Delicious Apple Pie Recipe

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Ingredients

6 cups thinly sliced apples
3/4 cup white sugar
1 tablespoon butter
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 recipe pastry for a 9-inch double-crust pie

Directions

  1. Prepare your pastry for a two crust pie. Wipe, quarter, core, peel, and slice apples; measure to 6 cups.
  2. Combine sugar and cinnamon. The amount of sugar used depends on how tart your apples are.
  3. Arrange apples in layers in pastry lined pie plate. Sprinkle each layer with sugar and cinnamon. Dot top layer with small pieces of butter or margarine. Cover with top crust.
  4. Place on lowest rack in oven preheated to 450 degrees F (230 degrees C). Bake for 10 minutes, then reduce oven temperature to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Bake for 30 to 35 minutes longer. Serve warm or cold.

Pie Crust Recipe

Ingredients

1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup butter, chilled and diced
1/4 cup ice water

Directions

In a large bowl, combine flour and salt. Cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in water, a tablespoon at a time, until mixture forms a ball. Wrap in plastic and refrigerate for 4 hours or overnight.
Roll dough out to fit a 9 inch pie plate. Place crust in pie plate. Press the dough evenly into the bottom and sides of the pie plate.

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So Excessive Initial Cuff Bracelet #soexcessive

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Many may not know this about me but I love clutch purses and I love cuff bracelets. Oh, and high heels too. I have been stalking this initial cuff by So Excessive forever. When I first laid eyes on them they were only in gold now they are available in rose gold and silver and there is even a Love Collection of cuffs that I featured in our His and Hers Valentine’s Day Gift List. I got mine to pair with a cute outfit or two at a business event, the upcoming annual Grow Your Dreams Conference, get yours!

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2015 His and Hers Valentine’s Day Gift List

Let’s face it, gift giving isn’t the easiest thing on the planet, that’s why I’ve revived the His and Hers Valentine’s Gift List. Here are our TOP favorite gifts that you can give “Him” and adorable gifts that will make “Her” day!

GIFTS FOR HER

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I am a total cuff fan so it’s only natural that I just ADORE SoExcessive’s new “Love Collection” of cuffs. The collection is available in gold, rose gold and silver and you can choose from the open heart to the word “Love” spelled out. From $54-58 this is something that she is certain to thank you for again and again. | SoExcessive.com

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I am a total fan of Day Three Bath & Body, so, when they came out with their Spa in a Jar products I was jumping for joy! If you want specific item they can do that for your special lady. The Love Spa in a Jar includes 3 guest bars of their homemade soap, a shower sponge, samples of their shoer come and a moisturizer in the decorative container. For $22 you can’t beat that. The Spa in a Jar are a special order item. Contact them directly via their website to order exactly what you’d like in it. | DayThreeStore.com

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I love fruity teas like mango, cranberry and ginger and my husband loves coffee. But when I saw this mug it was the cutest thing ever. What a cute and affordable personalized gift for the tea or coffee lover in your life–and it’s just $16! She’ll love it! | GreysHollow

GIFTS FOR HIM

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This Unisex Relaxation Gift Set by Jypsea ~ Eclectic Handcrafted Leather Goods is perfect for Valentine’s Day because men love to relax too. It’s chock full of goodies including a bar of handmade soap, Ghirardelli chocolate, a luxury quality sleep mask made of leather and a cuddly teddy bear. For $35 show him that he’s worth it. | Jypsea ~ Eclectic Handcrafted Leather Goods

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Guys we haven’t forgotten about you. The Love Spa in a Jar from Day Three Bath & Body comes in a version for the men! Same good, all natural products with scents that a man can appreciate. This version also includes 3 guest bars of their homemade soap, a shower sponge, samples of their shoer come and a moisturizer in the decorative container. For $22 you can’t beat that. The Spa in a Jar are a special order item. Contact them directly via their website to order exactly what you’d like in it. | DayThreeStore.com

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If the man in your life is a little hairy he’ll love this Facial Hair Care Set from Uncommon Goods. This set includes Whisker Wash, Moustache Wax, Beard Oil. Made of all natural ingredients, these products are safe for every day use. The set retails at $39.95 | UncommonGoods.com

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Red Velvet Macarons with Cream Cheese Filling

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I think these are so cute. I’ve never made them but I want to try. I am all for anything that has gooey cream in the middle and these look totally delightful. I copped the recipe from the DixieCrystals.com, so try it if you’d like. The only thing is that you’ll need a digital scale so that you can calculate the ingredients into grams.

