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Our Favorite Apple Pie Recipe – David O Defense

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


  • 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!

David O Defense is rated an A+ by the BBB

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!


It’s a New Year – Time to Assess your Child’s Car Seat

It’s a New Year – Time to Assess your Child’s Car Seat

It’s a new year and a great time to assess your child’s car seat. Accidents can happen and it’s important that your child is secure.  Taking a few minutes to ask and answer these 2 questions will help ensure that your child will be safe in their seat.

1) Is the car seat properly installed and working well?

  • Make sure the car seat is secured tightly in the vehicle.  It should not move more than 1 inch when tugging the seat back and forth and side to side.
  • Check all car seat straps, they should lie flat and snug.  Twisted straps need to be untwisted.
  • The chest harness should click together and lie at the child’s armpit level.
  • If your car seat uses a seat belt to secure the car seat, make sure the seat belt is locked and does not give.
  • Rear-facing car seat need to be securely positioned at the correct recline angle.  Many car seats have a level built into the seat to indicate the correct recline angle.
  • Forward-facing car seats often have a tether anchor strap.  This anchor strap needs to be tight to ensure minimal head movement if a car crash occurs.

Always refer to your car seat manufacture’s installation instructions if your child’s seat needs to be adjusted or reinstalled for proper safety.  If you need help with installation or want someone to double-check your installation you can contact your local fire department or police department, often times they are happy to help.

2) Does your child need to transition into another type of car seat?

As your child grows and increases in age and weight, they will need to transition into a different type of seat.

image derived from Parents Central, car seats, keeping kids safe


  • Infants under the age of 1 always need to be in a rear-facing car seat.
  • Children under the age of 12 should ride in the back seat, it’s safer for them.
  • Select a car seat based on your child’s age and size.  Also consider how well it will fit into your vehicle.
  • For maximum safety, keep your child in their seat for as long as possible until they reach the height and weight limits set by the car seat manufacture.
  • A booster seat needs to be used by children at least to the age of 8.
  • A child can use a seatbelt by itself when the child is large enough for the seat belt to fit properly.  A properly fit seat belt will lie flat against the upper thighs and fit across the chest.  It should not hit the stomach, face or neck.

Start your new year off right and take a few minutes and make sure your kids are properly secured in your car. Happy New Year 2017 from David O Defense!

The information and chart on this blog was derived from Parents Central at