I am offering guidance and advise to anyone who wishes to achieve a better tomorrow. My experience in achieving a better tomorrow. I am a woman and a single mother of two, who has achieved contentment in my life, by finding happiness and satisfaction not only in material things but also in my life’s journey. Gaining contentment and happiness within my life journey on a daily bases is my better tomorrow .
My education started with my grand mother , who as a midwife, taught me about the natural order of nature, my culture and life acceptance at a very early age . I achieved my A.S Degree in Liberal Arts and Nursing at BMCC. while raising my two sons This part of my desired journey took me nine years as a part time student. There I learned a lot about the medical field and the human body. I started my medical career working as a medical assistant for a total of twenty years. I learned a lot about the human body and the simple solution as to how we can keep our body healthy, young and active. After graduating from BMCC I taught Medical Assisting and Medical Billing for three years at several Colleges in New York City Until covid19 came along.
I have been guiding and helping people all my life with out realizing my talent for coaching. I would like to offer my life’s experiences not only for your success but also achieving satisfaction. Money is not the only success life has to offer. When I was a little girl my father would say to me and my siblings in tough times “what ever happens, happens for the best and what was meant to be will be”. Learning from life’s lessons, acceptance and moving forward is very important to finding contentment. There are people who are struggling to find their way to achieve their desired success, together with happiness, fulfilment, and satisfaction in their life’s journey. I can help with this achievement.
Please contact me for a consultation if this is a journey you would like to take.
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To thank mom for all the unselfish little and big things she has done for us, I suggest you make her dinner or lunch, Not only will she get a brake from the kitchen, she will enjoy knowing you made this meal your self. My professor at nutrition class in college gave these two recipes and I taught they are easy to make, nutritious and different. Mothers do not need fancy gifts or expensive mother’s day present. Appreciation from the heart is all the thanks we need.
Recipe for Pad Thai
3/4 pound wild prawns (shelled and deveined)
5 tbsp sesame oil
2 garlic cloves, chopped
1/2 small white onion or 1 shallot, chopped
1 fresh serrano chile, processed through garlic press
1/8 tsp paprika
Salt and pepper to taste
16 oz. rice noodles
4 cups boiling water
For the sauce:
Juice of 2 fresh limes
2.5 tbsp sugar
3 tbsp fish sauce
1/2 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
1 cup mung bean sprouts
4 lime wedges
1/4 cup chopped peanuts (optional)
1. In a large pot boil water. Place the rice noodles in a large bowl (heat resistant) and pour the boiling water over the noodles, let the noodle cook for approximately 5-10 minutes. After 10 minutes stir the noodle in the water to prevent from sticking. Set aside without draining the water.
2. Over med high heat, add in sesame oil to the pan, sauté the shallots and garlic for about 1 minute. Prep the serrano chili by removing the seeds and process through garlic press.
3. Add chile to the pan and cook for another minute, add prawns with small amount of salt and pepper and sauté them for 1-2 minutes or until they turn pink and opaque.
4. To make the sauce, in a bowl, mix together fresh lime juice, sugar, and fish sauce, set aside.
5. Flip the prawns over sprinkle paprika and toss them, cook for another 1-2 minutes. When the tails of the prawns are pink and the prawns are bouncy they are done. Place prawns into a bowl and set aside.
6. In a small bowl crack eggs and break the yolk. In the same pan add the rest of the sesame oil and lightly scramble the eggs. Remove the pan from the heat and turn down the heat to low.
7. Strain the noodles.
8. Place the pan back on top of the heat, add prawns, noodles, and drizzle the sauce over. Gently toss the noodles until the sauce is all soaked into the noodles.
