Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Pie Oh My!

I love to bake.  Cook, not so much.  Since moving to Colorado baking has been a challenge.  It's the high altitude thing.  You have to make adjustments to recipes:  add more flour, decrease the baking soda, adjust the temperature, etc., etc., etc..  Problem is, there isn't one fix for all recipes, so there is a lot of experimenting.  This involves baking for cakes, mostly, but can also be for cookies.

My son has been asking for a coconut cream pie so I finally got around to making one last night.   I must admit that I used a frozen Marie Calendar's pie crust to expedite the process.  Her crusts are really, really good so I recommend them highly.  The recipe for the pie came from Allrecipes.com and you can find the recipe I used HERE.


Oh, my goodness!!!  You have to try this recipe.  It's wonderful not to mention easy.  The filling calls for three cups of half and half so, to quote Ina Garten, "how bad could that be?"  Our son doesn't care for meringue so I used whipped cream for the top as the recipe calls for.

He and my husband thought it was the best pie they had ever eaten.  Aaron said I could sell them!  I'm certainly not bragging, but since my baking skills have been sorely lacking here, it was good for my ego.

Do you see the cute Scottie salt and pepper shakers?  The recipe calls for salt but not pepper obviously. I just wanted to show them off.  My BFF in the whole wide world, Nikki, sent them to me.

This evening I have plans that include a cup of tea, a slice of pie and a good movie.  What plans do you have?

Have a lovely day!!!

Monday, February 16, 2015

Happy Presidents Day

We are having a peaceful Monday here in Colorado.  It's been snowing since last evening and is just beautiful outside.  Nothing like our friends back east are getting, however.



It's a great day to stay inside, clean house, bake a pie, do some sewing and continue my MI-5 television marathon.

I started watching MI-5 on Netflix but then they took it off of their scheduling on February 1st.  Luckily I can borrow the dvds from our local library.  Ten seasons with ten episodes each.  I only have 34 more  episodes to watch!  It's very addicting.  I love British television.  Lately, hubs and I have been watching Grantchester on Masterpiece theater.  Love it!!!  For some reason I have not watched Downton Abbey. What's up with that?

Yesterday our son and I took the metro into downtown Denver, met up with some friends of his, and went to a home and garden show.  I love riding the metro.  $4 round trip and no parking fees!!!  The show was HUGE and gave us all kinds of home improvement ideas.  By the time we were done my feet were killing me.  We ended up not even seeing all the show.  We figured after a while we didn't need to see it all as their was quite a repetition in categories.  When I got home, you guessed it, I relaxed by watching MI-5.

Have a wonderful Presidents Day.  If you are back east, stay safe!!!

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Happy Birthday Again

Here's another Happy Birthday post.  This time it's for our wonderful Scottie, Maggie.


This is Maggie shortly after we got her.  Isn't she adorable?  She was so cute and tiny, but boy was she a handful.


This is Maggie now.  Sophisticated, loyal and every bit the alpha dog of our little pack of fur babies.   I'm so glad that we were able to give her a home when her human mommy got sick and she needed a place to call her own.  I'm also glad we were able to rescue her little Scottie sister, Mollie who needed a stable environment after having three other homes and being cast aside.  Then there is Allie and Bonnie, our son's two little pugs who are staying with us "temporarily".  I put that in quotes because when he moves I don't want the pugs to leave.  I've grown far to attached to them.

Happy Birthday Miss Maggie!  All of us here love you so very much!

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Happy Birthday

I'd like to wish a Happy Birthday to two men in my life:


First a Happy Birthday to my dad.  He passed away in 1996 and I can't believe it's been that long.  There isn't a day that goes by that I don't think of him.  I'm always saying, "Dad would have loved that movie." or "Dad would have loved that restaurant."  We're kind of a foodie family as mom and dad both worked at Kellogg's of Battle Creek when we were kids.  After we moved to California they opened quite a few steakhouses so eating out was always on the menu for us.  He was always telling my mom, "Doris, see if there's a western on the television."  He died just as vcr's were coming out.  Oh, he would have loved to have unlimited John Wayne movies at his fingertips!

This picture was taken when we had our farm in Hastings, Michigan.  I must have been around five years old at the time.  If you saw me now you wouldn't think I had changed that much.  I still look the same: still dorky, still love rabbits, still have the glasses, just lots more wrinkles.  LOL!


My other birthday wish is for Elvis Presley.  His birthday was the same as my dad - how cool is that!!?!!  The first time I saw Elvis was when I was around seven and we went into town and saw his movie Love Me Tender.  I was hooked from that moment on.  As his life spiraled down in his later years it really made me sad to see such a talent wasted.  Did I tell you Dad also played the guitar and also sang?  Elvis came from a poor upbringing in Mississippi and Dad was from an impoverished area in Kentucky.  They both made their way out, though.  So you see, they had a lot in common.  I can't think about one of these men without thinking about the other.  

Happy Birthday Dad and Elvis.  I bet you're making some great music together!

