Peach Blueberry Muffin Tin Pie Recipe

Peach Blueberry Muffin Tin Pie Recipe | CatchMyParty.com

I was asked by PAM Cooking Spray to come up with a healthy recipe for summer. I knew I wanted to make something that incorporated all of the incredible summer fruit I'm seeing at the farmer's market, so I decided a pie was in order!

But not just a big 'ol pie, but mini pies I could make in a muffin tin. I thought they'd be more portable and bite size, great for a picnic, plus aren't they darn cute?!

Here are the peaches and blueberries I picked up at the farmer's market. What I love about summer farmer's market fruit here in California, is not just how sweet everything is, but how complex the flavors. These peaches, for example, were definitely sweet, but they were also tangy and floral.

Peach Blueberry Muffin Tin Pie Recipe | CatchMyParty.com

To lighten up the recipe, first, I used PAM Cooking Spray instead of butter or Crisco to keep my pies from sticking to my muffin tin (plus it made cleanup a cinch), and secondly, because the fruit was so rich and complex in flavor, I barely used any additional sugar. In fact, I used a touch of salt to bring out the sweetness.

PEACH BLUEBERRY MUFFIN TIN PIE RECIPE

Ingredients:

for the Crust

  • 2 1/2 cups of flour
  • 2 teaspoons of sugar
  • 1 cup butter (2 sticks)
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/2 cup cold water
for the Filling
  • 4 large peaches
  • 1 1/2 cups of blueberries (~6 oz container)
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla
for the Assembly
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 2 tablespoons coarse sugar
  • PAM cooking spray
Directions:

We used the basic crust recipe from our Mini Cranberry Apple Pie Recipe. Check out that recipe for more detailed instructions and photos of the process.

Start by cubing the butter, and use a food processor to mix it with the flour, salt, and sugar for about 30 seconds until it has a breadcrumb texture.

In a chilled mixing bowl add 1/4 cup of cold water, and mix it with your hands. When the water is absorbed, add another 1/4 cup of cold water. That should be enough to pull the dough together. If it still seems crumbly work in another couple tablespoons of cold water.

With a floured work surface, knead the dough just a couple times to work into a nice smooth ball. Cover it in plastic wrap, and chill for at least 30 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 400F.

Heat the blueberries in a saucepan until they start to burst. Stir in the brown sugar, salt, and vanilla until it is dissolved. Set it aside and dice the peaches. We kept the skins on.

Roll out the pie dough and cut circles about twice as large as the muffin tin. Thoroughly spray the muffin tin with PAM cooking spray. Push the dough down into the pan.

Stir the peaches into the blueberries and spoon into the muffin tin.

Peach Blueberry Muffin Tin Pie Recipe | CatchMyParty.com

Peach Blueberry Muffin Tin Pie Recipe | CatchMyParty.com

Roll the remaining dough out again, and using a pizza cutter to cut into 1/4 inch strips. Lay them across in a lattice pattern like this.

Peach Blueberry Muffin Tin Pie Recipe | CatchMyParty.com

Beat an egg with 1 tablespoon of water and brush across the lattice. Sprinkle a pinch of sanding sugar over each pie.

Bake for 15-20 minutes. until the crust is a deep brown and the filling starts to bubble and you can't resist taking them out of the oven.

Peach Blueberry Muffin Tin Pie Recipe | CatchMyParty.com

Then enjoy your delicious, light mini pies. They're perfect for summer entertaining or just as a special treat! And I promise , they won't last long...

Peach Blueberry Muffin Tin Pie Recipe | CatchMyParty.com

Peach Blueberry Muffin Tin Pie Recipe | CatchMyParty.com

Peach Blueberry Muffin Tin Pie Recipe | CatchMyParty.com

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Summer Challah French Toast Recipe

Challah French Toast Recipe with Nutella and Strawberries | CatchMyParty.com

I love the taste of challah. It's soft, light, eggy, and a tiny bit sweet. For those who don't know, challah is a traditional egg bread eaten by many cultures, but especially by Jews at the sabbath.

It's also my favorite bread to make French toast with, because it brings so much flavor and richness all by itself.  But this time I wanted to step out of my French toast comfort zone, and add some new flavors for summer.

SUMMER CHALLAH FRENCH TOAST

Ingredients:

  • 3 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 6 slices of challah (1/2 inch slices)
  • 1/2 stick of butter
Here's the challah I picked up at my favorite bagel store. It usually comes braided like this... pretty.

 Challah French Toast Recipe with Nutella and Strawberries | CatchMyParty.com

Directions:

Add the eggs, sugar, salt, and vanilla to a mixing bowl. Mix until thoroughly combined, then stir in the milk. Transfer the liquid to a flat pan (a square cake pan works well).

Put the bread in and let it soak for 30 seconds a side, then let it rest on a rack for at least 2 minutes.

