The pecan pie story…

I decided to try a new pie crust this year, using Steve’s Gluten Free Cake Flour and a pastry recipe from Patisserie GF. I made two batches and refrigerated them overnight thinking I’d get the pies in the oven pretty quickly the next morning.

Here’s what I learned: pastry is different from a pie crust. I realized pretty quickly that that was not going to work (my first ‘wrong’). I turned to my no-fail pie crust by Annalise G Roberts that I’ve written about before (click here). Here’s a link to the pie crust recipe but be aware that it is written for the Authentic Foods Classical Blend GF flour. I can’t say how it will work with other GF flours. It didn’t take long to make the two crusts, but it threw me off my stride.

Then I made the 1st pie filling. I used a recipe from United States of Pie by Adrienne Kane, an excellent resource. Her recipe is similar to many except that she recommends toasting the pecans before adding them to the mix.

I had everything measured out, got the first pie in the oven, and then realized that I had not added the dark Karo syrup (2nd ‘wrong). Words escaped my lips but I decided what the hey (hay?) and pulled the pie out of the oven. I added the Karo syrup and tried stirring it in. Not a good plan, so I dumped the filling into a bowl and stirred it up, returned it to the pan and put it in the oven.

At this point, I was beginning to have real doubts about my mental faculties. However, in my defense, Steve was bustling around the kitchen. He was being helpful but I realized later that I am used to concentrating more when baking. Not his fault, it’s on me that I was easily distracted.

I made the 2nd pie, put it in the bottom oven, set a timer for it and waited. It was when the buzzer went off for pie #1 that I realized that somewhere in there I had (3rd wrong) turned off the top oven!!!!! Geez, Louise. No wonder it looked like it wasn’t cooking. I turned up the heat because, why not?

Both pies got done at the same time, they look about the same, and they both tasted great. I was stunned.

Here’s what I learned:

  • If you have a no-fail crust recipe, use it.
  • Pecan pie is very forgiving.
  • 3 wrongs sometimes to make a right.
  • As Buzz Lightyear says: Never give up. Never give in!

I’m back!

I am happy to report that I was able to stand on my now bunion-less right foot. I am stunned. I can walk and it doesn’t hurt! I thought the doctor was crazy when he said this would be the case but I’m happy that he was right. [I had the same surgery, done by a different surgeon, on my other foot years ago and it hurt a lot more, a lot longer.] I am being very careful not to overdo it.

The day I found out that I could walk, I also found out that I had a screamingly bad case of thrush. I’ve never had thrush. My family practitioner said it could have been the stress of surgery. I’ve taken the anti-fungal drugs and given up sugar. Now I’m taking caprylic acid, probiotics, and drinking water laced with vinegar. I really miss sugar. Even though I’ve dropped 4 pounds, I think I like sugar more than the weight loss.

But wait, there’s more! I also got a sinus infection in the middle of all this, along with the 2 1/2-day headache that goes with it. Today I woke up finally feeling like myself and am happy happy happy!

That leads me to this video. A friend (thank you Mark H.) told me about the elf yourself app for your smart phone. Try it. You’ll love it! That’s me and Steve and Celia and Jeff dancing with the kittens :-). Ho ho ho!

This and that…

First, let me say thank you to all of you who sent kind thoughts my way over the loss of Emma (our cat, in case you missed my last post). We miss her, but life does go on.

I am leaving today to visit the Parker County Quilt Guild in Weatherford, TX. It’s close enough to drive which is nice. Before leaving I thought I ‘d leave you with this. I ran across it on facebook the other day and it made me laugh out loud. It’s not a new video so you may have seen it before. Either way, it is definitely grin-inducing…

It’s been colorized!

My favorite cartoon of all time showed up in today’s funnies in color. This from the strip, Non Sequiter, by Wiley Miller. It is the perfect quilters’ comic. I happen to love Muriel’s block.

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When I googled ‘Wiley Miller’ I realized that there are two that come up at the top of a google search. The other Wiley Miller appears to be a very adventurous downhill skier. I wonder how often the two men get each other’s messages?

I know that there are other ‘Becky Goldsmiths’ out there because I often have trouble finding a new name for myself when some new social media platform opens up. There are other Piece O’ Cakes as well. This must be true for all of us—it’s rare to have a completely unique name. But isn’t it great that we are each our own, unique person.

National pi day!

When did you last think of pi? Not this kind of pie…

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Pi Day is coming on Saturday, March 14.It is celebrated on March 14th (3/14) every year, around the world. Who knew?

Pi (Greek letter “π”) is the symbol used in mathematics to represent a constant — the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter — which is approximately 3.14159. (Remember pi-r-square?)

This year, Pi Day is an “Epic Pi Day”. On Saturday morning, 3.14.15 at 9:26:53 AM, the date/time corresponds to the first 10 digits of pi (π = 3.141592653). This happens only once per century – truly a “once-in-a-lifetime event” for most people. I’ve set my phone alarm so that I can see it happen.
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I am away from home, teaching at the Gulf States Quilting Association Seminar in Metairie, LA. Steve will be home with friends celebrating a Pi Day breakfast of pancakes and sausage (both round, in honor of pi), with eggs and champagne. I will think of them fondly when my alarm goes off in class :-).

My friend, Elizabeth, a fellow pi(e) enthusiast, has found a few fun pi facts that she said I could share with you:

  • A circular room in the Palais de la Découverte science museum in Paris is called the pi room. The room has 707 digits of pi inscribed on its wall (though there is an error beginning at the 528th digit, thanks to William Shanks’ erroneous calculations).
  • In an episode of Star Trek: The Original Series, Spock commands an evil computer to compute pi to the last digit—which it cannot do, of course, because, as Spock explains, “the value of pi is a transcendental figure without resolution.” I remember this episode!
  • Givenchy’s PI cologne for men is advertised as a scent that “embodies the confidence of genius.”
  • Both MIT and the Georgia Institute of Technology have cheers that include “3.14159.”

If I was going to be home, I’d make one of these. It’s probably good I’m not home.

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