Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Blueberry Pie//Recipe

Blueberries!!!! I love them...a lot. 
I like to cook. I like sweets. So I decided to put all these wonderful things that I love and make a  
Thankfully this past weekend was such a beautiful day and perfect for making my favorite treat. 
I decided to share some of the magic. You have to try this recipe. I've tried several different recipes for blueberries pies and this is by far my favorite. 
What makes it different?...Well, its mostly blueberries!

4 cups of Blueberries - fresh or frozen (without syrup)

7 Tablespoons corn starch 
3 Tablespoons water (or grape juice) 
2 Tablespoons lemon juice 
One 9 inch pie crust 
1/2 teaspoon Cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon allspice 

2/3 cup granulated (ordinary table) Sugar  

1/4 cup sugar 
1/2 cup flour 
1/4 cup butter or margarine 

Step 1  - Wash the blueberries

 Preheat oven to 375 F.

Wash the blueberries. Just rinse them in a colander or sieve in cold water.

Step 2-Mix the dry filling ingredients

Combine the 2/3 cup sugar, 7 Tablespoons of corn starch in a bowl  and mix well!  Some people like 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon and/or 1/4 teaspoon of allspice, mixed in, also. That's optional, but it is nice!

Step 3  - Mix in the liquids

Add the 2 Tablespoons of lemon juice, and 3 Tablespoons of water (or grape juice) and stir it up. If you use Stevia, my preference (or if you prefer, Splenda), it will be pretty gloppy, rather than drier crumbs, but it still works the same!

Step 4 - Add the blueberries to the pie crust

Add the blueberries to the pie crust.  Just pour them in!  There's lots of air space and it will cook down, so don't worry if they mound up about an inch (2.5 cm) above the edge of the plate.

Step 5- Pour the liquid mix into the pie

Just pour the mixture of sugar, juice, etc. into the pie all over the blueberries. If it is a gloppy liquid, don’t worry, just pour it somewhat evenly over the top. But it doesn’t take perfection; it will smooth itself out in the oven.  

Step 6- Make and add your topping

If you want the crumb topping, just mix - 1/4 cup sugar (OR 1/8 cup sugar and 1/8 cup Stevia, my preference (or if you prefer, Splenda))
- 1/2 cup flour
 - 1/4 cup butter or margarine
 together in a small bowl and sprinkle it over the pie.
If you want to the dough topping instead, roll out a circular section of dough that you made in step 1, to 1/8 inch thick, then place it over the pie.  Seal it against the edges with the pie crust, and make decorative slits with a knife.

Step 7-

Cook the pie at 375 F for 1 hour. 

Hope you enjoy. Let me know if you have any questions

Monday, March 19, 2012

Lovely Mondays//Beautiful Faces

Since Mondays are my lease favorite day I decided to post about some of my favorite things...oh and people. 
March has been full of fun...Fun comes with beautiful people...Beautiful faces.
These are just a few of the beautiful people in my life. I love them. They are so cool. 

 Josh and Jinous are so adorable. I love them!

 Can you believe this gorgeous lady is my Grandma? She is so stinkin cool. She wins the coolest grandma reward. Hats off

I am so happy I have a sister like babbs. She is the bestest friend I could ever have. 
Love, Love, Love this girl.   

Shopping is definitely on my list of top 10 favorite things

Hanging out with friends and chatting it up is always a blast. Never a dull moment with these girls!

Talking photography. I love being inspired. These 2 girls are a huge inspiration to me.
 Babbs and Hailey are amazing photographers.

  Isn't she so cute?

Happy Day!

Beautiful Lady!

 Well I hope you had a great Monday and that you found plenty of things to be grateful for. Life is to short to be selfish , prideful or ungrateful...
"Therefore let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, and thus let us offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe." 
Hebrews 12:28

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Mustache or Bows? Gender Reveal Party

Yes, my mom and step-dad are having a baby! I am going to have another little sibling. 
We all wanted to be surprised together with our friends and family...What better way then to have a Gender surprise party. 
Will it be a little Mustache or a cute Bow?

 My homemade invite! I loved making these.

 Let the party begin...

Paper straws from the adorable little shop; Shop Sweet Lulu.

 I did fun little mustache and bow sugar cookies!

We asked the guest to cast their vote by pining a bow or mustache.
Handmade pom poms. LOVE how these turned out! You can find the tutorial for how to make them here.


 How did we share the gender ? I made 2 cakes, one pink and one blue. I didn't want to use a ton of food coloring so I ended up making a strawberry and a blueberry cake.  They were delish. 

Getting ready to cut the cake...

I see pink!...

 They secretly wanted a girl!

 Tears of joy!

 I'm having a little sister!