Pies in a Lid

As you know, I am soooo in love with pie anything.....pies in a jar, pie pops, pie bites, pie...pie...pie etc.!  I thought I had mastered them all until I found "pies in a lid".  I so wish I knew about these when I was making pies for my daughter's wedding in September.  

They are the easiest most simple way to make a little individual pie I have ever seen!  All you need is a wide mouth canning jar lid and ring, a baking sheet, non-stick spray, your favorite pie dough and filling.  Lay the rings on a baking sheet and place the lids inside the rings.  Spray with a coat of non-stick spray and press your pie dough into the lid.

I found the easiest way to do this was to find a round "template" to cut the dough out.  I used a round plastic bowl just a half inch larger than my wide mouth rings.  This allows for extra dough to pinch into a lovely crust.  Pour in your filling and bake at a normal temperature.  I have found that these little pies bake in a quarter of the time of a regular set your timer accordingly.

Once they are finished baking let cool a few minutes and pop the ring and bottom off the shell and serve! They come out perfect every time.  I am busy making some up for our family's Thanksgiving feast...a little apple, pear & cranberry, and of course pumpkin!  I hope you have fun with this new little idea!!!

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Under A Rainbow Ribbon Canopy

I am so excited to share one of my favorite elements from Maggie and Taylor's wedding...(actually it was hers as well).  Maggie loves to dance and besides marrying her sweetheart, the thing she wanted most was dancing under the stars...and tons of color!

We had a huge area to cover in lights and ribbon.  When we began pricing ribbon, we figured it would cost about $2,000 to buy enough ribbon to cover this amazing garden in color.

One day I was searching Ebay for an antique and thought it would be worth a try to see if they would have a solution (as true to Ebay...they did)!  I found sarees, the Indian wrap dresses that come in silk or cotton and are 18 feet long by 4 feet wide.  They had an amazing gold embroidered edge and came in about 30 colors.  The shocking truth was I purchased them for $5.80 per dress!!!

When they came, they were more beautiful than I could have imagined.  I laid them out and cut them into 4" strips and then glued the ends together to make a very long 32 foot pure silk color ribbon.  In total the cost of the canopy came to $520.00 (including lights and poles).  Maggie wanted that boho-chic look and what is more boho than 1970 swag lights.  I found eight of them on Ebay.  Usually they price out at $300.00 a piece, but I bid low and was able to get them for around $40.00 a piece.

We gathered the ribbons in the center and clustered three swag lights which added colored light and a great point of interest.  For the poles, we went to Home Depot and found 15' electrical conduit poles for about $8.00 a piece.  I painted them with a bronze colored spray paint and drilled and screwed hooks to the tops to anchor ribbons and lights to.

To anchor the poles into the ground, we pounded 3 foot re-bar into the grass and slipped the poles over the top of the re-bar.  We strung the bistro lights around the perimeter of the poles, set the reclaimed wood tables on the two far sides and ran the ribbons from the center out to the poles and then spread them out across the tops of the bistro wires.

It was a dreamy night with all of her friends under the stars and a ribbon rainbow (after a massive thunderstorm)!  It was a fabulous dance party!!!  If you have any questions with how to pull this off or if you are interested in renting the canopy, bistro or swag lights, you can contact me and I will be happy to help you!
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A Wedding in the Park

This past September was one of the most blessed months of our lives.  We had our own daughter and our sweet "adopted" daughter Alicia both get married.  They have been "sisters" since they were gawky teenagers.  They were engaged within hours of each other and married two weeks apart. 

I was so honored to be asked to help her with her wedding.  Alicia wanted a fall picnic in the canyon for her wedding.  We were all a little worried about the weather in late September, but we couldn't have been given a more perfect day.  Alicia found her stunning dress at an antique shop in Oregon and it could not have been more perfect for her!

Alicia's dream for this day was to have a venue in the canyon, handmade quilts on the ground with beautiful flowers and a picnic dinner of peanut & butter sandwiches with peaches and cream for dessert. Each quilt had a hand built wood tray in the center with a powder blue ceramic berry basket filled with the most exquisite flowers by Sarah Winward.

Her sweet sisters made jelly jar favors to give to the guests and the labels were tied together by her beautiful bridesmaids.  They made pear-vanilla, berry, strawberry, and orange marmalade.  (My personal favorite was the pear-vanilla!)

The picnic dinner was fabulous with the homemade bread and nut butter/jelly bar, but as the sun set and the band began jamming their own kind of "jam", the guests kicked off their heels and danced until the moon was over head!  

Their send off was so sweet and personal in their vintage family bus and the scent of lavender and maple "twirlers".  The lavender was from her sister's garden and the maple "twirlers" came from the tree in her family's front yard.  

We dearly love Alicia and Colby and happy that they found each other.  We miss them terribly as they are on a three year trip to China....but we know the time away will go quickly and they are having a great extended "honeymoon"! Their wedding was one I will remember forever!!!

Flowers - Sarah Winward
Photography - Abby Hicks & Jessica Peterson
Venue - Big Springs Park in Provo Canyon
Cake - Magelby's
Lighting & Design - Tweetle Dee Design Co.

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