Wednesday, June 15, 2011

I've been meaning to make a strawberry rhubarb pie for a really long time. Like, probably my whole life. I finally did for the first time tonight, and it's so delicious! When I was little my grandma would make her specialty rhubarb pie, and I HATED IT. It was way too sour for my kid mouth. But I'd still want it because come on, it's pie. I'm pretty sure I'd only eat a bite or two every time till I realized oh yeah, this is pie I do not like. When I was a bit older my mom showed me that pie with rhubarb could be delicious if it also contains strawberries. Since then I've only ever had store bought strawberry-rhubarb pie, which contains those goopy-almost-not-real-sugar-coma-strawberries (you know the kind you can eat at breakfast? On your waffle?). I decided the time had come that I make a REAL strawberry-rhubarb pie with my own two hands, I guess sort of as a throwback to my roots, and just to see what the heck it would taste like with fresh ingredients. I feel proud that the strawberries and rhubarb came from my neighborhood farmer's market, even though the pie crust came ready made from Kroger. You win some ...

Maybe you'd like to try it yourself?

Ingredients:

3 eggs, beaten
2 1/2 cups rhubarb, red, 1 inch slices
1 1/4 cups sugar
1 1/2 cups strawberries, fresh, sliced
1/4 cup enriched flour
1 9" pastry crust with lattice top
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon butter or 1 tablespoon margarine
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

Directions:

1 Combine eggs, sugar, flour, salt, and nutmeg; mix well.
2 Combine rhubarb and strawberries.
3 Line 9" pie plate with pastry; fill with fruits.
4 Pour egg mixture over.
5 Dot with butter.
6 Top with lattice crust, crimping edge high.
7 Bake at 400 degrees about 40 minutes.
8 Fill openings in lattice crust with whole strawberries.
9 Serve warm- plain, or topped with vanilla ice cream.

I would post a picture, but I do not have one. So you will just have to use your imagination.

Now I should probably get some sleep ...

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Mona the cat has been living outside. Overall, she seems to love it, although she still asks to come inside from time to time (but she is not allowed to anymore). She has picked up two new naughty habits, though. One, when Virginia and I go out for a walk, she will follow us. This sounds very cute, however it is not. She will stay about a block behind us, and howl like the world is ending. "WHEEERE ARE YOOOUU GOOOINGGG?? DON'T LEEEAAAVE MEEEE!" And neighbors will all look at her like "What is wrong with that cat? Is she dying?" It's annoying and embarrassing.

The second is she has discovered her cat instincts.

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(I love this second picture, it makes me think of graphic iconography ... that bird is clearly dead since it is upside down).

This bird she left for us on the front porch last week.

Then this morning I heard a bunch of bird commotion, and went to the window to see what was up. A flock of birds was flying back and forth between our tree and our roof for some reason, and making a huge racket about it. Suddenly one swooped a little low and Mona came from nowhere, bringing it down to the grass. She just sat on it for a long time, meowing. I could see that it was still alive and I felt very bad for it. Brandon told me to leave them alone, since they were just doing what is natural. However I know Mona will not eat the bird, so I feel it is such a waste.

Enough about murdering birds.

Today is a freaking fantastic beautiful day outside after many days of what felt like late August. Virginia and I are going to walk to the farmer's market in a few minutes, and later this evening she is going to her first of many weddings this summer. I'm so glad it's no longer winter!

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Monday, June 6, 2011

On of my favorite blogs, Oh Happy Day, is sponsoring one of the best contests I've ever seen: a free trip to Paris! I am so excited, and have my fingers firmly crossed. There are several ways to enter, so head on over there to see how to do it! Good luck to everyone!