my mister loves maps. he uses them to plan his route for bike rides and loves to weave together all of the little connected back roads that he never knew existed. we have a large map hanging over our desk and most afternoons we’ll meet there so i can learn about his planned adventure. he likes them so he can ‘study the land’ (what a guy-thing). i like them because they bring a certain kind of ‘smart’ look to an area (what a girl-thing). when i saw jason laferrera’s take on maps over at design*sponge yesterday, i knew i wanted to make sure you didn’t miss them! he takes historical maps and pieces them together to make these woodland wonders. how beautiful!
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today i love a french cake recipe.
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Making homemade pie crust is a daunting task to a lot of people – I know, because I was one of those people. It wasn’t something that I thought much about, until I received this little quote in an email forward about aprons:
“Remember: Grandma used to set her hot baked apple pies on the window sill to cool. Her granddaughters set theirs on the window sill to thaw.”
Ouch! True? Probably, but unnecessary? I think so. The modern generation of women are capable of anything, and that includes making our own pie crust. The fact is that I have never made my own pie crust before, but honestly, I don’t make pies. Still, it would nice to know how to make it when the occasion calls for pie, so here is my first attempt at pie crust making. Spoiler: it just might have turned out better than my own grandma’s!
2 sticks of unsalted butter*
1 tsp salt
1 tsp sugar
2 1/2 cups flour
4 tablespoons of ice water
* If you are looking for vegan alternatives, try these recipes from SavvyVegetarian.com and About.com, (which use vegan margarine in place of butter) and use the same production and assembly techniques outlined here.
Combine flour, salt, and sugar in a large mixing bowl. Cut sticks of butter into chunks and add to dry ingredients, squeezing butter into the mixture by hand. Continue to mix thoroughly until a crumbly mix has formed.
Add three to four tablespoons of ice water to dough. Three tablespoons was enough for me – you can use more than four if your dough is especially dry. Continue to knead dough until fully soft. Roll dough into a ball, cut in half, and press into two flat discs.
Wrap discs in plastic wrap to prevent sticking, and refrigerate for one hour. In the meantime, prepare your filling mixture – I used a homemade blueberry pie filling. After one hour, remove dough from refrigerator and roll flat (1/8″ or so thin) between two sheets of floured wax paper. This trick allowed me roll the dough very flat without the dough sticking to my rolling pin and tearing.
When dough is flattened nicely, lay the dough over your pie pan, gently pressing it into the sides and bottom. Cut excess dough of the edges of the pie with kitchen shears, leaving about an inch to fold over and pinch into the outer crust.
Since this recipe is for two pie crusts, you can use the second for the top crust of the pie. I decided to give the lattice effect a try, and it was so fun! You just cut the second rolled crust into strips about 3/4″ thick. If it looks confusing, check out this photo tutorial on About.com.
For my first time baking a pie, I was pretty pleased with the end results – I believe my grandma would have approved, too.
happy friday, lovelies! did you have a good week? i sure did. we’ve been at our home in north carolina ever since wednesday and it is so beautiful here! i snapped this picture with my cell phone as i walked out of our parent’s house yesterday morning. isn’t it beautiful? after being through new mexico, arizona and colorado, i can’t believe how colorful everything here is already. my allergies have been protesting, but it’s totally worth it. i love the greens, pinks, yellows and purples.
this week on ghtr and around the web:
– check out these adorable dopamine hearts and support the parkinson’s disease unity walk
– learn how to get crafty with birch wood
– see the kombucha scoby my friend and i are growing!
– ever heard of a chia seed?
– learn how to make your own baby food
– did you find a good all natural sun screen yet?
a BIG HUGE thank you to all the amazing guest posters i had this week! i couldn’t have managed this week without you. big hugs to each one of you!
what are you doing this weekend? i’ll be relaxing and catching up with friends and will be looking forward to seeing you back here on monday. xox! bonnie
do you follow irene suchocki’s photography? it is such a joy to see how her work evolves over time and with each season. if you remember the post i did about her last fall, you’ll see what i mean. in her words, she creates poems for the eyes. in my words, i believe she creates poems for our lives.
if you have a few moments, i think you truly would enjoy exploring her world.
Hello! This is Sasha from over at What. No Mints?
Bonnie has graciously allowed me a little space here to spread the word about a charity event I am supporting called the Parkinson’s Unity Walk, which raises money to promote the research and awareness of Parkinson’s disease.
A few months ago, a woman named Bettina (who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease 4 years ago at the age of 34) contacted me about collaborating with her and her team by donating some of the proceeds from my Dopamine Heart Pins to the Unity Walk. My immediate thought: Geeky crafts, plus promoting a great cause … Yes, please!
For those who aren’t familiar with the significance of dopamine to those with Parkinson’s desease, it is the chemical in the brain that helps you move. In people diagnosed with Parkinson’s, the brain stops making it, which results in symptoms such as shaking, moving slowly and difficulty walking. Oftentimes, a drug called L-Dopa (a form of dopamine) is prescribed to ease these symptoms – So it was appropriate that Bettina and her supporters wanted to wear this little molecule as they walked!
25% of the proceeds from each of the Dopamine Heart Pins I sell will be given directly to the Parkinson’s Unity Walk! You can wear it proudly to show your support, and it’s certainly a fun conversation-starter! You also have the option to purchase a custom pin in whatever color you choose.
The Unity Walk will be held on April 16th, so it would be wonderful if we could raise as much as possible before then – Thanks for your participation!