Blackberry Pie, a Kitchen Decor Project and Cleaning Up Sticky Messes

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Dish Cloth Drying StationYou’ve heard of a two-for?  Well, today is your lucky day!  Not only do I have a recipe for you, but I also have a fun, inexpensive kitchen decor project that is as useful as it is cute.  Today’s post is a long on, so stick with me and remember to share the recipe and project with your friends on Pinterest.

Blackberry pie is one of my boyfriend’s very favorite things.  We were very excited to find wild blackberries growing along the property line at our new house and equally disappointed when we realized the vines were tangled with poison ivy and would probably end up being killed off as we tried to eradicate it.  Thankfully, blackberries are easy enough to find at Walmart, so I was still able to make him his favorite pie this weekend.  Get the full recipe near the bottom of the post.

Blackberry Pie IngredientsWhen I cook, it’s not uncommon for my kitchen to look like a war zone.  There are dishes everywhere, splashes and splatters on the counters and stove.  The sink ends up piled full of dishes, some of which might sit and dry a bit before I get around to cleaning them up.  The last thing I want to do when I finish cooking is to have to fight my way through a war zone of stuck on mess, but washing as I go isn’t realistic either.  When I make blackberry pie, the stuck on mess is unbelievable!  Everything ends up covered in thick, sticky pie filling and it is a bear to clean up.

When I’m cleaning up a mess in the kitchen, I don’t want to have to use my fingernail (or even a knife) to scrape off a stuck on mess.  A dish cloth with scrubbing power makes cleaning easier and quicker too!  Scotch-Brite®, a brand we’ve trusted for years, has brought us a “supercharged” dish cloth.  Meet the NEW Scotch-Brite® Scrubbing Dish Cloth.

Cleaning Dried Blackberry FillingThe NEW Scotch-Brite® Scrubbing Dish Cloth is super stylish and gives you all the scrubbing power you need to clean up your tough kitchen messes.  It powered right through the pie filling stuck to my spatula and make quick work of the pot I made the filling in too.  The washable, reusable and sturdy premium, textured fiber dish cloths feature scrubbing dots on one side, giving you the non-scratch scrubbing power of Scotch-Brite’s stay clean sponges, and the wiping and drying power of a dish cloth.  These dish cloths scrub, but don’t scratch!

How to Dry Dish ClothsLike I said before, these are washable, reusable dish clothes.  For me, that means I want to keep one around all the time for quick counter wipe downs and such.  I tend to use mine, rinse it out and hang it to dry.  I really dislike hanging dish cloths over the edge of the counter or the sink, so I made a little dish cloth drying station that hangs right on the side of my cabinets by the sink.  It keeps my dish cloth up and out of the way and allows it to dry completely between uses.  This was a super simple project that you can make too.

Dish Cloth DryerI picked up everything I needed at Walmart.  You’ll need a base of some sort.  I chose a slatted, pallet type looking wood piece from the craft section.  You could also use a solid rectangle or other shaped piece of wood.  You will also need wooden clothes pins, a hot glue gun and paint in your choice of colors.  I went with brown and cream, as those colors match my kitchen.  I also originally picked up stencils to add lettering, but I liked the plain look well enough that I decided to skip the lettering.

First, paint your backer.  You could do a solid color or a base color and a dry brush over top like I did.  If you chose a solid base color, apply two coats.  If you want the look I did, apply one coat of your darker color as a base and once dry, dry brush a coat of the lighter color over the top.  Dry brushing is a technique of putting very little paint on your brush, dabbing it off, and basically only putting “left-over” paint onto the surface.

Next, take apart your clothes pins and paint those in a contrasting color.  I went with the brown I used for my base coat.  If you’re using paint that is water soluble (cleans up with water), I would suggest painting over any areas of the clothes pins likely to touch wet cloth with clear nail polish or a sealer to keep the paint from coming off before you reassemble your clothes pins.  Once everything is dry, put them back together.

This step is one of personal preference.  You can use stencils (or even freehand, if you dare) to add some wording to your sign.  I decided to leave mine as is for now, until I have some more decor pieces for my kitchen, and I’ll add something later that fits with whatever theme I end up going with.

Last, just hot glue your clothes pins to your board and you’re ready to hang and use your drying station.  Easy!!

Where to find Scotch-Brite Scrubbing Dish ClothsScotch-Brite® Scrubbing Dish Cloths are available at Walmart in the cleaning aisle and are available in 2-packs in tan, coral and navy for only $4.98.  Plus, if you shop now, there is a $1 off instant redeemable coupon available!  Just pick up a package with the coupon stuck right on the front and redeem it at checkout.  You can get your dish cloths and everything you need to make a drying station and a blackberry pie at your local Walmart and save money doing it.  What are you waiting for?

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Blackberry Pie

Blackberry Pie

Ingredients

  • Refridgerated Pie Crust (2)
  • 4 cups blackberries
  • 1 Tbsp Butter
  • 1/2 tsp Vanilla
  • Zest of 1 Lemon
  • 1 cup Sugar
  • 2 Tbsp All Purpose Flour
  • Egg

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Lay out your pie crusts and allow them to come to room temperature.
  3. In a saucepan, combine blackberries, butter, lemon zest, sugar and vanilla.
  4. Heat over medium until butter melts and the blackberries begin releasing their juices.
  5. Stir in flour.
  6. Mix well and remove from the heat.
  7. Line a Deep Dish pie pan with one of the crusts.
  8. Pour in the filling.
  9. Top with the remaining crust.
  10. Seal the edges and poke the crust or cut small slits for ventilation.
  11. Bake for 40-45 minutes, or until the crust is brown and the filling is bubbly.
  12. Serve with vanilla ice cream.
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5 Responses to Blackberry Pie, a Kitchen Decor Project and Cleaning Up Sticky Messes

  1. Michelle says:

    I love the idea of hanging the dish cloths like that. We installed an adjustable towel rack in our kitchen for this purpose, but I’m not in love with it. I love this (nonpermanent) idea much better. And blackberry pie? YUM! #client

  2. ToniaJoellenbeck says:

    What did you use to hang it?

  3. Melinda says:

    You listed an egg in the ingredients but didn’t mention it in the instructions.. I’m assuming it’s to brush the crust, which I did, and my Thanksgiving pie looks beautiful! Can’t wait to try it tomorrow with sweet cream ice cream! (Wish I could attach a photo)

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