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Spring Decor Fresh and Beautiful + HM #224

Spring is knocking on the door? Are you ready to open it? The gals of Home Matters are bringing you some lovely ideas to help you with your spring decor. Decorate your home with the fanciful beauty of spring. Enjoy!

 

DIY Tulip Wreath from Kylie The How-to Mom

 

10 Pretty Spring Vignettes from April House by Hoff

 

18 Spring Mantel Decorating Ideas from MarlyA Brick Home

 

Gorgeous Spring Printable Art for the Home from KimMade in a Day

 

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Make Your Furniture a Reflection of You

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Make Your Furniture A Reflection Of You

 

Memories, Sentiment, and a Hutch

I am sure you all have something that reminds you of a special time, a special place, or a special someone. Whether it is a trinket, something handed down through the generations, or maybe even a piece of furniture, these items are a reflection of you.

When I was a kid, I loved our trips to my grandparents’ farm in Mississippi. It was so different from Southern California. Everything enthralled me, from the airplane ride to the long drive from Jackson to Carthage. We traveled through the beautiful Natchez Trace, an Indian reservation, and dirt roads to get to the farm. I would always think of that old song, “Over the river and through the woods, to grandmother’s house we go…” (You sang those words in your head, didn’t you?) These sights and sounds were just the beginnings of a wonderful time of family, joy, and memory making.

My grandmother was a hard-working woman, and I liked following her around the farm helping with the chores. I’m not sure I helped all that much, but we had fun together just the same. When dinner time came around, grandma always asked us kids to set the table. Now, grandma was a woman of the Depression Era; she did not have a lot of fancy stuff, but what she had, she kept in a narrow hutch in her kitchen dining area.  That was the one piece of furniture I wish I could have been blessed with, but my cousin was the lucky recipient.

Loving Reflection

One day, I found a hutch that was very similar and I fell in love. I had to have that piece of furniture, and I have cherished it ever since. Even though it is not my grandmother’s hutch, it reminds me of her and all the wonderful things we did and shared. Like my grandmother, I entrust the care of my prized hutch and the things I display on and in it to Pledge® Lemon Clean Furniture Spray. It keeps my hutch clean, while it conditions and protects the wood. The Allergens Trappers® remove dust and up to 90% of allergens found in dust. My hutch has a rustic rough-wood finish. This means that from time to time it needs a little extra care. The wood can dry out from sun and dry air easier than fully finished furniture.

How-to Clean Rustic Rough-Wood Furniture:

  • Use a soft paintbrush (dedicated to dusting) to brush away dust that gets trapped in the rough texture.
  • Do not spray furniture polish directly on the wood.
  • Use a liberal amount of Pledge® Lemon Clean Furniture Spray on a soft cloth.
  • Wipe the prepared cloth against the wood, massaging the spray into the wood.

  • This will leave a beautiful glow and a lemony fresh scent.
  • If your furniture is getting dry and needs a little extra T.L.C., use the Pledge® Extra Moisturizing Furniture Spray.
  • Remember to care for your furniture and your home on a regular basis.

The lemon fresh scent takes me right back to grandma’s kitchen, when I’d pull open the silverware drawer in her hutch. Grandma would even polish her laminate kitchen table to a brilliant shine after dinner with the Pledge® Lemon Clean Furniture Spray. Like Grandma, I keep silverware in the drawer of my hutch. I have confidence in serving my family and friends at gatherings and holiday celebrations from my hutch, and I love the sentimentality and treasured memories it brings.

Here’s a couple helpful hints:

In need of a quick clean? Grab the Pledge® Lemon Wipes. They are fantastic for touch-ups! And the Pledge® Multi Surface Everyday Cleaner with Glade® Rainshower® is a winner for stainless steel and chrome, and many other surfaces.

