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Homemade “Apple Pie”

With a couple of apples left in the fruit bowl… (a neighbor had brought us a bowl of apples, pears, kiwi, bananas, grapes, oranges, nuts and candy for Christmas)…. k0439704

I decided it’s either time for apple salad or a pieApple-Pie

Since my baking skills have been honed this Christmask6189911 … I decided on the pie…

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Found a basic Apple Pie Recipe… including crust…

CRUST:

2-1/2 cups flour

1 tsp. salt

1 cup shortening ( I used Butter Flavored Crisco)

5 – 7 tbsp. ice-cold water

Combine flour , salt and shortening with hand until crumbly like cornmeal.

Add water and shape into a ball, mixing with hand.

Roll out 1/2 of dough on floured counter… Don’t play with dough very much… the less handling… the flakier the crust…(my Momma taught me that!).

Cover bottom of pie pan ( I had a disposable one left from baking ).

Apple Mixture:

6 cups apples sliced thin… tart is recommended…( about 4 apples )

I peeled mine…

3/4 cup sugar

1- tbsp. cornstarch ( I had to use flour )…

1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon

1/4 tsp. ground allspice

1- tbsp. lemon juice ( not, necessary, but keeps apples from turning brown)

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Vent… a few slits to allow steam to come out of pie while baking…

I cut out a few stars from the leftover dough and laid on top… Used a fork to crimp edges…

Baked at 350 degrees for 45 minutesx12001565

Bubbly and golden brown…

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Mine was a little too sweet… due to using 3 different kinds of apples…

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but, crust was amazing!

Freezer Jam… Strawberry / Blackberry

We went to check the blackberry bushes when we returned from vacation… but, not many there…
What little I did get… I decided to add to some strawberries and make freezer jam

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New to me…

I knew I needed Pectin…berries and sugar

(Pectin is produced commercially as a white to light brown powder, mainly extracted from citrus fruits, and is used in food as a gelling agent particularly in jams and jellies)

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How hard could it be?…

and it wasn’t!

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Washed my berriesblended them just till crushed leaving bits of fruit… 2 cups

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Stirred in sugar… 4 cups

Let set 10 minutes after stirring a few times…

Meantime… heated Pectin (Sure-Jell) together with 3/4 cup of water boiled for a minute…

Added to berries and sugarstirred for 3 minutes until sugar was completely dissolved…

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Spooned into clean jars I had been saving

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Just right for jellies and jams… Made 4 jars… leaving a little room for expansion…

Put on lids and let set for 24 hours until thick…

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The taste I took from the spoon was really good…

But, tomorrow on toast will be the real test

My guys were quite impressed with my endeavors…

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Now to make some peachDoesn’t that sound good?…

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The only thing I did different is to put in jars

whereas they said plastic containers

I think they will freeze just fine…

and the jam/preserves can be kept in refrigerator for up to 3 weeks

I doubt that it will last that long!

My Sunday Gratefuls – July 7, 2013

My company left this morning… heading back to Tennessee

We said good-bye last night…where they could get an early start this morning…

I couldn’t help but, call and check on them… and they were already on the road

It had rained every day they were here… Dampening (literally) a few plans… but, we just opted to do some other things… k0334307

TODAY… of course… is bright… sunny… with a beautiful blue sky k9095031 … as they head home…

They will be on my mind for a few days… reminiscing about what we talked about… what we did… where we went…

I walked around my yard this morning… them on my mind k11242244 … checking on my flowers… and seeing how things are growing…

Our routine getting back in step pretty quick… and I’m sure theirs will too…

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Cracked Bird’s egg found as I walked out my back door on the ground…

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Marigolds I had planted from seed… have been blooming…

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Petunias I rescued from being thrown away at Wal-Mart… are doing great!

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Cantaloupe seeds from a cantaloupe we were eating that I threw in this flower-pot… have grown like crazy and have lots of blooms…

If I get a cantaloupe I’ll be elated!

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First year for this Thornless Blackberry Bush…

Can you see the blackberries forming???

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First year Peach Tree… Have 4 peaches forming… fun to watch!

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Double Begonia… Pretty as a rose…

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Rose of Sharons grow wild… but, the bees and I love them!

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Lilies bloom but, don’t last long…

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The weather must be just right… mushrooms popping up…

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New bird feeder was found in 5 minutes… maybe less!

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He’s so big… the Parrot… Bobby made from a tire…

that we hung him from one of the big trees in the backyard… He looks great!… swinging about 10′ high… with a planted fern in him…

so…

I’m getting there!… I just go around the block sometimes in my tale telling!…

My gratefuls today are for visits from those you love who live out-of-town…

What fun!…

and my backyard

Besides grateful… Makes me happy!

Painting a “pear”…

706339_445347928856948_586625765_oWent downtown the other night…

Actually went over the Ohio River Bridge to Indiana to attend an art class….

