Moving on. Pie is one of my boyfriend’s favorite desserts so what better way to celebrate Pi day than to bake him a pie? Regardless of what he might say, I am not good at making pies and often wonder why his favorite dessert couldn’t be something like brownies – a dish that I can knock out of the park.
But being that I love him, this is the 3rd pie that I’ve made for 2017. The first was a lovely berry pie with blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, and strawberries. The second was a lemon meringue pie (using fresh meyer lemons) that nearly kicked my butt.
That lemon meringue pie was a mess. My meringue fell, twice, because I got distracted when I dumped out half of my pie as I tried to readjust it in the oven (note to self: always place your pie on top of a baking sheet). I threw a hissy fit, threatened to the pie in the trash, but still continued to cook it. I never tried the pie but Robb said it was delicious.
I went simple with this pie. I have a freezer full of frozen fruit that I need to start utilizing so I decided to make him another berry pie (which I think is his favorite kind of pie) with a crumb topping. I ended up going with a mixture of red currents, strawberries, and blueberries.
Berry Crumb Pie
1 (9 inch) unbaked pie shell
4 cups of thawed berries (drain off some of the juice)
¾ cup sugar (I used Florida Crystals Organic Pure Cane Sugar)
5 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon lemon juice
Pinch of salt
⅔ cup packed brown sugar
¾ cup rolled oats
½ cup all-purpose flour
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
6 tablespoon butter, cut into 1/4″ cubes
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Combine your fruit with granulated sugar, flour, lemon juice, and a pinch of salt. Pour into pie shell.
Combine brown sugar, rolled oats, all-purpose flour, cinnamon, and butter until crumbly Spread the topping evenly over the pie filling.
Place on foil-lined baking sheet in lower third of oven. Bake until fruit bubbles and crust browns, approximately 1 hour. If topping begins to brown too quickly, tent with foil. Let cool.
I’ve probably ordered flowers from The Bouqs Company half a dozen times since their inception in 2012. Their flower arrangements are gorgeous, unique, and decently priced for the quality that you get. Even better – they are a company that actually LISTENS. Their customer service is on point. I once mentioned that the flowers I received were a little less than perky and they issued a store credit that I used to buy flowers at a later date (which arrived perfectly).
I’m not really a flower girl to be honest. I would much rather you buy me a plant that I can stick in the ground versus a bouquet of flowers that will only wilt and decay. But there is something so special about the selection at The Bouqs company that I couldn’t help but to order myself a bouquet around the Christmas holiday. My bouquet lasted nearly a month before I finally tossed it (as it aged, I found myself fascinated at how it changed) but still scented the room with a fresh floral scent.
I’m also currently eyeballing this gorgeous bouquet:
Alys Arden’s “The Casquette Girls” is a novel that I’ve been wanting to pick up since it was released. I have a slight obsession with New Orleans, mostly thanks to having read a lot of Anne Rice novels during middle school. However time got away from me, as it tends to do, and it wasn’t until this month that I was able to purchase it. The sequel to “The Casquette Girls” is set to be released in May and I must admit, I am anxiously looking forward to it!
After the storm of the century rips apart New Orleans, sixteen-year-old Adele Le Moyne and her father are among the first to return. Adele wants nothing more than to resume her normal life, but with the silent city resembling a war zone, a parish-wide curfew, and mysterious new faces lurking in the abandoned French Quarter, normal needs a new definition.
Strange events—even for New Orleans—lead Adele to an attic that has been sealed for three hundred years. The chaos she accidentally unleashes threatens not only her but also everyone she knows.
Caught in a hurricane of myths and monsters, Adele must untangle a web of magic that weaves the climbing murder rate back to her own ancestors. But who can you trust in a city where everyone has secrets and keeping them can mean life or death? Unless…you’re immortal.
What I like best about this novel is that the author does not specify which hurricane hit New Orleans, just that it was a hurricane. That helps to make the novel relevant to the current day and age instead of dating it. The destruction of New Orleans is not something that I hope happens again but it is interesting to see how the author embraces that and explores how the city starts to rebuild itself, even with vampires running a muck.
Her characters were well written and showed great growth during the course of the novel. There were a few questions I had that I hope to have answered in the sequel, but isn’t that what a good author does – leave you wanting more? The setting was of course magical. The town, although destroyed, was described in a way that I could picture everything in my mind.
All in all, a good read for any age group! I can see this easily being able to be turned into a television series as well.
Let the good times roll! We are celebrating Mardi Gras on the blog this week. What better way to start off the celebration than with a king cake?
Sales for king cakes typically start on January 6th – Epiphany or Three King’s Day (the 12th day after Christmas) and runs through the duration of the Mardi Gras/Carnival season (ending on the day before Ash Wednesday). It is my understanding that the day celebrates the visit of the Magi to baby Jesus. Typically a small baby is hidden in the cake to symbolize baby Jesus. It is a sign of good fortune (and that you’ll supply the next king cake) if you find the baby.
I ordered my king cake from Sucré. Located in New Orleans, Sucré was established in 2007 and features macarons, chocolates, cakes and so much more delicious goodies. Their king cake is a danish pastry is sweetened by cinnamon and cane sugar, baked with a light layer of creole cream cheese.
The king cake was delivered on Friday and it didn’t take long for my boyfriend and I to dig in. Per Sucré’s instructions, we microwaved each slice for 10 seconds, which really gave it that delicious fresh-out-of-the-oven taste. Sucré’s king cake is delicious. The cinnamon and cream cheese isn’t overwhelming, instead it is a delicate whisper of flavor. It worked well as an after dinner treat or even first thing in the morning for breakfast. The king cake is beautifully decorated. Sucré even includes a plastic baby for you to place inside.
While my boyfriend technically found the baby (he sliced a piece and noticed it sticking out, so he brought that piece of me), I may be feeling generous next year and order another king cake out of my own pocket.
Check back tomorrow for a review of “The Casquette Girls” by Alys Arden!
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