Wednesday, August 25, 2010

PW for the Win (Peach Crisp)

You need to make Pioneer Woman's Peach Crisp (With Maple Cream Sauce).  Here's the link, since she has pictures and all that fancy pants stuff.  Note: I didn't add the lemon or maple syrup/make the maple sauce.  Didn't want to risk it or buy the cream and maple syrup (I'm cheap frugal).

I broke the cardinal rule of cooking and made this brand new recipe for other people, because hey, it was for a potluck, and if no one liked it, no one would know who brought it!  (Turns out people liked it.)


  • 5 whole To 6 Whole Fresh Peaches (best When Not Overly Ripe Or Soft)
  • 1 cup Flour
  • ½ cups Sugar
  • ½ cups Light Brown Sugar, Firmly Packed
  • ½ teaspoons Ground Cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoons Ground Nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoons Salt
  • 1 stick Butter (1/2 Cup)
  • ½ whole Lemon
  • 7 Tablespoons Real Maple Syrup, Divided
  • 1-½ cup Whipping Cream
  • 3 Tablespoons Light Corn Syrup

Preparation Instructions

In a medium bowl, mix flour, sugar, light brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt using a fork or pastry cutter. Cut butter into small pieces and gradually add to flour mixture until evenly mixed.
Peel peaches into a bowl. Add the zest from half a lemon. Squeeze juice from lemon half and stir in with peaches and zest. Add 2 tablespoons real maple syrup to peaches, stir well.
Pour peach mixture into a small pan (8” or 9” square) and cover evenly with crumb topping. Cover with foil and bake at 350ºF for 15 minutes. Remove foil and bake for an additional 20 to 30 minutes or until crisp and brown on top.
Maple Cream Sauce:
Pour whipping cream into a saucepan. Add 5 tablespoons real maple syrup, 3 tablespoons corn syrup and stir over moderate heat until thickened and reduced by about one-third, approximately 15 minutes. Refrigerate mixture until it is cold and thick, or set the saucepan into a small bowl of ice (the ice will melt and turn into ice water). Stirring your mixture, it will cool and thicken in about 15 minutes. Drizzle sauce over peach crisp. Serve warm.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Yummy Recipe

I continue to try and incorporate quinoa into our menu because it's good for you and so stinkin' delicious.  We both highly recommend this recipe.  The other night, we had quinoa, chicken and black bean wraps for dinner (complete with fresh from the garden green beans)!

To cook the chicken, I cut up the pieces, melted some butter and threw the chicken in the pan.  Towards the end, I added some Tony's Creole seasoning to give it a bit of flavor.  After cooking the quinoa, I added almost one can of black beans.  Chris and I both think corn would have been a good addition, but I'm just not that on top of things.

Put it all in a (heated) tortilla, wrap and enjoy!  I didn't add any sauce, but Chris had about 3 or 4 hot sauces he tried (he really is the condiment king, as his siblings said).

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Realistic Views of Love

One of the many reasons why I'm a fan of Andrew Peterson's music is that it's realistic.  Take for example his songs on love/marriage.  His newest cd has one (which has quickly become a favorite) called Dancing in the Minefields telling about the perils of love.  You can watch the video here.  (And yes, it's true--he and his wife really did get their wedding rings for $40 each from a pawn shop down the street.)

A previous cd includes a song titled "Love is a Good Thing," which I tried valiantly to incorporate into our wedding invitations (but was unable to make it work).  Here's a sample of my favorite part of the lyrics:

Like a thief in the night it’ll steal your soul, and that’s a good thing...

It’ll break your will, it’ll change your mind, it’ll loose all the chains of the ties that bind. If you’re lucky you’ll never make it out alive, and that’s a good thing. 

Love is a good thing. It can hurt like a blast from a hand grenade when all that used to matter is blown away. There in the middle of the mess it made you’ll find a good thing.Yes, it’s worth every penny of the price you paid. It’s a good thing. 

Love is a good thing.

Do not fear.

It may seem a strange thing to want to put on a wedding invitation, but the truth is that love (romantic or not) isn't all roses and fairy tales.  Sometimes, it kills you.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Why I Married Him

Disclaimer: this isn't really why I married Chris, but it's certainly a wonderful benefit!

I don't like spiders.  Especially inside my house.  Outside?  That's where God intended for them to be.  I've lived in my fair share of places that had spiders inside (prompting, at one point, my then roommate and I to declare "this is why we need husbands!!"), but I really hate killing them.

However, I'm now married to a man who doesn't mind disposing of spiders.  The only problem is that he has a job (okay, that's not a's a blessing!) but he's not home to kill them for me!  So I take matters into my own hands.  Sort of.  This is a chat transcript from our little conversation yesterday:

meremember that one time when we were engaged and I killed a spider and left it for you to clean up?
 Chris: yes...
 me: it was so much fun, I thought you might enjoy reliving it ;)
 Chris: ok
  no problem
 me: thanks :)
  it was a big one
  but I didn't scream ;)
 Chris: nice

Oh, how I love him. :)