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…

Crust
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.

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

^^^A little clip from our weekend away.


A Toasty Breakfast: Chocolate Hazelnut & Pb With Strawberries

Toast

Keeping it simple this morning multigrain omega-3 toast with chocolate hazelnut and pb spread, topped with strawberries, cocoa almond granola and hemp seeds + cinnamon spice apple water to go! I love flavoring my water…it’s always been a challenge for me to drink those 8 glasses a day. I found that flavoring water¬†with fruit and spices keeps me interested. I thought it would be fun to embrace the fall season with some traditional flavors… cinnamon sticks a few cloves and allspice or star anise, apple slices or orange peels etc. Sip and refill! The flavor should last for 2 days if you keep it refrigerated!

 

 


Simple Summer Secrets

#1. Ice Cube Tray as Sunburn Soother
Freeze cubes of aloe vera for instant sunburn relief when you forget the SPF. Squeeze aloe gel into the tray and freeze over night. Keep them in the freezer for emergencies.
aloe ice cubes
#2. Broken Blender? Use a Mason Jar
If you accidentally broke your blender pitcher, use a mason jar. Most large mason jars will screw into a standard size blender base. Make sure that the blade doesn’t touch the glass!  If you have ample clearance, blend away!
#3. Citrus Peels as Bowls
Serve sorbet in a memorable way. After juicing (or eating) grapefruit, orange, lemon, or lime halves, scoop out and freeze the peels. Cut a small slice off the bottom to create a level surface (without creating a hole), then fill with ice cream.

 

#4. Egg slicers can slice more than just eggs!
Use your egg slicer to cut your strawberries 10x faster! Now why didn’t I think of this earlier!
#5. Bundt Pan as Corn Holder
Cut corn from the cob without the mess. Place an ear in the center of a Bundt pan. As you slide the knife down, the corn will fall right into the pan.
#6. Baby Oil as Tar Remover
Bare feet left with a bit of tar after a long day on the beach? Lift it off with a dose of baby oil. P.S. it’s also good for eye make-up remover. I use it all the time.

 

#7. Drink Carrier as Condiment Kit
Cart condiments to a backyard barbecue. Slot flatware, ketchup and mustard in the compartments for easy transport. I’ve seen these at the Catalina Fish Kitchen. Cute and thrifty.
#7. Cupcake Liner as Drip Catcher
Before serving that Popsicle, slip the stick through a foil liner to catch drips and keep hands from getting sticky.

All pictures by Real Simple found via stumbleupon