Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Americana Inspired Fourth of July Summer Fruit and Cheese Board + Rose Sangria Popsicles

Fourth of July Fruit and Cheese Plate on juliettelaura.blogspot.com

Fourth of July Fruit and Cheese Plate on juliettelaura.blogspot.com

Fruit and Cheese Plate DIY Tutorial on juliettelaura.blogspot.com

As you all know by now; I could live off of fruit and cheese plates. They are the perfect addition to any summer gathering, picnics, cookouts, beach trips, you name it. I assembled this fruit and cheese board for a Fourth of July Cookout I went to. Read on for the how to plus bonus recipe; Rose Sangria Popsicles!

Cheese;
-I included a hard cheese, a semi soft, and a soft cheese.
-I cut the a block of cheddar length wise to make two skinnier blocks,
then I cut stars into the cheddar (saved the excess for weekday snacks).
-For semi soft I used Saint Andre, similar to Brie but with a slightly firmer texture.
-And for soft I used goat cheese.

Fruit;
-Fresh, Dried, and since this was a cookout, Grilled.
-For Fresh I picked Strawberries and Blueberries. Patriotic AF and seasonal.
-For dried I sprinkled dried cranberries over the goat cheese. (so yum!)
-For grilled I used pineapples cut into stars;
I cut the top and bottom off of a pineapple. Sliced off the sides,
then cut into slices. Then cut each into stars. Which I then grilled.
I served some on the board, and extras on skewers.

I served on my stunning stone slab. I purchased it from Boston Public Market from American Stone Craft, they use locally sourced stones. Seriously one-of-a-kind beautiful pieces.

Fruit and Cheese Plate DIY Tutorial on juliettelaura.blogspot.com

How To; Americana Inspired Fruit and Cheese Plate on juliettelaura.blogspot.com

rose and sangria popsicles on juliettelaura.blogspot.com

Bonus;
Rose Sangria Popsicles.

Nicole, who hosted this cookout also made some Rose Sangria Popsicles,
and they were so cute that I just had to share.

Ingredients;
Your favorite Rose.
Fresh fruit of your choice.
Lemon and Lime Juice.

Directions;
Put the ingredients in a popsicle mold and freeze over night!
Enjoy!


Monday, July 25, 2016

Underwear as a Swimsuit and Mini Swan Floats with Mini Bottles of Rose

Aerie Top and For Love and Lemons bottoms on juliettelaura.blogspot.com

(Outfit Details; top, Aerie. bottoms, For Love and Lemons. in nude + similar. Sunglasses, Free People. Swan Float, Urban Outfitters.)

Mini Swan Float with a mini bottle of Rose on juliettelaura.blogspot.com

Mini Swan Float with a mini bottle of Rose on juliettelaura.blogspot.com

Mini Swan Floats with mini bottles of Rose on juliettelaura.blogspot.com

Aerie Top and For Love and Lemons bottoms on juliettelaura.blogspot.com

Aerie bralette (as swimsuit) details on juliettelaura.blogspot.com

Aerie Top and For Love and Lemons bottoms on juliettelaura.blogspot.com

Aerie Top and For Love and Lemons bottoms on juliettelaura.blogspot.com

Free People Sunglasses on juliettelaura.blogspot.com

Aerie Top and For Love and Lemons bottoms and Free People Sunglasses on juliettelaura.blogspot.com

Aerie Top and For Love and Lemons bottoms and Free People Sunglasses on juliettelaura.blogspot.com

Beaching on juliettelaura.blogspot.com

Waves on juliettelaura.blogspot.com

So technically this is a bra and underwear but they both look and feel like swimsuits so I made it work. I am obsessed with lace and strappy details in lingerie, so why not on the beach as well? Also- obsessed with swan floats (who isn't?), but decided to mix it up a bit with swan float drink holders. With mini bottles of rose the trend feels fresh yet just as fun! Also- cloudy beach days are the best. I forgot how good it feels to play in the waves. We had soft serve ice cream, saw the sunset, a rainbow, and got way too sandy.

Photos shot by Bridget Williamson 
Edited by Me

Saturday, July 23, 2016

American Flag Pie Recipe

American Flag Berry Pie Tutorial on juliettelaura.blogspot.com

American Flag Berry Pie Tutorial on juliettelaura.blogspot.com

Summertime is made for picnics, cookouts, beach trips, and outdoor dinner parties. Fruit pies taste just like summer. This American Flag pie is made of blueberries for the blue part, and a mix of strawberries and cherries for the red part. You can use your own favorite recipes for the berries. And you can use homemade pie crust. I have also included some loose recipes for the berry fillings that you can also use. The design looks intricate and impressive but is actually pretty easy. Bringing this American Flag Pie to a cookout is an instant way to wow. Read on for an American Flag Pie recipe and tutorial!

Ingredients;

-1 package pre made pie crust dough
(homemade is even better- but if you are in a pinch, pillsbury works)
-1 egg yolk + 2 tbsp water
(for egg wash)
-sprinkle of raw sugar
-tinfoil

Blueberry Pie Filling;
-3 cups blueberries
-1/3 cup granulated sugar
-2 tbsp cornstarch
-juice of 1/2 lemon
-1/2 tbsp unsalted butter

Cherry/Strawberry Pie Filling;
-one third to one half can of cherry pie filling
-fresh cherries, pitted + de-stemmed
-strawberries chopped in half
-2tbsp cornstarch


Directions;
-Set oven to 400° F.
-Line a pie pan with pie crust.
-Section off a quarter with tinfoil.
-In a mixing bowl, mix all of the blueberry pie filling ingredients, less the butter.
-Set aside.
-In another mixing bowl, add the one third (or one half) can of the cherry pie filling.
-Add in an equal amount of fresh strawberries and an equal amount of fresh cherries.
-Sorry I did not measure- honestly it does not matter!
-The ratio should be 1/3 of canned filling, 1/3 cherries, and 1/3 strawberries.
-Pour the cherry/strawberry mixture into the 3/4 section of the pie.
-Pour the blueberry filling into the remaining quarter.
-Break up the butter into pieces and sprinkle over the blueberries.
-Cut stripes and stars out of crust and arrange onto the top of the pie.
-For the stars I free-handed but you can use a cookie cutter!
-Use remaining pie crust to arrange and clean up the edges.
-Brush egg wash over the pie crust.
-Sprinkle crust with raw sugar.
-Cover in foil.
-Bake covered for 20 minutes.
-Uncover and bake for an additional 10-20 minutes.
-I checked mine frequently- every oven is different!
-Let cool completely and serve... even better with vanilla bean ice cream!

American Flag Berry Pie Tutorial on juliettelaura.blogspot.com

American Flag Berry Pie Tutorial on juliettelaura.blogspot.com

American Flag Berry Pie Tutorial on juliettelaura.blogspot.com

American Flag Berry Pie Recipe on juliettelaura.blogspot.com

American Flag Berry Pie Recipe on juliettelaura.blogspot.com

American Flag Berry Pie Recipe on juliettelaura.blogspot.com

American Flag Berry Pie Recipe on juliettelaura.blogspot.com

American Flag Berry Pie Recipe on juliettelaura.blogspot.com

American Flag Berry Pie Recipe on juliettelaura.blogspot.com

American Flag Berry Pie Recipe on juliettelaura.blogspot.com

Pie photos by me.
Photos of me shot by Lauren O'Neil, and edited by me.