i ran across this diy screen rack from jutta's blog, kootut murut, last week and have had it floating around in a tab on my browser ever since. doesn't it just work magic for this space? they built it themselves to divide the room up a bit and i think it's the perfect addition to the style here. as we start looking for a new place to live next week, i'm going to remember that this is an option. what a great idea for a small space!
head on over to kootut murut for the full how-to with step by step instructions and more great pictures to follow along with. you can even use it as a coat rack!
today i will walk to my grandmother's house for a visit. she'll be turning 89 this october and she is so exuberantly full of life. her favorite color is blue and she will undoubtedly be wearing several different shades of it today. we will spend the afternoon together with the air cut off, the curtains drawn and the windows open. we will talk about family, the past and also the future. she will show me around all of her house plants (some 97 and counting), some dating back to 50 years old or more. she will share with me some lemons from her lemon tree that she ever so carefully moves inside and out each season, self pollinating it with a paint brush every year. she will show me her ever so fragile tomato seedlings that she's started on the heat bed that my grandfather built her some ten years ago before he passed away. we will almost certainly play a game of skip-bo and sip on a can of dr. pepper through a salvaged straw she's saved from eating out. this will be the only soda i drink until we meet again. we will talk about life, love and prayer. though she's in excellent health, not being around her is one of the hardest things about not living here anymore. i can't bare to think that i'm missing out on the simple joys of her life like the ones above. but that's what makes days like this so special.
my mister loves maps. he uses them to plan his route for bike rides and loves to weave together all of the little connected back roads that he never knew existed. we have a large map hanging over our desk and most afternoons we'll meet there so i can learn about his planned adventure. he likes them so he can 'study the land' (what a guy-thing). i like them because they bring a certain kind of 'smart' look to an area (what a girl-thing). when i saw jason laferrera's take on maps over at design*sponge yesterday, i knew i wanted to make sure you didn't miss them! he takes historical maps and pieces them together to make these woodland wonders. how beautiful!
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Making homemade pie crust is a daunting task to a lot of people - I know, because I was one of those people. It wasn't something that I thought much about, until I received this little quote in an email forward about aprons:
"Remember: Grandma used to set her hot baked apple pies on the window sill to cool. Her granddaughters set theirs on the window sill to thaw."
Ouch! True? Probably, but unnecessary? I think so. The modern generation of women are capable of anything, and that includes making our own pie crust. The fact is that I have never made my own pie crust before, but honestly, I don't make pies. Still, it would nice to know how to make it when the occasion calls for pie, so here is my first attempt at pie crust making. Spoiler: it just might have turned out better than my own grandma's!
* If you are looking for vegan alternatives, try these recipes from SavvyVegetarian.com and About.com, (which use vegan margarine in place of butter) and use the same production and assembly techniques outlined here.
Combine flour, salt, and sugar in a large mixing bowl. Cut sticks of butter into chunks and add to dry ingredients, squeezing butter into the mixture by hand. Continue to mix thoroughly until a crumbly mix has formed.
Add three to four tablespoons of ice water to dough. Three tablespoons was enough for me - you can use more than four if your dough is especially dry. Continue to knead dough until fully soft. Roll dough into a ball, cut in half, and press into two flat discs.
Wrap discs in plastic wrap to prevent sticking, and refrigerate for one hour. In the meantime, prepare your filling mixture - I used a homemade blueberry pie filling. After one hour, remove dough from refrigerator and roll flat (1/8" or so thin) between two sheets of floured wax paper. This trick allowed me roll the dough very flat without the dough sticking to my rolling pin and tearing.
When dough is flattened nicely, lay the dough over your pie pan, gently pressing it into the sides and bottom. Cut excess dough of the edges of the pie with kitchen shears, leaving about an inch to fold over and pinch into the outer crust.
Since this recipe is for two pie crusts, you can use the second for the top crust of the pie. I decided to give the lattice effect a try, and it was so fun! You just cut the second rolled crust into strips about 3/4" thick. If it looks confusing, check out this photo tutorial on About.com.
For my first time baking a pie, I was pretty pleased with the end results - I believe my grandma would have approved, too.
Out to find ways to make life simpler, Ashley is tackling life one DIY project at a time. Learning as she goes, she also spends her days writing Indie Pretty Projects and creating for her Etsy shop.
happy friday, lovelies! did you have a good week? i sure did. we've been at our home in north carolina ever since wednesday and it is so beautiful here! i snapped this picture with my cell phone as i walked out of our parent's house yesterday morning. isn't it beautiful? after being through new mexico, arizona and colorado, i can't believe how colorful everything here is already. my allergies have been protesting, but it's totally worth it. i love the greens, pinks, yellows and purples.
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