It is easy to pick up Pledge® products at your local Kroger family of stores. Rory and I snag our furniture polish, cleaner, and wipes from the cleaning aisle at Ralphs. Follow Pledge® on Facebook for more helpful hints and tips.

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Lemon Ricotta Cookies Recipe

Lemon Ricotta Cookies – A deliciously fresh recipe full of bright, luscious flavors. This cookie has the most heavenly aroma. I know you will love it as much as our family does.

 

Lemon Ricotta Cookies

A Deliciously Fresh Recipe

 

A week or so ago, I told you about our little mini family reunion, and the ever-so-yummy S’mores Cookies I made for the family. If you missed it, be sure to check it out. These Lemon Ricotta Cookies are another one of the cookies I took for the get-together. Luke’s dad really loved these cookies. The smirkish grin he got, when he walk by and snagged one, made me giggle.

This recipe is easy to make and packs a big punch of freshness in every bite. The lemony scent and flavor keeps you coming back for more. Lemon Ricotta Cookies are a perfect choice for a non-chocolatey treat.

Lemon Ricotta Cookies Recipe

Ingredients:

Granulated Sugar, Lemons (for juice and zest), Flour, Baking Powder, Salt, Butter, Eggs, Ricotta Cheese, Powdered Sugar.

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 375° F.
  • Line baking sheets with Parchment Paper.

  • Zest the rinds of 3-5 Lemons (enough to get 3 – 4 tablespoons of zest).
  • In a medium bowl, pour 2-Cups Granulated Sugar.
  • Add 2 – 3 Tablespoons Lemon Zest to sugar, and mix well with your fingertips.
  • Set aside and stir occasionally with fingertips. Allow sugar to become very fragrant.
  • Whisk together 2 1/2 Cups Flour, 1 teaspoon Baking Powder, and 1 teaspoon Salt in a medium bowl.
  • In a large bowl (or stand mixer), combine 1 stick Butter and the prepared Lemon Sugar. Beat until light and fluffy.
  • Add 2 Eggs, one at a time, mixing slightly after each addition.

  • Mix in 15 ounces (1 container) Ricotta Cheese and 3 Tablespoons Lemon Juice until incorporated.
  • Stir in dry ingredients a little at a time, until just combined.
  • Spoon dough onto prepared baking sheets (about 1 1/2 – 2 Tablespoons for each cookie).
  • Bake for 13 – 15 minutes, until just slightly turning golden at the edges.
  • Remove from the oven, let cool on baking sheets for 10 minutes.
  • Transfer to wire racks (placed on top of wax paper), and allow to cool completely.
  • Prepare the Lemon Glaze.

For the Glaze:

  • Sift 1 1/2 Cups Powdered Sugar into a small to medium bowl.
  • Add 3 Tablespoons Lemon Juice, and  1 Tablespoon Lemon Zest.
  • Mix well.

  • When cookies are cool, drizzle glaze over the tops of each cookie.
  • Allow glaze to dry.

 

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Lemon Ricotta Cookies Recipe
 