9. Garnish with mung bean sprouts, cilantro, lime wedges, and peanuts.
Recipe for Lasagna
1 box GF lasagna sheets
6 cups of water
1 tbsp olive oil
1/2 white onion
1 clove garlic
1 tsp coriander
3/4 tsp mild chili powder
1 tsp paprika
2 tbsp olive oil
1 & 1/2 tsp salt
2 pinches of sugar
3/4 lb ground chicken thigh meat
2 cups chopped shitake mushrooms
1-2 cups tomato sauce
1 tbsp butter
1-2 cups milk
1 cup grated mozzarella & Monterrey jack cheese
black pepper to taste
1. Pre-heat the oven to 350°F.
1. In a large pot, cook the lasagna sheets, adding a pinch of salt and 1 tbsp olive oil to the water.
Red Sauce (Meat Sauce):
1. In a separate pot over medium to high heat, add olive oil and onions. Let the onions cook for 2 minutes.
2. Add finely chopped garlic and mix. Once the onion and garlic is all cooked, add in the meat, break up the meat with your spatula. Add mushrooms, coriander, paprika, mild chili powder, salt, sugar, and meat. Stir and cook for about 3-4 minutes.
3. Add the tomato sauce, stir all the ingredient and let it cook for 5 minutes. After it is done cooking turn off the heat.
1. Take the cooked lasagna sheets and line them on the bottom. Layer meat sauce on top and pat it flat, add the white sauce on top, then add another layer of lasagna sheets. Repeat this step until you are done with the meat sauce.
8. Top it off with more white sauce, sprinkle the top with cheese, cover with foil and bake it in a 350°F oven for 15 minutes or place it in the refrigerator and take it out and bake it when you are ready to cook.
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April 22nd 2021 the world will celebrate Earth day, leaders of the world will get together and discuss climate change, the eco system, and natural disasters, all of which has impacted life on Earth in different various.
Word leaders makes many rules and agreements to deal with climate change. But many leaders have different ideas when they are dealing with natural disasters due to climate change and they are not always in agreement. Some leaders thinks climate change is not happening, others may think their country’s economy wealth is more important than the eco system. Why should there be a choice,? why cant we have wealth, and grow our economy without destroying the earth?
In reality our home planet is in serious trouble and as a direct result, our health, well being , home, and way of life is also in danger. Not in the distance future but right now. There is no time to waste.
You might ask what can we do?. After all we are not the government. we don’t have time or the money needed to do something about climate change to help heal the Earth.
I say wrong! we can all make a difference, one person at a time. Where do we start?, In our home! The little things we do will make a big difference and help heal the Earth.
Garbage, stop dumping your garbage where ever, when ever. Garbage are blocking up draining systems, which causes floods, as a result people loose their homes, lives, and their mental security as a direct because of mass flooding. When garbage accumulates in our ocean, the damage is very costly. The ocean is filled with garbage, fishes eat this garbage because they think its food , we eat various sea food and also the garbage they have eaten.
Smog, pollution from our cars and factories are destroying our air, when the air is polluted our lungs becomes polluted. Instead of driving every where, walk , ride a bike, use public transportation, car pool, every bit helps our planet.
Recycle, recycle ,plastic , bottles, paper etc.. Recycle all electronic appliances, batteries and cell phones. When these items are dumped instead of recycled the radiation get into our water and the earth it’s self becomes contaminated. Then what? Our food and water are contaminate too
Chemicals, all the chemical we used to clean our homes, use in our gardens, pesticides which are sprayed on our food. These chemicals? what do you think happens to them? they mingle with our water and again when we consume our water we are also consuming these chemicals.
When each and every one of us change our habits one day at a time we will make a difference. Buy what will not do harm to the Earth, dispose of you garbage responsible, recycle all and every thing used in your daily life. Help keep our oceans clean, plant trees, shrubs, and flowers. Take the lights off save energy. Ride a bike, take a walk, and be very careful with fires.
We can only be healthy when the earth is healthy, our survival depends on it, our children and grand children future are in danger and so is every living being that share this magnificent planet, but only human being are the one destroying it , for greed and selfishness
I went out for Sunday brunch with my family, my second time eating Dim Sum, which is a traditional Cantonese breakfast. We were served several small variety of different dishes, there were a variety of soups, several types of meat, vegetables, sea food and deserts. This authentic meal was absolutely delicious, nutritious, most importantly unprocessed. Even though portions size are small, the meal was filling and very favorable.
