This weekend was full of food, fun with friends, gingersnap key lime pie (recipe from A Year of Pies), and tons and tons of knitting. I finished a sweater for Lucy, cast on and completed a hat for myself, cast on and almost completed a hat for Lucy but ran out of yarn (and the shop doesn’t open again until Tuesday!), I put Lucy’s hat on hold and cast on another for a friend.
We are in the coldest part of winter here in our neck of the woods. Having grown up in the much cooler Pacific Northwest, I sometimes feel silly even mentioning how cold it is here in San Diego–but it has been. 28 degrees at night is really quite impressive for these parts. I am trying my hardest to enjoy it, I know it will soon be over. Spring comes early here, and shortly after our hot and endless Summer will arrive once again. Soon I will yearn for these cold days when I need all the covers on the bed and have to bundle up in layers and hand knits to leave the house.
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Tagged Knitting, Pie
Dinner tonight was this lovely creation. Fried green tomato and pimento cheese tart. Doesn’t that just roll off the tongue? Well, it was just as amazing to eat as the name suggests. The recipe was from Ashley English’s new book: A Year of Pies. I got it in the mail a week or two ago and was immediately drawn to this recipe. The book is absolutely beautiful and I love that it is arranged by season, so few cookbooks are, and honestly, that is the way I like to cook.
Here is a link to the recipe on Lark Crafts.
What do you do when it is 100 degrees out and one of your closest friends comes to spend her birthday with you? Well, I for one crank the AC and put my sweet friend to work, on her own birthday pie.
Dolores is the first friend I made in high school when my family moved from Washington to California. I had gone to school for almost a full year without making any real friends when I met her at the beginning of the following school year. She was a freshman and I was a painfully shy sophomore. She had a bit of trouble getting me to open and up and even talk to her (really, it was bad, I would not talk to anyone), but she was incredibly persistent, and we have been friends ever since.
I really am so thankful to have a friend like her in my life, I fully believe that my high school years would have been much harder (is that possible?) if she hadn’t helped me to come out of my shell.
Anyway, we spent the day making pie. A pie for dinner and a pie for dessert. Dinner was a savory pie filled with onions, zucchini, spinach, rice, Parmesan, and eggs (to bind it). Dessert was a classic cherry pie. Have I mentioned I like pie?
Happy birthday Dolores!
Over the weekend I learned that my brother was offered a really great teaching job near Santa Barbara, California. While it will be about a four hour drive to go visit–I’ll take it! I am so excited that I will be able to go see him and his wonderful wife for weekend visits. The area they are moving to this August is absolutely beautiful, or so I have been told through my brother and his photos. It is a farming school, and because he has been getting into cheese making (he was the one that suggested I try the 30 minute mozzarella I made last week), they want to get a dairy cow and start to incorporate cheese making into the curriculum. They also sent my brother home from the interview with tons of freshly grown artichokes. Sounds like my kind of place, I can’t wait to visit! It really will be nice to have more of my family close by.
Speaking of family yesterday we went down to Russ’ grandparents house for a Memorial Day barbecue. Over the years I have come to be known in the family as the pie maker, which means I am busy in front of the oven on any given holiday. Yesterday was no different. There were 16 people attending, so I made three pies. I made apple (with the dome top), lemon meringue, and peach (with the lattice top). The lemon meringue surprised me and was the most popular pie. Little did they know that I totally burnt the meringue the first time around and had to scrape it off and start again (notice the extra dark crust!!).
I almost forgot to take a picture, but I ran out front with Russ and made him snap a picture of my outfit.
Over the weekend I bought a bunch of strawberries that were on sale at the local market, with strawberry pie in mind. Unfortunately I waited a bit too long to do anything about this so called pie, and many of the berries started to mold. Because of my lack of pie making motivation over the weekend, I no longer had enough berries to fill a pie. Thank goodness that I always keep frozen blueberries on hand, because I just threw those right in the mix, and made the most scrumptious pie.
I followed this recipe from AllRecipes.
- 2 (9 inch) unbaked pie crusts
- 1 1/4 cups white sugar
- 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 4 cups fresh strawberries
- 2 tablespoons butter
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C). Place one crust in a nine inch pie pan.
- Mix together sugar, flour, and cinnamon. Mix lightly through the berries. Pour filling into pastry lined pan, and dot fruit with butter or margarine. Cover with top crust, and cut slits in the top. Seal and flute the edges.
- Bake for 35 to 45 minutes, or until the crust is slightly browned.
We are finally settled into our new apartment. Though I still have quite a bit of moving/unpacking to do, both Russ and I have quickly turned our new apartment into our home–even without everything in its place yet! We spent the entire past weekend moving, and while Russ has been working through the week I have continued moving. We both feel quite exhausted but happy, it really is so nice to have (most) our things surrounding us again.
We do have the luxury of not having to move everything in right away (my dad has lots of storage in his home), so now that I have all the essential things (clothes, kitchen supplies, bathroom things), I plan on doing the rest of the moving at a bit slower pace. Unfortunately through the flood and move we had to get rid of our couch–which just means I can find an amazing new one. Until then though we are sitting on our single chair and kitchen chairs in the living room.
This morning I started moving more of my closet over. This is probably only about ten percent of my hanging clothes, but it sure feels nice to start filling the closet up!
Another thing I am super excited about is access to an oven! When we moved into the apartment out back of my aunt’s house she promised to get it fixed within the month that we moved in, and guess what–it never happened! I have been spending lots of time in our new kitchen, doing a ton of baking. Today I was really craving a piece of lemon meringue pie, so here it is! I followed this recipe.
Thank you again everyone for your support, I plan on returning to regular posting now that we are mostly moved in. I hope all is well with you.
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Tagged Home, Pie, Updates