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Peach Pie Recipe

The other weekend while grocery shopping, Chris was drooling over the store-bought peach pies, but I just can’t bring myself to buy grocery store  baked goods. So, to surprise him after his week away for work, I baked a homemade peach pie on Friday afternoon.

Peach Pie Recipe

I got the recipe from my mom, and it was incredibly simple and turned out really well. The crust was flaky, and the peach center was gooey and sweet. Delicious! Here’s my pie and crust recipe:

Peach Pie Recipe:

3/4 cup sugar
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 tablespoons butter
6 cups peeled, fresh peaches

Combine sugar, flour, and nutmeg. Add sugar mixture to peaches and toss to coat. Let stand 5 minutes. Stir in lemon juice. Place in 10″ pie crust and dot top with butter. Place top crust on pie and crimp edges. Cover edge with…

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Grilled Lettuce – on its own, and in a salad with potatoes, cornichon and peppered mackerel

food to glow

DSC_0011Can you believe I am asking you to grill lettuce? Isn’t that the one vegetable that we can just leave the heck alone? I know it sounds bonkers, but it really is quite something. As different to raw lettuce as microwaved egg is to scrambled in butter. Another level.

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My Life on HOLD!

The past four months have been a world-wind. Working along side with some of the most creative and interesting individuals, getting invited to Chicago’s hottest events to surgery, bed rest and endless reruns of the infamous Laguna Beach. Described as an extrovert and a “doer” the last thing I can imagine myself is being one-to-one with my beautiful Natori Ikat print bed sheets for weeks. Yes, did I mention home in the city of Rock-and-Roll Cleveland.


This marks one week past my surgery on both my feet and countless hours on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, looking at friends enjoying the beautiful weather in Chicago. Today also marks the day I received my diploma from DePaul University. I did it!

While I sit and feel pity for myself and drag about the plans that I don’t have for life I get a phone call. A 30-minute phone call with one thing remembered: take risks and don’t make excuses. Thanks dad for the encouraging call because now I have the sudden urge to job hunt, blog, heal and get back to Chicago.

So, prepare yourself for the blog to be filled with new music, DIY, beauty, recipe & so much more!


The Art Institute Welcomes You To: Night Heist

With so many fun events going on in our busy city it can be difficult to decide what to do. If you are bombarded by events and feel your friends pulling you in different directions, think no more! What if I told you, that you could experience a concert, art exhibits, and philanthropy all in one place? You are invited to The Evening Associates and The Art Institute of Chicago’s third annual fundraising celebration—Night Heist.

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On April 26, 2013 at 8 p.m. the doors of the Modern Wing will open to a night of cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, live music entertainment and a silent auction. You will also be able to go behind the scenes of the famous art exhibit, Picasso and ChicagoLive performances by Wait, What?, Chicago’s four-piece homemade indie rock band and Keith Masters, a Chicago native whose style includes a little bit of hip-hop, electro, pop, glitch, dub and disco music. His hit songs include, “Gary Busey” and “Tonite’s Hero.” To learn more, join the artist on Kickstarter to support his talents.

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The Evening Associates, Art Institute members, welcome everyone to join their love for art through their events held about once a month. This group of Chicagoans are passionate for spreading awareness about the museum while offering a night of unique fun and socializing. To learn more about the event and Evening Associates click here.

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So while you plan your weekend remember that this Friday night you can celebrate your passion for art & music in one unique space! Tickets for the event are $85-150 and available online or by calling (312) 443-3132. Proceeds go to the museum. See you there!

Sammi Raines


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