Some pine cones and branches got a coat of silver spray paint.
How’s your holiday decorating coming along?
How’s your holiday decorating coming along?
My Grandma always made Angel Pie every year for Thanksgiving. As she got older and it got to be too much for her, I tried to take over the tradition. This is our first Thanksgiving without Grandma – after enjoying 90 great years she went to join my Grandpa in Heaven. Although I know she is in a much better place, I’m still missing her this week especially. So I thought I would share her Angel Pie recipe.
I loved baking with my Grandma, but she was definitely not one for writing down exact measurements or clear directions. You always had to ask is this the “real” recipe? She liked to leave a few things out here and there when she shared a recipe – that way her dish always tasted the best!
Love that this is recipe card is in her handwriting, I have lots of recipe cards that she hand wrote for me and they are so special to me now.
“Add some whip cream” is not the most helpful instruction :)
That said, don’t worry, I’ll break it down for you.
There are three parts to this pie.
1. The Meringue Crust
2. The Almond Custard Filling
3. The Whipped Cream Topping
Beat 4 egg whites and 1/4 tsp cream of tartar until stiff. Add 1 cup of sugar 2 tbsp at a time until very stiff. Put in a 9 in pie plate, and mold a bit up the sides to form a crust.
Bake in a 275 degree oven for 20 min.
Then turn the oven up to 300 degrees for another 40 min.
Almond Custard Filling
Whisk together 4 egg yolks, 3 tbsp cornstarch, 3/4 sugar and 2 cups milk.
Cook over medium low heat, stirring often until thick.
Cool and add 1 tsp almond extract.
Whipped Cream Topping
Whip 1 pint of heavy cream until stiff.
Assemble the pie
Once everything is cool spread a thin layer of whip cream on the bottom of the meringue. Fold 1/2 C of whipped cream into the custard until smooth. Put the custard in the meringue crust. Top with remaining whipped cream. Right before serving sprinkle toasted slivered almonds on top.
As my Grandpa would always say “those are some good vegetables”
Linking up at Stone Gable
We took these photos just across the street from our house, so blessed to live in such beautiful surroundings!
My favorite monkeys!
Ok, I don’t want to be THAT lady, that bores you with a zillion family photos but I wanted to show you how they turned out. Big thanks to Kari at Zander and Breck photography!
Great job as always!
So, you know how sometimes a project just comes together easily and everything works out just as planned?
Yeah, well, that is definitely not this project.
I started out thinking I would do a quick Christmas vignette by our front door. After all it is Thanksgiving this week, so I think I can officially get away with Christmas posts :)
After I put the kids to bed I ventured out into the woods to cut a few branches from a pine tree. That’s when things started to go wrong…
I realized that it was hunting season and I was thrashing around the woods at dusk…in a brown coat…and brown hat…thankfully I escaped without any sounds of buckshot (if you are thinking I’m nuts, I should take this moment to explain we live way out in the boonies and we are awoken every morning by the sound of gunshots during hunting season.)
Once I got the branches inside I found there was a lovely family of spiders living in the branches, eeeeewwww. I tried to kill as many as I could, but I’m sure there are some lurking about…who know’s maybe one will go all Charlotte’s web on me and I’ll have a message in the morning…
See my cute little North Pole sign? Not my best work – apparently the cursed nightmare lovely branches I chose – I happen to be allergic to. My hands broke out in big red hives, which made painting a bit difficult! (Are you laughing yet? The Mr. sure was!)
After all the pine branch drama I finally got things going. Remember my stripey vintage suitcase?
I painted it white (don’t worry I’m sure it will be stripey again someday.)
I had this idea in my head of packing up your Christmas tree in your suitcase to take it to the North Pole. (Insert the ever helpful hubby pointing out they probably have Christmas trees in the North Pole? Like if anywhere was going to have Chrismas trees it would be the North Pole? Ok duh, it made sense at the time!)
I added some greenery and snowflakes to my candle holder to make it more festive. The snowflakes cast really fun shadows on the wall.
Well, there you have it, I survived my first Christmas project – let’s hope the rest will be less painful :)
Hey! How was your weekend? The weather here was beautiful, so I took full advantage and started some outdoor Christmas decor. So excited to share, but it’s not quite ready yet.
I thought I would show you some more from my playroom makeover last week. I love the nautical vibe the room has going, except I have this huge empty wall to fill, now that I relocated my letter wall.
I decided to try my hand at making blueprint art.
Sorry the pictures are so blurry (anyone else notice I apologize for my photography at least once a week? I’m working on it!) my camera was not cooperating with me today (sure blame the camera…)
I love these prints from Big Fish Art at One King’s Lane.
And these from Pottery Barn Kids.
They didn’t look too difficult to make. I bought some giant navy poster board and white charcoal pencils from Hobby Lobby. The only other thing I used was my trusty T square (notice the bottom is coated in white paint, I was in serious need of a paint stirrer one day – didn’t know T squares had so many handy uses, did you?).
I know this looks like it involves a lot of drawing, but it is really just a series of straight lines. I obviously used the Big Fish Art sailboat prints as my main inspiration, but I really loved all the little details of the Pottery Barn prints, so I added some of that as well.