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Lemon Ricotta Cookies - A deliciously fresh recipe from Life With Lorelai. This flavorful cookie has a heavenly aroma. #Cookie #Recipe #Lemon #Ricotta
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Type: Dessert
Serves: 40 Cookies
Ingredients:
  • 2 Cups - Granulated Sugar
  • 3-5 - fresh Lemons (for 6 Tablespoons Juice and 3-4 Tablespoons Zest)
  • 2-1/2 Cups - All-purpose Flour
  • 1 teaspoon - Baking Powder
  • 1 teaspoon - Salt
  • 1 Stick - Butter (softened)
  • 2 - large Eggs
  • 15 Ounces (one container) - Ricotta Cheese
  • 1-1/2 Cups - Powdered Sugar.
Directions:
  1. Preheat oven to 375° F.
  2. Line baking sheets with Parchment Paper.
  3. Zest the rinds of 3-5 Lemons (enough to get 3 - 4 tablespoons of zest).
  4. In a medium bowl, pour 2-Cups Granulated Sugar.
  5. Add 2 - 3 Tablespoons Lemon Zest to sugar, and mix well with your fingertips.
  6. Set aside and stir occasionally with fingertips. Allow sugar to become very fragrant.
  7. Whisk together 2 1/2 Cups Flour, 1 teaspoon Baking Powder, and 1 teaspoon Salt in a medium bowl.
  8. In a large bowl (or stand mixer), combine 1 stick Butter and the prepared Lemon Sugar. Beat until light and fluffy.
  9. Add 2 Eggs, one at a time, mixing slightly after each addition.
  10. Mix in 15 ounces (1 container) Ricotta Cheese and 3 Tablespoons Lemon Juice until incorporated.
  11. Stir in dry ingredients a little at a time, until just combined.
  12. Spoon dough onto prepared baking sheets (about 1 1/2 - 2 Tablespoons for each cookie).
  13. Bake for 13 - 15 minutes, until just slightly turning golden at the edges.
  14. Remove from the oven, let cool on baking sheets for 10 minutes.
  15. Transfer to wire racks (placed on top of wax paper), and allow to cool completely.
  16. Prepare the Lemon Glaze.

    For the Glaze:

  17. Sift 1 1/2 Cups Powdered Sugar into a small to medium bowl.
  18. Add 3 Tablespoons Lemon Juice, and 1 Tablespoon Lemon Zest.
  19. Mix well.
  20. When cookies are cool, drizzle glaze over the tops of each cookie.
  21. Allow glaze to dry.
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Summer Survival Kit

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Summer Survival Kit

Be Bold, Slay the Dragon Breath!

 

Are you ready to Bring Out the Bold this summer?

Summer is just around the corner, and I’m going to help you get ready for those fun days on the go. I have a Summer Survival Kit that is easy to put together and will make sure you have what you need to make the most of your outings.

 

Will you be doing any of these things this summer?

Summer BBQs – is there anything better? Maybe not, but all those spices, sauces, and rubs can leave you with some pretty fierce dragon breath.

Heading out on a road trip? After you are all set with your Summer Car Care & Basic Road Trip Kit, you’re hitting the long road and stopping for greasy diner food along the way. Mmm…tastes great, but it leaves your mouth feeling a bit on the scuzzy side.

Spending your day cavorting at the beach? Fishy water, salty air, not to mention all the sand, leaves your mouth doing its best snaggletoothed pirate imitation.

A romantic kiss at sunset? YIKES not with bad breath!

What are you to do?


Well, let Listerine® help you out. LISTERINE® COOL MINT® Antiseptic Mouthwash and  LISTERINE® POCKETPAKS® Cool Mint are perfect for everyday use at home and on the go!

Listerine Cool Mint is our daily mouthwash, and we love the easy-to-carry Pocketpaks. Our morning swish gives us the bold confidence to live our lives to the fullest.

Used twice daily, Listerine Cool Mint Mouthwash provides you with 24-hour germ protection killing 99.9% of germs and bacteria that lead to bad breath and gum disease. It is also the only nationally branded antimicrobial mouthwash to receive the ADA Seal of Acceptance for fighting plaque and gingivitis.

The Listerine Pocketpaks are the right choice for those active summer days. Keep your breath fresh and your mouth feeling great while you are on the go. These tiny strips dissolve instantly in your mouth and kills 99% of odor-causing bacteria in 30 seconds. Plus, they are super easy to carry with you. Just tuck them into your pocket or purse, or make yourself a Summer Survival Kit.

 

Summer Survival Kit

Here’s What You Need:

  • LISTERINE® POCKETPAKS® Cool Mint
  • Sunscreen
  • Lip Balm
  • Antibacterial Hand Wash
  • Hair Bands
  • Lotion
  • Hand Wipes
  • Sunglasses
  • Zippered Pouch

 

Travel sized items make this kit easy to fit in a small zippered pouch so you can tuck it into a bag, stick it in your car, or carry it on it’s own. You can also customize this kit with other items–things like, tissues, eye drops, cotton swabs, etc. Whatever your heart desires.

