Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Fresh Fruit Crostata.

Is there anything better than a fresh fruit pie in the middle of the summer? With all of the fresh fruit in our home, my daughter and I thought it would be a great idea to make a crostata.

A crostata is a pie or tart and can either be sweet or savory. Like most of our cooking and baking, we did not use a specific recipe, instead we used what we had in our pantry. Our filling consisted of fresh apricots, blueberries, and pear. We also added some dried cranberries for some texture. The juice and zest of one lemon, sugar, flour (to thicken the natural juices of the fruit that bake out), and a pinch of salt.

We rolled our pie dough into a circle, placed it on the baking sheet, and poured our fruit filling into the middle of the dough. One of my favorite aspects to a crostata is the free form it has. We pulled the edges up around the sides of the fruit, creating a little basket or bed for the fruit to lay in while it baked!

My (toaster)oven here in Hong Kong tends to either burn and/or undercook what I am backing, causing me frustration. Although our crostata was a little darker than we were hoping for, it was still very delicious to consume!

Thursday, July 23, 2015

My First Attempt With Succulents.

If you've been on our Instagram feed, you'll know I recently did a little gardening. I decided to wait until after our holiday to Thailand to try my hand at growing succulents. I've always admired them, but for some reason have approached these plants with trepidation and a bit of anxiety. I did not just want my plants to survive, but I wanted them to thrive!

A stop in to the Flower Market, here in Hong Kong, and I had my plants with the necessary potting soil and rocks to supply proper drainage in my white Ikea pot.

I love the end result. I've done the research regarding proper lighting, watering, and maintaining the plants. Here's to keeping these alive for the next year!!!!

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

DIY Flower Crown.

We had extra flowers floating around our home so we decided we would make flower crowns out of them. I would make these all the time in university, using wild flowers my best friend and I found in the mountain fields of Virginia. Back then I would just weave the flowers together using natural elements to secure them and prevent any flowers from slipping out of the crown. It has been awhile since I made my last one, and this time I used clear scotch tape to secure each flower strand together. I used clear scotch tape because I did not have green floral tape in the house. The green floral tape would work best and create a tighter hold to the crown.

Friday, July 3, 2015

Inspired By The American Flag.

A little decoration that was inspired by the American flag for your Fourth of July celebration! Many of us use these egg holders in our homes, and they also double as an adorable way to display your fruit! Happy 4th of July!!!

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Edible Fireworks.

In our series for the Fourth of July holiday, we thought these fruit skewers resembled fireworks and were a fun way to get kids {and adults} to eat fruit. For our Hello Kitty party, we served fruit skewers with each child's name personalized on them, and this is a similar idea. Everything tastes better on a stick!

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