Sunday, August 28, 2011

Strawberry Chiffon Pie (No Bake)

August heat got you beat?

Too hot to cook?  

Then make this light refreshing and super easy no-bake pie!


2 cups fresh strawberries cut up
1/4 cup sugar

1 envelope of unflavored gelatin
1/4 cup cold water
1/2 cup of honey
1 cup sour cream

1 store-bought chocolate or oreo crumb crust for nine inch pie


1.  Place strawberries in small bowl; sprinkle with 1/4 cup sugar; mash strawberries with potato masher; set aside

2.  Sprinkle gelatin over cold water in small saucepan; let stand five minutes

3.  Stir honey into gelatin and warm over low heat until gelatin and honey dissolve.

4.  Remove from heat; stir in sour cream; refrigerate 10-15 minutes till mixture begins to thicken.

5.  Beat mixture with electric mixer at medium speed until light.

6.  Stir in strawberries until well combined,

7.  Pour into prepared crust. Cover and refrigerate at least two hours.

Lesa Says
 If you don't care for the flavor of honey, feel free to use all sugar. For less calories, use light sour cream.  If you have no fresh strawberries, use frozen--  thawed, of course.  

Dress up your slice of pie with a drizzle of strawberry sauce, sprinkling of chocolate shavings and/or fresh berries.

To me, this is fruity panna cotta in a crust but my little one calls it 'Strawberry Smoothie Pie'.  No matter what you call it, this pie will cool you off in a most delicious way!   


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Saturday, August 27, 2011

Talon's Mystery Milestone


Can you guess the milestone?


Did you guess losing a tooth? 

And did this contrary and hanging a bit too low because it was so loose snaggletooth come out in time for school pictures on Wednesday?  NO!  It came out on Thursday! And believe me, I gave it a good pull every night but baby teeth are like berries---they have to be ripe and  when it is time they detach with only a slight tug.  

Whenever I play around with photo editing effects I can never decide which I like best: black and white or sepia.

So here is a little deja vu in sepia...

Do all parents find missing front teeth smiles precious? I just can't get enough.  I keep making him laugh so I can see it again...

(and if silliness doesn't work I just give him a tickle)

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Little Pollywog

We were so pleased with Little Sport's coach pitch baseball experience in a nearby small town that we signed him up for swim class at the public pool there too. 

Another winner! This pool offered longer lessons and more days of lessons than the large town we used the last two years.  Plus, an awards/prizes ceremony was included in the price.  Talon loved that! 

 And the really great part is that it was only sixteen miles away. Can you believe we drove eighty miles roundtrip for swimming lessons the previous two summers?! What dunces! 

Talon's favorite thing is always jumping off the diving board. 

This year, for some reason, he couldn't jump in with a straight body-- he flopped in like a flying wombat. (yes, I know wombats don't fly but I can imagine) Looked so funny but we didn't laugh-- well, not much anyway.

This is about as straight as he ever jumped off the diving board-- definitely an improvement.

His next favorite thing is showing off tricks while jumping in off the side during free play:

And he practiced jumping in straight-- Check this out, Gram!

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Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Pink Purslane

I'm really liking this pretty in pink purslane...

And so does this little ant.

I'm growing this as an ornamentel border plant but just read that purslane is used as a culinary plant in many parts of the world.

I'm going to go taste it...

Do you eat purslane? Is any particular cultivar best for eating?

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Friday, August 12, 2011

Swoon-worthy Dining: Thai Thai Cuisine in Branson

Squee! Finally, Thai food that suits our spoiled from Hawaii palates.  If you've eaten Thai in Hawaii then you know what I mean-- restaurants in the mid-west just can't compare. 

Branson, Missouri isn't broken out with culinary greatness so we were absolutely estatic to discover Thai Thai Cuisine.

How did I find it?  Before each trip to Branson, I check the Branson Dining Forum to see what the local foodies are raving about-- they haven't steered me wrong yet.

Still, Hubs sent me in for a quick reconnaisance before agreeing to try-- he is gun-shy from too many Thai disappointments.

The decor was lovely-- dark, rich colors and very elegant. The menu pleased and the aroma was intoxicating. As I headed out the door, a well-dressed gentleman exiting the restaurant volunteered that the food was very good.

What an understatement! 

The food is spectacularly out of this world amazing!

We ordered lunch specials which were reasonably priced and very generous.

Wish I could remember the name of my dish-- it consisted of  shrimp,  large asparagus spears, yellow squash, and other veggies in peanut sauce.  See the lovely char marks on the aspargus-- so delicious!

Hubs ordered his traditional pad thai with jumbo shrimp. The best since Hawaii and it just about knocked him out it was so good!

Little Foodie ordered a noodle dish with veggies and shrimp in a light ginger sauce.

The food at Thai Thai Cuisine is fresh and tasty. The only thing that would improve it would be more spiciness-- next time, I'll ask for a bit more heat.

By the way, I thought the fancy oversized square plates were glass but they are melmac-- haha!

We can't wait till our next Branson trip to eat there again!

Little Foodie received a fun little star shaped lolli as an after lunch treat-- that cinched the deal-- he is a big fan of Thai Thai Cuisine.

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Thursday, August 11, 2011

Silly Sign Spotting (1)

Seems like I'm constantly spotting a sign that cracks me up or makes me groan-- sometimes simultaneously.

And of course I'm compelled to take photos...

Oh my, this sign was at our favorite burger spot and there was no AC at all.

 So very very hot and going 'bare' did cross my mind...

And no the writer was not being cute or clever on purpose-- I know these people-- it was a spelling error.

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Go Fireballs!

So Hubs and I aren't big sports fans-- well, we aren't opposed to doing sports-- it is the mindless watching of sports that doesn't interest us. We have plenty of other mindless activities to occupy our time! haha

But you know it is a whole different ballgame watching your child play a sport...

Talon played coach pitch baseball this summer in a nearby town and he had lots of fun-- till it got too hot in late June. He isn't a fan of the heat so you'll notice he didn't wear his cap. Caps are hot!

Talon did a great job considering he never played t-ball like many of the others-- he was particularly good at hitting the ball.  

  The reason he never played t-ball is because the nearest league is very intense and competitive even at the t-ball level-- just not our cup of tea. They sign up in Jan/Feb for heaven's sake!

The league we went with is very casual and I wish I'd known it existed when Talon was t-ball age. Sign-ups in late Apr.  No score keeping so no winners or losers. The goal is to teach fundamentals and love of the game.  And every player receives a trophy.

All the practices/games are in one place which was very convenient. (and no big deal if a player misses a game)  The ball fields are located on the lake shore so a very scenic place to spend an evening hour-- and the lake breezes were most pleasant.  

Will Talon play next summer? Who knows? It is up to him and he is a dabbler-- he wants to give soccer a go next...

(and he liked swim class better than baseball-- which makes perfect sense considering how hot this summer has been) Pin It

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Tire Stores Aren't Boring

 Talon must be videod-- he insists on it.  He doesn't want Gram to miss all his tricks.

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Monday, August 1, 2011

Dreaming of Rainy Days...

Is it stinking hot and dry as a bone in your neck of the woods? 

Oklahoma is parched and under a burn ban with temps of 111 degrees expected this week. Stifling to say the least. 

Our particular region is known as Green Country. Ha!  The grass is so brown it might as well be winter. And some grass is crisp-- it actually crunches underfoot.

I long for cool rainy days and puddles, don't you.

My shadow reflecting in a huge puddle...

By the way, these photos are from last April.  

Ah, glorious April showers... 

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