Happy Memorial Day!

Happy Memorial Day! We hope that today is filled with fun, sun, good food and great times with your friends and family. Summer is officially here, y'all.

To make sure you get it started on the right foot - we're sharing all of the posts from our Summer Kickoff Series from last week. Check it out:

Shopping Guide: Summer Shorts - because those cutoff jorts you've been wearing are so 2014.
The Best Sunscreen for Your Face - fun in the sun calls for spf - try this great kiehl's pick on for size.
DIY "Chombré" Shirt - if you're looking for your new summer wardrobe staple, this is it. so easy and so fun, too!
Blackberry Smash - such a delicious recipe that just tastes like the beginning of summer.
Picnic All-Stars - 10 favorites handpicked by us at MOG. from wine caddies to croquet, you're sure to have all the things you need for the perfect picnic.
Martha's Blueberry Star Pie - a true classic. nothing quite gets you in the summer mood like a patriotic pie.

We hope you loved reading our Summer Kickoff Series as much as we loved sharing it with you. Be sure to check back for more themed-post weeks in the future! Now get out there and enjoy your day off.

#MOG Tries Martha's Blueberry Star Pie

Happy Sunday, all! I hope you're enjoying the long weekend, and are looking forward to all of your picnic faves tomorrow. In honor of Memorial Day - and wanting to do something patriotic - we tried our hand at Martha Stewart's Blueberry Pie. And, because that wasn't adorable enough, we decided to make the crust in a star pattern. Disclaimer: this was no small feat. (Of course it would be easier if you happen to have, say, a star shaped cookie cutter. We didnt.)

So, if you have the time today, boy oh boy is this worth it. Not to mention with its Instagram-worthy star status, you'll be the biggest hit at your picnic tomorrow! Insider tip - it's even better a-la-mode. We used McConnell's "Golden State Vanilla". Yum.

Ingredients
The Crust:

2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
1 cup unsalted butter - extra cold and cut into cubes
1/4-1/2 cup ice water

Blueberry Filling:
4 cups fresh blueberries
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 tablespoons corn starch
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 tablespoon lemon zest

Instructions
Add your dry ingredients into a food processor, followed by butter cubes and pulse until the mixture looks like crumbs. Next, slowly pour the ice water and process until the dough just starts to stick together. Remove the dough and divide in half. Flatten the dough into rounded disk shapes, wrap them in plastic, and refrigerate for an hour.

Once chilled, remove one disk from the refrigerator, and place on a floured surface. Roll into a 12 inch circle, doing your best to maintain an even thickness throughout. Then transfer to a 9 inch pie pan and crimp along the edges. Cover it with plastic and refrigerate for another half hour.

Next, remove the remaining dough from the fridge and roll it out like before. Using a star-shaped cookie cutter, cut about 20 stars. (Or, if you're insane like us, cut them all individually with a paring knife.) Place your finished stars on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, cover with plastic wrap, and pop back into the fridge.

Then, place the blueberries in a large bowl and in a separate bowl, mix together the sugar, corn starch, lemon juice and lemon zest. Add this mixture to the blueberries and toss with a rubber spatula. Pour the blueberry filling into your pie crust. Then, in a small bowl combine an egg yolk and a tablespoon of milk or cream. Remove your stars from the refrigerator and brush them with the egg wash, using any remaining to brush the rim of the crust. Sprinkle the stars with coarse sugar and place them on the pie in a circular pattern. Refrigerate one last time, for about half an hour or so.

In the meantime, preheat the oven to 400 degrees. When the pie is ready, place it on a parchment lined baking sheet (blueberry pies have a tendency to bubble over). Place the baking sheet on the lower rack of the oven and bake for 20 minutes. Then, reduce the heat to 350 degrees and continue to bake for about 45 minutes. When done, the crust should be a golden and the juices should be bubbling. Remove from the oven to cool on a wire rack for several hours so the filling will set.

Like we said, time-consuming, but SO worth it. Let us know if you give this a try - we'd love to see the results! Be sure to use the hashtag #MOGBLOGBakes so we can check out your pictures! Happy Memorial Day!

Memorial Day Picnic All-Stars

It's finally here - the long weekend! In honor of all of the maxing & relaxing you're going to do the next three days, we're gonna keep this post short n' sweet. Presenting: our all-star picks for the perfect memorial day picnic.