5.20.2019

magical monday

when you live in the best place for a spontaneous photoshoot, and you have a shop full of vintage clothes at your fingertips, and a bestie from out of state visiting that can work the 'blue steel' like a pro, you have a magical faery photoshoot......










5.19.2019

Sunday Sweet Stuff: Strawberry Icebox Pie

 This weekend's 'sweet stuff' is a strawberry icebox pie. Christian prefers the graham cracker crust over the typical pie shell, so again this butter graham cracker crust holds the most deeeeelish filling....

Ingredients:
2 packages of graham crackers (usually 3 in a box), crushed, then used in the coffee grinder until fine crumbs were all I had...
1/2 C butter

2 eggs
2/3 C sugar
3/4 C milk
3 Tbsp cornstarch
1 Tbsp butter
2 C sliced strawberries

2 C heavy cream
1/2 C confectioner sugar
1 Tbsp vanilla extract

Make your crust:
mix cracker crumbs and melted butter, press in to pie pan, bake at 375 for 10 min, set aside.
 Make your filling:
whisk eggs and sugar in a medium bowl.
measure out 2 tablespoons from your 3/4 C milk, and whisk that with your cornstarch. Now add cornstarch/ milk mixture to the eggs & sugar and whisk until smooth....
Melt the 1 tablespoon butter in a medium saucepan, add the rest of the milk, and let steam, but not boil for about a minute.
Add egg/ sugar/ milk/ cornstarch mixture to saucepan and store constantly until a pudding type consistency occurs.....

Pour filling into pie shell, and spread out and up the sides of shell...
Stick shell into freezer for about an hour...
now fill with strawberries.....

make your whipped topping by adding heavy cream, vanilla, and confectioner sugar to a stand mixer and mixing on high until firm whipped topping is your final product...

top your pie, pop in the fridge for about an hour, and ENJOY!!





5.13.2019

SWEET STUFF SUNDAY: BANANA PUDDING PIE

Last weekend and this weekend have both been pies. Pies of the chilled variety at that! These take time and require a lot of waiting, but are well worth the wait! Last week's chocolate ice box pie was THE BOMB and this week's banana pudding pie was very much like an icebox pie as well! 

INGREDIENTS:

 GRAHAM CRACKER CRUST

1 1/2 C graham cracker crumbs, again like last week, I crushed these in a freezer bag, then finished them iff in our coffee grinder
1/3 C sugar
1/3 C melted butter



BANANA CREAM FILLING
¾ C sugar
1/4  C cornstarch
2 C half and half
4 egg yolks
3 Tablespoons butter
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 bananas, sliced



WHIPPED CREAM TOPPING
2 C heavy whipping cream
1/2 C confectioners’ sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
  

CRUST:
Combine graham crackers crumbs & sugar....
In a medium saucepan, melt stick of butter and pour in graham/ sugar mixture...
Press into a 9" pice shell, bake for 10 min.

Cool completely.


VANILLA PUDDING (FILLING)
In the same medium sauce pan, combine sugar and cornstarch.

Add half and half and egg yolks and whisk until well combined. Bring to boil over medium heat, stirring constantly. Boil 1 minute and remove from heat. Stir in chunk of butter (it will melt because this mixture is HOT), and vanilla. You have just made vanilla pudding FROM SCRATCH!!!!

Pour 1/2 of the pudding into the crust.

Top with sliced bananas to cover the pudding.

Pour the rest of the pudding over the bananas.

Top with more slices of bananas.

Cover with foil.

Pop into the freezer for 45 min to an hour....


WHIPPED TOPPING

In a medium mixing bowl, beat whipping cream, confectioners’ sugar and vanilla at high speed. Beat until stiff peaks form. You don't want them to be soft but you don't want them to become butter either.

Spread whipping cream over the top of the bananas and chill in the freezer for another 15 min.
Serve and enjoy!!






5.07.2019

Tailwagger Tuesday: Meet Misty


This week's tail wagger Tuesday is spotlighting Misty at Athens-Clarke County Animal Control. Take a look at how these earlier photos taken really show her sadness and confusion, and how over time, she has blossomed into a happy little pibble.....
She still needs a foster home to commit to her through her heart worm treatment and see her through to find her forever home. She walks AMAZING on a leash, and as you can see in her transformation, she is pretty good at adjusting to new environments. The county pound is likely the best life she has ever known, as she came in as a stray, still lactating from having nursed puppies. She was found in a popular dumping spot for dogs, and that makes me think she was likely just a breeder dog. A commodity. A money maker.

