Archive for December, 2015

Saturday’s Simple Recipe Page 18 Pie Crust

December 26, 2015

When I was growing-up, my mom made a pie at least once a week. She made the most flaky, light pie crust I ever tasted. After I married, I tried following her recipe many times before I could make a pie crust I was proud to call my mom’s recipe. I think of her every time I roll out the pie dough.

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Mom and I Many Years Ago

Mom’s Pie Crust

Ingredients

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Pie Crust Ingredients and Supplies

1 cup flour

2 rounding tablespoons Crisco shortening each about the size of an egg

Dash of salt

3 tbls. cold water

Instructions

Mix shortening and flour with pastry blender. Stir to make sure all is moistened. Add 3 tablespoons of cold water. Cut through crust with fork until it starts to come together. Mold it into a ball getting all loose pieces together.

Flour a pastry cloth. Flatten pastry ball on pastry cloth and fold twice. Mom said this is what makes it flaky. Use hands to shape it the same all around. Use a sock on your rolling pin. Lightly flour it by rolling on pastry cloth. Roll dough out flat so it’s large enough to fit pie pan with some excess crust.

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Roll-out Dough

Fold crust in half and then transfer to pan. Ease in and flute edges, and then tuck under or cut off excess crust.

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Pie Crust Ready to Bake or Fill

If you are to bake the crust without the filling, prick holes in bottom and sides of crust with a fork. Bake 10-15 minutes at 425 degrees. Don’t let it get too brown.

If pie is to be cooked with unbaked pie crust, then do not poke holes in crust before baking pie.

That’s it, just three ingredients and a little practice. Don’t give up.

Because you’ve asked about my health and specifically how I am progressing with the MDS treatment, here’s an update. I haven’t had a blood or platelets transfusion for 4 months. The chemo is working. Thank you, God. I will start the ninth round of chemo on January 7, 2016. I’m doing well, and we are making plans to celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary with our family in June this coming year.

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Tom and Judy

Happy New Year to you and yours. And here’s to 2016…may it be a year full of good blessings for you. Hugs, Judy

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Merry Christmas, Dear Friends

December 25, 2015
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Our Family Christmas Celebration on December 22

From left to right are as follows:

Julie, Todd, Tyler and Madison Murrah

Scott, Lindsey, Holly, and below her are Sydney and Ashton Huebner

Troy, Michelle, and Thompson Murrah

Judy and Tommy

What could be better than having all of our family together for a Christmas celebration. Troy, Michelle and Thompson came in from Long Beach a week before we celebrated Christmas in our home.

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Grammy and Thompson

I held Thompson every chance I got before the rest of our family arrived. Michelle and Troy are very generous with letting Thompson be held by everyone. If he was awake, we were playing with him, holding him, and enjoying his chatter, smiles, and laughter.

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Granddaughters in the Kitchen

Everyone, except Thompson, helped out in the kitchen. As my mom always said, “Many hands make light work.” All thirteen of us had a hand in preparing or cleaning-up. It seemed a little hectic at times, but I enjoy having everyone doing their part and being together.

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Requested Pies

We had the traditional turkey dinner topped off with the requested pies. Troy, Holly, and I like Chocolate Meringue. Julie, Todd and Tyler like Apple, and Lindsey requested Lemon Meringue pie. None of it went to waste. Ginger cookies and Sugar cookies are also a must. Troy took the last of the Ginger cookies when he left to go to the airport. He and Julie said they were the best batch I had ever made.

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Julie and Todd with Stockings

Even though we celebrate our Christmas a few days before December 25th, we still have our traditions. The first thing, after we hear Santa’s sleigh bells, is to see what’s in our stockings.

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Thompson’s First Christmas

It was so special to have Thompson with us for his first Christmas. I made his stocking as I have all the other thirteen. I spent one day enjoying every design element and stitch for our youngest grandchild. The block T is prevalent as we called him “Baby T” before he was born.

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Our Six Grandchildren

Nothing could make me happier than to have been blessed with these six grandchildren. Each one is so special. From left to right they are:

Lindsey Huebner, Madison Murrah, Tyler Murrah, Sydney Huebner, Thompson Murrah, and Ashton Huebner. They range in age from 18 years to 6 months. What a great bunch. After picture-taking time, it was time to open gifts under the tree.

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Annual Football Game Team

When our children were growing-up we celebrated Christmas Day at Tommy’s parents home. His sister and her husband and three children were there, too.  There was always a football game in their front yard no matter your age or your gender. We love tradition. So true to memory-making, a football game was organized in front of our house. Several of us were spectators as others cleaned-up the kitchen.

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Basketball Team

Since we have a basketball court in our back yard, there is always a game between Tyler and Troy. Each year I take a picture of them next to each other to watch Tyler grow. He would love to make it to over 6 feet tall, like his uncle. Ashton and Thompson joined the fun this year.

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Grammy and Grandchildren Tea Party

When Madison was a tiny girl we had many pretend tea parties. When she was three years old I bought a Spode Christmas Tree child’s tea set. That Christmas we had a real tea party to learn tea manners. When Tyler was about that same age, he wanted to join us because he liked the idea of sugar cubes in his tea. Since then each of the grandchildren have participated. Thompson joined us this year with a little help from his daddy. Besides tea, we have poppers and enjoy the crowns, trivia questions and Charades game inside.

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Star Wars Movie

Troy, Michelle, and Thompson left on December 23. The rest of the family stayed until Christmas Eve morning. After Troy and family left for the airport, the big kids wanted to play Laser Tag, go to dinner and then to the movies to see Star Wars. It was a great ending to another Christmas celebration.

