Simple Blueberry Basil Pie Recipe

Simple Blueberry Basil Pie Recipe - Headed Somewhere BlogMy mouth and lips have been stained blue for the past 3 days. The pie is FINALLY, as of this morning, gone.  And I am embarrassed to say Clay doesn’t eat blueberry pie. Oops. So aside from the 5 extra pounds I put on this weekend, I also gained a go-to pie recipe to add to my recipe book. It’s kind of perfect, very easy, and oh, so delicious. It’s derived from the Blueberry pie recipe on She Wears Many Hats blog and mixed it up just a tad. Basically, I have heard basil does amazing things for the typical blueberry pie and I just so happened to have an overgrown basil plant in my kitchen. So why not try! Turns out… they were right, it is amazing.

For filling you will need:

all-purpose flour for dusting work surface
pie dough for double 9-inch pie crust, chilled
2½ pints (5 cups) fresh blueberries
1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
2 tablespoons milk or cream
4 tablespoons all-purpose flour
½ cup brown sugar + extra for sprinkling on top
¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 cup freshly chopped basil
1 large egg, beaten with 1 tablespoon water (for egg wash)

For the perfect pie crust you will need:

2 cups flour (sift, then measure)
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup shortening
1/4 cup ice water

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INSTRUCTIONS FOR PIE CRUST:

Mix flour and salt together. Cut in shortening with a pastry blender until crumbly. Stir in ice water with a fork until dough holds together. Form in two rough balls. (Note: handling too much makes dough tough. 

On a lightly floured surface, roll out half of dough to ⅛-inch-thick circle. Fit into a 9-inch buttered pie pan, trim, leaving about ½-3/4 inch overhang. Cover crust with plastic wrap and chill in refrigerator for about 30 minutes. If making a full top crust, roll out remaining half of dough into a circle approximately 1 inch larger in diameter than pie pan, cover with plastic wrap and chill in refrigerator for about 30 minutes. If creating a lattice top, on a lightly floured surface, roll remaining half of dough ⅛ inch thick into rectangle approximately 11×14 inches. Cut into 10 separate ¾ inch strips. Cover strips with plastic wrap and chill for about 30 minutes.

INSTRUCTIONS FOR FILLING:

(from She Wears Many Hats blog)

Adjust oven racks, place one rack on bottom level and one in the middle. Place baking sheet or baking stone on bottom rack. Preheat oven to 400-degrees F.

In a large bowl whisk together lemon juice and milk, gradually sprinkle in 4 tablespoons of flour, whisk until smooth. Stir in brown sugar and cinnamon. Add blueberries and chopped basil, and stir to coat. Let sit for about 5 minutes. Pour into prepared bottom crust.

Brush the rim of the crust with the egg wash, place the top crust on, trim to ½ inch larger than size of pan, and crimp together edges with fingers to seal bottom and top crusts, or weave strips of dough to create lattice top, crimping edges to seal. If dough seems soft and warm, cover top with plastic wrap and chill pie in refrigerator for about 20-30 minutes.

Brush crust with the egg wash, sprinkle lightly with sugar and place pie on baking sheet or baking stone on bottom rack and bake for 20 minutes. Reduce heat to 375-degrees F and transfer pie (on baking sheet) to center rack. Cover the rim of pie crust with foil. Continue to bake at 375-degrees F until crust is golden and the filling is bubbling, about 30 to 40 minutes. Check crust every 10 minutes or so, and if crust/lattice starts to brown too much, tent pie loosely with a piece of foil. Let cool to set and thicken before serving.

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Ezra, not to my surprise, was being extra clingy the moment I started baking. He was testing my pie-making skills, (and patience), for suuuure.IMG_4066.JPG IMG_4131.JPG

I’ve always been a little wary and intimidated by the lattice pie crust. But I found a simple tutorial that might help if you are new to latticing… :) Click here to watch tutorial!

 

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airplanes + watermelon

@marylauren Headed Somewhere BlogThe morning was mighty rough. Rougher than most. He was hungry but didn’t want to eat. He pushed everything away, even me, but he wanted to be held. Nothing would console him. So I laid him down on the wood floor and let him manage his crisis himself. I went in the living room and sat on the sofa feeling the heaviness of a very long day ahead. He came next to me, reached his hands up and I grudginly obliged his request. He sat on my lap for a long while… just laying there with his head on my chest. I think we started the day too early and too quickly. He wasn’t ready.

