Black Cherry Pie

The blog has been a little quiet lately.  I have enjoyed my summer vacation and unplugged for a bit.  Let me bring you up to speed on what I have been up to and also share with you a Black Cherry Pie recipe (since a lot of my time in Michigan has been spent in the Northern area, I found this recipe fitting).

We packed up the dogs and headed over the Mighty Mac (my first time crossing it) and rented a very cute little cottage near Escanaba in northern Michigan.  If you are looking for a simple, this place is it.  We enjoyed swinging on the hammock, hikes, nightly bonfires and endless games of rumikube.  One huge feature we enjoyed here is the ability to leave all items at ‘home’ and walk into a ‘home’ and start our vacation.  That means no linens to take/wash,  endless kitchen utensils and no cell phone service/internet.  It felt rustic without the phone service, yet the cottage was just what we needed after wrapping up another school year.  If you are interested in visiting the Upper Pennisula and crossing the Mighty Mac, I highly recommend renting the little cabin we visited.  If you do, please tell James and Jules hello for us!

We then headed a little south to the Traverse City area to enjoy time with friends and family.  Needless to say, time was consumed with water sports, the Blue Angels, hikes, conversations, TRX classes and relaxation.  I need to give the instructors Liz and Stacy a shout out at Total Results Training…their classes are kick butt!  When you think you are going to die…they start jumping around and talking louder allowing you to push deeper and accomplish the goal.  Best part of my vacation is staying on track while enjoying endless fun!

Then we headed home for a week, celebrated the baptism of our God Daughter and packed the car up to head to the East Coast.  We visited the Cape Cod area.  Staying in a cute quiet B&B (fresh served cooked bacon daily) called SeaBreeze.  From there we traveled up to Boston and boarded a cruise ship to sail to Bermuda.  Bermuda has been on our bucket list, although we have crossed it off the list…we will be back soon!  I’ll post about my food sailing experience in another post!  All and all, we’ve had an amazing summer vacation which is slowly coming to an end.  However, Black Cherry Pie will always have a special spot in my heart and remind me of summer and our trips to Northern Michigan!  I hope you enjoy our favorite summer treat!

Black Cherry

1 gluten free pie crust

5-6 cups pitted black cherries

1 tsp vanilla

3 tsp Vital Proteins gelatin

3 tsp arrowroot starch

2 tbsp raw honey

1 tbsp water

Directions

  1.  Place cherries and water in a large pot over medium heat.  Cherries will begin to cook down after 10-15 minutes.  As the cherries cook down, some will split and become soft and others will keep their shape.  Once cherries are very soft, remove from heat.
  2. Add remaining ingredients and mix together, creating the cherry pie filling.
  3. Allow mixture to cool for about 30 minutes.
  4. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  5. Pour cherry pie filling into the pie crust.
  6. Bake the pie for 25-30 minutes, until pie crust edges are light brown.
  7. Allow pie to cool prior to serving.

Sweet Caroline T18 and Chocolate Chip Plantain Cookies

Today’s blog post comes from one of my amazing Alpha Chi Omega sorority sisters named Cressie Boggs.  She has educated me on Trisomy 18 through her personal experience with her daughter, Caroline.  If you don’t know what T18 is, please read her story below (feel free to share it too!) and check out the yummy cookie recipe she shares at the end!

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My name is Cressie Boggs and I want to share my daughter Caroline’s story with you.  Caroline is 10 months old and I am her voice.  Let me start by sharing our story of how Caroline joined the world…

 

I am a very positive person.  I know everything happens for a reason, although I may not understand it at the time.  I was glowing from being pregnant with my third child.  I was proud of my family and excited for my two children to have another sibling join them in our Bogg Family.  Everything about my pregnancy was normal up until 23 weeks.

 

Here I am, a pregnant mother at 23 weeks pregnant, my husband and I were brought into our midwives office and asked to sit down.  She informed us that our unborn child tested positive (via materniti21 blood test) for Trisomy 18.  At that moment, I was confused and unsure what the future laid ahead for my family and I.  Next thing I know, I found myself researching and learning about Trisomy 18.

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This is where our journey started… Continue reading

Blueberry Lemonade Pie

I have taken two of my favorite summer items (blueberries and lemonade) merged them together to create a Blueberry Lemonade Pie.  Not only is this pie packed with nutrients from the blueberries, but also from the Vital Proteins gelatin.   Gelatin is amazing for our skin, hair and joints.  I try to consume some everyday through a powder or directly from my chicken feet bone broth.  The important piece to me is knowing where my food comes from.  Vital Proteins has great standards and this is important to me!

When creating this dish, you will notice there is no sugar in it.  Your lemonade will give your pie some sweet taste.  I find often society over sweetens treats and we leave with a ‘sugar buzz’.  With this dish, you want tart and sweet to merge to create a settle taste bud delight.

This pie is a great treat for a summer picnic.  Guests love the taste and always comment on the texture.  I recommend my Blueberry Lemonade Pie for a hot summer day when you do not want to spend a lot of time in the kitchen creating a summer dish.

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