Challah French Toast Recipe with Nutella and Strawberries | CatchMyParty.com

Heat a skillet to medium heat, and add about a tablespoon of butter. Cook until browned then flip and cook the other side. Add new butter between batches.

I dusted my French toast with powdered sugar. Then, since I'm not a big syrup person, but I am a big chocolate person, I drizzled Nutella on top, and I added fresh farmer's market strawberries.

This is the first time I put Nutella on French toast and it is now my favorite way to serve it. Plus, the summer strawberries, with their sweet, tartness, added a layer of brightness to the whole dish and made it feel like summer.

My family loved it. I made six slices and they were eaten by my husband, daughter, and myself in about six minutes!

Challah French Toast Recipe with Nutella and Strawberries | CatchMyParty.com

Challah French Toast Recipe with Nutella and Strawberries | CatchMyParty.com

To go with my summer French toast, Nutella also asked me to share what music I'm listening to this summer. I'm loving a lot of songs this summer, but here are a few of my favorites (in a YouTube playlist) that make me happy, and that I thought would go beautifully with my French toast!  See if you agree...

Nutella® hazelnut spread is a happy start to every day! Pick up a jar of Nutella in the spreads aisle and enjoy it with whole wheat toast, waffles, pancakes, strawberries, bananas and many other foods. Nutella. Spread the HappyTM.

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Disclosure: Compensation was provided by the makers of Nutella via Mode Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Nutella.

Budget-Friendly Back to School Wreath DIY

Budget-friendly back to school wreath tutorial DIY! See more crafts at CatchMyParty.com.

Is it back to school time already? It isn't even the end of July, but my daughter heads back to school in four weeks! 

Laura Aguirre from Laura's Little Party is here with an easy budget-friendly wreath to get your kids (and you) back in the mood for school!

When there is a holiday, or special occasions, I like to hang a wreath on our front door to celebrate an event. They’re easy to make, and are usually pretty inexpensive.

I’ve recently created a simple back to school wreath to get ready & welcome the new school year!

Budget friendly back to school wreath tutorial DIY! See more crafts at CatchMyParty.com.

Supplies:

  • Wreath {can be a grapevine wreath like I used, pool noodle, styrofoam, etc.}
  • Hot glue gun
  • Twine
  • School related embellishments. {I chose paper apples, and paper rulers}
Directions:

Before I start attaching all my pieces to the wreath, I like to place them lightly on top of my wreath, to figure out where I’d like to glue everything down. Once you figure that out, start hot gluing your items to the wreath.

Budget-friendly back to school wreath tutorial DIY! See more crafts at CatchMyParty.com.

I evenly spaced my paper apples, and started the hot gluing process.

Budget-friendly back to school wreath tutorial DIY! See more crafts at CatchMyParty.com.

I continued gluing my items, until I had finished attaching them all the way around my wreath.

Budget-friendly back to school wreath tutorial DIY! See more crafts at CatchMyParty.com.

I attached twine towards the top center of my wreath, to hang my paper rulers. I then glued them to the twine.

Budget-friendly back to school wreath tutorial DIY! See more crafts at CatchMyParty.com.

This project was very inexpensive. I used one of my existing wreaths, spray painted it, and purchased my back to school embellishments from my local Dollar Tree store. The total amount spent for this project was $2!

 Amazing, Laura, $2??  I love budget crafts! To learn more about Laura, please find her at Laura's Little Party and on Facebook and Pinterest.

For more inspiration, check out these back to school parties from our site,  plus our free back to school printables, and our back to school Pinterest board.

Free Summer Printable Roundup

Free Summer printables and blog hop | CatchMyParty

Now that we're knee deep in summer, and in my house we're even coming down the home stretch because my daughter goes back to school in four weeks, I'm excited to be part of this free summer printable blog hop (with some of my favorite women on the web) and share these summer printables to give you some ideas and inspiration on how to spend your time, or how to decorate a party or two.

Take a look, I promise you'll be inspired!

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For more inspiration and party ideas, check out these awesome summer parties on our site and all our free summer printables!

My 4 Favorite Parties of the Week - July 20th

Check out my favorite parties added to our site this week...

A gorgeous red Minnie Mouse birthday party for a five year old, a lovely blue Frozen themed birthday party, a colorful snow cone pool party, and a woodland Little Red Riding Hood birthday party!

My 4 Favorite Parties of the Week July 20 | CatchMyParty.com!

Clockwise from top left: Feels like summer here as I'm baking peach and blueberry pie today with all the beautiful fruit I bought at the farmer's market! Hope you're having a relaxing Sunday eating something yummy!

9 Must-See Circus Parties!

9 amazing circus parties you've got to see! | CatchMyParty.com

Circus parties are super popular right now, and what's great about them is they work well for both boy and girl birthdays and baby showers. Check out some of the best circus parties from our site!