 

I was lucky enough to attend the Listerine Mobile Tour Event at my local Walmart. It was a lot of fun. Zanya and Darren are traveling the country to Bring Out the Bold with Listerine. You can get samples and COUPONS, play Corn Hole, and take a BOLD Selfie to post on your social media. I won a pair of sunglasses! LOL

You don’t have to run into one of the mobile tours to get your coupon… be bold, PRINT your COUPON here!

 

 

While I was at Walmart, I popped in to grab my Listerine Mouthwash and Pocketpaks supply. They are easy to find, right there on the Oral Hygiene aisle.

 

 

 

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Fresh Orange Bundt Cake Recipe

An orange grove baked in a cake! This amazing Orange Bundt Cake is made with fresh oranges – perfect for entertaining or anytime. Get the Recipe.

 

Fresh Orange Bundt Cake

Let Us All Eat Cake!

 

Some days you just feel like having a little treat. And, when you have a kitchen full of fresh fruit, you can easily be inspired… So, let us all eat cake!

One of Luke’s customers, at the classic car and hot rod shop, has avocado and citrus groves down in Fallbrook, California. And we have been so lucky this past month to have Gary bring us boxes of these fresh fruits. There is nothing more delicious than fresh picked produce. I wanted to do something with the amazingly sweet oranges I had on hand, so I decided to create a Fresh Orange Bundt Cake from scratch. I have to admit, I was excited to get baking and taste the results.

This Bundt cake did not disappoint. It is easy to whip together, and the aromas make your home smell heavenly. The refreshing orange flavor excites the taste buds, and the cake is moist and delicious. It is a perfect cake for spring and summer.

Fresh Orange Bundt Cake Recipe

Here’s What You Need

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 Cups – Butter (softened)
  • 1 1/2 Cups – Granulated Sugar
  • 4 – Eggs
  • 2 to 3 – Oranges (1/2 cup juice with pulp, 4 teaspoons zest)
  • 3 Cups – Flour
  • 1 teaspoon – Salt-
  • 1 teaspoon – Baking Soda
  • 1 teaspoon – Baking Powder
  • 1 Cup – Yogurt (I used Greek vanilla yogurt)[br][br][b]The Glaze:[/b]
  • 1 Cup – Powdered Sugar
  • 1/8 Cup – Juice little to no pulp
  • 1 teaspoon – Orange Zest for garnish (optional)
  • 2 Orange Slices for garnish (optional)

Here’s What You Do

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350° F. Butter your Bundt pan, and dust with four. Be sure to get into all the nooks, crannies, and crevices of the Bundt pan.

The first thing you want to do is get your fresh oranges ready to go. Peel the oranges and remove the seeds. Cube the orange, and zest the orange peels. I chopped my zest to make it fine, but you do not have to. Place cubed oranges into your blender and puree.

Cream butter and granulated sugar. Add eggs one at a time, and beat with each addition. Add the orange puree and zest. In a separate bowl, mix dry ingredients. Add dry ingredients (flour, salt, baking soda, and baking powder) to the batter a little at a time, and mix well. Add yogurt and combine until well blended. Pour batter into prepared Bundt pan. Bake at 350° F for 50 minutes, or until done. Test with a toothpick.

A Few Helpful Hints:

  • Let your cake cool for at least 10 to 15 minutes in the pan.
  • Place your cooling rack over the top of your Bundt pan.
  • Pick-up the Bundt pan with the cooling rack, and turn it over.
  • The cake will fall out of the Bundt pan without breaking.

