Fresh Fig Galette

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Man! Finally getting this beauty on the blog!! Every time I have a work trip, no matter how short or long, I get so behind on everything. I pack so much into my free time that being away for just a day or two throws me off completely.

So this was the first time I made a galette, it looks beautiful and fancy, but it was actually really easy to make. The best part about a galette is how rustic they are meant to look, so the dough and filling should look perfect, you can mess up and it’ll still come out great.

Fresh Fig Galette
1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
4 1/2 Tbsp almond meal
2 Tbsp sugar, divided
3/8 tsp salt
7 Tbsp cold unsalted butter, cubed
3 Tbsp canola oil
3 Tbsp ice water
1 lb fresh figs, stemmed and quartered lengthwise
2 tsp lemon juice
1 Tbsp sliced almonds

1. Place flour, almond meal, 1 Tbsp sugar, and salt in a food processor fitted with a dough blade; pulse to combine. Scatter butter into processor; pulse until mixture resembles coarse meal. Drizzle in oil; pulse to combine. Add ice water; pulse just until combined. Turn mixture out onto a sheet of plastic wrap; pat into a disk. Wrap in plastic wrap; refrigerate 1 hour.
2. Preheat oven to 400°F.
3. Place figs in a large bowl. Sprinkle with remaining 1 Tbsp sugar and lemon juice; toss gently to combine.
4. Unwrap dough. Roll dough on plastic wrap into a 12-inch circle. Arrange dough on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Spoon figs onto dough, leaving a 2-inch border. Fold edges of dough over filling to partially cover. Bake at 400°F for 35 minutes or until fruit juices bubble and crust is browned. Remove from oven, sprinkle with almonds. Cut into 8 wedges.

*Original recipe from Cooking Light

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Pinspiration…July 10

I have started work on renovating our backyard deck…what a process! Whenever I start a project like this, I am excited for the first 5 minutes. Then I realize how much work is ahead of me and the only thing that runs through my head is…”what the hell was I thinking?”. Then, once the project is finished and I can sit back and see the outcome, I’m excited again.

Just so we’re clear, I’m currently in the “what the hell was I thinking” phase of deck reno. To be continued…

Until then, some pretty inspiration photos to look at from my Pinterest page.
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DIY Yard Yahtzee

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I am going to have SO much fun with DIY projects over the next couple weeks. One of my girlfriends is getting married in August and is having a gorgeous DIY, shabby chic, backyard wedding complete with giant size lawn games and I get to make them!! This is going to be a multiple post series and I’ll finish it up with some actual photos from the wedding with the games actually being put to use.

Today, I’m showing the DIY for creating giant dice for Yard Yahtzee and stay tuned for the next post to be DIY Yahtzee Scorecards.

Supplies
4×4 pine post
Jigsasw, table saw or have the post cut at the store
Measuring Tape
straight edge
pencil
drill & 1/2″ drill bit
white chalk paint
black chalk paint
chalk paint finishing wax
standard paint brush and fine tip paint brush
80 grit sandpaper
electric sander
12-quart galvanized bucket

I started with a 4×4 pine post. Lowe’s sells them in 8 foot length, I brought the whole thing home because I’m sure I’ll find a use for the rest of it but you can also have them cut the post for you. They will usually make up to 5 cuts for you at no extra cost and keep the extra if you don’t want it. If you choose this option, have them cut 5 squares. The actual measurement of a 4×4 is really 3.5×3.5 so have them cut 5 – 3.5×3.5×3.5 squares. I just used my jig saw to cut them at home. Once the blocks were cut, I took my electric hand sander to the blocks to round the edges and corners and smooth out the surfaces a bit.

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Next, its time to make the dots on the dice. Now, you can simply paint them on if you want. I decided to drill small holes that I would later paint black. I did this because I knew I wanted to sand the surface of the dice down once I had them painted to get a shabby chic look but I didn’t want too much of the spots to be sanded off in the process. I probably made more work for myself but it worked out and I loved the end result. I used a straight edge and a pencil to draw an “X” on each surface of the dice to make sure my spots were symmetrical. Then just a couple turns of the drill bit and I had perfect spots on each block.

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Next, it was time to paint. I used Heirloom Traditions chalk paint in “A la Mode” to paint the blocks white all over in 2 coats, then I used “Black Bean” to paint the dots.

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Finally, I used my electric hand sander to “rough them up” a bit. I sanded each surface and edge with 80 grit sandpaper to get an aged, shabby chic look. I finished them up with Heirloom Traditions Wax to protect the surface from water and grass stains.

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Use a galvanized bucket to throw the dice during the game for a cute, country touch. Stay tuned for the next DIY post, Yahtzee Chalkboard Scorecards!

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Red White & Blueberry Popsicles

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I made these popsicles last summer for the first time and it is one of my favorite posts. Not only are they delicious, but they are healthy and so cute, all at the same time.

Be warned, when making striped popsicles, it does take a little time because you have to freeze each layer before adding the next but it was so much fun for me to make these over the course of the day. Might be a fun project for little ones to help with on a warm summer day and keep them looking forward to the next step all day long before finally getting to devour these delicious treats.

Everyone have a fun and safe 4th of July, take time to enjoy the family, friends, food and fireworks!

Red White & Blueberry Yogurt Popsicles
Makes 6 popsicles
1 cup blueberries
1 1/2 cup raspberries
1 cup vanilla Greek yogurt

1. Use a food processor to puree the blueberries. If they come out a bit more purple than blue (like mine did) just add a spoonful or two of the Greek Yogurt and a few drops of blue food coloring until you get the desired shade of blue. When you achieve the right color, you want to make sure the fruit is pourable, if it is too thick, try adding a tablespoon of water. You can also puree your raspberries ahead of time, adding 1-2 tablespoons of water. Place pureed raspberries in a separate bowl and keep refrigerated until use.
2. Spoon 2 tablespoons of the  blueberry mixture into the bottom of each popsicle mold. After each pour you’ll need to do a little clean up, you don’t want too much extra on the sides of the mold as this will cause your stripes to look a little mangled. Don’t get too fussy because you want it to look a little rustic.
3. Put the mold in the freezer and freeze for 1 hour.
4. Remove molds from freezer and add a small stipe (about 1 tablespoon) of vanilla yogurt to each mold. After you’ve added the first layer of yogurt, insert your popsicle sticks, trying to push them into the layer of blueberry a bit. Hold the sticks in place by placing a piece of tin foil over each mold. Place back in the freezer for another hour.
5. Remove molds from freezer, remove foil and add a small stripe (about 1 tablespoon) of raspberry puree. The sticks should stand on their own at this point so you won’t need the foil any longer.
6. Continue alternating white and red stripes, freezing for 1 hour after each, until you have filled the mold (I had 1 large layer of blueberries, 2 layers of raspberries & 3 layers of yogurt).
7. When you are ready to serve, hold the mold under hot running water to loosen (be careful not to let water splash near the opening), after about 30 seconds you should be able to easily remove the popsicle from the mold.