We tried several different dishes- little dumplings stuff with vegetables, pork, shrimp, which are my favorites. These dishes are serve with a simple pot of green tea, dipping hot sauce and soy sauce for additional flavor.
We also had several types of deserts, my favorite was a coconut jelly made with milk. The Ingredients were all fresh, most important to me they were not processed food. The dumplings were light and filling, you can taste the different flavors in each dumpling, and the green tea served was not from a tea bag. Also at this restaurant there were no sliver wear utensils you had to eat with chopsticks. very authentic experience
When I was a little girl growing up in Trinidad, my grandmother would take me with her when she would go grocery shopping, The grocer was from China and we all called him Papa. Each time she would by me chicken feet in a roll ( chicken feet and bread). I loved this sandwich. One of the dish I had at this restaurant was chicken feet which took me back to my childhood.
When going out to eat at a restaurant, the choices we make can be notorious unprocessed and healthy for us. This was an excellent opportunity for me to experience meals from another culture. I am a foody and this experience has been delicious and I will be repeating. I recommend to all my readers, “go out and try Dim Sum”.
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My family’s history began with several very strong women a long time ago in India. Four generations going back, my great grand mother ventured to leave her family in India – Utah Pradesh and boarded a British ship heading to the Caribbean Island called Trinidad. She was at the time a young teenager. Her reason for such a journey; I do not know but can only speculate , she wanted a better future. This desired future cost her freedom as she had to endured being an indentured labor on a sugar plantation, for ten long difficult years. History has taught me that my great grand mother had no freedom to go anywhere from the planation without permission, from the owners who were British white men. She worked for $2.50 a week and was given food ration for the month. She lived in housing provided for her on the plantation called barracks, which basically were apartments for Indentured labors
After her ten years ended she was given a choice, a returned ticket on another ship to India or she can accept $100.00 in cash or land ( five acres ) from the Company and continue working on the Estate. My great grand mother Etwaria choose to stay in Trinidad, married my great grand father and started a family. My Great grand mother spoke two languages, English and Hindi, she was a midwife, wife, mother , grand mother and great grand mother. Throughout all her adventures her family was most important to her until the day she died.
THIS IS A PICTURE OF A TIPICAL SUGAR ESTATE IN TRINIDAD
My grand mother was born in 1918 in Trinidad, she also worked on the sugar plantation until she retired at the age of 66. she was not an indentured labor. My grand mother spoke two languages, fluently even though she never learn to read and write, she learned how to become the best midwife in our village. she was married at the age of 11years to my grand father in accordance to East Indian Tradition until he died, after which she became a widow with five children to take care off , a single parent. My grand mother worked as a midwife and most children in our village was delivered by her including me and all my siblings. At the time of her death in 1989 , she was mother of five, grandmother of twenty-six, great grand mother of seven. She was the head of her family and she kept her family very closely together. When she died many of my family tradition died with her.
My grand mother and me
Like my Great grand mother I also choose to migrate for a better life and adventure. My choice was to migrate to America. I told my self “if Etwaria can do it then so can I”. Did I make it?. Well I endured, as s single mother of two sons in a Country where there were no extended family members, and to top it off I am an alien with no status in the US at the time of my sons birth. Yes I am as successful as both of my grandmothers were before me. My family is the most important part of my life and my mental health.
During my life’s journey I have met women who I am proud to say touched my life by enriching my life’s experience, women from many different countries, race, cultures, and background, even though they all spoke different languages, and were from different cultures. These women had the same goal in common, they wanted a better life and were successful in achieving this desire. They all over came life’s challenges. They are strong, independent, successful women whom I am very proud to say are my friends.
