Monthly Archives: February 2013

Coconut Custard Pie

Came across this old recipe the other day when I was looking through my recipe box for something for dinner.

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Remember the “Impossible Pie” recipes?  This quick and easy (two of my favorite adjectives) recipe takes just minutes to whiz up in the blender. 

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Don’t forget to sprinkle a little nutmeg (or a lot if you’re like me) on top before you pop it in the oven. 

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Who doesn’t like a lovely, warm, custardy pie on a cold winter day?

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This pie actually forms it’s own crust while baking. Then you have the yummy custard layer. On the top layer, is the golden, toasty coconut.

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If memory serves me correctly–and it usually doesn’t–there was also a pumpkin pie recipe similar to this one. There are savory pies too. A taco pie comes to mind.

Do you have any “Impossible Pie” recipes to share?

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Purim, Pointe Shoes, Donuts, and Dear Friends

We started our day with an amazing worship service about Purim.  Life lessons from the book of Esther.

Afterwards, we had lunch with family and then off to Nashville for my daughters pointe shoe fitting.  Make sure they fit right, otherwise, you will be out  some serious cash. Did you know they only last for about one month of classes? Yikes!

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It’s complicated.

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After Molly had purchased her pointe shoes, we wandered around The Mall at Green Hills for a bit while we waited for some special-order donuts to be prepared.

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This mall is beautiful, if a mall can be considered beautiful. Everything is white and bright. It seemed open and airy. However, given our income level, this mall is just for browsing.

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Even Charming Charlie’s seemed more upscale than the one we visited in another town. 

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Poked our heads in at Fuzziwig’s. Saw some old school candy. Did we really used to chew on wax lips?   Disgusting! 

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Finally, we are on our way to Fox’s Donut Den.  Home of the Chocolate Butterfly.

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We were actually getting these as a thank you for some dear, sweet friends who came to our rescue the other night when the key refused to turn in the ignition of my van, leaving me stranded in an empty parking lot, while my daughter was waiting for me to pick her up from ballet early because she was getting sick with strep throat. Not only did they get us home, but they also loaned us a car until mine could be fixed.

I know all of that deserves more than donuts, but they wouldn’t even let me put gas in the car I borrowed. In fact, they felt badly that the tank wasn’t full when they loaned it to me. What? ! They  are true servants of God and examples of laying down your life to serve others. We have learned that here.

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I did buy two Chocolate Butterflies to share with my husband and kiddos. These things are HUGE!  We were blessed to be able to get these fresh and warm at 3:00 in the afternoon. Highly recommend.

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It was fun to deliver these goodies to our friends. They have been such a blessing to our family.  Praising God for friends such as these and for the message we heard this morning at church.

Have a lovely weekend!

Love & Hearts xoxo

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We love because he first loved us.
                                   –1 John 4:19

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I love those who love me, and those who seek me find me. 
                                    –Proverbs 8:17

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Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.
                                   –1 John 4:11

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Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth.
                                   1 John 3:18

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Whoever has my commands and obeys them, he is the one who loves me.
                                   –John 14:21

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So cold and frosty this morning.  Took several photos of God’s beautiful, frosty creation, including the mailbox that appeared to be covered in white stubble-like hairs. 

I did a little heart bombing.  The hearts remind us of God’s love and the love we should have for others.

Tiny jelly-filled donuts for breakfast.

A sweet picture Molly made and framed for us. 

I was able to get caught up at work today. All praise to God!  

And lastly, we were the happy recipients of the leftovers from my daughters bake sale at her ballet studio. Cupcakes and rice crispy treats!?  Yes, please!

Look at how much God loves and cares for us!  This is where we learned how to fall in love with God and how to have a relationship with him.

We are truly blessed!
Xoxo

Count your blessings! How have you been blessed today?

Chocolate Orange Scones

Visiting a good friend, especially one that’s taking time to retrain you on some software for your job AND on a Sunday morning, requires the making of scones to share with said friend.

I took my basic scone recipe and added some cocoa powder, orange zest, and orange extract to make chocolate orange scones.  Praise God for his ideas as these tasted just like those chocolate oranges that you can buy at Christmas.

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I’m hoping to try out some new flavor ideas for scones this week.  If so, I’ll share the results here.  I might try some savory scones as well.

Do you have any suggestions for scone flavors, savory or sweet?

Beef Goulash

I love meals that are fast, easy, and tasty.  This recipe is from my step-mother Debi. I think it was a recipe that her mother made for their family when she was a child. It’s a great meal on those cold winter evenings, especially with some homemade bread.

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I’m sure there are many variations on Goulash, but we like this one. Actually, we’ve never tried another. But I’m always open to trying different things.

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Brown the beef and drain grease.
Add rest of ingredients and cook until noodles are done. I like to add a can of corn (drained) the last few minutes of cooking.

To make this an even quicker meal, I buy ground beef in bulk and cook it all at once.  I’ll share how I do that in another post. I package the beef in plastic bags in one pound quantities and freeze. I love having these on hand for those days when I forgot to plan ahead or when we need something quick.

Do you have a Goulash recipe to share?

Sunday ramble…what we did this week.

Here’s what we did this week:

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Drug out the bread machine and made soft pretzels with my girls, Molly and Emily. (see previous post)

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Dug out my deeper-fryer and learned how to use it to fry foods. Previously, many moons ago, it was used for candle making. (Don’t worry, I cleaned it thoroughly.)

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Started the repair on our leaky wall.  Well, not me personally. My father-in-law and a friend from church. I can’t believe how much cold air is coming in through this exposed brick!  I think our heat is kicking on every 5 minutes.

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My sweet Emily made Thumbprint cookies for us.  I can’t believe how she has taken to baking considering up to this point she only new how to make toast and grilled cheese. She makes great Lemon bars too!

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God blessed us with a snow day on Saturday.  Big, fluffy flakes came down hard and fast for awhile. Reminded me of our Michigan winters. Of course we had less than an inch of accumulation, but we enjoyed every minute of it.

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We enjoyed some candles on our lovely snow day.

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Saturday afternoon I got to help Molly package up her homemade scones to sell at her Jazz and Hip-hop showcase that evening.  Thoroughly enjoyed the show but forgot to take pictures.

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This morning I made pickled onions. I’ll share more on that later. These are awesome!  I think I could eat them at every meal.

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This afternoon, my best friend (husband), hung out in the kitchen with me and we made salsa. I let him chop the jalapeno peppers. 

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Dave rustled up some fried ham and apples with cinnamon.

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Then Dave and I played some Farkle while sitting in bed and watching T.V.

Our Sundays are usually filled with ballet lessons, grocery shopping, errand running, sometimes coffee with a sweet friend from church, and gathering up children from their friends houses. So today was rather quiet.

What did you get to do this week?