Monday, August 21, 2006

Yum, Yum

Having visitors here recently has finally given us a chance to cook again, as well as enjoy having those guests cook for us. I had forgotten what it was like to use make something using both hands! We tried a new flourless chocolate cake recipe that you can find by clicking here. Best enjoyed after surviving a slightly colicky evening.

Next on the list--Shoo-Fly pie. I love the idea of making regional foods and I guess the new license plate for Pennsylvania is "I brake for Shoo-Fly pie". Until this summer I had only heard about it as a part of Amish culture. After trying it (several weeks in a row) at the farmers market, I tracked down a recipe from our neighbor Becky who is not only a great cook, but also a blogger who recently wrote about how she loves cooking, including making things for her neighbors.

Shoofly Pie
Serves 6
375 degrees
35 min.

Preheat oven to 375F.
Prepare 1 unbaked 9" pie shell*.
Cut together w/ pastry blender:
1 cup flour
1/2 c. brown sugar
2 T shortening or margarine
Reserve 1/2 c. crumbs for topping.
Combine in mixing bowl:
1 cup molasses
1 eggs, slightly beaten
3/4 cup cold water
1 tsp baking soda in 1/4 cup hot water
Add crumb mixture and beat together.
Pour into unbaked pie shell. Sprinkle reserved 1/2 cup crumbs on top.
Bake 35 minutes.

(By the way, I know most people checking this are really only looking for baby pictures, so here are two of the latest).

Monday, August 14, 2006

What has Amalia been up to the past few weeks?

a) Dancing at a wedding (congrats to Matt and Erica!)
b) Traveling to Ohio, Indiana, and Michigan to catch up with more family and friends
c) Hanging out with grandparents while Mom and Dad went to their 10-year class reunion
d) Her first out-of-the-womb meeting of her future boyfriend, Max Snyder
e) Attending a church service and confirmation at Trinity Lutheran, Berrien Springs (congrats to Kim!)
f) Hosting her “Aunt” Hannah who visited from Milwaukee to cook us some yummy food and help Mommy catch up on sleep
h) Learning to suck her thumb
g) All of the above with lots of eating, smiling, and an occasional nap thrown in there too!

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