Friday, September 12, 2014

old-fashioned tomato pie

This week my friend Terry dropped off tomatoes from her garden
so we made this delicious recipe . . .

{photo credit: Southern Living magazine}

Old-Fashioned Tomato Pie
     {Serves 4-6}

1 Pillsbury Pie Crust
2 ¼ pounds assorted tomatoes sliced
coarse salt
freshly ground pepper
1 sweet onion, chopped
2 Tbls olive oil
½ tsp basil
½ tsp oregano
½ tsp celery salt
½ tsp parsley
     (or ½ cup assorted chopped fresh herbs such as chives, parsley, and basil)
3/4 cup freshly grated Gruyère cheese
3/4 cup freshly grated Parmigiano cheese
1/2 cup mayonnaise or salad dressing

1. Preheat oven to 425°. Press dough into a 9-inch pie plate. Fold overhanging dough under itself along rim of pie plate. Prick with fork over bottom and sides.
2. Bake at 425° for 20 minutes or until browned. Cool completely on baking sheet on a wire rack.  Reduce oven temperature to 350°.
3. Place tomatoes in a single layer on paper towels; sprinkle with salt. Let stand 10 minutes.
4. Meanwhile, sauté onion and 1/4 tsp each salt and pepper in hot oil in a skillet over medium heat 5 minutes or until onion is tender.
5. Mix herbs together in a small bowl.
6. Pat tomatoes dry with a paper towel. Layer tomatoes, onion, and herbs in prepared crust.
7. Stir together cheeses and mayonnaise; spread over pie.
8. Bake at 350° for 30 minutes or until lightly browned, shielding edges with foil to prevent excessive browning.

Serve hot, warm, or at room temperature.

Adapted from a recipe in Southern Living Magazine July 2012

Monday, September 8, 2014

women peacemakers

[the view from their porch in Phnom Penh as a thunderstorm rolls in ]

For the past six years my daughter and her family
lived in Cambodia. 
Women Peacemakers is the organization she 
supported and advised.

We are so very proud of her 
and feel blessed to have had
two different month long visits with her in Cambodia.

Watching this takes me back both
in spirit and with cherished memories.

The Khmer language is music to my ears
but the suffering we saw breaks my heart.

Women Peacemakers

RISC is the organization her husband 
supported and advised.
The Returnee Integration Support Center exists to support
deported Cambodian-Americans; to ease their transition to a new life in Cambodia.


Monday, September 1, 2014

crochet headband with rosette flower

I made these headbands for 
my daughter and daughter-in-laws
and have since made several more to
give away this fall.

The directions can be found here:

Thank you Kris for the inspiration to make "ear-warmers".

Monday, August 25, 2014

ebay {attic treasures}

A first for me 
selling items on ebay
{with the help of a seasoned seller - Amanda}

Antique Tindeco Peter Rabbit Tin Candy Lunch Box 1925
sold for $36

Vintage 1973 Adam 12 Aladdin Metal Lunchbox (no thermos)
sold : $33.88

Vintage Fisher Price Smooshees Cuddlers Balloon Adventure Complete Set {unopened}
Sold for: $56.99

Up next . . . 
Rare Cardboard Barbie Dream house #816 1962 {with bonus furniture}

and . . . 
Vintage Ideal Patti Playpal Auburn Hair Q35

President Reagan's daughter
Patty Davis had Patti Playpal - did you?

Monday, August 18, 2014

pepperoni caprese pita pockets

This recipe was actually a for a main dish
 {see link below}
but I adapted it to be an 
hors d'oeuvre

Pepperoni Caprese Pita Pockets

1/2 cup grape or cherry tomatoes quartered
1/2 cup  mini fresh mozzarella balls quartered
1/2 cup mini pepperoni slices
3/4 cup english cucumber cut in small pieces
2 tsp Italian or Greek dressing
12 mini pita breads cut in half
½ tsp Cavender's Greek Seasoning
Dash of salt and pepper
Basil leaves (optional)

1. Place tomatoes, cheese, pepperoni, and cucumbers in a medium-size bowl. Stir to combine.
2. Add dressing and seasoning. Stir gently.
3. Place in a small bowl for serving.
4. Cut mini pita breads in half.
5. Serve pita pockets along side the pepperoni mixture
6. Garnish with basil 

recipe adapted from: pepperoni-pizza-pockets {Family Circle Magazine}

Monday, August 11, 2014

thirty five years

August 11, 1979

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

british columbia

Today we bid farewell to this family
as they begin their move to British Columbia.
It has been a month that went by way too fast . . .

this could be an endless job

loving "old" Fisher Price toys

a visit from the amazing lady 
who cared for our children while we worked
it is such a blessing to know her

one last sleep in Grandma Mary and Pa Jim's room

a new adventure begins

such mixed emotions

about two miles out of town Cedar said to his mother
"It takes so long to get to Canada"

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

owning less

A few bits and pieces from some blogs I visit . . .

"Eliminating the excess from our lives was all that was on our mind 
and with it came a sense of freedom by owning less." 
{from: Our Simple Life}

"Voluntary Simplicity.  I guess it means different things to different people.
To me it means living more deliberately but it doesn't involve deprivation or sacrifice,
 it simply means shunning things in my life that don’t add any value.
Voluntary simplicity is often a higher-labor yet slower-paced life,
one that bids you to stop and smell the roses."
{from: Living Deliberately}

"It’s been a season like no other
and sometimes it takes awhile to find your balance again,
but soon, very soon."
{from: A Collection of Days}

"I've learned editing, purging and simplifying is very satisfying to me.
 I've learned that giving stuff away feels good.
I've learned it would be much simpler if I didn't buy it in the first place.
I've learned to only keep what I truly love.
I've learned that life is full of seasons and just because
something worked for me in one season doesn't mean it still does."
{from: Lemon Lane}

{photo: L.A.H. at Letchworth State Park}

Tuesday, July 22, 2014


Saying goodbye to this home after 33 years
is one of the hardest things I have ever done
{I thought I was ready - turns out "not so much"}

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

grandma mary

It doesn't get much better than this . . .