For the Macaron Shells:
105g almond meal (flour)
130g confectioners sugar
1 Tablespoon dutch processed cocoa powder
1 teaspoon red food coloring (liquid not gel)
90g egg whites (3 eggs worth)
65g granulated sugar

For the Macaron Filling:
3 oz cream cheese, softened
2 Tablespoons butter, room temperature
1 1/2 c confectioners sugar
pinch salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
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Instructions for the Shells:
*line 2 standard baking sheets with parchment paper
1. Sift together almond meal, confectioners sugar and cocoa, set aside
2. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment, whip egg whites and food coloring until foamy; stream in granulated sugar and whip until stiff peaks form
3. Fold dry ingredients into the egg whites in two additions, mixing well with a spatula (for exact macaron mixing instructions, click here)
4. Fill a piping bag with macaron batter and pipe small, 1″ circles onto prepared baking sheets
5. Rap baking sheet on the counter twice to release any air bubbles that might cause cracking during the baking process
6. Let your macarons rest for 20-30 minutes on the counter (or until their surface is no longer tacky to the touch)
7. Pre-heat oven to 275F
8. Bake rested macarons for 16-18 minutes
9. Cool before peeling from tray and filling with cream cheese icing (recipe follows)

Instructions for the Cream Cheese Filling:
1. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment cream together butter and cream cheese until smooth
2. Sift in confectioners sugar in three additions, scraping down the bowl in between each addition
3. Add salt and vanilla; mix until incorporated
4. Pipe onto the flat side of 1/2 of your cooled, peeled macarons and sandwich with another cookie of similar size

ENJOY!

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Hot Parmesan Crab Dip Recipe

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My favorite foods on the planet are cheese and crab. When you combine them together into a dish and call it a dip you might as well predict that there will be none left. This recipe has been circulating the internet for the past few years. I was determined to make it this week. I knew my husband would love it so I doubled the recipe. I used powdered garlic powder instead of fresh minced garlic. You can swap it out if you prefer it fresh. It was still gone in no time flat!

  • 16 ounces jumbo lump crabmeat, free of shells
  • 2 (8 ounce) package cream cheese
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan
  • 6 tablespoons minced green onions (white and green parts)
  • 1 teaspoon of powdered garlic
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon hot sauce
  • 1 teaspoon Old Bay seasoning
  • Salt and pepper to taste

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2. Combine all of the ingredients in a casserole dish and mix well. We don’t go heavy on the salt, but if you need more feel free to tweak it to your taste preference. Bake for 30 minutes or until the top is a nice golden brown. Serve hot with crackers or toast points. Hot sauce is optional.

You can even see where I dipped a cracker in and tested it out. YUM!

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West Elm Love Letter Tray

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I’ve been busy girlifying my desk space. First it was the money mug, then the hot pink silicone keyboard cover, now this cute tray to hold my keys and loose change. I love that it’s simple and sturdy and if it gets messy I can just toss it in the dishwasher. At least I “believe” it’s dishwasher safe. They are on clearance so they may not last. If you want one head over to West Elm. Like I said, it’s practical, sturdy, pretty and a total quality piece, especially for the price–and it will still fit with the upscale piece I’ll purchase when I really GLAM up my office.

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The A-Z of How to Go From Idea to Savvy Blog in Less Than a Day

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So, you want to start blogging. Well, as you know I’m Linda Dominique Grosvenor-Holland and I’m the Grow Your Dreams Midwife and my blogging endeavors has landed me a feature on The Today Show. I started blogging way back in 2000 when it was still fresh and new and more like an online diary than anything else. I used a host of platform from DiaryX to Blogger as my platform and sure you can use those too if you like. Most people initially gravitate toward them because they’re FREE but as with anything FREE there’s always a catch.

I remember hosting a blog on Blogger and wanting to post something very monumental. I believe it may have been the winner to a giveaway I was hosting and that morning I woke up and Blogger’s servers were down–not just for a few minutes, but HOURS! And this didn’t just happen once or twice, it was an ongoing thing with them. Anyone who is serious about blogging and desires to make money from blogging I tell them in The Savvy Blogger’s Manual, you should OWN YOUR BRAND. You can’t afford to host your blog on someone else’s server and risk the chances that it will keep going down. Their down servers will cost you money. Lot’s of it. So again, you should own your own brand. Yes, that means, even your website. That’s why I suggest WordPress. And when I say WordPress, I’m talking about installing WordPress “in” your domain, not getting a FREE WordPress site that reads like “mycoolblog.wordpress.com’. Remember, you don’t want to rent space one someone’s website, you want to own your own.

