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sweetie pie
Thirty something stay at home mom to one 5 year old sweetie pie.
Interests: baking, cooking, gardening, exercise, painting
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Saturday is 3.14.15 also known as pi day. I was unaware that there is also an official pie day each January, so I will be celebrating pie on pi day this year. This was my first foray into the world of meringue topped pies. Even though it took me three... Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2015 at Sweetie Pie
For Valentine's Day this year I looked for a new recipe that involved lemons and custard. I'm so proud of my lovely Meyer lemons growing quietly by a sunny window. This recipe for Lemon Pudding Cakes allowed me to use one of my (huge) lemons. The batter separates as the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2015 at Sweetie Pie
Grandmother used to make the best fruit salad. She chopped all the fruit nice and small and she added plenty of oranges. My family is crazy about fruit salad and it was always kind of a big deal to have it at the holidays. Fruit salad was never made in... Continue reading
Posted Dec 29, 2014 at Sweetie Pie
From my kitchen to yours, Merry Christmas and Happy Baking! Here are some of my favorites: gingerbread cookies cornmeal biscotti linzer torte easy coffee cake candy cane cookies jam cake Continue reading
Posted Dec 22, 2014 at Sweetie Pie
Crunchy on top, tender and light in the center, and singing with lemon flavor, this recipe is a treat. I usually have all the ingredients on hand so it's going into the permanent rotation of breakfast bakes. Please use plain yogurt - not vanilla or any other flavor which has... Continue reading
Posted Dec 3, 2014 at Sweetie Pie
Sorting through a pile of my Grandmommy's recipe books and clippings, this one caught my attention. My impulse to collect cook books, tear recipes out of magazines and scribble notes on any available scrap of paper seems to be inherited directly from her. She cleaned out her stash and passed... Continue reading
Posted Oct 28, 2014 at Sweetie Pie
I tried two new recipes this weekend, both from The Wednesday Chef by blogger Luisa Weiss. She wrote a book in my favorite genre, food stories. My Berlin Kitchen is on my shelf and has proven to be a reliable source for straightforward recipes. Crostata is a jam filled cakey... Continue reading
Posted Sep 16, 2014 at Sweetie Pie
A wonderfully unexpected benefit of being the yoga instructor in my small town is that clients bring me produce from their gardens, farms and CSA shares when they have an abundance. This summer I happily ate my way through some late season tomatoes, early apples, and now some organic potatoes.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2014 at Sweetie Pie
I've been intrigued by this recipe since I became fascinated with Julia Child. The French recipe for apple tart is so different than anything like an apple pie in the United Sates. How could two desserts made of a pastry shell filled with apples and sugar be so different? The... Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2014 at Sweetie Pie
Here's a great recipe for Blueberry Muffins that uses Buttermilk, so you know it's going to be good. My big sister gave me this recipe years ago and I think of her each time I pull out the card and see her handwriting. I've changed the recipe a teeny tiny... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2014 at Sweetie Pie
My parents gave us an ice cream maker for Christmas and we finally tried it out this weekend. The high temperatures reminded me to pull it out of the basement and read the directions. Our thermometer read 100 degrees the other day. I'm not sure if I believe it, but... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2014 at Sweetie Pie
As the weather warms up, I look forward to more fresh fruits and vegetables. Several years ago when I was trying to figure out the best way to spend our grocery money, I discovered the "Dirty Dozen." This is a list of the fruits and vegetables which contain the most... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2014 at Sweetie Pie
Rhubarb is a perennial vegetable that is harvested in spring. It grows in cooler climates so it's not easy to find in my area. Choose firm, fresh stalks and always discard the leaves. Rhubarb is very tart and many recipes use a lot of sugar to sweeten it up. This... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2014 at Sweetie Pie
Coconut Macaroons are a traditional dessert for Passover. There are two basic recipes with variation in the use of sweetened condensed milk and egg whites. I chose a recipe that calls for both. Coconut Macaroons 3 cups coconut flakes - I chose unsweetened for a mildly sweet treat, but either... Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2014 at Sweetie Pie
They tell me that spring is here despite the low temperatures and cold wind. This means Easter is just around the corner. Do you remember our sweet little peeps from this time last year? Now those puff balls are full grown, fat and sassy hens. They have free run of... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2014 at Sweetie Pie
We stopped by the local grocery store after school yesterday in search of something green for St. Patrick's Day. I'm the very proud mom who was able to check out with, ... asparagus as our exciting green item for the holiday. This is one of the only vegetables that my... Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2014 at Sweetie Pie
This recipe combines three of my favorite ingredients which are almonds, oranges, and the cast iron skillet. Although I love Almond Crescents and make them often, sometimes I don't want to go to the trouble to roll, cut and shape the cute little cookies. I saw a recipe for Skillet... Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2014 at Sweetie Pie
One of the disadvantages of living in a small town is the groceries. We have two food stores here, one large chain and one small local place. Restaurant selection is similarly limited. I adore Greek food such as hummus, olives, feta, and pita bread. I can buy many of the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 14, 2014 at Sweetie Pie
This is a recipe that makes me glad I started a blog and got serious about learning to cook and bake. I could have missed out on this dessert entirely, and that is unthinkable. I love it so much. Let me list the ways... it's not too difficult to make,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 22, 2013 at Sweetie Pie
Welcome to the season of Pumpkin Everything. This pumpkin venture was inspired by a decadent recipe from White on Rice Couple for Pumpkin Spiced Coffecake. The cake is rich and full of flavor with an extra delicious crumble topping. However, it seemed a bit too indulgent for a weekday breakfast.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 22, 2013 at Sweetie Pie
This recipe is from Shape magazine (October 2013) and chef Jeff Mahin. A Thin Sin pie is on the menu at his restaurants every day with assorted toppings. The slim crust keeps the calorie count low so that you can indulge in pizza without packing on the pounds. Thin Sin... Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2013 at Sweetie Pie
Mom baked this special cake once a year for Daddy's birthday when I was little. It's a beautifully balanced spice cake. I looked forward to this cake each year but I was faced with a slice riddled with nuts. I never ate nuts, especially not in dessert and was expert... Continue reading
Posted Sep 23, 2013 at Sweetie Pie
I was SO excited to see the first egg from our beautiful chickens yesterday! These pretty ladies have been entertaining us for months as they stroll, strut and flap around the property. Their combs are now bright red and their feathers are full and fluffy. Our chickens are Buff Orpingtons... Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2013 at Sweetie Pie
So easy, so delicious. Peaches are best enjoyed fresh, so let's talk about a great way to serve them with a little flair. Peach Pie Parfaits Peaches Fresh Mint 1 lime or lemon vanilla yogurt pie crust cookies* Pretty serving cups Peel and slice the peaches into a large bowl.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2013 at Sweetie Pie
Salad in the style of Capri Fresh tomatoes, sliced thick Fresh mozzarella, sliced Fresh basil Extra virgin olive oil Salt Optional: Cracked black pepper Balsamic vinegar Arrange the tomatoes and mozzarella in alternating slices on a plate. You can either place whole basil leaves between the tomatoes and cheese or... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2013 at Sweetie Pie