Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Wednesday Sunshine

The rocky coast of Maine.

The sun is out today warming up the sunroom nicely even without the fire going. I have been waiting for the generator people to get here but just got an e-mail and they are behind so won't be here till tomorrow. SIGH......... I know it's not their fault but I had everything ready and tomorrow I have three appointments that I can't cancel so right at this point I don't know what I am going to do. Maybe I will eat a bowl of ice cream with a banana cut up in it. That would help.

Chyrlls over At Chyrlls Corner is having a super giveaway this week! She is not just giving one prize but four! Hop on over and throw your hat in the ring for a chance to win!! One prize is a cook book that I have my eye on so don't any of you choose that! Just kidding. Maybe. Yes, alright I am kidding but seeing as I have never won a give away I don't think you have anything to worry about!

My Dad sent me this picture this morning of a cactus that is growing out in front of their home in Florida. They planted it about 18 years ago and it was only about a foot or so tall when they set it out. As you can see it has grown a little! I hope the darned thing doesn't fall over on Mom, she'd be an instant pincushion!!! Yikes! Mom go in the house where it's safe! NOW!

Today is Bloggers Share National Pie Day. I had never heard of it before but read about it over at BJ's at
Sweet Nothings. I don't need much of an excuse to make a pie, made pumpkin pie on Monday, so guess I'll have to throw together an apple pie today in celebration. BJ has a really nice blog with lots of decorating ideas that I love. Go on over and give her a howdy!

National Pie Day - January 23rd
Created by the American Pie Council, National Pie Day is dedicated to the celebration of pie. As part of our American heritage, this day is a perfect opportunity to pass on the love and enjoyment of pie eating and pie making to future generations.
Each year the American Pie Council sponsors the National Pie Championships where some of the best pie makers in the United States and Canada enter their pies to compete for the "American Pie Council's Best Pie in America" award.
To celebrate National Pie Day share the warmth of the ultimate "comfort food" by giving the gift of pie to a friend or neighbor. Your generosity will be long remembered.
If pie making is not in your schedule, stop by your favorite pie shop or grocery store and bring home a gift of love and enjoyment for the whole family. The coldest of January days will be warmed by a special pie dessert.

If you aren't a good pie crust maker go over to my nieces blog musingsofahousewife and read her tutorial on crust making. It is a no fail recipe passed down to her from her mother and grandmother. Just click on The Perfect Homemade Pie Crust on her sidebar. It is soooooooo good!

Now I will give you my tutorial on making pie crust.

1. Get in your car.

2. Drive to the grocery store.

3. Go to the refrigerated section.

4. Pick up a box of rolled up pie crust.

5. Bring it home.

6. Open box, roll out pie crust.

7. Slap it in the pie dish.

8. Add your filling.

9. Slap the top crust on.

10. Cook

Works every time for me but don't tell anyone, they think I make it from scratch!

Is this the cutest thing or what???? Do you suppose Mama Kitty is wondering why her babies have a funny smell?? It looks like she is saying "I washed them twice already this morning, I just don't know what they got into."

Now I've heard the old saying 'when pigs fly' but never 'when pigs swim'......


Needled Mom said...

That warm sunny Florida weather is looking pretty good to me. I like the no sweatshirts/coats look!

I'm thinking of a lemon merinque pie since I have an abundance of lemons ripe right now. Better get it done. Ha.

I had heard that your weather was "wickedly" cold. What channel am I listening to these days?

dcrmom said...

You're a stitch!! LOL. Your pie tutorial rocks. Put it in your sidebar! ;-)

Seriously, though, thanks for the link love. :-)

Chyrll said...

Thank you for entering the giveaway!

kdwhorses said...

I know what you mean about not winning anything! I enter these contests all the time and nothing! Hopefully you will get the cookbook! National Blog Pie Day sounds good to me, will have to make my pie tomorrow though. I do not know what kind-hubby will want Buttermilk Pie.

Dawn said...

I used to make piecrust - like I used to do a lot of creative things. Now I pretty much do it like you - except I do cut up apples and make a fresh apple pie on occasion.

Mississippi Songbird said...

Oh..I'm so sorry I missed this today..
I wanna make a pie..:lol:

Great blog,and what a gorgeous picture of the lighthouse.I have never seen a lighthouse in person..Only in pictures..
Beautiful!...I hope you enjoyed the day..
God Bless you!

Joan said...

That photo of your mom reminds me of the succulent that is currently overtaking the side planting area of our house. Oops...I'd better go trim the darn thing before it becomes the "plant that ate a house."

Rising Rainbow said...

You cheat! That's all I can say about pie crust from the refrigerator section. LOL I make mine from scratch, just don't do it often. lol

Sorry about the tears this morning. That's how I felt writing that post and each time I reveiw a comment. But you haven't heard the last of Rhythm. I sure do miss him.

After going through that and the couple that we sold that were abused by a trainer, it's enough for me to seriously think about giving up on breeding horses.

Suzy said...

Beautiful photo of Maine...glad that you're getting a break from the cold and snow. Funny about your Mom and the cactus!!
Jumped over to "Sweet nothings"...what a great blog!!!
I'll put her in my favorites. Lastly,I with you on how to make a pie!!

Jen said...

om my gosh. Skunk babies?? lol.
National Pie day huh...sounds like a great excuse to make that peach pie I've been wanting to make up. Cheater cheater! Pie crust is very easy :0)
My hubs will want a chocolate pie...Kris' buttermilk pie sounds to die for...but Peach it shall be!

and cactus is scary...

Dawn said...

Come on over and check out the progress of the twins!

KC said...

A pie crust maker after my own heart :)

Susie said...

I'm so glad you and I have the same good recipe for pie crust. Works every time. Love the picture of the Maine Coast. I'd love to see it in person someday. Hey, it could happen!!

Frazzled Farm Wife said...

Love your pie tip!!!!

Is that your cat????

Beemoosie said...

What a sweet and fun blog you have!!
have a blessed weekend!

Melissa said...

I'm not sure how I came across your blog, but the beautiful pictures of Maine make me so excited to get the chance to see it for myself! My family and I have planned a trip in April to come up there and visit Maine for the first time. We are soooooooooooooo excited! I was just wondering, what is the weather usually like there in April? Is it still very cold?

Thanks for the pretty pictures,