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Mmmm, Lemon Pie

I was at my monthly quilting day at my favorite sewing shop when I noticed a pie recipe in the break room. When you come for an all-day quilter, beside your class fee you bring a snack to share. I usually bring lemon bars or something chocolate because after sewing for a few hours you need a sweet pick-me-up.

This was an unusual pie recipe calling for a whole lemon. That’s right, the whole lemon. I asked about the owner about the recipe and she said it was delicious. She had substituted Stevia for sugar and it still came out very good. So I took the recipe home and decided to find a time to make it.

Oscar night seemed appropriate as Hollywood seems to be the place to have strange things in a recipe. Nothing seemed stranger to me than quartering a lemon, throwing it in a blender with your other ingredients and turning it into pie filling. So here is the recipe from Cooks.com.

Easy Blender Whole Lemon Pie

The Ingredients

Ingredients:

  • 1  thin-skinned lemon
  • 1 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 stick butter, cut into chunks
  • 4 eggs
  • A dash of salt
  • 1 unbaked pie shell

The Directions:

  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Quarter the lemon, remove all seeds and the white membrane. I also cut off the nubby ends of my lemon.

    Quartered and membrane removed

  3. Place filling ingredients in blender or food processor. I choose the processor. Blend for 1 1/2 minutes.

    Lemon Puree and Shell

4. Pour into unbaked pie shell. Bake at 350 degrees for 30-40 minutes until set.

I made my pie a day ahead of time because Sunday always gets busier than it should. And right again I was. But we had it during the Oscars. The kids under the age of 10 found it too sour for their tastes. My son who loves sour things ate most of his. The husband and I finished off the pie yesterday.

The end results

We thought it was wonderful.

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Scratching My Head

I always wonder if fellow bloggers look at their stats and wonder why people read the postings they read.

I know I do.

Picture by Wcizmowski

I started writing more gardening posts because I noticed that people liked these and tended to comment on them. I posted once about the antics performed by my dog and notice that people had something to say so I do those on a somewhat regular basis.

For those regular visitors, you might see that months and months ago I wrote on pie. I used a quote from the movie Michael starring John Travolta, Andie McDowell and William Hurt. People look up pictures of cherries, cherry pie and “Pie, Pie, Me oh my, I love Pie” that helps them find this blog. It is one of two of the most popular posts on this blog.

The other is the post I did on Elephant Ears vs. Funnel Cakes. I tried to decide which one is better and I still have not decided. The article and the two pictures of the aforementioned food has been viewed many times over. And yet…

And yet no one has ever commented. I thought carnival food would be a slam dunk for comments. Everyone has a favorite food that comes from county fairs, carnivals and festivals. Surely someone would talk about how they love deep fried twinkies or pretzels or funnel cakes.

Funnel Cake, picture by Bandini

The same about my pie posting. No one wanted to discuss that they preferred blueberry or French silk or rum raisin. No one comments on how much they like or hate John Travolta. And that cute little song? Not a peep on how much enjoyment this movie has given over the years.

Just  yesterday I read a post  by a young man who is sick of “dating stories” blogs that tell details of dates that went wrong. Or at least wrong in the eye of the writer. He questioned if those blogs were just using a life experience for self-aggrandizing? Well, yes they are. But isn’t that what we all do with any of our blogs?

I write up the funny stories of my dog and post pictures of my garden to share my life. I share my opinion of serious issues and total silliness.

Other people share pictures of their travels, their crafts and home improvement. I have read blogs on parents dealing with their child who has autism, the writer’s life, fabulous cooking and getting out of debt without asking for money. I have read blogs from people living in Norway, India, Haiti and Russia.

What we are all searching for is a witness to our life (line stolen from Shall We Dance). We are searching for like-minded people to affirm the paths we have chosen to follow or to help us find a different and better path. And when people stop by and say what they like, it is a wonderful feeling.

It’s that “You  like me. You really like me” moment that you do not have to share with Sally Field. You can do it in your yoga pants or pj’s or naked.

We all have our reasons for writing and sharing. Some of us hope to bring understanding of our life to the masses. Some of us want to share some of the cool things we have seen in our world. I am willing to guess most want desperately to be freshly pressed or, if not, appreciate when it happens but understands that life keeps going on.

In the meantime, I will keep looking forward to seeing what people are reading but not commenting about every week.

And wishing that they would comment.

After the Feast…

Family Movie Night

Thanksgiving is done.

The turkey on the table was surrounded by the favorite side dishes. Stuffing, cranberry sauce, potatoes or sweet potatoes, deviled eggs and a relish tray. Then there were desserts.

Pie.

Pumpkin pie, mince meat pie, apple pie, Key Lime Pie Cheesecake.

Ok, maybe it doesn’t happen that way at your house. Maybe the deviled eggs are replaced with something else. Stuffing is made with sage and onion instead of oysters and onion.

No matter, we gathered together to give thanks and dig in to a great feast. But now it is the day after and people with the day off are looking around. The kids might be looking for something to do .

