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Saturday, August 27, 2016

Summer's Fresh Fruit - Easy Best Peach Pie Ever

I love all the fabulous fruit that summer has to offer.  I think I always eat my weight in Watermelon and Cantaloupe.  Then there is all the wonderful Berries, Grapes and of course those fabulous Peaches, Nectarines and Plums.  Oh my goodness, I just can't seem to get enough.  While we still have some of these treasures in the grocery, I have been on a wild baking spree.

I love Peaches and it is one of my hubby's favorite things, so Pies, Cobblers and Tarts have been on the menu regularly.  Today I made a Peach Pie, so easy and this recipe is to die for.


Peach Pie

6 Peaches
1/2 c flour
1/2 c sugar
2 tblsp. lemon juice
1/4 tsp. almond extract
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1/4 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. nutmeg
1 egg beaten

Peel peaches and cut into medium chunks - place in a large bowl and sprinkle with lemon juice, almond extract and vanilla, stir to coat all the peaches.

In a small bowl mix flour, sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg, stir well, then pour over peaches.  Stir to make sure all peaches are coated.

Line a 9" pie pan with one crust. (I cheat and use the ready made crust that comes two in the box from the deli case.  I find them where the canned biscuits are.) Brush bottom with beaten egg so crust is not soggy later.  Pour peach mixture into pie crust, spread out evenly and then top with second crust.  Crimp edges to seal and then brush top crust with beaten egg and sprinkle with sugar.  Cut a few slits in top to let the heat escape as it cooks.

Bake in 450° for 10 minutes then reduce heat to 350° for an additional 30 to 35 minutes.  Cool on a rack and enjoy.



I also love that fall is around the corner and we will have tons of apples to choose from.  You might want this recipe too for those cool weather treats.

Fabulous Easy Apple Pie - Step by Step to the easiest pie ever.



These are must have basics for your recipe box. - - - - -

Old Fashioned Peach Cobbler

Basic Pie - Easy Meringue Tutorial


Best Pecan Pie


Ok, now to make something wonderful for dinner and then have a piece of pie.

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Friday, August 26, 2016

How To Downsize & Create Your Dream Room With Thrift Store Finds

I am not sure why this post has been viewed so much lately, but thought maybe I should re-run it since people are finding it somewhere.  This is from a couple years ago, but so relevant still.  If you are trying to downsize or just lighten up, here are a few tips that might help you.



I am always asked a lot of questions about my living room.  I know I have shown it so many times that most of you feel like you live her, however there are some basic questions or comments that I hear over and over, so I thought I would answer them here. 

 How to downsize and create your dream with Thrift Store finds.

  
We sold the "big house" and downsized 8 10  years ago.  Our home sold in 1 hour with a bidding war and for $25,000 over the asking price.  The only condition was, could we move in 3 weeks.   Now I hadn't even looked for a home yet, so I was under a ton of pressure.  I needed something ready to move in.  This was a builder basic "Spec Home".  Not my true love, but the price was right.  I didn't do much when we moved in but place what furniture I could into each room and call it good.  I soon found out that downsizing was much harder than I had ever thought and I really missed the big house.   Finally I decided to love where I am and make it work for us, so there have been many transitions over the last 8 10 years.

Here are a couple of pictures of our living and dining area in the previous home.  Now don't laugh at the decor, this was the early 90's and I was heavy into my red and gold phase.


 The living/dining area measured 25 x 40 and had two story vaulted ceilings, so lots of room and space.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

New Home Search #2-How To Update This Kitchen-Input Please

The search for a new home continues.  I have found quite a few that would work, but some really need a ton of updating or they are in an area that is a little iffy.  I think location is everything, so that is my main focus.  I can't move a house but I can improve and update it.

When you're looking at 20+ year old homes paint and floors are a given.  Then you get to the heart of the home and kitchens usually need a lot of updates.  Some would be fairly easy fixes and others would almost be a gut job.  I have seen quite a few where they painted the oak cabinets and updated the appliances.  The problem with this one is it is really small, there are hardly any cabinets and then the granite is pink.



New counters, beadboard, farmhouse sink, hardware and light fixtures and this one could take on a farmhouse look like either of these two below.  You could even use black textured formica counters or butcher block and both are economical.





Then we have the so called "UPDATED KITCHEN".

One of the things I am finding very common in a lot of the homes I'm seeing is someone thought they were updating the kitchen and really went a little overboard.   I have seen this same thing in several kitchens that were updated around 2000 to 2005.  Seems like they all think the more granite the better, and the granite needs to have a ton of color and movement. (This one is subtle compared to some I've seen - one kitchen even had bright blue granite and I've seen quite a few in green too)





There are several problems with this that I see right off the bat.

#1 Appliances.  This kitchen needs a whole new appliance package.

#2 Cabinets.  These need to be either stained, painted or refaced.  Painting would be all the budget would allow in the beginning, but what color would you paint these with those yellow/beige/brown granite counters and back splash.

#3 Back splash.  I think the back splash needs to go and then what?

#4 Wall Color.  Obviously this room needs painting, but since the counters and the floor are on the beige tones, could you really get away with white?

The main problem with this kitchen is again money.  Appliances and some cosmetic changes would be all the budget would allow to begin with and I am TOTALLY CLUELESS on what to do with something like this.  I just look at it and go blank.

Give me your input.  I need to be able to see a vision so the next house I see with this same problem I can see past it.

HELP!!!!!

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