It’s called “Downtown Canvas and Cocktails”…

I imagine these events have hit your town as well…

This one was my first…

and loved it because my nephew was holding it… He’s an excellent artist… but, this is just a side-line from his pastoral job

He’s fun… energetic… and has the talent to help us “wannabes”…

They provide the easels, canvas, paints, aprons, instruction with  wine and snacks of cheeses, crackers and fruit

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Great combo!

I admit… I do paint… but, self-taught… Just comes natural… but, could probably use some lessons to perfect my God -given talent…

I forgot to mention every night the classes are held… there is a different subject… This night it was a “PEAR”… and you interpret it any way you want… Such talent comes out… all good in my eyes!…

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A niece, Whitney… her “green pear…on a blue/purple background…

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Carol Ann (another niece) chose more of a “red pear” on a variegated background of bright green, yellows and rosy pinks…

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Phyllis… Carol Ann’s mother-in-law chose a more abstract style

I really liked this!….

with a “pair” of “pears”…

Similar colors of her daughter-in-law…

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Molly (niece) made a lovely “yellow pear” on a background of purple, orange, yellow…

She’s signing her masterpiece…

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If you can keep from looking at Lindsey’s (niece) beautiful smile

This was her first attempt at painting… and I loved her different color combo…

and finally mine…

I took a piece of my wallpaper border to match my painting…

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a few touch ups and it will be hung in my kitchen soon…

I forgot to tell you…

The cost is minimal in thoughts…

All supplies as mentioned with instruction… a night out with some friends…

a “nice” drink/snacks$35.00…

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I hope to return another night… wondering what subject might be offered…

Homemade Persimmon Pudding… An Autumn Delight!

Oh, my it’s smelling so good… Just like Autumn

You did know…  “Autumn” has a smell all it’s own…

It smells of burning leaves…

It smells of ripened fruit

It smells of steaming soups…

It smells of Pumpkin Pie…

It smells of warm fires…

It smells of apple cider…

But, actually I’m thinking more on the lines of a Spicy Homemade Persimmon Pudding

My grandkids had collected the persimmons last Saturday at the park… We had eaten dinner under this tree… when I noticed all of the persimmons  lying on the ground… I looked up and saw the branches just covered in this Autumn fruit

My mind races backward in time to the Persimmon Tree in our yard where I grew up…

Yes, I had experienced that awful bitter taste of the unripe fruit… but, also the sweetness of it after ripening to it’s softness… I remember how we watched where the persimmons had fallen… having squished a few between my toes

My next thought was that wonderful taste of Persimmon Pudding… I had eaten it at a craft bazaar called “Autumn On The River”  … They have it every October… in Bethlehem, Indiana… My brother and his wife lived there for many years…

I had to try it… It was rich in colorbrowned from baking… resembled a wetmoist cake… but, it was a pudding… I recall the Christmas Pudding in the story… “A Christmas Carol”… Bet it was similar!…

As I said… “It’s smelling good!”  …

The smell entices my nose with cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves True Autumn scents

I’m baking my version of Persimmon Pudding by combining different recipes off of the internet… Some of these recipes go back a hundred years… and some are from Indiana …where I first tasted it!…

I was on my own with this one… No one I knew had made it… So remembering my Mom and how she did things … I began

I cleaned the persimmons by washing them gently under cold water removing the top little cap each piece of fruit wears… It resembles an acorn… Also the little tip of a stem on the other end…

Now, this fruit  has many seeds inside… and is fairly slimy… for lack of any better word to describe

I decided to cook them a little… Maybe about 8 minutes stirring them to dislodge the seeds from the pulp…

I then strained this mixture through my Mom’s old metal colander… Thinking of her as I did

… Hoping she might somehow guide me through this process…

I was able to press out out about 1-1/2 cups of pulp… It was looking good

I stirred the following ingredients into the pulp

2-1/2-cups plain flour

1-1/2 -teaspoons baking soda

2- 1/2- eggs

1 -1/2 cups sugar

1-teaspoon vanilla

1-teaspoon grated nutmeg

1- teaspoon cinnamon

1-teaspoon of powdered cloves

I stirred with a whisk until thoroughly blended

It was light in color and a fairly thin batter

Dotted with margarine/butter…

I greased two ceramic/glass baking dishes to bake it in… 350 degrees… 1 -1/4 hours… 

It will not jiggle when done… and does turn that rich dark brown color

A smaller one to use for taste testing

And the bigger one to share if it turned out alright…

Well, it’s out of the ovenwarm… sweet with spices and the persimmon… a yummy saucy bottom…

and……..

Yes!… it is so good!… If I do say so myself… Worth all of the trouble???…. Definitely!  

and I have to thank my Momma

I know she was watching over my shoulder the whole time…