The date challenge that you need to try with your spouse right now. It’s so fun!

Last night Jeff & I took to the kitchen to have a fun little date! 🙆🏻‍♀️ Don’t let the picture stray you away- it was seriously so much fun! We made a blueberry pie from scratch (with a delicious crumble for the top) which is difficult enough as it is for me because pie crust is only a whopping four ingredients but if you don’t do it justttttt right, you can completely mess it up.. And lets be honest- I’ve made a few crusts in my time and maybe a handful have actually been done right.. lol! 🤣 If blueberry pies aren’t your thing, you can make whatever pie you and your spouse love! We just recently got a blueberry pie candle and I always have it burning- the only downside is it’s such a tease because you’re always hungry smelling it. So needless to say, we just had to have a blueberry pie.

With this super fun couples challenge, one person has to be blindfolded while physically making the pie- the other person has to instruct what to do by holding the blindfolded persons hands and doing everything to make the pie through them! (Total disclaimer- flour ended up everywhere! But it’s so fun, and the clean up process was actually super fun, too)

Now back to the date challenge: Rules: The person with the least cooking experience has to be the one blindfolded, so, naturally Jeff took that spot (this time) and to top off the fun- you only get three actual verbal instructions for the time you’re making the entire pie- which was harder than it sounds. Believe me haha.

It was definitely an interesting Saturday date night in the Mongelli household- but oh so much fun! 🥰 And the end result was extremely delicious, y’all. We added vanilla icecream and cheers-d our spoons with our first bites loaded on to celebrate the hard work before we dug in.

Here is the yummy blueberry pie recipe we used:

For the Crust:

1/2 cup unsalted butter — diced and chilled

1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon salt

2-4 tablespoons ice water

  1. Add flour, butter, and salt to a large bowl. Cut your butter in using a pastry cutter. Work in one tablespoon of water at a time.

  2. Flour your surface. Press the dough ball into a disk and roll to about 1/4″ thickness. If it sticks to the rolling pin, place a sheet of wax paper on top of the dough so you don’t have to add more flour. Be sure to flip and rotate your dough as you go so it does not stick to your surface. Roll out the dough to a few inches larger than your pie plate.

  3. Place in pie plate and press to fit. Tuck under any overhang and crimp or use the tines of a fork to decorate the edges. Chill until ready to fill.

  4. This pie crust is great for filling and the recipe makes 1 crust that fits comfortably in a 9″ pie plate. For a bigger pie plate or for a double crust, double the recipe.

For the Pie Filling:

5 cups fresh or thawed frozen blueberries

2/3 cup granulated sugar

1 tablespoon lemon juice

4 tablespoons cornstarch

  1. Preheat oven to 425°F.
  2. Place one pie crust in the bottom of a 9-inch pie plate and crimp as desired.
  3. Carefully stir together blueberries, sugar, lemon juice, and cornstarch. Pour into prepared pie plate.
  4. Top with topping of your choice, we used a crumble.
  1. Place a pie shield around the edge of the pie and place the pie on a cookie sheet.
  2. Bake for 10 minutes at 425° then lower the temperature to 350° and bake for about 30-40 minutes, or until crust is baked through and golden.

For the Crumble Topping:

12 tablespoons unsalted butter

2/3 cup sugar — (brown or white or a combination)

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

  1. Grate cold butter into a large bowl.

  2. Add sugar: use all brown or all white or a combination to make 2/3 cup.

  3. Add flour and then, using a pastry cutter, work the butter into the flour and sugar until the mixture forms coarse crumbs.

Tips for the Crust:

  • Make sure your butter is COLD and your water is ICE WATER. Cold ingredients yield a better crust.
  • Make sure you chill the crust before you fill and/or bake it. Cold crust bakes better than any other kind, especially since this is an all butter pie crust.

I’d love to know if you try this date night in the comments below! Happy dating, y’all! 🥰

xx, Torey Mongelli | Bright Peonies Blog

Red, White, and Cute | 2019 4th of July Outfits For Little Fashionistas

2019 4th of July is right around the corner- make sure your little fashionista has the cutest outfit- no matter what festivities you attend! Here are a few of my favorites for y’all 😘

SHOP | 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 |

Don’t forget about the adorable bathing suits & accessories! These are all under $15!

SHOP | 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 |

xx, Torey Mongelli | Bright Peonies

Elegant Rustic Farmhouse Entryway Look for Less | Shop The Look

Elegant Rustic Farmhouse Entryway Look for Less | Shop The Look | Large round mirror summer home style 2019

SHOP | 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 |

An elegant rustic farmhouse entryway brings coziness and makes all guests feel welcomed as soon as they walk in the door! Updating your space doesn’t always have to break the bank! I’ve put together some of my top cozy-home picks that will look great in any space in your home.

