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How to Improve Your Personal Style

An individual’s personal style is something that can set them apart and make them stand out in a room full of people. Even if you aren’t that into fashion, you can still develop a style that people can identify you by. Perhaps you’re wondering how you can improve your style and make it more interesting, or you’re at a point in your life that you’re hungry for change. Whatever the case, you can improve your style at any time you want to, just be open to trying something new. Here are practical ways that you can improve your personal style nevertheless.

Know What Look You’re Going For

Before you can actually improve your personal style, you need to know what exactly you’re looking to change it to. Identify what your personal style is presently and what about it is you want to improve. It could be that you wear too much black and feel like your style is too gothic and want to introduce new and vibrant colors to your wardrobe. Knowing where you want to go will give you an idea of how to g…

Wonton Fried Apple Hand Pies


This is the kind of dessert that you think is going to be difficult, then after you make it and see how incredibly simple it is, you can't believe you've just now tried it. It only calls for a few ingredients unless you prefer to use homemade apple pie filling. Though the filling needs to be soft since the pies only take a few minutes to cook. If you want to use fresh apples, saute them in butter first to soften them up a bit and season with cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger.


INGREDIENTS
  • can of apple pie filling (one can makes 8-10)
  • package of wonton wrappers (usually in the refrigerated part of the produce section next to the tofu)
  • canola oil
  • cinnamon sugar topping (optional)

INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Use a cutting board or silicone mat as a prep space to combine the ingredients. If the apple pie filling is in large slices, you may want to chop the apples into smaller pieces.
  2. Fill a small dish with water and have a pastry brush ready as well.
  3. To make each pie, lay a wonton wrapper flat on your work surface and spoon a small amount of the apple filling onto one side of the wrapper. (See photo above.) Spread the filling into a triangle shape, leaving about an inch-wide edge.
  4. Brush the edges all the way around with the water and pull one tip of the wonton wrapper to the other tip so that it forms a triangle, covering the filling completely.
  5. Use your fingers to fold over and pinch the edges shut. *Note: It's very important to make sure the pies are secured shut. If the cold filling leaks out during the frying process, be prepared for a lot of popping.
  6. Fill a deep fryer or large, deep pot with canola oil. You want it several inches deep so that the wontons will float in the oil.
  7. If you plan to coat each pie with cinnamon sugar (which I highly recommend), you should transfer the cinnamon sugar to a wide bowl or a plate so you can easily coat each pie right out of the fryer. I mixed half brown sugar with half cinnamon for my topping.
  8. When the oil is hot (you can test it by placing the tip of a hand pie in first to see if the oil starts to bubble), place one to two pies in at a time. It just takes a few minutes, so keep a very close eye on them! They tend to float to the top. If they float on one side, simply flip it over after one side has browned. If it floats up in a funky way, you may need to use tongs to hold it down flat to brown properly.
  9. Once both sides are browned, coat generously with cinnamon sugar and let cool on a paper towel.
  10. Store at room temperature, though I suggest you eat them sooner rather than later. They can get soggy after a few hours, and of course get even more soggy if you try to reheat them in the microwave. Enjoy!


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