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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Whats your favorite thing to cook!?

[Healthy for Life] 10 tips

For most of my life I have struggled with weight. As a freshman in High School I realized I wasn’t comfortable with my weight and wanted to make a change. With inspiration from ‘Seventeen’ magazine I made an effort to watch what I ate and found a workout routine that worked for me. Since then, I have lost and kept off 30 pounds by continuing to explore healthy eating habits and using, but constantly altering, my workout routine!

Here are 10 lessons I’ve learned along the way!

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  1. Eat fresh: Grab fresh fruits, veggies, and breads instead of the over processed products. Make your own baked goods, its way more fun and you’ll know what is in them!
  2. Make it balanced: It’s so true that you need a balanced diet! Get enough protein to keep your energy up, and make the right decisions to protect yourself in the future.
  3. Drink water: Personally, I struggle with this one but it’s so important. Drinking plenty of water will help brighten your complexion, flush out the toxins and keep your metabolism active.
  4. Multiple small portions: Eat small portions more frequently throughout the day. This in addition to the water will help keep your metabolism on task. More frequent snacks will reduce the chance of your body storing extra fats. That is because your body will trust that you’ll give it more nutritious food very soon!
  5. Eat foods that make you feel good: That greasy burger might make you happy by soothing a craving but will it make your body feel good after? For me, this means in the morning I have fresh fruit and a dairy because grains and starches make me feel heavy. But for people who are lactose intolerance dairy wont make them feel good. Listen to your body and I promise it’ll tell you what you need to know!
  6. Spice it up: Use natural herbs and spices to add flavor to your dishes instead of salts.
  7. Add color: The easiest way for me to tell if a meal is good for me is if I look at my plate and find it to be colorful. Make sure you see the variety and vibrancy of fresh choices.
  8. ‘Treat yo self’: Life isn’t black and white, sometimes you’re going to splurge on a not so healthy meal and it’s totally okay! You can’t block out those tasty treats for the rest of your life. The test is not your splurge but your reaction to the splurge. Are you going to make it an excuse to keep eating poorly? Or will you make sure to be careful the rest of the day?
  9. Love your body: Don’t dream of having someone else’s body, dream of having a healthier and toned version of your own body!
  10. Find your workout routine: [With #9 in mind] it’s not enough to just dream of that body; you have to do something about it. Figure out if you feel more comfortable in a gym, at the park or in your home and keep moving!
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Whats your most tempting ‘treat yo self’ treat!?