SEA to Sea // Evening

Oh I have such a love hate relationship with the evening hours, the rushing to get homework done and dinner on the table and bedtime and bath time and all the chaos in between. We are always trying different things to help make the evening hours run smoother around here. There are sweet things about the evening too, a time to take a deep breath and settle in and let the day wind down…I was amazed at how similar some of the photos in the weeks set were. Somehow knowing that we are all in this together is beautiful and comforting and reminds me that seasons come and seasons go just like days turning to night - the rhythm of life. It's all a gift.

Check out Stacy's thoughts this week on the evening HERE.

SEA to Sea is a weekly collaborative project I am doing with my dear friend Stacy Bostrom focusing on a theme of gratitude and grace each week and sharing our captures and thoughts together from the city of Seattle to the Shores of San Diego…other themes found HERE.

Friday Pieday // Rum Raisin

This weeks pie was kind of a flop. I can't really put my finger on it exactly but we were all a little off and sick and even though it was my birthday my choice of birthday pie was not a big hit. 

For some context you should know that I have a huge love affair with Haagen-Dazs Rum Raisin ice cream - my dad got me started on it as a child and so the flavors are so nostalgic for me. The moment I saw this Rum Raisin pie in the Southern Pie Book I knew I would have to try it! 

It had a yummy cream cheese crust and a rich custard filling infused with the flavors of spicy rum and sweet raisins. We topped it off with homemade whipped cream but Chris was in bed with a stomach bug and so he didn't try it and because of that the whole experience wasn't quite the same as the past few weeks. The kids were all great sports and had a piece and Simon actually liked it the best but mostly everyone was super into the whip cream and there was a ton of pie leftover. 

I had dreamed of making this one for Thanksgiving and who know I might try it again but I don't think I will make it again anytime soon, I will just stick to enjoying my favorite ice cream on occasion by myself…these photos of Josie trying out the pie are kind of hilarious though!

So should I post the recipe, would you try a Rum Raisin pie? Next week I am getting a second pick so lets see if I can redeem myself! Happy Friday!

Friday Pieday // Salted Caramel Apple

This week Grandpa stopped by with a big bag of apples from his tree and the moment he slung them up onto the table I announced "well I guess we're doing an apple pie this week than". I've been itching to get my hands on some dough and knew that the salted caramel apple pie from The Four and Twenty Blackbirds Pie Book sounded just about perfect for that.

Now I am not going to beat around the bush - this pie was a major labor of love. I have only attempted homemade pie crust a handful of times and so I must've read this (lengthy) recipe like forty times before diving in. I will admit that Josie and I made the homemade caramel and the dough on Thursday evening to make sure we could in fact pull of this masterpiece by Friday night and I am so glad we did. Even starting early we were in the kitchen for at least three hours before pulling the finished pie from the oven, both of us beaming and oohing and ahhing with pride. I also want to interject here and publicly admit that we had grilled cheese for dinner because I was way to tired to fix some sort of fancy dinner too…the main course was basically dessert tonight!

This was a really good apple pie, in fact I got a "I think this is the best apple pie I've ever had" out of Chris and that was a huge compliment. The caramel and the salt are really subtle only enhancing the apple pie but not stealing the show. The all butter crust was a ton of work, done all by hand per the books instructions but it paid of too. It had a nice flake and bite and I definitely think I will try it again. I am loving testing out all these different recipes and so I am not willing to admit it's my go to or anything just yet…but it was really really good!

It's daddy's birthday weekend so we added some candles and some big scoops of vanilla ice cream too before digging in. My little baker was in her element tonight sharing the pie with the family! Still loving this new tradition so so much - and next weeks my birthday so I get to choose, I've got just the one all picked out!

Happy Friday!! xoxo

Salted Caramel Apple Pie - from Four and Twenty Blackbirds Pie Book 
(I found the recipe posted HERE and since it is so in depth I am too tired to write it all out tonight so I thought I would just link you over until I get a chance. I will note that the crust they reference is not the same as in the book though just an fyi)

Friday Pieday // Mixed Berry Cream with a Shortbread Crust

After last weeks somewhat spur of the moment idea to start a friday tradition of making a pie with Josie, I was a little bit taken back by just how much fun she (and I) had. It was one of the things she just kept talking about over the weekend and several friends and family asked her about it too so I ended up reserving a few more pie cookbooks at the library and we picked them up mid-week.

