Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Me oh my....pumpkin pie

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This year Thanksgiving was held at Pete and Heathers. We have so much to be Thankful for, and it was a wonderful time of family and food. We were super happy to have George and Paraskevi here to celebrate the American holiday with us. I think they really enjoyed it. The pictures tell the story!
If you can't tell, I am such a big fan of good food, so naturally this is my favorite holiday. I love that everyone spends time in the kitchen to show family members their love. I happen to do this many times over during the year, but on Thanksgiving, most everyone does! Also, it's wonderful being thankful, listening to the children say why they are thankful, and sharing in all our blessings.

PUMPKIN PIE by Williams Sonoma
1 3/4 cups pumpkin puree
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1/2 TSP salt
1 TSP ground cinnamon
1/2 TSP ground ginger
1/2 TSP ground nutmeg
1/4 TSP ground cloves
2 large eggs
1 cup evaporated milk
1/2 cup water

Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
In a large saucepan over medium heat, cook the pumpkin puree, stirring, until it begins to caramelize, about 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in the granulated sugar, salt, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and cloves. In a bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, and water. Whisk the egg mixture into the pumpkin mixture.
Pour out the mixture into a prepared pie shell. Bake the pie for 15 minutes. Reduce the heat to 300 degrees, and bake the pie about 30 minutes longer, or until just the center jiggles when the pan is gently shaken. Transfer to a wire rack and allow to cool for at least 20 minutes. Serve with a dollop of whipped cream or vanilla bean ice cream.

I have a great recipe for crust, but barely use it. I usually have so much on my menu that I use the shortcut of the Publix brand already made pastry...GASP!!!!! Also, if you check your pie and see that the crust is browning too much for your taste, put a pie crust protector around the rim.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Steven Baseball

Here's a snap I took of Steven's baseball game the other night. It was just like all the other games, except he had his cousin's there to cheer him on. As he walked up to the batter's box, he turned to Paraskevi and George and gave them a thumbs up. It was too funny. We are really enjoying having them here!

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Thankful Box

There was no school on Thursday in honor of Veterans Day. We LOVE our Veterans, and are thankful for their service and sacrifice. Steven talks about one day joining the Air Force, just like his Popa Bear. As a Mother, I must admit, the thought makes my heart skip a beat.

Anyhow, with all we have to be thankful for on our minds, we decided to make a Thankful Box. It was a simple and fun craft. I had the kids decorate a shoebox with fall themed scrapbook paper. They measured the box using a ruler, then transferred their measurements to the paper. Lastly, cut and paste, and it's a done deal. I slit a small opening in the lid of the box, and each day the kids get to write a sentence of what they are Thankful for and slip it into the box.

Amanda Lily's first sentence was "I am thankful for my dolls."
Steven's was "I am thankful for my family."
We shall see what notes of gratitude the coming days bring!

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Dance with me Paraskevi

Today was "bring a friend to Ballet" day at Amanda Lily's ballet school. Although all of her dance friends brought little friends their own ages, she insisted on bringing her cousin Paraskevi. Paraskevi and her new husband, George, just came to Florida for a visit all the way from Greece! We are so happy to have them here with us. They are the couple that got married this past summer while we were visiting. (Amanda Lily was one of her flower girls.) Just check out these pictures.....Amanda Lily was so proud as she stood next to Paraskevi, lined up ready to go into class, and Paraskevi was gracious to play along. She was the only adult aloud in the ballet studio, and you couldn't have wiped the smile off of my little girls face. While many of the other dancers were playing with their friends, Amanda Lily was ALL business. She is very serious about her ballet, and was ready to dance for her cousin. It was too cute. It made me very happy to watch the two of them in the studio together, making happy memories to recall when Amanda Lily feels sad because we are 1000's of miles apart.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Trick or Treat 2010

Daddy joined us this year, and we ran into some of our favorite friends from church. Bella, Diana, and Evan who were Pirates and Spiderman were out and about hunting for treats. Steven and Amanda Lily both chose costumes we already have, so I was thrilled not have to buy new ones. She was a Ballerina Princess and he was some sort of clone from Star Wars. We were home by 8:00 and in bed by 8:30. I was pretty proud of myself for that accomplishment!
Now we are on to my FAVORITE holiday of all....Thanksgiving! I often think Thanksgiving gets jipped. For whatever reason, retail stores go from Halloween straight to Christmas. Even worse, somehow the spirit of Thanksgiving and being Thankful gets overlooked by all of us. I hope you all will stop and think of what you have to be grateful for in your life. Say "Thank you" to God, and know you are blessed.Today I'm dragging out the sterilite tubs, and packing away Halloween....moving on to Thanksgiving....not Christmas just yet!