Saturday, October 22, 2011

Hunny's Chocolate Meringue Pie

I never have been much of a cook, but there are a few things that I have mastered.  Chocolate Meringue Pie has become a specialty, and I even adapted a pudding recipe to make my pie.  I made this one for the PTO School carnival.

Chocolate Meringue Pie

1 Cooked Pie Crust (I always use deep dish, store bought)
1/2 cup sugar
3 Tblsp all-purpose flour
Dash of salt
1 egg
3 eggs, separated
2 cups milk
chocolate syrup
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 cup sugar

Combine 1/2 cup sugar, flour, and salt in top of a double boiler and mix well.  Combine milk and chocolate syrup to make chocolate milk.  Stir in 1 egg, 3 egg yolks, and milk.  Mix well.  Place over boiling water; cook stirring constantly, until smooth and thickened.  Remove mixture from heat and stir in vanilla.

Beat 3 egg whites (at room temperature) at high speed for 1 minute.  Gradually add 1/4 cup sugar, beating until stiff peaks form and sugar dissolves (2 to 4 minutes).  Spread meringue over warm pie, sealing to edge of pie.  Bake at 350 degrees F for 12-15 minutes or until golden brown.

Knock on wood, the meringue has not wept on the last few pies that I have made.  It is my understanding that if you beat the egg whites to the proper stiffness and spread it on a warm pie that makes a big difference with that.  :)


Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Tutu Bow Holder for the Princess

We were shopping recently, and my granddaughter (aka the Princess) saw a tutu bow holder that she really wanted.  The price tag made me frown, so I told my daughter I wanted to make her one if she would help me.

My daughter had a form, some fabric, and tulle that we could use for this project.  We only had to buy some ribbon at Hobby Lobby and we were ready to transform this:

We hot glued the fabric on and added some elastic banding to assemble the tutu.  We spray painted the hanger and re-attached it to the form.  Finally we added a pink flower (the princess' favorite color) and called it a job well done.  We are so proud of our teamwork!!

Vacation 2011 (Part I)

To celebrate our 30th wedding anniversary, we went on a Carribean cruise and had a total blast. It was so relaxing and totally amazing. I am so grateful to have had this opportunity to see some beautiful places with my wonderful husband.

Danita, Josh, Brie & Brodie took us to DFW, so we could fly to Miami. We were so excited that we got all of our stuff packed in carry-on bags.
From Miami, we flew to Puerto Rico the the Carnival Victory. It was a beautiful ship and was great not having to make up the bed, cook, wash dishes, or do anything we didn't want--we were definitely spoiled for the week!!

We didn't get to spend much time in Puerto Rico, but we did do a little exploring near the port. San Juan is quite a lovely city.

First stop was St. Thomas Virgin Island. It was a beautiful island and we felt like we were in Paradise. We went to Magen's Bay Beach and on a shopping excursion downtown. The beach was beautiful with crystal clear water.

The next stop was Barbados. It was a cloudy and pleasant day (sure beat the 100_ degree weather back home in Texas). We went on a coast to coast tour and stopped at Bathsheba which was beautiful with it's giant rocks and strong tides (definitely not for swimming).