Warm holiday wishes from my heart to yours with love, Judy

 

Saturday’s Simple Recipe Page 26 Hot Wassail

December 12, 2015

Yes, you’re correct. I’ve skipped several pages in your recipe book. Not to worry. I will return to Page 18, where we left off, next week. Page 26 is the last page in your book.

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Recipe Book Index

It was important to me that you have this Hot Wassail recipe for this Christmas season. I received it in 1982, from the wife of the man my husband replaced at First Victoria National Bank in Victoria. She served it to us in their home the first Christmas we were there. I’ve made it multiple times each Christmas since then. My only son-in-law, Scott, makes a joke about me offering Hot Wassail to everyone who comes to our home during the Christmas season. “Would you like some hot Wassail?”

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Hot Wassail

Hot Wassail

Ingredients

1 gallon apple cider

1 quart ginger ale

1 eight oz. package of cinnamon candies

8 cinnamon sticks

6-8 whole cloves

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Ingredients

Instructions

Pour liquid into bottom of electric coffee maker. Combine remaining ingredients in the top basket.

Perk until ready.

Makes 30 cups.

Our older son’s wife of 20 years came from Dallas to help us decorate for Christmas the first week in December. What a life-saver. I knew Julie was a keeper for our son the first time I met her. I have always told Todd, “I would have picked her out for you, if that had been my decision.”

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Cheers Julie and Tommy

Our tree and house are all decorated. We had one large party last Saturday night in our home and will have a tiny dinner party on Monday evening this coming week. Then Wednesday, our younger son and his sweet wife and baby will arrive and be with us for a week. The stars will be brightly shining. Later, our daughter and our older son, will arrive with their families for us to celebrate our family Christmas on December 22. It will be our Merry Christmas celebration.

MERRY

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas to you and yours. May all your Christmas wishes come true. Love and hugs, Judy

The Winners of “My Favorite Christmas Recipe or Project” Contest

December 2, 2015

A few weeks ago, I asked you to send your favorite Christmas project and/or recipe to me for a Christmas contest. My little committee and I chose our favorites yesterday, but we were so busy decorating for Christmas, I didn’t sit down to let you know.

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Merry Christmas Decorating

I have sent the 24 Fat Quarters batches to the two winners, but I want to share their winning entries with you, my readers. You may want to try them. Now for the drum roll…

The Christmas project winner was submitted by Teresa Duggan. It’s a darling little gift bag. She and her friend, Ann, get together weekly to sew. Besides enjoying each other’s friendships, they create and have fun at the same time. I met once a month with a friend many years ago to create new projects. I looked forward to each get-together. Do you have a “create-with-me” buddy?

Teresa and Ann have made more than 30 of these little gift bags in which to put a small Christmas gift for friends and family. The bags measure 4″ X 4″ X 2″. What do you think they plan to put in these tiny bags?

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4″ X 4″ X 2″

They found the instructions on the “All People Quilt” website. Check-out http://www.allpeoplequilt.com/bags-pillows-gifts/bags-and-purses/tiny-treats for the instructions. The tiny treat bags on the website were made in Halloween fabrics, but certainly can be made in other fabrics for gifting on any occasion.

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Little Gift Bags

Our favorite recipe submitted was by Carol Luther. She wrote that this Custard Pecan Pie was her grandmother’s favorite. Her grandmother got the recipe when Carol’s mother was attending Mary Baylor College. On one of her grandmother’s visits to see Carol’s mother she received the recipe from a tea room there.

Ma’s Pecan Pie

Ingredients

1 cup granulated sugar

3 cups whole milk

3 eggs

1 cup pecans

1/2 cup flour

1 tsp. Vanilla

1 tbsp. butter

Instructions

Put milk in sturdy pot and scald.

I googled “scald” and basically it means heat until almost boiling. This was done many years ago before milk was pasteurized.

Separate eggs.

Cream sugar and beaten egg yolks. Add to milk. Stir constantly.

Slowly add 1/2 cup of flour. Continue stirring.

Cook until thick as summer butter. I don’t know what summer butter looks like, but I stirred constantly with a wire whisk until it started to thicken. I was happy with the results.

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Like Summer Butter

Add pecans, butter and vanilla. Pour into baked pie shell. Top with meringue and brown.

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Just Out of the Oven

I could hardly wait to taste it. My husband was cooking dinner when the pie was cool enough to cut. I must confess I had to try it before dinner. It is so yummy, but very different from the pecan pie recipe I gave you last week. Give it a try.

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Pecan Custard Pie

I loved all the recipes, but could only choose one for the Fat Quarter Bundle. There were several recipes submitted using cranberries. What could be more like Christmas than cranberries? I especially liked the recipe I received from Amy Cottrell. I’d like to share it with you, too.

She wrote:

My favorite recipe for Christmas is Cranberry Bread.  The original was from 1965.  I have made some changes.   This recipe is easy and awesome.

Cranberry Bread

INGREDIENTS:

2 Cups Flours

1 ½ teaspoon baking powder

½ teaspoon baking soda

½ teaspoon salt

1 Cup Sugar

2 Tablespoons shortening

¾ Cup Orange Juice

1 Egg – beaten

1 Cup cranberries, raw, cut ½ Cup into pieces

1 orange rind zested

DIRECTIONS:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Grease a 9x5x3 Loaf Pan

Sift dry ingredients into a bowl. (Flour, Baking Power, Baking Soda, Salt, Sugar)

Mix in shortening, juice, and egg.

Fold in cranberries.

Grease pan and pour in loaf pan until done

Bake at 350 for about 40-50 minutes. Bread is done when a toothpick is inserted and comes out clean.

So there you have it. Two recipes and a little project. Let me know, if you try any of them. Thanks to all of you who took the time to enter my little contest. It was fun reading your entries. Hope you’ll play along again next time. Would love to hear from everyone.

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Happy Holiday Baking

Merry Christmas to you and yours, Judy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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