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award-winning spicy & tart blueberry pie

award winning blueberry apple pie

I love participating in our local farmer’s market but the judges and competition are tough! This year I couldn’t believe I actually got third place! I pretty much went into it with low expectations but was thrilled!

The pectin in the apple really helps to firm it up so its more substantial and not soupy…if you’ve made blueberry pie before you know what I mean😉

Filling:
3/4 cup sugar
4Tablespoons water
3 Tablespoons cornstarch
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon fresh grated nutmeg
2 granny smith apples, peeled, cored and diced
3 Tablespoons unsalted butter
1) Combine 1 1/2 blueberries, the sugar, and 2 tablespoons of the water in a medium saucepan. Set over low heat and cook, stirring often until the blueberries have become very juicy and the sugar has dissolved. Mix the cornstarch with the remaining water, then stir in about a third of the blueberry juices. Stir the cornstarch mixture into the saucepan, return to the heat and cook stirring constantly until thickened and clear (3 min)
2) Remove from the heat, scrap the filling into a medium bow and stir in the spices. Let cool.
3) Set a rack at the lowest level in the oven and preheat to 375
4) Fold the remaining blueberries and apple into the cooled filling
5) Scrap into the piecrust and spread evenly. Dot with the butter and arrange the top crust. Brush with egg wash and sprinkle with sugar
6) Place the pie in the over and decrease the temperature to 350 F. Bake until the crust is baked through and the juices are actively simmering, about 45 min.
7) Cool the pie on the rack and serve warm
Crust
2 cups all purpose flour
1/3 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
8 Tablespoons chilled butter, cut into 12 pieces
1) Combine the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt in a food processor, pulse several times until combined
2) Add the butter and pulse again until the butter is finely mixed into the dry ingredients.
3) Use a fork to beat the eggs until the yolks are broken and pour into food processor. Pulse again until the dough almost forms a ball.
4) Invert the dough onto a lightly floured surface and gently knead together 3-4 times to make it smooth.
5) Divide the dough into 2 pieces, form them into disks and wrap them each in plastic. Chill for a few hours before rolling.

6) Before rolling the dough, place on a floured surface and gently knead until smooth and malleable.

The recipe came from this book.

 


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Kennebunkport, Maine

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We had the best weekend exploring Portsmouth, New Hampshire and Kennebunkport Maine!  As we were driving into town we were already plotting our way to come back. The town is SO charming and the shops people are kind and the other tourists are polite and clean! HAve you ever been where they are not? It’s truly a thing to note! I did some research on things to do before we went (see how I do it here) and it couldn’t have been a better day.
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Creating your travel itinerary from your phone!

Since I started my full-time career in summer ’11 I’ve been able to travel to sooo many places. Places I had never been too and really didn’t know anything about; often traveling alone for work. These are my tried and true steps on finding out the must-see’s at literally no cost, all from your phone.travel itinerary

  1. Google day trips to x.
    Usually you don’t have a lot of time on a work trip to explore, but even if you do, I think its smart to look for what people recommend if you only have a day or 36 hours. They always tell you the high points so you can base your schedule around some of these stops. I follow this blogger on instagram but was so excited to see her post on Kennebunkport!
  2. Yelp restaurants for lunch, restaurants for dinner.
    I can’t tell you how many times I pick a place and find out they don’t open until 5p and I was needing to sneak in a bite between afternoon meetings. Also, so many places are known for their lunch or dinner its fun to pick places based on WHEN you’ll be stopping by, not just an overall rating.
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  3. Ask a local!
    I’ll never forget when I travelled to Central Michigan University in Mount Pleasant, Michigan we asked someone where they recommended and they really stumbled and said The Italian Oven which my co-worker and I were like umm okay..thinking it was olive garden-esque. We were exhausted and decided to go. It was so packed and was actually really amazing. Even though it might not be fancy the locals know where to go, whether for food or another adventure.
  4. Search the city/town on instagram.
    See what other people are seeing. It’s so easy to search by location or hashtag and learn more about where you are going and figure out what you want to see.IMG_9407
  5. Search/ask bloggers who have been there or live nearby.
    I just reached out to Lemon Stripes because she was just in Kennebunkport and I’m dying for her to post her spots. I love following her on snapchat and I can’t wait to see her picks (and pics!) in town.
    https://www.instagram.com/p/BIXVnlHBq1O/?taken-by=lemonstripes&hl=en
  6. Create a list.
    It might be silly but you need everything in one spot to help you when you arrive. a quick glance at your list is a million times better than having to rack your brain and scroll through your browser history to see the name of the best coffee shop!😉

I’m having so much fun building my Portsmouth, New Hampshire + Kennebunkport lists, send me any reccs if you have them!


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cubicle decor inspiration

It’s partly because I’m a creative but who doesn’t like a little fancy in their cubicle? Although I’m the Director of Marketing I’m out in a cubicle and until the day I have my own office I’m decorating these grey half walls to keep me inspired.

These two shops (here and here) are so cute and affordable for pieces to spruce up your cube!

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But you love them
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A little fashion motivation
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I’m a huge list builder so this would keep me right on track

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Isn’t this mermaid so charming?

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These are sure to keep you motivated throughout the day!


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stamped fondant cookies

I am so happy with how these turned cookies turned out! I had seen similar cookies online but there wasn’t a tutorial just a single picture. I went on the hunt and sourced my own ideas for my in-laws fortieth anniversary party favors for this weekend. These sugar cookies are covered in a marshmallow fondant and stamped with this cute set of letters._MG_9097

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