Monday, April 20, 2009

Spring wanderings....

I've been slow blogging this week...the weather has been just too nice to stay indoors. The first hummingbirds came to the feeder, dragonflies are buzzing the garden, roses are in bloom in the side yard, and the thermometer never got higher than 75 degrees. This will not last long so I am determined to enjoy it while I can!

A sure sign of spring here are the strawberry booths...we have lots of strawberry farms around us and several of them set up temporary stands along the busier roads. These are not to be confused with the hard supermarket strawberries - oh no. These are large, red, and sometimes strangely shaped sweet soft berries.

So this weekend I was invited to a wedding shower (the photo on top of this post is from the deck of the house) and I decided to make a strawberry pie for the first time ever! I went to the local stand and got a gallon bucket (you always have to have some left overs!) I found a recipe in an old cookbook and thought I was good to go. I had just taken the crust out of the oven when my DH came home complaining he had missed lunch and was hungry. So I put aside the pie recipe and get dinner. When I did get back to it about 4 hours later I just hurried through making the filling...it wasn't until I read the recipe for the last time that something in my head went "huh???" Seems the cookbook had two recipes for strawberry pie...one on the right hand page and another on the left....so my pie has the crust from page 40 but the filling from page 41. What tipped me off was the first used a spring form pan and the second a pie plate...duhhh.
In the end my strawberry experiment was fine. I was afraid that when I took off the spring form the filling was going to run all over the counter but it held up fine. Who knows I may even make it that way again!

I also have been going through some of my sewing room stuff again. I packed a box of fabric for the girl scouts. I am debating with myself (and a very intelligent debate at that!) about what to do with my batiks. I went through a batik phase but now haven't really used them for years. I pulled a few that I love and made a couple of shopping bags with them. The fabrics didn't go into the donation box yet...

BTW I did post how I wash vintage blocks as I promised however since it took me a few days...or rather weeks to finish the post when I published it fell back in the list of postings on my blog. So if you are interested it is under the April 6th (or so...) post.

8 comments:

Piecefulafternoon said...

If you want that post to appear at a different date - like today's date - you can edit it - then go to "post options" - in the lower left under the editing area - and change the date. I've done that and it placed the post where I wanted it.

Gypsy Quilter said...

Yummers, I love strawberry pie!

Judy in Michigan said...

Your pie looks yummy - I bet it tasted super yummy - fresh strawberry pie is the BEST!!

You might want to see this beautiful batik quilt posted on April 14 on http://cornbreadandbeansquilting.wordpress.com/
You might want to use some of your batiks for it.
I enjoy your blog very much. Thanks for giving us a glimpse into your life.

Dionne said...

I love strawberry pie as well. And it's been really nice here as well. Difficult to stay inside, even if I'm only outside sitting in the sun with a book and an ice tea! I'm glad you're enjoying the weather!
Cheers,
Dionne

dianne said...

i know what you can do with the leftover strawberries - go here: http://bleulune.typepad.com/my_weblog/ for a link to a recipe for stuffed (yes, STUFFED - with cream cheese filling) strawberries - omigawd they look soooo good!

your batik bag is beautiful - i don't like cutting into my batiks because they are like eye candy to me

Quilts And Pieces said...

Oh man that strawberry pie looks awesome! Even if it is a combination of 2 recipes! Wish those good berries would make their way north more!!!

*karendianne. said...

mmm, love that bag!!!

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