Dreaming of Captain Kangaroo and Chocolate Rum Pie

bob-keeshan-captain-kangarooA couple days ago someone asked me, “How do you sleep at night?” and I responded, “Fine, thanks.”

Only later did it occur to me the woman was probably being snarky. Especially as we were discussing how overly involved some parents were and I said my kids didn’t have that problem, as most of the time they were lucky if I remembered I had kids.

And that was when she asked about my sleep habits. Which upon reflection was a pretty quick change in topic, so yeah… she was probably being snarky. Continue reading “Dreaming of Captain Kangaroo and Chocolate Rum Pie”

My Mother’s Recipes

You might remember a few weeks ago, I made the declaration that I would tame the beast that was my cookbook collection. Today we continue our journey into the mouth of the dragon. (I need to stop reading so many fantasy novels.)

WP_20160304_16_34_37_Pro[1]I dug into the pile and chose this one: Taste and See, published in 1996. It’s a church cookbook of Mother’s, from a church they only attended for a few years. I was about to toss it in the donate pile – it’s not like it meant anything to me — when I thought, no, better check it over. I might get a post out of it.

Surprisingly, there were several decent recipes in it. Not your usual church potluck fare. In fact, I was finding several recipes of interest.

Then… what to my wondering eyes should appear? I see Mother’s name!

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Pillsbury Pie Crust – A Conflicted Review

I never thought it would come to this. I actually went to the store and bought ready-made pie crust.

WP_20160213_21_00_38_Pro[1]The things a blog drives you to do.

I’ve been making my own pie crust ever since I was a teenager, when for some odd reason I decided I wanted to learn how to make pies.

Each weekend, I would take one of Mother’s cookbooks and set to it. At first I made cream pies, as they were easiest. Eventually I graduated to fruit pies. The tricky part was always the crust, but that never bothered me because I was learning, you see? I knew that in time it would come to me, and eventually it did.

Since that time, I have never used a ready-made pie crust. Until I bought one for you, dear reader, to help you feel easier about making Barbara’s Triple Berry Pie, when I wrote this post.

You’re welcome.

And what did I think of the crust? I, who only makes it from scratch?

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Mockingbird Tales … With Pie!

Have you ever seen books or articles telling you how to turn your yard into a backyard habitat? I have. I followed their steps. My yard now meets all the requirements for being a backyard habitat. The only thing I didn’t do was pay for the certificate. I’m cheap.

Anyway, what I’m here to tell you is that I’ve uncovered a downside to attracting wildlife to your yard. Namely, you will be attracting wildlife to your yard.

At first I was charmed by the creatures choosing to visit my yard. The feisty hummingbirds, the delicate butterflies, the bad-tempered sparrows who I suspected were lobbing F-bombs at the feisty hummingbirds. All of it was quite interesting, in a Discovery channel, nature-programmy kind of way.

Then my yard turned into a Mockingbird prenatal ward and my life was turned upside down. Continue reading “Mockingbird Tales … With Pie!”