Europeversary! Favorite Memories + 5 Travel Tips!

“Travel: it leaves you speechless and then makes you a storyteller” – Ibn Battuta

Piazza Navona, Rome 

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Hello sweet readers!

It has officially been two years (too long) since my unforgettable first trip to Europe in 2016 when we visited the beautiful cities of Rome, Paris, and London. In commemoration of this Europeversary, I wanted to look back and share my favorite moments, monuments, and 5 pieces of travel advice from the trip! Continue reading “Europeversary! Favorite Memories + 5 Travel Tips!”

Oversized Denim of Dreams- My Fall Style Details!

“Don’t tell Summer, but Fall you’re my favorite.” -Bath & Body Works Crisp Morning Air Hand Soap

Happy Monday everyone! This it’s-fall-but-feels-like-summer-outside weather always makes it so hard to figure out what to wear when you’re chomping at the bit to wear fall clothes but it’s just too dang hot to put on a sweater! That’s why I wanted to share this easy, cute look with you all today since it’s perfect for this transitional weather! “Casual Cute” is pretty much my style mantra, so pairing simple, cute dresses with a jacket, flannel, or cardigan and some comfy sneakers is a perfect way to look cute and still be super comfy–goals!! Continue reading “Oversized Denim of Dreams- My Fall Style Details!”

My 5 favorite beauty products!

“A library should not be without Shakespeare as a makeup bag should not be without bronzer.” -SMJ

Hello sweet readers!! For the latest edition of My 5 Favorites, I want to share some beauty products that I absolutely love and have repurchased time and time again! In the world of beauty, it can be overwhelming and sometimes frustrating to find products that work for you. The 5 gems that I am mentioning today were all discovered at long last after much trial and error (refer back to Madison circa 2011 for proof) and now I will never go without them! Continue reading “My 5 favorite beauty products!”

My Dixieland Delight Dress- Outfit and Concert Details!

IMG_9422One of my favorite hobbies is going to concerts! I try to go to a few concerts a year because I have a love for music and I prefer to spend my money on making memories! When I heard about the free, yes free, Alabama concert hosted by Independence Bank of Mayfield, KY a few months ago I knew I wasn’t going to miss it! I have so many memories growing up listening to Alabama’s music. One of my most fond memories is when I would ride in “Old Red” the pick up truck with my dad, windows rolled down, drinking Sprite, eating honey roasted peanuts, jammin’ to old country music.

Continue reading “My Dixieland Delight Dress- Outfit and Concert Details!”

Craft With Sweet Maddie Jane- Return of the Macrame!

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I’ve been absolutely obsessed with this 90’s revival of the Macrame Plant Hangers!! I’ve been on the hunt for some for a while but could never seem to find a price I was happy with. I almost lost hope on finding anything under the $20-$50 range when I found this perfect pair at Southern Soul boutique in Murray, KY for $9 each!! Ever since I got the hangers, I’ve been determined to put them up ASAP!! In another attempt at frugality, I decided that instead of springing for some Anthropology-esque flower pots, I’d be much better off making my own! This craft is super easy and leaves you plenty of room for creativity!

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Bake With Sweet Maddie Jane- Homemade Blackberry Pie Recipe!

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Baking has always been a passion of mine. When I was younger, I had my heart set on opening my own bakery called “Sweet Maddie Jane’s”! Pies are one of my favorite desserts to make (blackberry is my favorite) because they are easy, fun to decorate, and they are the perfect dessert for any time of year because the filling is seasonal! It’s been a few years since the blackberry bushes at my grandparent’s house have yielded enough for a pie. Usually the birds and bugs get them first, but not this time! I am so excited to be sharing my Blackberry Pie Recipe on the blog today and I hope you all enjoy this tasty treat as much as I do!! Thanks for reading!!!

With Love,

Sweet Maddie Jane

 

Sweet Maddie Jane’s Blackberry Pie

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Filling:
2 cups fresh blackberries
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup light brown sugar
2 tsp corn starch
Pinch of salt
Dash of cinnamon

Combine ingredients and put over low heat for about 20 minutes or until all sugar is dissolved.

Pie crust:

For the sake of sweet time and decorating, I love using the Ready-To-Bake Pie crusts from the store. They come with two, perfectly rolled crusts that are easy to cut and mold to make adorable “pie art”! When I’m feeling frisky, I’ll go all out and make a homemade crust. This recipe is always my go-to for flakey, delicious homemade pie crust:
http://www.yourhomebasedmom.com/perfect-pie-crust-tutorial/

While the pie filling is simmering, butter a pie pan and put down the first crust. Once you’ve shaped the crust to the pan, mix 1 egg in a bowl with 1/4 cup of sugar. Brush this mixture on the bottom crust and put it in the oven for about 15 minutes. I’ve found that this helps to get a more crispy bottom crust, and avoid the dreaded gooey, doughy crust.

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Then, on a piece of wax paper, cut your top crust to create your desired design. I love cutting out words (mainly puns) to decorate with; “Perfect Pear”, “I love you berry much”, “Apple of My Pie”, etc. I use a normal steak knife to cut out my letters and lattice strips, but I dream of one day having alphabet pie cutters and all of those fancy tools which would make this part much easier!!

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Once you’ve achieved your pie art design, take the bottom crust out of the oven and fill it with the pie filling. Then, top it off with your pie crust designs. I like to brush the top crust as well with the egg wash to make it more flakey and browned, but I would suggest doing it closer to when the pie is finished baking to avoid a burnt crust!

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Bake the pie for about 30 minutes at 350 degrees.

Voila! Serve and enjoy your sweet berry pie!!

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