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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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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5 tips: Landing an Internship

The process of finding and landing an internship doesn’t have to be scary and frustrating! Last summer I had an internship lined up months before the end of school, this year I wasn’t so lucky. But! Both years of searching have taught me 5 tips to make to process easier and more successful!

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  1. Keep an open mind: When applying for internships you have to be willing to take the opportunities that are where you are. Your dream internship might be in New York when you’re stuck at home. Also, don’t sweat it if the internship doesn’t work perfectly with your major. If the work interests you then you will grow from the experience!
  2. Apply and Email: Applying online isn’t enough. Sadly but truthfully, your resume will most likely be over looked if you allow yourself to get lost in the crowd. After applying make sure to look online or call the office to find out who you should email about your interest in the position. This gives the employer the motivation to find your application.
  3. 3 sentences: When I am composing the email to introduce myself and share my interest in the internship I try to keep each thought less than 3 sentences. My first paragraph will say why I emailed them. The second paragraph will briefly describe myself. The third will repeat my intentions for emailing and point out my attached resume. The email is a shorter and less formal version of your cover letter!
  4. Don’t be afraid to ask: Last summer I found a company that really interested me but found that they didn’t post internship opportunities. So I went out on a limb and asked if they would be willing to add me to their team for the summer, and they did! They might tell you no, but from my experience they will kindly decline while offering alternative opportunities to look into!
  5. Always say thank you: The people you are contacting have more to do in their day than to answer your emails. With that in mind remember to always thank them for giving you their time. Plus you never know what contacts they have and if they will forward your information along!

I hope these tips help and good luck!

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How do you [know]

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How do you know what the right choice is? With my upcoming school year I am having a hard time figuring out which are the right challenges to take on. I know there is no easy answer. I just wish there was something to make the decision a little more clear! Until then I’m fighting the end of a cold while trying my best to get my world packed up and organized. Its the week I move back to Tuscaloosa, into an apartment and start my second year!

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Top (not online) from Francesca’s Similar

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Are you ready for the new school year??

Red White and [Bow]:

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In preparation for the forth of July I’m showing off one of the ways I wear the Reagan Bow from Sail Bows! With this comfy dress and keds I can be ready for sitting on the golf course to watch fireworks or eating a full plate of potato salad and watermelon! Yum!

I can’t believe it’s already July! Where has the summer gone!? I’ve just gotten home from school and I’m already packing again! Even with my internship projects and working a little part time I’m really trying to make sure I enjoy being home. Every day I try to do one thing that just sounds fun. It makes life more interesting, like yesterday at work I tried a necklace I thought was just out of the box silly but ended up loving it. The necklace was gathered lace that layer hung about two to three inches with some sparkles on top. By itself it almost reminded me of a high fashion bib?? But it was great!

Make sure to use the code SIMPLY10 when you order with SailBows! And they have free shipping!!

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Dress old American Eagle // Shoes Keds // Bow Reagan Bow // Purse Coach Similar

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What are you planning to wear on the forth??

[Hay] in the needle stack:

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Its crazy the small gems you can find in a city! After a deliciously unhealthy fried chicken lunch we stopped at what used to be a unique bar that once was a local icon and now is an abandoned building.

I love wearing this shift dress with my boots! It makes for an easy and comfortable outfit. The bubble necklace creates separation to the undefined dress shape.

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Dress // Boots // Necklace

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Do you like the shift dress trend?

[Tuxedo] inspired top:

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I love this top for summer because it’s lightweight, and versatile! #ootd Today I styled it with jeans, a black cardigan and wedges to go into the office, but I have worn it out shopping with casual shorts and sandals.

The tuxedo accent I think allows the top to stand out on its own in an outfit, but it is understated enough that I can layer a necklaces and cardigan on top without the outfit becoming overwhelming!

My flowered necklace is one my dad picked out for me as a gift and it’s a favorite of mine! I have the matching earrings to go along with the necklace but for my personal taste they are a little too long to wear together. Delightfully, I do manage to find just as many opportunities to wear the earrings as I do the necklace!

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Top Similar // Jeans // Necklace Similar Similar // Bow Ring // Daisy Ring // Purse Similar // Shoes Similar // Sunglasses Similar // Bracelet Similar

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How would you wear a tuxedo inspired top?

Looking forward to [working] this summer

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My summer is just beginning and I’m so excited for what is ahead!

I am home with my family and friends, I have an awesome internship opportunity with the Perfect Wedding Guide/ Central Florida Celebrations and Events and I will soon be working at Francesca’s, which is one of my favorite stores!

I survived my first week of my internship and really enjoyed it. The people in the office are so fun and really make me feel welcomed! My tasks are exactly what I thought I’d be doing but also completely different, you know!? One thing I know for sure is that by the end of the summer I will have learned so much more about blogging and magazine publications in general.

One of the most exciting parts of going into the office is being able to dress up! Is that weird??

Even if you think it is… Its true! So I wanted to share with you my outfit of the day #ootd from Monday!

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Top Francesca’s similar // Pants J. Crew // Shoes Elie Tahari // Bracelets Kate SpadeAlex and ani – Coach similar // Earrings Charming Charlie’s similar // Purse Coach similar

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Are you totally excited for summer??

[Sail bows] are a yes for this summer!

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I just got a bow from sail bows and I love it! This one is the Penelope pattern, but there are so many great ones to choose from. Some of the patterns are even Lily Pulitzer!

I stumbled across Sail bows on Instagram and adored the brand immediately! I mean, with bows, what’s not to like! Plus the girl behind it all is from Orlando like me!

Follow at @sail_bows

Order online at SailBows

All of the bows are hand made with care! The bows come with a French barrette clip and made to be worn on the right side of the head.

I wear mine in many different ways though! The bow is the perfect size to go both on the side of your head and the back. I also love the easy look of the bow with a topknot!

I have found that the bow stays tight all day, which is so important! Having to continuously fix hair clips is the worst…

With the light yellow and white colors of the Penelope pattern I can pair the bow with almost any outfit! I have all ready worn it with an army green tank top, a bright blue top, and even a comfy black sundress.

I’m really going to have to get used to the Florida weather again. Taking pictures for this post was sweltering, even though it was late afternoon. But I really have missed this beautiful sunshine state!

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Watch out I’m bringing back my [Bow]

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Not that long ago I didn’t leave the house without a bow in my hair, but I started to reach for them less and less. In the past month, I have found myself digging them out of my drawer again. Oh how I have missed the excitement of placing these beauties in my hair!

The original bow was a spirited accessory in my high school colors. My mom made three, one for me and for two of my close friends.  After that I started making them for myself with different ribbons! People used to comment that I always had a bow to match my outfit, but in reality I just wear a lot of blue, green, and pink.

Today I was inspired to share my long lost bows. They just make me feel happy, pretty, and feminine!

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Do you wear bows?