After the cake is completely cooled, it is time to give it a beautiful glaze. Mix up your powdered sugar and some fresh orange juice, then drizzle over the top of your Bundt cake.  If you like your glaze thicker, do not use as much juice. That’s simple, right? Garnish with orange zest and a couple twists of orange to give your finished presentation a little pop.

 

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Fresh Orange Bundt Cake Recipe
 
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Fresh Orange Bundt Cake is perfect for your spring and summer entertaining.
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Type: Dessert
Serves: 16 servings
Ingredients:
  • 3/4 Cups - Butter (softened)
  • 1 1/2 Cups - Granulated Sugar
  • 4 - Eggs
  • 2 to 3 - Oranges (1/2 cup juice with pulp, 4 teaspoons zest)
  • 3 Cups - Flour
  • 1 teaspoon - Salt
  • 1 teaspoon - Baking Soda
  • 1 teaspoon - Baking Powder
  • 1 Cup - Yogurt (I used Greek vanilla yogurt)

    The Glaze:
  • 1 Cup - Powdered Sugar
  • 1/8 Cup - Juice little to no pulp
  • 1 teaspoon - Orange Zest for garnish (optional)
  • 2 Orange Slices for garnish (optional)
Directions:
  1. Preheat oven to 350° F
  2. Butter Bundt pan and dust with flour (be sure to get all the nooks and crannies of the pan)
  3. Peel the Oranges and remove the seeds.
  4. Cube the orange.
  5. Zest the orange peels. (I chop my zest to make it fine, but you do not have to.)
  6. Place cubed oranges into your blender and puree (juice with pulp).
  7. Cream Butter and Granulated Sugar.
  8. Add Eggs one at a time, and beat with each addition.
  9. Add the Orange Puree and Zest.
  10. In a separate bowl, mix dry ingredients - Flour, Salt, Baking Soda, Baking Powder.
  11. Add dry ingredients to the batter a little at a time, and mix well.
  12. Add yogurt and combine until well blended.
  13. Pour batter into prepared Bundt pan.
  14. Bake at 350° F for 50 minutes, or until done.
  15. Test with a toothpick.

    The Glaze:
  16. Mix Powdered Sugar and fresh orange juice.
  17. Drizzle glaze over completely cooled cake.
  18. Garnish with Orange Zest and a couple twists of orange slices.
    NOTE: If you like your glaze thicker, do not use as much juice.
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This is such an easy cake to make. If you love oranges, you are going to love this Bundt cake — from the Golden State to the Sunshine State, and every where in between tantalize your taste buds.

 

Get baking, and enjoy!

If you like this recipe, you’ll definitely want to try my Rustic Raspberry Ricotta Galette and Fresh Nectarine Pie With Lattice Top Pie Crust recipes.

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Start the New Year Fresh and Clean with Clorox

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Happy New Year!

Start the Year Clean and Fresh with Clorox

The holidays are over. I hope you enjoyed them as much as we did. Now, we look forward to the grueling drudgery of packing away all those decorations and cleaning every nook and cranny of the house for the New Year. I thought I would introduce you to my favorite NEW cleaning product—Clorox® Disinfecting Wipes with Micro-Scrubbers available at Target.

We all know that underneath and behind all those glorious holiday displays seethe all kinds of dirt and grime that has not seen a really good cleaning since Thanksgiving. They are everyone’s dirty little secrets.

Well, the New Year is here, and it is time to come clean. All that holiday cooking and baking takes a toll on your kitchen and appliances. The quick wipe-downs that worked around your busy holiday schedule, leaves you in need of something more thorough. Factor in that it is the middle of cold and flu season, and a good cleaning and disinfecting cannot be more important for your family’s health.

I know you all have used Clorox® Disinfecting Wipes before, and if you are like me, you love them. Those convenient pop-top bottles stay well stocked in my supply closet. But now, there is a new Clorox® product available that has quickly found its way to my cleaning heart. It was easy to add the Micro-Scrubber Wipes to my cleaning arsenal for those tough jobs.

