One 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.
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!
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!!!
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Sweet Maddie Jane’s Blackberry Pie
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.
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:
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.
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!!
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!
Bake the pie for about 30 minutes at 350 degrees.
Voila! Serve and enjoy your sweet berry pie!!
I’m always looking for a hairstyle that is cute, easy, and requires little time and heat. Most of the time, my go-to hairstyle is braids! Whether it’s a classic messy braid, fishtail, or braided pigtails, I love them because they are so effortless but they all look so different and are perfect for summer! Today I wanted to share a tutorial on these easy French braid pigtails that I’ve been loving lately so you can achieve an effortless, cute, messy braid for the summer!
First, brush your hair and get all of the tangles out. For me, this can be a chore!
Split your hair into two equal sections. (I like to make a zig zag shape in my hairline since I’m parting it down the middle. You can do this using a comb).
Take three small strands from from the front of one side and start a regular braid.
Begin your French braid by taking an extra piece of your hair each time you cross one of your three strands.
Continue French braiding while pulling your hair towards the back.
When you’ve reached the back of your head, begin a regular braid to finish out that side and tie the end with a rubber band (I use brown bands to match my hair).
Follow the exact same steps for the other side!
For a messy look, spray your hair with texturizing spray or a volume dry shampoo I use Kenra volume dry shampoo. I’ve gone through two bottles and I love it! Pull out your braids to the desired size. I pull them out unevenly to make it even more messy!
Voila! An easy and cute hairstyle for any occasion this summer!!
Photo cred. goes to my awesome photographer/boyfriend, Charles!
I hope you enjoyed this post and thank you so much for reading!! Let me know if you’d like to see more tutorials like this and I’ll share some of my other favorite braids too!!
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Hello sweet readers!
I’ve been throwing around the idea of doing a “Thrifty Thursday” or a “Craft With Maddie Jane Monday” blog and start making some of my Pinterest dreams come true one week at a time! What do you think??
For now, I just wanted to share a quick and frugal craft that makes an adorable decoration for the kitchen!Continue reading “Craft With Maddie Jane Monday! Quick and easy $5 craft!”
Ahh, it feels so good to be getting back to writing (for pleasure)!! This past month at school has been absolutely horrendous, as I’m sure it has been for most college students who are crawling closer and closer to graduation. I am so relieved to finally say that I am finished with this semester, which felt like it was the worst one yet- although I feel like I say that every time! Now that school is out I’ll have more spare time to focus on my beloved blog that has taken a back seat through this challenging but endearing semester at Murray. I am especially excited to be sharing some new posts with you guys about my favorite vacation of the year- our annual family trip to St. George Island, Florida! This trip is so special to me because I get to spend the whole week in this gorgeous, relaxing place with my favorite people, who, lucky for me, are an extremely entertaining group!
In today’s post, I’ll be sharing packing tips and some of my favorite must-have travel products, including a couple adorable outfits that I brought along for the trip!Continue reading “Isle Be Packing My Bags!”
I have been a lover of makeup for many years! I have so much fun experimenting with new products and techniques and closely following all of my favorite beauty gurus on YouTube! One of my favorite things about makeup, which has become somewhat of a ritual, is doing my family’s makeup when we’re traveling! I enjoy getting in the extra practice and I really love seeing how happy they are with the results! Besides a few instances of mascara pokes and eyeshadow swatches in the eye (sorry momma) every session has been a success!
One product that I never seem to accumulate enough of is lipstick! After years of hoarding a million different (but the same) shades of lipstick, I found myself really struggling for the past few days to decide which 5 would make the cut of my all-time favorites. I wear lipstick almost every day, so comfort and longevity are my top 2 priorities when I’m looking for my next go-to color! Also, you must know that I have an obsession with nude lipstick. Almost every color in my collection is a variation of nude. However, I do have a berry awesome shade to share in my top 5, so to any of my bright and bold lipped friends, do not fret!
Spoiler: Look out for a post coming in a couple of months where I’ll be sharing my 5 favorite lipsticks for Summertime! Those will be very festive!
As for now, here are my Top 5 Favorite Lipsticks of all time!
[I’ll leave links for all shades down below!]
1. Bow n Arrow by Kat Von D- until very recently, I wore this shade almost every day for the past 2 years! This is hands-down my favorite lipstick ever! It stays in my purse at all times and I’ve almost emptied my second tube! It is a beautiful mauvey-nude color (of course) that is perfect for every day wear. And the best part is, it’s Kat Von D. Of every brand of liquid lipstick I have ever tried, her Everlasting Liquid Lipsticks are by far the most comfortable to wear and they last for hours! If you don’t have this color in your life, you’re missing out! This lipstick is $20 and well worth it!