) and these should all be from the website that first featured them. All of the extra info the authors might have for your enjoyment/simplicity will be beneficial too for when you build your own interior barn doors!)
 
Here are some of my favourites that are stained...
 
 
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Now what about white?? I mean, the walls in the space are already an off white...so it would be tone on tone and could look very seamless and just a little textured...
 
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(By the way, the above source/blog has an amazing tutorial ....after reading this post, you will have to check it out! I wish we found their post before we started our own project. It is very in depth and informative!)
 
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What do you think about the dark hardware? Right now ours is the industrial silver, since everything in the salon is twinkly, sparkly and silver toned....but I am kind of digging the black...no? Painting is always possible...
 
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And now we have coloured doors!!

Obviously, others would think the first colour I would choose would be blue (aqua or turquoise blue) since all of our accents through our home are some shade of blue
 
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But this gorgeous mustard door caught my eye. It would definitely warm up the space and it just looks so fun, don't you think?
 
Red lacquer barn door in a home by by Barbara Bestor
 
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My facebook friends suggested red, chippy red to be exact. But I couldn't find the perfect red that I know they had in mind...

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pair of orange barn doors conceal a laundry space
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This tangerine beauty caught my eye, and is gorgeous, but I am scared of colour in the salon because I don't want it casting any unwanted tones on my clients beautiful hair.
 
So, after the selections, what do you think?? What should we do with our naked barn door? What would YOU do?
 
H-E-L-P!!!
 
 

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Slow Cooker Chicken Stew

Lets face it, all of us are busy people, especially this time of year. So I thought we would share some of our favourite cold weather slow cooker meals with you!
 
I loved hearing that our Spicy savory curry recipe was such a hit! Crock pot recipes like that one are just so easy and take the extra mess and time out of making a meal. 
 
So, I have another wonderful slow cooker recipe for you that you are sure to love.  One that is so easy, filling and healthy that it will turn into a family favourite during these colder months.  Less time cooking meals means more time enjoying your family and friends, wrapping those Christmas gifts, decking your halls and enjoying this season that goes too fast.
 
 
Introducing: Chicken Stew.
This chicken stew is oh-so-good, you will be wanting to add this one into the weekly meal rotation.
 
 
 All of these veggies make it oh-so-healthy!
 
You will need to cut the following so that they are relatively the same size for even cooking time.
 
  • One yellow onion
  • One cup of carrots (I used the baby variety since I had them on hand, but regualr size carrots would be more cost effective and make the stew taste more earthy.)
  • One cup of celery
  • One and a hlaf cups of potatoe (I used about 4 medium red potatoes, you can use whatever type of potatoe you prefer)
  • Three thawed chicken breasts, cut into one inch pieces. (If you are vegetarian, you can substitute with firm tofu. I have tried it and it is delicious)
 
  • Put aside approxiamtely one cup of frozen peas and corn (to be added during the last 30 minutes of cooking)
  • Open a can of condenced cream of chicken soup.
  • Crush three cloves of garlic.
 
 
  • Dump your chopped veggies, your can of condenced cream of chicken soup, half a can of water, your three cloves of garlic and one tablespoon of dried oregano into your slow cooker.
 
 
  • Mix it all up right in your slow cooker.
  • Set your timer for 5 hours on high or 8 hours on low.
  • Once your timer goes off, add your frozen veggies.
 
 
Now, you can walk away, spend your time doing those other important things while your stew simmers and fills your house with the most inviting aroma.
 
Chicken, potatoes and vegetables -- simple perfection.
 
 
Serve with some bread and butter and you have a classic chicken stew ready to warm up the whole family! (My son even had seconds, and he can sometimes be picky when it comes to certain veggies!) Yah! Mama wins again! The kids even asked for me to serve them the leftovers the following day! And guess what? It was even better the second time around. :)
 
 

Monday, November 26, 2012

Feature Wall


Ever since our kitchen post and our half wall post, (found HERE) where we took you through a quick tour of our totally do-it-yourself kitchen, a lot of you have been asking about the rest of our house.

