Hillshire Farm Crustless Quiche

 Thoughts Before Cooking:

So I do not like quiches. I don’t like the way the egg tastes when it is baked. It just does not appeal to me.

But since Tuesday’s review was on A Quiche Before Dyinga quiche recipe was needed. So I searched throughout the web and chose this one from Hillshire Farms.

Ingredients:

  • 12 Ounces Hillshire Smoked Sausage
  • 8 Eggs
  • 1.5 Cups of Whipping Cream
  • 1.5 Tsps of Dry Mustard
  • 1/4 Tsp of Salt
  • 1/8 Tsp of Black Pepper
  • 1.5 Cups of Shredded Cheddar Cheese, divided

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Grease a 13×9-inch baking dish.
  3. Cut the susage into 1/2 inch cubes, set aside.
  4. Place eggs, cream, mustard, salt and pepper in a large bowl-whisk until smooth.
  5. Stir in sausage, 1 cup of cheese, and green pepper.
  6. Pour egg mixture into the greased pan.
  7. Bake 40-45 mins or until the eggs are set.
  8. Sprinkle with 1/2 cup of cheese and let stand 5 mins before serving.

Thoughts After Baking:

So I ran out of cheese to put on top, I thought I had more than I actually did. This quiche was pretty good, I ate half of it, but I’m still not a quiche fan. It is the best quiche I’ve had so far.

For more egg recipes, go to Scrambled Eggs with Spinach & Parmesan

For more sausage recipes, go to Crock-Pot Sausage, Spinach, and White Bean Soup

For more pie recipes, go to Creamy Sour Cream Lemon Pie

In other news, today is Friday the 13th!

I hope you al have a great day, however you spend it. I’m thinking Horror movies!

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And pizza! Maybe Pizza Siciliana or Brussels Sprouts, Turkey Sausage, & Pesto Pizza Casserole

For more Friday the 13th recipes, go to London Fog Smoothie

 

 

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Apple Pie Smoothie

It’s the 4th of July so that means apple pie!

But it is too hot to bake and have your oven on…unless we are making a smoothie:

So this recipe I found on pinterest, but originally comes from The Lemon Bowl. I did change it a bit, but not too much.

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 Apple- Peeled, Cored, and Quartered
  • 1 Banana
  • 1 Cup of Vanilla Greek Yogurt
  • 1/4 Cup of Oats
  • 1 Teaspoon of Cinnamon
  • 1/2 Teaspoon of Nutmeg
  • 1/8 Teaspoon of Ground Cloves

Directions:

  1. Place all ingredients in a blender and puree until smooth.
  2. Pour into a glass and serve.

Thoughts After Reading:

Make sure you peel the apples. The recipe doesn’t tell you to peel it, so I didn’t. But of you do not peel them, the smoothie does not work.

It was very good, I would definitely make it again.

For more 4th of July recipes, go to Flag Cake

For more smoothies, go to Earl Grey Infused Blueberry Smoothie

For more Pinterest recipes, go to Spinach Tortellini Soup

For more apple pie recipes, go to With the 4th of July comes Apple Pie

Creamy Sour Cream Lemon Pie

Happy Pi Day

Thoughts Before Baking:

As you see above, today is Pi day so I decided to post a pie recipe.

I’ve made a sour cream lemon pie before, but this is a new recipe. This one comes from The Chunky Chef.

Ingredients

Pie Crust:

  • 2 Cups of All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 Teaspoon of Salt
  • 3/4 Cup of Shortening
  • Ice Water

Filling:

  • 1 Cup of Sugar
  • 4 Tbsp Cornstarch
  • 1 Cup of Milk
  • 2 Lemons Juiced (about 1/2 Cup)
  • 1 Tbsp Lemon Zest
  • 3 Large Egg Yolks, Lightly Beaten
  • 4 Tbsp Cold Butter, Cubed
  • 1 Cup of Sour Cream
  • Whipped Cream (Optional)
  • Lemon Slices (Optional)

Directions:

