Monday, February 8, 2016

Sunday Dessert (a day late) – Egg Custard Pie

I love Egg Custard Pie.  I don’t remember where or when I first had it but I have loved it ever since I first tried it.  A dear friend and former co-worker used to make one for me every year for my birthday.  Unfortunately, she retired some years ago and we lost touch.  Somewhere along the way, I lost her recipe.  My Mother never made egg custard pie.  I seem to remember that she said my Dad didn’t like it or something.  So rather than make a big pie for myself, I would just get a slice when I was eating out or lately, buy a mini one at Publix if they happened to have one.  Interestingly, it turns out that my Dad likes egg custard so I guess it was Mother who didn’t like it.  Anyway, my cousin, Sheila, sent along her favorite recipe some time ago and I finally decided to try it yesterday.  It was a hit for Sunday lunch.

No Weep Egg Custard

1- unbaked deep dish pie shell

2 1/2 cups milk
3/4 cup sugar
4 eggs
1 1/4 tsp vanilla
1/4 tsp salt
grated( or ground)  nutmeg

Preheat oven to 350. Set out pie shell.

In a small saucepan, scald the milk over high heat and set aside.  In a large mixer bowl, thoroughly beat the eggs, sugar, vanilla, and salt. Add 1 cup of the milk to the egg mixture, beating it in slowly. Try not to create too much foam. Add the rest of the milk and
continue to beat slowly. Pour the mixture into the pie shell, sprinkle with nutmeg.

Bake on the lowest oven shelf for 40 minutes, or until pale gold in color.  Remove to rack and cool completely before cutting.

Note:  I found that I needed to cook it for a little longer. 
The recipe is from the Cooking from Quilt Country Cookbook.

Happy Knitting and Baking!

Saturday, February 6, 2016

A Really Fun Knit

Knitting is fun to me.  But sometimes, there is a project that just has an extra spark of joy.  The one  that makes you smile every time you pick it up to work on it.  The one you just can't put down.  Here's mine - Pepperberry Love by my LYS owner, Donna Higgins. 

I was gifted the pattern and a Fun Size Bundle of 100% cashmere by Pepperberry Knits (now Lux Adorna Knits) by a very generous non-knitting friend for Christmas.  The colorway is a custom colorway for In The Making.  This stuff is absolutely luscious  to knit with and I am loving it.  The only thing I can think of that would be better than knitting with it is wearing it.

This cowl is much longer than usual so as to use up every last bit of the yarn.  Once I got past the usual height of a cowl, I am happy to keep on knitting.  This is one of those fun, no rules knit.  Before I started, I laid out the yarn and planned it all out but I made some last minute changes along the way.

If you see me wearing this every day, you'll know why.  It's all that cashmere yumminess.

Happy Knitting!

Thursday, January 28, 2016

A Belated Happy New Year!

A very belated “Happy New Year” to you all.  New Year’s Eve and Day found me camped out on the sofa nursing a cold.  I had my sweet Lillie, a nice warm blanket, my knitting, and a book to keep company. 

On New Year’s Eve, I finished my Gifted Cowl, a free pattern from Churchmouse.  I finally blocked it last weekend and have yet to wear it.  It has a bit of “bling” to it and for those of you who know me, you know I don’t like a lot of bling but this I find to be a very subtle bling.  And I think it is something that I’d wear.  If I decide I don’t care for it after all, it’ll be gifted to a lover of bling.  The cowl is a very easy pattern and has instructions for all weights of yarn which makes it a fine pattern in my book. 


I finished my Itineris shawl last week.  I blocked it over the weekend and wore it to work yesterday.  I forgot to take pictures wearing it so here are the ones from the finished object official photo op.

Itineris was bought as a kit at Haus of Yarn on a trip to Nashville last summer.  The kit came with one skein of Malabrigo Sock Yarn in each color.  I ended up having to call my friend, Kelley, at Haus and ordering a second skein of the red and just barely broke the skein.  By the way, if you ever need to order from Haus, they ship lightening fast!

Happy Knitting!