Since we have three babies, it is coming along slowly, but we are happy with the results. I wanted to take the time today to show you about the half wall we built up that has been the main topic in my inbox these days. You guys want to know how the OTHER side of the wall turned out, and I definitely want to share!

 The half wall that separates our kitchen from our little dining area and living room looked like this during our kitchen overhaul. You can read the post about it here.

I swear we aren't pigs...all of the time, but when you are renovating, this mess is real life.
 
Total chaos, right? The story of two working diy parents.
We moved the one side of the wall over two feet and built it up to the ceiling; this required relocating some vent work. Thank goodness for awesome hubby's that don't need a lot of sleep, and don't mind dry wall dust all over the house for half a year.
Once the wall was built we decided it needed a little something more, it didn't take us long to decide to brick the wall. It would eventually have our television mounted on it and our fireplace beneath it, we knew it needed to be a feature wall.
So, we went for a trip to our favourite tile store in Kitchener, Ontario, a half hour from our house. "Source Flooring", is where we got the tile for our kitchen, entry way and bathrooms. You can read about our trips there here.
 I dug deep in my picture archives to come up with these Iphone pictures of the other choices that were runner ups in our brick debacle. I love the darkness of this one and the fact that you can see right in the store how it would look if you sealed it.  (Check out the top half of the picture for how it would look sealed. This would be great to do if you were using the brick as part of a water feature or to stand the test of grubby hands in a high traffic area, or simply for the semi-gloss finish.)
This dark grey one was also great looking in the store and would have been perfect if we were going for a more rustic look.

We ultimately went with a neutral one and got to work right away.
We looked at all of the selection and decided on this:

It was neutral enough and I especially loved the contrast of the reddish brown coloured stones and the light golden brown tones; I knew the colour combination would pull together our natural oak floors and our new darker toned kitchen.
These brick tile come in a 6 by18 slab. Which makes them so heavy!
We were concerned at first with how well they would adhere to our wall, but had no worries once we started using
 "Acrylpro" is a ceramic tile adhesive, it is meant to be used on the wall and is easy to set. To make sure our bricks gripped well to our surface, we put the adhesive on the brick AND on the tile.
We also tiled at the bottom so our tiles could rest on top of each other until they set. It was as easy as what the packaging says, "Spread and set"!
My perfectionist husband took his time and made sure each brick lined up perfectly. I stood close by with my camera and we consulted on where the bricks should be, so certain colours wouldn't line up drawing the eye to one particular spot.
Perfectionism at its finest.
 And then after a few late nights, I got this pleasant surprise sent to my phone when I was working late one evening.
I almost, fell over. I loved it!

If you can tell by this poor quality late at night i phone picture, we only bricked the centre of the wall. We were trying to be cost effective. (One of those things you learn to do when you are remodeling an entire house!)

 Remember we still had this wall?
Here is another phone picture, we decided the small angled walls on either side of the main wall needed to be tiled too. We started off just doing the right side that would be seen from the dining room....
We stood back, yet again, and admired the wall.
And again, we knew it needed something more. We decided to brick the ENTIRE wall.

It is so great being your own contractor and designer; you can make these changes in the late hours one evening and do what you want!!
If you are planning to do your own brick feature wall, you need to remember to use silver edging (or edging of your choice) on the outside of your wall. It is a very visible area and if you don't attach it first, before bricking your wall, you won't have a polished professional diy look.
All of our projects change and evolve over time and with many hurdles, but we are happy to say we lurrvve our new feature wall.
We love that this wall is in the middle of our main floor.
It looks like it has always been there. 
For a few reasons it is the best place for our fireplace and television.
We love that you can watch the television comfortably from the sofa, and with a swivel mount you can also watch the game from the dining room table without getting nacho dip and wing sauce all over yourself.  A major plus!
We also love that the bulk head and supporting post now look like they serve a purpose. The feature wall looks like it was planned first and the beams around it.
We love that when we have guests over for dinner, we cant see the big mess in the kitchen.
We couldnt be more pleased with the way it turned out!
I hope to show you the rest of the main floor soon so you can get the whole picture! Stay tuned.
Thanks for checking us out, and for asking for more finished house pictures!
I hope you have a marvelous Monday!