The Southern Pie Book was one of the ones on the list and late Wednesday night Josie sat with me on the couch pouring over the gorgeous photos of all the amazing pies. I'd been eyeing some of the more fallish options for this week but the moment she laid eyes on this berries and cream delight her mind was made up. She HAD to have this pie and so it was settled - a final hurrah to the end of summer and perfect for this nice string of sunshine we are having still here in Seattle. We collected our ingredients on thursday and this morning she was buzzing around the kitchen, it's friday pieday!!

Zeb was really eager to get in on the action this week too and Josie was very sweet to let him help us. 

I just love it when I can find something that really make their hearts sing - making pies and serving them to the family is pretty much one of Josie's love languages, I can tell. Daddy was proudly exclaiming to the boys that their sister might be a famous pie maker someday and they are so lucky to be experiencing her very first creations.

We all decided it was an incredible pie, light and creamy with just the perfect hint of orange and the yummiest shortbread crust - this one is a winner so make sure to bookmark it for next summer!

I wonder what me and my famous pie maker will whip up next week? Happy Friday!!

Mixed Berry Cream Pie from The Southern Pie Book

Shortbread Crust:

1 (7.25-oz.) package of shortbread cookies
2 Tbsp. Sugar
1/4 cup of melted butter

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Process the cookies in a food processor for 30 seconds, add sugar and pulse again. With the processor running, pour the butter through food chute and process until blended.

Press the crumbs into a 9-inch pie plate and bake for 10 minutes until lightly browned. Let cool for about 30 minutes while preparing the filling.


2 cups fresh strawberries
1 1/2 cups fresh blueberries
1 (6 oz.) package of fresh raspberries
2 Tbsp. Sugar
2 Tbsp. orange liqueur such as Grand Mariner
1 tsp. orange zest
1 1/2 cups heavy cream
3/4 cups powdered sugar
8 oz. container of marscapone cheese
1 tsp. vanilla extract

Combine 1 cup of strawberries, 3/4 cup blueberries and half of the raspberries in a bowl, mashing with a potato masher until chunky. Stir in the sugar, liqueur and zest and cover and let stand for 30 minutes. Drain well reserving the liquid, cover and chill the remaining berries.

Beat the cream, powdered sugar, marscapone cheese and vanilla at high speed with an electric mixture until stiff peaks form. Spoon half of the cream mixture into the prepared crust. Top with drained mashed berries and then the remaining half of the cream. Cover and chill for at least 3 hours until firm

Uncover and top with the reserved berries and drizzle with the reserved liquid just before serving.

SEA to Sea // Morning

Last week Stacy and I started a photo journal together focusing on a simple theme, photographing and sharing our findings side by side…I am really loving this exercise in searching for gratitude and grace it's been a gift so far. {You can read the first post HERE}

This weeks theme was morning. 

Mornings have always been hard for me, it takes me like three hours to wake up and, well that's not always appreciated or understood by everyone I live with :). Especially on days before school it's the mad dash to get everyone up and dressed and fed and lunches packed and paperwork collected and the dog fed and schedules squared away…it's hectic and like I said I am usually still waking up.

Not everyone in our house is a grouch in the morning though (fine I admit I am a grouch in the morning). Chris is very bright eyed when he pops out of bed and most of our kids are up with the sun as well. My oldest last week came tearing into our room and said, and I quote: "Mom I slept in until SIX FIFTY TWO!!! My record is seven twenty five so that's really close to my record, isn't' that great!" Um, yeah Simon that's really great…he's eight, and that's his record :). Ha!

But my favorite thing about the morning is coffee, everything must start with coffee and a lot of times that's how my family convinces me out of bed. They all like to make and bring me my first cup in the morning and it's pretty much my favorite, I love it. I love coffee. Like LOVE LOVE LOVE…and let it be known while I am on the subject of coffee - miss Stacy Bostrom makes hands down the best french press of your life. I don't know how she does it but it's seriously the best with a big glug of cream, I look forward to it every time I stay with her!

So what about you, are you a morning person? Don't forget to check out Stacy's thoughts on the morning this week too right HERE!

{and just a note because we've been asked a few times - we don't talk about our photos or what to photograph beforehand other than the prompt itself so any similarities are purely coincidence and I love seeing them so much!}
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