Sunday, August 29, 2010

PW's Peach Crisp

I have so many things to share with you!! 
I am going to try my hardest to catch up you to speed this week, so please please bear with me! 

First and foremost, I want to share a recipe with you from the Pioneer Woman.

Can we say Hello Momma?! 
Words cannot describe how delicious it was.  And I say WAS, because this is all that is left:

I made her Peach Crisp with Maple Creme Sauce.

We actually wanted ice cream too (my husband believes a day is not complete without ice cream), so I opted to ignore the Maple Creme Sauce. 
I truly believe the vanilla ice cream mixed with every bite made it all the better.

You have to try it!
Super simple to make, and even more delicious!

Now excuse me while I take that very last bite!

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Peach Streusel Pie

We went peach picking....

And ended up with 6 pounds of these beautiful fruits...

But that wasn't enough to make anything sweet, because we gobbled every single one.

So after heading back to the orchard, I collected 3 pounds of peaches to make a pie for my hubby. 
The peaches were so amazingly sweet, I didn't want a lot of extra ingredients to take away from the natural flavors. 
After much searching, I found this recipe for a Peach Streusel Pie.

I used Paula Deen's pie crust recipe  because I know it is no fail! 

Together, the two were just amazing.
Amazing I tell you! 

Here is the recipe!
You can click on the title for direct access to the website!

Peach Streusel Pie

1/4 cup walnuts, finely ground in a food processor
1/4 cup pecans, finely ground in a food processor
1 cup flour
1/2 cup dark brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
8 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
3 pounds ripe peaches (about 8), peeled and sliced (see Notes)
About 1 tbsp. sugar
1 tablespoon quick-cooking tapioca (see Notes)
1 disk (1/2 recipe) Best Basic Pie Crust Dough
1. Put an oven rack in the middle position and preheat oven to 350°. Stir together walnuts, pecans, flour, brown sugar, and salt in a small bowl. Add butter and stir with a fork until mixture forms small clumps (break apart any large clumps with your fingers). Set aside.
2. Gently mix peaches, sugar, and tapioca in a large bowl. Taste and add additional sugar if you like. Set aside.
3. Dust your counter and rolling pin with flour. With short strokes from center outward, roll dough into a 12-in. circle (about 1/8 in. thick), turning 90° after every 3 or 4 passes of the rolling pin to keep it from sticking. Transfer dough to a 9-in. deep-dish glass pie plate, letting it fall into place (if you push or stretch the dough, it will shrink back when baked). Trim overhang to 1/2 in., tuck edge under, and crimp edge. Pile peaches into crust, then top with streusel.
4. Put pan on a rimmed baking sheet and bake until topping and bottom crust are well browned, about 1 hour. Let cool to room temperature, at least 2 1/2 hours, before serving.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Faucet Upgrade

We have been doing a great deal of work around our home lately. 

The most recent addition is a kitchen faucet.
I looked high and low for a "before" photo, but cannot find it...
But we had a builder's grade faucet that had begun to change colors.

After much shopping, we chose something way cooler.

We let the hot hubby do all the hard work, like read the directions.

I did the easy work, like push the actual plumbing tubes down the hole.
Don't be confused though, the hard part of tightening everything has to be left for the hot hubby.

Screwing things is such hard work that shirts have to be removed.

But alas, we have a brand new faucet.
I never thought that something like this would truly improve my life....
But it does...

I have never been so inspired to keep my kitchen clean!

Have you made any changes recently that left you saying "Wow!  Why didn't I do this sooner?"
Do tell!!

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Oh Crap!

One of the blogs that I obsessively read has offered a challenge.  I am a little behind on announcing that I am doing this, but I have been working on her challenge:

A "Get the Crap out of my House" Challenge

I have been wanting to eliminate the crap for such a long time.  I have such trouble moving stuff OUT of the house though. 

I have the mentality that we MAY use or need the item again.  (i.e. baby gear, etc.)

But that is another post for another time....
I am however, using this post as a public announcement for decluttering  and moving crap out of my home.
That way all of you can hold me accountable....

I have cleared the clutter from my dining room/toy room. The room is currently closer to a ONLY dining room again.  No more scrapbooking stuff on the dining table, no more random crap on the floor.

We sorted through the toys in our living room's storage ottoman.
All of the things that aren't being played with or are no longer age appropriate have been removed.

We have cleared the clutter from all flat spaces in our home, desk, server, countertops.
I am going paperless on all of my bills/statements.  The only reason I am not already is because I like to receive snail-mail.  And that is a super-lame reason.

I am relieved at the amount of clutter this will reduce, because that means no more piles of unnecessary things I have to file or shred!

I have committed to working around my house slowly and seeing that I can remove. 
I am cleaning out drawers, one day at a time. 

Do you feel like your house is overrun with crap?
Let's commit to removing it together!

Monday, August 2, 2010

Go Fish!

Many months ago, I told you about the importance about eating fish.

I also told you about eating WILD SALMON, and how difficult it was for me to find!
Well look what I found in Wally World, that was not priced to the moon (like in the ritzy grocery stores)!

This summer, I also had the pleasure of getting a pocket seafood guide.

The guide is sponsored by the Monterey Bay Aquarium.

The guide is a mini-accordion pocket guide that lists the fish which are safe to eat for you and the environment. 

The fish will contain low mercury levels and are obtained from methods of fishing that are not depleting the fish population or harmful to other sea creatures.

The guide is separated into three categories: red, yellow, and green.

Seafood choices under the red category should be avoided, the yellow category can be eaten in moderation, and the green category should be the FOCUS of your consumption.

You should make sure that you have an updated version of the guide for your region whenever you buy fish.

I currently live in the Southeasten portion of the country, so the focus of my fish diet should include the fish I first told you we eat regularly -
CATFISH (US farm-raised), TILAPIA (US farm-raised, WILD SALMON (Alaskan).

Please go HERE to download and print your own pocket guide for seafood. 

You will help sustain the fish population and help your health! 


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