Thursday, March 31, 2011

Faith's 12th birthday gift from Mom and Dad!

It all started when she saw the perfect wallpaper.  My words to Faith "Well you better check with Dad".  Faith was gone to ask her Dad in the other isle before I even finished my sentence.  In typical Scott fashion he said,  "I'll put it up if you help me".   All of a sudden we were picking out the perfect paint. I think Faith smiled from ear to ear for a week! The next discussion was new linens to match and to our amazement we found the perfect color and design to match the paper and paint at Bed Bath and Beyond.  I was so happy to be able to get everything for the bed at one store!  

The cherry on top was the announcement that she would be getting new furniture and a queen size bed to add to her gift!  Pier One had everything we needed. 

Faith is now thirster than ever at bedtime and needs to have a glass of water at her side every night.  I wonder if it would have to do with the pullout drink shelf in her end table?  So much fun being twelve!

A big cozy chair to read in every night before bed.

I asked Faith what she loved the most about this gift and her answer was having so much fun helping Dad wallpaper, paint and put together her furniture.  True love! 

Tuesday, March 15, 2011


Pear Custard Pie

This is such an easy and delicious recipe and would be perfect to add to your Easter brunch menu.  It is a crustless pie and the pears add a light sweetness that makes this dish very fresh tasting. Oh and the best part of this recipe, it whips up in a snap! 

1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted, plus more for pie dish
3 ripe but firm Comice or Bartlett pears, peeled, halved, and cored
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3 large eggs
3/4 cup milk
1/4 teaspoon salt
      Confectioners' sugar, for dusting

Preheat the oven to 350 F; butter a 9-inch pie dish.  Slice the pears 1/4 inch thick lengthwise.  Arrange the slices, overlapping slightly, in the dish.

In a blender, process the melted butter, granulated sugar, flour, vanilla, eggs, milk, and salt until smooth.

Pour the batter over the pears; bake until golden and firm to the touch, 40 to 45 minutes.  Serve warm or at room temperature, dusted with confectioners' sugar.

If you would like a little more flavour I would add a touch of cinnamon or nutmeg, enjoy.

recipe source: Everyday Food Great Food Fast, from the kitchens of Martha Stewart Living

Tuesday, March 1, 2011