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!!!