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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!

Defense Attorney, David O, Answers Your DUI Questions and More – Part 2

Let’s continue with more commonly asked questions by clients.  Want to read Part 1, link here.

 

Frequently Asked DUI Questions and More – Part 2

Q.  I was arrested and charged with a crime, yet I haven’t received a court date in the mail, what does this mean?

A.  There are a few possible answers to this question; 1) The city, county, or state is still processing the charge and your case will be filed at a later date.  Once filed they will mail you your court date.  They have up to 2 years to do this.  2)  The city, county, or state did mail your court date notice but they did not have your current address.  If you miss your first court date, the judge may issue a bench warrant for your arrest.  Make sure the city, county, or state, and the department of licensing has your correct mailing address.

 

Q.  What is an arraignment?

A.  The first appearance in court is called the “arraignment” or  “arraignment hearing.” At this hearing the individual charged with a crime will be formally told of the crime(s) he or she is accused of and will be advised of their rights.  Additionally, the judge will want to hear the individual plead guilty or not guilty. I strongly encourage every client to plead not guilty at the arraignment hearing.

 

Q.  I just found out I have a bench warrant out for my arrest, what do I do?

A.  If you have a bench warrant out for your arrest, you must have missed a court date or failed to comply with court orders.  Contact me right away so I can make a motion to quash your bench warrant.  When a warrant is quashed it means it has been overturned and no longer in effect.  Generally a judge will quash a bench warrant if you have a valid reason for violating the court order.  If you choose to ignore the bench warrant, it will continue to be in effect and at anytime you could be arrested and taken into custody.

 

Q.  Why should I hire David O Defense for legal representation?

A.  I know I am among the top criminal defense lawyers in this state.  What sets me apart from the other top criminal defense attorneys is my focus and attention to my clients as a whole.  I truly care about my clients and their case outcomes.  I will work harder to achieve the best possible outcome.  Additionally, I make myself available to my clients 24/7 by phone, text, or email, and am willing to travel to my clients if needed.  Lastly, we allow for flexible payment plans to be budget friendly.

 

Have more questions, no problem, give me a call or send me an email, I would be happy to answer them 206-459-6392 or david@davidodefense.com.

David O Defense
2211 Elliott Avenue, Suite 200 Seattle, WA 98121
Tel: 206.459.6392
Fax: 888.615.0237
Email: david@davidodefense.com