June 30, 2014

The Perfect Summer Treat: Blueberry Crumb Pie

Last Saturday morning, my parents drove out to The Berry Patch to handpick pounds of juicy plump blueberries. They called me to let me know they had a little treat to drop by, and brought over a huge bag of berries that were bigger than grapes and so sweet. We couldn't stop popping berry after berry into our mouths - they were so ripe and sweeter than sugar.

We decided to invite over some company for dinner that night, so when I was scrambling to make a nice dessert full of summer flavor, I knew those blueberries were my perfect inspiration.

I whipped together this delicious pie in no time (seriously, it was so easy peasy), and I knew by sighs and the taste bud inspired groans that this was a home run. The melt-in-your-mouth crumb topping perfectly enhances the fresh berries. A must try this summer!

{ Blueberry Crumb Pie }
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Ingredients:

- pie crust shell (I love this recipe)
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1/3 cup flour
- 21/2 teaspoons grated lemon zest
- 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
- 5 cups fresh blueberries
- 2/3 cup packed dark brown sugar
- 1/2 cup rolled oats
- 1/2 cup flour
- 1 1/2 tablespoons cinnamon
- 6 tablespoons butter

Directions:

1) Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.

2) Lay prepared pie crust shell over a 9 inch pie pan, and gently press dough into the bottom and sides until it is formed to the plate.

3) In a large bowl, stir together the sugar and flour until combined. Slowly stir in the grated lemon zest and lemon juice. Once blended, gently stir in the blueberries until they are coated in flour mixture. Pour into the pie crust.

4) In another bowl, whisk together the brown sugar, oats, flour and cinnamon. Next, cut better into small pea sized pieces and mix in with forks or hands until mixture is crumbly. Lightly sprinkle the crumb topping evenly over the pie filling until top is covered.

5) Place the pie in the middle of the oven and bake for 40 minutes, or until crumb topping is lightly toasted and golden. Remove the pie and place it on top of a wire rack to allow to cool. Serve pie warm and top with vanilla bean ice cream and a sprinkle of cinnamon.


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Once this pie was in the oven the whole house was filled with scents of cinnamon and fresh, plump blueberries. Our mouths were watering, and I could barely keep my husband from picking at the pie before it cooled. 

A nice warm piece of blueberry magic with a little scoop of ice cream on top will make those summer nights even sweeter. You have to give it a shot, you can thank me later! ;)


Bon Appetit!

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Mingle Monday Link-up + Engagiversary

Heyyyy-oooo!
Congrats on surviving your wild weekend plans, you crazy party animals. My wild weekend included skipping Zumba for a donut date, making a fresh blueberry pie, and watching a whole season of Glee.

Crazy, I tell you.

Before we get to mingling, I have to give a shout out to my groom. I can hardly believe he proposed 2 years ago today. It was the perfect proposal under a sea of fireworks and the beginning of our greatest adventure. Happy engagiversary, my love! #sappypost

Now let's mingle!




 
    

HOW TO MINGLE

 ** Only 3 easy rules - that's all I ask! **


1) Link-up your blog below.

2) You must share a link to Mingle Monday on your post or the Mingle Monday photo.
 
3) Answer the weekly question in the comments section below and have FUN!
 
** How are you going to be celebrating the 4th? **
(I'm cabin bound on Wednesday, and I can hardly stand it!)


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Still proud to say that 100% of advertisement sponsorship proceeds go to my charity of choice, the American Cancer Society Hope Lodge. There are dozens and dozens of Hope Lodges across the country that give cancer patients a free place to stay while out of town for cancer treatment - such a cool place! 

With just $10, you can get a month long ad and know that it is going to help real cancer patients and their families. So please join me in my fundraising effort by becoming a sponsor HERE!


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June 27, 2014

Currently + Weekend Wishes


Thank sweet little eight pound baby Jesus, Friday is here in full fury.
Happy weekend, my friends. Let the wild rumpus commence!

Lots of new adventures lately, so I couldn't help but share what's been on the brain box lately. Here's the inside scoop.

