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1 Goodbye Summer Pie: Nectarine + Blueberry Pie With Sweet and Salty Oat Crust

Contributor post by Lyndsay Sung of Coco Cake Land

Fall is arriving which means it's time to CRANK THAT OVEN! One of my favourite cool weather things to bake and share are PIES, beautiful pies. With the last few weeks of summer fruit and a craving for a crumble-like dessert, this easy nectarine and blueberry pie came together like a sweet and salty dream, loaded with fruit, sprinkled generously with streusel topping and served with a perfectly large scoop of vanilla ice cream. The beauty of this fruit pie is you can substitute fall's favourite friend, the mighty apple, and it will be just as spectacular. So dig in, friends! It's high time for pie!


I adapted this recipe from The Four and Twenty Blackbirds pie book 

Makes 1 9 inch round pie

Oat Crust ingredients 
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
1/4 cup packed golden brown sugar
3/4 cup rolled oats
1/3 cup all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon ground cinammon
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

Stir together all ingredients except the butter in a large bowl. Add melted butter. Press evenly into the bottom of your pie pan. Freeze until solid; 15 minutes. Bake on the middle rack at 350 degrees for 18-20 minutes; if it puffs up at all, simply press back into the pan and let cool before using.

Filling ingredients 
5 medium nectarines, cut into slices
2 cups of blueberries
Juice of half of a small lemon
1/8 cup granulated sugar
pinch of kosher salt

Mix all of the ingredients together. Place filling into oat crust.

Streusel ingredients
1 cup all purpose flour
3 tablespoons golden brown sugar
4 teaspoons granulated sugar
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

Stir together the dry ingredients in a large bowl. Add the butter and mix until combined; it will be clumpy looking. Sprinkle generously all over the fruit filling.

Set the oven to 375 degrees; bake for 40-45 minutes until fruit is happily bubbling and cooked through and the streusel topping has browned nicely.

I fell seriously hard for this delicious pie and I hope you will too. You can also de-flour this beautiful oaty fruity pie by substituting spelt flour for the all purpose flour in both the crust and the streusel topping. Happy baking, friends!

Meet The Contributor
Lyn­d­say Sung is a baker and blog­ger at Coco Cake Land. She loves super cute cakes, sweet design and snacks. She lives in Van­cou­ver, Canada with her hus­band and tod­dler son.


1 Book Preview | Home Style By City

Home Style By City
Ideas and Inspiration from Paris, London, New York, Los Angeles and Copenhagen by Ida Magntorn

One of Chronicle Books' newest releases this month, Home Style By City by Ida Magntorn (out September 23rd/14) is the English version of her popular Swedish book, Urban Vintage which is filled with heaps of inspiration and ideas from homes in Paris, London, New York, Los Angeles and Copenhagen. From character and cultural heritage, each section offers up tips for decorating in this eclectic-bohemian style from where to shop (flea markets) while in these cities to "get the look" ideas and DIYs to create your own favorite city-inspired look.

A unique collection of spaces from a former editor-in-chief of the Sydsvenskan (home and living section) as well as the antique and flea market pages of various magazines. Ida is also a freelance reporter and a blogger for Elle Decoration.  This book is a definite fave! Let's take a look!

Home Style By City by Ida Magntorn  is available after September 23rd/14.  Click here for more info.

9 DIY | Marble Dipped Vase

Contributor post by Rachel of the Crafted Life

Time: 10 minutes + dry time
Materials: glass bottle, nail polish, warm water, bowl, toothpick

After seeing a few marble diys on Pinterest, I finally decided to take the plunge and try it out for myself. It only takes water and nail polish to do, so why not, right?! I ended up having to do the steps a few times before getting the results I wanted, so if you’ve never tried this method before, don’t worry you don’t nail it on the first try (it is possible, I promise!).  I recommend starting with a few practice bottles. Once you find the rhythm, it’s pretty easy!


1. Fill a bowl 3/4 of the way full with warm water.

2. The main thing I learned about marbling with nail polish is that you have to move quickly. Instead of adding polish to the water  drop by drop from the brush, you’ll be able to move faster if you pour paint directly from the bottle. The polish will spread once in the water so you won’t need to pour a lot in. It’s best to keep in simple and stick to 2-3 colors.

3. With a toothpick, swirl the paint together before it dries on the surface.

*Tip, if for some reason your polish is still drying before you can make your pattern, try pouring in two colors at once (one bottle in each hand).

4. Once you’ve achieved your desired patterned, immediately dip your bottle into the bowl, rotating the bottle to pick up the paint. It’s okay for the bottle to go into the water, and might be the easiest way to do this. Just be careful not to tear through your paint.

5. Make any corrections with nail polish remover, let dry, then fill with flowers! Be sure to wash by hand (not dishwasher safe).



IKEA (USA) has just launched a brand new collection today, called PAPERSHOP! A collection featuring a selection of paper goods from gift wrapping, stationery and decoration. The largest category, gift wrap, has everything from wrapping paper, tape, ribbons, tissue and gift bags (all you need to make your gift extra special). There's also beautiful stationery; notebooks, notepads, writing papers, paperclips, etc. And lastly, a bunch of fun decorations called VISIONĂ„R to hang from a ceiling or window. A perfect and inexpensive way to transform an ordinary room from everyday to festive. Check some pics out below!