I had a cute coat that Easter, too. I don’t remember if I loved coats then as much as I do now, but I do know I’ve always been a fan of Easter outfits. I still get a special dress to this day. #TBT #ThrowbackThursday
Apple-Berry Pie (How to)
I created this pie last summer for the 4th of July and now that the weather’s warmer, when I think fruit pies are the best, I figured it’d make a good Easter pie, too! This time, I took photos of the process so I could share the recipe with you guys. Hope you enjoy it if you give it a try!
To start: Chose your favorite pie crust recipe or just use Pillsbury (Needs two crusts)
- 1 cup sugar
- ¼ cup cornstarch
- Dash of salt
- 1/3 cup water
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 cup blueberries
- 1 cup strawberries, sliced
- Approximately 10 blackberries & 10 raspberries
- 4 different kinds of apples, peeled and diced
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 2 tablespoons butter
In a large saucepan, whisk sugar, cornstarch, salt, water, and cinnamon until smooth. Add blueberries. Bring to a boil, cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Cool slightly.
Gently fold apples, strawberries, blackberries, raspberries, and lemon juice into blueberry mixture. Add filling to pie and dot with butter. Cover with decorative crust.
Bake at 400° for 10 minutes. Reduce heat to 350° and bake an additional 45-50 minutes.
Today I wrote THE END on my nightmare novel Dreamsters. It’s the first of the 4 novels I’ve been working on for the past 5 years to ever reach the end. It’s hard to even describe how amazing this feels. My heart won’t sit still.
For my birthday last week my best friend Heather sent me the cutest set of stickers: JELSA!
She knows me well. ;)
If you’re a lover of Jack & Elsa like me and need these stickers in your life, you can find these cuties HERE!
Silly Faces with ‘Diggy’ (4/16/14)
It’s been hard capturing Gideon on camera for the last year. Being 2 means lots of movement. But it seems that almost being 3 has made him mature enough to pose for the camera again and this makes me really happy. :)
Remembering Kurt Cobain
Whenever I’m listening to Nirvana or one of their tracks randomly pops up on my iPod’s shuffle, I always find myself reflecting on the music industry’s loss. I was just a kid when Nirvana first hit the scene, but even at that young age, I understood the impact they had on the music industry, the way they set a new standard that no one has lived up to since. Nirvana connected with people who didn’t even listen to alt-rock. Heck, even kids today recognize the difference between the music they have now vs. the music of my youth. I’m not alone in wondering how their music would have evolved with time had Kurt not died so early in his career, and how other artists would have grown because of him.
I don’t make it a habit of remembering when artists I loved died, but it’s especially hard to forget Kurt’s death because he was found dead on my 12th birthday. I remember my friends and I being beside ourselves over it, wearing RIP KURT shirts to express our sadness. It’s hard to believe that was 20 years ago now. It still feels like it was just yesterday.
Music Friday Song #2: Artifex Pereo - “Hands of Penance”
It’s hard to put my happiness over the release of this single this week into words because it comes with the news that Artifex Pereo's been signed to Tooth & Nail Records and that their next album 'Time in Place' will be here May 27th (so close!).
I don’t just like this band, I’d consider them a favorite (see?). And even though I don’t technically know them, I often feel like I do. Perhaps it’s because I’ve used a lot of their music as inspiration for my writing or maybe it’s because one of their band members is a very real dude who is kind to his fans (I imagine they’re all this way, I just know the one a little more than the others). Whatever the reason, when I saw the news on Thursday, I couldn’t stop grinning. I’m proud of them and excited for their future and not even because as a fan, I get to reap the benefits of new music, it’s just because I like to see good things happen to worthy people and Artifex Pereo is worthy.
If somehow you’ve skipped this group one of the many times I’ve featured them on Music Friday, now is the time for you to finally pay attention and listen. And if you like what you hear, show your support.
Congrats, boys. I pray you have a long, successful career. Can’t wait for my pre-order to arrive in May! :D
Music Friday Song #1: Sleepy Sun - “11:32”
File this under: Things that aren’t conducive to my current WIP and totally make me want to work on another novel instead. AKA: Things I shouldn’t be listening to, but can’t help myself.
I saw Sleepy Sun open for Arctic Monkeys a few years back and loved them so much I went home and bought everything they had available online right away. Somehow I just realized this week that they released a new album this year and my ears had to have it now. It will definitely come in handy when Dreamsters is complete and I start working on Summer Novel again. ;)
I’ve got ALL the feels right now after catching up on the season 2 finale of My Mad Fat Diary. Sad tears, happy tears, I had them many times over.
This show touches on so many important subjects; topics teens and adults alike can take something away from. It saddens me that it’s only shown in the UK, not just because I selfishly wish it were easier to watch here in the states, but because I think people here could benefit from it too.
I wish there were more screencaps or gifs to properly get the impact of this episode as a whole across, but this is the best I could find. Hopefully it’s enough to encourage you to check this show out if you aren’t already watching it.
P.S. It’s got one hell of a 90’s soundtrack too, in case you needed a bigger nudge. ;)
I created this new pie this week for my sister’s birthday celebration. I’ve still got a few tweaks to make to the bottom crust before I share the recipe, but basically if you love peanut butter and marshmallow, this is a pie for you! SO. GOOD.
Music Friday: Sleepwave - “Rock & Roll is Dead & So Am I”
I’ve been listening to a lot of Underoath while I write the end of Dreamsters and it got me feeling a bit sad again that Underoath is no more, so I started searching to see if we could expect music out of any of the members and found this gem from frontman Spencer Chamberlain. While I only have this one song to base my opinion on so far, this new band of his reminds me of He Is Legend (whom I love and long for more from), which is to also say it reminds me of the rock music from my youth (aka the 90’s). While it’s still hard to accept there never being something new from Underoath again, I gotta admit I’m pretty excited to hear more from Chamberlain’s new band because if it’s anything like this, it will rock!
P.S. If you like this song, you can download it for FREE!