  1. In a mixing bowl, mix up the shortening and flour. Add in water a tablespoon at a time until dough is more malleable. If you add to much and it is too liquid-y, then just add a bit more flour to firm it up.
  2. Line crust with foil and place beans, rice, or pie weights (as pie dough will rise) and bake for 8 mins or until browned. Set aside to cool.
  3. In a heavy bottomed saucepan, add sugar and cornstarch. Whisk to combine.
  4. Slowly whisk in milk and lemon juice.
  5. Heat over medium heat, stirring often, until mixture is thickened and bubbly.
  6. Reduce to low, and cook 2 mins longer, stirring often.
  7. Remove from heat.
  8. Lightly beat eggs in a small mixing bowl. Whisking continuously, add a small amount of the hot lemon mixture, then add the mixture to the hot saucepan.
  9. Heat pan on medium heat until it comes to a gentle boil, and cook for 2 minutes.
  10. Remove from heat again and add lemon zest.
  11. Continue to cool, but don’t stir.
  12. Cool mixture for 30-40 mins and then fold in sour cream until no white streaks remain.
  13. Spoon mixture into the pie crust and spread out evenly.
  14. Cool in the refrigerator for 4 hours (or more). To serve, top with whipped cream and lemon slices.

Thoughts After Baking:

I made this for Thanksgiving last year and it was sooooo good! It was eaten immediately. I only got one slice! 😦

For more on lemon pies, go to Sour Cream Lemon Pie

For more pie recipes, go to Blueberry Sour Cream Pie

For more pinterest recipes, go to Banana Oatmeal Breakfast Smoothie

For more desserts, go to Braided Candy Canes

Death Threads

So I know today is Pi/Pie day

I was going to make one and post it and switch with Friday’s post, but Friday is Saint Patrick’s day and I wanted to post a Saint Patrick’s day recipe. I went back and forth on this…

Then I finally decided, book review today and recipe Friday, a pie recipe to tie in with this day & Saint Patrick’s Day. So here we go with our book review:

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Death Threads (Southern Sewing Circle #2) by Elizabeth Lynn Casey

So I read this book and was planning on reviewing it, but then I couldn’t remember what happened other than I didn’t like it.

So I had to reread it in order to review it. Let’s see if my views changed.

So after a disastrous discovery of her fiancé cheating on her, Tori decides to move to Sweet Briar, South Carolina. There she found herself the victim of horrible pranks, a ton of residents upset with her replacing their favorite librarian, and a suspect in a murder.

But that’s all in the past. Now Tori is doing well at the library, has been accepted as a member of the town, dating a handsome teacher, and working hard on her sewing-grateful for her new friends and community.

But then things take a dark turn…Colby Calhoun: handsome, local author, newspaper reporter, and husband of Tori’s friend and sewing circle member–reveals that the town has been perpetuating a lie. The story is that the town was burned by Yankees in the Civil War, the Sweet Briar people coming together and rebuilding on the ashes, but Colby reveals that the town was really burned when a moonshine distillery caught fire.

Obviously Colby has never seen the film The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance or else he would know:

Ransom Stoddard: You’re not going to use the story, Mr. Scott?

Maxwell Scott: No, sir. This is the West, sir. When the legend becomes fact, print the legend.

The town becomes furious at Colby, all talking about how they would like to hurt him. His wife and kids are bullied or treated as pariahs. Even in the sewing circle Debbie isn’t accepted.

Tori is the only one who sticks up for her. Later when she checks on Debbie, the two discover the house ransacked, a threatening note, blood in the area, and a missing Colby.

Tori sets out to discover what happened to her friend’s husband and tries to catch whoever is doing this, because:

Also in this book, Tori meets an eccentric older woman who made up a boyfriend the past five years. But now it looks as if the man is real as they are getting married. Who could he be?

Thoughts after Reading:

Let’s see how did I feel?

The first one was much better. This one was boring.

It took a looooong time to get the characters moving.

And the mystery was easily solved. As soon as they brought the characters in it was clear what was up.

For more Southern Sewing Circle Mysteries, go to Sew Deadly

For more Southern Mysteries, go to Cookie Dough or Die

For more mysteries, go to The Itsy Bitsy Spider

Blueberry Sour Cream Pie

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Valentine’s Day is coming so I thought I would post a sweet treat for you to share with your loved one(s)

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Thoughts Before Cooking:

So I wanted some pie and went to this ’50s diner that makes some really good stuff.

