Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Yummy Peach Custard Pie

Peach Custard Pie
My simple recipe "card" which is kept in an old pocket photo album.

One of my best friends, Grace, had been making this for years and believe me, no offense to her, but if Grace can make this, you can too!! Yes, it's that easy! She had to reassure me that it was that simple.

It's peach season! Mmmm...and I'm so glad that it is because peach pie has become one of my favorites, after apple pie. You can get a basket of fresh peaches and make it into this delicious, easy as 1, 2, 3. Please let me stress the word "easy". Just look at the recipe "card" I make it from.

6-8 medium peaches
3/4 cup sugar
2 eggs
2 tbsp. flour
1 prebaked deep-dish pie crusts

This recipe is so easy to double or triple. No exact measurements are required. Add more peaches if you want more filling.

Prebake your pie crusts according to instructions if using frozen like I do because I still can't make a nice flaky crust.

Preheat ove to 325F. Bring a large pot of water to boil. Place washed peaches a few at a time into boiling water for about 40 seconds. Remove from boiling water and dip into a large bowl of cold water. Skin the peaches. They should slip off quite easily. Discard skins and pits. Slice and fill pie crusts, set aside.Sweetest yellow fleshed peaches.

In a separate bowl, combine sugar, eggs and flour, mix thoroughly and pour over peaches. Place in preheated oven for 1 hour.

Serve hot! Enjoy!

Monday, August 17, 2009

Single-Serve 5 Minute Microwave Chocolate Muffin

I was going through some of my photos and came across this old picture of one of those email recipes I got a long while back. I followed the recipe to a 'T' since it sounded simple enough, and look at the results. It looks disgusting but it really wasn't that bad. It was a bit on the rubbery side but we all had a taste of it and it was gobbled up none-the-less. If you have a 9-1-1 chocolate emergency craving, this might just hit the spot!

Microwave Mug Cake
4 tbsp. flour
4 tbsp. sugar
4 tbsp. cocoa
1 egg
3 tbsp. milk
3 tbsp. oil
3 tbsp. chocolate chips (optional)
Small splash vanilla

Measure flour, sugar, and cocoa in a large mug. Mix well.

Add egg and mix well.

Add milk and oil and mix well.

Add chocolate chips and vanilla and mix well.

Microwave for 3 minutes at 1000 watts. If it looks like it's going to overflow, stop and adjust the power level a bit. There's no exact science to this, so do what you think is right, or you'll end up with a yummy mess like I did!

Thursday, August 13, 2009

A Handy Tip Email I got

It's been a pretty busy summer - I can actually say summer now because for the entire month of July, we've had so much rain, it felt like spring. Apart from my computer crashing and losing 3 and a half years of pictures even after backing them up on an external hard drive (I carelessly "moved" instead of "copy" the files before reformatting a second time). Luckily I have them backed up on flickr but now I have to pay to get them back because our service provider no longer gives us flickr pro for free. Sometimes I wonder if technology is worth the headache. I've been up late trying to sort everything out, and get my computer life back in order.

This past month has proven to be a stressful, expensive month with our handy dandy gadgets that we so much "need" has either gotten lost, damaged, or needed replacing. From our car (wouldn't start) to my new 6 week old little camera (kids dropped it this time), to replacing the ipod touch and replacing my computer and losing my precious photos. I can't take no more of it! It's too hard on the wallet and my body!

I hope your month was better than mine, with lots of sunshine and no stress.

I did get this good email that I think you'll learn a thing or two from.


Peel a banana from the bottom and you won't have to
pick the little "stringy things" off of it. That's how the primates do it.

Take your bananas apart when you get home from the store.
If you leave them connected at the stem, they ripen faster.

Store your opened chunks of cheese in aluminum foil.
It will stay fresh much longer and not mold!

Peppers with 3 bumps on the bottom are sweeter and better for eating.
Peppers with 4 bumps on the bottom are firmer and better for cooking.

Add a teaspoon of water when frying ground beef.
It will help pull the grease away from the meat while cooking.
To really make scrambled eggs or omelets rich add a couple of
spoonfuls of sour cream, cream cheese, or heavy cream in and then beat them up

Add garlic immediately to a recipe if you want a light taste
of garlic and at the end of the recipe if your want a stronger taste of garlic.

Leftover snickers bars from Halloween make a delicious dessert. Simply
chop them up with the food chopper. Peel, core and slice a few apples. Place them
in a baking dish and sprinkle the chopped candy bars over the apples. Bake at 350
for 15 minutes!!! Serve alone or with vanilla ice cream. Yummm!

