Summer Splendor…

“Summer afternoon—summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.” -Henry James

Hello, sweet friends…

While July is coming to an end…


Our garden is coming more alive…



This month has brought the joy of traveling again and a few other activities which I have enjoyed…

however

I have been most grateful for the many moments and opportunities spent in my garden…







Sunny days… and beautiful blooms helping to refresh as we celebrate the season…

👩‍🍳

WHAT’S COOKING?

This week I gathered blueberries from our garden and posted a photo on Instagram asking for any suggestions for recipes. My Facebook friend Pat suggested one…and so here it is! (Thanks Pat!)


BLUEBERRY BUCKLE


Ingredients

  •  ¾ cup white sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 egg
  •  2 teaspoons lemon zest
  •  1 ½ cups flour
  •  2 teaspoons baking powder
  •  ½ teaspoon salt
  •  ½ cup milk
  •  1 tablespoon flour
  •  1 ½ cups fresh blueberries

Topping
  • ▢ ¼ cup butter + 1 tablespoon
  • ▢ ¼ cup brown sugar
  • ▢ ¼ cup white sugar
  • ▢ ⅓ cup all-purpose flour
  • ▢ ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease an 8×8 pan.
  • In a large bowl, cream sugar, butter, egg & lemon zest until fluffy.
  • In a separate bowl combine flour, baking powder, and salt.

  • Add to sugar mixture, alternating with milk mixing just until combined.

  • Toss blueberries with 1 tablespoon flour. Fold into batter and spread in prepared pan.

  • Combine all topping ingredients in a small bowl until crumbly.

  • Sprinkle over batter and bake 40-45 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.


Marcia
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Living In The Present Moment…& Apple Pie

Life gives you plenty of time to do whatever you want to do if you stay in the present moment.”

-Deepak Chopra

Hello, sweet friends…

I hope you are having an amazing summer…




This summer I decided to sign up for aerobics swimming…something a little different

And just recently I felt like baking…

two apple pies…

entering one in the Coos County Fair…

Somewhere in between the swimming & baking I had one of those epiphanies…

which was simply wonderful…


There is no better place than right now…

This is where I feel most comfortable…

This is where

I feel most like myself.

👩‍🍳

APPLE PIE

Ingredients

(recipe for a double piecrust)
6-Granny Smith apples, peeled, cord and thinly sliced
one and a half teaspoon cinnamon

1 tablespoon unsalted butter

3 tablespoons all purpose flour

1/4 cup water

1 cup of granulated sugar

one egg +1 tablespoon water, for egg wash

Directions

Preheat the oven t0 425°.

For sauce…Melt butter in a medium sauce pan over medium heat. Whisk in 3 tablespoons flour then simmer for one minute, whisking constantly. Whisk in 1/4 cup water, 1 cup sugar and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and continue simmering three minutes, whisking frequently then remove from heat.
Peel, remove course and thinly sliced 7 cups of apples and place them in a large bowl. Sprinkle the top with one and a half teaspoon cinnamon and toss to combine. Pour the sauce over the apples and stir to coat the apple slices.

Sprinkle your work surface with flour and roll out bottom pie crust to a 12 inch diameter circle. Wrap it around your rolling pin to transfer it to the 9 inch pie plate. Add apple mixture, mounding slightly in the center and being careful not to get the filling on the edges which would make it difficult to seal.

Roll second crust into an 11 inch round and wrap it around your rolling pin transferring it to the apple mixture. Beat together one egg and one tablespoon water and brush the top with egg mixture.

Bake at 425° for 15 minutes. Reduce the heat to 350° and continue baking another 45 minutes or until apples are soft and filling is bubbling through the vents. Rest at room temperature one hour before serving.

Ingredients for Butter Pie Crust Dough Recipe:

  • 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 Tbsp granulated sugar
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 lb COLD unsalted butter(2 sticks) diced into 1/4″ pieces
  • 7 Tbsp ice water (7 to 8 Tbsp)

Instructions

  1. Place flour, sugar and salt into the bowl of a food processor and pulse a few times to combine.
  2. Add cold diced butter and pulse the mixture until coarse crumbs form with some pea-sized pieces then stop mixing. Mixture should remain dry and powdery. 
  3. Add 7 Tbsp ice water and pulse just until moist clumps or small balls form. Press a piece of dough between your finger tips and if the dough sticks together, you have added enough water. If not, add more water a teaspoon full at a time. Be careful not to add too much water or the dough will be sticky and difficult to roll out.
  4. Transfer dough to a clean work surface, and gather dough together into a ball (it should not be smooth and DO NOT knead the dough). Divide dough in half and flatten to form 2 disks. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate 1 hour before using in recipes that call for pie crust.
Marcia
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Six Years Later & A Garden Tour…💕

Life is like a garden. Perfect moments can be had, but not preserved, except in memory.
– Leonard Nimoy

Hello, sweet friends…

This past weekend Joe and I shared our home in a local garden tour…


and six years ago (on the same weekend)

we had made the biggest move of my life…


moving from California to the Oregon Coast….

Reflecting on these past years…

I’ve learned that changing the direction of your life is a bit like growing things from seed…

Those early ideas dreams can be compared to early seedlings…

some just don’t develop at all…

others grow wild…

and a few seem to flourish and grow at their own pace…

I thought it was quite amazing that our garden tour coincided with the anniversary date of moving out of California…

Both dates will be forever embedded as precious memories.

Beginning something new requires a lot of patience…

and faith…

There’s been so many changes small and large since then…

some which have made a huge difference in our lives…

Similar to gardening the key to success is being patient with yourself and others…while continuing to nurture all those little seeds… flowers… and dreams… having faith and believing that something will grow and flourish in time.


Marcia
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California…A Week In Review

The most important things are not things…

Hello, sweet friend…

I hope you are enjoying your summer and staying cool…



I’ve recently returned from a magical mini trip to California…

It was nice to spend time with family…

and friends…

while enjoying the sights and sounds…

of southern California…

during the summer…

which is always great fun…

The greatest fun of all though
was being able to surprise a sister for her 70th birthday.

My sister Christine (L) and I both with boogie boards…true Cali gals💕




Marcia
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Up…Up…& Away…My First Summer Vacay!⛱

Be courageous and live the life that your heart is guiding you toward

Bronnie Ware

Hello, sweet friends…

It’s time for my mini summer vacay…Yippee!


By the time you read this post I will have already arrived at my destination…(I promise to share more in another post)

today I thought I’d share a few of my pre-packing tips…

along with what I’m taking…

First off always remember…

Packing is an art…

I have learned that laying out all the items allows me to plan outfits for my days/nights away.

When everything is laid out, I can clearly see how much I’m bringing…

Dividing items into sections based on where they’ll be packed is also helpful…

Lastly, I always remember to lay out my travel day outfit.


I have been so excited…

that I had to pack….

and unpack several times…


I forgot just how much work packing can be…

Actually it can be quite exhausting and I am definitely out of practice…

To be continued…



Marcia
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