Pie Crust from Scratch

August 28th, 2014

Today I made my rhubarb pie recipe, and for the first time I made pie crust from scratch. I’ll admit it was kind of a pain in the butt, but it tasted much better than the store bought pie crusts I normally use!

pie crust from scratch recipe

pie crust from scratch recipe

pie crust from scratch recipe

This is what Oliver looks like when he is scheming.

pie crust from scratch recipe

Flaky Butter Pie Crust (adapted from allrecipes.com)

This recipe makes one 9″ pie crust. Double it if you need a bottom crust and a top crust.

1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup butter, chilled and diced
1/4 cup iced water

Combine the flour, salt, and butter in a food processor and pulse until it resembles coarse crumbs. Dump the mixture into a bowl and stir in the iced water one tablespoon at a time. Make sure you don’t over mix it. The dough will seem too dry and crumbly at this point, but just go with it. Squish it all together into a ball-ish shape and wrap it in plastic. Refrigerate for 4 hours or overnight.

After refrigerating, roll the dough out on a floured surface. The first roll out it will probably crumble into a floury mess (mine did), so just knead it a little and things will work better on the second try. Press the dough into a pie pan, and make whatever pie you’re craving.

By the way, this lattice pie crust tutorial is great!

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An Original Painting

August 26th, 2014

I got some new gouache paints and made this silly little painting. It made me snicker. I added it to my Etsy shop in case anybody out there shares my weird sense of humor and has a blank spot on their wall. ;)

an original gouache painting

an original gouache painting

an original gouache painting

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Sketchbook 8.22.14

August 22nd, 2014

A bunch of you have expressed interest in my busy as a bee notepads, so I’m having another batch printed soon. I’m also sketching out a handful of new notepad designs. I can’t picture how they’re going to turn out just yet, but I’m having a great time working on them!

Wit & Whistle Sketchbook

Wit & Whistle Sketchbook

Wit & Whistle Sketchbook

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Three Things

August 20th, 2014

1. I’ve been having way too much fun rolling around the house in these.

roller skates

2. I’ve always wanted to grow herbs on my kitchen counter, but there’s not enough sunlight in there. So, I decided to get a cheap grow light (which unfortunately emits a gross neon purple glow) and picked up some herbs. If the light is enough to keep them growing, I’m heading to the pottery studio to make myself an assortment of pots to plant them in.

grow light herb garden

3. I never really liked tomatoes until I tasted my first perfectly ripe, locally grown heirloom tomato. Those pale sickly grocery store tomatoes aren’t really tomatoes at all! Now I’m hooked on the heirloom cherry tomatoes that come in our produce deliveries. They have so much flavor, and each color tastes completely different. I like to slice them all in half and sprinkle a tiny bit of salt on them before I eat them. Drool.

heirloom cherry tomatoes

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Front Door Colors

August 14th, 2014

Over the past few weeks we’ve been having tons of repairs done on the exterior of our house, and now we’re having it painted. The guys asked if I wanted the front door painted, and now I’m stumped. Have I ever told you how much I hate picking colors? I love blacks, beiges, greys, whites, and browns. I would make everything monotone if I could get away with it. I’m tempted to go with my gut and just paint the door dark brown, but maybe it would be fun to have a quirky door, even though I know I’ll get sick of it in 6 months and have to repaint. I did some rough Photoshop work to try out a few different colors.

Emerald green is nice and alpine-y, just like our house!

front door colors

I like robin’s egg blue next to the brown trim and siding.

front door colors

A deep, velvety cranberry color might work.

front door colors

I also have to decide what color to stain the deck, so let me know if you’ve seen any good deck inspiration lately. I have no idea. I suggested staining it the same color as the trim and the guy looked at me like I was crazy, so maybe that’s weird. I’ve never even considered what color decks should be, I just know I don’t like the faded pinkish brown ours is now!

What color is your front door?

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