Wednesday, 25 November 2020

Pecan Pie

Family Favorite!! Our family loves gooey pecan pie. I will be making a pecan pie for Thanksgiving and for Christmas dinner. With a dollop of whip or a scoop of vanilla bean ice can't beat it! Here is my recipe!


Pecan Pie


2 1/2 c. flour
1 tsp salt
1 tsp sugar
8 T lard or Crisco chilled
4 T unsalted butter, chilled
1/3-1/2 c ice water

Food Processor method-

Put the flour, sugar and salt into the work bowl. Pulse a couple times.

Cut the cold butter and lard into very small pieces and add to the bowl. Process until the misture resembles coarse meal; about ten seconds.

Add the ice water and pulse just enough until the dough holds together, do not over work, do not let it form a ball. Remove the lid, squeeze the dough between your fingers; it should hold together. If crumbly, add another tablespoon of water.

Making the pastry by hand-

Combine flour, salt and sugar together in a large bowl.

Cut the butter and lard into small pieces and add to the flour.

With a pastry cutter or fork, blend the butter into the flout ntil the mixture resembles coarse meal.

Sprinkle the water over the flour mixture and blend again using the pastry cutter/fork.

Preheat oven to 450 F degrees

Gather into a ball, wrap with plastic wrap, flatten into a circle. Refrigerate for one hour.

 Roll out and press into your pie plate. Bake partially, about 6-7 minutes and allow

 it to cool on a rack. Reduce the oven temperature to 375 F degrees.


Mix together

3 eggs

1 cup granulated sugar

1/2 tsp salt

1/3 cup melted unsalted butter

1 cup light corn syrup

Stir in

1 cup pecan halves

1 tsp. vanilla

Fill the shell and bake for 45-50 minutes at 375 F degrees or until a knife inserted to center of pie, comes out clean. 

Serve warm or at room temperature with a dollop of freshly whipped cream or a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream.

Variation- substitute 3 tablespoons of good quality bourbon for the vanilla for Bourbon Pecan Pie.

Wishing you a blessed holiday season! Stay safe.....

Wednesday, 11 November 2020

Spaghetti Carbonara

Wee Bear's favorite!

Traditionally, Carbonara is an Italian pasta dish from Rome made with egg, hard cheese, cured pork, and black pepper. The dish arrived at its modern form, with its current name, in the middle of the 20th century. The cheese is usually Pecorino Romano, Parmigiano-Reggiano, or a combination of the two.

Wednesday, 2 September 2020

Smash Burger

I love the beefy, medium-rare middle of a plump, juicy burger, the savory depth of well-browned beef is simply unrivaled, especially with melty cheddar cheese....that is what a smash burger is and I love it!

Friday, 12 June 2020

Meat Canneloni


Meat Canneloni's are my favorite Italian food. However, I am disappointed each time I order in a restaurant. These delicious canneloni's are the best I have ever had and worth every minute of preparation. I make my b├ęchamel sauce with a basil addition, giving my dish another layer of flavor.

Thursday, 9 April 2020

Tuesday, 31 March 2020

Mask with Filter Pocket

My Mom was one of the original Rosie the riveters at Boeing company!

I started making masks in February in preparation for the pandemic to reach Arizona. No one believed this would happen. Well folks, it happened! It is in every state, some more wide spread than others. It is an invisible war.... 

My first mask I made with things I had on hand. Fabric, hair ties, pipe cleaners and pressed interfacing/embroidery backing. I ordered elastic and more pipe cleaners.

I have been sending or friends have picked up on my porch the masks.  I have sent to hospitals in other states, friends and family. I have been busy. It has been a learning experience for me. Each hospital that I have sent to has had a little different spec on what they want. I have learned that we can get very inventive using materials we have on hand for filters and ear straps.

I have made my pattern as simple as possible with the fewest breaks in sewing.

Turn the mask through the pocket opening, clip the corners, being careful not to clip the knotted elastic.

The pipe cleaner goes into the pocket. Push it to the top along the seam.

Your mask is finished! I used a deconstructed Filtrete Air conditioning filter fabric in mine, but you can use pressed fabric like interfacing or embroidery backing.

If you cannot find elastic, you can use hair ties. My first masks used hair ties. If you don't have pipe cleaners, you can use bread bag ties. 

This mask is not a N-95, but, it is the best we can do during this time for personal use. Some hospitals are desperate for these as they cannot get the N-95.  

Please forgive the writing, I got up and made the mask, photographed the steps and started writing- wanted to get this out quickly and get back to sewing.

Stay safe......#stayhome

Thursday, 12 March 2020

Pot o' Gold Coins

I made these Oreo gold coins, and it took me about 30 minutes! So easy!