Sharring and getting inspired at:
Emily A Clark
Craftberry Bush Link Party
French Country Cottage
Chic on a Shoestring
Redoux

Coastal Charm

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Simple Sunday - Live in such a way...

Happy Sunday friends....
 
I have been thinking a lot lately about the important words others have said to me in the past and I was reminded of a quote my mother use to say to her kids as teenagers.
 
She would say it when we were going out for the night, when we went to school, when we went to work, when my parents went away; she would write it on a piece of paper and hand it to us, she would scrawl it on the family chalkboard, write it in our diarys and tape her well loved quote to the bathroom mirror.
 
"Remember your testimony."
 
It resonates with me differently now. And I wish I listened a little bit earlier.
 
Now, I am constantly striving to live such a life that my testimony will be one that others will admire.
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I want to continue to live my life in such a way that IF someone spoke badly of me, no one would believe it. I want to constantly remember my testimony and the legacy I am leaving to this world I love so much.
 
How about you? It is never too late to start...
 

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Liebster Award!!!

Happy Thanksgiving to all of my American friends!!!
 
I wish we were indulging in delicious food and embracing family and friends this weekend too! Instead, we will be setting up our Christmas decorations and going for a nice long hike at some point. Eat something pumpkin for me please!!
 
On this day, where some of us are remembering all that we are thankful for, I just wanted to say how thankful I am for YOU!
 
You, who stop by and read this little blog and who comment and let me know that you feel inspired! That is my hope with this and I am so thankful to have made so many new connections in this world of like minded lovely people and strengthened relationships with others as we discuss creating in general!
 
Speaking of lovely people, last week I got a quick note from Kelly at The Lily Pad Cottage, informing me that I was nominated for a Liebster Award. That same day Claire from The Rustic Pig nominated me for a Liebster Award; I had to find out what this was all about!
 
I haven't won an award since -- well ever! Except maybe that one time when I got a "thank you for participating" award at a track and field event. So, I quickly found out that "liebster" is a German word meaning sweetest, kindest, nicest, dearest, beloved, lovely, kind, pleasant, valued, cute, endearing, and welcome. That is a lot of positive adjectives! The Liebster Award is given by seasoned bloggers to up and coming bloggers who have less than 200 followers. It is to show new bloggers that they are appreciated, and to help spread the word about new blogs.
There are some rules that go along with it:
1)You must post 11 random things about yourself
2)You must answer the questions that the nominator set for you
3) You must create 11 questions for the people that you nominate
4)You must choose 11 blogs that you love (with less than 200 followers) and link them to your post and let them know they were nominated
5) No tag back
Soooo, here we go....

Eleven random facts about myself:
  1. I went to Private school for 14 years. That is from jk to grade twelve. Five months before graduation I convinced my parents to let me go to "real school". Best decision ever!
  2. I come from a larger family. There are six kids. I am number four, second girl.
  3. I can't whistle. I try, and I sound like a dying bird.
  4. Up until I was eighteen I always wanted to start up/work at/be involoved in an orphanage in Africa. Maybe after my own babies are older...
  5. When I was a child I would wear the frames of glasses with no lenses since I was blessed with 20/20 vision, yep, you can mock me. Now I would give anything not to actually need glasses.
  6. I have changed careers five times. This means finishing schooling to "be" something five times. Indecisive much? I am seriously a Jill of all trades at this point though...
  7. Our bedroom transforms into a cave at night so this mama bear can get her beauty sleep. This means a noise machine and eye masks, the more satin like and girly the better.
  8. When I was a little girl I delivered newspapers to my husband's house. We grew up down the street from each other but didn't meet in the city we both were from.
  9. Only a handful of people have seen me without makeup. I love me some mascara and blush and eye liner and powder and eyebrow pencil and so on...
  10. I can count on my hands how many times in my LIFE I have eaten red meat.
  11. I make lists for everything, I even have lists of my lists. I don't discriminate either, lists can be written on receipts or napkins or baby wipes...the more the better.
  12. Clair from the Rustic Pig asked me to answer the following:
1. If you could be a superhero, which one would you be and why?
I would definitely be Captain America. After reading books to my superhero loving son, I came to love the understated story of the scrawny graphic designer that was overlooked to serve in war to protect and defend his country. I love that his "super hero strengths" are intelligence and agility and strength. Things that seem attainable. ;) I also, like that he uses his shield to protect himself as opposed to being the aggressor (Hulk anyone?) And, I think his outfit is pretty darn cute too. Gotta love a superhero that defends his country!

