Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Mom's Peach Pie Recipe

For those of you who requested the peach pie recipe that I had mentioned in this post, I'm happy to share it with you.
This was the pie my mom made every summer when I was growing up.  You bake the crust ahead of time and make the filling on the stove top.  Since the pie doesn't get baked in the oven, I think it retains a really "fresh peach" taste. 
My mom's handwritten recipe (above) is what she wrote down once when I asked for the recipe.  I guess it's more her method than an official recipe, but I can tell you it is super easy and super yummy.  So, I'll do my best to relate the recipe and if you have any questions, please feel free to ask in comments.

Mom's Peach Pie


3/4 cup sugar
5 large peaches, cut up or sliced
2-1/2 Tablespoons cornstarch
pat of butter (roughly 1 teaspoon)
baked pie crust


Bake single shell pie crust according to directions (I usually use the pre-made refrigerated type).  Let cool.
Cut up or slice peaches, set them in a bowl and pour 3/4 cup sugar over them and let weep.  (if you aren't familiar with this term, it means to let the peaches sit for maybe an hour until they release their juices).  At this point drain off the juices that accumulate and add enough water to make 1 cup.  Add 2-1/2 Tbsp. cornstarch and cook over stove until thickened, stirring constantly to prevent lumps.  Add pat of butter and about 1/4 of the peaches and cook for a few more minutes.  Remove from stove and let cool.
Once cooled add the remaining peaches to filling and put filling into pie crust.  Refrigerate until serving time.  Top with whipped cream before serving, if desired.

Sometimes I add a couple drops of red and yellow food coloring to the filling to make it look more "peachy".  Not necessary, however.  Either way it will taste peachy keen (sorry, I couldn't resist). 

I hope you are having a happy summer.
I've just finished moving the contents of my living room into the dining room in preparation for the painter's arrival.  I'll spare you pictures of this mess ;-). 

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Still Pondering Paint

Remember when you were guessing at which shade of green paint I might choose for my living room walls?
If the suspense has been getting to you (ha), let me reveal the correct choice.  For those of you who chose the middle one, you are  were correct.  That's right ... at the time of that post I was 99% positive that was thee color.  Well that was until the painter came to give me a quote and politely inquired if I would mind if he offered a few other suggestions.

Six more choices later and the winner is ...

Sherwin-Williams Ecru

Had I been browsing through the paint chips, this one would have never been my choice.
However, once the painter explained his thoughts on the matter I had to agree.
He thought the green I had chosen would make the walls the focal point rather than the sofa and accessories. 
After he painted several more samples on the wall I settled on this one.  It's hard to tell from the sample but it does have some yellow and green in it. 
I've been checking it out in daylight, evening light, rainy afternoons, early morning, etc...
It took a little getting used to as it's different than what I had been thinking.
Last night I painted a big portion of one wall to try to get a better feel for it.
Today I took a picture, cropped out the part that I hadn't painted and voila ...

I think it will be fine.


Thank you for your sweet comments on the Note Card Party post.
I know some of you had requested the peach pie recipe.
I promise to share it in my next post.
For those of you who asked about the vintage juicer, my sister-in-law got it from a friend who had found it at a garage sale.  She let me borrow it for blogging purposes. 

~ Kim

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Good Ole Summertime Treats

I'm joining in for the Note Card Party at Vee's Haven today.
For more information on this fun party, click here,
Vee is our gracious hostess who encourages us to sort through the photos we have featured on our blogs and select 4 that we think might be suitable for making into note cards. 

July seemed like a good month to re-visit some of my favorite Summertime Treats. 

~ My Mom's Fresh Peach Pie ~

It wouldn't be summer without a taste of this family favorite.
The filling is cooked over the stove, but the pie doesn't get baked.  It makes for a really fresh peach taste.

~ Red Velvet Cake with Fresh Berries ~

I made this cake for my in-laws 60th anniversary a few years ago.
One word ~ YUM!

~ Freshly Squeezed Lemonade ~

My sister-in-law lent me her vintage juicer one year.
She said to use it in a blog post so I was obligated to make lemonade :-).

