Apple Pie

Apple Mix Filling Ingredients: 5 cups thinly sliced, peeled apples 1 cup sugar 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg Pie Crust Ingredients: 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/2 cup butter, chilled and diced 1/4 cup ice water Pie Crust Directions: In a large bowl, combine flour and salt. Cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in water, a tablespoon at a time, until mixture forms a ball. Divide the ball in half, wrap each half in plastic and refrigerate for 4 hours or overnight. Heat oven to 350°F. Roll out the bottom crust. Place the pie crust in ungreased 9-inch pie plate. Press firmly against side and bottom. Apple Mix Filling Directions: In large bowl, gently mix filling ingredients; spoon into crust-lined pie plate. Top with second rolled out crust. Wrap excess top crust under bottom crust edge, pressing edges together to seal; flute. Cut slits or shapes in several places in top crust.  Bake 40 to 45 minutes or until apples are tender and crust is golden brown. Cover edge of crust with 2- to 3-inch wide strips of foil after first 15 to 20 minutes of baking to prevent excessive browning. Cool on cooling rack at least 2 hours before serving.

5 Ways to Stay Motivated in March!

January is also referred to as the trial month of the new year, with people signing up to the gym with the best intentions and in the end pay for a yearly membership and barely use it. We have decided to make February a trial month as well and so we will start fresh with Motivated March – pun intended. This is the perfect chance to start from ground zero, create new habits and start reaching new goals for all those who have failed to start making the changes that they said they would make next week, next month, or perhaps when winter starts. Here are some ideas: Start eating healthier, less packaged stuff: Switching to a healthier diet can be a bit hard when our surroundings include enticing junk food. However, with a good amount of determination and some basic tips you can slowly develop healthier eating habits, which will make you feel better and perform better in every aspect of your life. Become more active: Find some time during your day where you can get in 20-30 minutes of exercise, go for a walk, get on your bike, break a sweat at the gym, maybe some yoga? ANYTHING that makes you feel better works! In order to stick to a routine, you must like what you’re doing, so figuring out which activities you enjoy the most are the big key to actually sticking to it. Get more quality sleep: Having a bad sleep may have a huge impact on your days. Your body’s reaction to insufficient recovery may lead to bad moods and feeling sluggish… So set up a nightly routine, get a nice warm shower, drink some tea, turn off any electronic device and voilà! Try to rest. Try out a new class: Give yourself a chance to try any of the classes in our schedule, either a Zumba, Barre or even a Bootcamp Class! Trying something new may seem intimidating, but it’s trying new things what will make you find stuff that you like. So, give it a shot! Do more wellness classes: Disconnect and re-connect in our early wellness sessions, take care of yourself by getting a break and clear your mind. Find mindfulness and overall well-being in any class such as Yoga, Stretching or even Pilates.