Thursday, April 29, 2010

This pie was intended to be made for Easter, but unforeseen events changed my plans. I was originally going to make a strawberry pie and this lemon pie. The weather turned wonderfully warm, Adam had to leave on Sunday because of a new job and the bad news--my mother in law broke her hip. So we turned our dinner into a brunch, opened the doors to the warm weather and had strawberry pie for dessert. The crust has been sitting in the freezer and I finally tried this recipe for Lemon Meringue pie. It was so easy and so good, I will not hesitate to make it again---maybe next Easter! I got the recipe from and will share it with you!

Grandma's Lemon Meringue Pie---Emilie S from

9 inch baked pie crust

1 cup white sugar

2 TBL all purpose flour

3 TBL cornstarch

1/4 tsp salt

1 1/2 cups water

2 lemons---juiced and zested

2 TBL butter

4 egg yolks--beaten

4 egg whites

6 TBL white sugar

Preheat oven to 350. Whisk together 1 cup sugar, flour, cornstarch and salt in medium saucepan. Stir in water, lemon juice and zest. Cook over medium heat, stirring frequently till mixture comes to boil. Stir in butter. Place egg yolks in small bowl and gradually whisk in 1/2 cup hot mixture and then whisk egg mix into saucepan mixture. Bring to boil and continue to cook while stirring constantly till thick. Remove from heat and pour into pie crust.

To make meringue---whip whites till foamy. Add sugar gradually and continue to whip till stiff peaks form. Spread meringue over filling, sealing edges. Bake for 10 mins till meringue golden brown.

Easy-----and delicious!! And this is what I learned from Easter. I think on my next day when I am looking for something to do(when is that?) I will make some crusts and have them in the freezer to await the summer berries and fruit!

Monday, April 26, 2010

Thank you ELTON JOHN!!!!!!!! For providing a sold out audience in downtown Toledo with a spectacular performance we won't soon forget. I knew it would be good but--------Elton John and his band performed for almost 3 hours(the band took a brief intermission but Elton John sang and played straight through)! Afterwards he came out, motioned people towards the stage where he signed autographs and then played an encore performance of Your Song and The Circle of Life!!! Incredible!

Sunday, April 25, 2010

We woke up to thick fog and progressed to lots and lots of rain---a good Sunday to relax with a good book. The only problem is Magglio turned into a fragile flower and absolutely refused to set foot into that wetness. The solution-----the front door opens onto a dry porch that led to a dry patch under a tree. Hope everyone is enjoying the weekend. We are going to see Elton John tonite--another good way to spend a rainy Sunday!

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Forsythia----actually they are beyond peak season and are starting to fade. There is a hard frost coming tonite. Should I cover my hydrangeas or not----hmmm, not sure. There are no buds yet so I may be safe.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

And, of course-----the Lilacs. I cannot think of one word that would do justice to this old fashioned beauty and you will just have to imagine the fragrance!!

Monday, April 19, 2010

Everday something new is popping into bloom here in Ohio, but unfortunately, tonite we have a frost warning. These beauties are Bleeding Hearts and they look like little chinese lanterns. Such a pretty time of year!

Sunday, April 18, 2010

When there's a Fork in the Road, take it!------Yogi Berra

Saturday, April 17, 2010

I finally got to see Wicked--and I have been listening to the soundtrack 24/7 ever since. It came to town to the stage at the Stranahan Theater and it was---well, awesome! Must see if you haven't yet! If I had a pair of ruby slippers, I would have used them as a photo prop but instead, you will just have to see my GREEN gardening clogs.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

It is Peak Spring color time here in NW Ohio----and it is gorgeous. Chilly---but gorgeous. Normally, I keep my distance around bees, but the camera made me just a little braver. As my wise mom used to say "if you don't bother the bees, they won't bother you". That woman was a bee worshiper! We were never allowed to kill a bee. Not even when a whole bunch of bees(hundreds) swarmed down from the attic! She caught them in jars and took them outside---and never got stung. Me----I spent the night at a friend's house and took no chances!

Sunday, April 11, 2010

This post has a happy beginning and a happy ending but the middle part is kind of less-than-perfect. This pizza had all the beginnings of perfection----the dough for the crust was pliable, fragrant and just the right consistancy when rolled out. The topping ingredients were fresh and delicious. I even celebrated by sipping wine while putting the finishing touches on the dinner. I was so proud, I took this picture and that's when things started going downhill and FAST. As I was putting the pizza in the oven, it kind of plopped onto the stone in one clump. I yelled for Dan to order a pizza on the phone. He calmly came over, grabbed a spatula and told me it wouldn't look great but would still taste good. And he was right---we had a mishapen pizza that was a little too done in spots but the wine made it all worthwhile.

Friday, April 9, 2010

The most important part of this picture is not the fact that it is Friday and we went out for dinner------what makes this picture so special is the beverages. The ice cold liquid in the glasses! At 5am this morning(right after my shower) we lost our water due to a broken water main! And by 5pm we were very, very thirsty!! And notice the stairs in the picture. We were seated at the upper level and the poor server had to go up and down the stairs to refill our glasses because we were very, very thirsty!!

Thursday, April 8, 2010

I know I have posted this picture before, but it is definately worth looking at again. Especially since tomorrow is the Tigers Home Opener and our Basset Hound is named Magglio--after Tiger's outfielder Magglio Ordonez. This dog will do anything for food---even wear a silly little toy hat and a scarf around his neck!

Monday, April 5, 2010

Today was full of summer. It helped that I took the day off and the weather cooperated. Included in the list of "summer things" are--

1. A bicycle ride in (not to) Oak Openings. We hardly ever use this "jewel in Metropark Crown" because it is not real convenient(made worse by highway construction), but when we do, we are always amazed. Included in the pics is a "restored Oak Savannah". Now that sounds downright exotic!

2. The first lawn mow of the season-----courtesy of Dan.

3. Dinner on the patio----leftover Easter dinner tastes so much better al Fresco!

4. Watching the season opener of the Detroit Tigers. Seventh inning and we are ahead--nuff said, because I don't want to jinx it.

5. Windows open, breezes pouring in and they are staying that way!

Sunday, April 4, 2010


Easter 2010 is winding down and it was a good one! Good food,good company,good weather and too much chocolate. This concrete bunny belongs to Dan's Mom. My father in law used to move it to a new location every few days-much to the delight of the grandchildren. Today one of those grandchildren returned the favor and moved it to the daffodil patch!

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Thursday, April 1, 2010

I came home from work and found a package by my door!! And inside----an Easter Basket that was filled with delicious homemade Macaroons drizzled with chocolate!!!!! It was from the Easter Bunny--aka Ed and Lisa!!!! It was almost too pretty to open and eat---but if you look closely you will see a chocolate smudge on the ribbon. Well, I HAD to try one and then retied the ribbon for the picture!! Lisa and I decided we were going to do a cookie exchange for each holiday and so far---so delicious!!