I would like to celebrate these women and congratulate each and every one of them on their successful journey towards their accomplishments. I know for each one of them it was not easy to achieve but they endured and accomplished their goal. Along their way they have inspired and touch my life for the better . One of the reason I absolutely love living in New York is the different people I have met from all over the world, I get to learn through friendships about the rich cultures and heritage from so many different countries. I could never have learned from a class room. I have learn about the cultures from AFRICA, EGYPT, PERU, COLOMBIA, INDIA, BANGLERDESH, HONDURS, BELIZE, MEXICO, CUBA, PORTO RICO, ENGLAND, ITALY, FRANCE, SCOTLAND, SPAIN,GERMAN,IRLAND,DOMINCAN REPUBLIC, PHILIPINES, HATIE ,PAKISTAND, CHINA, JAPAN, RUSSIA,NAPAL ,GUYANA, SURINAM and USA. To name a few
The meals I have tasted from all these cultures are fantastic , delicious and nutritious, most of all they were all home cooked and not processed. As I have said these women have all enriched my life just by me knowing them. I am very famous from having pot lucks
Tonight from (3-11-6 PM sun set to 3-12 6 AM sun rise) tomorrow morning, Hindus all over the world will be fasting, offering sweets, milk, flowers , prays and hawan to Lord Shiva.
Shiva represents the destroyer of darkness and evil as Shivaratri is held on the darkest night of the year. Shaivism tradition, is the night when Shiva performs the heavenly dance of creation, preservation and destruction. The chanting of hymns, the reading of Shiva scriptures and the chorus of devotees joins this cosmic dance and remembers Shiva’s presence everywhere.
When I was a little girl I remember going to Shiva mandirs all over Trinidad, waking up all night overring Prasad,(sweets /mithai) milk and flowers to the Shiva Lignum. When devotees spend the night in prays and meditation to Shiva their deepest desire would come true, as my mother would so very often tell me.
What I like about this night was the meditation ritual. You would sit in a lotus position with your eyes closed and perform jap ( OM NAMASH SHIVA) . For me Shiva was the first Yogi and meditation was how he connected with the universe. I learn how to meditate by performing prays on Shivaratri’s night every year of my life. As a grown woman now with children of my own I still Practice meditation while concentrating on the word OM. Meditation give me peace which for me is nutrition for my well being and a stress free mental thinking.
One of the most healing ritual I have discovered is yoga. When many of us think of yoga; exercises, losing weight, and doing all sorts of difficult acrobatic poses with our body comes to mind. For me Yoga is an opportunity to free my mind and emotions from stress. I become one with the universe much like in this picture of Buddha in his surroundings. When my mind is silent and my consciousness is quiet and I become stress free.
Yoga helps me find peace from within my self, I practice yoga as often as I can. What has practicing yoga done for me? Well I am stress free, my blood circulation has improved with simple yoga stretches I have learn do daily, no matter where I am. My daily mantra is this proverb “what is meant to be, will be”. Since there is nothing I can do to change what is meant to happened, I have learn to accept, let go, and move on. Much like the Serenity Prayer ( written by Reinhold Niebuhr )
” God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
courage to change the things I can,
and wisdom to know the difference.“
Yoga an ancient Indian traditional spiritual practice that can unites one consciousness with stillness, it helps any being find peace , become stress free with a calm mind and healthy body, connecting consciousness through meditation to be happy and at peace. While there are many different types of yoga incorporated with many different activities and exercise. I strongly feel the original Yoga can help anyone detoxify their mind, improve their health by becoming free of life’s daily stress.
Yoga is associated with Hinduism , but there is no need for any one to be connected to Hinduism to practice yoga. A simple yoga exercise can be done any time day or night. At the end of your day find a quiet place in your home place some cushions on the floor, light a scented candle, sit still thinking of nothing. empty your mind of all toughs, leave the worries and the stress of the day out side of your quiet place.