Watermelon seemed to make everything better. I am the crazy who took 78 photos of this kid eating his first summer watermelon. 78. I don’t think I got enough. HAHA He held the watermelon with both hands, taking it very seriously for a few moments. He nibbled for a bit, in between bites he’d point to the sky and announce the passing of yet, another “ah-pah” (airplane), and then he was off. Exploring the yard. Back to this ridiculous amount of photos: I took 78 photos in approximately 4 minutes. It’s an illness I tell ya. It is almost a full time job managing the out takes. I swear.

We have got into the habit of hand holding while riding in the car. He will scream and scream unless someone is holding his hand. Bad habit. So tonight on our way home from dinner, as I was holding his hand, he grabbed my arm firmly and pressed it up against his face. The whole way home. I watched him in the little mirror we have in the back seat as he clenched my arm against his face over and over. I melted and at that moment, I didn’t mind that that I was losing all feeling in my arm.

We got home and he had so many snuggles for me before bed. I think it was his way of consoling me… telling me I was doing an okay job, that he loves me and he is happy. Which made me happy. Very happy.
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veggie gardening guide for beginners

 The day has finally come! I have been waiting a long time and saving my pennies for this. As I sit here I can hear the “calming” roar of the lawn mower outside and a few others hacking away at the overgrown mess we call our yard. Clay and I kept saying we would eventually just do it ourselves. But our property is almost an acre, overgrown with weeds. The job just seemed daunting, impossible… we both put it off and have been avoiding the conversation for too long. So after months of living in this little house of ours, we decided to hire someone to come take care of it professionally. Worth the money if you ask me. If you are a do-it-yourselfer, all the power to ya. But when I show you the before and afters, you may have different thoughts. haha

So today, in the excitement of it all, I am researching high and low the best ways to start a garden. Now, that is something I can handle. And lucky me, there are four garden boxes that are just waiting to be tended to!

I found a vegetable growing guide on Martha Stewart’s Website that I think will become my new best friend for the next couple months. So far I have learned I am a little late to the gardening game for this season. BUT. Living in California in a temperate climate, I’m going for it anyway and hoping for the best! I’ve also found so many amazing gardening hacks that I will be posting later… what worked for me and what doesn’t. I’ll keep you informed on how my little garden is growing, brown thumb and all.

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Root Vegetables

Days to Harvest: Carrots, 54 to 75; parsnips, 110 to 120; beets, 45 to 58; turnips, 38 to 50; radishes, 21 to 30; rutabaga, 90 to 95.

When to Plant: Carrots, beets, parsnips, rutabaga, radishes, and turnips can all be planted in early spring. For those vegetables that mature quickly, you can make several sowings throughout the season for a constant supply, though most radishes won’t do well in the heat of summer. Long-maturing varieties should be planted as early as possible, especially in cold climates.

Light: Full sun.

Soil: Average soil is fine. Root vegetables require a deeply dug, loose, well-prepared soil. Any rocks or otherwise impermeable areas in the soil will result in misshapen roots. Root vegetables struggle in clay soils; amend these heavily with compost to improve soil texture.

Watering: Steady, regular watering is necessary for the roots to develop into nutritious, tasty vegetables.

Fertilizing: Fertilize with a balanced fertilizer if soil fertility is low. Do not use a high-nitrogen fertilizer.

Pest Problems: None serious. Rotate crops to minimize potential scab or rot diseases.

corn

Corn

Days to Harvest: 66 to 90.

When to Plant: Extremely frost sensitive, corn planted in soils cooler than 55 degrees (65 for super-sweet varieties) fails to germinate or has very poor germination. Direct-sow only after night temperatures are consistently in the 50s. Plant in blocks of at least 3 rows, at least 3 feet long apiece, to ensure best pollination. Hand-pollinate by gently shaking plants toward one another if you cannot devote this much space.

Light: Full sun. Bear in mind that corn’s tall stature will cause it to cast shade over neighboring plants.

Soil: Well-drained, amended generously with compost a few weeks before planting.

Watering: Requires ample water especially during fruiting — up to 2 inches per week.

Fertilizing: Corn is unique in that it grows above ground. This enables the gardener to fertilize by side dressing — applying a band of organic granular fertilizer directly to the soil surface around the base of the plant. Apply according to rates indicated on package before fruit set.

