Monday, March 14, 2016

Lavender Strawberry Free-Form Pie for "Pi Day"

Less than a week from the first official weekend of spring and we're dreaming of strawberries....
Wait, no need to dream!

It's "Pi Day" so let there be pie!

Inspired by A Pretty Life in the Suburbs recipe for "Rustic Free-Form Strawberry Pie," I changed up some subtle flavors and I'm pretty sure this will be a go-to recipe year round (with different fruits maybe???). I used French lavender sugar bought at the San Francisco's Ferry Plaza Farmers' Market and lavender plum jelly from Friend in Cheese Jam Co..


  • 1 sheet frozen puff pastry, thawed (12x12 inches)
  • 5 cups strawberries
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp lavender sugar
  • 2 tbsp lavender plum jelly for glazing

  1. Preheat your oven to 475 degrees.
  2. Line a cookie sheet, with a piece of parchment paper.
  3. Lightly sprinkle powdered sugar on the parchment paper. Place puff pastry on top. Set aside. 
  4. Cut strawberries in half (or quarters if really big).
  5. Place the strawberries in a bowl, and mix them with the sugar and cornstarch (I accidentally left them sitting in the bowl for too long and ended up with some soggy sugar on the bottom of the bowl which I didn't add to the pie because I didn't want the pastry to get really soggy - next time add strawberry mixture to pie immediately after mixing! So the original recipe called for 1/2 cup sugar but I probably ended up with 1/4 cup in the pie which worked well for me!). 
  6. Pile the strawberries onto the center of the pastry.
  7. Fold the edges of the pastry over to cover the outer edge of the fruit pile. Overlap as needed.
  8. In a separate bowl, whisk egg and brush the pastry.
  9. Sprinkle the lavender sugar on to the pastry.
  10. Place the pie into the oven, then immediately turn down the heat to 375 degrees.
  11. Bake for 40 minutes...until the pastry is golden brown.
  12. When the pie is done baking, remove it from the oven.
  13. Heat up the jelly for about 30 seconds in the microwave, then brush it onto the pie.
  14. Let your pie sit for a while before serving.
  15. Serve with ice cream or whipping cream or enjoy as is!

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Green Juice and Some Fun

Winter time can be a little tricky to get in fresh veggies when nothing is growing outside but icicles. We aren't frequent juicers here but have recently enjoyed these "green juices" to get in a little more "green" in our day!

Green Juice for Two (yields approximately 30 ounces):

3 cups organic kale+spinach+chard
2 stalks organic celery
1 organic yellow carrot
1 peeled organic orange
11 oz organic coconut water

Blend on "whole juice" Blendtec option.


Looking at the ten day forecast, however, I'm pretty sure the coldest of winter may be over! Not saying there's no more snow or no more ice or no more below freezing temperatures. Just saying, that we're likely not going to see any below zero temperatures for the rest of the season!

Being silly with my girl. 
And you know what else? I'm wearing fun necklace today. No occasion other than just doing it because I want to! Do something to make yourself smile today!

There's no reason you can't dress up with a chunky necklace any day of the week! #WorkItWednesday
Never tired of watching my little artist hard at work! (She requested "rainbow hair" today!)

And one more random piece of fun.... Condensation on the front door plus a paintbrush make for lots of fun (and no mess!)!


Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Teething/Drool/Suck Pads for Baby Carrier

I recently bought a set of KAMsnap pliers and snap buttons. I am so hooked. They are cute, easy to use, and look so neat and clean!

Soft structured baby carriers like those by Ergo, Beco, Tula, etc. have similar strap widths and thicknesses so this pattern can pretty much fit any of them (unless you're really particular about an exact fit). I've tried a pair of the pads on an Ergo Performance and a Tula and they fit really well!

This set is going to a mom-to-be's new Beco Soho!

Hoo Hoo!
The pattern I based mine off of uses just two layers, the main fabric and the backing fabric. I used three layers on mine - the main fabric, an inner layer of batting or fleece, and a backing fabric that can be the same as the main fabric or a different fabric to make it a fun reverse!

Super snuggly in cotton flannel and baby blue minky! Love the multi-colored buttons.

Sweet Tweets!

Fun and practical, these teething/drool/suck pads protect (better to wash the pads over and over than wash your carrier over and over!) and accessorize your carrier. They also make great gifts!

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Our Snuggle Bug

Dear Daughter,

May you never feel too old to ask for a hug. 
May you always find comfort in Mommy and Daddy's arms (or on our backs!). 
Sparkle like the stars in the sky. 
Shine like the moon you can spot from anywhere. 
Find your rhythm wherever you go. 

Love always and forever,
Mommy & Daddy

For three years, Little Miss E has been worn by me and my husband. For three years, we have enjoyed the closeness wearing gives us to a happy child, a tired child, a hungry child, a "just need a hug" child. 

We have worn on many travels around the country and around the world. Babywearing has saved our sanity and given us the opportunity to explore places that are not stroller-friendly. Being worn has also been our child's safe haven. When the world is overstimulating, she has a safe place to close her eyes and relax. There is always a cozy spot to nap on the go.

As we celebrate the third year of our first child's birth, we smile back at many memories. Many milestones achieved. Many tears - of both happiness and of frustration. Many adventures both near and far.

Kerrington Crush by Risaroo Wovens

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Friendly Fair Isle Hat (knit)

Frosty Bubble

It has been a little chilly lately. Warmed up a little last weekend which slightly melted the snow. Then, temperatures dropped again to freeze everything to sheets of ice. Perfect timing for a wool-blend fair isle hat that reminds me of snow and snowflakes!

Inspired by Purl Soho's Friendly Fair Isle Hat Pattern.


  • Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick in Fisherman and Sky
  • US 11 (8.0mm) 16 inch circular knitting needles
  • stitch markers
  • yarn needle
  • large Clover pom pom maker
Followed pattern for "Kid Size" and with finished measurements of 19 inches in circumference and 9 inches deep (without pom pom) which comes to the "Adult Small" finished measurements which fits my head easily as well as my husband's large head. I used a thicker yarn and slightly bigger needles than the pattern specifies. 

Blue skies today with sparkling snowflakes that fall like glitter from he sky! Didn't catch it on video but you can imagine the magic! 

Happy snow day!