Sunday, July 20, 2014

Nana's Peach Pie

Its peach season here in Texas and the peaches are really outstanding this year, maybe because we have been blessed with cooler weather. One of my Grandsons was planning a summer visit with his family and I asked him if he had a special food request, without even a second he said oh yes, I want Nana's Peach Pie. So of course, you know how us Grandma's are, I made the pie for him and his family, there was not one bite left for the photo's for the blog, so guess what I made another one, and it didn't last long either.

Nana's Peach Pie

Nana's Peach Pie
Miz Helen's Kitchen
6 medium size ripe peaches
2 nine inch pie crust
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons corn starch
3/4 cup water
2 tablespoons butter
1 egg, beaten
In a large pot of boiling water, drop the peaches in the water for 1 minute.
Remove the peaches and place in a large bowl of ice water with ice cubes.
Let the peaches cool for a minute then peel the skin off the peaches.
Slice the peaches and place them in a large stew pan.
Pour the sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt onto the peaches and stir.
Mix the cornstarch with 3/4 cups off water and set aside.
Stirring, heat the peach mix on medium heat until the mix starts to boil, do not let it boil, reduce the heat. If you let the mix boil, it will break the peaches up.
Add the butter and stir until melted. Add the corn starch mix and stir constantly until the mixture thickens, remove from heat immediately. Set aside and let the mixture cool to room temperature.
Prepare a bottom pie crust in an iron skillet or pie pan.
Bake the crust in a preheated 375 degree oven for 8 minutes.
Let the crust cool for about 10 minutes.
Pour the peach mixture into the bottom crust.
Put the top crust on the pie or decorate the top with the dough in a design.
Brush the top of the crust with the beaten egg wash.
Bake the pie in a preheated oven at 375 degrees for 30 minutes.
Let the pie set to cool for at least 1 hour, so it will slice nicely.

The Peaches Smell So Ripe

Slice The Peaches

Add The Spices and Cook The Mixture

Pour The Cooled Peach Mixture Into A Par Baked Cooled Crust

Put The Top Crust or Design On The Pie

Bake and Cool

Ready To Serve

Serve The Pie

Did You Say Where's The Ice Cream?

Without Ice Cream

With Ice Cream

There Is Pie For Everyone To Enjoy!

It is so nice to have friends or family stop by and enjoy a special dessert with us and I sure am glad that you could stop by today. Hope you have a fantastic week and come back to see us real soon!
Peace and Joy

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Whats For Dinner Next Week 7-20-14

Come on back to the garden with me, we are in the middle of harvesting tomatoes, peppers, squash, green beans and corn. It is so much fun to pick the fresh vegetables from the garden then head straight to the kitchen and create a delicious summer dish. We will just sit for a little bit and have some nice Herb Tea and talk about the menu for next week. When you are making you meal plan for the week do you try to include some fresh vegetables from your garden, or a farmers market? Have you ever participated in a CSA where the farmer or grower will deliver a box of seasonal fruits and vegetables to your home each week?


Left Over


Left Over
Blackberry Cobbler



Cooks Day Off
"Kitchen Closed"
Going Out With Family

I am so glad that you were able to stop by today and spend some time in the garden with us. I have a lovely basket of vegetables for you to take home with you. Hope you have a wonderful week and come back to see us real soon!
Peace and Joy
Miz Helen

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Full Plate Thursday 7-17-14

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I am so happy to see you'al today on this beautiful summer day. We are into canning season here at the cottage, last week we were canningSalsa and our kitchen smelled so good. We just pick all the vegetables for the salsa from the garden early in the morning and then we are indoors canning during the hottest part of the day. Come on back to the kitchen with us we are just sitting the food on the table. I am sharing a nice summer Greek Chicken Salad with you today and I am very excited to see what you are sharing today.