2. What is your favorite outfit? Oh my. I don't know if I have a favourite outfit, but I DO have a "go to outfit"; the kind of thing I would wear to work and to just hang out with the kids. It would be black leggings and an over sized sweater or long shirt with a big pashmina type scarf. I am the layer princess so you would probably see me with a long sweater vest over that too, and a necklace or earrings on top of that. See, layering at its finest. ;)

3. What is your biggest dream for your life? This is such a hard question to answer since I am a dreamer and always have been setting more and more goals for myself. I would love to see my children all grow up to be outstanding people and to be happy and treating this world well. Seeing my babies turn into strong, influential, caring individuals would be one of my biggest dreams fulfilled.

4. When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up? After being a mother I wanted to be a writer. I spent way too many hours creating fictional cities and fictional profiles for my characters. I still have a full box of these three ring note books filled with my stories. I guess in some way it is still something I would like to do -- when I grow up.

5. What is your favorite piece of furniture in your house and why?
I am in love with our bed. We recently upgraded to a king size bed since the kids somehow end up piled in it with us. After years of sharing a double bed with my hubby it is nice to sleep like a star fish if I choose.

6. If you won the lottery tomorrow, what would you do first? I love this question! It gets my wheels spinning! I would first give 10% to my church. I believe in giving back to a people and a place that gives so much to me and my family. Then I would plan awesome ways to give money to each and every one of  our family members. After that I would give some to different charities that are close to my heart and put a lot away for my children. I could go on and on...I mean, couldn't you? It is nice to dream about monetarily making others happy....I could go on all day...:)

7. What is your favorite vacation and why?
I went to France when I was a Senior in highschool, it was May and the smell of fresh coffee, bread and lilacs make me feel like I am there all over again. It was a place filled with so much charm, elegance and history! It was an amazing trip, but I wish I could go back again as an adult and as someone who loves learning about the past and art and wine and food and take it all in, in a different way.

8. If your life was a reality series, what would it be called? Marvelous Mommy Mayhem (Could be the book title too one day?)

9. Who do you look up to? My mother is my biggest inspiration. She is like a southern belle, domesticated in every way and sweet as pie. i would be shocked to find out if she has ever lied. She is the kind of person others want to be like. Full of grace, humility and charm. A perfect role model.

10. What is your biggest pet peeve? When someone asks to have a bite of my food. Its not that I don't like sharing, or maybe it is? That combined with sharing someone elses slobber. Err, no thank you.

