This blog is simply the story about my little life
with my sweet family that the Lord has blessed me with
and the day in, day out things that we do.
It basically is my online diary/photo album of our life.
I'm glad you're here!

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Quince de Mayo!

Every year we celebrate Cinco de Mayo by having a big Mexican feast, but this year it was delayed 10 days, so we celebrated Quince de Mayo at my lovely daughter-in-law's house. Eric and I packed up a sombrero, a bucket of margaritas, margarita glasses, pinata and of course the stilts and headed over there! I'm not sure how it got started, but playing on the stilts became part of our tradition.
Brittany borrowed my box of decorations and she made her house so cute!
I love how she hung the lights under the counter.
She had most of the food all laid out on the counter.
What a cute display!
She worked hard and is such a darling girl!
The rest of the family brought side dishes and dessert.
Megan made these delicious enchiladas, Rachelle brought beans and rice and Eryn brought sopailla.
I was so impressed by Brittany's homemade crisp taco shells!
Time to eat!
Everything was delicious!
I heard a bunch of laughing in the living room and when I went in there I discovered they were playing around with the face swap app. It was really hilarious, especially when they swapped Great Papa Jim's face with Ridley's!
Eric and Grayson did it, but they look so much a like it wasn't that noticeable!
Time for the pinata!
Great Papa Jim decided to give it a try.
He hit it hard and it actually broke off the string!
Then my hubby gave it a try.
I love his smile. It was really fun for all of us!
It's Ridley's turn again.
He broke it open! He was so excited! He especially loved getting a bag of marbles!
Time to break out the stilts! I love it that we do this!
Uncles helping Ridley try it. :)
Hayden and Eryn!
Hayden and Ridley were racing and it looks like Ridley won!
The boys set up an obstacle course for Ridley, it was so cute.
Uncle Cameron put the sombrero on Ridley and then told him to go put it on someone...
...guess who he picked? Love.

We had such a fun evening. I love and cherish my family so much and I love and cherish these times we have together.

"So whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God." I Corinthians 10:31

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Fresh from the garden Rhubarb pie and memories of Mamma

Last week my husband brought in all of this beautiful rhubarb fresh from our garden. I thought it was cute that it brought it in wrapped in this huge rhubarb leaf. 
We were planting our garden for the summer and noticed that the rhubarb had grown so much and in fact had gone to seed, so he chopped it all down. I told him I would make him a delicious rhubarb pie!
I got out my mother's old Better Homes and Gardens cookbook.
My sweet mother was such a great cook and baker.  About 5 years ago I blogged about baking an apple pie with my sweet mom in her kitchen, click here to read about it. The photos I am reposting from that day have this white matte around them.
I was so touched when we were cleaning out our parent's house when they moved last summer and my sisters said I could have Mamma's cookbook.
She used this book from the time she was a new bride until she could no longer cook about 4 years ago. Thankfully, my mom is still alive and I get to see her, but sadly, she has a form of dementia and she's not the same person. As I was using her cookbook the other day, I just kept thinking about her and I am so thankful for the impact she has had on my life.
Another special treasure that I got from my mother's house was this old pie tin. I remember many pies were baked in this pie tin!
It even has my Daddy's initials etched on the back. I'm wondering if she baked a pie for him to take to his work buddies and he marked the bottom of the tin to be sure he'd get it back.
Mamma used to bake my Daddy rhubarb pies and you can tell by how tattered this page is that she used this recipe a lot. I love it that she has written notes around her favorite recipes in this book. We never had a garden growing up, but my Daddy always had a rhubarb bush growing in the backyard. I think this was his favorite pie and I'm going to make him one for his upcoming birthday!
First I cut 3 cups of rhubarb.
To the rhubarb I added about 1-1/2 cups of sugar; the recipe calls for 1 cup and Mom's notes say 2 cups, so I settled for a happy medium.
 I also 4 T flour, dash of salt and 1/2 teaspoon of orange peel.
Mamma had done this so many times that she didn't use measuring spoons. I do this sometimes too and every time I do it makes me think of my mom.
I mixed it all in with the rhubarb and let it set while I made the crust.
Piecrust is one of those things, kinda like gravy, that you can either make it or not. My mamma made a wonderful piecrust and I am happy to say that while I am not a super good cook or baker, I got the gene and I can make a good piecrust too! Gravy, however, is a definitely a challenge for me! I have good memories of my mother teaching me how to make piecrust and how to blend the water in with the dry ingredients to get that perfect consistency.
I made a double-crust, separated it into two balls and rolled it very flat. Mom always rolled hers on a floured towel laying on the counter, I never could do it that way, the towel always got away from me.
I like to roll it on the cutting board that I secure over the sink so that it can't move and it makes for easier clean up. Someday if we ever get to remodel our kitchen, I would love to have an island made of marble and be able to roll dough directly on the top, but for now, this works.
I lined the pie tin with the first piece of pie dough and poured the rhubarb mix in.
That's a lot of deliciousness right there!
I rolled out the second piece of dough and laid it on top of the pie and vented it with a fork.
Mamma always did fluted edges with her pies and for some reason I always had trouble making a nice fluted edge, so I tended to roll my top crust over the bottom and then flattened it with a fork. But today, I was inspired by using her cookbook to try and make a fluted edge, just like she always did. Maybe it's because I have fingernails or my fingers are shaped differently, but I gave it a good try and it just wasn't working.
I looked in her cookbook and it shows how to use two fingers and the handle of a knife. Auh, ha, maybe this will work.
I tried it this way and voila, it turned out great!
I baked it at 400 degrees for 40 minutes and boy did our house smell good! Because I don't eat sugar anymore, I only took one little bite and it was really good and my husband loved it!
Thank you Mom for the legacy of being a good cook and for your beautiful, well used cookbook. I love you!

"Her children rise up and call her blessed, her husband also, and he praises her." Proverbs 31:28

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