5 Tablespoons Of : Our Trip To Salata & A Salata Giveaway!.

Choose: One of the many great things about Salata is having the option to choose. From the moment you walk in, you are greeted by a knowledgeable employee who is ready to help you choose your Salad or Wrap of Choice. Next step is choosing your own toppings, dressing, and protein. Vegetarian options for proteins include: Falafel, Quinoa and Baked Tofu. Three different seasoned chicken options are also available. Premium proteins such as Crabmeat , Salmon and Shrimp are also options! They are all absolutely lean and delicious.

Customize: Salata's simple menu makes it so very easy to customize your salad or wrap to your unique liking. For Gabe's wrap we picked the Southwestern Tortilla, Salata Lettuce Mix with Spinach, Sweet Corn, Sesame Sticks, Bean Sprouts and added double protein with Falafel and Grilled Chicken. Dressing of choice was the Honey Mustard Dressing. Salata's Dressings are always house made and gluten free! This Honey Mustard Dressing in particular tasted like heaven with the mix of ingredients Gabe chose. Yum! 

Complete: At last! you are now ready to enjoy your very own customized Salata meal! don't forget you also have the option of adding on a delicious Soup. Soup Flavors Include: Tomato Basil ,Tortilla, and Broccoli. Perfect for the colder weather we've been getting. And of course, treat yourself with a Salata cookie or Brownie for Dessert ( best part about it is that you don't even have to feel bad about it! ). 

Salata has been sweet enough to sponsor a giveaway to one of my lucky readers!
Care to enter and win a $50.00 Salata GiftCard? Simply post a comment HERE with a quick sketch of your favorite salad toppings using the Salata Menu. I will be choosing a winner at random. Contest ends on November 30th. Thank you for reading!

5 Tablespoons Of : BEST Apple Pie.

In celebration of the most wonderful season of the year, Gabe and I partnered up and Made      APPLE PIE!!
You can also make this delicious treat on your very own and have your whole house smelling like the best season of all has just arrived. Just follow these easy peasy steps.

1/4 Cup: Flour

 1 & 1/2 Cup: Crisco ( For The Crust ) | 1 Tbps: White Vinegar ( For The Crust )

In A Large Bowl with a pastry cutter, gradually work the crisco into the flour for about 3 to 4 minutes or until it resembles coarse meal.

See? It's starting to resemble coarse meal. Don't over do it! Or at least try not to.

1 Whole Egg ( For The Crust )

In a small bowl, beat an egg with a whisk, or a fork if you fancy.

This egg mixture will now be poured into the flour shortening mixture.

Now, to your wet mixture add 5 Tbsp:  Cold Water

1 Tbsp: White Vinegar

1 Tbsp: Salt

Stir, Stir, Stir until all ingredients are incorporated.

Once your mixture looks just right, separate the dough into half for two thick crusts. You can store these halfs for later use in a ziplock bag. Use a rolling pin to lightly flatten each separated half to about 1/2 Inch. in thickness. Place in freezer until needed.

6 Cups of Apples: Peeled and Sliced. Seeded is also an option. I took away the apple core of my apple for cleaner slices.

Once your apples have been sliced and placed in a large bowl, you may begin with the cinnamon mixture to dress your sliced apples with.

1/2 Cup: Sugar

1/4 Cup: Brown Sugar

1/4 Cup: *AP Flour        *All Purpose

1/2 Tsp: Nutmeg

1/2 Tsp: Cinnamon
Once all your dry ingredients for the mixture have been added, blend well until all ingredients have been incorporated.

1 Tbsp: Butter ( Melted )
1 Tsp: Additional Sugar

The melted butter and the additional sugar can be the first ingredients to be mixed into the sliced apples.

Now, continue by mixing in the dry ingredient mixture. ( Coat the sliced apples well and evenly. Don't be afraid to get your hands in there! Mix, Mix, Mix )

* Butter the pie pan you will be using to ensure that the beautiful pie crust you have created does not stick to the bottom of your equally beautiful pie pan!

Now that all the pie filling is done. Focus on your CRUST. Here i am hand shaping the dough a bit before i use my rolling pin.

On a floured surface, roll the dough out starting at the center and working your way out.

Once your pie crust dough is ready, use your best known technique to transfer it on successfully to your pie pan! I personally roll my dough back on with my rolling pin...

...and gently place it on top of the pie pan while slowly rolling it back out. ( Tip: Practice makes perfect with this technique. Don't get discouraged if you can't get it right the first time. )

Mold your pie crust dough as you'd like. I like for mine to be nice and fitted to the pie pan i am using. This ensures that i will get as much apple pie filling in there as possible, AND prevents from having a pie crust that is too thick.

And Ta-Da! ( *Follow the same steps for your second pie crust if you wish to use the second one  that was stored to put on top of your apple pie filling )

And of course... Do not forget to get an egg wash mixture to brush on your finished pie crust dough. This must be done before placing in the oven!

Add your decoration of choice. I was so proud of Gabe for making these cute decorations for our Pie all on his own.

And after 35-40 minutes inside a 350 Degree Oven, We had our perfect first Apple Pie of the Season.