Friday, August 2, 2013

Crochet Skirt & Berry Fields Forever

Let me take you down‘Cause I'm going to Strawberry Fields Nothing is real And nothing to get hung about Strawberry Fields forever
Living is easy with eyes closed Misunderstanding all you see It's getting hard to be someone But it all works out It doesn't matter much to me"--The Beatles

The Lindsay Crochet Skirt
I have been pining after the Lindsay Crochet Skirt all summer. The bright colors and the funky crochet texture remind me a bit of the Beatles. All I want to do this summer is bake raspberry pies, listen to "Strawberry fields" and wear this skirt. Its ridiculous how much I wear it. Its my summer must have, I love to wear it dressed up to church, or dressed down to wear running errands with a tee shirt and sneakers. This skirt would be a perfect bathing suit cover-up. I also wanted my skirt to have a longer length, so I sized up from my usual sm to a lg - the drawstring waist worked out well! I just love this skirt, and I am loving this summer.

Paired the crochet skirt with the bright belt from my Happy Pants

So a few summers ago we were on a walk, and our neighbor stopped us. After introducing himself to us he offered us some raspberry plants. He had a huge garden full of all sorts of plants. I was so excited I made my husband come back that day and help me dig some plants up and transplant them into our little garden in our back yard. The first year we didn't get much raspberries, but now a few years later we finally have enough to bake a pie, muffins, or some yummy bread.

Picking raspberries!
I grew up in Michigan and some of my fondest summer memories are when me and my siblings would climb over a the fence leading to a creek and into a wild raspberry/ blackberry patch. I always wondered how the plants got there, they were the juiciest berries I have ever had. We would collect as many berries as we could fit in the folds of our shirts, and bring them home to our mom who would clean them and make the best boysenberry pies.

This summer after week after week of fresh raspberries, I decided to make my own pie. Dressed up in my Soul Flower skirt and homemade aprons, me and my daughter cooked the very first raspberry pie of the summer!

Make your very own pie! There are so many awesome recipes to try, this is a mixture of a few, you can make it gluten free, vegan, or regular, whatever you want.

Gluten Free & Vegan Raspberry Pie Recipe:
Crust: (double if making a top crust)1/2 C. Sugar 1 1/2 C. GF flour mix (I use 1 c. brown rice, 1/3 c. potato starch & 1/4 c. tapioca flour, could also use regular flour) 1/2 C. Shortening (or cold butter is not vegan)1 tsp. Xanthan gum 1/3 c. Cornstarch1 tsp. Vanilla xtract 1 T. Apple cider vinegar & 1 T. water & 1 tsp. Baking powder (or one egg is not vegan)
Mix all dry ingredients. Then add the shortening in small spoonfuls, until crumbly and mixed. Next add egg the vinegar, water & baking powder (or egg). Roll out onto plastic wrap (with a layer of plastic wrap over the top) then transfer to pie pan, then fill with fruit filling (top with another layer of pie crust if desired) Bake 400 for 45 minutes.
Raspberry pie filling:4 c. Raspberries (I used fresh, but you can use frozen, just add a bit more flour and thaw)1 C. sugar 2 T. Tapioca 1 T. Lemon juice 1/4 tsp. cinnamon 1/8 tsp. salt 4 T. GF flour or cornstarch

Enjoy! Raspberry fields forever!

Love dressing it up too!
Heather
Latter Day Style 

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