1. Cute Animal Circus Party

Amazing circus party you've got to see! | CatchMyParty.com

2. Traditional Circus Party

Amazing circus party you've got to see! | CatchMyParty.com

3. Girly Circus Party

Amazing circus party you've got to see! | CatchMyParty.com

4. Colorful Circus Party

Amazing circus party you've got to see! | CatchMyParty.com

5. Dumbo Circus Baby Shower

Amazing circus baby shower you've got to see! | CatchMyParty.com

6. Big Top Circus Party

Amazing circus party you've got to see! | CatchMyParty.com

7. Sweet and Feminine Circus Party

Amazing circus birthday party you've got to see! CatchMyParty.com

8. Outdoor Circus Party

Amazing circus birthday party you've got to see! CatchMyParty.com

9. Circus 1st Birthday Party

Amazing circus birthday party you've got to see! CatchMyParty.com

If you're planning a circus party and need more inspiration, check out all the fantastic circus parties on our site, our circus party supplies from the Catch My Party Store, and our circus party Pinterest board.

Sequin Monogram Letter DIY

Glam Sequin Monogram Letter DIY | CatchMyParty.com

Kristen and Missy from Sweetly Chic Events & Designs, are here sharing an easy way to glam up a monogram letter by using sequins. How great would this look as party decor at a bridal shower, baby shower, 1st birthday, or even as some bingy room decor for a girl's bedroom.

Monograms are a classic trend that never go out of style! We decided to bring an element of glitz and glam to a traditional monogram by adding sequins. This quick and easy DIY will be sure to dazzle at your next event or bring a little fun to your home decor!

DIY Sequin Monogram | CatchMyParty.com

Supplies:
  • Elastic sequin cording
  • Paper mache letter
  • Decorative flower
  • Hot glue gun
  • Scissors

DIY Sequin Monogram | CatchMyParty.com

Directions:

1.) We want to start by covering up the edges of the letter, so take a strand of your elastic sequin cording and carefully cut pieces to adhere to the edges of your paper mache letter that can not be wrapped with the elastic.

DIY Sequin Monogram | CatchMyParty.com

2.) With hot glue, adhere the strands of your pre-cut elastic to any edging of the perimeter of your paper mache letter.

DIY Sequin Monogram | CatchMyParty.com

3.) Starting at any edge of your paper mache letter, hot glue the end of your cording, starting on the back of your letter, and begin to carefully wrap the sequin band around the letter. Be sure as your wrap, there are no gaps between the layers of the cording. If you have some small gaps, you can easily fill them in with loose sequins.

DIY Sequin Monogram | CatchMyParty.com

4.) As you get to a new edge of your letter, you may need to start wrapping the cording in the opposite direction (depending on your letter of choice).

DIY Sequin Monogram | CatchMyParty.com

5.) We wrapped our sequins vertically along the outer edge of our letter E to save on time and to give it a smoother look.

DIY Sequin Monogram | CatchMyParty.com

6.) Finish wrapping any other areas of your letter. This should leave you with a fully covered letter!

DIY Sequin Monogram | CatchMyParty.com

7.) We wanted to add a little extra something to our monogram, so we decided to add a pretty coral colored silk flower for a fun detail!

DIY Sequin Monogram | CatchMyParty.com

8.) Carefully adhere your silk flower with a touch of hot glue.

DIY Sequin Monogram | CatchMyParty.com

9.) Congratulations on creating your own beautiful and fun sequin monogram, suitable for any event or as a unique piece of home decor!

DIY Sequin Monogram | CatchMyParty.com

 

Thank you, Missy and Kristen, for once again sharing your boundless creativity! I would never have thought to use sequin cording... brilliant idea!

To learn more about Missy and Kristen, please visit them at Sweetly Chic Events & Designs, and on FacebookPinterest, and Instagram.

For more glitzy inspiration, check out these glam parties from our site!

7 Must Haves for an Alice in Wonderland Party

7 Alice in Wonderland Party Ideas | CatchMyParty.com Alice in Wonderland parties on our site are some of our most popular parties! Here are seven ideas for throwing a simple mad event!

1. Decorations

Paper medallions, an ornate frame, and a fun sign are the perfect backdrop for your Alice in Wonderland party!

7 Alice in Wonderland Decoration Party Ideas | CatchMyParty.com

2. Cake

Since Alice in Wonderland is such a whimsical theme, have fun with the cake you serve, like this five layer showstopper with fondant characters.

Alice in Wonderland Birthday Cake Ideas | CatchMyParty.com

3. Balloons

How about creating some unique heart and spade balloon decorations like these using balloon grids!

Alice in Wonderland Party Balloon Decorations Ideas | CatchMyParty.com

4. Party table

Set your party table with an assortment of colorful chairs and paper lanterns!

