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freshly picked blueberry pie

You might remember from this post that I was picking blueberries for a blueberry pie contest at our local farmers market. Unfortunately I didn’t win but it was so much fun! While this might not be crowned as the winner of the West Windsor’s Farmers Market…it’s a pretty delicious pie and I’m sure your family will agree! I was specifically searching for a recipe that had lemon in it because I thought it would be such a nice balance to the blueberries, and it definitely is. To see the full recipe from Inspired Taste click here (or see below). fresh blueberry pie Ingredients:
•Your favorite pie crust, for crust and lattice
•2/3 cup to 3/4 cup granulated sugar (adjusted according to sweetness of berries)
•1/4 cup cornstarch
•2 teaspoons freshly grated lemon peel
•1/8 teaspoon ground allspice
•1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
•1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
•6 cups fresh blueberries from Terhune Orchards
•1 tablespoon butter, cut into small squares
•1 egg yolk
•1 tablespoon heavy cream
•1 tablespoon coarse sugar

Directions:
1) Roll out half of the pie dough to fit an 8- or 9-inch pie dish. Check for the correct size by inverting the pie dish over the dough. The dough should be about 2 inches larger than the dish.
2) Being careful to not stretch the dough, fit into pie dish and trim dough to within 3/4-inch of the edge of the dish. Refrigerate while you make the pie filling.
3) Stir sugar, cornstarch, lemon peel, allspice, cinnamon and salt in a large bowl. Add blueberries and gently toss to combine. Transfer blueberry filling to prepared pie crust. Refrigerate while you prepare the lattice crust.
4) Once you interlace the lattice crust over the pie filling, place the butter over the open areas of the lattice.
5) Then, make an egg wash by whisking the egg yolk and cream together and brush over the pie dough. Sprinkle sugar over the crust.
6) Place pie in the fridge for 20 minutes minutes before baking for 20 minutes at 400 degrees F on the lower third of your oven. Then reduce heat to 350 degrees F and bake for another 35-40 minutes until crust is golden and filling is bubbling. (Baking on the baking sheet will catch any drips from the pie as it cooks.) Cool for 2-3 hours before serving so filling can set. baking blueberry pie baking blueberry pie west windsor farmers market blueberry pie contest west windsor farmers market blueberry pie contest


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What to wear to a Wedding in Miami!

I am back with awesome suggestions from Rent the Runway for a wedding in Miami this summer. While I have to say I’m particular to California beaches growing up there, Florida has never been the slight bit enticing to me. But one of my dearest friends is from Miami and non-stop raves about it, so I’ve given it bit more of a chance. That is until the heat and humidity starts getting to me ;)

One thing about Miami is that you are never overdressed! Miami women are extraordinary dressers, not afraid of color, patterns or textures and always in heels. I’ve picked out a few things that no matter your comfort level with color would help make you fit right in with the Miami crowd. Remember to pack your heels and big chunky jewelry to pair with these dresses and you’ll look like a local!

One of the best things about Rent the Runway is you can experiment with your style and you aren’t stuck with something if you don’t like it, or if you aren’t going to have another opportunity to wear it. You might be color or pattern shy but just want to try it for a night, and Rent the Runway can help!

Miami Wedding Style

Cubist Print Sheath / Milly, rent $65, retail $385
Sutache Shift / Lilly Pulitzer, rent $45, retail $198
Waylen Jumpsuit / BCBGMAXAZRIA, rent $50, retail $228


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blueberry picking at terhune orchards

I’ve done a few posts on how much I love Terhune Orchards before (here and here). If you are in the Princeton, New Jersey area you should definitely check it out. We headed out to the farm to pick some blueberries for the West Windsor Farmers Market Blueberry Pie contest that I’m participating in.

blueberry pick you own - terhune orchards

The farm has so many different areas that you can “pick your own” but we hit up the blueberry patch. It’s a little bit intimidating deciphering which ones are the best to pick but it was fun going up and down the aisles and finding little patches are darker ripe blueberries. blueberry pick you own - terhune orchardsIt was fun until we were sweating and beetles and other swarming creatures kept coming at us. Luckily we ended up having plenty of blueberries for my pie and headed over to the farm store for apple cider donuts.
blueberry picking terhune orchardterhune orchardsI’ll post pictures and the recipe of my blueberry pie later this week!


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the best picnic snacks

Our attempt at a picnic and fireworks were unfortunately rained out last night. But that didn’t stop us from still haven’t a picnic! We pulled a blanket out in the living room and had an indoor picnic for the 4th.
best picnic snacks

(Lilly Market Bag above, in jellies be jammin’)

These are some of my favorite picnic staples:
pick a soft and a hard cheese : I chose a white cheddar and brie
Multigrain crackers & pita chips (both from Trader Joes)
Salami, grapes and roasted asparagus all add a little variety to the heavy cheese and crackers
Don’t forget to pack something to drink! We love italian grapefruit soda

what to pack for a picnicClink & Drink cupswhat to pack for a picnic

Aren’t these gingham plates the cutest? Perfect for summer!
what to pack for a picnic

And you can’t forget to pack something sweet! Is anyone else OBSESSED with these soft sugar cookies?!

What are some of your favorite picnic essentials?


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Crazy Rich Asians – book recommendation

crazy rich asians review

I have to be honest, I remember seeing this book when it first came out and was only interested in it because of the cover….but for some reason the description I read didn’t grab me so I didn’t read it. WHY?! I recently came across and my, oh my. I love this book! Unfortunately the library didn’t have the book with a better cover, but I guess I’ll settle for GOLD glitter.
crazy rich asians book review

(pictured above: seahorse tunic, vineyard vines hat, book)

Here is a word of advice about this Crazy Rich Asians. You might be initially questioning whether you can read it because the story starts out with lots of Chinese slang (yes, slang) and there are asterisks and footnotes lining nearly every page. Worse than subtitles! But it suddenly dies down and gets on a more simplified pace. I do have to say, some of the footnotes are hilarious.

The story follows an American-born Chinese woman who falls in love with a handsome but sort of allusive guy. He invites her to a wedding in China and to meet this family. Of course she knows nothing about them and thats when it gets crazy! You are catapulted into extreme wealth of Asia and its so interesting to read what certain perceptions of areas are and just how competitive, and downright crazy (and crazy rich) these characters are. Everyone is super colorful and to be honest it was a nice escape from some of the other books that I typically read. You learn about the characters perceptions, standards, and expectations of another culture without really any preconceived ideas…because of course I don’t often have the opportunity to galavant with the uber-wealthy of Asia!

One more book checked off my summer reading list! What have you been reading this summer?


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summer vacation style: bow sunhat

summer vacation style at whalehead club I love this sunhat! It has just the right amount of brim and it can easily hold it’s shape as you adjust and move it around. It doesn’t just flop around like some sunhats I’ve owned, it basically freezes into place. The hat is super soft and looks unusually chic for the price tag. Oh, and its the best bargain! I found mine at Marshalls for $12.99, but I found it on Amazon for just $11.95 (and tax!) If you are looking for a new sunhat, this is the best I’ve found in a very long time! bargain bow sunhat

Lilly Puitzer Meg Dress in mini coral cocktail print (out of stock, but you might find on eBay)
Pretty Big Bow Derby Hat 
Jack Rogers College Colors, Carolina Blue

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