Monday, September 06, 2010
Nothing makes the kitchen smell any better than homemade apple pie! Sunday I was out checking the apples on our trees at our summer home and one tree especially had HUGE apples on it. Turning slightly red I figured they must be about ready to eat. I picked three of them and had them sitting next to the sink when I started to think about a pie.
First of all, we didn't have a pieplate at the summer home!
Secondly we didn't have a rolling pin up there either (piecrust, you know) and NO, I didn't have any of the ready-made crusts. You have to understand Yarnell is a VERY small town and even if the grocery store HAD been open, I doubt if their inventory would have run to pie crusts. So....... I had to improvise.
I found a cute little soup shaped dish (with a lid) that was about 5 inches across and much deeper than I needed, but decided to make do. There was only two of us so how big of a pie did we need? I had Crisco and flour, and for a rolling pin I made do with a bottle of wine (I did not drink it first -- filled gave it more heft).
In no time I had my pie crust in place and was cutting up nice small pieces of apples -- I don't like the big chunks you get in frozen pies. Cinnamon, nutmeg, brown sugar, a tad bit of artificial sweetener (so as to not go overboard) lol -- and a very small sprinkling of flour. As an extra flourish I chopped up a few pecans and added those also. Adjusted the top crust, gave it a dusting of cinnamon/sugar and into the oven it went. While it was baking we went for a walk with the dog. Smelled good when we got home, but not done yet -- finally it was ready. It was a big hit with the BF and I liked it too. Wish I had vanilla ice cream to top if off, but better for me that it wasn't available.
Anyone want a few apples -- we've got bag after bag of them. I'm going to try making apple butter tomorrow.
Sunday, August 29, 2010
Today was the first day in my fiance's home -- and while it didn't go as I had planned, at least I was here! The movers decided they couldn't do it all in one day and they still brought things over today. They broke my stone dining table, and they damaged one of my nightstands. The table will have to be replaced, and I'm not sure if I can get the nightstand repaired or not. It is from Italy with a very high gloss finish, but I might be able to find someone really talented who could do it. That particular line of furniture is no longer available so I can't just go buy another one (and of course it matches the set).
That part of the bad news I already knew last night, so rather than be mad or in a bad mood all evening -- I drank a bottle of wine! Yep! It did the trick, I was in a terrific mood and..... I was asleep by 9 o'clock. lol
Woke up at 3:00 a.m.and did some ironing, put a few things away, but most of the furniture I needed to really be able to put stuff away was still missing, but after an hour or two I had tired myself out sufficiently to go back to bed and get some more sleep. Woke up before 7:00 and decided to go over and get my new HDTV my daughter had just bought me -- I didn't want to take a chance on them damaging THAT!
They were gone by 3:00 taking my ruined table with them to put in some dump somewhere. And I went shopping, you know the feeling when you get full of all that energy -- and at the 4th store I went to I hit paydirt! I found a table I liked at a price I liked, and also saw a really cute little end table that I couldn't resist so that was my treat for doing all the hard work of the move! It's good to indulge yourself when you have the chance.
Tonight all my cookbooks are nicely stored away in the bookcase again, the china hutch is filled with all my beautiful stuff, the baker's rack in almost done, and even the pictures in the bed and bath are hung. A little bit more accessorizing and art to be hung, and it will be "our" home. It's getting more of my personality all the time, so of course I'm more comfortable with it. And my dog has finally decided the new (smaller) doggy door is OK, and she's using it regularly! Maybe in a few days I can head back up to the mountains for a cool rest -- I need it!!!
Thanks for all the support and advice while going through this hectic week -- so happy to have it over and done with!
Thursday, August 26, 2010
After all the planning sometimes things just don't work out. Why? Well, for one good reason, we aren't in control of other people. That's just what happened to me. The people across the street said they wanted our dining room set, hutch and a few other pieces. They really needed to be moved out before my movers come in (otherwise where would they put the stuff coming in?) So when they changed their day of moving from Wednesday to Thursday, of course I had to delay my main move by one day!
So here I was rarin' to go..... but no place to go! It sorta gave me a day off, but I've been so revved up that I couldn't hold still, so there I was rearranging the living room, hanging pictures in the master bath, arranging towels -- a hundred little things that need to get done "sometime." What better time than when you seem to have a spare couple of hours. I supervised the stuff being hauled out, and bless the men doing it, they even moved a sofa for me from one room to another. It was a really heavy one and I'd never have been able to do it myself (even they had a not very easy time of it.)
Tonight I went back over to my house and did some last minute things, getting a few stray items in boxes to be hauled later, and generally making sure it was all ready for the movers. They will come to my BF's house first as there is less to get from there, then haul that to my house, put it in the garage while they bring all of my stuff out to the truck. Then with the two rooms empty they can put the furniture away in the garage and head back to my BF's house with my stuff. It sounds like it will be a tedious day for all of us -- one that I for one will be so glad to see over and done with. Do I want to move again anytime soon? NEVER!!
Actually the house is looking very nice (BF's) the living room has never looked so good, the bedroom/bath is freshly painted and ready for furniture and the dining room is all vacuumed and awaiting it's new furniture. I think I'm going to sleep late on Saturday morning -- it's time to give myself a treat!!
Hugs to all my faithful followers on this blog!
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