I see so many people who mean well, they have crazy looking headers, no sidebars, things just kind of jumble together and make no sense, but because they’ve been using what they’re using and doing what they’re doing for so long they’re afraid to change. Fear will have you looking crazy! So, here we are. I’m going to walk you through start to finish on how to set up a blog and have it ready for the world to visit and have them saying “Oooo!” and “Ahhh!” and have you looking like a true professional, or at least like you know what you’re doing. Ready?

Step 1:

The first thing you’ll want to do is  GRAB YOUR DOMAIN NOW! GoDaddy.com runs these really cool $1.99 domain specials. Your domain is whatever you want to call your blog. Remember you don’t want a FREEBIE site. You want to brand yourself. Make it something catchy. Something that will be easy to share and say in radio interviews and something you can live with for years to come. CLICK THE LINK to get started. You should be prompted to create an account. Please keep your log in information somewhere safe. Once you get to the checkout, using my link the domain shouldn’t cost you more than a few dollars with tax.  Celebrate a bit, you are on your way. At least now you have a domain!

Step 2:

Now that you’ve secured your domain you’ll want to secure your hosting. Hosting is what’s going to actually “house” your blog and who you’ll pay your rent to every month. It’s where all of your photos will be stored and anything else you need to upload to your blog i.e. music, videos etc. I use Hostgator.com and I love them. GET WEBSITE HOSTING TODAY!

They will prompt you to create an account as well.  Please keep you log in information for them in a safe place as well. Once you secure your hosting you’re done for now.

Step 3:

Now you’re about to do the most important part. I’m going to walk you through how to link your GoDaddy.com domain to your Hostgator.com hosting account. Many people ask me, why don’t you just get the domain at Hostgator.com? And you can do that if you’d like to just out of that step, however, most people who come to me want to get started for the cheapest amount possible and I haven’t found anything that beats a $1.99 domain! Listen, sometimes it even goes as low as $1.49. After the year if you decide that you want to transfer your domain to Hostgator.com and start renewing it over there, you can do that. But for now, let me walk you through the steps on how to tell your domain at GoDaddy.com that you’re going to be hosting your blog at Hostgator.com otherwise known as “changing” or “pointing” your name server settings.

Before you get started contact Hostgator.com at http://chat.hostgator.com and find out what your hosting nameservers are. Just bring up a chat box online and tell them that you purchased a domain with GoDaddy.com and you want to point the nameservers to Hostgator.com. Ask them which two to use. GoDaddy.com will require them to know where to “point” the domain that you purchased. Hostgator.com will give them to you. Write them down somewhere safe. Make sure you list them as Nameserver 1 and Nameserver 2. Once you have your nameservers you’ll be ready to log in to your account.

Nameserver 1:
Nameserver 2:

Log in to your GoDaddy.com account.

From the PRODUCTS menu click LAUNCH next to DOMAINS.

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Check the Box of the domain that you’ll be changing the hosting on.

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Hover over the NAMESERVERS link in the Menu and select SET NAMESERVERS.

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Chose CUSTOM and and click on ENTER CUSTOM NAMESERVERS.

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Now you can put the Hostgator nameservers that the representative provided into the two fields below. Then click OK and then SAVE.

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Please Note: Nameservers can take up to 72 hours to propagate.

Propagating is the process by which computers across the internet update their information from one another. Sometimes the update can happen in as little as 24 hours and sometimes it takes 48 hours. Once the update takes place you can proceed with Step 4.

Step 4:

Now that your DNS (domain) and all the hosting is matching and pointing the right direction, it’s time to ADD ON your domain and then get started actually BUILDING your blog! This is actually the EASY part. Are you ready?

Log in to your Hostgator Control Panel with the information that was provided at sign up.

Under “DOMAINS” in the Control Panel Click on ADDON DOMAINS.

Type in your complete domain.

Skip down to PASSWORD and enter it TWICE.

Click the ADD DOMAIN button.

Once you’ve successfully added your domain to your Hostgator.com Account you can proceed to the WordPress Installation portion of the process. You’re really almost done! WordPress will give you the flexibility you need as a blogger and I HIGHLY recommend it. With WordPress you can use plugins and a variety of other awesome things. I’m telling you, if you aren’t using WordPress you are not only giving yourself TONS of extra work, but you’re missing out on some great features that can increase traffic to your blog and make sharing your posts easier too.

Step 5:

You should still be in the Hostgator.com Control Panel. Scroll just down to the Software/Services section and you’ll see the Quick Install Icon. Click it!

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On the left under blog software click WORDPRESS.

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Click on CONTINUE.

