How to Make the Very Best Pie Crust

Okay, so by now you most likely have read one of my past posts on Craftsy. I have to say, as I continue to take their classes and share them with you, I am more and more impressed.  I didn’t expect to find such an extraordinary resource. But it is really an invaluable wealth of information and I am learning so much along the way!

Click here to see the class I took with Craftsy and enter to win a class for yourself!

I really cannot wait to tell you about the latest class I took, Perfecting the Pie Crust. I LOVE pie, but I have to admit the very best part of the pie to me…is the crust.  I need a really good crust to have a really good piece of pie. I know…it sounds so simple. And really, why would you need to take a whole class on making a pie crust?! But I have to tell you after taking the class and making the crust myself, I am not exaggerating when I say in all of it’s flakiness and rich flavor, it was the best pie crust I have ever had. Oh my word!

How to Make the Very Best Pie Crust

So my favorite thing I learned from this class is just really how simple and quick it is to make an amazing pie crust. The instructor was so easy to understand and just walked step-by-step through the making of the crust – ingredients, tools and what she calls a 1-2-3 ratio that will help you remember the ingredient ratios from now on! The icing on the cake for me, or the filling in the pie, :) is the extra class section at the end called The Ultimate Apple Pie. I was so enticed by her amazing pie that I immediately made the crust and the pie. It was SO quick and simple and it was delicious!! Two pieces later my husband was complaining that maybe he had eaten too much! Ha!

Just take a look at how well my husband liked the pie I made (this was almost the end of piece #2).

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Craftsy’s, Perfecting the Pie Crust is really a fantastic class! I feel so much more confident in my pie making skills and I can’t wait to share The Ultimate Apple Pie with friends and family. Here is the recipe for the pie crust (although the technique learned in the class is what really puts the finesse on the crust!).

Like I have said over and over again, one of the best things about taking the class online, besides the valuable information, was the ability to start the class and pause the class whenever I needed to. When the kids were in bed, or when I had a few minutes during the day to spare, I would sit down and watch a bit of the course in the comfort of my own home. It was so convenient! Craftsy is the perfect solution for us busy moms who want to learn, but don’t have time to leave the house and attend a class.

Here is a little more info about Craftsy:

Craftsy offers online crafting classes, taught by world renowned instructors who love the craft as much as you do. Craftsy classes are online, so they are available to you anytime you want for as long as you want, there are no scheduled class times, so you can enjoy them entirely on your own schedule. Each class is taught by an acclaimed instructor and consists of several hours of HD-quality video content… but Craftsy classes are much more than just a video!

While taking a Craftsy class, you can:

Ask your instructor questions, upload photos, and get personalized responses

Participate in discussions with your classmates

Access supporting class materials – including recipes and helpful tips & tricks

Bookmark your favorite moments in the video so that you can easily re-watch them and take notes that you can refer back to anytime

The great thing about Craftsy is that there is a class for everyone! You can learn knitting, photography, cake decorating, sewing, cooking and more!

Today we are giving away Perfecting the Pie Crust class away to one of you!!!

If you are ready to check out Craftsy —->> enter to win your very own Perfecting the Pie Crust class by clicking here.

Blessings,

Ruth Schwenk

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Craftsy. The opinions and text are all mine.

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2nd Annual Last Minute Homeschool Curriculum Funds Giveaway

Hello friends! Welcome to the 2nd annual Last Minute Homeschool Curriculum Funds Giveaway! This year we are giving away $300 in Paypal cash divided up into two winners – each winner will receive $150 in PayPal cash to help purchase homeschool curriculum for their family. Last year we were able to bless three families with extra cash to buy curriculum. All three families had a financial need that only God could fulfill! It was an honor to fulfill the prayers of these families through the giveaway.