11. If you could talk to your 18 year old self today, what advice would you give? Oh my goodness. I could go on for hours about this one too....here is the quick version...I think...
  • I would tell my 18 year old self to stop tanning immediately, that a bronzed face is not worth the health risks and pre aging symptoms.
  • Stop working so many jobs, three at a time is too many for a high school student, you need to relax and have more fun, you will have the rest of your life to work!
  • Those girls that seem so snobby? They aren't, they are actually just socially awkward, don't be intimidated by them, instead go talk to them, you might make a new friend.
  • Don't worry that you don't know what you want to be when you grow up, you will change your mind five ore more times and still not know when you are thirty.
  • Social smoking is gross, when you are old you will want to take full credit for your lung capacity and wrinkles.
  • Read your Bible more, it isn't just a book that cant apply to you, it is full of inspiration you depend on later.
  • Stop wasting your time making up that wedding list with that boy who says he will marry you, he marries your college best friend.
  • I know its hard to keep a journal but you will be so thankful for the times when you do, keep it up, you will treasure reading them later. 
  • Travel now, and stop saying you will when you are older, you wont.
  • Build friendships with people who put in the same amount of effort with you as you do with them, make sure they are genuine and honest, this will save you so much heart ache.
  • Spend time with your family more, you will appreciate them so much in the future. 
  • Start running this year, and stop saying you aren't "a runner" you will love it and your legs will thank you.
Thank you so much Clair for the nomination!!!!! I had so much fun answering your questions. HUGS!!

Kelly from The Lily Pad Cottage asked these questions:

1) What is your favorite food?
I could eat poutine for every meal for the rest of my life. Instead, I have never ordered it for myself, but I get the hubby to....and then I steal from his plate....

2) What is your New Years Resolution going to be?
I would love to run more, to actually push myself to beat my own time and to enter some races. (And to stop sneaking bites of poutine..)
 
3) What article of clothing could you not live without?
Slippers. When I am at home I am always wearing slippers. Gotta keep the footsies warm!

4) Are you a morning person or a night owl?
I am a night owl. Though, before I had kids I was a morning person. The difference is now, I only have "me time" when the babies are in bed sound asleep and sometimes that isn't till late, forcing me to be a night owl. ;)

5) What is your favorite thing about blogging?
I love inspiring other people to cook that meal they think might be difficult or to show them how to make that craft that they thought would take too much time/skill or patience. It is also pretty awesome to get nominated for awards like this and to get to know readers and bloggers better! I love the blogging community and how supportive others are. xo 
 
6) If your house was on fire what 3 things would you grab?
I would grab our external hard drive that is FULL of pictures. I am addicted to taking pictures of life in general and especially my sweet babies, so those pictures would be coming with me!
Second, I would grab a box of love letters my hubby has given me. It is a memory box full of special momentous and I would have to have it.
Thirdly, I would save a big Tupperware box that has special clothing in it. (I know that sounds silly, but it has my wedding dress and veil in it, the first dress I ever sewed, and outfits the kids wore home from the hospital or for their birthdays. Our daughters baptism/dedication dress, our sons first tux; special clothing that have lots of memories, and that my children may want to pass down to their children. )

7) What is the best thing that you cook?
I just yelled up to my husband "What is the best thing that I cook?" he laughed, and jokingly correctly responded "Everything!" Then with further yelling and bantering, he decided that "Porcupine balls" won the title of best food made by me. (They are a combination of spices, ground beef, rice, tomato, peppers and onion. ) Not my fav, but he insists.

8) What is the best gift you ever received?
I bought my first car from an old friend for $200 bucks. Though I paid a little for it, it was really a gift. It lasted three years and had nothing wrong with it. It was an older car but was the best gift to me. I learned to drive later then most, and it opened up a whole new world for me.

9) What is your favorite book? This is a hard one too! I cant pick just one!!! I love spiritually inclined books and know the Bible is right up there on my list of the most inspirational books. I also have great love for The Alchemist, Tuesdays with Morrie and The Red Tent..Women of Destiny....I could go on all day...

10) If you had an afternoon to yourself what would you do?
I would grab a coffee and go shopping. I would go to every thrift store and to all my favourite home decor stores. Then lunch, since I would be famished from scouring deals all day, and ofcource all my favourite lady friends would happen to have the same lunch time slot available too. We would finish off our meal with ice cream and a long trail walk to catch up more. PERFECT afternoon. 

11) What is your favorite type of coffee drink?
Coffee. Plain and simple. HOT coffee with a little milk.
 