A cup of tea, favorite drink, even a cocktail if you like, sip and indulge in absolutely nothing but the quiet and stillness of your daily life for at least thirty minutes. Reading a good book is also another way to destress. Mornings are my quiet time before I go to work , I sit by my window with a cup of tea, sometimes a cup of coffee and watch the sun rises, at least twice a week I do Yoga exercises at night time to improve my blood circulation and stretch out my muscles.
Mediation can be done inside in the winter time or outside in the summer, spring and fall seasons. Mediation can be achieved by sitting in the traditional position or if you can not sit, stand up , lay down in what ever position your comfortable with and are pain free, think of nothing, close your eyes, take deep breaths holding as long as you can and exhale, repeat until you have become unaware of you surroundings. The idea when you close your eyes and concentrate on your breathing you become worried free and your consciousness is awoken at that moment, you have obtained a stress free status. Don’t take my word for this, Try for yourself and let me know how it worked out for you.
Lets begin find a place where you can be alone indoor or outdoor if the weather is warm and the sun is shinning, where ever your comfortable. Light a scented candle or you can get one of those mini waterfall to help you relax. Sit in a position like the statue above if you can, close your eyes, empty your conscious mind and be still for thirty minutes.
For those of us who need exercise to feel better there are a simple yoga stretches you can do before your day starts, in the middle of the day or at night. When ever you feel tired and you need to boost your blood circulation. Many of us sit still for at least eight hours a day / forty to sixty hours a week, which can take a negative effective on our health. Whenever you feel the need
1) Stand up with your feet together and hands touching at your chest, take a beep breath fill your lungs with air and hold for as long as you can, exhale.
2) Take another breath, exhale and stretch out your arms as far as you can towards your sides.
3) Take another deep breath exhale and dip your hands towards your right foot, lifting the left arm high above your head reaching to touch the sky.
4) Another deep breath, exhale while dipping towards the left leg, lifting your right arm above your head touching the sky.
5)Take another deep breath, clasp both hands above your head, your fingers entwine together and push your hands back to stretch you spine as far back as you can, exhale and straighten up,
6) Take another deep breath exhale and bent all the way down and touch your feet ,come all the way back up, clasp your hands together at your chest take a deep breath and exhale. Stand still and slow your breathing for a few minutes.
My demonstration video for thisexercise click this link- yoga exercise
Topic Depression: every year during the winter season, I get depress, I deal with my depress feelings until spring comes around and I can see and feel the sunlight, feeling the wonderful warmth on my skin from the golden sun high up in the sky makes me feel better. As we all know during New York winter there are some days when the sun do not come out to shine and those days are very bad for me and others in New York City. Good news my mood changes as spring comes along and after doing some research I found out why I get depress and how to combat my depression. Together with the correct type of diet, sunshine and exercise I can deal with my winter depression and I would like to share this discovery with my readers.
Depression can be caused by emotional and traumatic events
Depression can be caused by medical issues
Depression can be caused by side effects of some medication
Depression can be caused by our hormones
Depression effects everyone no matter what the age from the very young who can be dealing with emotional issues or the very mature individual dealing with other issues. What ever the reason you should always seek out Doctor’s advise as a diagnoses of clinical depression is a very serious matter and medical attention is a must. Some cases there is a need for on going counseling with a Therapist
How does some one know they are suffering from depression?. Your emotional mood changes and you feel as though there is no joy or happiness in the world.The desire to get out of bed in the morning to complete daily chores is no longer there, getting dress becomes unimportant and a social life is no longer needed, sometimes the thought of suicide are contemplated.
The sun can help to ease our depressing moods in the winter times. The Sunlight cues special areas in the retina, which triggers the release of serotonin. So, when the sun do not shine we experience depression in the winter time, especially when the days are short
Exercises is also and excellent solution to combat depression. One such statement“One in 10 adults in the United States struggles with depression, and antidepressant medications are a common way to treat the condition. However, pills aren’t the only solution. Research shows that exercise is also an effective treatment. “For some people it works as well as antidepressants, although exercise alone isn’t enough for someone with severe depression,” says Dr. Michael Craig Miller, assistant professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.”
