Saturday, July 9, 2011

How does my garden grow? Not very well.

We had a lovely Sabbath today!  Monroe actually did pretty well in Sabbath School.  She had fallen asleep right when we left to head to Church, so she got a good 20 minute nap and I think that's what helped.  It was wonderful.  Church wasn't as smooth, but she did okay.

After Church, we picked Kenneth up and came home for lunch.  It truly was an AMAZING lunch.  So yummy.  We had dinner roast, garlic mashed red potatoes with really good gravy, salad, rolls and Kenneth made baked mac & cheese that was so good.  We were all stuffed.

Yesterday, I started craving peaches and thought it would be fun to make a peach pie.  This was a first for me.  Because I am not the best baker in the world, I enlisted the help of the guys and I have to say, it turned out great.  Here's a pic of our masterpiece...

It was a very easy to make.  It was extra easy because the recipe calls for refrigerated pie crusts.  Of course they aren't as good as homemade, but it was still very good.  It was NOT vegan, although I did substitute some of the ingredients for vegan ones.  

Fresh Peach Pie 

2 refrigerated pie crusts
6-8 peaches, peeled and sliced
1 stick butter  (or vegan butter)
1/2 cup sugar
1 tablespoon flour
pinch of cinnamon
pinch of salt
1 egg (or egg substitute) plus 1 teaspoon water

1. Peel peaches.  We tried this method, but it didn't work as easily as it sounded.  Maybe it will work for you...Bring a pot of water to a boil.  With a knife, score a small X at the bottom of each peach.  Put the peaches into the boiling water, let them go for 30 seconds to a minute, and remove with a slotted spoon.  Place peaches into cold water (or just running cold water) and skins will just slip off.

2. Prepare crusts.  Place first crust into bottom of pie plate.  Cut the second crust into strips.

3.  Make filling.  Melt butter and sugar in medium saucepan until sugar dissolves.  Add sliced peaches, flour, cinnamon, and salt.  Cook for a couple of minutes, or until the sauce thickens. Cook the peaches longer if you like them mushy.

3.  Assemble pie.  Pour peach filling into first crust.  Arrange the second crust strips into a lattice design.  Flute edges, brush crust egg wash, sprinkle with sugar and cinnamon.

4.  Bake pie.  Bake at 350 for 30-45 minutes, or until crust is golden. After 15 minutes of baking, cover the edges with foil.  Let the pie cool for 10 minutes before you cut.

5.  Serve with ice cream or Soy Dream (if you live in our house:) 

After lunch, Mark, Kenneth and Monroe headed to the park for the afternoon, while I took a much needed nap.  Tonight has been very low key.  We gave Rosie a bath and put her to bed.  She was SO sweet.  It was hard to say goodbye to her tonight.  Her little prayers are so adorable.  I tear up almost every time.  Of course she repeats exactly what we say, but it is so genuine and innocent.  I love that kid.

So, I found something that made me laugh today.  I'm sure you've seen the romper trend that is pretty big right now.  I've thought they were so cute, but I know that in my state, they would look horrendous.  My friend, Kelsey, however, looks amazing in them.  Here's a cute one from Forever21...


I was looking on the Motherhood Maternity website when I came across this...

Is it just me, or does this look ridiculous on a pregnant woman?!  What about all of the trips to the bathroom?!  It just seems so impractical to me.  To each their own, though.

For the longest time I have been wanting to watch Princess Bride.  I loved it as a kid and Mark has never seen it.  I feel like it is a must for anyone, so we rented it tonight.  In fact, Mark just walked in the door with it, so I better run.  I will leave you with pictures of my plants.  Good night! 

One of my tomato plants.  This one has two little guys growing! I accidently knocked off the first one:(  I'm trying not to get too attached to these two.  

My cucumbers!

  This little cilantro plant has driven me nuts.  I almost started thinking that some kind of parasite plant had moved in and took it over, because it looks nothing like cilantro to me. I pulled some tonight, and it definitely is cilantro, so I'm very relieved.  I hope it starts really growing soon.  

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