Clorox now offers a second type of disinfecting wipes–upping the toughness of their wipes by adding Micro-Scrubbers to one side. These NEW scrubby textured wipes are thicker and more absorbent to scour away the toughest messes such as soap scum and grease, with the same great disinfecting power killing 99.9% of germs. With these added strengths for durability and hardiness, you can clean and disinfect 2-times the surface area.

I use my regular Clorox wipes for my light cleaning and disinfecting jobs; but now, I use the new Micro-Scrubbers Wipes for my toughest jobs.

10 Great Ways to Use Clorox® Disinfecting Wipes with Micro-Scrubbers

  • Micro-scrubbers are perfect for cleaning the non-skid bottom in your tub.
  • Wipe down sinks, shower, and vanity daily to keep that tough soap scum at bay.
  • Scrub and disinfect your cutting boards.
  • Clean up tough spills and grease from your counters.

  • Great for cleaning appliances—ovens, stovetops, laundry spills, detergent dispensers, toaster grime, microwave splatter, refrigerator inside and out (those grimy handprints on the handles, dried-on spills), etc.
  • Have glitter glued to your craft table? What about the paint drips or other crafting messes? Micro-scrubbers are just the thing you need.
  • Sticky doorknobs, doorjambs, and light switches.
  • Clean grout, muddy footprints, and spills on floors.

  • Make easy work of pet messes and litter boxes.
  • Keep your patio furniture clean and ready to use.

My supply closet stores both types of Clorox® Disinfecting Wipes, those with Micro-Scrubbers and those without. Now, all my cleaning needs are met with one easy swipe of a wipe. And, bonus, they are available at Target, so it is easy to pick-up on my usual runs to Target! There is nothing I love more than clean and convenient.

Make your cleaning easier in the New Year; add Clorox® Disinfecting Wipes with Micro-Scrubbers to your Target shopping list today!

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Watermelon, Blueberry & Feta Salad Recipe

Watermelon, Blueberry & Feta Salad

A Refreshing PATRIOTIC Side Dish!

 

Labor Day is here. That means the end of summer, and the last of the big BBQs. So, get out your flags and bunting, and let’s make another Patriotic splash! I’m sharing with you today a recipe for a delicious and refreshing red, white, and blue salad that is wonderful anytime, but especially fun for those Star-Spangled holidays–Watermelon, Blueberry & Feta Salad. It is super quick, super easy, and super tasty.

Here’s What You Need:

Watermelon, Blueberries, Feta Cheese, and Balsamic Vinegar. Can you believe it? There are only 4 ingredients.

The Directions:

Cut your watermelon into large rectangles, triangles, crescents, or whatever shape you’d like. Stars perhaps? Place the watermelon on a platter. Top with blueberries and Feta cheese. Drizzle with Balsamic vinegar. Easy peasy, right?

This watermelon salad will not only be a big hit for its fabulous flavor, but also for its fun and festive appearance.

Tip for Cutting Watermelon

If you are just wanting bite-sized chunks of watermelon for this salad or any other time, try this easy cutting tip.

  1. Cut your watermelon in half.
  1. Using a knife, cut along the outer edge of the red, along the rind.
  1. Now, take the knife and cut through the ripe fruit (but not through the rind), making strips or vertical lines.
  1. Then cut perpendicular lines, so it resembles a checker board.
  1. Scoop out the watermelon using a large spoon. Scoop horizontally to make chunks.

All the juices stay within the rind making for easy clean-up.

Here’s a Printable Recipe just for you… Enjoy!

