Strawberry Rhubarb Apple Pie & A Triple Birthday at the Cabin

Strawberry Rhubarb Apple Pie
Ahhh yes, it’s that time of the year again…Growers Direct had a huge mountain¬†of Rhubarb last week so I “stalked up” get it? ūüėČ We spent the weekend at the cabin for a triple Birthday party (Dan, Bryce and my Broski), playing can-jam Frisbee, swinging in the hammock, creating cocktails and hiking to the secret rock. It was really nice.
My babe is a¬†sucker for the strawberry rhubarb combo, so I wanted to make him extra happy for his birthday. I ended up not having enough filling to fill the pie, so I added two skinned/sliced apples on top. I mean that’s what I was planning on doing the whole time…

2 1/2 cups flour
1 tbsp sugar
1 tsp salt
2 sticks butter, cubed and very cold
1/2 cup cold water, plus more as needed

-Mix flour, sugar, and salt in a mixing bowl.
-Add the cold butter to the flour mixture, shave off thin flakes of cold butter with a knife. Use a pastry cutter to work the butter into the dough until it resembles fine crumbs.
-Add water 1 tbsp at a time. Give the dough a few kneads with your hands so that it forms a rough ball.
-Wrap dough in plastic wrap and chill for one hour in the refrigerator.
-Divide the dough in half and roll out a round sheet for the bottom of the pie. Bake at 350F for 15 minutes.
-Save the rest of the dough for decorating the top of the pie.


2 cups rhubarb, chopped
2 cups strawberries, cut in half (no stems)
2 small apples, skinned and sliced
1 cup sugar
2 tbsp minute tapioca
1 tsp lemon zest
1/2 tsp lemon juice
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste (or extract)

-Throw all ingredients into a medium sized pot (except for the apples) and simmer until the rhubarb begins to breakdown and the sauce thickens. Add more tapioca if needed to thicken filling.
-Once the bottom crust has been baked, pour the the filling into the crust until level with the pie dish.
-Arrange apple slices on top of strawberry rhubarb filling.
-Place crust on top of apples. Decorate as desired.
-Bake in the oven at 350F for 20 minutes of until the top crust is golden.

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^^^Tahquitz Peak
^^^Trail blazer Ev, leading the way…with beer in hand of course.
^^^Playing games and poker around the table.

^^^A little clip from our weekend away.

Birthday Fun

This past month or so we have had birthdays galore…including a surprise birthday party that Danny and my friends gave me. Here are some pics from my April¬†birthday and the backyard BBQ we had for our friends Dany and Alex. And my wonderful husbands B-day is on June 1th! Yay! So many birthdays! P.S. I feel like I am confusing you with all the Dan’s in my life. Danny/Daniel (I call him both)=Husband, Dany (with one n)=¬†our way cool friend. Here are some pictures from our recent festivities.
 {Make a wish and blow out your candles! Dany and Alexander}
{Happy birthday to me!}
Birthday Fun
{Our backyard bbq birthday party}
{My surprise birthday party!}


{Jelly bean champagne…why not?}

Dreaming of Summer Parties

I can’t wait for summer to come! We recently had a really hot week here in California and it brought back memories of summer. Here are some pictures of a¬†June party we threw for Danny’s birthday a few¬†years ago. We had it on the empty lot we bought (which is¬†any day now being approve for construction¬†yay). I just love getting together with friends, grilling burgers, eating cupcakes and drinking some cold lemonade. I can’t wait to have one of these parties in our new backyard at the La Perle house —¬†a nice BBQ under our cafe lights and bare feet on our new grass! Dear summer please get here soon.

summer parties

Birthday Dinner: the Boiling Crab

This was by far the MESSIEST¬†and YUMMIEST¬†birthday dinner I’ve ever had. Last Friday Danny and I went to the Boiling Crab with my Mom¬†n Dad and Mo and Shanny to celebrate my birthday.¬†Too much fun! We got dungeness crab, lobster, crawfish, smoked sausage, shrimp and raw oysters smothered in lemon pepper, garlic butter and cajun spices. I do believe this was the first time I’ve worn a bib while eating since I was 2 years old!
Look…they’re friends
Danny and Me looking stylish in our bibs


Mo’s first raw oyster…
(notice my Mom laughing in the background)


My Papa-do
Shanny and Mo. Best picture ever.
bday dinner