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When I moved out on my own for the first time, I shared an apartment with my best friend Colleen. My half of the rent each month was $142.50. Which seems like nothing now, but with minimum wage only at $3.15 an hour, it was a lot. We had so much fun together in our young adult lives, and we still do, even as respectable grown ups! But back in the day, we were a little crazy and wild. My kids laugh at some of my stories, and can’t believe some of the things we used to do. I have to remind them, that their mom wasn’t born a 40 something year old, I was young once too. We loved to shop, and to be honest, we spent more on clothes in those days than food. I remember one shopping excursion to Nordstrom’s Place Two at Jantzen Beach very well. I found an amazing dress, but knew I didn’t have enough on my card to buy it. The sales lady said maybe I should go to the customer service desk and see if I could get an increase on my card. So I did. The guy on the phone was very nice, and after I gave him my information, he asked me if I was related to a Jeff _______ (leaving out the last name for his privacy) that went to the University of Washington? I had all these thoughts immediately run through my head.... why would they be asking me this? Did my brother Jeff owe them money? Should I lie? When I slowly said yes... he said he was in the same fraternity as my brother, and gave me a three thousand dollar bump on my card. Yes, I heard angels sing! That dress was mine, and then so were the shoes to match, and jewelry.... I think there might have even been a hat too! It does not take long to spend $ 3,000 at Nordstrom’s! It took a very long time to pay it off though! A very hard lesson to learn, how to use credit wisely! Yes mom, I have learned!

I have always thought of Nordstrom’s as the Holy Grail of clothes shopping. Maybe it was just imbedded in me from a very young age, when my grandma Pearl would take use to the downtown Seattle Nordstrom’s to buy our shoes as kids. Plus extra bonus, you always got a Nordy balloon when you got new shoes!
This is how I think of my Polish Pottery, it is the Nordstrom’s of all dish ware! Beautiful in its artistry, amazing to cook in, and like a bonus free balloon, it’s the best for washing up!
Colleen and I don’t get to see each other nearly as much as we would like too, but it is one of the best feelings knowing that she knows all of my history, as I know hers! Love you Smachez!

Today’s recipe is one I go to for a quickie dessert. I made and canned my own apple pie filling this year, so it’s even quicker, but it’s also super easy to do just from scratch. I am baking today’s recipe in one of the most used pieces of pottery in my home, a pie plate. This exquisite 10.4x1.1 pie/quiche dish is in the Love Blossoms pattern. Regularly $141.99 and on sale at 20% off for $113.99. This is the highest quality of pattern from the Zaklady factory, and it is truly stunning in its dainty details and bold flowers. Also pictured is a pie server in the Bellissima pattern, regularly $33.99 and on sale 20% off for $26.99, and a Blue Citrine dessert plate, regularly $34.99 and on sale 20% off for $27.99. Blue Citrine is my new obsession pattern! I just love it!

All of the pottery pictured today is available for purchase at The Pottery Avenue lby Pangaea website at www.potteryavenue.com. Use the search button and type in the pattern name and it will bring up all of the pieces available in that pattern. Can’t find what you are looking for? Just send a message and Twila and her team will be happy to help you. Use discount code Twila or PAF for your 20% discount.

From my heart to yours, Smacznego!

Kim’s Quick Apple Tart

  • 3 Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored, and sliced into 1/4 inch wedges.
  • 1 package frozen puff pastry, thawed
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Large pinch nutmeg
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 Egg mixed with a tablespoon of cold water, for an egg wash.

Remove puff pastry from package and roll into a square big enough for your pie plate. Cut excess corners off and crimp your pie shell. You are going to place a piece of parchment paper on top of pastry and using pie weights or in my case dried beans as weights you are going to blind bake your shell at 400 degrees for 12 minutes. This is to ensure your pastry is cooked through and you don’t have a soggy bottom crust.
While your pastry is blind baking, cook your sliced apples at medium high heat, in a non stick pan, for about 10 minutes until just softened. Remove from heat and add sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and flour. Stir gently to combine.
Remove pastry from oven and remove parchment and weights. Keep parchment for later. Fill pie shell with prepared filling. With a pizza cutter, or pastry cutter cut strips of puff pastry and lay in a woven design on top of your filling. Pinching ends down into the prepared shell. Brush with egg wash and place parchment back on top with a cookie rack on top and place back in the oven for ten minutes. After ten minutes remove rack and parchment and continue to bake for another 30 minutes, or until golden brown and bubbly.
Serve with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.