The Heart Behind This Annual Blessing

The Last Minute Homeschool Curriculum Funds Giveaway was created to bless homeschool families who are in need of financial assistance to purchase their homeschooling curriculum. The giveaway was birthed in the heart of Carlie Kercheval, founder of Managing Your Blessings & Today’s Frugal Mom, while praying for a friend who could not afford to buy her family’s curriculum due to the unexpected passing of her husband. It was from that moment on God placed a burning desire in her heart to begin to bless the homeschool community by providing funds for purchasing curriculum.

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What Music Has Meant to Me {giveaway}

Music has been a part of my life since I was a little girl.  At the age of six years old, I stepped onto a stage dressed up as a ladybug to sing my very first solo. Imagine that! From that moment on, music has been a big part of my life.

In middle school and high school I studied from amazing vocal teachers and was a part of choirs at the University of Michigan. But it wasn’t until I gave my life to Christ that the words I sang actually became more than just words. They became an anthem to Christ. I grew to love singing and leading in worship because finally what I was doing had purpose beyond entertainment. Because of my love for music, I LOVE to discover new music! Today I am thrilled to introduce you to new artist, Lindsay McCaul.

Lindsay McCaul Music

Lindsay McCaul’s sophomore project and Centricity Music debut, “One More Step,” is artistry born of a willingness to grapple honestly with the questions that arise at that crossroads of brokenness and grace. Tag-team produced by Brent Milligan (David Crowder, Steven Curtis Chapman) and Jeff Pardo (Josh Wilson, Johnny Diaz, Matthew West), the eleven songs on “One More Step” are thoughtful pop offerings that range from the lush and layered to the sparse and hauntingly lyrical.

The project as a whole faithfully chronicles the honest journey of a young woman who has learned that if the expressions of hope and joy are to be real and strong enough to hold us, then they can’t shrink back from the sorrow, the grief, the confusion and the doubt that are also a real part of this shared pilgrim journey. The secret is that it’s all woven together, and if God’s grace meets us, it meets us in the very middle of all that messiness of life, circumstance and emotion. And it’s from that place, and probably only from that place, that songs with the power to give real hope can be born.

I love this sentiment from Lindsay and couldn’t agree more:

“I’ve observed over the last few years,” Lindsay says, “that the songs that connect most with my listeners are the ones I write from a place of wrestling through issues. I write songs about things God is teaching me and the lessons I’m learning—sometimes even from a place of brokenness smack dab in the middle of learning the lesson. A place of holding my hands open before God and asking Him to grow my faith and help my unbelief. People who connect with my songs have told me they appreciate the honesty and transparency of the lyrics, which means the world to me. We’re all struggling somehow, fighting some battle, and if we could all just be brave enough to be honest with one another about our deep, deep need for Jesus, we could be mutually encouraged, strengthened and sharpened.”

Lindsay goes on to say, “Change—especially of the life-altering variety—forces you to choose where you’re going to place your confidence and security. These songs were born out of seasons of huge upheaval and change in my life. I needed to learn to surrender my plans, my expectations, my dreams, my fears of the unknown, even my pride. As I wrestled through that process, the songs that emerged became snapshots of God’s faithfulness in different seasons, leading me step by step along this journey.”

Lindsay’s song “One More Step,” which has become a show-stopper at McCaul’s concerts around the country, chronicles the life and death of her war veteran father, Ret. Col. Larry Walter Pritchett, who passed away two years ago. It’s one more step/Blink your eyes/You’ll be home on the other side/Running down the golden streets/You’ll hear a million angels sing/So one more kiss on earth is all that’s left/Before the breath of heaven fills your chest/And you finally see His face and find your rest/One more step/One more step.

Listen to One More Step here:

I love listening to music that reaches beyond the surface and dives into the messy and real side of everyday life. Lindsay captures those moments so well in her lyrics, pulling the listener right into her story. You will find yourself relating to and reflecting on Lindsay’s honest and heartfelt songs compiled in this CD! 

You can purchase Lindsay McCaul’s new CD by clicking here.

