Monday, March 30, 2009

Grandkids and grilling make a wonderful Sunday afternoon combination. I know there were 2 more big grandkids running around and playing in the mud but I missed getting pictures of them. I know the family photographer, Jaime, got some shots of Sara and!
Saturday we celebrated Sara's birthday. She is getting to be such a big girl. Happy Birthday Sara!

Recipe of the Week

Laney requested this one:

Cherry-Pear Tart

1 Pillsbury refrigerated pie crust softened as directed on box

1 tablespoon cornstarch
a tablespoon water
1 ripe large pear.peeled,cored and thinly sliced(about 1 cup)
1 can cherry pie filling
2 teaspoons grated orange peel

Crust topping
1 egg
1 tablespoon water
1 teaspoon sugar
1 tablespoon toasted almond slices

1.Heat oven to 425 degrees. Line large cookie sheet with parchment paper, unroll pie crust onto cookie sheet
2. In small bowl, stir together cornstarch and 1 tablespoon water, In medium bowl stir cornstarch mixture and remaining filling ingredients. Spoon filling mixture onto center of crust within 2 inches of edge. Carefully fold 2-inch edge of crust over filling, pleating crust slightly as necessary.
3. In small bowl beat egg and 1 tablespoon water, brush over edge of crust. Sprinkle sugar over crust edge.
4. Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until pears are tender and crust is golden brown. Sprinkle with almonds. Cool 15 minutes, serve warm. Cover and refrigerate any remaining tart.

TIP: Serve with whipped topping or scoop or you favorite ice cream.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

A Saturday morning with Bradley and Leslie

Goodbye greenhouses!

For all of you who have seen the rise and fall of Williams and Sons Plant Farm, I wanted to tell you that this week marks the disappearance of the greenhouses. A dozer came and pushed them all down. The picture shows the new and improved view from the west door of the house. It was a bitter sweet day.

Monday, March 9, 2009

Recipe of the Week

Brandi Hart requested the recipe for bread pudding that I make. I must give credit to Don's Seafood Restaurant which closed it's doors late last year.

Bread Pudding

9 slices bread, torn into small pieces (I just use white sandwich bread.)

1 cup sugar

1- 13 oz can evaporated milk

2 cups milk

1 tsp vanilla

3 eggs

1/3 cup melted butter

Mix together. Put in 9x13 pan.

Bake at 450 degrees for 15 minutes or until set.

***Optional: Drizzle with can of sweetened condensed milk after baking
Add raisins before baking
I've even used dried cranberries...yummy!

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Looks like Spring is just around the corner even though the thermometer has been giving us a different story this week!
If any of you young moms take your kiddos to the library, try checking out the Frog and Toad books. One of them has a chapter about Spring being around the corner. Try it!
I know once a teacher always a teacher. In fact my latest reading is a book called "Teach Like Your Hair's On Fire." Now I'm reading "Working on the Work." This is a book written by Aunt Vickie's boss, Phillip Schlechty. I just can't seem to get enough knowledge...I'm addicted!