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Sunday, November 27, 2011

Pie Anyone? . . . It’s Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving is without question my favorite holiday of the year.   

But because of our war against the bugs we are still living out of boxes for the most part and decided to simplify dinner. We went out for Thanksgiving dinner.

However we still made pie!

It all began innocently enough. . .
The daughter and her hubby, the businessman were going to contribute by making pie to bring.  The daughter wanted to make an apple pie and a pecan pie.  Perfect, those are great choices.

The daughters first Apple Pie without one-on-one tutoring. . . very impressive for a first time pie creation!  She was a little distressed about it but we made her bring it anyway. . . it looks okay, but the flavor was good. . . . and let’s be honest that’s the most important part!

Then I received a call from the musician even though we were eating out, he still wanted to make HIS pie. . .

His choice. . .


. . . Apple

okay, we can do that.  He also wanted apple.  Apple pie is good we’ll just have two of them.

Then the genius wanted to make a pie. . . .


. . .Banana Cream

my favorite pie is cherry. . .


. . . so we made a Cherry Pie too

the businessman announced he didn’t want to make pie . . .

. . . He wanted to BUY his pie! 

. . . . WHAT you ask. . .  he DOESN’T want to make pie?????

ouch. . . 
absolutely tragic. . . 

it hurts to even type that sentence, I can’t imagine what you are feeling while reading it!


okay, this year we’ll be  nice. . .  

and get you your favorite pie


. . . Peanut Butter-Cup Pie

. . . come to find out. . . the businessman doesn’t care much for pie!  This keeps getting worse. . . I don’t know if I can handle this or not. . . This should be a deal breaker. . .

not like pie????  

Okay genius and musician. . . cute girl, nice girl, and no weddings in Nov, Dec, Jan ~ ~ ~
or. . . the first two weeks of September. . . AND likes pie kind of girl. . .

make sure to take notes on these VERY Important instructions. . . .

Peanut Butter Cup Pie from Village Inn. . .  for the rest of you, we were nice to the businessman, and by the weekend’s end, he admitted that Cherry Pie was pretty good too. . .

ahhh, progress. . . 

I’m feeling better already

I have to admit his pie does look pretty good, and in the end it tasted good too


ooohhhh. . . . What about our famous Pumpkin Cream Pie?

I have been working on perfecting this pie for a couple of years now and

I can honestly say. . . 

I believe we have arrived!  

. . . Perfect results every time

This quest actually began as Grandma’s pie.  My memories are of Thanksgiving dinner and the endless talk about how amazingly wonderful Grandma’s Pumpkin Cream Pie is, none of that pasty baked custard stuff people are used to.  No  No  No. . . this is creamy goodness with no oven required

except for the crust which is baked in advance. . .  anyway every year the main topic of conversation centered around this pie. . . then every year they would complain about how it wouldn’t "set up this time”, but it’s good. . . just, well. . . runny,

well, let’s just call it. . . .

. . .temperamental

cook over double boiler
perhaps more thickener
forget the double boiler
don’t cook too long
cooked too long. . . 

the list of reasons for failure seemed to endlessly evolve around these same points each Thanksgiving for as long as I can remember. . . as a child. . .

                                                             teen. . .

                                                                    pre-adult. . .

                                      adult. . . . 

so following the tradition for Pumpkin Cream Pie
a couple of years ago I set out to figure out what was wrong and fix it.

I have studied the science of thickeners

what they do, why some work, and some don’t

I have tested

run trials




and tried various methods and have finally come to the final product. . . 


Perfect Pumpkin Cream Pie. . . Consistently!

That's why we had to make Pumpkin Cream Pie! to make sure I have conquered my quest

In the end what began as a simple 1 or 2 pies ended up being a ridiculous


grand total of 7. . . yup ~ ~ ~ we got a little carried away ~ ~ ~

seven pies for Thanksgiving. . . 

that’s more than one pie per person in these parts

Don’t ask me how we plan to eat all of these pies. . . I haven’t figured that part out yet.

we are going to be eating pie for a while.  Just for the record the pecan was the first to go, then the Peanut Butter Cup followed by the Cherry.  We are still working on the rest after sending pie home with anyone who would take pie.