Currently...

thinking | That meeting besties for coffee + daydreaming before work is the shiz.
making | Cute patterned eye pillows full of rice and lavender for my coworkers to enjoy at our weekly yoga class. Namaste.
drinking | Quay spice latte with extra fancy latte art or green smoothies like they are going out of style.
reading | "Beautiful Ruins" by Jess Walter, but just finished "The Fault in Our Stars".
wanting |  Absolutely every piece of Americana inspired gear from this post.
looking |  Forward to next weekend's cabin weekend escape.
playing |  Sam Smith's amazing Whitney Houston cover. So much goodness.
eating |  Farm fresh eggs for the first time. Life changing.
remembering |  That one time when we went through Krispy Kreme's drive thru at 8:15 PM. Oh yeah, that was last night.
trying |  desperately to actually like greek yogurt.
watching |  So You Think You Can Dance. It's good for my dance loving soul and the fact that they used Ben Rector music last episode made me squeal.
deciding |  Whether or not to sell the Haskins House. #bigkidproblems
wishing |  I was sipping pina coladas at Galley Bay Antigua - take me back!
planning |  To attempt a strawberry rhubarb pie from scratch.
enjoying |  The World Cup games.
daydreaming |  About going back to San Francisco to explore my old stomping grounds and relive my urban adventures.
waiting |  For the clock to reach 5 o'clock - we're off to Theater in the Park tonight!
liking |  The fact that I have come across some amazing new Instagram feeds.
wondering |  If a DQ Blizzard is in my very near future.
needing |  Some Beast snuggles ASAP.
wearing |  My limited edition Charlie Hustle USA tee.
noticing |  That traffic into downtown was amazingly light this morning. #itsamiracle
smelling |  Like men's bodywash. Awkward. I was all out, so what's a girl to do?
buying |  A sweet USA turban to debut at 4th of July pallooza. I just hope I am cool enough to wear it... ha!
feeling |  Thankful for the news that after my dad's check-up he is still cancer free!

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Oh how life changes month-to-month and year-to-year. One day I am going to look back on all of my "Currently" posts and laugh. What a trip down memory lane! {Thanks for the inspiration, Jess!}

// What things have you been eating, drinking, or doing lately? //

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In case you missed it...



Have some wild weekend adventures, you party animals.

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June 26, 2014

The Essentials: Americana Swag

The 4th of July holiday is just a week away, and I couldn't be more antsy to get out to the cabin to celebrate with the fam! Every year we have a huge patriotic blow out and party the day away.

Family Olympics, kayaking, a cookout, fireworks over the pond, star gazing... you name it!

So of course, everyone is always out to one up each other by introducing their latest Americana swag. Little do they know, I've made a few purchases that I'm excited to debut! :)  Here are some awesome finds I came across. I think you will love them too!






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One thing is for sure, I will be decked out in red, white, and blue, and celebrating in style!

I already can't wait to hit the road for the family cabin, so we can sit on our red bench where Adam proposed under the fireworks 2 years ago (has it really been that long?).


How will you be celebrating?  
#merica

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June 23, 2014

Mingle Monday Blog Link-Up!

I hope you grabbed a nice iced latte before you jumped over for today's little link-up party.
If you're anything like me, you may need an extra little boost to make it through your Monday!

Did anyone partake in any weekend shenanigans?
My crazy partying could be summed up with 3 words: NyQuil, tissues, and bad TV.

Yup, yours truly was down and out last week with the most horrendous bug (hence only 2 posts last week), and barely left my bed. But don't you worry, I'm coming back with a fury this week - ready to step up my game and get back in the saddle after a slow few weeks of minimal posting. Thanks for sticking with me!

Thanks for stopping by to do some blog networking... let's party hardy!


 
    

HOW TO MINGLE

 ** Only 3 easy rules - that's all I ask! **


1) Link-up your blog below.

2) You must share a link to Mingle Monday on your post or the Mingle Monday photo.
 
3) Answer the weekly question in the comments section below and have FUN!
 
** What food item most reminds you of your childhood? **
(Squeez-its and Gushers, anyone?)



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Still proud to say that 100% of advertisement sponsorship proceeds go to my charity of choice, the American Cancer Society Hope Lodge. There are dozens and dozens of Hope Lodges across the country that give cancer patients a free place to stay while out of town for cancer treatment - such a cool place! 