Pest Problems: Birds and raccoons, Japanese beetles. Corn earworms can be excluded by choosing resistant varieties.

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Peppers

Days to Harvest: Can be harvested in as few as 55 days for green and immature, or up to 95 days for red and ripe.

When to Plant: For a head start, plant seeds indoors 6 weeks before the last frost. Peppers can be planted outdoors when frost is no longer a threat and the soil is reasonably warm.

Light: Full sun.

Soil: Moist, rich, and well drained.

Watering: Water regularly, but too much water will result in much milder hot peppers.

Fertilizing: Fertilize weekly.

Pest Problems: Aphids can be knocked off the plants with a strong stream of water from the hose; flea beetles will eat small holes in the leaves but won’t bother fruit.

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Tomatoes

Days to Harvest: 55 to 85.

When to Plant: Tomatoes should be started indoors 6 weeks before the last frost and only transplanted into the garden when the soil has warmed and frost no longer threatens.

Light: Full sun.

Soil: Rich, well-drained top soil, ideally amended with compost.

Watering: Water frequently and consistently. Mulch keeps the soil evenly moist.

Fertilizing: Tomatoes have high fertility requirements, so apply an organic fertilizer at planting and again at midseason.

Pest Problems: Aphids can be knocked off with a strong stream of water from the hose; tomato hornworms are large, green caterpillars that can be handpicked and destroyed. Also subject to several diseases that can be minimized by rotating crop, using resistant varieties, and mulching around the plants.

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Garlic

Days to Harvest: Depending on weather conditions, autumn-planted garlic should be ready to harvest about 9 to 10 months later, in July.

When to Plant: Plant in fall, about 6 weeks before hard frost. Set large, firm individual cloves point up in well-prepared soil, burying cloves an inch or two below ground level in mild zones, and at twice that depth in cold-winter areas.

Light: Full sun.

Soil: Organic rich, well drained.

Watering: Keep area weeded and watered.

Fertilizing: Mulch as soon as ground freezes. Avoid use of chemical fertilizers: Excessive nitrogen promotes decay-prone bulbs. Snip off any flower shoots that appear.

Pest Problems: Diseases are commonly a symptom of poorly drained soil; where that is a problem, plant garlic in raised beds.

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Salad Greens

Days to Harvest: 20 to 30 for leafy types; 30 to 60 for head lettuces.

When to Plant: Most all types do best in cool weather and are cold-tolerant, so begin sowing in early spring. Make frequent, regular sowings of small amounts of seed to keep a consistent but manageable supply of greens. Try sowing a 1- to 2-foot row of seeds weekly until temperatures reach the 80s.

Light: One of the few vegetables that can tolerate some shade and even benefit from it, especially as the weather warms. Best production, particularly among red leaf varieties, is in morning sun with some shade in the heat of the day.

Soil: Average soil; good drainage is essential.

Watering: Water regularly; plants are sensitive to drying. Avoid wetting leaves.

Fertilizing: Not necessary unless soil is poor.

Pest Problems: Aphids can be washed off with a hose. Be on the lookout for slugs, which can be handpicked or trapped. Mold can be a problem, so site with good air circulation and avoid prolonged wet conditions.

I also plan to plant squash, beets, sweet peas, rosemary, thyme, and I’ll transplant my basil and mint to the boxes as well. See more tips and veggie planting guides on Martha Stewart’s Website! Check back to see how things are going! And please, I am open to ANY AND ALL gardening advice/tips!!

 

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The babe is asleep, the house is quiet, only the sound of the window air conditioning unit is humming in my ear. I’m diffusing lavender and lemon and playing a little Debussy trying to decompress from an exhausting morning. I’ve opened all the windows to let in the cool breeze…  and I’m sure you’re thinking,”then you should turn off the ac unit.” my answer to that is… “you sound like my husband and no I like it on.”

Spending this nap time searching for a little inspiration via el web… I should be picking up from this morning’s tornado that hit the living room… but I will leave that for a later time. I am starting a new project. Ever since I quit my accounting job, I have felt the need to explore and create on my own. To build something from the ground up, something I am inspired by, something to call my own and be proud of. I have jumped around and flip flopped for a while now, searching for just the right thing. I’ve put my hands in this ‘n that and finally found something to land on that I am SOO excited about. So below is a little mood board of sorts to give you an idea of what’s in the future. I don’t want to spoil the surprise but I’ll just say its going to be gooooood.

