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Pi(e) Day

March 15, 2010

Yesterday was March 14.     If you use the number notation to designate your calendar days, it would be 3/14  but you would say, “Three Fourteen”, right?   OR…  3.14.

Thus PI, π, the symbol for the mathematical constant whose value is the ratio of any circle’s circumference to it diameter; the ratio of a circle’s area to the square of its radius.   [I lifted these words from Wiki:   http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pi]

I love it because I love PIE and not because I’m a mathematician.

I made a Strawberry one yesterday:

Pie assembly just about to start...

I tossed in a small handful of golden raspberries that I found in the freezer.     They baked away into the gooey mess.

Before going into oven - I 'carved' a few strawberries on the top and wrote '3.14 pi day' but it's hard to read.

I also sprinkled sugar and brushed on some half-n-half on the top to make it pretty-pretty.

Oops - I put my mitted hand into it when the pie attempted to get away from me!

I had pulled the pie out of the oven and placed it on a trivet.   When I attempted to move pie AND trivet to show my guests the lovely hot pie, I turned a bit too quickly and the pie started to scoot off the trivet I was holding.   I had to put my paw right onto the top to slow it’s inevitable crash onto my buffet and into the wall.     Everyone laughs, ha ha.    DARN IT.

It still tasted good.

The hub had cooked a tremendous Irish feast of corned beef, colcannon, baked Irish cod and all the trimmings – so GOOD!   Our complementary beverage was Murphy’s Stout.    The guests brought an Orange Creamsicle Pie which was a very refreshing treat, as well.

Thus concludes our pre-St. Patrick’s Day and PI Day celebration.

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White Chocolate Strawberry Pie

January 24, 2010
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Save the Date

January 4, 2010

Coming soon…

January 23 is National PIE Day!

So says the American Pie Council

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Women Unbound

December 3, 2009

I’m hosting a reading challenge!    OOps, I mean…  My alter-ego is.

Anyway, just had to share over here what I’m up to OVER THERE… and see if any of my friends in this slice of blogiverse want to join in a year long (plenty of time!) event to encourage reading around a certain topic:  Women’s Issues!

The rules are easy and no one is going to follow up and grade you.

So, click here —->  The Women Unbound Challenge <—

and think about it, will ya?     Or just leave a note here and tell me your favorite book that you think I should read for this challenge.   I’m already wanting to read about 75 books for the darn thing.

Also, since I’m a co-host, I’m reliving all that fun and joy of the early days of blogging.   When you would somehow find yourself on a blog and then click on someone who commented and then jump to their blog and the hop-skip somewhere else in blogosphere and discover NEW.  WORLDS.

and new friends.

and at least, extremely interesting people…

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It seems that everyone’s Google Reader is so full of MUST-READS that I can’t even find time to read a book let alone comment at all my favorite blogs!  It’s just bad, I tell ya.

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OK.  Anyone try any odd pies this past holiday?   I made a cranberry pecan and it was scrumptious.     🙂

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Swirly Thoughts

November 15, 2009

I was bouncing around Facebook for some odd reason, chasing names from my past as if they might be real enough to click back into my life, my real live life now and then I wonder a few things.

Why now?

Why do I care?

What happened?

Stumbled upon photos from a wedding of an old friend, former friend maybe, surely haven’t talked to nor corresponded with this person in years and yet it stung.   Stung that I didn’t know about it.   Wasn’t invited?!    Deep breath, conscious wow/huh thought.

I’ve had more than a few friendships get pissed off into the ether for many unknown* and certainly unexplored reasons.     In typical self-centered reaction, I wonder what I did.   Which only leads to negative ‘why don’t they like me anymore?’ questions.

When perhaps, they are asking the same thing?  Maybe they are wondering why I don’t seem to like them anymore?

Consider all this and allow me to share my afternoon.   I didn’t want to sit around the house watching football.   I wanted to go out but Hub preferred staying in.     I could have called a few girlfriends, right?    In fact, I did dial a friend’s number to have it immediately go to voicemail so I hung up.    I looked across at a neighbors to see if her car was visible.  Nope.

So I jumped in the car and went to Home Goods alone.

Yet, it gnawed at me that at the same time I was contemplating why I don’t have people calling me to do things with, inviting me places, lunches to plan – that I don’t make those invitations myself.

Gawd, I hate self-pity even as I crave it.  Why does my brain even think of this crap?   Why am I not continually thinking about contributing my talents to the world?  or about all I have to be grateful for?   I have many things to be grateful for.    And I would even be able to count the many wonderful supportive friends I have.

I just wish I had some go-to gals to call and say “Hey, let’s go shopping.  NOW.”  or wishing someone would call me with same.   Where are they?

And it is likely that they once did and I said no?    yes, it is.

I sigh in frustration and annoyance.

I must think about something else, please.

Wonder what I got?   I bought a cool red porcelain heavy stockpot, a spatula, a few blank books, and some martini swizzle sticks.   Home Goods is just a candy store for me…

* Though I did have one friend tell me that her biorhythms and mine were in conflict and that’s why we couldn’t be friends any more.     Was she being nice?      Hurt like hell and still does.

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Roasted Garlic and Artichoke Pie

June 23, 2009

Roasted Garlic and Artichoke Quiche, more like it…

For David: a virtual pie!     for a Belated Happy Birthday and Father’s Day, too.

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I blended a few recipes I found online:   the first being the Simply Elegant Artichoke Quiche recipe (click here, RecipeZaar) and another much simpler recipe (click here, another RecipeZaar.)

The Elegant One had a wonderfully exciting crust!    which I only altered due to not having any apple cider vinegar onhand – had to substitute Raspberry Champagne Vinegar!    I used regular bacon and dried some of my garden sage and rubbed it between my fingers;  I have no idea if what I did constitutes ‘rubbed sage’ but whatever.    I do not get carried away about being exact with my food experiments…    Anyway, I loved the crust!   I did, however, prebake it a bit too long (oops).   Thus the crust showing in my photo.

The other changes were to use shallots sauted in bacon grease, pinot grigio for my white wine and Farmers Cheese instead of Swiss.   Swiss probably would have been better but I didn’t have any – I only had the Farmers or Cheddar and decided mild and soft was the way to go here.   Parsley from my garden is a special touch, too.

I only had 3 eggs, only about 1/2 cup of half-n-half so I added milk, too and…

here’s the kicker!    I roasted a huge clump of garlic, on the grill no less, and when I got to the construction part of the quiche, I crumbled the farmers cheese, dabbed on/in the goo that is roasted garlic, dumped on the shallots/artichoke saute and some bacon pieces and then poured on the egg mixture.

I baked far longer than the original time set of 25 minutes – waiting instead till it ‘looked right’ – so I have NO IDEA how long it really baked.

But it tastes gooooooooood!      And it only gets better a few days later…   I baked this Sunday and had a slice for lunch today – fantabuBLISS!

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Pears and Pecans

June 3, 2009

I found a new ice cream flavor I had to try:   Haagen-Dazs Caramelized Pear and Toasted Pecan.

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My searching for more information seems to say that this was a limited release flavor from 2007.    Eek!  and it’s just now for sale at my grocery store?   Please tell me they’ve re-released it and I’m not enjoying 2 year old ice cream.

And/but, it’s only OK.     I think it would taste better as a pie! So that’s what I’m going to do next week:   I am going to invent a Caramelized Pear and Toasted Pecan Pie.

I did find a few recipes to bounce off from when I searched “Pear Pecan Pie” but none of these required any caramelizing nor toasting, so that’s my plan!

Wish me luck.