Recipe: Gluten Free Peach and Blueberry Crisp

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Jenna has been eating gluten-free for many years; Jodi and I have joined our sister in the fight against gluten on our bodies in recent years/months. So, sometimes we think our palette is somewhat jaded. Are we so accustomed to eating GF that we think a pizza that resembles the taste of cardboard is actually good? Many gluten-free items are good now, and there are so many options, but at times it’s hard to get some of our favorites to taste like the real thing.

This past weekend was not only a success because we were all together {which is our most favorite times}, but also because we shared laughter and tears over a delicious, homemade gluten-free Peach and Blueberry Crisp. Whatever you want to call it – Peach and Blueberry Crisp or a Peach and Blueberry Crumble – it was a good one.

It’s sad to see summer near an end – so celebrate what’s left of it – and what’s left of summer’s ripe peaches.

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Gluten Free Peach and Blueberry Crisp
recipe adapted from Ina Garten

For the fruit:

  • 6 ripe peaches
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup gluten free all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup fresh blueberries

For the crumble:

  • 3/4 cup gluten free oats, ground
  • 1/4 cup gluten free all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) cold unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup pecans, broken into small pieces

Directions:

  • Immerse the peaches in a medium saucepan with boiling water for 30 seconds to 1 minute.
  • Remove them and immediately set in cold water.
  • Peel the peaches, slice them into small wedges, and place them in a large bowl.
  • Add the lemon juice, sugar and flour. Toss well.
  • Mix in the blueberries.
  • Spoon the mixture into a pie dish.
  • For the topping, combine the flour, granulated sugar, brown sugar, salt, cinnamon, and the butter in a large bowl. With clean hands, gently break the butter apart and mix with the dry ingredients. Continue to blend the ingredients together with your fingertips to form pea-size crumbles.
  • Sprinkle the crumble topping over the fruit in the pie dish.
  • Top with pecans.
  • Place the pie dish on a baking sheet and bake for 40-45 minutes, or until the top is brown and the crisp is bubbling.
  • Serve warm with vanilla ice cream….or plain! So yummy.

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DIY Honeycomb Napkins Are All The Buzz

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The kids are learning their geometric shapes…and we are painting our favorite geometric shapes. The hexagons on these DIY honeybee napkins are sweeter than tupelo honey!

See the full tutorial on Wayfair. 

Jenna’s got you covered if you need the hexagon invite.

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Lashes or Staches Gender Reveal Baby Shower

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Jessica couldn’t get enough potato chips, clementine oranges and egg salad with her pregnancies. Jenna loved candy – Twix and frozen Snickers to be exact – while pregnant with her boys. Jodi devoured vanilla ice cream on a nightly basis with both her kiddos.

This Staches and Lashes gender reveal baby shower is so adorable, and has a salty and sweet food spread pregnant women dream of…and a touch of gold sparkle which satisfies, well, everyone!

Momtastic has all the details here!

Thanks to Sylvia at Special Events for sharing all the details, and Lizelle Lotter Photography for sharing the beautiful photos with us.

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DIY Pegboard Art

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Pegboard is the source of so many amazing art projects and organizational walls. We’ve seen them accessorized with hooks, baskets, jars, letters, ribbon and photos. But one specific pegboard in an art classroom really caught our eye. The colorful, bright DIY pegboard with an inspirational quote was made by one creative and talented art teacher, Sam Mizwicki. The quote by Roald Dahl says, “If you have good thoughts, they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.”

Well, this colorful piece of DIY pegboard art radiates like a sunbeam, which gives us good thoughts…and we’re hoping it makes us look lovely.

Sam is sharing all her tips in a how-to tutorial below. Thanks, Sam!

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Materials:

  • Peg board
  • Pencil
  • Yard stick or ruler
  • Acrylic paint
  • Painter’s tape

Directions:

  • Step 1: Purchase the pegboard in a big sheet from Home Depot. It was quite inexpensive for the size of the piece. You can also find some in white, but I liked the brown look.
  • Step 2: Use a table saw to cut pegboard down to desired size, or ask the nice employees of Home Depot to cut it for you.
  • Step 3: I used the concept of perspective here, where every line goes back to the vanishing point. Find the center of the pegboard and make a little dot. All lines will end at that point (the vanishing point).
  • Step 4: Start at the perimeter of the pegboard and divide up into sections of whatever size you prefer. You can measure it out to make it exact or just wing-it! I measured mine out to be a bit more precise. I used a pencil to make a little dot to mark each section.
  • Step 5: Use a yard stick or ruler to draw a line from the outer perimeter dot to the inside vanishing point dot. Continue this until you have filled in the whole space. Press lightly with your pencil because it makes it easier to erase.
  • Step 6: Next comes the fun part, painting! I used acrylics. Since I am an Art teacher, I have quite a collection of all different types of acrylics. A more heavy bodied acrylic will need less coats of paint, and can add a bit of texture. You can always water them down a bit. I used different sized brushes to get into the small spaces. Painters tape or masking tape can you keep straight lines, and avoid bleeding into another section. Just be careful when you pull off the tape, because the paint may come with it. If you stick the tape to your pant leg before applying it to the board, it will make it a little less sticky, which may help avoid the dried paint being pulled off.
  • Step 7: Fill in all sections with paint. Get creative with the colors. I used rainbow colors, but you could try different values in the same color family or black and white.

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  • Step 8: Sketch a paper template of the banner with a quote. Trace your sketch onto the pegboard, and recruit a friend to cut it with a jigsaw. Sharp curves can be tricky with a jigsaw, so keep that in mind when designing the shape of your banner.
  • Step 9: Paint a white acrylic coat on the banner. Gesso will work here too.
  • Step 10: Find a quote that you like, keeping the space of the banner in mind.
  • Step 11: Freehand the letters, or print them out in a Word document to do a transfer. It is often easier to start with the words in the middle and work your way out, so you don’t have too much or not enough space left. To transfer letters, use graphite paper or just a pencil. Run your pencil on the back of the printout. Press hard. Then lay the letters down where you want on the banner. Use a sharp pencil to press hard on the outline of the letters on the front. This will make a transfer of the letters that appear on the banner. It is like making homemade graphite transfer paper. The letters might be faint,  but you can always trace over it.
  • Step 12: Use a paint pen or sharpie to trace over your lettering.
  • Step 13: Hang the banner from the painting. I used a ball chain to hang the banner. You can find this at any craft store for a few dollars.

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DIY Bouquet Wrap for the Hostess

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Art is therapeutic. Flowers are beautiful. Kids love activities. Combine all three for a DIY hostess gift that is both personal and memorable. Whether the booms are fresh from the garden, or store-bought, they are even prettier when they are wrapped in a custom, DIY flower wrap.

Jessica shared details of her sunny afternoon painting on the porch, and how she created the DIY bouquet wraps with her kids on Momtastic. After you read it, make sure you find time in your day to stop and smell the roses!

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