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They didn’t have the type I wanted so I decided to try out the Blueberry Sour Cream Pie. I loved it so much I decided to try and make it myself.

This recipe comes from Belle’s Kitchenbut I used the pie crust from my apple pie. Make sure to read the recipe all the way through before baking.

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Ingredients:

Pie Crust:

  • 2 Cups of All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 Teaspoon of Salt
  • 3/4 Cup of Shortening
  • Ice Water

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. In a mixing bowl, mix up the shortening and flour.
  3. Add in water a tablespoon at a time until dough is more malleable. If you add to much and it is to liquid-y, then just add a bit more flour to firm it up.
  4. Put dough aside.
  5. Take a cutting board and put a little flour on the surface, rubbing it. Rub flour on your rolling pin as well.
  6. Place the dough down and roll it into a large circle.
  7. Place the dough in a cake pan or pie pan.
  8. Cover the edges of the pie crust with foil. This will keep the edges from getting too brown.

Filling:

  • 3/4 Cup of Sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons of Flour
  • 1 Cup of Sour Cream
  • 1 Egg
  • 1.5 Teaspoons of Vanilla Extract
  • 1/4 Teaspoon of Salt
  • 2.5 Blueberries, fresh or frozen (if frozen, thaw and drain well.)

Directions:

  1. Combine sugar and flour in the medium sized-mixing bowl.
  2. Beat in sour cream, egg, vanilla, and salt over medium speed for about five minutes.
  3. Carefully fold in the blueberries.
  4. Pour batter into pie crust and bake for 30 minutes.

Topping:

  • 3 Tablespoons of Flour
  • 2 Tablespoons of Sugar
  • 1.5 Tablespoons of Butter

Directions:

  1. While pie is baking, prepare the topping by crumbling together the flour, sugar, and butter with a fork.
  2. Return to the oven and bake for 10-15 more minutes until topping is golden.
  3. Remove from oven and allow to cool throughly before slicing. Enjoy!

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Thoughts After Baking:

I only have one thing to say about it:

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I loved it and couldn’t stop eating it.

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For more pinterest recipes, go to Arugula Salad with Olive Oil, Lemon, and Parmesan Cheese

For more Valentines’s recipes, go to Brioche French Toast

For more pie, go to Schooner’s Summertime-Only Strawberry-Raspberry Pie

For more blueberry recipes, go to B is for Blueberry Smoothie

For more dessert, go to Rice Krispies Cookies

Schooner’s Summertime-Only Strawberry-Raspberry Pie

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Thoughts Before Baking:

I love pie!

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So when I find a recipe that isn’t chocolate, I just have to try it out.

So I know that this pie is a “summer” pie because of the fruit, but I live in CA. We have summer fruit all year long.

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Ingredients:

  • 16 oz-(3 Cups) of Fresh, Ripe, Strawberries; washed, hulled, and sliced in half
  • 6-8 oz (1-1 1/3 Cups) of Raspberries; rinsed and set out in a single layer on a towled area
  • 1/3 Cup of Sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2-3 Tablespoons of Cornstarch ot white flour
  • 1 egg yolk beaten with 1 tablespoon of water
  • For dough use the one from the Apple Pie Recipe or buy a premade one.

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Make the dough or roll out the premade one in your pie pan.
  3. Combine the berries, sugar, and vanilla.
  4. Add cornstarch or flour and mix gently until blended. Do not break the raspberries.
  5. Fill dough in pie pan.
  6. Cut remaining dough to into ten 3/4 inch strips and create a lattice.
  7. Brush top with egg.
  8. Cook 45-50 mins

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Thoughts After Baking:

My niece wanted to make the pie with me, so instead of doing the crust from my Apple Pie recipe, I decided to buy the a premade one.

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I bought the pillsbury dough which did not turn out well. The dough was hard and dry. When I tried to follow the cooking directions,  it almost burned at 40 degrees. And then it tasted disgusting, like plastic.

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The pie filling was good, not super sweet but that is okay. However, you need to eat this pie fast. It does not hold up well for the next day.

