Friday, April 26, 2013

Apple Berry Hand Pies

Apple Berry Hand Pies

I want to share a dessert recipe that I tried a few times.
It is easy to make (that is the keyword), delicious and it's made with phyllo. 
 I love phyllo!
Pre-made phyllo dough is super simple to use and it has 86% less fat than pie crust.
 We all love that!

1-1/2 c. peeled, chopped Granny Smith apples
3/4 c. blackberries
1 tsp. fresh lemon juice
1 Tbsp. all purpose flour
1/4 c. plus 2 tsp. sugar
1/2 tsp. plus 1/8 tsp. apple pie spice
10 (9" x 14") sheets phyllo dough, thawed
Nonstick cooking spray
1/4 tsp. kosher salt or coarse sea salt

Maple Topping
1 c. plain nonfat Greek yogurt
  3 Tbsp. maple syrup

1. In medium bowl, mix apples, blackberries, lemon juice, flour, 1/4 c. sugar, and 1/2 tsp. apple pie spice.

2. Place 1 phyllo sheet on work surface; lightly coat with cooking spray. Top with another sheet; spray top. Cut lengthwise into three 3" wide strips. Mound 1 heaping Tbsp. filling at the end of 1 strip, about 1" from corner. Fold 1 corner of phyllo diagonally across filling to opposite edge to form triangle. Continue to fold triangle onto itself to end of strip. Repeat this process with remaining phyllo sheets and filling. 

3. Preheat oven to 400° F. Lightly spray cookie sheet with cooking spray. Place pies seam side down on prepared sheet; spray tops with cooking spray. In small bowl, mix salt and remaining 2 tsp. sugar and 1/8 tsp. apple pie spice; sprinkle over pies.

4. Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until golden brown. Remove to wire racks to cool slightly.

5. For topping, stir together yogurt and maple syrup. Serve pies warm with topping. 
Garnish with additional berries, if desired. 


These are the ingredients.
I bet you already have everything like I did.


Here's the apple and blackberry mixed with the seasonings.

This is what the pre-made phyllo looks like before it is sprayed & cut into strips.

**Here's a little tip - I put a damp dish cloth over the phyllo sheets until I am ready to use it. 
Phyllo sheets dry out very quickly.

Put about 1 Tbsp. of the mixture on the phyllo.


Fold it like a flag into a triangle.


This is how the phyllo pies look like before it is cooked.


Ready to be served with yogurt + maple syrup.
Sprinkle a little confectioners sugar on the top before serving.

Ta-Da !!!

They are so GOOD!
Sit back and wait for the compliments and watch how quickly they are gobbled up!



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Friday, April 19, 2013

Flor- Carpet Tiles

We are doing an event for Harry Warren Entertainment at Vibiana in downtown Los Angeles called "Urban Unveiled".
It is a wedding event and the theme is The Great Gatsby. 

Harry Warren Entertainment has wonderful songs such as "At Last", and we are very excited to be a pert of this.

Our space is 8' x 8', so we decided on using Flor carpet tiles in black & white in keeping with the theme. 

Vibiana has strict regulations- we have done weddings there.
We know what can & cannot be done.

We will take pictures of the event for a future post!

This is the dining room where we laid out the pattern of the Flor carpet tiles.
As you can see I have a leopard carpet!
I adore animal print and use it as a neutral.

This is the box the Flor was shipped in. We needed 15 black and 15 white tiles for an 8' x 8'.
A single carpet tile is approximately 20" x 20".
Janet figured out how many we needed!
Whew, these boxes were quite heavy when they arrived...

This shows how the pieces fit together.
They were tapped so they wouldn't move as the edges were being cut.

Here is a picture of the Flor tiles in a black & white pattern.
 As you can see the edges had to be cut.

Here is the finished product.
This is what the rug looked like when it was finished. 
These will be taped down on the day of the event @ Vibiana.

 There is a lot of hard work that goes into putting squares on the diagonal - just ask Janet!
She has done a beautiful job!
Don't you think, dear readers?



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Friday, April 12, 2013

Amazing Stripes From Pinterest

These are some of the stripes from my Pinterest board.

Aren't they wonderful?

Black & white rug! 
Can't go wrong with that combination. 

Ceilings are becoming interesting. Yeah!
Love those yellow stripes.

Balloons in stripes, how clever.

Horizontal stripes made with tiles. 
Always a good look. 

Adore the stripes on this cabana! 
Looks so great!

Painted stripe up the stairs.
A good DIY project. 

Black & white stripes with green in a kitchen - so chic!

The original stripes - a zebra.

Horizontal strips painted on the walls. 
Paint can do so much for a room. 


Great looking stripes, they stand the test of time in this window.

Beach cabanas in wonderful stripes, don't these look marvelous?

Love the stripes in the bathroom.

There's that black & white rug again!

Love all these shoes in stripes together. 

Horizontal strips on the dining table.

Stripes in an entry way.  
I think I adore horizontal stripes.

 These are from my Amazing Stripes board from my Pinterest.
There are lots more pictures so take a look at them here. My motto is "when in doubt use stripes."
They work for me and most clients love them. 

Have a wonderful weekend!

Love, Peggy

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Friday, April 5, 2013

Fish Chowder Recipe + Birthday Celebration

Fish Chowder

Earl lived in Pensacola, Florida. I was born & raised in that city and met him
early in my life. He was best friends with Wallace Bond who was also a friend of mine. 
Earl was a wonderful cook, southern or anything else. 
This is a recipe for fish chowder from one of his books. 
I have cooked it many times. It is wonderful & easy.
I decided to make the chowder for Julia's birthday dinner.

The following recipe for Fish Chowder was handed down through a Pensacola family for at least three generations. 
It is so good it should only be served as a main course.

2 lg Onions, chopped
1 lg Bell pepper, diced
1 clove Garlic, minced
2 tbs Butter
2 tbs Flour
1 lg Can tomatoes
1 qt Water, hot
1-1/2 cup Potatoes, diced
1 lg Bay leaf
Salt & pepper
2 lbs Fish fillets
Lemon (optional)

Saute onions, bell pepper, garlic in butter until soft.
Add flour and cook 2 minutes. This is called a rue...
Add tomatoes and cook 5 minutes stirring all the time.
Add water.
Add potatoes and cook 15 minutes.
Add bay leaf, salt and pepper.
Simmer for 30 minutes.
Add fish fillets 15 to 20 minutes before serving. (I use a white fish)
Serve with crusty French bread.

Some of the ingredients for this EASY chowder.


Cooking the onions, green pepper and garlic.



Butter added to the pot.



I added the flour to make a rue - coating all the veggies.


Then you add the tomatoes.


I used flounder for the fish.

Add potatoes and then the fish.

The birthday table for my friend Julia Riva.

Julia is seeing her birthday cake for the first time.
 Happy Birthday, Julia!

The cake is easy and got raves as did the chowder.
I will give the cake recipe soon.
I served the chowder with a salad and French bread. 
And of course, BIRTHDAY CAKE!

It was a glorious night. 

Have a wonderful weekend!



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