Friday, May 30, 2008

Mmmmmm, Pie!

Okay, so I love pie. This should be no surprise. We ate a lot of pie growing up. I assume that is because my dad also loves pie and my mom is awesome at making it. I remember that when we lived in the country when I was younger, we had a huge stove and mom would make 4 pies at a time in it. That is amazing! Anyway, my 2nd favorite pie is Rhubarb Cream- nothing beats fresh peach pie. It's so yummy and fairly foolproof and pie is NOT hard to make. I used to be intimidated by it, but not anymore. Here's the recipe I used and some pictures.

2 Crusts (this is from the OLD Betty Crocker cookbook, and is my favorite)

2 c. flour

1 tsp. salt

3/4 c. vegetable shortening

5 Tbsp. COLD water

* First, you combine your flour and salt, then CUT in the shortening. If you don't have pastry blender, I'm sorry. Two butter knives will work in a pinch, just pull them back and forth across eachother, it's kind of the opposite of tossing a salad. Cut in the shortening until you have a rough crumb texture.

* Next, add your water. If you live in a drier climate, you will probably need more water. When I lived in Utah I would sometimes use up to 7 Tbsp. water. Stir everything together with a fork. You can only get so far with the fork, and then you will need to get your hands in to finish the rest. Be careful with the dough, you don't want to over-work it. Once everything has come together, you're done and can divide your dough. (I'm saving my other half for a sugar cream pie on Sunday).

* Next, roll it out so that it is slightly larger than your pie dish, place it in and crimp your edges. There are a multitude of ways to accomplish this, but I like a basic thumb and forefinger crimp.

There, you have a crust! Now, let's fill it!

2 1/2 c. Rhubarb

1 1/4 c. sugar

1/3 c. PLUS 1 Tbsp. flour

1 c. whipping cream

Mix and pour into your pie shell. Bake at 400 degrees for 30 min. and then at 350 degrees for 30 min. Cool and enjoy!

Thursday, May 15, 2008

The best Dad ever!

Okay, I LOVE this picture. The girls obviously have Daddy wrapped around their little fingers!
I've been pretty busy lately just working on things. I have my living room to get in order, and let's just say, it is not in order. So . . .I keep the door closed, waiting for an evening at home when Brent isn't busy to work on it. Vivian is wearing one of my newest projects. I made her a dress the other morning and she loved it. She wore it for two days in a row, and when I informed her this morning that she could not wear it again, she had a major meltdown, so I made her another one to wear today. Then I made another one for her to wear tomorrow. Sounds very productive of me, but I must admit, they require very little skill and time, so it is just perfect for me! I've also started another purse, but this time I did it without a pattern (admittedly, not the smartest move) so now I'm stuck about 2/3 of the way done really wondering what to do next. I'll post pictures of that. I've also been doing some more hair recently, which I always love. It's the one thing I don't have a problem saying I am really good at. The hair I do looks good, even close up. Most of the other things I make look best from about 15 feet away, so that you don't see all the "wonky" stuff!

Twilight Trailer

Saturday, May 10, 2008


I was in Chicago for my anniversary this weekend while tickets to the New Kids concert went on sale. They went on sale Sat. morning at 10 am. I planned on buying my tickets when I got home Saturday evening.

It is sold out :(

Thursday, May 8, 2008

Dreams Really Do Come True!

So, I finally get to live out one of my dreams from when I was like 10! That's totally exciting right?!!!! Natalie and I are getting tickets to the Oct. 4th show in Chicago. Anyone else wanna go with us?

Monday, May 5, 2008

Twilight Trailer

Okay, so my sister Vanessa JUST sent me this link for the Twilight movie trailer . . .check it out:

Friday, May 2, 2008

I am changed

So, Brent says what I am now is an "audiophile". I'm not even sure that's a real word. Anyway, as some of you may know, I drive a minivan. It is a total mom-mobile, but its basically great. We drive it to church and I go shopping with the girls and its fantastic. Lots of room, decent gas mileage . . . .but crappy sound. Usually this isn't something I notice much because I'm a nerd and I listen to talk radio and the sound quality of AM radio isn't much of a concern. However, today I switched cars with Brent and went shopping by myself while the girls we being watched by mom and my sister, therefore, I had no use for the mini-van . . .or so I thought. Anway, Brent's system in his car is out of control. I put in some DMB, because the weather is warm, and nothing says summer like my "Crash" cd. Anyway, it sounded great and I was loving it. Well, half-way through the day, I needed the van, so I switched cars with Brent, got in my trusty van and popped in some Collective Soul. This is me:

I was sad. All I could think about was how much better this would sound in Brent's car. These kind of thoughts would never have crossed my mind before I met Brent. He introduced me to big, awesome speakers and mind numbing sound. I'm almost considering giving up my back seat for a big speaker. It would be pretty sweet . . .though I doubt the girls would enjoy it much having their eardrums blown out . . . . Do you think Air Supply sounds good at ear popping loudness?