Sunday, October 12, 2014

Bourbon Apple Pie

Today I have for you a little twist on a classic apple pie. If you are going to do any baking this season at all, I assume that it will be some sort of apple pie. Well I have a recipe that will up your apple pie cred and really wow your friends, and it is all with a little help from our friend Jim. 

I used two pillsbury pie crusts to make my pie, cheating I know, but you can make a simple pie crust if you want to get really fancy. Oh how I wish I had a kitchen aid. 

Anyway, let's get into the real star of the dish, the filling. You are going to need about three to four good sized apples, 3/4 cup brown sugar, 2 tablespoons of flour, 1 teaspoon of cinnamon (or a little more if you are like me and absolutely love cinnamon), 1/4 teaspoon of salt, and lastly two tablespoons of bourbon. 

Place one layer of the pie crust in the tin and top with the apple mixture. Place the second layer of dough on top and crimp the edges. Be sure to cut slits on the top of the pie to let out the steam during cooking. You can also add an egg wash to the top of the pie as well to make it really shine. 

Put the pie in a 420 degree oven for about 30 minutes. Then take your pie out and cover the edges with aluminum foil. This will prevent your pie from burning around the edges. Then place back in the oven and bake for an additional 30 minutes. 

Take your pie out of the oven and let it cool before cutting into it, something I failed to do and the filling spilled everywhere. Patience people, it's a virtue. 

If you are going to make any pie this season it should be this one. The bourbon brings a great caramelized flavor to the pie making it extra delicious. 

xo. Casey

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Saturday Caturday

First of all - can I just note how adorable mister George looks in this picture. He is saying "mom what are you doing and why are you not giving me scratches right now"? Who can resist that face?

Anyway, Hi there blogging friends! George and I have missed you. It has been a long week- it has been crazy busy at my job this week and to top it all off I was sick all week long. As a result of this I missed posting two awesome blog posts for you guys, but I promise they are coming up this week! 

But for now George and I are spending the day recouping from the week by napping all day and watching cheesy lifetime movies. And what is better than that after a long week?

xo. Casey

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Favorite Spaces, My Desk

The first thing I was excited about when we moved into our apartment (besides the balcony of course) was the office. I knew that it was going to be utilized as James music studio, but I was excited to make a little corner of the room all mine. 

After some time my little space is finally done, and I am excited to share it with you today!

I wanted my space to represent who I am, and be a place where I can feel creative. I love all of the bright colors of the washi tape frames -  I did a post on that last week if you want to see how I did that! The wooden desk was a gift from my mother that she got at Target. It has beautiful iron legs that are not bulky and do not take up a lot of space. The sweater candle holder contains my favorite bath and body works candle, the leaves candle. The owls, which I love, are also gifts from my mother- thanks mom! 

A full tour of the studio will be coming your way soon- we have a couple more pieces to pick up first! Hope you enjoyed this little peak into my blogging space, and I hope it inspired you to create your own work space. 

xo. Casey

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Saturday Caturday

Sometimes after a long and crazy week all I want to do is absolutely nothing at all. So I am going to take advantage of this very gloomy Saturday and lay in my bed cuddled up with my little guy, and watch The Hills - my forever guilty pleasure. I may own all of the seasons on DVD. #teamlc 

xo. Casey

Friday, October 3, 2014

Friday Five, Best Pumpkin Beers

October means it is that time of year again - pumpkin time. Although lets be honest here, I have been drinking "PSL's" for over a month now. But for everyone else this is the time when they give in and start drinking their favorite Pumpkin Beverages. So today I bring you my ranking of the greatest Pumpkin Beers this season has to offer. 

Let us begin: 

1. Curious Traveler Jack O Shandy. At first I was confused - a pumpkin shandy? And then I tasted it ad decided it was the greatest Pumpkin beer I have ever had, which is why it has earned the number one slot. Light, refreshing, and a nice spicy pumpkin taste that is not too overwhelming. That is what I look for in a pumpkin beer. 

2. Shipyard Pumpkin. This is the classic, and this is why it is my go to second choice when it comes to pumpkin flavored beers. 

3. Harpoon Pumpkin Ale. This beer has a nice spiciness to it, perfect for a chilly fall night. 

4. Blue Moon Harvest Pumpkin. This one has that distinctive Blue Moon wheaty flavor (yes I just made up my own descriptive word there) with a slight pumpkin taste. It is however one of the first pumpkin beers I ever tried which gives this guy an honorary spot. 

5. Harpoon Pumpkin Cider. Although this is not technically a beer it is still two of my favorite things mashed together - and it's awesome. 

Whichever Pumpkin Beer is your favorite, I hope you are enjoying yours with a nice cinnamon sugar rim. 

xo. Casey