Berry Pie, its always in season!

I know its not the season for this pie… But we have to do what we want, because life is short!

If I had to pick my absolute favorite kind of cooking I would say baking a pie. And if I had to pick my favorite pie to make I’d say Mixed Berry Pie. There are tons of recipes out there that are a variation of this pie but this recipe is mine. Out of trial and reassessing this is what turns out the best in my opinion. I hope you enjoy making it as much as I do!!

  1. Place half of pastry on wax paper

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2. Press down to start flattening pastry

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3. Roll out pastry to about 12 inch circle

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4. Pull off top layer of wax paper

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5. Transfer pastry to empty pie pan

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6. Roll out top pastry and using a knife, or a rolling cutter, cut pastry into strips

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7. Fill lined dish with fruit filling and weave top pastry

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8. Seal top and bottom pastry by pressing down edges with thumb

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Spring Berry Pie

Filling;

1 cup quartered strawberries

1 cup raspberries

1 cup blue berries

1 cup blackberries

¼ cup granulated sugar

2 tablespoons cornstarch

dash of cinnamon

dash of nutmeg

1 tablespoon lemon zest

Mix all together in a medium bowl and let sit for about 20 minutes.

Pie pastry:

2/3 cup pluse 2 tablespoons shortening

2 cups flour

1 teaspoon salt

4 to 5 tablespoons cold water

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Roll out top and bottom pie pasties. Line pie pan with on pastry and fill with fruit filling. Lay top pastry over top the fruit. Seal top and bottom pastries along side of pie pan with thumb. Cut 4-8 vent in the top pastry.

Mix together all ingredients with your hands. Start with 4 tablespoons of cold water and if dry add 5th tablespoon. Split dough in half. To avoid the messy flour situation roll crust in between two pieces of wax paper to a 12-inch circle. (If paper slides wet the counter top just slightly)

Transfer pastry to pie pan and pour the filling into the pan. Roll out the second half of the pastry. Place pastry on top and fold top pastry under access bottom pastry. Seal fold with thumbs. Cut 4-8 vent in the top pastry. Cover top of pie with tin foil, and place in hot oven. Bake 30 min or until filling is boiling. Remove tin foil and bake an additional 20 minutes or until crust is golden brown.

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Weekly Budget Tracker!

Every year at school brings new challenges. One of my challenges this year has been keeping my budget in mind! I haven’t totally failed but it’s definitely something I need to work on. The hardest part for me is being able to visualize what I have spent and what I have left.

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So! I made a weekly budget tracker to help myself get organized. I decided on a weekly tracker because I like short-term goals and it seemed less stressful than a month!

How to make a weekly budget? I took what I get for the month and deducted my monthly fees for rent, utilities, etc. Then I took what was left over and divided it by four, because four weeks in a month, gets my weekly budget!

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I hope this can help you as much as it helps me!

Download the Weekly Budget Tracker!

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[Basil] for stems to roots

A couple of weekends ago I got a bundle of basil from the farmers market. But when I got home I wasn’t sure how to keep it fresh.. So I went to the trusty Google!

Google said to set the stems in a container half full of water. It sounded easy enough for me! As I continued to read I found out that if you trim the stems a little and refresh the water every few days I could get the basil to root!

I was so excited to try rooting the basil. I found a container and kept a good eye on the water. After 10 days my plant had roots!!

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My next project is getting some soil so I can plant the basil and start my herb garden!

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Peach [Green Tea] Pie

 

As the month of August comes to an end so does peach season in the south. Before the last of the peaches were gone I got some fresh ones from the Farmers Market.

This weekend was so much hotter than expected… and peach green tea was sounding super refreshing! Then I had the idea of peach pie with green tea in the crust! So here is my little experiment that turned out amazing!!!

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Peach pie with Green Tea crust

Crust:

2/3 cu plus 2 Tbs shortening

2 cups flour

1 tsp salt

1 individual bag of green tea (I used Twinings Green Tea with Jasmine!)

4 to 5 Tbs cold water (tip put ice cubes in the water ahead of time)

Mix all ingredients with a pastry blender or fork. Or if you’re like me just get elbows deep in it! Mixing with your hands lets you feel the pastry and will avoid over working it. Over worked the pastry makes a tough crust…

Split pastry in half and refrigerate while you mix up the filling. Once pastry is cooled roll out your pastry to fit a 9-inch pie pan. My pie has a full top pastry with vents, this pie will also do wonderful with a lattice top.

Filling:

2/3 cup sugar

2 Tbs corn starch

¼ tsp ground cinnamon

1/8 tsp ground nutmeg

1 tsp lemon juice

6 medium peaches peeled and sliced

1 Tbs cold butter

Put everything except the butter in a mixing bowl and mix! Pour into bottom piecrust. Before placing the top crust, put small slices of cold butter around top of filling.

Bake at 425 degrees F for 40 min or until filling is boiling and crust is starting to brown.

Top with homemade whipped cream!!

