Friday, July 30, 2010

Strawberry Galette ~

I recently made this yummy Summer dessert for the first time - it was one of those recipes I kept meaning to make but never did. It is from Martha Stewart Living May 2008 (I know, it took over 2 years to make it!)

 Here are the ingredients (Martha's recipe requires making the crust, I went the loser way out and used a refrigerated pie crust):

FOR THE BASIL CREAM (This was not a huge hit)
3/4 cup heavy cream
1/3 cup loosely packed fresh basil, chopped
2 tablespoons sugar
3/4 cup mascarpone cheese

I used a ready to go pie crust
FOR THE GALETTE 1 pound strawberries, hulled
1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon sugar
2 teaspoons cornstarch
1 large egg yolk
1 tablespoon water
1 tablespoon cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces

Make the basil cream: Combine cream, basil, and sugar in a heatproof bowl. Set bowl over a small saucepan of simmering water, and stir until sugar dissolves, about 4 minutes. Cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate for at least 1 hour (or up to 2 hours for a more pronounced basil flavor). Strain through a fine sieve into a bowl. Add mascarpone, and whisk until medium peaks form. Cover, and refrigerate until ready to serve, up to 2 hours.

I simply unrolled my pie crust onto a parchment-lined baking sheet. Then I cut the strawberries lengthwise into slices.
 Then toss slices with 1/4 cup sugar and the cornstarch, and immediately arrange them in concentric circles on dough. Start 1 inch from edge, overlapping slices slightly (as you can see, I started the outside edge into a circle and then just piled the rest in the center - I know loser way).

 Fold edge of dough over berries. Refrigerate for 15 minutes.
 Whisk together yolk and water. Brush dough with the egg wash, and sprinkle with remaining 1 tablespoon sugar. Dot berries with butter. Bake until crust is golden brown, 40 to 45 minutes.

 We served it room temperature and it was great. It pretty much tasted like strawberry jam in a pie crust - I mean how could you really go wrong with strawberries, sugar and crust! The basil infused cream was not a huge hit, next time I will simply combine the cream, sugar and mascarpone.

I linked this post to:
Lucky Linky Tuesday at Lucky Star Lane

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Less is More ~

Here are a few simple ideas on how to display all of your lovely flowers from your Summer garden...

Better Homes & Gardens

 Real Simple

Country Living

Woman's Day

So I recently realized that I missed my blog anniversary - which I couldn't believe! To celebrate, I have a few giveaways planned for next week!

Monday, July 26, 2010

Be Inspired Party Wrap Up ~

I wanted to highlight a few great projects from the Be Inspired link party from this month!

You must see this amazing wardrobe that Kristine at The Painted Hive completely restored:

I love this stenciled mirror from Terrell at Frou Frou Decor:

Check out this adorable petal tee that Jeccica from A Few of My Favorite Things created:

Lisa at Moore Minutes showed off a fun Retro Ice Cream Party:

And Alison at Oopsey Daisy showed us how to create the perfect rustic sign:

Thank you everyone for linking up and start creating those great projects to show off next month! 

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Summer Vegetable Casserole ~

I made this yummy casserole as a side for dinner this week and it was a hit with the whole family...I mean the kiddos inhaled it! So I thought I would share the recipe from Food & Wine magazine. 

Extra-virgin olive oil, for drizzling
1/2 pound Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled and sliced 1/4 inch thick
Salt and freshly ground pepper
1 yellow bell pepper, thinly sliced
1 small onion, thinly sliced 
1 large garlic clove, minced 
1 teaspoon thyme leaves 
1/2 pound plum tomatoes, sliced 1/4 inch thick 
2 small zucchini (1/2 pound), sliced on the diagonal 1/4 inch thick 
3 tablespoons freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese 
As for the directions, it is really a layering act:
Preheat the oven to 350°. Coat a 9-inch baking dish with olive oil. Spread the potatoes in the dish in an even layer; drizzle with oil and season with salt and pepper. 
In a bowl, combine the bell pepper, onion, garlic and thyme and season with salt and pepper.
 Arrange two-thirds of the bell pepper mixture over the potatoes and drizzle with oil.
Top with the tomatoes 
and the zucchini; drizzle with oil and season with salt and pepper. 
Cover with the remaining bell pepper mixture 
and sprinkle with the cheese.

Cover the casserole with foil and bake for 40 minutes. Increase the oven temperature to 425°. Uncover the casserole and bake for about 20 minutes longer, until the vegetables are tender and glazed on top. Let stand for 10 minutes. Serve warm. 
I will definitely make it again, but the next time I think I might eliminate the tomatoes. We grill veggies pretty much every night in the Summer, so this was a welcome change and something you could do year round. 

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Enchanting Evening ~

I recently stumbled upon these images and fell in love with the romantic idea of an evening garden dinner party for 12, or simply for 2...

I love the rustic place setting...

The fabrics and pillows casually surrounding candles as they flicker in the warm night...

And the simple and elegant floral decor...
images from gardening life

 I know, it looks great right?

Monday, July 19, 2010

Happy Monday ~

I thought this was a great quote, an honest one too!

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Mid-Month Be Inspired Link Party ~

Okay ladies and gentlemen - lets see those fabulous projects and creative ideas that you have been working on this last month. Inspire us!

And for the "Party rules":
1. Select any project that YOU created that you think will inspire someone else.
2. Add a link of your post to the party - make sure it is a link to the specific post not your blog.
3. Give a short description of your project so we can all see what you are highlighting.
4. Please add a link to this party in your post so everyone can head over and join in the fun!
Linky Tools

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Dollar Store Pots ~

I recently picked these up at the Dollar Store for...yes, you guessed it, a dollar each!

I grabbed some vinyl numbers I picked up at the office supply store for-eva ago. 

Stuck them to the front of each pot -

Added some greens I had around the house -

And for a few bucks and a few minutes of time...

I was also thinking I might paint them and age them up a little bit...what do you think?


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