With just $10, you can get a month long ad and know that it is going to help real cancer patients and their families. So please join me in my fundraising effort by becoming a sponsor HERE!


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Wishing you smooth sailing, my fine friends!

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June 22, 2014

The Best Movie I've Seen in Years

Run, don't walk to your nearest movie theater...
Chef is just that good.

Last Sunday we celebrated Father's Day by treating my pops to breakfast at Beer Kitchen in Westport. We were hoping for some pool time or a little putt-putt action, but the rainy weather stood in our way. The next thought was family movie time, so when we were cruising through options, I remembered seeing a trailer for Chef that I thought looked incredible. 

Before I knew it, and much to my surprise, the fam was on board with hardly any coaxing!



So, we found ourselves in plush reclining movie seats with butter spritzed popcorn in tow, and the movie started to roll. At first I didn't really know what to expect. 

I knew just from the trailer that I would just fall head over feet for the beautiful food styling, but within 5 minutes flat I was ready to give up my career, purchase a janky food truck, and get cooking.

Yet, aside from my own personal love affair with all things food, the movie was so powerful. Such an inspiring message, a heartwarming yet edgy story, and had me rolling wih laughter. And the thing I found most ironic? The storyline revolved around the incredible evolving relationship with a dad and his kid. It's so sweet and funny.

Now, I couldn't have planned a better Father's Day outing if I tried.




Oh, just a fair warning, the food you see in that movie will absolutely get your stomach grumbling for just one bite. There is a scene in the movie where he makes the most delicious, ooey gooey gourmet grilled cheese...

...guess who dropped a solid $30+ on fancy cheese and fresh sourdough that night?
Yep. It looked that good.

Hands down the best movie I've seen in 2+ years, and I'm already to antsy to experience it again. 
Go see Chef... you can thank me later!


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June 16, 2014

Mingle Monday Link-Up + World Cup Spirit

I sure hope you have your red, white, and blue on today...

It's time to cheer on Team USA in their first World Cup opener! In case you had any doubts, let me reassure you that we will be celebrating tonight at our World Cup party. I started playing soccer from a very young age through high school, and have been a part of a crazy soccer family. So needless to say, the world cup is like Christmas morning.

The Haskins House will be full of friends and I've got my light-up America fedora ready to go (it was a total gem during the Olympics! Haha!). We're so proud that our local KC Sporting soccer team has two players starting on the World Cup team (Go Zusi and Besler!), so it will be extra fun.

Anyway, it was a spectacular weekend and I will have to recap you on le blog this week! Lots of crazy things coming your way, so I hope you stay tuned!


 
    

HOW TO MINGLE

 ** Only 3 easy rules - that's all I ask! **


1) Link-up your blog below.

2) You must share a link to Mingle Monday on your post or the Mingle Monday photo.
 
3) Answer the weekly question in the comments section below and have FUN!
 
** What sporting event would you love to see in your lifetime? **


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Still proud to say that 100% of advertisement sponsorship proceeds go to my charity of choice, the American Cancer Society Hope Lodge. There are dozens and dozens of Hope Lodges across the country that give cancer patients a free place to stay while out of town for cancer treatment - such a cool place! 

With just $10, you can get a month long ad and know that it is going to help real cancer patients and their families. So please join me in my fundraising effort by becoming a sponsor HERE!


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And chant with me...
USA, USA, USA!

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June 13, 2014

Gratitude Lately + Weekend Outlook

Happy Friday, you crazy kids!
In case the day, alone, wasn't enough to put a spring in my step, my awesome boss surprised me with my favorite hipster coffee. What a blessing to feel known and well appreciated.

Have I mentioned that I love my job?
Oh yeah... only every day.

Anyway, the weather has been absolutely breathtaking, my hubby is home from work trips, and I have so much to be thankful for.

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Grateful for colorful sunsets while cruising through the Flint Hills, and for our shared
love for Frankie Valli.



For getting the VIP treatment (yay free tickets!) with the 
world's coolest parents.




