Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Last Day of School: Thanks to Billy Dean for the Reminder

It's always important, as I sit here creating a chore list for this summer because this is the girls' last day of school, the words of this song! HAPPY SUMMER! (I think I was much more enthusiastic about saying this when I was a teacher rather than a mother!) Just kidding....... kind of ;-)

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Easy, Creamy Rhubarb Custard Pie, Just Like Tall Guy's Mom Makes

 
Easy, Creamy Rhubarb Custard Pie, Just Like Tall Guy's Mom Makes

 EAsy Creamy Rhubarb Custard Pie
Well, DANG! 

Who knew? 

I like rhubarb pie!?!?!?!?

Rhubarb is a staple on most older farmsteads around these parts.  I've always had it growing at Mom and Dad's or Grandma and Grandpa's house, but I've never been a huge fan until this spring.

First, let's back up the truck, and see what we are talking about because you need to know what you are looking for and not going picking rhubarb's cousin, the weed, burdock.

Easy, Creamy Rhubarb Custard Pie, Just Like Tall Guy's Mom Makes

Rhubarb has a smooth red stem, and burdock is kind of fuzzy.  When you pick rhubarb, you should choose thinner stalks, and PULL each stalk out from the ground.  Don't cut them. Well, you can cut off the tops once you have pulled out the stalk.

Easy, Creamy Rhubarb Custard Pie, Just Like Tall Guy's Mom Makes

Easy, Creamy Rhubarb Custard Pie, Just Like Tall Guy's Mom Makes

 We also have some wild mint growing in the middle of all these broad leaves.

Easy, Creamy Rhubarb Custard Pie, Just Like Tall Guy's Mom Makes

These plants on the end are burdock, otherwise known as weeds.  There stalks are green, and the leaves are fuzzy.  Do NOT eat these!

Easy, Creamy Rhubarb Custard Pie, Just Like Tall Guy's Mom Makes

From there, you can wash off the stalks, and cut/chop them into 1/2 inch chunks to cook with or freeze.  No cooking reqired before freezing!  Easy-peasy!   I freeze mine in bags holding three cups because that's how much you need to make a pie.  You will thank yourself later for doing it this way.

Easy, Creamy Rhubarb Custard Pie, Just Like Tall Guy's Mom Makes

And then I call Tall Guy's mom to get her recipe.  Since I'm making it for him, I had better make it the way he likes it, and we all know Momma cooks it best!

So first you put the chopped rhubarb in boiling water for 5 minutes.

Easy, Creamy Rhubarb Custard Pie, Just Like Tall Guy's Mom Makes

Drain

Easy, Creamy Rhubarb Custard Pie, Just Like Tall Guy's Mom Makes

Beat three eggs......

Easy, Creamy Rhubarb Custard Pie, Just Like Tall Guy's Mom Makes

Yes, I am still anal about how I take my eggs out of the carton.  It's all about balance people! ;-)

Easy, Creamy Rhubarb Custard Pie, Just Like Tall Guy's Mom Makes

LOVE this little Pampered Chef whisk!

Easy, Creamy Rhubarb Custard Pie, Just Like Tall Guy's Mom Makes

Add 2 T flour... would you believe I used self rising flour?  I couldn't find the regular flour until after I had the pie in the oven.  Oye!

Easy, Creamy Rhubarb Custard Pie, Just Like Tall Guy's Mom Makes

Next add the sugar

Easy, Creamy Rhubarb Custard Pie, Just Like Tall Guy's Mom Makes

Mix eggs/flour/sugar with the rhubarb

Easy, Creamy Rhubarb Custard Pie, Just Like Tall Guy's Mom Makes

Into the unbaked pie crust

Easy, Creamy Rhubarb Custard Pie, Just Like Tall Guy's Mom Makes

And Ta da!  Rhubarb pie!

Easy, Creamy Rhubarb Custard Pie, Just Like Tall Guy's Mom Makes


Rhubarb Pie

Ingredients
  • 3 Cups rhubarb, chopped frozen or fresh
  • 3 eggs beaten
  • 1 1/2 Cups sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons Flour
  • 1 unbaked pie crust
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
Cooking Directions
  1. Boil 5 cups of water, and pour over the rhubarb (frozen or fresh), and let it set for 5 minutes
  2. Meanwhile, beat three eggs, then add the sugar and flour to the mixed eggs.
  3. * Off the record, I add a teaspoon of vanilla at this point. In my humble opinion, vanilla makes everything dessert taste better.
  4. Drain the rhubarb, and pour egg mixture over it. Stir to blend.
  5. Pour into an unbaked pie crust.
  6. Bake at 400 degrees for 10 minutes, then turn the oven back to 350 degrees, and continue baking for about 45 minutes or until a knife stuck in its sent comes out with just a bit of custard on it.
  7. Cool, and enjoy!
Easy, Creamy Rhubarb Custard Pie, Just Like Tall Guy's Mom Makes

 Easy Creamy Rhubarb Custard Pie



Tuesday, May 14, 2013

An Elephant, a JD Green Tractor, and a Windmill.....Wait! An ELEPHANT?



 Ladies and Gentlmen!  Children of all Ages!

Benton County welcomes the Kelly-Miller Circus to Benton Central High School!


How cool was this?  It was soooo cool that the girls rode an elepahnt...


 and a camel!


We heard the circus was coming to, well I can't say town because they set up the big top at the high school, so it just came to us~!  (Remember Benton County boasts a total population of 8500 people and about 100,000 critters!)

I was excited because despite our very serious effort to plant corn last week, the clouds opened up and POURED last Thursday, so even Tall Guy got to go to his very first circus!  And it didn't disappoint!

There were clowns!





There were jugglers and balancing acts!











There were trapeze artists, AND they worked without a net!



And there were animals!




Typical of his character, this llama stood there and didn't do much! ;-)  Sorry it was too good to pass up!




LOVE it when they hold each other's tales!



(Have to admit to thinking about Water for Elephants during part of this act!  ACK!)


There were happy faces!



I wish you could have heard these girls belly laughing at the clowns and being absolutely mesmerized by all the acts!  It was a one ring circus, but these people gave us a solid hour and a half of great, Kodak-moment life experiences.  So glad we had a rainy night in Benton County last Thursday so the entire family could enjoy some good old fashioned fun at the circus! Big thanks to the Oxford Lions Club for bringing this group to our little corner of the world!  We are still talking about what we saw, smiling, and laughing!