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Select the DOMAIN that you want WORDPRESS installed on and fill in the rest of the fields and options i.e. the blog title, first and last name etc. The system will also send you an email to the email address you provide in this form as a back up. Save it. You will use this information to log in whenever you need to access your blog to create a post, install a plug in, upload a photo or do just about anything related to your blog.

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CLICK INSTALL NOW.

After you’ve successfully installed WordPress you should see a “Congratulations!” message like the one below with a link to click here. Click that link, and it will bring you to your newly installed WordPress blog!

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Step 6:

Here’s where it gets really fun. I’m going to show you now how to get your blog beautified or at least more professional looking so that it doesn’t stand out like a sore thumb. Truth is if you want people to visit your blog it has to not just “exist” it has to be appealing too. If you take a look at my header you’ll see I had my PrincessDominique.com header created specifically for me. It’s pink, eye-catching and doesn’t take up too much room at the top of my blog. When you log on you can still see my posts and look around at some other things as well.

Log into the WordPress portion of your website with the link and information you were provided in your CONGRATULATIONS message.

Under APPEARANCES click on THEMES.

in the menu bar you’ll see a couple of tabs. Click the MANAGE THEMES TAB. This will allow you to manage or select from the themes already made available to you on WordPress. If you’d like to upload a brand new theme, like a pretty theme that you found on the internet then you have to click the INSTALL THEMES tab. Then once the page loads, click the UPLOAD section in the menu. This will allow you to search and select a zip file to upload to your WordPress so that you can INSTALL and ACTIVATE it.

When you type in your BLOG url your should see that your THEME is LIVE!

Now that you have a blog you may want to learn how to make money from your blog. I can show you how to do that in The Savvy Blogger’s ManualHere’s what they’re saying about the book:

“Lots of incredible advice for bloggers to use. Cannot wait to start using it when I restart my blog very soon!” – Debra J. Mosely

“I really fell if you’re a blogger and you’re serious about turning you blig inti a business, than this is the book for you. This book has a wealth of information to help grow your brand and your income. Great read and info. Congrats to the author.” – Sharice Davis

“I was excited when Linda shared that she was publishing a book to help bloggers monetize their blogs. This is it, folks! Practical information we can use immediately! I can’t wait to get a few moments to implement even a couple of Linda’s recommendations on my blog/website!” – Shelly Love

If you have any problems leave me a comment! Need more business focused information? You can find that information on my LindaDominiqueGrosvenor.com website. If you are interested in setting yourself up to make passive income streams, That’s my niche! Grab my FREE offer here.

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Pink Mac Silicone Keyboard Cover

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I’m still in the process of making my office pretty. By now you should be aware that PINK is my favorite color. So last year when I installed the newest OS software on my Mac I ran into a glitch and had to take it to the Apple store. Ever since then I’ve been look for ways to protect my computer, so purchased this cute hot pink keyboard cover. My Mac is the 27″ desktop version that comes with the wireless keyboard and wireless trackpad. Here’s what I thought about the silicone keyboard cover.

The cover was easy to apply. I’ve read that many people had trouble typing with the cover or issues adjusting to the feel but I didn’t have that problem. The cover didn’t lift up even though there was nothing adhesive to keep it in place. The color was a vibrant hot pink just like the photo and I also ordered it in black so that I can switch up. It comes in a variety of solid colors as well as multi-colored themes too. All in all I think this is an awesome way to protect your computer keyboard from spills, dust or anything that may try to compromise your device.

Here’s the information that was listed:

  • Durable silicone rubber keyboard cover fits Apple MacBook Pro (non-Retina models only)
  • Fits 13-, 15-, and 17-inch MacBook Pro keyboards, as well as some similar iBook and PowerBook models
  • Size: 11.25 in (28.58 cm)
  • Keyboard layout matches non-Retina models of MacBook laptop
  • Package Contents: 1 x Silicone Keyboard Skin

I (((LOVE))) it!

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Gorgeous Leather Brown Gucci Hat Case

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I loove this hat case. it makes me want to travel. I’m telling you, I’d throw anything into it and hit the road in a heartbeat. It’s so vintage looking too. I can imagine riding with the top down and the wind blowing through my natural hair. Whew! Doesn’t this just scream quick getaway?

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Thou Shalt Get Her Own Money Mug

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I’ve been stalking this mug for more than a minute. I’m trying to make my desk really cute for 2015. I just did a clean sweep on my Mac. I have 3 cute coffee table books on my must list. I’m looking for a unique stand out bookend and calendar and I think I’m going to DIY a cute vase so I’ll have an excuse to buy myself flower. I really want to create a timeless look that will translate to the his and her mansion. This is a start.

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