Number 1: A framed round mirror! I love the project 62 mirror I linked because it’s (on sale for under $50 right now!) 28″ and adds dimension to every space! If you’re looking for a black frame like in the picture, you can snatch this one 24″ or this one 21″

Number 2: A texturized vase with florals or faux greenery adds character and charm to any space! Everyone knows I have an extreme obsession with target! I’m also loving THIS one and THIS one from Target for under $25!

Number 3: Goes hand in hand with number 2, but add a smaller texturized vase for extra dimension and eye appeal. I’m loving THIS, THIS, and THIS one.

Number 4: Exact match. This exact console table is behind our sofa as well BECAUSE it’s minimal, and goes so well with all of our decor. The best part? IT’S ONLY $52 RIGHT NOW! There are so many different spaces that you could stick this guy to add character to your entire house. For your entry way, in a hallway, behind the sofa- the possibilities are endless. Seriously y’all- snatch one (or two) up quickly and thank me later!

Number 5: I’m a firm believer in Garden Flowers and greenery. They genuinely soften the feel of a home, whether fresh or faux. You can never go wrong with throwing a few stems in a vase and putting them in any spot in your home to soften the feel and add some color. They truly pull the room together! My favorites for spring and summer include Peonies, Eucalyptus, Fern, and gardenias.

Number 6: We all already know that throws add coziness to your home. You can never go wrong with a simple gray & white striped throw! Just Incase Gray doesn’t go with your color scheme, here are a few of my other favorites. | 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 |

A Trendy Rustic / Farmhouse Entry Way (where to shop for less!)

SHOP | Faux Peony Stems | Faux Fern Stems | Glass Vase | Mason Jar Caddy (similar style) | Wooden Pillar (also here and here)| Pillar Lavender Candle here, here and here in a few of my favorite spring/summer scents | Faux Potted Greenery | Lamp & lampshade | Table Book | Summer Floral Scented Candles HERE, HERE, HERE | Vintage Serving Platter Similar Style (my less expensive favorites here, here, here |

One of the main things that I love about being a military family and moving so frequently is that we get to update our living spaces and sort of start from scratch every few years. Right now, I would have to say that our trendy Rustic / Farmhouse entryway is one of my favorite spaces in the house! I’ve linked a few of my favorite pieces right now for your home and hope you love them!

If you’re needing more inspiration, here are a few of my entry way necessity top picks for under $25!

SHOP | 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 |

xx, Torey Mongelli | Bright Peonies

Sophia’s Summer Wardrobe, Part 3: Adorable Toddler/Girls Sun Dresses for a STEAL!

Calling all mamas with little Fashionistas! Old Navy is doing it again- and these deals are HUGE and way too good to pass up!

Sophia’s summer wardrobe wouldn’t be complete without a full line of adorable sun dresses- because these days that’s all she’ll wear! And with these 100 degree temps, who could blame her?! Right now (6/19/19) ALL DRESSES, Shorts and Tees are ON MAJOR SALE at Old Navy.

I’ve linked all of our favorites for you below. (How perfect is that blue dress with the Red White and Blue Stars?! PERFECT for the 4th of July!) You can tap any picture to shop directly or click the links below the pictures.

Printed Jersey Fit & Flare Cami Dress for girls, Toddler Fashion, Girls Fashion Summer Dresses, Printed Polka Dot Dress, 4th of July Stars Dress, Red White and Blue, Patriotic Dresses for Kids

SHOP | Printed Jersey Fit & Flare Cami Dress (multiple prints to choose from- and for reference, Sophia is 4 years old and in an XS in girls sizing)

SIMILAR OPTION FOR TODDLER SIZING HERE

printed watermelon and red floral button front tiered dress for Toddler Girls summer 2019 Toddler fashion

SHOP | Printed Button Front Tiered Dress (we also ordered the adorable watermelon print!)

Printed Watermelon Button-Front Tiered Dress for Toddler Girls 2019 Summer Fashion

(Tap the picture to shop the watermelon print dress)

Patterned Button-Front Tiered-Hem Sundress for Toddler Girls Summer 2019 FashionPatterned Button-Front Tiered-Hem Sundress for Toddler Girls Summer 2019 FashionPatterned Button-Front Tiered-Hem Sundress for Toddler Girls Summer 2019 Fashion

SHOP | Patterned Button-Front Tiered-Hem Sundress

There’s our entire haul for the day- happy shopping mamas! And Happy Hump Day!

xx, Torey Mongelli | Bright Peonies