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blueberry pie

Eva had a birthday this week. I have always called her ‘Pie’ and this year I got to bake her one for her birthday dessert. She chose blueberry from the Bake From Scratch book.

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I follow @thebakefeed on Instagram and was thrilled when I realized our library had their baking book. This is a gorgeous book and laid out in a way that makes the most challenging recipe doable. Thankfully, the blueberry pie was one of the quick & easier recipes. Baking can be time consuming and we had a busy day celebrating. I was glad for minimal ingredients and store bought crust. Eva made the braided crust on the top and did a great job, looks like the picture.

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I have never been a fan of fruit pies. This pie ~ I love. I wish I had remembered to make whipped cream for it. Next time.

*I just noticed that the 4 was backwards on her pie, for crying out loud. And they let me home school… Awesome!

 

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rainy day

We have had drizzle or a light rain shower all day. The feeders are full and the birds have gathered to eat. Our hummingbirds have moved on. Oh, I love days like this. Wednesday night we were out and about wearing fleece and I got to wear a knitted scarf. Yay!

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Time to cast on for Eva’s sock. She chose some gorgeous Madelintosh yarn. The toe and cuff will be in the cream. She wants no pattern in the stitches and a full sock, no anklets.

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The pumpkin Eva painted with blues and greens has been nibbled on by the squirrels. I sprayed some nasty deer and rabbit spray on the pumpkins but the rain has rinsed it off. Our neighbor has two squirrel houses in the trees of her front yard and several, several piles of seed lining her side walk and drive. The squirrels flock around here. This is the third year we have had squirrels eat our pumpkins, since her first house went up. I noticed yesterday that they had discovered the pumpkin display belonging to the family across the street.

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Can you see the white of the pumpkin on the right? Hard to get a good photo on my phone, in the drizzly gloom, and from across the street…

Eva made some cookies and I baked them. This recipe made 40 good sized cookies using the scope we have ~ not sure the size but it looks like the average size you’d buy anywhere. I think this is the first time I did not forget a pan of cookies in the oven. They are chewy and delicious. No need for a slice of bread in the container with this batch.

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We took the girls to the roller rink with some friends last night. Mike and I don’t skate so I took Olivia’s anklet along. I still had all the ends to weave in. Junior high memories flood back when we are at the rink. Friday night skating parties with school were a big deal in the 80’s where I grew up. I had my sister’s white skates with pink wheels ~ insert how cool I was here.

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Tomorrow I will take four girls to the mall to look at bath and beauty products.

 

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applesauce cake and a hat

We are messy bakers in this house…

Eva was going to spend the night at a friends house last night and she thought it would be fun to take a homemade treat. September calls for a recipe with nutmeg, cinnamon and ginger. Applesauce too? Even better, you know with that in the mix you will get a perfectly moist cake. We made the Spiced Applesauce Cake. This is a recipe from the Neely’s. Do you remember them? They were on the Food Network for awhile and did a lot of bbq recipes. My youngest loved that show and discovered the recipe while watching one Saturday morning so long ago (not that long since she is only 11). One thing we changed was the 2 cup applesauce amount. We used a cup of canned apple pie filling instead and chopped it small before adding at the end. I make this every year and this was the first year I added the pie filling. I’m so glad I did. Yummy!

Don’t let this picture ruin the recipe for you. I sprayed the pan but forgot the flour coat. The recipe does not tell you to flour but I like to when using a bundt pan. This cake would not even pretend to come out clean. When I tipped it over, only the bottom half came out. And you know that a bundt pan is not a pan that you can easily run a knife around to loosen and release. The brown sugar gives it a dark and lovely color. A scoop of ice cream or whipped cream is a nice side and I discovered this morning ~ cold butter!

I think I may make this cake again today but as a muffin. Maybe put a whole can of pie filling in and no applesauce. Stick them in the freezer for a quick grab and go snack.

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While the cake was baking I started on a hat for my mom. Just a simple and classic knit hat pattern by Marja Suomela, Hattara. I think you could easily make this hat with any yarn or needle size you had, just make sure you change your cast-on stitches accordingly. I used a lace weight yarn* (aka ~ thread with fuzz) and a sport weight** with an alpaca and silk blend. This is going to be a very warm and cozy hat.

I love how the combo of the yarn is making a tweedy fabric. I hope to get this finished in a few days and mailed off. I must confess that this was not my first cast on of this hat pattern. It’s my third. My mom has a small head and I tried the kid size first as that is usually the correct size for her. Me too. If you knit then you understand how the fabric gets bigger as you get into a few inches of knitting. This was not happening with the hat and I had to fiddle with the cast on amount. I am at 120 stitches on a size 3 needle. I think I have the code cracked and should be ok. I like to start with double points and then after I have joined in the round I do the magic loop method.

The yarns are:

*Karabella yarns, their lace mohair yarn, the color is 3519 and I don’t think its available anymore. There is a 3518 that looks similar…a very dark navy.

**Amano Yarns, Ayni  in Quartz Grey.

treats

banana split & pineapple treat

We had a bbq while at Mom’s. The weather was gorgeous and we dined outside. It was nice to have everyone under one roof, especially for mom. All her little chicks in the nest. My sister in law, made a dessert that, if I’m honest I was afraid to try. I’m not big on pineapple in anything. I’m glad I was brave because this creamy dessert tasted like ice cream! 

My husband has been wanting me to make this since we got home and today I had the perfect excuse. A friend text me that she was stopping over this evening and the girls both have friends staying over. 

 The ingredients are simple and so is the assembling. Lorie told me a couple of times how to put this delight together but I’ve forgotten* ~ so I winged it.

No bake cheese cake mix, chocolate syrup, a jar of maraschino cherries, crushed pineapple, whipped topping, a banana and {2} butterfinger candy bars.

 Make the cheesecake crust according to instructions. I used a square baking dish because a pie dish is too shallow and this dessert can stack high.


When I made the cheesecake filling I didn’t quite use the full amount of milk. We use skim here and I wondered if it would set properly. I added in the banana and the pineapple to the cheesecake filling. I also strained the pineapple, I was afraid it would be too much liquid as it was.


I poured half the filling over the crust and sprinkled it with a whole butterfinger. The rest of the filling goes in and then the second butterfinger. I think you’ll agree that you really do need two bars! Olivia reminded me that Aunt Lorie had put the candy bar in the freezer for a bit to make the smashing less messy. Good tip!


Top all that goodness with the whipped topping, chocolate syrup and cherries. 

I have no idea if the banana turns as this dessert has yet to last long enough to find out. If this does make it until morning I think it would be acceptable to have a slice with your coffee. 

*Of course when I was done making this dessert I realized my sister in law was home from work.  Like I said at the beginning, I forgot the assembly order but they are simple ingredients and which ever order you decide to put this dessert together would be fine.

Enjoy!