Whipped Cream:

1 ½ cup heavy cream

4 big Tbs confectioners sugar

½ tsp vanilla extract

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DIY: Gift in a [Giant] jar

When finding the right gift isn’t happening… put together a giant jar of treats! This is an ice cream bar themed jar but there are so many more options! If your friend likes girly nights in, put together a new nail polish, a girly movie and some pink treats. If your guy friend likes sports, make a collection of game watching snacks with Beef Jerky, unique sodas, and spicy chips.

We are always told it doesn’t matter what you put in the present, what matters is that you thought of them.. But really we all want to give the cutest gift!

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[Burrito Bowl] like chipotle but better

Let’s be honest… Grocery budgets sometimes get cut because of clothing splurges.. But a balanced diet is key to having the energy needed for the best and the worst finals week all-nighters! Cheap proteins will do the trick. This Burrito Bowl has just that!

Skip the trip to Chipotle and make a Burrito Bowl at home! 

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Honestly a burrito bowl always sounds good so when Im not feeling the cooking vibe this is an easy go to. Plus its super easy to pack up as leftovers for the rest of the week!

Burrito Bowl 

1 cup uncooked brown rice

1 cup salsa

1 can whole kernel corn, drained

1 can black beans, drained and rinsed

1 tomatoes, diced

1 avocado, halved, seeded, peeled and diced 

2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro leaves

1. In a large saucepan of 1 ½ cups water cook rice according to

instructions no packaging.

2. Assemble the bowls, divide rice mixture into serving bowls. Top with black beans, corn, tomatoes, avocado, salsa and cilantro.

3. Serve immediately, drizzle with chili cream sauce.

Chili cream sauce

½ cup plain greek yogurt

1 tablespoons chili powder

1 tablespoon cumin

1 clove garlic, pressed

Juice of 1/2 lime

1. Make sauce by whisking all ingredients together

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[Five things to remember during your college years]

I know its not Friday but I wanted to do a Five things Friday… so I am! Here are five things to remember during your college years!

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  1. Make sure to get your stuff done. You are paying for school!
  2. Let yourself have fun!
  3. Spend money on experiences instead of stuff!
  4. It’s okay to do things on your own. It’s actually good to learn about yourself!
  5. Eat Pie for dinner if that’s what sounds good!

I am a workaholic personality with common 19 year-old urges to binge watch all ten season of Friends! It will create a whirlwind in your mind. So when all else fails remember these five things and if they don’t work call your mom!

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[Spring Cooking]

Some people say spring-cleaning and others say spring cooking! Tomato? tomato!… I guess that works better spoken but y’all know what I mean!  

This spring I have, and will continue to explore new recipes. Cooking has always been fun for me, but this semester I have the excuse to combine cooking with schoolwork! I have semester project for my advanced design class that is 32-page magazine. I got to pick my own theme for the magazine, so I decided to make it a cooking magazine for young females! It has been a lot of fun reading recipe books, analyzing cooking magazines and experimenting in the kitchen.

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It felt great to break out my shorts and tank tops last week while I was home in Florida. Now that I’m back to school my tank top weather as limited but I’m still wearing my shorts. Today I ran to the store in a pair of my Banana Republic shorts and a Loft button down for a casual spring feel.

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[mashed blackberry overnight oats]

I braved a new breakfast dish this morning!

On pinterest I had found a picture of oats and fruit that looked really delicious but it didn’t have a full recipe, so I made my own. Before I mixed it all up I was a little nervous if I would like it or not… but it was so yummy!

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The picture I found had banana, blueberries and raspberries, which looked really good.  But on a college budget I had what was on sale, which was strawberries and blackberries!

Mashed Blackberry Overnight Oats

1 Tbs Chia Seeds

1/3 cup Raw Oats

3/4 Cup Milk (I used organic skim)

A drop of Vanilla Extract

5 Blackberries mashed

A Dash of Cinnamon/ Sugar

Handful of fresh fruit

Mix together chia seeds, oats, milk and vanilla and let sit over night. Mash the berries, mix with cinnamon/sugar and also let sit over night.

In the morning add mashed berries mix to oats and top with fresh fruit. Stir it all together and enjoy!

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[do anything] bites

I love finding sweet snacks to quiet my craving between meals. So I looked around for a healthy and sweet bite to try! The peanut butter, oats,  and chia seeds fill the hollow spot. The honey, vanilla, dates, coconut and chocolate boost you into a positive place. Combined you get an energy bite that will help you accomplish anything!

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Do Anything Bites

½ cup Peanut butter

1/3 cup Honey

1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract

1 cup Raw Oats

1 tablespoon Chia Seeds

5 chopped Dates

2/3 cup chopped Coconut (I looked for unsweeted shredded coconut but couldn’t find any so I bought a fresh coconut and attempted to make my own chopped coconut… Take my word for it when I say buy the packaged sweetened coconut! )

½ cup Mini Chocolate Chips

Chop Dates into pieces smaller than mini chocolate chips. Combine all ingredients in a medium-mixing bowl. Roll mixture into 1-inch rounds and place on paper lined flat dish. Refrigerate 30 minutes, or until firm, and transfer to an airtight container. Enjoy for up to a week!

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