Saturday, July 2, 2016

Strawberry Rhubarb Pie

When I was a child my grandma lived in a small town out in the country.  Every June, right around Father's Day, we'd go out the visit my grandma. My grandma and my mom would take my sisters and I down the street to a farm where we would spend hours in the strawberry fields filling our baskets to the rim with red, sweet, ripe strawberries. With fingers stained crimson and bellies full, we would make our way back to the house.

Gram would send me out back to cut stalks of rhubarb that grew along the foundation of her home while she washed the berries and prepared the pie crusts.

Side by side, we sat at her kitchen table cutting the rhubarb into small chunks and slicing the strawberries until we had enough to fill the pie crusts.

We'd talk about everything and nothing...mostly gram talked about her childhood...and when she paused, you could hear Paul Harvey's voice in the background, "and now you know the rest of the story..."

Later, after dinner, gram would serve the yummiest strawberry rhubarb pie complete with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream on top! So good!!!

Sadly, my grandma is gone now and so is her house out in the country...
But, every June, I head out to the strawberry patch with my husband and kids and we pick flats of beautiful, juicy, red strawberries. I tell them the stories that Gram told me and when we get home, I walk out behind my shed and cut stalks of rhubarb. We play oldies on the radio and reminisce as we make our favorite strawberry rhubarb pie.

So, in honor of my grandma's birthday (which was yesterday)  I decided to make a Strawberry Rhubarb Pie...and because it's so yummy, and super easy to make, I decided to share the recipe with you!

Strawberry Rhubarb Pie

You will need these ingredients:

  • 3 cups ripe strawberries, chopped
  • 3 cups rhubarb stalks, chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup tapioca
  • 2 pie crusts(9-10 inch)

The directions:

Preheat oven to 450 degrees
1.  Place one pie crust into a pie dish that has been sprinkled with flour.
2.  Mix the first four ingredients in a large mixing bowl.
3.  Pour the ingredients into the prepared pie crust.
4.  Place the second pie crust on top of the mixture. Fold the excess  dough under the bottom crust to make a nice thick edge. Pinch to flute. Slice 4 slits into the top of the pie crust. Brush on a small amount of water over the crust and sprinkle with sugar.
5.  Place the pie into the preheated oven. Bake for 15 min. 
6.  Reduce the heat to 350 degrees and bake for 45-55 minutes or until the filling is bubbly and crust is browned.
7. Let cool 1 hour before serving.
8.  Serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top!


Friday, July 1, 2016

July Goals

I've decided to come back here to my blog to share my thoughts and set my intentions. With this week being the 26th week of the year...we are halfway through 2016 and I thought it would be the perfect time for me to reflect. I realize when I don't write down my goals and intentions, I am less present in my life and minutes, days, weeks and months pass without me really noticing. 
July is a perfect time to slow down. Seek out a shady nook, a cold drink, a cool breeze...a respite from the rigors of the day and really be aware of the world around me.

So, here is my first installment of my monthly goals. I will set myself goals each month with the intention to uplift my heart, mind, body and soul in some way that works for me. 


1. Cut portion size of my meals
I am aware that while I usually eat very healthy food, I just eat way too much! I want to cut down on the amount of food that I consume at each meal in an attempt to drop 10 pounds this month. I will focus on filling half of my plate with non-starchy vegetables. 

2. Exercise/ Move my body daily
I've been slacking in the exercise area and my body is paying the price. I am stiff in the morning and my joints ache. Plus, every piece of clothing I own feels tight on me. I fell like complete crap and I know that I feel so much better when I move my body every day. I am going to start with walking 2 miles and add intensity{jogging} as I feel ready. I also want to incorporate stretching/ yoga 2 times per week along with squats, lunges and planks. 

3. List at least 10 items on Etsy
Recently, I've had numerous custom orders for leather cuffs, necklaces, earrings, money clips and key chains from friends and colleagues and many people are encouraging me to open up my shop. My goal is to photograph and list items for sale by the end of the month. 

4. Read a book a week
I started my year off doing this and it was a wonderful way for me to sit down and relax each night. What I found, however, was that I would stay up way to late reading just to finish a book. I want to get back to reading again but will need to make sure to turn off my lights at a decent time. 

5. List 4 Products on Teachers Pay Teachers
As an ESOL teacher, I modify curriculum and create new materials on a daily basis during the school year. I often feel overwhelmed by the amount of work and kick myself for not doing more to get prepared during the summer. I've built in 2 hours into my schedule each week just to create new materials. Then, I will list them in my store so that other teachers will be able to reap the benefits!

6. Take photos daily
Two years ago I started Project Life. I loved the concept but then of course fell into the dreaded comparison trap. I drooled over beautifully designed spreads on Instagram and Pinterest. I felt like I needed to be doing so much more and then of course I  couldn't possibly live up to my unrealistic I just quit. The problem with that is I am really slacking at documenting my life and capturing memories. So, today I once again downloaded the Collect app. and set up reminders on my phone to help ensure that I take photos every day.  No expectations...just capturing the little moments in my life. 

7. Hang up my clothes right away 
My room is out of control. I just need to make this a habit...end of story!

8. Try 3 new recipes 
I love to cook and have some beautiful cookbooks that I want to work my way through. This is the month that I finally begin doing that!

9. Set aside time to cultivate creativity every day
I am joining the Cultivate Creativity Challenge at Handmade U this month in order to bring creativity back into my life and kick the excuses to the curb! 

10. Write 4 blog posts per week
I just need to do this in order to hold myself accountable. 

So there you have it. What are your goals for July?