Monthly Archives: August 2014

Old-Fashioned Custard Apple Pie

custard apple pie

 

Apple pie is delicious anyway you make it, I believe. This is an old recipe from a Mennonite Cookbook that my mom had when I was a kid. I made it first when I was about 15, and have loved it ever since. It is an open-faced pie, and it has a yummy custard layer under the apples.

First, mix the flour and sugar and spread in an unbaked pie shell.
custard apple pie

Then place the apple slices on top, and carefully pour the milk mixture over the apples. Sprinkle with cinnamon, and dot with butter.custard apple pie

Bake at 350 for an hour. Serve warm or cool. A scoop of ice cream on the side pushes it over the top! :)

custard apple pie

 

Pie-baking tip: Most pies can be baked at 350º for one hour. The edges never burn, and the bottom crust is sure to be done. Yes, sometimes it ‘cooks out’ a bit, but don’t overfill your pies, and it will be fine. I bake every pie like this. 

Old-Fashioned Custard Apple Pie
 
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Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • 6 tart apples
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup flour
  • 2 TBL
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1½ cups milk
  • Pastry for one 9 inch pan
Instructions
  1. Mix sugar and flour together and spread in pastry shell.
  2. Pare apples and cut in quarters; fit tightly together in shell, on op of flour mix.
  3. Sprinkle apples with cinnamon and dot with butter.
  4. Pour milk over the mixture.
  5. Bake at 350 for one hour.

 

How about you? Do you have a standard baking time for pies? Or do you just follow the recipe?

Wyoming Garden Update – the greenhouse edition.

I have been meaning to get this update up sooner… but aahhh. Life is full and wonderful, and not to be over-crammed. :)
Here is a photo taken during July, and the broccoli has all been picked since then. You can see the strawberries have most of their leaves eaten off. Not sure if it was deer or what – but I am going with deer, since they have been my main nemesis in gardening! I have pulled and eaten the onions in this pot.
garden tour 3

The carrots have all been pulled and eaten, the cilantro has been picked and picked and then went to seed, the basil is still doing pretty good, although the leaves are getting smaller.garden tour 4
Wow! I can’t believe how much this plot has changed in a month’s time! This photo was taken in July…garden tour 7Same spot – about 5-6 weeks later! greenhouse in wyI tossed a wildflower packet I had in there, just figuring nothing would bloom before frost. Well, I was oh so wonderfully wrong! There are bachelors buttons, zinnias, marigolds, baby’s breath, and lots of unknown pretty flowers. So fun to see what all is coming up!greenhouse in wy

I need to look up the name of this beautiful flower...

I need to look up the name of this beautiful flower…

Inside the greenhouse, the tomatoes have shot up to hit the roof! I have harvested a handful of grape tomatoes, two ‘Cherokee Purple’ slicing tomatoes, one HUGE green bell pepper, a chile pepper, and about 6-8 small cucumbers.

Tomatoes are hitting the roof!

Tomatoes are hitting the roof!

 

Bell peppers

Bell peppers

Speaking of cucumbers… This is one plant! Going crazy. Gonna have to train it better next year.

 

Cukes are taking over! Help!

Cukes are taking over! Help!

 

Tomatoes galore!!

Tomatoes galore!!

 

 

My sweet helper!

My sweet helper!

Overall, I am delighted with how things are progressing in my greenhouse, and have learned a lot for next year. Hope you enjoyed this greenhouse tour! :)

 

Does motherhood make you weary?

do not grow wearyI tell you, motherhood makes me weary – body and soul. I never expected that to be part of the  mom-package! I expected to comb my baby girl’s hair and button my son’s crisp shirts, and smile deep into their eyes.

But getting out of bed in the morning with eyes still heavy with sleep, falling asleep while rocking my baby, and trying to get enough energy up to wash that last batch of dishes at night? No, that wan’t what I had planned. I had No Idea. And sometimes, I think that having No Idea made it all the harder. Why do we smile and assure new moms that ‘babies are just the sweetest things!!! SUCH a blessing!!!” without at least adding a small measure of reality? Namely, that they will also wreck your schedule, your clothes, your house, and possibly your health. That you will find yourself more weary and clueless than ever before in your life. That mommy-wars are more important than you’d care to admit, and that you can’t take a day away from your babies without your heart yearning towards home every hour.

I can relate so well to Sally Clarkson when she said that the hardest part of motherhood was learning to live in a constant state of exhaustion.

I remember the first few years of up-at-nights and teething bouts and fevers… they were hard! But the hardest part was learning to deny my own wants (yes, and needs!) for another person. I was not bitter at my precious babies for making me lose sleep – no, not in the least! But my body cried out for relief. My self was tried to the breaking point with self-denial. You are not the only one who has sat – sobbing – on the bathroom floor, crying out to Jesus for strength to get through one more hour.

