February 23, 2015
I've kept this blog and the domain name for several years, even though I haven't used it.
Jonathan started it for me, for my birthday, when everyone was keeping fiber blogs. I planned for it to be a place to show my fiber shenanigans, family shenanigans, and to share beautiful birth stories.
Facebook and Pintrest are my fiber spots now, along with an occasional Ravelry post or download.
HIPPA laws cancelled my plans to share birth stories.
My family is still the best family ever! We've all changed a lot over the years. Jonathan, Justin, Sarah, and Chloe have all moved, though they live nearby. Jonathan works almost full time, in a position that touches lives, and makes a real difference in our community. Plus, he's a full time college student. I'm not sure when he sleeps!
Justin and Sarah celebrated nine years of marriage this month. They have another beautiful daughter, Serenity Claire! We thought Chloe was their two-fisted handful. Ren is giving Chloe a run for the title! She is smart, self assured, and the most awesome almost 2 year old there is! Chloe is 8 now! She is as wonderful as ever! She loves school and performs in our local Children's Theatre!
Kaity is 19. She has become a young woman of grace, and is beautiful inside and out. She is deciding what she's supposed to do in life, as she finishes her Senior Year. She is very creative, and is still our All Creatures Great and Small girl!
Khi is 17. He is a typical pizza crazed teenager. He has some special challenges in life, but meets each one as they come. He still dives in head first, and completely focuses on whatever catches his interest at the moment!
Benny is officially retired. Most of the time, we love having him home all day!
I'm still Spinning Doula. I’m a spinning, knitting, weaving, crocheting, doula in Southern Ohio, married to the man of my dreams. I have a fiber addiction. I’m a birth junkie.
I'm an adoptee. I am an Adoption Law Reform advocate. I've had a couple of hit and miss reunions with some of my first family. The ones that hit, are relationships that I treasure. The ones that missed, I don't miss a bit!
I'm not sure what this blog will turn out to be. But I suspect it will be a place where I keep a journal of sorts, memorializing times, thoughts, and events that I don't want to forget.
April 23, 2011
Easter Week End
Since we were busy with Good Friday Services and then a family dinner last night, Friday Pieday this week has been rescheduled for tomorrow.
On the night before Easter in 1989, I woke up with my baby, who had been sleeping on my chest, still, not breathing, and blue. God performed another Easter Miracle that night, and once again gave him life! Justin we are so blessed and thankful to have you and your beautiful family in our lives! We love you!
Posted by Angi at 10:19 PM
April 15, 2011
Friday PieDay Week 3 - Pumpkin Pie
This week, Khi treated us to Benny's and my favorite Pumpkin Pie! Some families only eat this delectable dessert for Holiday Celebrations. We believe Pumpkin Pie is a celebration!
We use the traditional Libby's recipe that I grew up eating.
* 3/4 cup granulated sugar
* 1/2 teaspoon salt
* 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
* 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
* 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
* 2 large eggs
* 1 can Libby's solid pack pumpkin
* 1 can Evaporated Milk
* 1 unbaked 9-inch deep dish pie pastry
* whipped cream (optional to some)
* Preheat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.
* Mix sugar, salt, cinnamon, ginger, and cloves in small bowl.
* Beat eggs in large bowl.
* Stir in pumpkin and sugar-spice mixture.
* Gradually stir in evaporated milk.
* Pour mixture into pie shell.
* Bake at 425 degrees Fahrenheit for 15 minutes.
* Reduce temperature to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
* Bake for 40 to 50 minutes or until knife inserted near center comes
* Cool on wire rack for 2 hours.
Posted by Angi at 11:40 PM
April 08, 2011
Friday PieDay Week 2 - Lemon Meringue
The pie Khi has chosen for this week is Lemon Meringue. Though a favorite of our family, Lemon Meringue is quite a challenge for a second time pie chef!
With very little adjusting, the recipe we're using comes from WikiBooks Cookbook.
* 1½ cups cold water
* 1 cup white granulated sugar
* 2 tablespoons all purpose flour
* 3 tablespoons cornstarch
* ¼ teaspoon salt
* ½ cup lemon juice
* 2 tablespoons butter
* 4 egg yolks, beaten
* 4 egg whites
* ¼ tsp cream of tartar
* 6 tablespoons white granulated sugar
1. In a saucepan whisk together water, sugar, flour, cornstarch, salt, lemon juice. Make sure any flour or cornstarch lumps are stirred until they dissolve.
2. Cook over medium heat until mixture starts to simmer. Stir constantly.
3. Add butter, stir until melted.
4. Beat egg yolks in a small bowl. Add about ½ cup of hot lemon mixture into eggs and stir well. This tempers the egg yolks so they won't scramble when added to the simmering lemon mixture.
5. Pour tempered egg mixture into pan of simmering lemon mixture. Stir until well mixed.
6. Continue simmering lemon filling about 2 minutes until it thickens, stirring constantly.
7. Pour into cooked pie shell and allow to cool while preparing meringue.
1. Place 4 egg whites in mixer and beat at high speed until they start to foam.
2. Add cream of tartar to egg whites then, while continuing to beat, add sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time. Beat about 30 seconds between tablespoonfuls of sugar.
3. Continue to beat meringue until stiff peaks form when beaters are raised from bowl.
4. Spread meringue over pie, starting on lemon pie filling, using rubber spatula. Spread over edges of crust, completely sealing in the lemon pie filling.
5. To form peaks in meringue, using a rubber spatula, touch flat side of spatula on meringue and pull away. Repeat over entire surface of meringue.
6. Place pie in 350°F oven for 15 minutes until high points of meringue are lightly browned.
7. Serve at room temperature or chilled.
In the interest of maintaining some sort of Maternal sanity, I decided we would use bottled lemon juice and ready made pie shells. We'll save pie crust lessons for another week!
April 01, 2011
April Fools and 52 Weeks of Pie
It has been so long since I used this blog. Life happened and time passed, and none of it seemed very entertaining or blog worthy.
Speaking of a new day, today is April first, often referred to as April Fool's Day. Last year my dear uncle who never ceases to entertain and amaze me with interesting factoids, explained the origin of April Fool's, as he had read it in one of his papers. The story goes...
In about 45 BC, Julius Caesar created the Julian Calendar. April 1st was the beginning of the year on this calendar. In the late 1500's along came Pope Gregory. He found flaws with the Julian Calendar and made the calendar we use today, know as the Gregorian Calendar. The Gregorian Calendar would change the first day of the year to January 1st. As with all change, some people were agreeable, while others resisted. The ones who resisted and insisted that beginning of their year would remain April 1st, were called the April Fools by those who went along with the change.
I've been looking for a project to do with Khi. He enjoys cooking, so we've chosen to embark on 52 weeks of pie. The plan is we will make a different pie every week for a year. Friday will be pieday. We'll post pictures and recipes on this blog. This time next year we will have either completed a fun long term project, or we could have been the April Fools!!!
Since we just decided this on Wednesday, we didn't have much time to plan. So our first entry will be simple chocolate pudding graham cracker crust pie.
- 3 boxes of your favorite chocolate pudding mix
- 2 prepared Graham Cracker pie crusts
- whipped cream for topping
Prepare pudding according to instructions on box
Divide pudding into the 2 Graham Cracker crusts
Chill until firm.
Decorate with whipped cream or let everyone put it on their own piece.
Posted by Angi at 08:03 PM
April 12, 2010
Happy Birthday Chloe
Happy 4th Birthday to the Most Amazing, Most Beautiful, Funniest, Sweetest Granddaughter God ever made!