Sunday, December 21, 2008

We had our friends Mindy, John & their 3 girls, Lindsey, Christy & Hope, plus Kyle (Lindsey's partner) & Pete , (my orthopedic surgeon & Mindy's boss), & his girl Lilly all up for dinner tonight. Dinner was exceptionally good. I wish I'd taken food pictures, but I was too busy cooking! We had Pear Salad, Turduckin (a deboned chicken, inside a deboned duck, all inside a deboned turkey). It had a rice stuffing that I actually liked! Normally I don't like stuffing's. On the side made carrots with caramelized onions, a hint of maple syrup, & fresh Thyme & Dill, & red potatoes mashed with roast garlic, butter & sour cream. No diet food in this meal.
Dessert was something I'd never tried before & I loved it. It was so easy to make. Lilly, said it reminded her of something they have back home. Below is what was left of the 2nd pie.
I got it from a Gooseberry Patch cookbook, "Christmas Pantry" It is called Crazy Quit Pie, & was submitted by Anne Tufo from Heath, Texas. I think it is the easiest pie I've ever made.
2 c. milk 1c. sugar
4 eggs 1stick butter
1/2c. all purpose flour 1/2 tsp. salt
1c. flaked coconut 1tsp. vanilla extract
Place all the ingredients into a blender (don't try a food processor it isn't tall enough, believe me!). Turn the blender on at medium speed for 10 seconds. Pour into a 9 inch deep dish pie pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 to 55 minutes. The flour forms a cake-like crust, & the center is like a creamy custard. The coconut floated mostly to the top. It was soooo EASY! & Yummy too!
Broccoli is getting anxious for Christmas.
"When can I play with my new toys " he asks.
After dinner we did a Chinese auction, ornament exchange, & played a game. We did a lot of laughing,( I did lot of coughing triggered by laughter) & had a good time.

This was the package I put my ornament in. The holly came from my friend Kathy in Michigan.
The box was one of those tins that come in the mail from AOL. I glued brown paper on it, & painted it with white acrylic paint, & some Xpandaprint & Perl-ex for texture. Inside was this snowflake that I made with Glow-in-the-dark fabric & thread. The string is Austrian crystals, (the red ribbon is a different ornament behind).
It has Timtex inside. I started by cutting the snowflake design out of a Wash-away paper from YLI. I Fused the fabric front & back to the Timtex. I glue stick-ed the paper snowflake on top then straight stitched the design around the paper. Next I cut out the 3 layers of fabric-Timtex-fabric with an Exacto knife. then finished all the edges with a zig-zag stitch. Oh, & I did some tiny free-motion quilting all over it to get good glow-in-the-dark coverage from the thread.
Warren got this little ornament which will be perfect in his bar,
& I got this ball painted by Kyle. It was like destiny, since I have dragon-flies all over my studio.
My bronchitis is better, I don't feel sick like I did earlier in the week. Now it's just a cough, & nose nose is starting to run . Thanks for all the well wishes. I'm sure I'll be fine! Happy holidays, & happy Hanukkah Ilene & Stu! Spin a dradle for me! Love to you all!


Steph said...

Glad to hear you are feeling better! All that food sounded really good. Broc does look like he wants CHristmas to hurry up and get here so he can play with his new toys.

Merry CHristmas and Happy Holidays

Helen Suzanne said...

Omy! I looked at your pie picture and it took me ages to work out what that amazing blue filling was... I scanned the text for a clue as to the blue and couldn't find a reference... Hmm I thought... Bet it's something weird clever going on with the coconut!


glad you're feeling a bit better.

Delighted Hands said...

And a good time was had by all!
Keep feeling better!

Anonymous said...

Oh that looks like a fine party. I did one of those Chinese auctions at a party once and it was a riot. Hopefully all that coughing got your chest stuff to break up and go away.

That pie looks like one my grandmother used to make. My dad (her SIL) could not eat coconut so I think that's why she made it...

quiltmom said...

HI Deb,
It sounds like a fun time was had by all - what a great menu you created and I am sure it was all delicious.
I posted a link to your blog on mine so I thought you might be interested to know that I had done that.
Feel better and get rid of that bronchitis.
Have a wonderful festive season,

Nanc said...

Looks like you had a great evening! The food sounds fabulous, but that main dish sounds like a lot of work!
Your snowflake is beautiful! Thanks for the comment on my blog! Glad you're feeling better!
Merry Christmas!

Allison Ann Aller said...

Wow that dinner sounded good.
Max's vegan GF is here this week and we are eating soooo healthy.

Your snowflake ornament shows yet again how clever you are with materials. It came out great!

Shirley Goodwin said...

I hope you're fully recovered now! Have a great Christmas and New Year, Deb.

Barbara C said...

Years ago I had a friend who made that coconut pie..mmm. Merry Christmas to you and yours!

Helen Suzanne said...

Just popped in Deb to say...

Wishing you the warmest of fire-sides with love and happiness over this season and for 2009

May your stars always be bright,
and the winds of change never knock your baubles down!

Micki said...

It looks like you are having a wonderful holiday. I have visited your lovely state many years ago, and loved it. I live in Ireland, and found your blog in my friend's post. Have a wonderful holiday!
In Ireland