Fresh Strawberry Pie

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I’ve had this pie recipe drafted to share for a few months, but am just now sharing it. While the peak of strawberry season has passed us, you can still find ripe and delicious strawberries for an affordable price this time of year.

As you should know, I’m quite the pie aficionado. I love it in all forms and in all seasons, but fruit pies are definitely my favorite. When it comes to fruit pies, I like them to taste as fresh as possible. Why use fresh fruit if you’re just going to make it taste canned? This recipe really hits the mark when it comes to tasting fresh, mostly because only half of the berries are cooked.
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Strawberries Summer Recipe Pie Julia Malinowski

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Fresh Strawberry Pie

Serves 6-8 (or 1 if you’re me)

2 pounds fresh strawberries
3/4 cup sugar
3 tablespoons cornstarch
Juice of 1/2 lemon
1 unbaked pie crust
Optional: vanilla ice cream or whipped cream to top

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Directions:
Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Dice 1 pound berries or process in food processor until they reach a similarly chopped texture (my favorite shortcut).
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Scoop berries into a saucepan and cook over medium heat. Add sugar to the pan along with the lemon juice and stir to combine. In a small bowl, mix cornstarch with 3 tablespoons water. Pour into the strawberry mixture and stir vigorously. Cook on low heat for 8-10 minutes or until mixture thickens, making sure to stir frequently to prevent lumps. Check to make sure your sauce isn’t cloudy before you remove it from the heat, so you know that the cornstarch has fully cooked.
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While the sauce cools, place pie crust into 9″ or 10″ pie plate. Crimp the edges and then lightly prick the bottom and sides with fork about 30 times. Place a piece of foil inside the pie crust, lightly pressing around inside bottom edges of crust. Fill with dried beans (or pie weights if you have them) and bake for 10 minutes. Remove from the oven and remove beans and foil. Return it to the oven and bake for 5 minutes until edges are golden brown. Note, you can reuse these beans. I store mine with my baking supplies in a little baggie marked pie beans.
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While the crust cooks, cut the remaining strawberries into halves and mix into your cooled sauce.
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Let your crust cool for a few minutes and then pour the strawberry mixture into your baked pie shell. Chill in the refrigerator for 2 hours, or until the pie is set. Serve topped with whipped cream or with ice cream on the side.
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The final product seconds before I attacked it with a fork. Plating a slice is for suckers.

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What’s your favorite summer time pie? I’m also a big fan of blackberry or boysenberry pies, but these varieties of berries are hard to find in this area. Someone in Seattle send me a care package of berries!
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XOXO,
Jules

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Life Lately

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Hi friends! It’s been a while. Thank you for your patience with my absence and a HUGE (insert Donald Trump’s voice here) thank you to the ever wonderful Mil for taking on an extra load of blog responsibilities.
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I wanted to pop in to share some life updates. As you may remember, in February my husband and I relocated across the country from Seattle to Durham, North Carolina. It’s been a big change and frankly a bit of a rough transition for me. I’ve spent the last 6 months job searching and it turns out that it’s pretty hard to meet people when you don’t have a job and coworkers. As an introvert, I initially enjoyed the alone time, but at a certain point enough was enough! I’m finally starting a new job next week so hopefully a new network of friends will follow.
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What I didn’t share was that I was also pregnant when we made the move. My husband and I are expecting out first child and we couldn’t be more excited (and scared)! I’m just about in my 8th month of pregnancy, so before we know it we’ll be welcoming a little baby boy into our lives. The nesting urge has hit me hard, so I’ve been busy hanging pictures and busting out DIY projects. Hit me up if you want to know about my no sew DIY baby bibs…
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Had to do at least one belly shot. I think I’m about 6 months pregnant here.

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In anticipation of this life change, we’ve been doing some traveling. My husband and I took a trip to the west coast of Ireland for a “baby-moon,” and it was incredible. The weather was in the 70’s every day. We never had to break out our rain jackets and Nick even went swimming in the ocean!
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Quick selfie at the secluded sandy beach we found on one of our drives

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The Cliffs of Moher which were featured in Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince. They took my breath away at sunset.