Reheat Pizza
Heat up leftover pizza in a nonstick skillet on top of the stove, set heat to med-low
and heat till warm. This keeps the crust crispy. No soggy micro pizza. I saw this on
the cooking channel and it really works.

Easy Deviled Eggs
Put cooked egg yolks in a zip lock bag. Seal, mash till they are all broken up. Add remainder of ingredients, reseal, keep mashing
it up mixing thoroughly, cut the tip of the baggy, squeeze mixture into egg. Just throw bag away when done easy clean up.

Expanding Frosting
When you buy a container of cake frosting from the store, whip it with your mixer
for a few minutes. You can double it in size. You get to frost more cake/cupcakes
with the same amount. You also eat less sugar and calories per serving.

Reheating refrigerated bread
To warm biscuits, pancakes, or muffins that were refrigerated, place them in
a microwave with a cup of water. The increased moisture will keep the food
moist and help it reheat faster.

Newspaper weeds away
Start putting in your plants, work the nutrients in your soil. Wet newspapers,
put layers around the plants overlapping as you go cover with mulch and for-
get about weeds. Weeds will get through some gardening plastic they will not
get through wet newspapers.

Broken Glass
Use a wet cotton ball or Q-tip to pick up the small shards of glass you can't see easily.

No More Mosquitoes
Place a dryer sheet in your pocket.
It will keep the mosquitoes away.

Squirrel Away!
To keep squirrels from eating your plants, sprinkle your plants with cayenne pepper.
The cayenne pepper doesn't hurt the plant and the squirrels won't come near it.

Flexible vacuum

To get something out of a heat register or under the fridge add an empty paper towel
roll or empty gift wrap roll to your vacuum. It can be bent or flattened to get in nar-
row openings.

Reducing Static Cling

Pin a small safety pin to the seam of your slip and you will not have a clingy skirt
or dress. Same thing works with slacks that cling when wearing panty hose.
Place pin in seam of slacks and ... ta da! ... static is gone.

Measuring Cups

Before you pour sticky substances into a measuring cup, fill with hot water.
Dump out the hot water, but don't dry cup. Next, add your ingredient, such
as peanut butter, and watch how easily it comes right out.

Foggy Windshield?
Hate foggy windshields? Buy a chalkboard eraser and keep it in the glove box of
your car . When the window s fog, rub with the eraser! Works better than a cloth!

Reopening envelope
If you seal an envelope and then realize you forgot to include something inside,
just place your sealed envelope in the freezer for an hour or two. Viola! It unseals
Use your hair conditioner to shave your legs. It's cheaper than shaving cream and
leaves your legs really smooth. It's also a great way to use up the conditioner you
bought but didn't like when you tried it in your hair.

Goodbye Fruit Flies
To get rid of pesky fruit flies, take a small glass, fill it 1/2" with Apple Cider Vinegar
and 2 drops of dish washing liquid; mix well. You will find those flies drawn to the
cup and gone forever!

Get Rid of Ants =
Put small piles of cornmeal where you see ants They eat it, take it "home," can't
digest it so it kills them. It may take a week or so, especially if it rains, but it works
and you don't have the worry about pets or small children being harmed!

The heating unit went out on my dryer! The gentleman that fixes things around the
house for us told us that he wanted to show us something and he went over to the
dryer and pulled out the lint filter. It was clean. (I always clean the lint from the fil-
ter after every load clothes.) He told us that he wanted to show us something; he
took the filter over to the sink and ran hot water over it. The lint filter is made of a
mesh material ... I'm sure you know what your dryer's lint filter looks like. Well ...
the hot water just sat on top of the mesh! It didn't go through it at all! He told us
that dryer sheets cause a film over that mesh that's what burns out the heating unit.
You can't
SEE the film, but it's there. It's what is in the dryer sheets to make your
clothes soft and static free ... that nice fragrance too. You know how they can feel
waxy when you take them out of the box .. well this stuff builds up on your clothes
and on your lint screen. This is also what causes dryer units to potentially burn your
house down with it! He said the best way to keep your dryer working for a very long
time (and to keep your electric bill lower) is to take that filter out and wash it with
hot soapy water and an old toothbrush (or other brush) at least every six months.
He said that makes the life of the dryer at least twice as long! How about that!?!
Learn something new everyday! I certainly didn't know dryer sheets would do that.
So, I thought I'd share!

Note: I went to my dryer and tested my screen by running water on it. The water ran
through a little bit but mostly collected all the water in the mesh screen. I washed it
with warm soapy water and a nylon brush and I had it done in 30 seconds. Then when
I rinsed it ... the water ran right thru the screen! There wasn't any puddling at all!
That repairman knew what he was talking about!