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Watermelon, Blueberry & Feta Salad
 
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A delicious and refreshing red, white, and blue salad that is wonderful anytime, but especially fun for those Star-Spangled holidays--Watermelon, Blueberry & Feta Salad. It is super quick, super easy, and super tasty.
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Type: Salad
Ingredients:
  • Watermelon
  • Blueberries
  • Feta Cheese
  • Balsamic Vinegar
Directions:
  1. Cut your Watermelon into large rectangles, triangles, crescents, or whatever shape you'd like. Stars perhaps?
  2. Place the watermelon on a platter.
  3. Top with Blueberries and Feta Cheese.
  4. Drizzle with Balsamic Vinegar.
Notes
Tip for Cutting Watermelon:

If you are just wanting bite-sized chunks of watermelon for this salad or any other time, try this easy cutting tip.

1. Cut your watermelon in half.
2. Using a knife, cut along the outer edge of the red, along the rind.
3. Now, take the knife and cut through the ripe fruit (but not through the rind), making strips or vertical lines.
4. Then cut perpendicular lines, so it resembles a checker board.
5. Scoop out the watermelon using a large spoon. Scoop horizontally to make chunks.
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Fresh Nectarine Pie With Lattice Top Pie Crust

Well, It’s Confession Time…

Cake has never been a favorite of mine (sorry to all you cake lovers out there), but it has to be a really great cake for me to be enthused.

So, my mother and/or dad used to bake me a pie every year for my birthday. When I was growing up, we had a nectarine tree in the backyard, and with my birthday in August it was perfect timing for fresh nectarines. My mom and dad created this recipe, and it has been my favorite ever since.

Enjoy with me a slice of the most delicious birthday pie…

Fresh Nectarine Pie

Non-Soggy Pie Crust

  • 2 1/2-Cups Flour
  • 1-Cup Crisco
  • 1 Egg
  • Milk
  • Dash of Salt

Put egg in a measuring cup; add Milk to make 3/4 cups; blend together. Combine shortening, flour, and salt in a bowl until it is the consistency of corn meal. Add milk and egg mixture; blend. Separate into three balls and chill in the refrigerator until ready to use. Roll out on a floured board with a floured rolling pin.

Yield: Three, single pie crusts.

Pie Filling

  • 1 Pie Crust, plain
  • 4-Cups Fresh Nectarines (about a dozen), sliced
  • 3/4 Cups Sugar
  • 1/4 Cup Flour
  • 1/4 tsp. Salt
  • 1/4 tsp. Nutmeg, ground
  • 1/2 Cup Sour Cream
  • 1 Egg, slightly beaten

Directions

Prepare Nectarines: Bring a pot of water to a boil. Rinse nectarines and use a paring knife to slice an “X” in the bottom of the fruit. Drop the “X’d” nectarines into boiling water for 3-minutes; remove promptly. You will see how the “X” has swelled slightly. Allow the fruit to cool enough to be able to handle them.

Starting from the “X”, peel the nectarines. Using the paring knife, cut nectarines from the outside to the pit. Do this all the way around the nectarine making thin slices. Then you can start pulling the slices away from the pit. As you can see from the above photo, the slices fall off easily. Let nectarines stand for at least 15-20 minutes. They will release juice.

In a large bowl, blend Sour Cream and Egg. In a separate bowl, mix Sugar, Flour, Salt, and Nutmeg. Stir dry ingredients into sour cream mixture. Drain juice from nectarines, add to the sour cream blend, and combine.

Line pie pan with pastry; prick the bottom and sides with a fork for venting. Cut remaining pastry into thin strips for making a lattice top for the pie.

Pour pie filling into pastry shell, make lattice top. To make the lattice top, I start by placing strips of pie dough parallel across the pie. Then I peel back every other strip and lay a strip of pastry dough going across. Replace the peeled back strip on top of the dissecting strip to make a basket weave pattern. Then peel back the set of strips you did not before and lay another pastry strip. Alternate the process all the way across the pie. Trim the edges of the latticework to fit the pie. Cover pie crust EDGE ONLY with Crust Protectors (Use foil to make a small. loose tent if you don’t have any).

Bake at 425° F, about 40-45 minutes.

