Apr 28, 2010

Fruit Pizza Recipe

There have been recipe requests for the "Fruit Pizza"  that I posted a couple of days ago.  So here it is: Fruit Pizza - my version

I used a 'cheaters' pie crust.  Just unroll onto pizza pan, poke with a fork all over the place until it looks like a bird has tapped danced the entire thing. This will keep it from puffing up while baking.
450% for 10  to 15 minutes til just lightly browned.  Check often as ovens may vary.  Let the crust cool.
Helpful hint: Some people use sugar cookie dough for thier crust.
1 package of cream cheese - 8 oz.
7 tablespoons of sugar
1 tablespoon of vanilla
Okay folks, I seldom measure... so now you know the truth about me!  I'm an 'eye-baller! So do as you please - maybe just use this as a guide if you want.
Spread filling over entire crust.
Assemble fruits of your choice on filling.  I used strawberries, blueberries, kiwi and bananas on this one.
I used some plum sauce and brushed across the fruit to glaze it and to help keep the bananas from turning brown.  Any jelly will work, just heat it a little to make it easier to brush on.
To see my Fruit Pizza click link: fruit-flower

Apr 26, 2010

Fruit Flower

Year round we try to keep fresh fruit in the house.  Today I realized we a great combination for a fruit pizza.  So as my man was busying himself doing outdoor things, I busied myself whipping up a surprise treat for him. Well if truth be known, I didn't have just him in mind ~ I enjoyed some too.
It's sinfully delicious! 

Apr 25, 2010

Wood Violets

The wood violet is one of my favorite flowers.
But who can choose a favorite flower ? 
Don't we love them all just in a different ways?
But as of this moment the wood violet is my favorite.
photo found on internet

Apr 23, 2010

It's that time of year again!

The snowbirds should be returning soon.  For those of you who don't know what a snowbird is, they are what we commmonly refer to as the locals who travel south for the winters and then return in the spring. (missing out on all the snow, bitter weather and winter fun) This brings to mind a post I did a couple of years ago. Go on, click the link ~ you might get a chuckle out of it. chickens-and-goats  Have a laugh on me!

Apr 21, 2010

Busy Bees

Let's see ...
we have so many projects started that need to get done ~ there are the birdhouses my dear mate assembled and I need to do some wood burning on, there's that antique showcase I started to sand down that needs to be refinished.We have some indoor 'winter' projects that have a start and are spread all over kindom-come waiting on us to complete. Oh boy, I just recalled there are 8 gallons of paint needing to be go on the walls. And two decks needing a refreshing coat of stain.And then there's other outdoor stuff like raking and seeding and gardening soon ... and ... and ...  oh yeah, that rock garden that's going to improve my muscle tone. I may have to entice my super hero to help on this one!
well I guess these things aren't going to get done if I sit here and type all day so I'll buzz off for now ~ but I'll 'bee' back sooner or later!

Apr 19, 2010

Grapes Moved Home

Today we transplanted our grape vines.  Our neighbor gave us the vines a couple of years ago. At that time; we planted them along our split rail fence. Then last year we decided to build an arbor. Yes, we did it ourselves. Teamwork, that's what we're all about. Now that the arbor is done and the grapes are doing so well we decided to transplant them to their permanent home alongside the arbor. 
When that same neighbor moved and we became caretakers for his property, he told us to help ourselves to the grapes.  We picked and canned them into grape juice but if ours take off well enough we may start making wine.
But I love the juice recipe because it's so easy - just pick, clean and pack grapes into canning jars. Add water and sugar to taste. I only added about an even teaspoon per quart jar and it is plenty sweet - almost too sweet for our liking. Hot water bath and abra-ka-dab-ra ~  you have juice.  Strain the fruit and pour yourself a tasty treat. The pint sized jars on the left side of the pic are plum sauce. Very, very good on pancakes, eggrolls etc.  Oh boy, I'm making myself hungry ~ later all. 

Apr 18, 2010

Planning Her Gardens

~ The New Mother Nature is Taking Over ~
She's such a tiny little 'imp' I just had to
add her to a scrapbook page.
Although she's not the youngest;
Miss Sydney's definitely the tiniest
of our six Grandchildren.
scrapped by CherShots 2009

Apr 16, 2010

Great Book!

(and that's saying a lot coming from me) Okay, I admit I'm not a huge reader but when I get into a book and find myself looking forward to what lies on the next page, I like to share my find.  One of my fellow bloggers put me onto this book and I truly am thankful. Sadly, I don't recall which one of you it was. ( I know, I know - How pathetic is that?) But you know who you are so thanks! The title alone caught my attention:

~ The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society ~

Apr 15, 2010

Seedlings Started

I'm not sure when other people in Upper Michigan start seeds for their gardens, but last year I started them earlier and they got out of control. The tomatoes got too spindly and once they were planted outside the first strong wind 'snapped' them off.  Frustration!! So this year I made the decision to start them later.  The eggplants were seeds given to me so we thought what the heck, toss them in and see if they'll grow up here. 
I promise not to bore you with daily pictures, but be fore-warned; I might get excited once they start to sprout and post one or two.
This is DAY ONE:
The bottom pots are Hubbard Squash and Butternut Squash!
(Thinking of you Dee -hee hee)

Apr 12, 2010

Bat Houses and Bird Houses

The birds are ready for nesting so we hurried up and built a little thank you gift for our friends who furnish us with rain barrells.
Their last name is Moon so I thought I'd toss one on their bluebird house.

We had a martin house up for the past 3 years;sadly - without a martin in sight.  So this year Thom decided to build a bat house for that pole. He does the constructing, I do the wood burning or painting. As we sit out on the swing on summer evenings, we see the bats  whizzing by overhead. The more the merrier - they love eating misquitoes as much as we hate swatting them.  

Apr 10, 2010

Snow Crusted Rhubarb

O, wind,
 if winter comes,
 can spring
 be far behind?
Percy Bysshe Shelley

O, ruby rhubarb
how I prefer you
encrusted in pie
with streusel topping!

Apr 5, 2010

Enjoying our Grand-loves!

Sharing time at the museum.
Enjoying a bit of entertainment!
and drawing
and changing the landscape
and making paper flowers
and working with shapes
and discovering colors
and last but not least ~
performing a puppet show!
and at home this little Buck-A-Roo sure
enjoyed showing off his new
swingset and slide!