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Hair Tutorial // Braided Headband

This is for all of you out there who are hair/braid challenged. It has taken me SOOO long to figure out how to braid my own hair. 27 years to be exact. I’ve just mastered the fishtail french braid… feeling pretty good about myself. HAHA!

But I went back to an old staple today… one that I used to do a while back before I sat down with youtube videos and forced myself to learn to french braid. This is one that ANYONE can do with shoulder length, or longer, hair. Also, your hair doesn’t need to be very thick to make this look alright… unlike so many braids. I have very fine hair… turned out alright!

Grab a piece of hair from behind your ear and begin braiding upward toward the other side of your head. Do the same on both sides. Pull and loosen the braid as you go to make it look thicker/fuller. Secure the braid with a clear elastic.

Take each piece, wrap around to the other side and pin behind your ear.

Leave some hair in front of the braid to give it the “headband” look.

And thats it! Takes about 5 minutes… total do-able “mom” hair for any day! (I also wore it up the next day in a messy bun with the braid still intact after I slept in it… haha… dirty hair for the win!)

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Dear Future Self

Headed Somewhere BlogThere are days that this little life of mine doesn’t seem real. Where I feel so lucky it makes me feel a little tinge of guilt. How could I be this lucky? This sweet babe calls me mama. He is growing and developing in a healthy, active body everyday. He is learning so much, he is so smart. And this little boy has a father who loves him so much, and who also loves me…. And tells me everyday. Some days I just can’t even believe it all.

Then there are days where I forget all of this… Too many days. Where I feel sad and lonely and everything just seems too hard. So today, while I am feeling every joy of this blissful life, I am writing it down. For my future self to read.

Dear Future Self:

Stop being sad right this minute. There is absolutely nothing to be sad about. This is what you wanted. Your life is beautiful. Go enjoy it.

Love,

Your happy self.     

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The Goodness + The Woman in the Drive-Thru

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There is something so good in people. Most people, I believe. I feel that I am FILLED to the brim with good intentions. I am always thinking… I should do this for her. I should send a note. It would be so nice if…. But what I lack is follow through. These thoughts mean nothing unless they are followed by action.

As I was pulling in to the Starbucks drive-thru to order some breakfast the other day, I parked behind a lady who hadn’t pulled far enough after she was finished. I couldn’t reach the speaker and she had plenty of room in front of her. I sat there for a few minutes, kind of annoyed that she wasn’t paying enough attention. I was about to honk at her to pull up, but decided not to, it wasn’t going to get me anywhere really… so I waited.

As I pulled up to pay at the window, the Starbucks barista informed me that the woman in the car ahead of me had paid for my food. ARE YOU KIDDING ME?! I was shocked. I couldn’t believe it. “SERIOUSLY?!” I said to the barista, and she said, “yeah… happens all the time.” I was shocked AGAIN. Do people really do this ALL THE TIME? Do good deeds for people they have never even met… never will see again, and with absolutely NO recognition whatsoever. What made her decide to do that?

As I pulled out onto the main road, I could hardly see, my eyes were so full of tears. I was so impressed by her kindness… and there I was, feeling so self involved and irritated by her just few minutes earlier.

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I have told a few friends about my experience the past few days and they also had similar experiences to share! One said she found an envelope in Trader Joe’s behind a loaf of bread. The writing on the envelope said “to you”. She opened it up and it was filled with money and a note that said, “Use this money to buy your groceries today.” WOW. It really is amazing to me that there are people like this out there. Absolutely incredible.

So this week I am striving to be this person. The person who gives, expecting absolutely nothing in return. Not a thank you. Not an acknowledgement. I believe that woman’s small deed will be not one drop of goodness, but a ripple to carry on. I hope she knows that.

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five minute terrarium

Headed Somewhere Blog - Terrarium TutorialThere are few places on this earth that make my heart pound a little faster, make me feel giddy like I’m a kid and make my mind overflow with inspiration: The very top of Angel’s Landing in Zion National Park, walking the avenues of Manhattan and this little succulent & cactus garden that sits just 2 minutes from my home. I just can’t stay away. As I walk around each of the 9 green houses stock piled with the most beautiful plants I have ever seen, I can’t help but feel like Mother Nature herself. The first time I visited this place, I literally SKIPPED up and down the aisles. The next day, I paid another visit… and then the day after. Not sure what it is about it, it just feels welcoming, homey, and for some strange reason, I feel I am doing something wholesome and productive just wandering the gardens… perhaps I am. I am nurturing my spirit. I leave happier than when I came.