Yield: One, 9-inch pie

NOTE: I usually get two pies from this recipe by adding a few extra nectarines.

Let the pie cool before serving. When pie is cooled through, cover and store in refrigerator.

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Non-Soggy Pie Crust
 
Non-Soggy Pie Crust - perfect for anything you use pie crust for.
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Type: Pastry
Serves: 3 Crusts
Ingredients:
  • Non-Soggy Pie Crust
  • 2 1/2-Cups Flour
  • 1-Cup Crisco
  • 1 Egg
  • Milk
  • Dash of Salt
Directions:
  1. Put Egg in a measuring cup.
  2. Add Milk to the egg to make 3/4 cups, and blend.
  3. Combine Shortening, Flour, and Salt in a bowl until it is the consistency of corn meal.
  4. Add milk and egg mixture, blend.
  5. Separate dough into three balls and chill in the refrigerator until ready to use.
  6. Roll out on a floured board with a floured rolling pin.
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Fresh Nectarine Pie With Lattice Top Pie Crust
 
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A delicious summer pie filled with the fresh flavor of nectarine.
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Type: Dessert
Serves: 1 - 9" Pie
Ingredients:
  • 1 Pie Crust, plain (See my Non-Soggy Pie Crust recipe)
  • 4-Cups Fresh Nectarines (about a dozen), sliced
  • 3/4 Cups Sugar
  • 1/4 Cup Flour
  • 1/4 tsp. Salt
  • 1/4 tsp. Nutmeg, ground
  • 1/2 Cup Sour Cream
  • 1 Egg, slightly beaten
Directions:
  1. Preheat oven to 425° F

    Prepare Nectarines:
  2. Bring a pot of water to a boil.
  3. Rinse nectarines and use a paring knife to slice an "X" in the bottom of the fruit.
  4. Drop the "X'd" nectarines into boiling water for 3-minutes; remove promptly.
  5. You will see how the "X" has swelled slightly. Allow the fruit to cool enough to be able to handle them.
  6. Starting from the "X", peel the nectarines.
  7. Using the paring knife, cut nectarines from the outside to the pit.
  8. Do this all the way around the nectarine making thin slices. Then you can start pulling the slices away from the pit.
  9. Let nectarines stand for at least 15-20 minutes. They will release juice.

    Making the Pie Filling:
  10. In a large bowl, blend Sour Cream and Egg.
  11. In a separate bowl, mix Sugar, Flour, Salt, and Nutmeg.
  12. Stir dry ingredients into sour cream mixture.
  13. Drain juice from nectarines, add to the sour cream blend, and combine.
  14. Line pie pan with pastry; prick the bottom and sides with a fork for venting. Cut remaining pastry into thin strips for making a lattice top for the pie.

    Putting the Pie together & Making the Lattice Top:
  15. Pour pie filling into pastry shell.
  16. To make the lattice top, I start by placing strips of pie dough parallel across the pie.
  17. Then I peel back every other strip and lay a strip of pastry dough going across.
  18. Replace the peeled back strip on top of the dissecting strip to make a basket weave pattern.
  19. Then peel back the set of strips you did not before, and lay another pastry strip.
  20. Alternate the process all the way across the pie.
  21. Trim the edges of the latticework to fit the pie.
  22. Cover pie crust EDGE ONLY with Crust Protectors (Use foil to make a small. loose tent if you don't have any).
  23. Bake at 425° F, about 40-45 minutes.
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And now for a little more confession… As you can see, I didn’t use my Crust Protectors. I baked this at Luke’s house and didn’t have them with me. It was late, and I didn’t think to use foil. I also took the lazy way and used store bought pie dough—don’t hate me, please.

Oh well, the pie still tasted AMAZING! Fresh Nectarine Pie is a perfect dessert for Summer/Fall, so refreshing and delicious. It makes a yummy breakfast too.

What is your favorite Birthday Dessert?

Do you have any special pies that you make?

 

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