Sunday, August 4, 2013

Summer - Pleasant Pass Times

I absolutely adore summer when the temperatures are in the 70's and I can keep all the doors and windows open.  This week has been perfect weather and the next week promises the same.  It's been great to enjoy the "fruits" of summer- the fresh herbs, the farmer's markets, and the flowers in the garden.  One of my most favorite ways to spend a summer day is to cut and arrange flowers from the garden and cook meals with things that I have found at the local farmer's markets. This week I spent a day doing just that!
 I found a new blog called "  The blog author is a stylist in Chattanooga, Tennessee and she created this wonderful little hand pie recipe.

Beth's pies- beautifully shaped and garnished!
.  It intrigued me, so I got the ingredients together and made them- absolutely divine and so summer!!! White peaches, roses and basil-what's more summerlike than that combination????

While my pies didn't look as beautiful as hers, they were delicious!
Check out the recipe at

I was getting a little worried as I filled the rounds of dough and tried to crimp them.  I was afraid all the filling would ooze out when they baked. But they didn't.  I only put in 1/2 teaspoon of the rose water and that seemed to be the perfect amount.  It gave an unexpected taste to the pies, but was not overwhelmingly rosy!

My  pies- a little more rustic shall we say?

Beth was right-  Thomas Kellers Butter Pastry Crust was wonderful and very easy to make in the food processor.

The roses in the garden are so much fun to arrange-
I like to arrange them by color palette and add mint and scented geranium leaves that smell like chocolate mint and lemon.

I often use antique glasses as the vases.

Can't wait for the farmer's market this week- it's so much fun to explore new food recipes.


Christy said...

Your arrangements were so pretty! The little pies looked yummy! Love having my windows open, too....nothing better.

savvycityfarmer said...

almost jumped right the computer to reach for one with coffee!!

what a refreshing site!

hope your summer serves you well!

last night was year ago you and the ladies came over ...
missing y'all

Sarah said...

Your flowers, vignettes, and petit pies are lovely. Looks like a prefect way to spend a day.

Lady of the Woods said...

I just got your comment and I thank you. I did not crochet the bolero it's from TJ Maxx. But thank you for visiting my blog and liking it! I just discovered yours and am swooning over the flowers and all the picture so am following now :D:D:D
I can't enough of seeing other peoples gardens and flowers! welcome and blessings, lady