Friday, August 16, 2013

Mr. Fisherman's new favorite pie.

 After watching Trisha Yearwood bake this Magic Lemon Meringue Pie on the Food Network I decided to give it a try myself.
It doesn't take much...
If you like your lemon pie tart, you will LOVE this recipe.
  Tricia Yearwood lemon meringue pie
1 1/2 cups fine graham cracker crumbs
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 stick (1/4 cup) butter, melted
One 14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk
1/2 cup fresh lemon juice (about 2 large lemons)
1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
3 large egg yolks, whites reserved for meringue
3 large egg whites
1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
1/4 cup sugar
Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
For the crust: In a mixing bowl, stir together the graham cracker crumbs and sugar until combined. Then, stir in the melted butter. Press the mixture firmly into a 9-inch pie plate and set aside.
For the filling: In a medium bowl, mix the condensed milk, lemon juice, zest and egg yolks, reserving the whites for the meringue. Pour the mixture into the crust.
For the meringue: Beat the egg whites and cream of tartar in a medium bowl with an electric mixer until soft peaks form, then add the sugar and whip until peaks are stiff.
Spread the meringue over the pie and seal to the edge of the crust. Bake until the meringue browns slightly, 15 to 20 minutes. Chill for at least 2 hours before serving.
Happy Friday!

Saturday, August 10, 2013

~ A mothers wisdom ~

I saw this on Pinterest this morning and just had to pass it along.
This was SO my mother.

Have a great day!

Friday, August 9, 2013

Handy little gift for your co-workers

These combo napkin/flatware holders are so handy and easy to make.
Several years ago I made each of my co-workers one of these napkins for Christmas.
We were forever having luncheons at work and always coming up short on plasticware or someone would order take-out and the fork, knife or spoon was missing.
I was hoping this would solve the problem of searching around the office looking for a fork or napkin.
Since I made these napkins prior to owning an embroidery machine I chose a color or pattern of fabric I thought each individual would like. 
I included flatware in each similar to these.
After making 23 of these napkins, Mr. Fisherman decided he wanted one.
Since the Florida Gators are our only college team in Florida (just kidding FSU fans) I chose Florida Gator fabric for Mr. Fisherman's napkin.
Look how easy they roll up...

I think most of my co-workers just used the napkin to store the flatware and keep it clean in their desk draws.
Either way, these little napkins turned out to be handy little gifts.
 I think these would be fun to make for a picnic or party.
What do you think?
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Friday, August 2, 2013


Are you a "complainer of life"?
Maybe you don't even realize it.
We all know at least one of these people, don't we?
You know, the people whose life experiences are worse than anyone else in the world.
 No one has as many problems as he or she does.
Haven't we ALL had difficult experiences we deal with?
Because I am not "a complainer of life" others think I have no struggles.
 I do - they may be different from yours, but just as important.
Have you ever said to a friend "I totally understand and sympathize because; I too, have been there". Their answer to you is... "Yeah, but you don't have it as bad as I do - you just don't understand". 
You want to help them, but their issues are ALWAYS worse than ANYONE else.
Everyone else has a better job, bigger house, better behaved children, more time (this is just a matter of organization), more money, etc. They can go on and on.
They are stressed, disorganized, and unhappy with their lives in general.
They see only the negative and never the positive in their lives.
Does this sound like you?
I have someone very dear to me who struggles with this very thing.
(Okay, get over yourself, Debbie - It's not you.)
I believe it's the way we view our struggles that makes the difference.
We ALL have struggles in our lives.
 We can exaggerate the negative or try something different and exaggerate the positive instead.

Why not try incorporating something small in your day - every day - such as...

 Grat·i·tude noun \ˈgra-tə-ˌtüd
A feeling of thankfulness for blessing or benefits we have received.

Gratitude is an emotion expressing appreciation for what blessings you do have - as opposed to - what you don't have.
It's said that living a life with gratitude is associated with happiness and well being.
I truly believe if you lead a grateful life you will pass it onto others.

I'm sure you have heard the saying "You can't change the direction of the wind, but you CAN adjust your sails".
I believe it's true.
Over my lifetime I have had to adjust my sails many times.
 I have always tried to remain grateful for what I do have and not dwell on the things I have lost or sacrificed through life struggles.

Today and every day, I am grateful.

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