For rainy mornings spent at my favorite coffee shop, and bestie chat that lifts my spirit more than 
a brand new puppy or Christmas morning,



For being blessed with a surprise dose of encouragement on days when I need it most.



For 20+ years of friendship through all of life's valleys and mountain tops, and stories that 
make me laugh so hard my belly aches.



For hotties in white button down shirts that win golf contests like a boss.



For great mail days in small packages that make being a blogger so much fun.



For bravery that pushes me out of my comfort zone, and for new blog friends that are sweeter 
than Murray's ice cream on a hot summer day.

// L to R - KariShanleyAlexandra, and Jess //


Thankful for how just a little gratitude can turn even the smallest things into plenty.

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Looking forward to our first low key weekend at home in over a month. I can't wait to just soak it all in. In fact, I may even just live in my jammers with a fresh face of no make-up and a crazy pony. Pure bliss.

Weekend outlook...

+ Enjoying a date night with my other half (Porch night? Movies? The possibilities are endless...)
+ Excessive amounts of sleeping in
+ Lazy breakfast together on the patio and playing with Beast
+ Catching up with out of town friends over a cookout lunch
+ Being the world's best DD while taking hubs and the boys to Boulevardia (wife points?)
+ Teaching and hanging out with my sweet little 4th graders at church
+ Celebrating daddio over a tasty brunch and plenty of outdoor time


// What are you grateful for this week? //
Any wild weekend plans?


Make it a good one, y'all!
Catch you next week for a little Mingle Monday link-up action!

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June 11, 2014

Top 10 Summer Reads

Follow my blog with Bloglovin I wish I could say that I'm an obsessive book worm who plows through libraries of books with ease. I mean, I could even settle for having a good conversation about what I am reading lately.

Wait, you mean talking about the fact that I can easily watch 4 episodes of book-turned-series Orange is the New Black isn't an acceptable alternative to actually reading the series?

Well, this summer, I am out to turn things around. It's time for me to reignite my passion for getting completely lost in a good book while lounging outside on our porch. Or perhaps to decide that picking up a good read over catching up on my DVR is way more worthwhile.

So I have made a fantastic list of books that excite me, and believe it or not, I'm half way through the first book! Well on my way, my friends, well on my way.



My Summer Reading List

1// The Fault in Our Stars by John Green 
- This is insanely good so far, although it does hit a little close to home given the fact that I work with cancer patients every single day. Excited to finish and then see the newly released movie!


2// The Hundred Foot Journey by Robert Morais
- I've been dying to read this culture and food filled read. Not to mention the upcoming film looks fantastic!


3// Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter 
Want to hear a secret? I was drawn o the book by it's cover (ha!), but once finding out that it's set in a gorgeous Italian town with lots of rumors and mystery, it easily jumped on my ever-growing list.


4// Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn 
People won't stop buzzing with excitement about this book, so naturally I need to do some snooping.


5// Where'd You Go Bernadette by Maria Semple
Another read I keep seeing everywhere. What a cleverly interesting cover and I can't wait to dive into the mystery.


6// Bread and Wine by Shauna Niequist (thanks for the recommendation, Rach!)
The celebration of serving good food and doing life by loving others one meal at a time.


7// Wild by Cheryl Strayed 
The adventurist side of me is completely intrigued by this story. A completely independent woman off to find new adventure while hiking her way through the Pacific Crest Trail.


8// Homeward Bound by Emily Matchar 
This book was simply written to feed my soul. An inside look at why modern day women are thriving on going back generations to learn the art of canning, sewing, knitting, baking, gardening, and so much more. A glimpse inside the ambitions I love to daydream about.


9// Driving Lessons by Zoe Fishman 
The story just seems like a good one about three women each at a crossroads in their life and how they deal with everything that comes along with that.


10// The One and Only by Emily Giffen
Let's be clear here, I am obsessed with anything and everything Emily Giffen has ever written. So low and behold, the moment she released a new book (I've been waiting forever!), it went on the list.


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// What's on your summer reading list? //


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June 9, 2014

Mingle Monday Link-Up!

Hey y'all!
You could say that this was a late live post, but that would be an understatement! Sorry for the delay - we were out of town all weekend and I quite simply was too concerned with what cocktail to sip on or what color to get my tootsies painted to plan ahead for the week!

