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28 Mar

“I do not think that word means what you think it means…”


This pie: “Impossible Pie” really did play with my mind.  I happily lined up all ingredients, preheated the oven, and got out my pie pan.  I then realized I had not brought my pie crust to room temperature.  Not to worry, this recipe calls for NO CRUST!  You read that correctly, no crust is harmed in the making of this impossibility of a pie!

I was pretty leery of making a pie with no crust, and rightfully so.  Some of my best concoctions are pies: with crust!  But, being the good little blogger I am, I conceded and made the pie as directed:

Impossible Pie

  • 1/2 cup self-rising flour
  • 4 eggs
  • 1.75 cups sugar
  • 7 oz coconut (a small bag)
  • 1/2 stick butter softened (I used a whole stick because I read it as 1/2 cup)
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla

Mix all ingredients and bake in 10-in pie pan at 325* for 50-55 minutes, or until done.

I cut a piece out while it was still hot, but it still kept it’s shape really well.  It went to work with the hubs today and all he brought back was an empty pan, along with the empty dish from the chocolate and marshmallow cake from two nights ago.  If you don’t like the texture of coconut, this will not be a favorite of yours.  You could, however, probably half the amount of coconut and you would be fine.  I don’t really like the texture, but ate a full piece just before bed…it was uh-mazing!


Grandma’s Notes: 3/19/97- it is 48* at 8:10.  Went to George and Rosalyn’s (her brother).  After lunch, visited with Ruth Templin at the hospital; on to Nursing Home; visited four (named) others; ran out of time before visiting others I wanted to see.  HELP ME LIVE EVERY DAY AS AN AMBASSADOR FOR YOU LORD.  I HAVE NO WAY OF KNOWING WHAT DAY IS MY LAST.

And, I’m back in the game!

26 Mar

So, being out of commission for over a week really drains you, not only physically (duh) but mentally too.  I found, upon returning home from the grocers, I was craving something to cook/bake/can/anything.  Although we did end up eating at Taco Bell for dinner…don’t judge.  Once I got home and sorted through our spoils of shopping, I had to decide when to make what.  Since I missed last week, I needed to cram two weeks of recipes into one.  I quickly saw that it would not be too difficult, as there were a couple baked goods and even some individual icings that could easily be paired with one another.  Tonight’s pairing was no exception.

Fudge Nut Cake:  Think uber-chocolately devil’s food meets grandma’s chocolate cake.  It was not too sweet and not too many nuts.  Just enough to need something with a little more “umph” to complement the final product

Nut Fudge Cake

-enter Marshmallow Icing-

This guy has the sweetness of marshmallows with the spreadability of a microwave store-bought icing.  Sorry the picture is blurry.  It’s hard for the camera to focus on all the white!

Marshmallow Icing


It would go great on a cake (chocolate seems to be best), with peanut butter (think fluffernutter sammy), or even over ice cream.  This is one of those icings that you make, taste, taste again, and then have on your cake…THEN you realize how much sugar you’ve consumed.  But, alas, it is now too late and you must suffer through a delightful sugar coma…WELL worth the slight ache in the tummy!

Marshmallow Icing-

  • 2 egg whites
  • 1.5 cups sugar
  • 5 TBSP water
  • 2 TBSP light corn syrup
  • 1 cup small marshmallows
  • 1 tsp vanilla

Put sugar, water, corn syrup, and egg white in top of double boiler, mix thoroughly.  Place over boiling water.  Beat constantly with mixer for 5 minutes.  Add marshmallows and continue beating for 2 more minutes.  Remove from heat; add vanilla and beat until cool enough to spread.

*also, this is a great Bill Cosby icing…you know that kind: the icing Cliff would put on a cake after he took a piece out of the middle and tried to hide it from Clair on the Cosby Show.  When you slice through the cake the seam gets hidden by the marshmallow…amazing!


Check out that oozing over the edges!

Grandma’s Notes: 3/21/95- Found water leak under house; called plumber.  Jesus said in Mark 3:35, “For whosoever shall do the will of God, the same is my brother, and my sister, and my mother.” LORD IMAGINE ME A SISTER OF YOURS!  WONDERFUL PROMISE: MAY I NEVER FORGET THAT.  Heavy fog, can’t see the trees.

3/1/98-Amber washed the dishes.  April dried and put them away.  George picked up their car to do some work on it.  Anthony came.  Barbara called.  They all went with her to Longview.  Orzo Bush called wanting to see how Buster McMahon was doing.  Bro. Bill called and said he (Buster) was better.  THANK YOU LORD FOR ANSWERED PRAYER.

3-for-1 and TWO RECIPES!!!

9 Feb

OK, post numero tres tonight!  I am on a roll.  However, had I made this recipe first, I would not have been able to continue (most likely).  Tomorrow’s day was planned for Honey Muffins.  I, however, wanted to be able to have an easy go-to breakfast in the morning.  So, I made them tonight…along with a nice little nite-cap.

So, these muffins are delicious- moist, citrusy, and sweetened with just a little sugar and (of course) honey.  They won’t need any additional butter or cream in the morning!

Honey Muffins

  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup OJ
  • 1/2 cup melted margarine
  • 2 beaten eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • grated orange rind (optional)
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda

Combine wet ingredients and mix well. In 2nd bowl, mix dry ingredients.  Stir liquid mixture into dry until well blended (I used a hand mixer to do this).  Pour into greased and floured muffin cups, filling 3/4 full.  BAke at 375 for 15-20 minutes or until golden.  These muffins freeze well.  Yield 12 (according to this recipe, but I got a decent 15-17).

When you get these out of the pans, they will appear a little overdone on the outside (the part touching the pan).  Trust me, they are NOT burned!  They also will puff up a bit while baking, but tend to fall a little in the middle.  They are still great!

Honey Muffins


NOW…Here’s the good part!  I figured that since I already had the OJ out, and since hubby was making himself a drinky-drink (Capt & Coke to be exact), why not make a complementary drink to the muffins.  Thus was born the dreamcicle martini!

  • 1 oz whipped cream vodka (you could probably substitute vanilla)
  • 1.5 oz OJ

Shake with ice and pour into chilled martini glass.  Enjoy!

Dreamcicle Martini