Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Easy as Pi 1, 2, 3.14

For all of you just emerging from your tornado shelter (or as Jen calls it "her fraidy hole") after the state wide tornado drills; we've got ourselves another holiday!
It's National Pi Day. It's a math thing, don't ask me for any more.
I just know it's a great excuse to eat pie.
And since the temp hit EIGHTY today I made a strawberry pie.
Sorry the picture is kinda shadowy but I ate this piece while waiting for the photo to load...YUM!

Strawberry Cream Cheese Pie

1prebaked 9" pastry shell
1 8 oz pkgcream cheese, softened
1/2 cpowdered sugar
Strawberry Filling:
1 qtfresh strawberries
1/4 cwater
2/3 cgranulated sugar
4 tcornstarch
Whipped cream

Bake your pie shell. Cool.
Blend cream cheese and powdered sugar. Spread in bottom of pastry shell.
Rinse berries, hull and sort, reserving the most uniform berries. 

Crush enough remaining berries to make 1 cup.
In small saucepan, mix water, granulated sugar and cornstarch. Add crushed berries. 

Bring to a boil. Cook for 2 minutes or until thick and clear. Cool.
Press whole berries, tips up, into cream cheese. 

Spoon cooled strawberry mixture evenly over berries.
Chill for 3 to 4 hours.
When ready to serve, top pie with whipped cream.

Nutritional facts (daily value): Calories 1750kcal; Protein 9g (18%); Total Fat 76g (117%)(Sat. 47g (233%)); Chol. 266mg (89%); Carb. 271g (90%); Fiber 12g (46%); Sugars 235g; Calcium 262mg (26%); Iron 3mg (14%)

Monday, March 12, 2012

My little recipe

As I was perusing my favorite foodie blogs I can upon a recipe that sounded quite familiar.
After further investigation I found that this blog gave credit for their inspiration to this blog who linked her tasty kitchen profile where credit for the recipe was given to campgrandma aka me.
My little recipe made it to the big time blogs! 
All this linking transported my brain to the question: Are there any truly original recipes?
I found this timeline which stated: "Most foods are not invented; they evolve."
So now I can add evolution to my life skills!
And now I'm tired :)

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Happy St Patrick's Day Kate!

Found another idea on Pintesest.
Filling a gift box with balloons...simple, easy (except for the inflating of the balloons with the Grandma lungs)!
Kate loves balloons so I found these rainbow swirly ones at the Wal-marts. Dillons only has hb balloons and (say it aint so) Alco is closing and had no balloons left. 
Wrapped it all up in this cute as can be owl paper from World Market & paid extra for next day delivery. How sad would it be to open a box of half filled balloons?
I also filled this beautiful pie plate with yummy pie for Sharon's Birthday gift. Don't worry Sharon I was able to get the sticker off with that sticky gooey remover stuff and then washed it three times to get rid of the "citrus" scent. Don't you just hate stickers that won't unstick? 
All in all it was a very productive Friday morning!

Monday, March 5, 2012

Bread, that this house may never know hunger

First let me apologize for my absence. 
I was doing so well with this blog thing and then February happened & life happened.
Do you forgive me? 
Ok, glad we got that over with...on to the recipe & the story of the blog title.
Once upon a time there was this wonderful place called Pinterest.
In the land of Pinterest even dorks like me can feel like Martha Stewart.
I found this & pinned it here for a future housewarming gift opportunity.
I love it because it references one of my all time favorite movies. (ff to 1:05 for the housewarming scene)
The afore mentioned opportunity presented itself last weekend when one of my son's friend's family moved to a farm outside our tiny town. 
This family had been driving their 4 children to school, practice & games for the last 7 months from a town 10 miles down the road.
That may not sound like a long commute to you big city folk but since I did the very same thing 20 years ago before finding a home in our corner of the world I felt this family deserved a proper welcome.
Long story short, I baked a few things, bought some flowers, printed the tags & threw it all in a basket.
I only have photos of the bread so I'll share that recipe with you.
And it's a good one, no yeast! 
Have we talked about how I'm way to disorganized to bake with yeast?
No? well another day, another blog post.
And stick around, at the end of today's post you will see a photo of the "famous" housewarming basket!! 

Rosemary-Olive Oil Bread
Yield: 1 loaf
adapted from

2 1/2 call-purpose flour
3/4 csugar
1/2 cchopped walnuts
2 tbaking powder
2 Tfresh rosemary - chopped
1/4 tsalt
1 Tgrated lemon zest
2eggs - lightly beaten
3/4 csweet white wine or apple juice
1/2 c
extra-virgin olive oil

Heat oven to 350° F. 
In a bowl, stir together the flour, sugar, walnuts, baking powder, rosemary, salt, and lemon zest.
In another bowl, blend the eggs, wine, and olive oil; stir into the dry ingredients.
Transfer the batter into pan and smooth surface. Bake 55 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Nutritional Information:
Calories 420; Fat 20g; Sat Fat 3g; Cholesterol 47mg; Sodium 214mg; Protein 7g; Carbohydrate 51g; Sugar 19g; Fiber 2g; Iron 3mg; Calcium 93mg

Now it just so happens the recipient of the housewarming gift is the real deal in blogger world and has about a bazillion followers.
She also happens to be a great photographer (I think she even uses a camera instead of her phone). 
So go here to see her photo of the basket.
And remember; "No (wo)man is a failure who has friends".