Edmund Gween as Kris Kringle in "Miracle on 34th Street." Picture from IMDb.com

That is when you dip into the bag of classic movies. My favorite movie to watch is Miracle On 34th Street (1947). Yes, it is black and white. It was made during the post war era when the feeling of hope was palatable. Then there is Edmund Gwenn, who may have been the most perfect Santa ever. We meet him as he is walking down a street in Manhattan on Thanksgiving Day.

He is telling a shop keeper how to arrange the reindeer in proper order when he sees a drunken Santa on the Macy’s float. That is when Gwenn meets Maureen O’Hara and she asks him to be the Macy’s Santa. Maureen O’Hara represents the bitterness of the era who is secretly seeking hope without knowing if she will ever find it. Meanwhile, attractive bachelor corporate lawyer John Payne, the personification of optimism and populist idealism, is trying to attract the beautiful O’Hara.

You do not have to watch the movie for all of the deeper meanings. It is a lovely film that epitomizes the spirit of the Christmas season, reminding us to believe in faith alone and to be grateful for what we have in this world.  This is one movie that all members of the family can watch and enjoy together.

Home for the Holidays, picture from IMDb.com

Another movie that is better for adult-only viewing is Home For The Holidays starring Holly Hunter as an artistic restorer who is going home to Baltimore for Thanksgiving. She has just been fired, her daughter tells her this is the weekend she is staying with her boyfriend and her stylish coat has been lost at O’Hare Airport.

But wait it gets better. Her priggish sister insists on making a whole separate meal that is ‘healthier’ while looking down her nose at their gay brother. The gay brother brings along a friend who may be interested in Hunter.

Why I like this movie has to do with moments of hope and understanding as adult children learn to understand their parents, siblings and maybe themselves. While parents, siblings and kids might drive each other crazy, for most there is a reservoir of love that keeps you coming back.

Picture from IMDb.com

Last, but not least, is perhaps what I think may be one of the funniest and sweetest Thanksgiving movies ever made. I was visiting Emjayandthem’s blog when I saw the reminder of what a great movie Planes, Trains, and Automobiles really is. It may not be appropriate for every member in the house, although I think kids 13 and up can watch this one.

John Candy and Steve Martin charm in this movie as two travelers who are trying to get home when getting home for Thanksgiving is just not working out. I love it from start to finish. Cabbie race scene, uncomfortable train ride, car burning, confrontation and realizing you are an ass – all of it is great movie making.

Until next week, see you in the rental aisle.

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Family Movie Night for 7-07010 

Picture by Ana C. Golpe

 

This past week, I took advantage of some ripe cherries on a friend’s tree. 

 Lori does not seem to value these cherries and has told me in the past I may pick them. I made sure she gave me permission again and hauled three of the kids along with buckets and a step ladder to her yard. 

 My 13-year-old was not too interested in picking cherries. He complained and whined and made a fuss until we had been there for a while. Suddenly he wasn’t doing any of that anymore because he was too busy eating cherries. He likes things that are sour and these cherries were perfect for that. 

 Because our church was in the middle of VBS, I was not able to get the cherries ready for a day or two. Our pastor invited himself and his wife for cherry pie. I am more than willing to welcome them to my messy home – provided they bring the vanilla ice cream. 

 This made me think about movies with pie scenes. 

 Cheryl Hines, Keri Russell and Adrienne Shelley in Waitress. Picture from IMDb.comMy favorite is Waitress starring Keri Russell as a put-upon pregnant waitress with a rotten husband. The skill everyone knows her for is making the best pies. Some are imaginative and some are bitter but most are incredibly delicious. 

Then there is Michael starring John Travolta. Can anyone explain how this man takes on acting roles that seem silly or ridiculous and makes them credible?  Anyway, in this movie he plays the 

John Travolta, Robert Pastorelli, Andie McDowell and John Hurt in Michael, Picture from IMDb.com.

 

arch-angel, Michael. He is able to enthrall people around him, get them to make deals and do battle when necessary. 

 At one point in the movie, he tells Andie McDowell to sing her song about pie. This after the table has ordered every single type of pie that the restaurant sells. So she does and it is a simple song. But it is cute and catches the interest of William Hurt. 

 Neither of these movies are exactly family friendly. Their subjects tend to be more mature and better suited for the pre-teen and up crowd. 

Now if you are looking for a movie that is kid friendly with a bit of a food theme, there is Nanny McPhee starring Emma Thompson. 

 Nanny McFee comes to a home with seven incredibly smart but very mischievous children. Their father, Colin Firth, must make some difficult decisions regarding how to keep money coming into the family. But most importantly, he must have children who know how to behave. 

Colin Firth batting at a cake in Nanny McPhee, Picture from IMDb.com

 

In the beginning, we see a tremendous mis-use of food that Nanny McPhee uses to teach the children how to listen. Later, there will be the ultimate food fight that leads to the ultimate happy ending. It is a movie that never assumes kids are stupid but does allow they have to learn how to think. 

 Until next week, see you in the rental aisle. 

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