Good memories!

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Retreat

In years past I've shared about my sewing group in California and the retreats we went on.  I sure miss going with them.  So much fun and a great time to relax and get some projects done.  One of the things we always did is make little gifts for each other.  I still make them and send them back home to my friend Nikki to hand out.  It's my way of staying connected.

The name of our group is the Busy Beas.  Not Bees, Beas.  Nikki named it in honor of our dear friend who passed from breast cancer.  We still all collect bee stuff though.  I'm always on the lookout whenever I go shopping.

I'll show you what I sent last year:

Bee Bookmarks

I got the inspiration on Pinterest where they showed pink color swatches with heart punches.  I think they turned out just perfect!

I already know what I'm sending this year but can't show you until after retreat in February.  

I had great plans on what I wanted to do today after my normal routine of morning cleaning.  I need to take something back to Sam's Club.  I also wanted to go to the movie and go visit  the local quilt shop that was having an open house.  I guess that's not going to happen.  On top of the snow we got the other day, it's snowing pretty heavily out now. Son had to get the snow blower out yesterday to clear the drive and sidewalk and now it's getting covered again. A little light snow is alright but this is a bit too much for me to drive on. I've learned that you have to be flexible here as far as plans are concerned because of the weather.   My plan B will probably be some organizing, television watching and a nap.

I hope you have a great weekend and your plans don't get snowed out! 

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Happy New Year




I can't believe that it's New Year's Eve already!  This past year has just flown by.  There have been some highs (our son coming home) and some lows (hubs continued illness) but I would like to think that this is the norm and not the exception.  With that, I am hoping and wishing for an unremarkable, stress free new year. We have had far too many trips to the doctor, e.r., hospital and rehab center in the last six months and just quietly staying home sounds so good.

I am not one to make resolutions.  I feel they set you up to fail.  I would, however,  like to set some goals:

Take time for myself
Quilt and read more
Start on some sort of exercise plan even if it is just walking daily to 7-11 for a cup of coffee
Take more classes
Get my house organized
Paint the interior of the house
Do some repair projects around the house
Learn something new
Visit more of this beautiful state
Go on a quilt retreat and/or visit The Missouri Star Quilt Company

I'm sure I can think of more.

In other news,  the weather here in Colorado has been crazy cold -15 degrees at night cold!!!  Our court faces north so in spite of the fact that it is now a balmy 20 degrees and there is not a cloud in the beautiful blue sky and the sun is shining, the street and lawns are one solid blanket of snow.  Absolutely beautiful.

All four of the dogs, the two Scotties and two Pugs, are loving the snow. They love nothing better than playing tag in the back yard and chasing squirrels and looking for rabbits.  The only downside to all of this is massive doggy snow prints and debris on my floors.  Well worth it, though.

I am not sure if I mentioned it here, but I laundered my cell phone so I have been unable to take and download pictures.  In the interim, I am using hubs' phone.  It takes pictures but I haven't figured out how to send them over to the computer.  My last resort will be actually looking at the manual!

One thing I forgot to put on my list is to blog more.  I know that time gets away from all of us.  Lately I have been going though my blog links and deleting those that are no longer updated after a given time.  I don't want to be one of those!  I cringed every time I hit the delete button.

Have a Happy and Safe New Year!!! 

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Merry Christmas





Just stopping in to say that I hope all of my blog friends out there have a wonderful and peaceful Christmas and a blessed New Year filled with love and hope.

Miss Jean
Maggie
Mollie
Allie and
Bonnie

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving

We have a lot to be thankful for this year at our house.  Our son is home from the Navy and starting his civilian life and hubs is home from the hospital/rehab center and on the mend.



Have a Happy, Safe and Blessed Thanksgiving to all my blog friends.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Happy Veterans Day



A special thank you to my husband who served in the Army and is now in the hospital.  Also to my son who just retired from the Navy and to all those who continue to serve.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Nap Time at the Zoo

I can't believe that we have had Alllie for over a month now!  I can't imagine not having her.  She is doing exceptionally well on housebreaking which is wonderful.  The first time she ran out the pet door by herself to "go" my son and I just looked at each other with our mouths open.  She and Mollie are almost inseparable.  They play, and I mean play hard.  I always worry that Mollie won't realize that Allie is a puppy and doesn't have a Scottie mouth to fight back with.  Maggie is starting to warm up to her - a little.  Most of the time she just follows Mollie and Allie around and growls under her breath.  There have been times, though, when all three are chasing each other and it gets really crazy.  I am hoping that Maggie is playing and not attacking.


Every day around noon the dogs get tired and take naps.  Mollie has her special place on the living room couch where she loves to lay and snooze.  I noticed Allie sitting on the floor today looking forlorn and not knowing quite where to go so I put her on the couch and told her to go to sleep.  To my surprise, that's just what she did!  Don't you just love Allie's leg on Mollie?

Aahh, peace and quiet!  At least for a little while...........