Sunday, March 30, 2014

Daffodils



This has been a very busy week in the Big Woods.
 
My daughter just returned from spending four days at Youth Legislature in Nashville.
Her team wrote a bill that was passed and will be shown to the actual Tennessee Legislature...very exciting.
 
My son is home for Spring Break.
So, I have been grilling and cooking all his favorite foods.
 
My husband spent Saturday auctioning off several tractors and other farm equipment.
 
I have been busy keeping up with the three of them and taking pictures of the gorgeous daffodils in my woods.  I couldn't choose just a few pictures to share, so I hope you will enjoy this collection of daffodils. 




















Monday, March 24, 2014

Old Fashioned Chess Pie

I really enjoy Chess Pie, but I am not a big fan of the vinegar and cornmeal versions.
I was glad to come across this old recipe without those two ingredients.
 
This recipe starts with a homemade pie crust.
I used my standard crust recipe:
1 1/2 cups flour plain
1/2 cup shortening
5-6 Tablespoons cold water
1 teaspoon salt
This time, I chose to roll the crust extra thin in order to get three crusts from the recipe.
I actually found I really liked the thin crust, so I will try this again.



 The great thing about this pie is that you don't need any special ingredients.
It is inexpensive to make.
You will need:
1/2 cup butter or margarine
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup flour, plain
1/8 teaspoon salt
2 egg yolks
1/2 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
 
 Start by melting the margarine and then add the sugar.  Cream these two ingredients together.
 
 Next add the flour and salt, stirring together.
 
 Finally add the egg yolks.  Stir.
Then, add the milk and vanilla.  Stir.
 
Pour mixture into an unbaked pie crust. 
Bake 45 minutes at 300 degrees until filling is set.
I found with my oven, I needed to increase the temperature and cook this pie a little longer to get it to set.
 

Enjoy!!!

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Spring is Here


Spring has arrived in Tennessee!!!
Well...at least for a few days.
Forecasts for tomorrow night are back in the 20's.
I have been picking daffodils to spruce up my screen porch, but tomorrow I may need to pick them all and bring them inside the house.
 
 
It has been a cold, hard winter.
I think it is helping all of us to appreciate the warm weather when it comes.
 
 


 Today was a beautiful day.
I even say a wasp buzzing around outside.
 


Saturday, January 4, 2014

January Amaryllis

I have been waiting and waiting for my amaryllis to bloom.
My Grandmother used to always have one on her back porch blooming at Christmas time. 

This one missed Christmas, but is showing off for January.






















It is extremely cold in the Big Woods right now,
just like it is across much of the United States.
This beautiful flower is really helping to warm our home while it is sooooo cold outside.
 


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