I think I will give pie away. . . 

take it to work. . . 

give it to the neighbors. . .

No pie for Oscar Dog. . .

it makes him sick, 
I don't like cleaning up after sick dogs!

It’s all good pie, but a person can only eat so much pie.  The best news is that in addition to perfecting our pumpkin cream pie. . . I have also created a pretty great crust for our other pies too!  To me that’s success and I’m a happy camper today!

For us here at our house Thanksgiving wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without pie!  

But Let’s get back to dinner for just a minute. . . 

My great regret of the day is that I forgot to take my camera to dinner.

the restaurant of choice was The Elements.  

As they escorted us to our table I was thinking you are kidding me. . . 

they took us to this wonderful round table decked out in linens and crystal. . . right in front of the fireplace!  Which was in front of a large picture window looking out over the patio which was graced by a River.  While it’s a tad bit chilly for an outdoor meal,  it was beautiful nonetheless, and let’s be honest, I was in heaven in front of that fireplace. . . . I couldn’t have asked for any better.

Initially I was concerned that there wouldn’t be enough food, but couldn’t have been more wrong in my musings.  Turkey, the most incredible moist turkey breast I have ever had the pleasure of eating. . . stuffing. . . sweet potatoes. . . mashed potatoes, salad. . . fresh, perfectly cooked, green beans. . . amazing gravy. . .  then. . . .

. . . . Deseret!


We had our choice of pumpkin cheese cake 


or this apple galette with the most amazing ice-cream in the center. . . 

. . . oops, I already ate that part. . .

there’s ALWAYS room for ice-cream!

We were all sooooo full from dinner that we ended up taking our desert home with us to eat later, the plate presentation was delicious, but trust me we didn’t have any problem eating until we couldn't eat anymore!

While the food looked beautiful, it tasted as amazing as it looked.
However, I'm still feeling a little nostalgic for leftovers of turkey and stuffing, and. . . . well everything that goes with Thanksgiving leftovers. . . we'll try for new years. 

We had a busy, productive, fun weekend that I will share with you in future posts but for today~ ~ ~

. . . would you care for some pie?


Monday, November 14, 2011

. . . and the cupboards are bare!

Today I am complaining! 

Or, I guess we could label it venting. . . 
at least I think that sounds a little more tolerable

Remember when we were so excited for the missionary (now the musician) to come home, well perhaps we should have held off a little on the excitement. . . .


see, as a result of him coming home he brought some VERY unwelcome house guests!  The tragic part of this is that he isn’t even here to be part of the fun they have caused.

just in case you’re a teeny-tiny bit curious as to who these house guests are. . .

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the kitchen has been taken over by no other than the invincible cockroach,
(while this is what our roaches look like, the blue one  from the internet)

Jut to clear up any confusion. . . I have done nothing but be disgusted by them.  

I know for a fact that they are living inside the door of the dishwasher, (where the arrow is pointing), because I have personally watched them take refuge there, as well as behind the stove.

At first I thought they were just a funny little bug migrating in from outside looking for refuge from the oncoming winter and was just disposing of them accordingly.  When the musician was home for the b-day celebrations I heard this wee little conversation coming from the kitchen. . .

“don’t tell mom”

DON’T TELL MOM. . . . WHAT???  

except is was more in the form of a demand, than a question ~ ~ ~ those obnoxious little bugs were identified. . . cockroaches!

The genius served his mission in Florida and also had plenty of experience with these little critters, why he didn’t identify them sooner is still a mystery to me, but in the end  the decision was made. . .


I called the exterminator first thing Monday morning

I’ve never had to call an exterminator before. . . this is a new experience!

Our instructions were as follows:
  • clean out ALL cupboards
  • empty out the closets
  • clear out the storage room as much as possible
  • move couches and anything else that could be moved, away from the walls
  • in short. . . get stuff off the floor, away from the walls and clean out the kitchen!