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When we were young and just starting out in life sometimes we did not have a lot of money. Most of our friends were having to stretch the dollars at the end of the month just like us. My girlfriends and I decided that we would pool our food for some of the evening meals right before payday... the last week of the month. I have some of the fondest memories from those days. We would all bring our food together and we had some great food and great fellowship. We would get the food on the table and everything ready, someone would bless the food and then the hostess would say "come fill your plate".
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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Whats New In The Garden

We added some fun new things to our garden this year that we are going to enjoy all year round. We have a new little Green House, just right for starting seeds for planting or storing plants in the winter months. It was a very simple install that even Max helped with and after the plants were ready to be harvested we had some special from our little helper Ella.

We Start With The Construction Of The Green House

Installed On A Sand Base With And Anchored With Treated Lumber
The Floor Is Then Covered With River Rock

The Green House Has A Drop Front Door To Be Used In Colder Weather
It Is Max Approved and Ready For Plants

 For Easy Access To The Compost For Potting New Seeds
We Placed The New Green House Next To The Compost Helper "Shreck"
To Learn More About Our Shreck Go To This Link

We Start Planting Onions In January On A Nice Sunny Day

By The Last Of June The Onions Are Ready To Pull

We Have A Very Special Helper, Our Great Granddaughter Ella
Ella Thinks This Thing Is About As Tall As Me

Ella Thinks I May Need To Study This Thing

Into The Big Tub

Before You Know It The Tub Is Full
That Was Hard Work

Next We Tie The Onions and Hang Them In The Barn

We Harvest Enough Onions To Last Until Planting Season Next Year

We are going to really enjoy our new Green House as we move along on our garden journey.Thanks so much for stopping by to catch up on Whats New In The Garden. Hope you have a great week and come back real soon!
Peace and Joy
Miz Helen

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Southwest Salad with Avocado Dressing

Sometime when we come in from the garden with fresh lettuce, tomatoes and other vegetables, a salad is just the thing to make for lunch or dinner. I love this salad because it is so versatile, just add more vegetables, chicken, beef or fish and the salad takes on a whole new flavor. The Avocado Dressing for the salad could easily double for a dip or a sauce for another great dish. This is a recipe to have fun with and make it different every time.

MySecret Recipe Club blog assignment this month is Jenny's Cookbook. Jenny started her blog as an opportunity to expand her recipes and photos. Jenny, her husband and two children live in Toronto and love to visit farms to pick fresh fruits and vegetables. She has some great recipes on her blog and I sure enjoyed searching for just the right recipe to share with you today.Her Southwest Salad with Avocado Dressing was adapted from a Rachael Ray recipe and I had a lot of fun with the recipe.

Southwest Salad with Avocado Dressing
Miz Helen's Kitchen
Adapted From Jenny's Cookbook
1/2 head Romaine Lettuce
1/2 head of Iceberg Lettuce
1 cup cilantro leaves or flat parsley
1 cup whole kernel corn
1 cup black beans
3 medium tomatoes, chopped
5 green onions, with green tops, chopped
2 ripe avocados, chopped
1 avocado, chopped
1/2 cup sour cream
2/3 cup buttermilk
1 clove garlic
4 green onions with green tops
juice of 1 lemon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 tablespoon Tex Mex seasoning
For Salad
Place all the salad ingredients in a large chilled bowl, mix well and refrigerate.
For Dressing
Place all the dressing ingredients in the blender or food processor.
Blend until smooth and creamy.
Dress the salad just before serving.
Add Chicken Strips, Beef Strips, or Shrimp
We enjoyed making a Southwest Chicken Salad Wrap, it is delicious!
The Dressing tends to be very thick and can be used as a dip, it has a great flavor.
Begin With A Chilled Bowl of Fresh Cut Greens

Add Fresh Tomatoes and Green Onions

Add The Corn, Black Beans and Avocado

Make The Dressing

Blend Until Creamy

This Is A Great Dressing or Dip

Enjoy As A Southwest Chicken Salad Just Add Chicken Strips

Enjoy As A Southwest Chicken Wrap
We Love This Wrap!

Every month I look forward to my new assignment from The Secret Recipe Club, it is so much fun to explore someone's blog and present it the next month. If you would like to have fun with us every month just go to the link and read about how you can join.

Thanks for stopping by today to enjoy this awesome recipe with me, I always look forward to your visit. Have a fantastic week and come back to see me real soon!
Peace and Joy
Miz Helen

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