Fresh Blueberry Pie

The BC blueberry crop has stretched into September, reminding us that summer isn't over just yet. This pie is easy to throw together and tastes great topped with a healthy dollop of whipped cream.

Ingredients

1 9-inch pie crust, baked and cooled (a graham cracker crust also works well with this pie)
4 cups fresh blueberries, separated (2 cups + 2 cups)
1 cup water
juice of 1 lemon
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup cornstarch
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 Tablespoon butter

Directions

Place 2 cups blueberries in bottom of pre-baked pie crust.

Mix remaining 2 cups blueberries with water and lemon juice in medium-sized saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Boil gently, adjusting heat as needed, stirring occasionally, 3 - 5 minutes, until berries burst.

Mix sugar, cornstarch, cinnamon, and salt together in small bowl.

Add sugar mixture to cooked blueberry mixture, lower heat to medium-low, and cook, stirring constantly, until thick and translucent (just a minute or two).

Remove from heat and stir in butter until it melts.

Pour mixture gently over fresh berries in pie crust. Chill until set.

Enjoy!

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How to Remove Berry Stains

It's berry season! Which means it's berry-stained-clothing season. My mom taught me a trick to remove berry stains when I was a kid and I still use it. 

This trick works best when stains are fresh and it definitely works better on some fabrics (e.g. cotton) than others.  

Boil some water. Gently stretch the stained article of clothing over a glass or jar. Slowly pour the water directly onto the stain.  

Pro tip: go slowly. I ended up with a burn after I poured too quickly and the water pooled on top of the fabric and then spilled over onto my hand. You could also secure the fabric around the glass using an elastic band so your hands are nowhere near the boiling water. 

Depending on your fabric and how old your stain is, the boiling water is usually enough to remove it completely - no soaps or nasty concoctions required! 

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Strawberry Shortcake

Summer means strawberries. BC grows beautiful strawberries and late June / early July is when they're perfect. My mom would pile us all into the station wagon and drive us out to the valley to pick buckets of berries when school was done for the year. Summer means dirt under my fingernails and berry juice running down my chin. Summer means strawberry shortcake. 

There are strong opinions when it comes to strawberry shortcake. Do you use a sponge cake? Angel food? Or do you do strawberry shortcake the right way?  I'm a traditional strawberry shortcake kind of gal who is married to a sponge cake enthusiast. Strawberry shortcake conversations are tense in our household is what I'm saying. (Don't worry - I'm raising my son right. Biscuit-y strawberry shortcake forever!) 

I love this strawberry shortcake recipe. I only use a tablespoon or so of sugar on the berries, and I add a dash of vanilla to the cream, but other than that I leave the recipe as is (which says a lot - I rarely follow recipes as they're written.) 

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What is your favourite summertime treat?