On this particular day, it was cold, (as cold as California weather permits…) and drizzling here and there. Perfect day, in my opinion, to get out of the house! With the weather warming up, I had to take advantage of this chilly day and put on Ezzy’s Pan Pantaloni Vest. It KILLS me with its ears and the pantaloons… oh, too much. I am in love.

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I have had this terrarium for MONTHS now, it has been sitting sad and empty on my dresser… just waiting for little plants to house. The day has finally come! So I thought I’d share my little how-to… because I’d like my little new friends to LIVE… against all odds… because heaven knows when it comes to mothering plants, I am no good.

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moss

pea sized pebbles

succulents + cactuses

shovel

glass container

organic soil

*you will also need activated charcoal if your container is enclosed.

Terrarium Tutorial - Headed Somewhere BlogTerrarium Tutorial - Headed Somewhere Blog1. Place small pebbles in bottom of glass container for drainage. Use about 1-1.5 inches.

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2. Break up moss and place over pebbles.

Processed with VSCOcam with a6 preset3. Use organic soil made for succulents and cactuses. Fill about 3 inches deep.

Terrarium Tutorial - Headed Somewhere Blog4. Start from back of container, working your way forward. Dig a small hole for each, making sure there is enough room for the roots. Pack dirt around plant for stability.

Terrarium Tutorial - Headed Somewhere Blog5. Place moss, rocks, or other decorative treasures in your new terrarium!

There you have it! That easy.

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Cactuses and succulents don’t need to be watered much. I usually give them a little spritz with a water bottle every couple weeks and they seem to be doing great!

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I just have to leave you with this video, because these little kiddos might be the cutest ever with their warrior face paint and head wraps. I’m thinking of dressing Ez in his pantaloons and vest and painting his face like this next time we hit up Target. Is that weird? I don’t care, I’m doing it.

 

Good Days Ahead

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Ezra has been all out of sorts lately and I feel like I am losing my sanity. He is doing some major teething, poor thing has had it rough for about a week. We have been spending a lot of time outside, it seems that is the only thing that brings him comfort these days. For me, every day seems to be the same and drags on forever. I know it won’t last, things will get better. I have to keep reminding myself how he usually is: a sweet, cuddly, loving little boy. There are more good days than bad and as my Dad always says, “this too shall pass.” Great days ahead. I can feel it. Send happy thoughts and good vibes our way!

xo

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Lavender + Tea Tree Avocado Mask // Young Living Essential Oils

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For a long time I was fascinated by essential oils and the claims people made about the benefits they received from using them. There was part of me that badly wanted to believe that these amazing oils were miracle workers… that they were a magic potions that would make me beautiful, give me superhero muscles and make my baby sleep. I’m here to tell you it has not happened overnight. But I SERIOUSLY believe in these little bottles and that they hold a lot more goodness and “magical” power than I previously gave them credit for.

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I received 11 oils in my starter kit. My favorite is the Thieves oil, a blend created by Young Living. It smells like rich cinnamon deliciousness and will take you away to a place filled with spice cake, red hots and honey, not to mention, it will seriously boost your immune system and help you to fight off any bugs that may be lingering. 

After diffusing each and every one of the Young Living oils that came in the starter kit over the course of 2 days, mixing them in my water, diluting them for use as cleaner, rubbing them on my feet, my baby’s feet, my husband’s feet and my neighbors feet, I decided the only next logical thing would be to put them on my face. I created a mask with ingredients that are known to help heal and moisturize your skin.

1/2 Avocado

1/2 c. Organic Kefir Yogurt

1 Tablespoon Apple Cider Vinegar

3 drops Young Living Tea Tree Oil

3 drops Young Living Lavender Oil

Smash up your avo, mix in the yogurt, vinegar and your oils. Mix well and apply to face for 7-10 minutes. Rinse thoroughly with warm water.

Headed Somewhere BlogThe vinegar acts as a toner and it is effective in unblocking pores and keeps your skin from becoming too dry. Tea Tree Oil is commonly used for treating problem skin and conditions such as acne. Lavender acts as an anti-inflammatory and helps to reduce the appearance of scars and speeds up the healing process.

There is something so natural about using oils in my everyday… and my house smells amazing. To learn more or to order your own check them out HERE!!

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