Friday, September 26, 2014

autumn arrives at summer hill

In our move this month to Summer Hill Drive
Mr. Corners still provided a bit of Autumn 
to welcome us and make it feel a bit more like home . . . 

Friday, September 19, 2014

why are you looking a me

Acquiring things is what I do . . . 

{story of our lives}
pickles free online by Brian Crane

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".