GINGER TEA is a very deliciously good remedy for enlightening our mood with depression symptoms especially when women are going through menopause as I am, not only do I use ginger, so do the women in my family.
BEANS are rich in carbohydrates and protein which allows tryptophan to be converted into serotonin that help to improve our mood.
VITAMIN B 6 are very important also and can be found in foods like meat, fish, poultry, whole grains, potatoes and bananas.
Green Leafy Vegetables
VITAMIN B 12 are in abundences in green leafy vegetables, orange juice, lentils, corn, asparagus, peas, nuts and seeds.
Some studys have suggested in countries where fish is consumed on a regula basses depression is lower than in countries where fishes are not consumed regularly.”Readers Digest”( pg 206 )
These are the few changes I made in my fight against my depression moods and it has helped me, maybe these suggestion can help someone else also. If you do have issues with depression,clinical depression or mood changes, please seek help from your Doctor or therapist. Please remember you’re not alone and there is help.
TO ALL THE CITIZENS OF MOTHER EARTH ( DHARATI MA ) HAPPY DIWALI 2018.
My wish for us is peace and for the light on this holy of days’ to take away the darkness from all our daily lives. Diwali Prays
OM SIDDHI BUDDHI PRADE DEVI, BHUKTI MUKTI PRADAAYINI, MANTRA MURTE SADAA DEVI, MAHAA LAKSHMI NAMOS-TUTE.
“Oh Devi, Thou art the giver of intelligence and success. Bless us so that we can have enjoyment in this world and salvation hereafter. Thou hast always the mystic Mantras as Thy form. Oh Lakshmi Mata! We bow to Thee always.”
The Gayatri mantra is one of the oldest and most powerful of Sanskrit. It is believed that by chanting the Gayatri mantra and firmly establishing it in the mind, if you carry on your life and do the work that is ordained for you, your life will be full of happiness.
The word “Gayatri” itself explains the reason for the existence of this mantra. It has its origin in the Sanskrit phrase Gayantam Triyate iti, and refers to that mantra which rescues the chanter from all adverse situations that may lead to mortality.
Goddess Gayatri is also called “Veda-Mata” or the Mother of the Vedas – Rig, Yajur, Saam and Atharva – because it is the very basis of the Vedas. It is the basis, the reality behind the experienced and the cognized universe.
The Gayatri mantra is composed of a metre consisting of 24 syllables – generally arranged in a triplet of eight syllables each. Therefore, this particular meter (tripadhi) is also known as the Gayatri Meter or “Gayatri Chhanda.”
Bhuh Bhuvah Svah
Tat Savitur Varenyam
Bhargo Devasya Dheemahi
Dhiyo Yo nah Prachodayat
“O thou existence Absolute, Creator of the three dimensions, we contemplate upon thy divine light. May He stimulate our intellect and bestow upon us true knowledge.
“O Divine mother, our hearts are filled with darkness. Please make this darkness distant from us and promote illumination within us.”
Let us take each word of the Gayatri Mantra and try to understand its inherent meaning.
The First Word Om (Aum)
It is also called Pranav because its sound emanates from the Prana (vital vibration), which feels the Universe. The scripture says “Aum Iti Ek Akshara Brahman” (Aum that one syllable is Brahman).
When you pronounce AUM:
A – emerges from the throat, originating in the region of the navel
U – rolls over the tongue
M – ends on the lips
A – waking, U – dreaming, M – sleeping
It is the sum and substance of all the words that can emanate from the human throat. It is the primordial fundamental sound
The “Vyahrities”: Bhuh, Bhuvah, and Svah
The above three words of the Gayatri, which literally means “past,” “present,” and “future,” are called Vyahrities. Vyahriti is that which gives knowledge of entire cosmos or “ahriti”. The scripture says: “Visheshenh Aahritih sarva viraat, praahlaanam prakashokaranh vyahritih”. Thus, by uttering these three words, the chanter contemplates the Glory of God that illumines the three worlds or the regions of experience.
