Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Lose a life, gain a life and communication

An interesting subject line don’t you think? 

Lose a life was referring in particular to those poor people who struggle during Hurricane Irene.  imageMy thoughts and prayers go out to the loved ones who lost so much and are now having to cope and come to terms with the devastation around their homes.  Even though Irene was later called a tropical storm she still managed to create chaos.

Sea Aglow, a scene after the storm?


Gain a life refers to a blessed addition to our family last week.SAM_1507

After eagerly awaiting his birth my only daughter gave us a miracle called Ernie! I know I am biased and that every parent/grandparent states that their little ones are the best, but, really, he is!!  Sorry, had to say that Smile

Baby Sandsniper, perfect picture for babies’ room


Mini Fold Book, memories can be stored here
Mister PenQuin


Communication? Now this part of the subject line refers to my new acquisition!  imageA mobile phone, an IPhone to be exact.  I fought it for a long time but when you see all your kids with one, well as the saying goes, if you can’t beat them, join them!  Now that I have one I wonder how on earth I managed without.

Felted woolen Iphone case, perfect!


Each of the above titles can be followed with the word ‘hope’.  ‘Hope’ after the ravages and losses of the storm, ‘hope’ when a new life is born and ‘hope’ that I can get my head around my new mobile!!

So there you have the latest news of events that have an impact on my life.

Monday, August 1, 2011

August 1 – Raspberry Cream Pie Day

The special days for each month never cease to amaze me!   Don’t know who decided what days to assign to what occasions, but it is always fun to find out what may be celebrated each day of a month!  And, with the hot weather baking many parts of the world, a chilled, delicious raspberry cream pie might be just what is needed to cool us all down.  That is the celebration for August 1 – raspberry cream pie day!

To soothe and cool your palette, you may wish to try the recipe found at:

Created by Sara Deseran for the May 2007 Every Day with Rachael Ray magazine, this raspberry cream pie takes only fifteen minutes plus the chilling time, and serves six.  The ingredients include:

1 cup heavy cream; 1/8 teaspoon almond extract; 3/4 cup sugar; 1 envelope unflavored gelatin; 1/2 cup water; one 10-ounce package frozen raspberries, 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice, one 9-inch pie crust, baked and cooled.

Using an electric mixer or whisk, beat the cream and almond extract until peaks form. Set aside.

In a saucepan over medium heat, bring the sugar, gelatin, and 1/2 cup water to a simmer and stir until the sugar and gelatin dissolve.  Remove from heat, add the berries and lemon juice, and stir until the mixture begins to thicken.

Fold the whipped cream into the berry mixture and spread into the pie crust.  Refrigerate until set, a few hours or overnight.  Enjoy!

And now that your palette is cooled and soothed,  please your eyes with these raspberry and cream creations from the Boomers and Beyond Etsy Street Team.  Enjoy!

the filigree garden


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