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DIY: Easy-As-Pie Crust

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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!

Adapted from Martha Stewart, and Hillbilly Housewife.


2 sticks of unsalted butter*

1 tsp salt

1 tsp sugar

2 1/2 cups flour

4 tablespoons of ice water

* If you are looking for vegan alternatives, try these recipes from and, (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

For my first time baking a pie, I was pretty pleased with the end results - I believe my grandma would have approved, too.

ashley paul indie pretty projectOut 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.




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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.

this week on ghtr and around the web:

- check out these adorable dopamine hearts and support the parkinson's disease unity walk

- learn how to get crafty with birch wood

- meet my mom

- see the kombucha scoby my friend and i are growing!

- ever heard of a chia seed?

- learn how to make your own baby food

- did you find a good all natural sun screen yet?

a BIG HUGE thank you to all the amazing guest posters i had this week! i couldn't have managed this week without you. big hugs to each one of you!

what are you doing this weekend? i'll be relaxing and catching up with friends and will be looking forward to seeing you back here on monday. xox! bonnie

spring has sprung

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isphotography spring photography
do you follow irene suchocki's photography? it is such a joy to see how her work evolves over time and with each season. if you remember the post i did about her last fall, you'll see what i mean. in her words, she creates poems for the eyes. in my words, i believe she creates poems for our lives.

if you have a few moments, i think you truly would enjoy exploring her world.

visit isphotography: {shop}{blog}{flickr}{facebook}{website}

Dopamine Hearts for the Parkinson’s Unity Walk

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dopamine hearts{hot pink dopamine molecule heart}

Hello! This is Sasha from over at What. No Mints?

Bonnie has graciously allowed me a little space here to spread the word about a charity event I am supporting called the Parkinson's Unity Walk, which raises money to promote the research and awareness of Parkinson's disease.

dopamine hearts
{aqua blue dopamine molecule heart}

A few months ago, a woman named Bettina (who was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease 4 years ago at the age of 34) contacted me about collaborating with her and her team by donating some of the proceeds from my Dopamine Heart Pins to the Unity Walk. My immediate thought: Geeky crafts, plus promoting a great cause ... Yes, please!

For those who aren't familiar with the significance of dopamine to those with Parkinson's desease, it is the chemical in the brain that helps you move. In people diagnosed with Parkinson's, the brain stops making it, which results in symptoms such as shaking, moving slowly and difficulty walking. Oftentimes, a drug called L-Dopa (a form of dopamine) is prescribed to ease these symptoms - So it was appropriate that Bettina and her supporters wanted to wear this little molecule as they walked!

dopamine hearts{chartreuse green dopamine molecule heart}

25% of the proceeds from each of the Dopamine Heart Pins I sell will be given directly to the Parkinson's Unity Walk! You can wear it proudly to show your support, and it's certainly a fun conversation-starter! You also have the option to purchase a custom pin in whatever color you choose.

dopamine hearts
{sunny yellow dopamine molecule heart}

The Unity Walk will be held on April 16th, so it would be wonderful if we could raise as much as possible before then - Thanks for your participation!


lovely landscapes

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fox on the run photography
fox on the run photography
fox on the run photography
fox on the run photography
fox on the run features the most lovely landscapes! i am so fond of the vintage feel, serene colors and slightly weathered look that these have. can't you just feel yourself roaming the fields of a tuscan pasture or passing through the grapvines of a vineyard in italy? these pictures take me right there, i can even feel the warm sun on my back and the slight breeze in my hair. ahhh.

birch wood diy

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Hello everyone. I'm so glad being here on GHTR today to show you one of my easy project tutorials I've made recently.My name is Lou and I live in Frankfurt, Germany. I have a blog named Happy Serendipity which is all about crafty inspiration, handmade markets, I have a DIY tutorial each week and a free digital download as well. Being a sewing addict I have an Etsy shop - named HappySerendipity as well. Please stop by and have a look. I will donate 50% of all purchases to the German Red Cross these days to support the victims of Japan. Thank you.

Materials needed:

- Slices of birch tree (available in craft stores or flower shops, I found these at Dawanda)
- Acrylic paint or crayons or sharpies
- Printout of artwork
- Tracing paper
woodblock diy
Trace the artwork on the wood by laying the tracing paper between the draft and the wood.
Use a pencil to draw the lines.
woodblock diy
After tracing everything it should look like this.
woodblock diy
Now you can start to paint. For some I drew a black outline with a black sharpie before painting but that’s
totally up to you.
yay paint
I used either acrylic paint and crayons.
yay paint
The final result looks like this.
you can even use them as coasters!
The final result looks like this.