Oh man, I just loved answering these questions. If you are still reading this ( HI MOM!) then you need a reward of some kind. I'm sending you a mental high five for being awesome enough to make it to the end of this novel. See! I did write my first book! ;)
 
I truly do feel honored to have this little blog get recognized in any way. It makes my heart smile.
 
The great blogs I have nominated are the following, you can click on their names and it will link you right to them, maybe you will make some new friends today!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
My Questions for them are:
  1. What do you like most about blogging?
  2. What has been your worst hair experience?
  3. What would we find you doing on a day off from work and family and blogging?
  4. If you were on a desert island what three things would you bring with you and why?
  5. Who do you admire most?
  6. How many vehicles (or bicycles ;)) have you owned/driven in your life time?
  7. If you could go back to any age, how old would you be and why?
  8. What is your favourite colour?
  9. What is your guilty food indulgence?
  10. What is the first thing you see when you wake up in the morning?
  11. What are you wearing right now? 
I hope you guys have as much fun with the questions as I did! Your blogs are amazing, your content pin-worthy and your posts heartfelt! Enjoy!!
 
Thank you for reading this, I hope this finds you enjoying time with your family this weekend!!!!!
xo
 
 
 
 
 
 

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Best Crust Ever Recipe

It is "What to cook Wednesday" here! I am glad you came to visit today.We are talking secrets and pie, couldn't get better than that!
 
I must clarify, there is no exaggeration here....
THIS is the best pastry crust recipe ever.
 
For years we asked my grandmother what her secret pie crust recipe was, and for years she didn't tell. Grandmas was a vault!
 
I was shocked to eventually find out how easy it was and how it is just a variation from the recipe on the Crisco box! This crust has been bringing families together since 1911! Wow, one hundred plus years of delicious indulgence.
 
Are you ready to learn my Grandma's "secret crust recipe" and join the masses in their love for a good shortening based crust??
 
Here goes!
 
 
You only need a few ingredients!!!
Three to be exact.
These measurements will make two 9 inch pie shells.
 
  1.  All purpose flour
  2. Crisco shortening
  3. Ice cold water
Don't let these three simple ingredients let you believe this isn't the best crust around, because, quite frankly, it IS.
 
 
Do not use a substitute, if Grandma was the swearing type, she would swear by this: Crisco is the star of the show here.
 
(No I am not being compensated to declare my undying love for fatty shortening. But I will gladly receive these beautiful blue packages in the mail and make pie for weeks -- if I really had to.)
 
 
First, put the flour in a bowl (or pastry blender) and cut half inch cubes of the chilled shortening into your flour. You might want to use two knives to cut up your shortening so it mixes into coarse crumbs.
 
Sprinkle your ice cold water by the tablespoon over your flour mixture and mix well with your knives.  You will feel like a kungfu-Samari-king --it will be amazing.
Add more water if desired. Your flour and Crisco will form into dough easily right before your eyes!

Separate dough into two balls, press them flat and wrap them in plastic wrap.
 
Chill them in the fridge for 20 minutes. This cooling time helps the dough to be more malleable and not too crumbly.
 
On a lightly floured surface roll out dough, sprinkle with water if it is too dry and coat your rolling pin in flour for smoother rolling.
 
Place your rolled out dough in pie plate to be filled with seasonal toppings of your choice, or make your own little pastries out of this delicious flaky crust.
 
If you only need to use half of the dough, you can wrap the remaining in plastic wrap  (like we do) and put in a freezer safe bag and freeze for impromptu baking. Thaw and roll out with a little extra water and flour as needed when you are ready to use it.
 
 
Enjoy surprising your guests with pastry crust that has been good enough to grace tables for one hundred years.
Grandma would be proud.
 
 
I hope you enjoy!! Happy baking friends!!!

Do you have any "secret" family recipes?
 With all of the holidays coming up, I would love to know more great recipes!
Feel free to share in the comments, or email, if it truly is still "secret". ;)

Getting inspired at:
Primp
French Country Cottage
Savvy Southern Style
 
 
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