~ Fresh From The Garden Mint Chocolate Cookies ~

One of my favorite combinations is chocolate + mint.
I used some of the mint growing in my herb garden in these cookies.  A little dip into the melted chocolate pot and two words this time ~ YUM, YUM!!

Thanks for visiting
Thank You Vee for hosting the party.

Now I'm off to do some visiting.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Rhubarb Recipe and Paint Choices

I couldn't resist buying some rhubarb from the local farm stand.
The farm stand is local... the rhubarb came from Washington state.
Rhubarb just doesn't do well in our southern heat.
I planted one plant as a trial a few years ago.
I figured if they sold it here, it must be able to grow.
Each spring it popped out of the ground, grew a few small stalks and sat there like that ... didn't grow anymore, but also didn't die.
I think it had "failure to thrive" syndrome.
This spring Brett accidentally dug it up and I think it is probably rejoicing to be put out of it's misery.
I love the combination of rhubarb with strawberries, so I was just happy to see it.  So happy that I had to take a picture :D.

During our recent heatwave I worked on some projects inside.
After five years of indecision I am happy to say that we've finally selected a paint color for the living room.  Five years ago I saw the shade of green I thought I wanted in a friend's house.  She told me the color and I bought a sample can.  It soon became evident that what looked great in her living room didn't look so great in mine.
After that I think I got discouraged and have been living in indecision land ever since.
Am I the only person who finds choosing the right paint color to be such a daunting task?
Recently I decided that I was fed up with indecisiveness and was following through with this project no matter what.
After playing around with 3 sample colors, the decision has been made.  Would you care to guess which one?
The picture isn't the greatest as it is an overcast day here.

Last night I tried a new recipe with that rhubarb.

~ Emeril's Rhubarb Strawberry Crisp ~


  • 1 pound rhubarb, trimmed and diced
  • 1 pound strawberries, halved or quartered if large
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 teaspoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup rolled oats
  • 3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 6 tablespoons (3/4 stick) cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Vanilla ice cream, for serving (optional)


1. Preheat the oven to 375°F. Lightly butter a deep-dish pie plate or other shallow 1 1/2- to 2-quart nonreactive baking dish, and set it aside.

2. Combine the rhubarb, strawberries, sugar, cornstarch, and lemon juice in a medium mixing bowl and toss to combine. Transfer the mixture to the prepared baking dish, and set it aside while you prepare the topping.

3. Combine all the remaining ingredients in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, and process on low speed until the mixture is crumbly and coarse.

4. Sprinkle the topping over the fruit, and then place the baking dish on a rimmed baking sheet (to catch any juices that may bubble over). Transfer it to the oven and bake until the topping is golden brown and crisp, and the juices are bubbly and glossy, 40 to 45 minutes. Set aside to cool briefly, then serve hot or warm, with a scoop of vanilla ice cream if desired.

6 to 8 servings

Brett proclaimed it "the best Rhubarb Strawberry Crisp" he's ever eaten . . . in his entire life.  Wow ... I think that means he liked it :D.

 I think this recipe is a keeper.

I hope I feel the same way about the paint.

~ Kim

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Friday, July 6, 2012

A Patriotic Pallet

A few weeks ago I happened to be at work and went out the back door to toss something into the dumpster.  As I was headed back in I noticed something that caught my eye.

Aren't they lovely ;-)?
Piles of pallets that have probably been sitting there for years.
Normally I wouldn't have given them a second glance, but on this particular day the light bulb went on and the Fourth of July was coming up.

After a trip to Home Depot for red, white and blue paint, I set up a temporary painting table in a spare office and got to work.  

I was happy to find a stencil at Hobby Lobby that had a long row of stars.  So much easier than doing them one at a time.  I couldn't quite fit in 50 of them, but as you can see I also couldn't fit in 13 stripes.  To borrow a phrase from Vee in this post , I guess I just used a bit of "creative license". 

We've had a super busy couple of days around here, but now things are slowing down and I hope to be by to see what you all have been up to.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Happy Birthday America!!

**Let the Celebrations begin **

Wishing you a Safe & Happy Fourth of July***