Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Lemon Pie.....and musings about my kitchen aid


Okay, so yes, I'm one of those people that likes just about everything lemon! Lemonade, strawberry lemonade, lemon meringue pie, lemon squares, lemon smoothies,lemon pound cake. You name it, I'm game. A couple years ago, I finally realized what an ice box pie was and mmmmmm was I glad. Not only is it yummy but it's quick, takes very few ingredients and doesn't require baking. Sounds like a perfect dessert to me.

Not only was I all revved up to make my yummy lemon pie but I just came into a used kitchen aid mixer! And the angels rejoice! I've always dreamed of owning one. If I had known what it was really like, I probably would have taken the plunge earlier! I'm in love! I look for any excuse to use it, when the electricity is on.

You can use any variation of crumb for this pie crust. It generally calls for a graham cracker crust but we don't have graham crackers here so I generally substitute some type of butter cookie for the crust. Here they sell these cookies that come in different flavors; butter, pistachio, etc. They are like a hard sugar cookie type. So today I decided to throw them in my kitchen aid mixer to see if it would blend them up for my crust. I admit there was still lumps but did I still enjoy trying something else in my mixer? Ohhh, yes indeedy. Then I whipped up my cool whip packet, condensed milk and freshly squeezed lemon juice from about 20 tiny lemons the size of a quarter and it was ready to throw in the freezer. Mmmmm freezing now as we speak!



Friday, April 1, 2016

Yummy Shepherds Pie is Possible!


Growing up I remember looking forward to shepherds pie:) uhhhhh.....mom....not that.

This last week I found myself tuckered out and not in the mood for anything that included ground beef. Which is what I had thawed out. I scanned Pinterest. Blah.....blah....blah. Nothing seemed appealing.

Then I scrolled upon shepherds pie. For some strange reason I felt the urge to give it a try. And it was a crockpot recipe, even better!

We rushed in from church and scooped some on my picky, skinny, 3 yr olds plate. Who rarely gives compliments and even more rarely asks for seconds. She gives a yum and has 3 helpings!!! We rush to get the groceries in, babies and us in pajamas and finally get to sit down to see what the fuss is about. And to my utter surprise it was delish!

This was a pleasant surprise to my husband. Since on the way home, he asked what was for dinner. I replied, "shepherds pie, I've never like it. Hope it's ok....." Lol, he was a little nervous after that. But no fear, it was warm with ooey gooey comfort food goodness.

So to all who fear the dreaded shepherds pie, give this recipe a whirl and see if you change your mind! I do apologize for the not so appealing pic but we just couldn't wait to take pics:)