Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Blue Ribbon Red Raspberry Pie

If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen the photo I posted last week of a crumble pie I baked for our county fair. Having never actually sampled the recipe myself, I wasn't sure how it would turn out. I have entered my share of baked goods into the fair over the years, normally a pie and fudge; some years I do well...others not so good. This year was a great year as I received 1st place for both pie and fudge! The fudge recipe is a secret family one, but the pie recipe can be found here: 

Making this pie again I would probably start off baking it completely covered with foil, and uncover it towards the end so the top wouldn't brown as much. I also added cinnamon to the crumble top and brushed an egg yolk/milk mixture to the crust before baking, even though the recipe calls for neither. 

More fair pictures coming in the near future! 

Monday, August 11, 2014

Breakfast Picnic [#brunkwedding]

This past weekend I had the honor of standing up with one of my best friends as she got married. It was such a joy filled, God honoring, fun filled day. I am so excited for the new Mr. and Mrs.!

Because a couple of the bridesmaids lived out of state, we waited until this weekend to do a bachelorette party. Shopping, nice dinner out, swimming, nails done, night at a hotel, and overall just enjoying one another's company.

But first, we started with a breakfast picnic, in the park. I made this my special project. I've been collecting and creating for a few months now hoping all the pieces came together. I wanted something beautiful and charming; a picnic that brought indoor elements outside. More details found at the end of the post.

 p/c Jena
 p/c Jena
 p/c Jena
p/c Jena

The menu:
Lemon ice water
Greek yogurt with fresh berry
Pinapple/Watermelon heart kabobs
Apple streusel tea loaf muffins

The decorations:
Bottom blanket [Painters drop cloth from Home Depot $11 for two]
Coffee Table [already had]
White table cloth [Goodwill]
Picnic basket cooler [already had]
Blue Mason jars [already had]
Yogurt bowls [borrowed from a friend]
Plates [$.050 a piece at Goodwill]
Bunting bottles [pop bottles painted with a pearl finish white paint]
Name cards and bunting [I created]
Fruit tray [Santa Clause tray repainted with craft paint and parchment paper to keep the fruit juices off]

Sunday, August 3, 2014

New Hampshire//Part Three [home]

Home. It’s one of nicest words there is. If you’re blessed with a happy one, it should conjure up feelings of comfort, security, and love. I adore traveling, seeing new sights, and having adventures, yet, nothing comes close to the joy of returning to my family, friends, and my feather pillow. Sometimes you have to leave or lose things to appreciate different things more. Vacation was fantastic, but as John Denver once put it, 

 “Hey, it's good to be back home again. 
Sometimes this old farm feels like a long lost friend.”

We spent our last full day in New Hampshire in the northern part of the state visiting the area Caleb grew up in before his family moved to Concord two years ago. The mountains are more rocky in the northern part of the state, but otherwise it looks very similar to the mountains of Kentucky and Tennessee. 

Obviously she will probably be a ski pro like her Ingram aunts and uncles! 
Mt. Washington Hotel
Short hike up a mountain!
Hallie girl loves her aunts!
And that, my friends, is the final installment of our trip to New England.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

New Hampshire Adventure//Part Two [sights]

With one day yet to explore, I decided to go ahead and share the pictures from the last few days so I don't end up with too many. The weekend was filled with the buzz of wedding activity for Caleb's younger brother, where Hallie charmed her great aunts, uncles, and grandma. Our first day of exploration, we headed into Boston where I ate my first cannoli and stood outside of Paul Revere's church pew, though not simultaneously. Yesterday was spent on the beach in Maine, ending with a view of rocky shoreline and a gorgeous lighthouse. 


The famed statue of Paul Revere.

Park Street Church was built in 1809, and has remained a thriving church for all those years. It's currently contemporary, evangelical and attended by many college students.
The Old State house was built in 1713 and served as a meeting house for many of the Founding Fathers.

Hallie's first ocean experience. She didn't really have a reaction, which is surprising considering the water was only 50 degrees!
Zonked on Uncle Jake. Between both sides, Hallie currently has 9 aunts and uncles!