See all my fancy boat designer squiggles? I did my best to make them look important and boat engineery (just go with it ok?)
Especially these ones. My little man waddled up behind me while I was drawing and decided to try and help…
Notice the lovely black magic marker squiggle? Yeah, he was in total stealth mode, I can’t believe he snuck a marker past me! I tried to camouflage it with these official looking doodles :)
You could totally use this print to build your own boat and sail away into the sunset…ok so maybe not…at least not one that would float.
I just tacked them up on the wall for now. I’m still debating if they need frames or not. This wall is so huge that I still think it needs something…some old maps? Maybe a rack of bookshelves below? I dunno – if you know, let me know!
(this picture is the worst of the bunch, but I wanted to show you how big the wall is)
There is the little marker fiend looking so innocent…or if the picture wasn’t so blurry you could see his innocent face :)
Well, I’m back to Christmas stuff – my house is in quite the state of confusion! It’s all Christmas on the outside and Thanksgiving on the inside with a little leftover Halloween thrown in for good measure!
Ok, Halloween is over and I know for some people that means break out the Christmas Decor and I’ll admit, I’m tempted – but I thought I would show you an easy Thanksgiving switcheroo before we skip right over to Christmas.
Remember my Halloween Wreath?
Well now it looks like this.
I removed the Halloween sign and pumpkins.
Added some faux fall berries.
And this cute sign. I made it out of the door my “hercules” toddler ripped off our entertainment center.
He totally destroyed the hinges when he did, so I figure I might as well gets some use out of the door!
I painted it yellow and used black Sharpie to write Give Thanks.
My other cheap and easy switch is this pillow.
Just flip it over and the other side looks like this.
Now that I’ve covered Thanksgiving I can jump into Christmas!Especially since it is going to be 60 degrees here in Michigan this weekend – those outdoor Christmas lights are going up! I’m excited to tackle my window boxes and still be able to feel my fingers afterward :)
What about you? Is your house all decked out yet?
So I finally did it – I erased my October chalkboard (see it here). Sigh…this was harder than I thought, this was after all the chalkboard that started my whole blog!
Onto the Thanksgiving Chalkboard…
This board is a lot more simplistic than my last for 3 reasons.
1. It is only going to be up for a few weeks, I’m itching to do a Christmas one!
2. The stomach flu has hit our house and this is about all I could rustle up.
3. This is all I got left of my chalk supply :)
I had a lot of questions about how I did my last chalkboard so, I’ll break it down a bit for you.
First off, I start searching Pinterest for different fonts I like.
Then I sketch out what I want to do.
I start to fill in the detail.
I use my pinky finger to blend the letters in.
My hand looks totally creepy in this picture, and slightly like I’m showing you the wrong finger…
I promise it IS my pinky finger!
I added this fun little turkey at the bottom to make my kids smile.
So that’s it, like I said not as complicated as my last one, and I probably won’t hesitate to erase this time – but still totally fun!
Now, if we could all feel better, I could show you the rest of my switcheroo from Halloween to Thanksgiving decor. Hope you all are staying healthy!
I have been slowly redoing our play room this last year. At the beginning it was just sort of a mish mash of stuff that was in the basement of our old house. We don’t have a basement being on the Lake, so we put the playroom upstairs and it is open for all to see (i.e. it needs to have a better cuteness factor than it used to!)
So here is the new room.
Let’s back up a bit and I’ll show you the before.
Eh – kinda blah, kinda beige. This sectional took up SO much room there was hardly any space for the kiddos to play.
So, we sold the couch on craiglist for $700 (I know right?), and got this new one on sale for only $400!
Since I had the leftover money, I bought these really fun beanbags from Pottery Barn Teen. These are so comfy, and more often than not, you will find the Mr. (and perhaps myself!) lounging in one.
Bonus – we can haul them out of the way for impromptu dance parties :)
I painted the one wall navy, and I love the way the white board and batten pops now. Honestly, did you even notice it in the before picture? Nope!
The letter wall also got a makeover – here was my first attempt.
Eh – it just wasn’t coming together like I wanted. I realized it was just floating out in space on this huge wall and really needed an anchor.
So, I moved it to this wall and put the IKEA storage unit underneath. I also toned the colors down a bit.
I’m loving the new nautical crisp vibe in here.
I also showed you our gallery wall on the opposite of the room here.
I got this table set from a thrift store for $100 – it used to be Barney purple, but now is a crisp white (which is usually covered in various shades of marker and glitter. Gotta love Magic Erasers!)
I also recovered the seat cushions in navy seersucker.
I love these prints that I ordered from the Etsy shop Wallfry (they come in a zillion colors and sayings).
This room is still a work in progress – I have this huge wall to fill where the old letters were…
…and some obvious patch work to do, oops!
P.S. In case you think my kids are amazing well behaved super children who always pick up their toys – here’s how it normally looks. We have 2 huge closets in the playroom…
And really I should have yelled at the plastic bag…the poor turkey had suffered enough.