Alice in Wonderland Party Table Ideas | CatchMyParty.com

5. Cake pops

"Eat Me"  tags are attached to swirly cake pops to add to the colorful, whimsical feel!

Alice in Wonderland Party Cake Pop Ideas | CatchMyParty.com

6. Treats

Here's an easy treat idea... decorate Rice Krispie treats to look like card soldiers!

Alice in Wonderland Party Treat Ideas | CatchMyParty.com

7. Party Supplies

Here's a selection of party supplies from the Catch My Party Store that would look fantastic at an Alice in Wonderland celebration! Alice in Wonderland Party Supply Ideas | CatchMyParty.com

1.  Cherry rock candy sugar stick

2.  Tissue paper tassle garland

3. Chevron wood forks

4. Chevron blueberry bliss style stix

5. Big polka-dot tropical balloons

6. Sassy sphere petite suckers

7. Toot sweet charms square plates

8. Blue striped large treat bags

For more inspiration, check out these amazing Alice in Wonderland parties on our site and on our Alice in Wonderland Pinterest board.

Introducing Our New Site!

New redesigned Catch My Party site!

I can't tell you how excited I am about this... we're ready to share the work we've been doing on the redesigned Catch My Party site!

But before we officially launch it, we need your feedback. Please take a second and test drive it on your smartphone, tablet, or desktop, then add your feedback here or shoot me an email at jillian(at)catchmyparty(dot)com.

We'd love honest thoughts -- both positive and negative -- and please let us know if you experience any difficulties (and what device you're viewing our site on).

Our community (you!), is what we value most, so we want this site to feel like yours as much as ours.

For those who have been with us from the beginning, we thank you for your commitment and loyalty, and hope you like where we're going... and for you newbies, welcome to a cool, new party planning/party sharing experience!

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How to Throw a Fun Pizza Party

Tips and free printables for throwing a pizza party! | CatchMyParty.com

I was asked by DiGiorno® to come up with a fun way to throw a pizza party using their new DESIGN A PIZZA kit which has all the ingredients you need to bake your masterpiece.

I thought it would be fun to throw a party where the main activity was to let my friends create their own pizzas. I love activities at parties, especially if they involve food. I think it creates a playful vibe, easy conversation and lots of laughter.

I printed out this awesome set of pizza party printables from our site, with every topping label imaginable, plus a whole host of other decorative goodies. You can download the whole free pizza party printables collection here.

The  DESIGN A PIZZA kits come in three varieties:

  • Pepperoni and Sausage with Peppers & Onions
  • Chicken, Green Peppers & Red Onions with Pepperoni
  • Spinach, Tomato & Red Onion with Pepperoni
For our party I used the first two.

Tips and free printables for throwing a pizza party! | CatchMyParty.com

Here are the pizzas right out of the box, with all the ingredients in separate pouches.

Tips and free printables for throwing a pizza party! | CatchMyParty.com

Here's my invitation.

Tips and free printables for throwing a pizza party! | CatchMyParty.com

I held the party on my back patio. I covered my big table in white butcher block paper to make it feel like a work space.

I put the two frozen pizzas on upside down disposable cookie trays. Then I put out all the toppings in little glass bowls with their corresponding tented labels. I printed out some of the other decorations, and of course, didn't forget the beer and wine.

Tips and free printables for throwing a pizza party! | CatchMyParty.com

Tips and free printables for throwing a pizza party! | CatchMyParty.com

Tips and free printables for throwing a pizza party! | CatchMyParty.com

I was so excited when my friends arrived.

Tips and free printables for throwing a pizza party! | CatchMyParty.com

They loved the set up, and it didn't take them long to find their creative spirits.

Tips and free printables for throwing a pizza party! | CatchMyParty.com

Tips and free printables for throwing a pizza party! | CatchMyParty.com

Voilà, a beach ball pizza and a... sort of abstract pizza with lots of meat and very few veggies. :)

Tips and free printables for throwing a pizza party! | CatchMyParty.com

Tips and free printables for throwing a pizza party! | CatchMyParty.com

And here they are piping hot out of the oven.

Tips and free printables for throwing a pizza party! | CatchMyParty.com

Tips and free printables for throwing a pizza party! | CatchMyParty.com

And here we all are enjoying our pizzas. They were super cheesy with a thick crunchy crust, and  the toppings added a nice mix of salty, smoky, crisp, and fresh flavors. Plus, I think the fact that we created them ourselves made them extra delicious.

Tips and free printables for throwing a pizza party! | CatchMyParty.com

Tips and free printables for throwing a pizza party! | CatchMyParty.com

And because you can't throw a pizza party without cupcakes, here are the chocolate ones I served for dessert.

Tips and free printables for throwing a pizza party! | CatchMyParty.com

Disclosure: Compensation was provided by DiGiorno. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of DiGiorno.

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