Here is a little bit more info about Lindsay McCaul:

McCaul hails from Merritt Island, FL and began writing songs when she was only 12-years-old.  She moved to Chicago to attend Moody Bible Institute and graduated with a degree in Applied Linguistics. While attending Moody in Chicago, she began leading worship at the Bible Institute and now lives in the Nashville area. She currently leads worship as an artist-in-residence at Nashville’s Fellowship Bible Church. McCaul has enjoyed an active touring schedule with high-profile acts including, Casting Crowns, Matthew West, Mercy Me, Mandisa, Brandon Heath, Sanctus Real, The Afters, and others.

Today, I am so excited to be giving away 5 signed copies of Lindsay’s debut album,“One More Step!!”

Enter to win in the Rafflecopter below!

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This is a sponsored post. All opinions are my own. Read full disclosure here.

 

Making Dress Up Time Fun With Your Children

Recently I was asked to take a look at a few classes from an amazing website called Craftsy. I am excited to share those classes with you here over the next year. It wasn’t until a few months ago that I heard of Craftsy. I didn’t expect to find such an extraordinary resource. But it is really an invaluable wealth of information.

Click here to see the class I took with Craftsy and enter to win your very own class!

Children Love Playing Dress-up

Children LOVE playing dress up! But how many of us moms are either unsure of how to make dress up time fun for our child or we feel like we aren’t so good in the creativity department? I can definitely identify with the latter. Children need to use their imaginations. With digital technology options all round, it’s easy to miss the personal face-to-face playtime our children desperately need.  IPads, video games, and T.V. can be tempting defaults for busy (and creatively challenged) parents. If you are feeling like you just don’t know where to start when it comes to creating these fun times with your child, The Costume Box is a fantastic resource to help spark the creativity. Anne Weil shares how to create a Costume Box. She teaches how to put together an adorable princess outfit for your girl with a tutu skirt, crowns, wands and wings. For the boys she instructs on how to put together an outfit for a prince or king including capes, a chest plate, a sword and more. I love how Anne Weil gets you off to a solid start on creating costumes that your child will enjoy for years.

One class participant commented, “I was hesitant to purchase this class but boy am I glad I did… It’s less than 3 minutes in and I’m ready to wake the kids up, dress up and have an adventure! Thank you for your inspiration. I’m really looking forward to the rest of this class and to all the fun adventures my kids will be sure to have. You seem like a totally awesome mom, thanks for sharing with all of us!”

Children Love Playing Dress Up

Craftsy’s, The Costume Box: Dress-Up for Holiday & Everyday is truly a class for every mom!

Like I have said over and over again, one of the best things about taking the class online, besides the valuable information, was the ability to start the class and pause the class whenever I needed to. When the kids were in bed, or when I had a few minutes during the day to spare, I would sit down and watch a bit of the course in the comfort of my own home. It was so convenient! Craftsy is the perfect solution for us busy moms who want to learn, but don’t have time to leave the house and attend a class.

Here is a little more info about Craftsy:

Craftsy offers online crafting classes, taught by world renowned instructors who love the craft as much as you do. Craftsy classes are online, so they are available to you anytime you want for as long as you want, there are no scheduled class times, so you can enjoy them entirely on your own schedule. Each class is taught by an acclaimed instructor and consists of several hours of HD-quality video content… but Craftsy classes are much more than just a video!

While taking a Craftsy class, you can:

Ask your instructor questions, upload photos, and get personalized responses

Participate in discussions with your classmates

Access supporting class materials – including recipes and helpful tips & tricks

Bookmark your favorite moments in the video so that you can easily re-watch them and take notes that you can refer back to anytime

The great thing about Craftsy is that there is a class for everyone! You can learn knitting, photography, cake decorating, sewing, cooking and more!

Today we are giving away The Costume Box: Dress Up for Holiday & Everyday class away to one of you!!!

Click and Enter to win below!!

If you are ready to check out Craftsy —->> enter to win your very own The Costume Box: Dress Up for Holiday & Everyday class by clicking here.

Blessings,

Ruth Schwenk

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Craftsy. The opinions and text are all mine.

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