Posts Tagged ‘easy’

09/22/14

Mini Message Blueberry Hand Pies Recipe

Now that fall is officially starting, I thought it was about time for a pie DIY. I had some extra blueberries leftover from this popsicle project, so I was able to use the rest of them in this super easy mini message hand pie project.

These pies are really easy to make and only have a handful of ingredients (5 to be exact). Perfect for stress-free fall entertaining.

Want to make your own batch? Here’s how…

Recipe // Mini Message Blueberry Hand Pies

Ingredients: pre-made pie dough (or make your own if you prefer) // 3 cups of blueberries // 2 tablespoons of honey // 1/2 cup of sugar (less if you prefer the filling more tart) // 1-2 tablespoons of butter (optional)

Materials Needed: large spoon // knife // fork // alphabet cookie cutters (like these) // baking sheet

How To:

1. Start by smashing roughly 1/2 of the blueberries roughly with a flat spoon or mortar and pestle. Add them to a bowl and mix in the remainder of the blueberries, sugar, and honey. Stir. You’ll notice that there isn’t any flour or lemon in this recipe. I wanted to make something super easy, without a ton of ingredients. So after a little experimenting, this is what I came up with. It’s a little lighter than a typical pie filling, which I love.

2. Next, roll out your pie dough, and cut the dough into various shapes and sizes, freehand. These will become your hand pies, so make sure for every shape you create, you have another one to match it. So you have a top and bottom piece.

3. Next, using cookie cutters, create your message.

4. Add pie filling in the center of the bottom piece of pie dough. Then add your top piece of sought, that has the cookie cutter message on it.

5. Pinch all of the sides together, then use a fork to create a decorative border all the way around each hand pie and create a more secure seal. Add a small amount of butter to the top of each hand pie and place onto a baking sheet.

6. Bake for 9-12 minutes at 350 or until golden brown. Let cool and enjoy.

Mini Blueberry Hand Pies (Limited Ingredient Recipe)

5 Ingredient Blueberry Hand Pies

Recipe // 5 Ingredient Blueberry Hand Pies for Fall

5 Ingredient Blueberry Hand Pies with Message Cut Outs

Concept, photography, and styling by Brittni Mehlhoff

When the holidays roll around, I suspect I’ll be making a whole lot of these little guys. Just switch out the fruit and you’re good to go.

Think you’ll whip up a batch of these blueberry hand pies for fall?

05/29/13

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Move over spring. Summer is coming! And along with the upcoming sun season comes outdoor barbecues and ice cream socials. Yum! So, if you’re planning on serving a cool summer treat at your next party or outdoor barbecue, check out today’s tutorial.

Add a pop of (food safe) color to these cute little wooden ice cream spoons, with natural fruit dyes, in a matter of minutes. Here’s how…

SUPPLIES

Supplies: one can of blueberry pie filling // one can of cherry pie filling // wooden craft spoons // small (unused) paint brush

step-by-step

How-To: 1. Lay out several paper towels or tea towels on a flat surface. 2. Open cans of fruit filling with a can opener. 3. Dip spoons into the cans of filling, a few at a time. You can dip them in quickly and take them right out, or leave them fully submerged for a few minutes to deepen the color. The longer you leave them submerged, the deeper the color will be. 4. Let the spoons air dry on a paper towel or tea towel. Or blot them dry with a cloth, if you’re pressed for time. Once dry, they are ready to use – completely food safe and completely awesome.

Pretty easy, huh? Told ya it would only take a few minutes.

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Take it further: To add a pattern, instead of simply dip-dying the spoons, dip a small (unused) paint brush into the fruit’s juices and use just like paint. You’ll probably want to re-dip your brush every couple of strokes for more saturated color.

Now, who’s ready for an ice cream party? I know I am.

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Concept, photography, and styling by Brittni Mehlhoff for Paper & Stitch

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03/20/13

Do you ever use egg cups?

I’ve literally never used them before, even though I think they’re pretty cool. So I went and bought a handful at World Market (at .99 each it was hard to resist) so I would have somewhere to put my eggs for Easter. Decorated or not. Now, I realize this technique has been done a hundred times at this point, BUT I’ve never seen it used on egg cups. So boo-yah.

Here’s one (very) simple way to make basic 99 cent egg cups look a little bit cooler…

how-to: egg cups diy

Using a porcelain paint pen (I like these), write messages, draw geometric shapes, draw funny faces – basically go to town. Let the cups air dry (72 hours according to the instructions on the pens – mine were dry to the touch within an hour or two though) and your eggs are ready to look a whole lot cooler sitting in those cups.

Also, if you want to make ‘em a little more Easter-y, you can add bunny doodles or ‘Happy Easter’ notes. I just went with more everyday designs so I can use them year round. Honestly though, they’re so inexpensive, you could make different sets of these for every holiday.

Concept, photography, and styling by Brittni Mehlhoff for Paper & Stitch