Simple Maple Blue Berry Pie

img_6785-1I love this pie filling! One because its simple and two because we get to visit Vanderhelm farms down the road to pick our own blue berries!  They have amazing blue berries, I try to get lots of sour (green) ones to balance out the sweetness in this pie filling. This is the simplest of all fruit pie recipes because there is no prepping, peeling or pitting of fruit!  I use maple syrup instead of sugar to give depth of flavor and also because maple syrup is absorbed much slower in the body than other simple sugars (i.e. refined sugar or honey). Use this with my Yogurt Maple Pie Crust recipe and you will have a true taste of farm home goodness!img_6762

Ingredients:

  1. 6 cups fresh blue berries (I have not tried frozen but I suppose you could try!)
  2. 1/2 flour
  3. 2/3 c maple syrup
  4. 2 tbs lemon juice more if berries are really sweet.

Directions:

Preheat oven to 425 f. Prepare pie crust as directed. Mix blue berries, flour, lemon juice, and maple syrup in large bowl. Place in pie crust. Place second pie crust to cover. Using sharp knife remove edges, and place slits in top to allow hot air to escape. Crimp edges to close. Brush with melted butter and sprinkle with sugar. Bake 35-45 minutes. Use foil or cover over crust edges to prevent burning.

When do you find the time??

Many busy moms ask me when do I find the time to paint?  Just making it a priority in my week helps.  I try and keep things in perspective and remember that kiddo time should always be on the top 031of the list. I will also admit that since painting the cupboards are running a little bare, as I try to keep errands to a day or two a week. Painting should be fun and any mom can do it. Our outlets away from the constant laundry and demands of the day are important. Time to nourish our spiritual selfs is essential to our happiness and by default our families. Paint away, you will be surprised what you learn after one painting. Plus it is special to have something you love that you created in your home. God gave us all the gift of a mind to create things, the more you create the more He and others will value your work!