Do you have room in your heart and home to offer Misty a glimpse of what life can really be like?




 For more info on Misty, click HERE
 ...and if you have any questions about Misty, feel free to send me a message using the contact form on the right side of this page!

5.06.2019

want/ need/ hear/ read

With a new week beginning and my most perfect little blogging hub perfected, I wanted to switch up the segments a bit with this little comeback..... Mondays will now be the new home for the 'want/ need/ hear/ read' posts. I mean Mondays are the perfect place for a little inspiration and music, right?

want:
I have been wanting to start working on ideas for a cute little fence at the shop in the front. Something that would allow Eddie or Reece to be off-leash on the lawn there, while I work on the landscaping, or blog from my new little table, or just lay in the sun. So, for now, just looking at different ideas. I would be doing it all myself to save $$, but there are so many cute styles out there!

need:
Yes. Still needing one of these. For now, I am the human version of one of these. Manually bushhogging, chopping, and devouring overgrowth. While it is good for me physically, it is HARD WORK. One of these babies would make life a whole lot easier.....


hear:

read:
Hill Lily Magazine - you can get your copy HERE
Hill Lily is a great little zine with contributions from ladies across the nation. An issue for each season.....Mother, sisters, wives, homesteaders, homemakers, girlfriends, etc. Chock full of photographs, recipes, stories, poetry, art, and experiences. It is super inspiring to ne able to take a peak into these other lives.... this first pic may be a submission from yours truly about the first time I ever had to kill any living thing. It was not fun or empowering in the least bit for me, and I hope I never have to kill an intruder ever again....






"Hill Lily Magazine is a publication for women and femmes who homestead, live and build off-grid, farm, practice animal husbandry and land stewardship, and explore sustainable womanhood. Hill Lily aims to be a big pot for the ‘stone soup’ of your wisdom, dreams, trials, recipes, useful tips, instructions, craft, building blueprints, maps, beloved book recommendations, stories, photos, art, poems, songs, and lore. Whether you live on forty acres in the woods with no electricity or have an herb garden and a few backyard chickens in the city, or simply love nature, craft, and food, this is a zine to connect you with other resilient babes."

edited by Daisy Greenberg


5.05.2019

sweet stuff sunday: chocolate icebox pie

Yes. It is back! With the heat of summer, my little blogging nook almost finished in the workshop, and the desire for some chocolate, I decided on something chocolate, and Christian is always asking me to make an icebox pie, so that is what this Sunday's sweet stuff is!

Christian is from Shreveport, LA and there are is a place that is known for their famous icebox pies. While mine will never measure up to "famous' status, I can make a damn good one.

While this place in Shreveport makes their chocolate icebox pies with a real flaky crust, my mom used to make one similar, but with a graham cracker crust, and Christian is a fan of these as well, so this one will have a buttery graham cracker crust, which will also save some time and effort ......

ingredients:

crust
1 2/3 C finely crushed graham crackers. (I crush mine in a baggy, and then go further by putting in the coffee grinder for a few seconds....)

1/4 C sugar

6 Tbsp salted butter, melted


filling
1/3 C hot water

2 Tbsp dark cocoa powder

1 Tbsp vanilla extract

1 1/2 C cacao chips

1 1/2 C heavy cream

1 Tbsp sugar

1/4 tsp salt


topping
2/3 C heavy cream (it was all I had left, you can use more for more topping!)

2 Tbsp



preheat oven to 375

First make the crust.by combining graham cracker crumbs, sugar, and butter. Press firmly and evenly into a glass pie pan, and pop into the freezer for 10-15 min. After freezing, pop it in the oven for 10 min and then remove and let cool.


Now you can start on the filling.... Put hot water, cocoa powder, and vanilla in a small bowl and set aside.

Heat cacao chips in a saucepan on low (you can also do this in short bursts in the microwave, we just don't have one..) until completely melted, and then let cool for several minutes.

Whip the cream, sugar, and salt until soft peaks form......

Stir the cocoa mixture into the melted cacao....

Fold the chocolate mixture into the whipped cream until its completely combined.........

Spread evenly into the cooled graham cracker pie crust, and put in the freezer for 30 min.

Make the whipped topping when you are ready to devour the pie, then dollop on top of your multiple slices and enjoy!
I sloppily sprinkled some of the unsweetened cocoa on top ......

  this was SO GOOD. Christian actually said it was better than Strawn's. Yip!!
xoxo

-s