rhubarb blackberry pie

freedom pie

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It has been incredibly hot here. Like hot enough that I haven’t turned on the oven for about 2 weeks. I have taken the heat as a challenge to see how many meals I can concoct without adding to the heat in our house and totally boring the boy. But there is one exception to my oven strike: pie.

My rhubarb plant is feeling the heat as well, so I decided that it was time for another harvest. Every time that I march through my yard to pull the rhubarb stalks with my own two hands I feel a renewed sense of empowerment. Regardless of the fact that I literally do nothing to cultivate my rhubarb plant, being able to personally harvest the plant and make it into a meal (pie counts as a summer meal) is invigorating. I am considering taking up gardening in the near future.

To beat the summer heat here is an incredibly simple pie recipe that wont keep you in the kitchen for too long. Obviously make sure to add a dollop of cool whipped-cream!

servings

~10-12

ingredients

  • 4 cups rhubarb (cleaned & diced)
  • 4 cups blackberries
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • pie crust

instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Prepare pie crust. I made sure to use ice cold water and refrigerate the crust while making the filling.
  3. In a large bowl, mix together rhubarb, berries, sugar, cornstarch and salt. Coat rhubarb and berries well with the sugar mixture.
  4. Once chilled, roll out ~3/4 of the pie crust on well floured surface. Place crust in bottom of pie plate. Decorate side as desired.
  5. Evenly distribute pie filling into crust. Attempt to make it as even as possible.
  6. With remainder of the pie crust, cut out stars or other desired shape to decorate the top of the pie. I chose stars for this pie for my brother’s birthday prior to the fourth.
  7. Turn off the oven and enjoy!
rhubarb + blackberries

winning summer combo = rhubarb & blackberries

diced rhubarb & blackberries

diced rhubarb & blackberries

pie filling

“pie filling”

pie crust pressed into the plate

pie crust pressed into the plate

the back of a spoon works perfectly to indent the side of the crust

the back of a spoon works perfectly to indent the side of the crust

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ready to decorate!

pressing out stars - time to go wild

I used two difference sized cookie cutters for the stars

ready for the oven!

ready for the oven!

cooled & ready to enjoy!

cooled & ready to enjoy!

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freedom pie!

taylor brass

brass blossom

weekend love it — all things comforting

To be honest, I really haven’t been “loving” much of anything recently. This last week I said goodbye to my best friend and shadow, Lucy. Lucy was a 13-year-old pug, who to her last days was incredibly faithful, stubborn and entirely food-obsessed. Everything has been a bit more lonely recently without her hilarious and absurd presence, so I have been focusing on all things comforting.

Here is a small observance of Lucy that will never do her large presence (for such a small dog) justice and just a few things I’m enjoying:

1. Lucy. At this point I think that pictures say more than words about my forever love for Lucy.

always ready for a snuggle

always ready for a snuggle

suns out tongues out

suns out tongues out

Lucy loved stroller walks

Lucy loved stroller walks (& cookies of course)

2. Summer Desserts. There is nothing that I love more than making and obviously enjoying a dessert made with fresh fruit. I am partial to anything naturally sweet. In the past week I have made a rhubarb and blackberry pie for my brother’s birthday as well as a fresh fruit dutch oven cobbler over hot coals. Both were amazing, and recipes are coming soon. Teaser pictures below!

summer rhubarb-blackberry pie

summer rhubarb-blackberry pie

fresh berry dutch oven cobbler

fresh berry dutch oven cobbler

3. Fourth of July. The boy and I decided to forgo the typical July 4th celebrations and head off to the Copper Basin over Trail Creek to celebrate with his parents. We had a wonderful, relaxing day enjoying the sun, scenery and swims with Miss Maude. All in all, it was a perfect day of absolutely nothing, which is just what I needed.

Cooper Basin

Copper Basin

the boy taking Miss Maude for a swim - you cant beat this view!

the boy taking Miss Maude for a swim — you cant beat this view!

cocktail hour

cocktail hour

the boy's wonderful mother created a table setting worthy of"glamping"

the boy’s wonderful mother created a table setting worthy of”glamping”

the boy and Miss Maude ready for a nap

the boy and Miss Maude ready for bed!

4. “Like a Girl.” I found the recent “Like a Girl” campaign incredibly relatable. Even though I consider myself incredibly self-sufficient and independent I feel that I fell prey to the “like a girl” stigma. I had a remarkably similar reaction to the older girls. The younger girls who depicted strong, independent and determined girls when prompted were inspiring to me. This video is a definite must watch, if not only to prose the simple question but also to break the negative propagation that is clearly defined in our society.

taylor brass

brass blossom