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I was also able to visit a few of my friends both in New York City and Los Angeles. Got to get those solo girlfriend trips in while I still can! Mil and I are trying to figure out when we can reunite, although it looks like at this point I’ll have baby in tow. After finally getting to live in the same area again, it’s been a real drag going back to a long distance relationship.
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Hanging out with my friend Veronica who lives in Brooklyn. She made us the cutest hipster knit baby hat with yarn from the farmers market. Our baby’s going to be so cool.

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Anyway, that’s what I’ve been up to. What have I missed? Anything juicy in your lives or in the blog world? For the past few months I’ve also completely detached from social media, with the exception of a few Facebook pop-ins, so I’m horribly out of date.
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XOXO,
Jules

Must-Have Spring Power Pieces

Spring Power PiecesSpring is here, so bring on the skirts, strappy sandals, and most importantly the brights and whites! I always find that dressing for work can be trickier during warmer months than the cooler ones. In winter I throw on a blazer over skinny jeans with a blouse and call it good. However, as temperatures warm up it can be challenging to toe the line between springtime casual and workplace professional.

Here are my three essentials for owning that lady boss style all season long.
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THE WHITE BLAZER: A white blazer is the perfect transitional piece for the season. White creates a bold pop of contrast, helping you stand out from the drab masses.

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Similar: Zara Turn-Up Sleeve Blazer, Topshop Slouchy Longline Blazer, White House Black Market Ecru Trophy Blazer, Banana Republic Seersucker Double-Breasted Blazer
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LACE-UP BLOCK HEELS: Sandals can be challenging to pull of at work, as they often look a little too beach ready. Lace-up block heels are the perfect in-between. The lacing evokes a gladiator-style sandal, while the block heel dresses things up with a strong edge. No dainty kitten heel here.

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Similar: Public Desire Block Heeled Sandals, Honey Babe Block Heel Lace-Up Sandals, Jeffrey Campbell Cage Sandal, Hinge Peep Toe Leather Sandal
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COORDINATING SEPARATES: Often women adopt more masculine styles in the workplace to project an air of seriousness: power suits, starched collared shirts, monochromatic outfits. While I do love a good menswear inspired outfit, I also admire women who own their femininity in the workplace. The strongest women I know embrace their womanhood. Coordinating separates are a ladylike take on a warm weather skirt suit.

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Similar: ASOS Printed Bomber in Texture Co-ordASOS Printed Prom Midi Skirt in Texture Co-ord, Eliza J Check Satin Two-Piece Dress
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On a different note, I do want to let y’all know that I’ll be taking a break from the blog for personal reasons and will be less active on social media as well. Nothing dramatic, I’m just in serious need of some extra me-time these days. Thanks for understanding.
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XOXO,
Jules
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Friday Favorites

This week I’ve had food on the brain with Easter candy piling up on our kitchen counter and Sunday brunch plans on the docket. Easter is one of my favorite times of year, so I’m looking forward to this weekend. Are you doing anything festive and fun? Interpret festive and fun as broadly as you’d like, as many folks think eight hours of March Madness fit into this category. Yes, basketball, the true reason for this Sunday’s celebrations… On that note, have a great weekend and enjoy this week’s mostly edible links!
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1. This time of year always puts me in the mood for entertaining. I love having friends over for a laid back brunch or dinner at our place. Paper & Stitch‘s spring blogger brunch has me lunging for the “Pin it” button so I can recreate everything.
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2. This week we celebrated my father-in-law’s birthday by cooking him a healthy dinner, followed by gorging ourselves on copious amounts of Costco chocolate cake. We broke out this well loved cod and chorizo recipe from Real Simple, and it was a hit!
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3. Cadbury Creme Eggs are high up on my all-time favorite candy list. I avoid dairy, but every year I throw caution to the wind and indulge in at least one, if not two, of these jewels of deliciousness. This Taming Twins recipe for Creme Egg Rocky Road has me reaching for the Lactaid.
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4. As I’ve shared before, I try to plan out our meals for each upcoming week to make sure we stay on track with our health and financial goals. It’s easy to always lean on your go-to favorites, so I’ve been reading through Happy Fit Mama’s meal plans to get some new ideas.
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5. After all the eating and entertaining, who wouldn’t need a break?! I’ve started giving craft subscription boxes as gifts to a few of my friends who have been trying to get more creative. I just discovered The Messy Box, from A Beautiful Mess, this week and am excited to try it out. Everything Elsie and Emma touch is too cute.
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XOXO,
Jules

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