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For more Black Sheep Knitting Mysteries, go to Chicken, Asparagus, and Tomato Pesto Pasta

For more pie recipes, go to Sour Cream Lemon Pie

For more desserts, go to Orange Chocolate Cake

For more recipes, go to Pigs in a Blanket

Key Lime Pie Murder

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Key Lime Pie Murder (Hannah Swensen Mystery #9)

It’s summertime in Lake Eden, and that means that it is time for the Tri-County Fair!

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As always there are loads of events, games, rides, and food booths. Hannah was planning on only suppling cookies to a booth, The Cookie Nook, but when a friend becomes sick, Hannah steps in to take her place.

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Yep, this year Hannah will be judging the bake-off; sampling all kinds of bread, cookies, pies, and more. She’s not in this alone, as the other two judges are home economics teacher, Pam, and instructional aide, Willa.

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In fact the whole Swensen family is taking part in the fair this year: Hannah’s mother Delores is running a dunk tank for the Lake Eden Historical Society;  Andrea, entering the mother-daughter beauty pageant with her daughter Tracey; and Hannah’s youngest sister Michelle is trying for the Tri-County Queen.

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What starts out as good eats, fun times, rodeo ramblings, and a quest to eat a deep-fried chocolate bar turns sour when Willa is murdered.

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Now Hannah is on the case, trying to discover who is behind this killing.

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Did it have something to do with the robbery of the Rodeo entry fees? Was it someone who was upset with Willa disqualifying them from the Tri-County Queen contest? Could it have been someone who was upset that Willa gave them poor reviews on their baked good, causing them to win nothing and destroy their reputation as best cook? Was it a student flunked by Willa? Or was it someone unknown?

Sad but true.

Hannah soon realizes that she knows very little about who Willa is and her past. Why did she travel all over the United States, working in Washington, California, and Florida? Why did she break up with her fiancé two months ago? Why did she have her hair done and purchase a new outfit, when she had very little money?

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As Hannah starts looking into this crime, she discovers that she needs to watch her step, or else she might meet the same fate as Willa did.

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Thoughts After Reading:

Now I thought the title, Key Lime Pie Murder, was a stretch. There is hardly any Key Lime pie in the book, just the one case when they sample it for the fair.

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And to add to it, Hannah never even made a Key Lime pie, nor does she add it to her shop’s menu, like in Lemon Meringue Murderwhich would tie the book together. Instead, I felt that since the book failed to revolve around any dessert, a rarity, they just picked one they thought sounded good (which didn’t).

I don't think so.

I don’t think so.

The story itself was good, and the mystery interesting as we have to figure out why someone would have killed Willa. I think that it was easily solved, but in a good way, rather than feeling lazy or stupid.

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The only qualm I have with Hannah in this book is that she really seems to use Norman a lot, and he takes it like a doormat.

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I think that out of all the books, this one shows how right her boyfriend Norman is for her, than her other boyfriend Mike. Mike is too controlling, in the sense that he is a cop and cannot allow vigilanteism, not to mention the ego-burst of having your girlfriend be better at solving these crimes. The opposite of this is Norman, who doesn’t care about her investigating as he enjoys jumping in with her. He also is amazingly sweet in how he takes care of her cat, treating it as if it was Hannah’s sick baby. In fact, in this book more than any other, I could see Norman and Hannah happily married, a Tommy and Tuppence of the midwest.

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For more Hannah Swensen Mysteries, go to Cherry Cheesecake Murder

For more book reviews, go to A Change of Fortune

Sour Cream Lemon Pie

Happy Pi Day!

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Thoughts Before Baking:

As you see above, today is Pi day so I decided to make a pie. I’ve been wanting to make a lemon pie, but was looking for something other than lemon meringue, as I’m not a huge fan of meringue. So I looked around on pinterest until I found this one. I had never had it before, but thought why not test it out?

The recipe comes from allrecipes.com for the crust and Bunny’s Warm Oven for the pie filling.

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Graham Cracker Crust

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 Cups of Finely Ground Graham Crackers (~9 crackers)
  • 1/3 Cup of White Sugar
  • 6 Tablespoons of Butter, Melted

Directions:

  1. Mix the graham cracker crumbs, sugar, and butter.
  2. Press mixture into an 8 or 9 inch pie pan.
  3. Bake at 375 degrees F for 7 mins. Cool.

