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The Best Apple Pie Recipe!

October 12, 2016 • admin

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One of the best parts of fall and the coming holidays is without a doubt the comfort food! We wanted to share only the best, our favorite apple pie recipe from our friends over at King Arthur Flour… nothing says fall quite like warm delicious apple pie. You can follow the recipe here or visit their page, The Best Apple Pie Recipe for more info!

CRUST
2 cups King Arthur Pastry Flour Blend or King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
heaping 1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup (8 tablespoons) cold unsalted butter
3 to 5 tablespoons ice water

FILLING
9 whole apples (about 10 cups) Cortland or other baking apples, peeled, cored and sliced
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons Apple Pie Spice
1/4 cup boiled cider
1 tablespoon rum (optional)
1/4 cup King Arthur Pie Filling Enhancer
1/8 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
juice of 1/2 lemon (about 2 tablespoons)

TOPPING (OPTIONAL)
2 tablespoons milk
2 tablespoons sparkling sugar

Instructions:
To make the crust: Whisk together the flour and salt, then cut in half the butter until crumbly. Add the remaining butter and work it in roughly with your fingers, a pastry cutter, or a mixer. Don’t be too thorough; the mixture should be very uneven, with big chunks of butter in among the smaller ones.
Drizzle just enough water over the mixture to make it cohesive, tossing until it begins to come together.
Gather it into a ball, divide in half, flatten each half into a disk about 3/4″ thick, and wrap well. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.
To make the filling: In a large bowl, stir together the filling ingredients, mixing until well-combined. Set aside.
Preheat the oven to 425°F with a rack on the lower shelf.
To assemble the pie: Roll one piece of pie crust into a 12″ round, and lay it gently into a 9″ pie plate. Spoon in the filling. Roll out the other piece (or make a lattice), lay it over the filling, and seal and crimp the edges. Brush the top crust with milk, and sprinkle it with sparkling sugar, if desired.
To bake the pie: Place the pie on a baking sheet to catch any drips. Bake for 15 minutes, then reduce the heat to 375°F, and bake for an additional 45 minutes, or until the top is brown and filling is bubbly.
Remove the pie from the oven, and place it on a rack to cool completely before cutting.
Store, loosely covered, on the counter for a day. Refrigerate, tightly wrapped, for up to a week.

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Speaking of delicious apples, be sure to check out Apple Basket! Our new apple print goes hand in hand with any fall activity such as apple picking, pumpkin carving or even just apple pie-eating! Check out our current favorites, from the practical and stylish Bandana Bib and Skinny Leggings to the adorable Cozie Poncho and Velour Swing Jacket!

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Your Weekly Z: Velour

October 5, 2016 • admin

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We have your Weekly Z and it’s all about our softest material yet, Velour! Our comfy velour clothing comes in rich, vibrant colors perfect for upcoming holiday gatherings and cold, snowy days. From our popular Booties (perfect for keeping feet toasty) to our Little Pocket Dress (an ideal wardrobe staple for all year wear) we’ve got you well covered. When it comes to outer layers, the Velour Swing Jacket is the perfect, cozy option. And don’t forget the hat! The Velour Bunny Hat is the cutest cold weather accessory you do not want to miss out on–with four color options, it makes mixing and matching easy!

Celebrate Screen Free Week with Zutano and eeBoo Toys!

September 22, 2016 • admin

In honor of Screen-Free Week, eeBoo creative director and owner, Mia, illuminates how relying on creativity and adventurousness instead of screens for entertainment has shaped the people her children have become.
We are full-on fans of letting children go without screen time. It is the very first advice I offer to new parents. Our children had very limited access to television and computers. This wasn’t easy, it meant engaging with our children after hard days at work or early in the morning on weekends.  Directing them to watch TV would have been a profound pleasure. We consciously decided that foregoing that luxury to create circumstances for active play would, in the long run, save us time and strengthen them with a variety of skills and interests. We were also acutely aware that the years we had with them were finite, and that we would deeply regret having missed out on the opportunity to spend time with them.

This turned out to be a correct call. When they were small, we would wake up and play with them or set up projects for them to do, which quickly led to them making up their own activities. We had a room filled with jars of feathers, popsicle sticks, paint, crayons, paper and glue, and the kids would get up and start messing around in that room. When they were older, they read books or played board games when it rained.  When it was sunny, they played ball or built a “boat” or taped leaves on to themselves and generally engaged in wholesome, sometimes “slightly daring” stuff.  
We never heard, “what should I do” or “I’m bored” or “can we watch TV…”  They developed a strong sense of themselves and what they liked to do. As high school students, they were always game to try something new, and now at college they have pursued adventurous, self-directed paths.  Attributing this all to no screen time may not be completely fair, but we absolutely believe that encouraging them to think and engage with the world around them has led them to become creative and independent adults.  Not having to supervise or direct them at this stage in life is advantageous for them, and saved us lots of time for ourselves. It was pay-in early and reap the benefits later- an old fashioned way of thinking and 100% worth it.

eeBoo’s Screen-Free Activity Recommendations: 
Plant an indoor herb garden
. Visit your local greenhouse and buy planters, soil, and a variety of seeds. Spend an afternoon potting your herbs, and learning about each one. Did you know that basil is a natural disinfectant?  Each week, draw a picture of your herb garden to track the progress of its growth.  In the company of your new plants, continue the garden-themed fun with eeBoo’s Gathering a Garden Spinner Game.

Play a silly story game 
Get the family together with eeBoo’s Create a Story Cards. Draw a card and start a story based on its illustrations. Take turns drawing cards and adding a plot twist or new character inspired by the card. Up for a challenge? Test your memory skills by requiring a retelling of the story after each round.

Hold a paper airplane Olympics
Make your own plane, or try a do-it-yourself kit, and head to the park. Have various contests: whose plane goes the furthest, which can do the coolest trick, who can land a plane in a target such as in a hula hoop.  eeBoo Jefferson Flyers come in four different colors, perfect for competing in the big race.

Go for a penny walk
Go for a walk with a penny, and flip the coin to decide which direction to go in. For example, heads for left, tails for right, and whatever it lands on you walk that way. After your walk, write about your adventures in the outdoors.  eeBoo Composition Notebooks make perfect nature journals.

House of bridges
Use everyday materials to make the longest bridge you can between two pieces of furniture. Try paperclips, rubber bands, or eeBoo Pipe Cleaners. Challenge yourself to build a bridge that could hold a quarter, or maybe a little toy car!

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