So the genius and I went to work

. . . and just for the record it was a ton of work

with not much of a reward at the end

seriously, it was no different than moving, without the reward of moving to a new house, or a new neighborhood

we decided to simply buy boxes to put most of our stuff in. . . we didn’t have enough laundry baskets to complete the task at hand

my word, I have a lot of stuff, some “stuff” has permanent residence in the garage, we just piled the extras in the middle

I seriously need to consider getting a bigger house and garage or to simply get rid of some of my long held treasures. . .

. . . but that is a debate for another day.

Today. . . I just need to get the house emptied out by 11:00 am Wednesday.

I think I may liquidate some stuff with this process. . .

see, I think I have waaaayyyy tooooooo much hanging around!

the genius did a great job of taping all the boxes. . .

in fact I think he kind of enjoyed that part

. . . there were boxes everywhere

almost $30.00 in boxes. . . but this was a desperate situation, 

and we easily justified the purchase of boxes today.


I didn’t have to work on Tuesday and so ALL DAY LONG we boxed up the kitchen.  

Even though this project WAS exhausting, mentally, physically, emotionally 

the genius summed it up like this. . .

“I am all about taking shortcuts. . . but not with this, let’s do it right!”

so onward we forged. . .


What wouldn’t fit on the table, or in a laundry basket, went into a box
and then to the garage, or to the middle of the room


we stacked as much as we could in the middle of every room

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we emptied the closets


and piled it everywhere we could. . . it just needed to be off the floor

I have to admit, the kitchen was the most challenging, by a long shot


but we found some interesting treasures in the process. . .

I’m glad we found this guy hiding back in the corner! 

not much longer and we would have been cleaning this cupboard out anyway.

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how many of the same item does a kitchen need? 
Some of these haven’t even been opened. . . 

Note to self ~ ~ ~ do inventory before going shopping!

. . . All day Tuesday, until 1:00 AM. . . up at 4:30 am. . .

. . . the genius kept slightly different hours but we were pretty exhausted by the time the exterminator arrived at 11:00 am sharp

all that work. . . and he was done with his part in about 35 minutes!

ugh. . . I couldn’t get sleep after work until. . .


I cleaned off my bed!

did I mention that I have toooooo many treasures

I like to keep busy and active

which means. . .

lots of stuff. . .

I think I just need more space ~ ~ ~ !

. . .  now. . . we get to put everything back
                                                                       . . . . .
                                                                                         . . . . .

                                                                                                            . . . . . only to

repeat the whole process in precisely 4 weeks, 

yup, exactly 28 days from now we get to do this again. . .

what does this equate to?

Very LITTLE motivation to put it back the house back together


It took me 20 minutes to find my oatmeal and salt for breakfast the next day 
and another 10 minutes to locate the pan to cook it in!

The good news . . . the silver lining:

  • we haven’t seen ANY living bugs of ANY variety since Wednesday
  • We have found a small handful of dead bugs. . . I think we call that success!
  • The exterminator told us if we didn’t see any evidence of bugs between now and 28 days from now we could put the closets back together
we are hopeful. . .

and have slowly been putting the closets back together

the kitchen and the pantry are different . . .

they will need to be done regardless of what we don’t see. . .

  • We also know how many boxes we will need if I ever do move

  • the cupboards are clean. . . top to bottom
  • no more bugs. . . The daughter hates bugs!
  • I have been able to get rid of some stuff. . .


. . . some to the D.I. (our local thrift store). . . NO, NO, NO!  NOT the bike, but other stuff

. . . some to the landfill (3 large garbage bags full)

but most of it. . . 

will find a spot in the cupboard or closet that it came from.

Thank you for being willing to listen to my whiningventing!  But honestly, this project just about put me over the edge.  As for right now, I think I will just go and empty another box.

. . . and the process continues. . . are you bored?   Visitors are always welcome!

Well, that is. . . unless you are a bug. . .