 

Sour Cream Lemon Pie Filling

Ingredients:

  • One 9 inch Pie Shell Baked, or 9 inch Graham Cracker Crust
  • 1 Cup of Sugar
  • 3.5 Tablespoons of Cornstarch
  • 1 Tablespoon of Lemon Zest
  • 1/2 Cup of Lemon Juice
  • 3 Egg Yolks, slightly beaten
  • 1 Cup of Milk
  • 1/4 Cup of Butter
  • 1 Cup of Sour Cream
  • Whipped Cream for Garnish

Directions:

  1. Combine sugar, cornstarch, lemon zest, lemon juice, beaten egg yolks, and milk in a heavy duty metal saucepan.
  2. Stir.
  3. Cook the ingredients on medium heat, stirring constantly, until filling thickens. This takes about 10 mins.
  4. The filling will thicken and then boil. As soon as it boils remove from heat and add the butter.
  5. Stir until butter is well incorporated.
  6. Let it cool for 10 mins in the pan and then add the sour cream.
  7. Stir until incorporated.
  8. Pour filling into baked pie shell.
  9. Refrigerate until firm, about 3 hours.
  10. Garnish with whipped cream and serve.

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Thoughts After Reading:

The graham cracker crust didn’t come out right, it just fell apart. I think the next time I make it I would do a regular crust.

The filling was amazing, it was very thick and rich. Although I felt the whipped cream on top was overkill and it was better without.

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For more lemon recipes, go to Lemon Meringue Chiffon Cake

For more pies, go to With the 4th of July Comes Apple Pie

For more holiday posts, go to Cocoa M&M Cookies

For more pinterest recipes, go to Mozzarella Tomato Toast

For more desserts, go to Apple Orchard Bars

With the 4th of July comes Apple Pie

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With the 4th of July tomorrow, I thought I should do some recipe that honors the day. As I was pondering this, the answer came to me. Apple pie. The perfect dish for America’s birthday. 

Thoughts before cooking:

Now this was a mysterious dish four years ago when I entered a pie bake-off. I searched the internet for the perfect apple pie, and found this recipe. It sounded simple and I risked it. I didn’t win (there was a gazillion pies) but not only did I think it was amazing, but everyone else did too. This recipe is from the food network and was posted by Sandi Anderson from Tyler’s Ultimate. Of course I have tweaked it over the years to suit the way I like it.

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Ingredients

Pie Crust:

  • 2 Cups of All-Purpose flour
  • 1 Teaspoon of Salt
  • 3/4 Cup of Shortening
  • Ice Water

Filling:

  • 1/2 Cup – 1 Cup of All-Purpose Flour
  • 6-7 Granny Smith Apples peeled, and cut into slices
  • 1 Cup of White Sugar
  • 1 Cup of Brown Sugar
  • 1 Teaspoon of Cinnamon
  • 2 Tablespoons of butter

Directions:

  1. In a mixing bowl, mix up the shortening and flour. Add in water a tablespoon at a time until dough is more malleable. If you add to much and it is to liquid-y, then just add a bit more flour to firm it up.
  2. Put dough aside.
  3. When cutting up the apples, make sure to remove the hard pieces where the seed grows along with any spots or blemishes.
  4. Preheat the oven to 375°
  5. Combine the apples, with the brown and white sugar.
  6. Add the flour and cinnamon, mixing them all together.
  7. Divid the dough in half and roll into two balls.
  8. Take a cutting board and put a little flour on the surface, rubbing it. Rub flour on your rolling pin as well.
  9. Place the dough down and roll it into a large circle.
  10. Place the dough in a cake pan.
  11. Lay the apples down on the dough in the pan.
  12. Put the two tablespoons of butter on top.
  13. Repeat step 8.
  14. Place the second ball of dough down and roll it out into a large circle.
  15. Place it on top, to be the top of your pie.
  16. Cut a small incision on the top of the pie to allow steam out.
  17. Add a dash of cinnamon and sugar on top.

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Thoughts after baking:

Best pie I ever made and sure to be the crowning achievement to any 4th of July celebration. At least until the fireworks come out!

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For more recipes, go to Best Guacamole Ever! (Plus Make Your Own Tortilla Chips!)