Monday, January 20, 2020

Blueberry Cream Cheese Pie

    The second pie I made for my 52 pies challenge was an apple pie, using an old favorite recipe that I had shared here. It turned out as delicious as always.

    Week three's pie was a new one, and since it was a hit with everyone I'm going to go ahead and share the recipe with you.

I tried to get a decent picture featuring the layers of the pie. It didn't turn out the greatest, but at least you get to have an idea of how the yumminess looked.

Blueberry Cream Cheese Pie

2 eggs - beaten
1 - 8 oz package cream cheese - softened
2-3/4 cup powdered sugar

Beat until smooth and pour into an unbaked pie shell. (My favorite pie crust recipe can be found here.) Bake at 350ยบ until golden brown.. Somewhere between 30 - 40 minutes.

Allow to cool completely and top with two cups of blueberry pie filling. If desired, add an 8 oz container of cool whip on top.

Refrigerate for at least an hour before serving to allow everything to set better.

If you decide to use my pie crust recipe ... I had a lot of left over pie dough this time, since I didn't want to make multiple pie. It can be frozen, but I opted to make herbed crackers, and a few other little treats with it instead.

Friday, January 17, 2020


Reading ... in my Bible, this morning, I Peter. In other reading, I just finished up a book on old fashioned home remedies. It was both horrifying and hilarious. And it made me wonder, in several hundred years, what will people be looking back at and shaking their heads that we ever thought such and such was a good idea?

I have a stack of recommended books sitting here waiting on me. I had requested them from the library over a period of more than a month, but somehow a whole batch of them arrived at the same time. It should keep my evenings full for a little while. I may share the ones I find I really liked, and maybe give mention to any that were a definite no.

Watching ... Worst Cooks in America. It motivates me to make sure all our children know how to cook. They all do, but practicing and adding to our skills doesn't hurt.

Listening ... to Sharon practice her latest assignment from her piano teacher, Steven talking to himself as he's trying to decide which book he wants to read next, the hum of the furnace blower running, and the clicky noise the keyboard makes as I type.

Wearing ...  a gray patterned skirt and a pink-ish shirt. And my coat. I get cold after eating and my coat was closer than my robe, so coat it is.

Eating ... for breakfast I had avocado toast, and for lunch we'll be having leftover chili from last night.

Cooking ... I haven't decided what I'll make for supper tonight, which is different since I usually plan a week's worth of menus at a time. For some reason the thought of cooking tonight makes me feel like saying, "but ... but ... but, I just cooked last night! And thousands of meals before that."

I'm sure inspiration will come to me before long, but right now the desire to cook has left me. I don't care for that feeling.

Cleaning ... I like adding something along the lines of deep cleaning in addition to our regular housekeeping every week. This week it's taking apart the faucets to do a deep clean on them and make them sparkle from the inside out.

Playing ... we've been playing a lot of 'Sleeping Queens' lately. It's fun and fast. Two of my favorite things in games.

Loving  ... the waterfall. I'm not even going to complain about the lack of snow, even though January is not the ideal month for things to begin looking a little green. Even the daffodils have started to grow.

Monday, January 6, 2020

Kicking Off 52 Weeks of Pie

   On Saturday afternoon I pulled out my old faithful cookbook and opened it to the pie section. Instead of going to our favorites I decided I would finally try my hand at baking a Bob Andy pie. 
     It used to be my Aunt Sadie's favorite pie. Every family get together she would show up with one of those pie, and every family get together I would eat a slice of my favorite pie instead. 
     For some reason we never made the pie while I was growing up, and until Saturday, I had never made it since we got married. That was all about to change. It was time to try Aunt Sadie's pie.
      I followed the recipe and it came out of the oven looking just like Sadie's used to.
      After it had cooled it was time to taste it. It was good, but I don't see it becoming a favorite. 
     If we're ever invited to a family get together I may bake one and take it along in memory of Aunt Sadie.

Monday, December 30, 2019

New Year's Goals

     We enjoy creating fun goals for our family every year, and this year is no different. Our list has been tweaked and polished and we're ready to roll into 2020.
     First up is one that the entire family is looking forward to, but I'm the one they're depending on to be able to reach this goal.
    52 Weeks of Pie ... Every week I'll choose a different pie to bake. If we like it I'll share the recipe here on my blog.
    Next up is another one we're once again looking forward to, but the girls will be helping me see this one through.
    52 Weeks of Sunday Morning Breakfasts ... our week day breakfasts have become quite discombobulated. With three members of the family having to leave for work at three different times, they get up at different times and have their own breakfasts. And then Sharon and Steven get up even later and eat. Having four different breakfast times is not ideal for family togetherness. So with Pinterest and cookbooks for inspiration we are looking forward to a different breakfast every Sunday morning that we'll get to enjoy together.
    52 Weeks of Crafts ... This one is geared more toward only Sharon, Steven and I where once a week we'll hop on Pinterest to choose a craft to make.
    52 Weeks of Games ... we have quite an assortment of games, and decided we want to play a different one every week in addition to playing our favorites.
    We have some other goals as well, but we haven't made them into weekly events. These include sewing, hiking, learning a new skill, and more.
    I'm already looking forward to meeting all these goals. It should be an interesting and delicious 2020.

Saturday, December 28, 2019

Picture my December

Our area got coated in a thick layer of ice that stuck around for a week. Trees looked beautiful coated like this, but there were many branches lost, including the one where we had our bird feeder hanging. We have yet to find the perfect place to hang it since losing that branch.

Steven loved spending time outside, dressing a little differently almost every time he ventured out.

The sun made the ice sparkle, which my camera did a terrible job in trying to catch that beauty. Going to town and seeing entire tree covered mountainsides glisten in the sun nearly took my breath away in the beauty of it all.

Cold mornings meant Rosie Mae had to scrape ice and frost off her car before leaving for work. She seems to enjoy it.

Our annual Christmas box from my parents arrived. The small package on the lower left hand side of the picture had a piece of paper wrapped around it, and Mom had written a few sweet words on it. I decided to wait to open it, sure that what ever was inside couldn't be as special as what she wrote on the outside. After opening it I discovered a lovely letter opener my brother Mahlon had made, and immediately burst into tears. I'll treasure it for always!

After wiping my tears I noticed this rainbow on the floor in the laundry room and had to smile. I have no way of explaining how it can appear there. It really makes no sense logically. It never did before Mahlon died, but now on days when I'm really missing him, little rainbows appear. They always make me smile, and always turn my thoughts to God in praise for His love and care.

Sharon was offered the job of being one of the chefs on the train. She accepted it, and absolutely loved it. Running her to and from the train yard kept our weekends extra full, but I was happy she got to experience this.

Christmas Day rolled around and we did our traditional 'children in front of the tree' picture. We had a lovely day even though I took an accidental nap most of the afternoon. While I was sleeping the guys decided to wash their vehicles. Not very festive, I know.

 Of the gifts the children gave each other my favorite was a beaded bracelet that Steven gave to Sharon. He spent a lot of time painstakingly making sure each little bead was in the proper place to create the pattern he wanted. All the gifts were all thoughtful, heartfelt, and meaningful.

I don't know if I'll be making another blog post before the new year rolls around, so I'll take a minute now to wish everyone a happy and blessed New Year!