Berry Cobbler

Berry Cobbler

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Picking blackberries is definitely an annual event in my family. Almost every August my mom, dad, brother and I would spend a couple of hours on the back country roads and on the beach banks in Southern Puget Sound picking blackberries. Most years we were pretty successful and would end up with several heaping bowls of berries. To be honest, I think it’s a big memory for me because I mixed feelings about picking the berries as I always managed to prick my fingers on the blackberry thorns and my fingers would be stained purple which I didn’t love either.

However, I did love the aftermath of blackberry picking which meant cobblers, pies, jams and syrups my mom and grandma would make. This year my mom and I made a cobbler after we picked blackberries and I realized that I should share the recipe on my blog because it’s very simple and the result is rather delicious.

I know not everyone likes blackberries so any berry will work in this recipe: raspberries, blueberries, marionberries. Take your pick, or use whatever is in season, and with just two additional ingredients you can have a berry cobbler made and ready to eat in under an hour. It’s seriously that simple and delicious!

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Ingredients:

1 white or yellow cake mix

3 cups of berries

3/4 stick of butter melted

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In the bottom of an 8×8 in pan sprinkle a layer of cake mix so that it covers the bottom of the pan well. Then add in half of the berries. Cover berries with more cake mix and then drizzle half of the melted butter all over the berries and cake mix. Add in the rest of the berries and add on top the remaining cake mix. Drizzle the remaining melted butter over top of the mixture. Bake in oven for 30 to 35 minutes. Enjoy!

*Side note: I didn’t have fresh raspberries, but I wanted to make a raspberry and blackberry cobbler so I used frozen raspberries that I thawed and drained. If you plan on using frozen berries make sure that you fully defrost them first and strain them really well, otherwise your cobbler likely won’t set and it will be soupy.

xo,

Hillary

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Cannellini Bean Salad

Cannellini Bean Salad

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This past week was a busy one! My husband’s family was in town from all over the country and it was so much fun catching up with all of them over the week. We had several picnics, dinners and even celebrated the Fourth of July with loads of fireworks at the beach.

Then over the weekend we were with my family and had a somewhat second celebration of the Fourth of July as well. We had such a nice time there as well kayaking, paddle boarding and going for boat rides. I felt like I missed out a lot last summer since I was in the third trimester of my pregnancy and being pregnant in the summer just isn’t ideal, so I’m looking forward to making up for it this summer!

For one of the picnics I made this Cannellini Bean Salad. I wanted to make a dish that was a little light but packed some freshness and flavor. This recipe is fairly simple and the prep time is rather quick since you just have to mise en place some veggies and make the dressing. I hope this offers you a new dish that you can take to a picnic this summer or gives you a new idea for dinner this week.

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Ingredients:

2 cans of cannellini beans

1/2 orange bell pepper

1/4 red onion

1 cup cherry tomatoes

1 medium cucumber

1/2 cup of cilantro

Dressing: 

2 Tablespoons red wine vinegar

2 Tablespoons olive oil

1 Tablespoon lemon juice

salt and pepper to taste

Rinse and drain the cannellini beans. Chop all vegetables. Add all chopped up ingredients into bowl. Mix dressing ingredients in a separate bowl and add to the first bowl of ingredients. Stir and enjoy!

xo,

Hillary

 

Tangerine Top

Tangerine Top

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This past weekend was special as we were able to spend Father’s Day with both sides of our family. My husband’s parents as well as my parents live on parts of Puget Sound so we were lucky enough to spend the weekend at the beach.

It’s still relatively cool around the Seattle area, especially near the water, so I opted for longer sleeves and jeans to stay warm and keep it casual for the weekend. I’m hoping we get some warmer weather here soon!

In the meantime, I’m enjoying this bright colored shirt. It’s from Aritzia which is one of my favorite stores. I just happened to walk into an Aritzia once in Whistler, Canada several years back and loved everything in the store. Unfortunately, back then there wasn’t an Aritzia in Seattle but in the past few years several have opened up in the Seattle area and I have been shopping there ever since. I like that they carry some unique brands that I haven’t been able to find in other US stores.

This top is on sale right now which doesn’t happen very often! The brand of the shirt is TNA and it’s one of my favorites. It definitely offers an edgier version of athleisure.  I have several of these shirts in different colors and they are very soft and work well for layering.

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Top: Aritzia | Jeans: J. Crew Factory (similar) | Shoes: Rainbows

xo

Hillary

 

Anniversary Outfit

Anniversary Outfit

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Last night my husband and I celebrated our five-year wedding anniversary. We went downtown and snagged some happy hour drinks in Belltown, a popular neighborhood of Seattle, and then went to The Melting Pot for delicious and way too filling dinner. The food was all so good and I ate way too much!

We then drove up to Kerry Park and enjoyed the city views. I highly recommend stopping by Kerry Park if you’re ever in Seattle. It offers some of the best views of downtown and Elliott Bay. It was so special being able to go out without our baby and to spend some time together as just the two of us.

I wanted to share this outfit I wore last night with you, since this top is so fun and I love the bow details on the sleeves. The top can be easily worn as a casual piece with jeans or dressed up for a night out with a skirt and wedges. I hope you have a great weekend!

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Jacket: H&M old (similar) | Shirt: Topshop  and here | Skirt: J. Crew Factory | Wedges: old (similar) | Purse: Target old (similar)

xo

Hillary

Fudge Brownies

Fudge Brownies

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Every Monday night you can find me on the couch watching The Bachelorette. I don’t know what it is about these reality TV shows but they always suck me in. I have to say that Rachel this season is very poised, intelligent and positive. I’m excited to see who she ends up with.

While I’m watching the show, I love to have dessert. I pretty much have dessert every night which isn’t the best decision for my waistline, but I just love having a treat at the end of the day.

One of my go-to desserts are brownies. Most of the time I will just make them from a box since it’s a lot quicker, but the homemade ones are always so much better.

These brownies that I’m sharing with you are pretty dense but they are packed with chocolate flavor. You could also add chocolate chips in to add a bit more chocolate if the following isn’t enough for you.

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Ingredients:

1/2 cup butter

2 eggs

1 cup sugar

1 tsp. vanilla extract

1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

1/2 cup flour

1/4 tsp. salt

1/4 tsp. baking powder

Optional chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour an 8×8 inch square pan. In a microwavable bowl melt butter. Remove from microwave, put melted butter into mixing bowl and stir in sugar, eggs and vanilla. Make sure to add eggs slowly once the mixture has cooled some to avoid getting scrambled eggs. Beat in cocoa powder, flour, salt and baking powder. If you like chocolate chips in your brownies feel free to mix them in. Spread the batter into greased pan. Bake in oven for 25-30 minutes or until toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean. Enjoy!

xo

Hillary