Now, if you think I am morbid and selfish and hopelessly pathetic… you may be right. In my own, selfish body I am hopeless. But in Jesus – in Jesus, dear fellow mom, I have hope! I Have learned that these hard parts of motherhood are not to be underestimated or skipped over. They are essential to us as Christian mothers, teaching us to die to Self, and realize that our strength and peace is not in any way of our own making, but only through the Holy Spirit who lives in us. It would be so much easier to drop them off with a relative or sitter, and pursue a life without the moment by moment, 24/7 care of our homes and children. But – even when we feel inadequate and greatly lacking – we are our kids’ mom. We are who God has chosen to mother our little ones, and we can rise to the challenge by learning to accept the weariness, the hard parts, the constant exhaustion. By leaning into the work, and not waste our days, longing for an easier life. (where one might eat chocolate in peace! 😉 )

I am not a fan of the: ‘drag through this hard Christian life anyway you can’ mindset. I am a firm believer in the grace and joy of Jesus Christ! That even in difficult times, we can lean on Jesus in the hidden places of our life, and from that – exude life and grace to everyone we meet. Yes, this journey of motherhood is hard and makes us cry out for relief. But Jesus is greater than any hardship. He desires us to fall, broken, at His feet and let Him be our strength and peace. He wants to shine through us and prove to a self-centered and broken world, what He can do with a mother who is fully trusting in Him.

Do not grow weary, my friend! Don’t try to find an easy way out. Just keep falling on Jesus’ strength and power each day – each hour. He has unlimited strength and grace for each new (sleep-deprived!) day.

 

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Wyoming Garden Update – August, 2014

Hi friends! Just a quick post to give you an update on my precious, struggling garden! :) I have not photographed everything I have harvested – but today I thought I would give you another peak…

Carrots, two zucchini, an onion, a handful of crab-apples (seriously – is that all you can do?!) and a few new potatoes – just for fun. :)  The onions are all nearly ready, but since I don’t need them yet, figured I’d let them stay in the ground till they are bigger, or till I need them. I love going out and pulling a fresh onion for dinner. And the potatoes I dug just to see how big they are… yes, I am quite childish about waiting on root crops! I am leaving the rest till they mature, no worries.

The carrots are actually going crazy out there, and last week I pulled about two pounds of nice sized carrots! I planted them ‘way too thick, so I am pulling them here and there to thin out some of the thick spots. And my kids love them – they are so tender! I do pick zucchini pretty small – who needs huge nasty ones?

I also picked two cherry tomatoes from my greenhouse today, but they went straight into my mouth! 😉 and yesterday I picked some cucumbers. So I am feeling pretty happy about my garden this year.

My favorite is the flowers – all from my little flower patch! So pretty…

wyoming garden 2014

Blurry cell phone pic!

Yesterday I made these yogurt/fruit parfaits for breakfast. I ran out of yogurt, but they were still delicious! I used my own homemade granola, vanilla yogurt, and peach pie filling (also homemade). My son plopped a spoonful of Cool Whip on top of his. :) Yum. If I would have had more yogurt, I would have added another layer on the top.

peach breakfast

While I was hunting for crab-apples on the tree today, I found this cute little bird’s nest.

nestWe started school Monday. So far it is going good and we are enjoying it. My 18 month old wants to practice phonics with her sister everyday. :) She knows all her letter sounds already, the little stinker! (I want my baby as long as possible!!!!)

Anyways. That is what I am up to.

Oh! And I sent my very first international cinch order last week. All the way to Australia! Kind of big for me, I admit. :)

mohair cinch

Herbed Beef Roast ~crockpot friendly

herbed beef roast

Nothing easier or more satisfying, than putting a good beef roast in the crockpot in the morning, then coming home from a day at town/work, and lifting out tender, steaming chunks of flavorful beef – dripping with its own juices!

To make the best flavor – thaw the beef roast and sear it well on both sides. Just throw a bit of butter in the frying pan and fry each side about 3 minutes over med-high heat. Then place the roast in the crockpot, and arrange some potatoes, onions, and carrots around the edges. Sprinkle with spices and herbs, and pour some beef broth over the top. Turn it on low and leave it alone for 8-10 hours.

herbed beef roast

When you get home that evening, carefully lift the beef onto a serving tray and slice – or just pull it into chunks. This is rib-sticking goodness, easier than drive-through! :)herbed beef roastbeef roast

 

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Herbed Beef Roast ~crockpot friendly
 
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Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • 3-4 lb boneless beef roast (chuck or pot)
  • 6 small potatoes
  • 4 carrots, peeled
  • 1 onion, quartered
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 1 TBL salt
  • 1 teas thyme
  • 1 teas rosemary
  • 1 teas parsley
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
Instructions
  1. Sear beef roast approx 3 min per side in a hot skillet over med-high heat.
  2. Place in crockpot.
  3. Place vegetables around roast.
  4. Pour beef broth over roast.
  5. Sprinkle herbs over the roast.
  6. Cook on low for 8-10 hours.