Saturday, February 11, 2012

do you know what i love about Pinterest?

yesterday, i popped in for a short visit and saw


and THIS!

this photograph made me feel very jazzed

about finding this curtain panel when Goodwill hunting
for 3.00.  do you remember that roll for the chaise lounge above?
(i'm also thinking of Michele, my "stitched by hand grain sack magic 
girlfriend!"  ~here~)  

it said, "Lynne, you need to purchase a few more wooden spoons."

...and it told me...what a fabulous hostess gift! you can make
it with those amazing 79 cent dish tea towels from Ikea!

then...i spied the unexpected...

it reminded me that i need to take a moment to play
French Macaron tic tac toe with polka dot mice!
oh my goodness! i think i just found the inspiration
for my Valentines! 
i buy our French Macarons here!

wishing you all a SO happy Saturday!


Thursday, February 9, 2012

hey baby...sweetie...cutie...dreamy pie!

last Saturday, we threw a big baby shower for the latest
arrival in a dear circle of friendship!
my food assignment was baked potato soup and
sweetie, cutie, dreamy, baby pies! 

i had started this post about the pies a few days ago.
[my blogging was preempted by work and home duties.]

in the meantime, Chrislyn sent me a collage of photographs that
she had taken for my screen saver at work.  i thought that they
would add some cutie pie pizazz  to this pie story!

she just held the camera above the two of them at play time and snapped away!
beyond precious pies ! ~

i made an extra batch of dreamy pies for Mr D. i have probably tried a hundred
different approaches to making pie crust over the years. this is my favorite. it only takes
one minute to make in the food processor and 30 minutes in the fridge 
and it's ready to roll!

 Mr D gave me my Cuisinart for Christmas 31 years ago! i have used it to make everything
including baby food for Chrislyn and Jay. it is HEAVY and has a motor like a HARLEY! 

here is the recipe for 31 minute pie crust:
1 3/4 cups of flour
1 teaspoon sugar
1 & 1/2 sticks of butter ( i use salted)
1/4 cup ice water ( i take a measuring cup, drizzle, wait drizzle until the
dough starts to form)

add flour and

 sugar to the food processor...pulse!

add half the ice cold cubed butter...pulse...pulse...pulse!

add the rest of the butter...pulse until it looks crumbly...

turn the processor on...drizzle just a bit...wait a two or three seconds...
drizzle just a little now, it should
the dough should start to form

and look like this.

place it in saran wrap that has been dusted with flour and
chill for 30 minutes!

most of you are way better bakers than i, so i don't think that i need to
spell it out photo by photo. this collage tells the rest of the story! this time,
i made apple and blackberry dreamy pies. i always use a fork to edge
the apple and sprinkle with a mix of cinnamon and sugar before
popping them in the oven. for the berry or cherry sweetie pies,
 i just leave as is, because i dust them with powdered sugar as soon as the 
come out of the oven!

bake in a 350 degree oven for 20 to 25 minutes.
 (my oven is a convection oven, 25 minutes is perfect!)

~ yields 6 baby pies with a bit left over for cinnamon crisps.
double the recipe for a 2 crust 9 inch pie! ~


~ a sweet bonus for the baker! ~

and now for my favorite little cutie pie!

she's the apple of my eye!

Sunday, February 5, 2012

practical Eiffel...

i could not resist!

i bought a pair for me, and i also pick up a pair for you!
if you would like me to send them to your house, 
just leave a little comment below!
i will draw the winning name on the day they arrive!