The Remaining Words
Tat simply means “that” because it defies description through speech or language, the “Ultimate Reality.”
Savitur means “Divine Sun” (the ultimate light of wisdom) not to be confused with the ordinary sun.
Varenium means “adore”
Bhargo means “illumination”
Devasya means “Divine Grace”
Dheemahi means “we contemplate”
Dhi means intellect
Yo means “who”
Nah means “ours”
Prachodayat means “requesting / urging / praying”
The last five words constitute the prayer for final liberation through the awakening of our true intelligence.
Finally, it needs to be mentioned that there are a number of meanings of the three main words of this mantra given in the scriptures:
October is here again and after a hot and muggy summer I am ready for some cool weather, Halloween is at the end of the October and there is apple picking, pumpkin picking and wine tasting. All the leaves are in gorges fall colors and the air is fresh and crisp, so what’s not to love about fall as long as the weather does not get too cold I am happy. I would like to shear some of my favorite fall dishes with you. Its a perfect time to relax and enjoy life with love of fall celebrations.
Directions: Mix sugar, water and cream of tartar in a saucepan.
Put on high heat
While it is boiling, thoroughly wash and dry your apples, and spear with the sticks.
Boil mixture until reaches hard crack (300ºF), then immediately add red food coloring and stir.
Quickly immediately dip the apples, twisting to cover, and set on a greased cookie sheet
This recipe can make 6 Candie apple
APPLE PIE Ingredients
1cup brown sugar
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
6 to 7 cups thinly sliced peeled tart apples
1 tablespoon lemon juice
Pastry for double-crust pie (9 inches)
1 tablespoon butter
1 large egg white
In a small bowl, combine the sugars, flour and spices; set aside. In a large bowl, toss apples with lemon juice. Add sugar mixture; toss to coat.
Line a 9-in. pie plate with bottom crust; trim crust even with edge. Fill with apple mixture; dot with butter. Roll out remaining dough to fit top of pie. Place over filling. Trim, seal and flute edges. Cut slits in crust.
Beat egg white until foamy; brush over crust. Sprinkle with sugar. Cover edges loosely with foil.
Bake at 375° for 25 minutes. Remove foil and bake until crust is golden brown and filling is bubbly, 20-25 minutes longer. Cool on a wire rack.
Ingredients for Homemade Pie Crust
Flour:2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour BUTTER: 1 cup unsalted butter – chilled, cut into tablespoon-size pieces SALT: 1/2 teaspoon salt
7 tablespoons ice water
1 tablespoon cider vinegar
Add all ingredients to list
Combine flour, salt, and butter in a food processor. Pulse until mixture resembles coarse crumbs, about 10 1-second pulses.
Stir water and vinegar in a small bowl.
Pour half the ice water and vinegar mixture into the flour and butter mixture. Pulse to combine, about 3 (1-second) pulses. Pour in remaining ice water and vinegar mixture. Pulse until mixture just starts to come together, about 8 (1-second) pulses.
Turn dough out onto a wooden surface, pat into round shape and divide in half. Form each half into a disc about 5 inches wide.
Wrap each disc in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes until ready to use.
6 cups of apple cider
2 sticks of cinnamon
6 allspice berries
1 orange peel whole or pieces
1 lemmon peel whole or pieces
1 cup of maple syrup organic
Pour the apple cider and maple syrup into a large stainless steel saucepan.
Place the cinnamon sticks, cloves, allspice berries, orange peel and lemon peel in the center of a washed of cheesecloth; fold up the sides of the cheesecloth to enclose the bundle, then tie it up with a length of kitchen string. Drop the spice bundle into the cider mixture.
Place the saucepan over moderate heat for 5 to 10 minutes, or until the cider is very hot but not boiling.
Remove the cider from the heat. Discard the spice bundle. Ladle the cider into big cups or mugs, adding a fresh cinnamon stick to each serving if desired.