Ha! Thanks for hanging with me. So glad you stopped by for a little link-up networking action.
Knock yourselves out!



 
    

HOW TO MINGLE

 ** Only 3 easy rules - that's all I ask! **


1) Link-up your blog below.

2) You must share a link to Mingle Monday on your post or the Mingle Monday photo.
 
3) Answer the weekly question in the comments section below and have FUN!
 
** What is your favorite food that your mom (or dad!) cooks? **

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Still proud to say that 100% of advertisement sponsorship proceeds go to my charity of choice, the American Cancer Society Hope Lodge. There are dozens and dozens of Hope Lodges across the country that give cancer patients a free place to stay while out of town for cancer treatment - such a cool place! 

With just $10, you can get a month long ad and know that it is going to help real cancer patients and their families. So please join me in my fundraising effort by becoming a sponsor HERE!


I hope your weekend was filled with sunshine and puppy dogs! :)

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June 4, 2014

19 Things on My Summer Bucket List

Ever since I was a little girl, I lived for sweet summertime. I remember that when I was 8-years-old I used to keep a countdown of days until summer in my Precious Moments diary, and on that sweet day when school finally let out, I felt completely free. What can I say, I'm just a summer girl.

There was always so much mischief to get into, wild adventures to be had, and new things to try. Twenty years later, I am still that same blonde haired, barefoot, hippie child craving some time outdoors soaking up the sunshine.


So, I let my love for the season take over, and I created my little personal bucket list so that I can soak in all the sunny months have to offer...

Bucket List //

+ weekly trips to City Market
+ make homemade jam
+ finally visit the zoo (instead of watching the Penguin Cam daily...)
+ learn how to master pie crust
+ berry picking at Wohletz Farm
    (june / strawberries, july / blueberries, august / peaches and blackberries)
+ play mini golf
+ visit Stone Pillar for live music Fridays at the vineyard (or Yoga in the Vines on Sundays!)
+ eat crackerjacks while cheering on the Royals
+ picnic at Jazz in the Woods
+ learn to can
+ go hiking
+ make homemade ice cream
+ catch a drive-in movie or musical outside
+ read 8+ books
+ visit Little Freshie in Westside
+ go on a float trip 
+ go watch the hot air balloon festival
+ stay at a bed & breakfast


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The list could really go on and on - I love living in such a fun city! Can't wait to rally the troops to go knock some of these awesome items off the list! 

In the meanwhile, I am loving this summer bucket list printable from You Are My Fave. Such a cute way to keep my bucket list organization in tact!



Tell me... what's on your summer bucket list?

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June 2, 2014

Mingle Monday Link-Up (Finally!)

My goodness, I need to get with it!
I have had 2 cups of coffee this morning and that apparently isn't enough. I apologize for such a delayed Mingle Monday link-up! It's always tricky when Adam needs to steal our laptop for a work trip.

Anyway, I had a spectacular weekend and I am so glad you stopped by to link up today!
Stay tuned this week - lots of goodness heading your way...

+ 19 things on my summer bucket list
+ summer movie excitement
+ a yummy cookie bar recipe
+ an inside scoop on my food review adventure
+ and more!

 
    

HOW TO MINGLE

 ** Only 3 easy rules - that's all I ask! **


1) Link-up your blog below.

2) You must share a link to Mingle Monday on your post or the Mingle Monday photo.
 
3) Answer the weekly question in the comments section below and have FUN!
 
** What things are on your summer bucket list? **

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Still proud to say that 100% of advertisement sponsorship proceeds go to my charity of choice, the American Cancer Society Hope Lodge. There are dozens and dozens of Hope Lodges across the country that give cancer patients a free place to stay while out of town for cancer treatment - such a cool place! 

With just $10, you can get a month long ad and know that it is going to help real cancer patients and their families. So please join me in my fundraising effort by becoming a sponsor HERE!


Thank you everyone for helping me raise hundreds of dollars so far. Now go visit these blogs/shops - they are awesome!


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Hope your week is off to a BANG (in the best way possible - ha)!

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