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Our Favorite Apple Pie Recipe – David O Defense

Hooray, the holiday cheer is upon us! It’s time to gather with friends and family and share wonderful food. Our family loves pie for the holidays, especially apple pie.  Our kids go nuts when then hear Grandma is baking her famous apple pie, it’s as if Santa has come early.

We are happy to share our Grandma Barb’s famous apple pie recipe so that others can enjoy some of our favorite holiday flavors!

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Grandma Barb’s Famous Apple Pie

8 Inch Pie:

  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 3/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 cup (butter flavored shortening and real butter, 1/4 cup each mixed together)
  • 3 tbsp. ice-cold water

9 Inch Pie:

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 2/3 cups (butter flavored shortening and real butter, 1/3 cup each mixed together)
  • 1/4 cup ice-cold water

Filling:

  • 6-8 granny smith apples peeled
  • fresh lemon juice sprinkled onto apple slices
  • sprinkle sugar and dot apples with butter

Pre-heat oven to 425F.

Measure flour with a sifter. Add salt to flour. Cut in shortening/butter mixtures until the size of peas. Slowly add the cold water while mixing the dough with a fork. The flour will moisten and start to ball up.

Gather and roll dough into a ball. Divide the dough in half. On a lightly floured surface, roll each dough ball out until about 1/8 inch thick, and a little larger than the pie pan. Fold one pastry and put into the pan, then unfold, and add apple filling. Then add the second pastry on top of the pie and cut off excess dough. Seal edges of top and bottom pastries together by pinching together.  Make a decorative pie crust outer edge with fingers or fork.

Sprinkle the top pie crust with cinnamon, nutmeg and sugar. Make sure to puncture top of the crust with slits or decorative cutouts. To prevent the crust from over browning, cover the crust with foil.

Place pie in pre-heated oven and bake for 15 minutes. Turn oven down to 350F and bake for a final 45 minutes. Remove the foil during the last 15 minutes of baking.

Serve warm or let cool. Be sure to make some homemade whip cream to dollop on top of each slice. Enjoy!

Happy Holidays from the DUI and criminal defense attorneys and staff at David O Defense. May your season be merry and tasty with apple pie!

Healthy Techniques to Deal with Stress when Facing a Criminal Charge

Dealing with a criminal charge can be extremely stressful.  Much of the stress comes from the unfamiliarity of the legal system and the possibility of facing serious consequences such as jail time. When a person uses healthy techniques to deal with this stress, they think clearer and have better control over their emotions which makes the process of going through a legal situation easier.

When stress is mismanaged it can effect a person emotionally and sometimes physically.  Generally this leads to poor decision making, decreased productivity, and lack of joy in life.  Poor management of stress can even make a legal situation even worse; such as acquiring an additional criminal charge.

Some unhealthy ways of coping with stress include;

  • Drinking too much Alcohol
  • Smoking
  • Using Drugs or Pills to Relax
  • Over Eating
  • Avoiding Friends or Family
  • Withdrawing from Activities
  • Sleeping all Day
  • Taking your Stress out on Others

criminal charge - stressLearning to deal with stress in a healthy manner can make a person feel more in control of their life. They have more control over their thoughts, emotions, and lifestyle.

Some healthy ways to deal with stress include;

  • Exercise, Yoga, Stretching, Dancing, Team Activities
  • Connecting with People, Talking to a Trusted Individual
  • Taking Good Care of Yourself, Eating Healthy, Adequate Sleep
  • Simply Give Your Mind a Break from the Stressor
  • Manage Your Time Well, Don’t Over Commit
  • Take Time to Relax
  • Engage in Activities You Enjoy such as; listening to music, reading, writing, walking, going out for dinner etc.
  • Avoid Excessive Caffeine, Sugar, Alcohol and Drugs

The legal process can be extremely stressful, however when the stress is managed, dealing with a criminal charge will be easier. When stress is handled in a healthy manner individuals are more resilient and can stand up to tough challenges. They are able to think clearer, make better decisions, and move forward with their lives.

Remember that people are all individuals and stress management is not a one-size-fits-all. That’s why it’s important for an individual to experiment with healthy stress management techniques and find out what works best for them!

David O Defense is rated an A+ by the BBB

Here at David O Defense, we work hard to maintain our great reputation as an honest, hard-working law firm. Along with honesty and hard work, we are compassionate and truly care about our clients. We are proud to announce that we have been recognized for our work and integrity by the Better Business Bureau. They have rated our business an A+, the best rating possible.

David O Defense PLLC BBB Business Review

For over 100 years the BBB has been helping consumers identify trustworthy businesses. The BBB sets stringent standards and monitor businesses for ethical practices and rates businesses according to their compliance to the high standards.

According to the BBB, “ratings represent the BBB’s opinion of how the business is likely to interact with its customers. The BBB rating is based on information BBB is able to obtain about the business, including complaints received from the public. BBB seeks and uses information directly from businesses and from public data sources.”

The BBB rating scale ranges from A+ (highest) to an F (lowest). Some businesses are not rated, which is indicated by an NR which stands for “No Rating” because there is insufficient information on the business.

During the rating process, the BBB considers these factors; 1) the business complaint history with the BBB, 2) the type of business and it’s compliance with the law and marketplace, 3) the length of time the business has been operating, 4) transparent business practices, 5) failure to honor commitments to the BBB, 6) compliance with government competency licensing, and lastly, 7) truthfulness and accuracy in business advertising.

David O Defense is honored to be recognized by the BBB for our continuous efforts to be an outstanding business with integrity. We work hard and it shows!

Here is what some of our clients say about our law firm’s work ethic;

“… He (David) respects his clients and is very easy to talk to. He will work hard on your case. Highly recommended!” – Chinh L.

“…They (David O Defense attorneys) have worked with me every step and never gave up, and didn’t let me either. He definitely helped me believe I could make it through this…” – Amanda N.

“…My case not only concluded successfully in my favor, but I also benefited by acquiring great advice and a new found relationship with a trustworthy and competent team of defense lawyers…” – Philip N.

Thank you to all that have taken the time to recognize our business, we truly appreciate it!! We look forward to continuing to work hard and help clients!

 

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