Aug 8, 2012 | 3:38 AM PST and harvesting some veggies. Getting 2-4 cukes per day,one supper feed of string beans. The glads are up and flowering now. Went to the sis-in-laws for supper last night-grilled flat iron steaks. I brought her some blueberries,cukes and a cherry-blueberry pie for dessert. A nice visit,and the guys made plans to take Landon morning fishing in the boat,which I think is his first time out. Brother-in-law has a good size boat,equipped with anything a guy would possibly want when they go fishing. He is a serious fisher,so we'll have to set our alarm and get up around 3 am. next Tuesday,if we want the morning fish. Landon is excited about that. Not sure how excited he'll be when I awake him and load him in the car. But more than likely he'll do good. It'll be alot easier when the upstairs apartment is done in the newly built garage,then we can spend the night and be already there. That was my second round of making that cherry-blueberry pie,which came out great again. This time I cut back on the sugar just a bit more. I always bought my pie crust because many years ago when I tried,it was a disaster. My mission coming up next week, is to learn to make my own crust,now I'm armed with a good recipe and instructions,and plenty of flour on board. This time I think it'll come out good. I did the same with yeast rolls and bread years ago,but now I can make them,and lov playing in the dough.I made two loaves the other day of Amish bread which was very good,and of course the rolls,which are almost gone now. Well,brother-in-law really liked that pie for sure,so I left him with the remaining 1/2 pie and he was in 7th heaven. We took Landon down to the 2 fishing spots,he got a sunfish,sucker,and a small bass,all of which got thrown back in of course. But he was pretty glad he got some fish action. He's got a good casting arm thats for sure. Daughters all loaded up in New Hampshire and will be back later this morning. Cat got another good size mole and chased it around the liv. room again for a bit,but if hubby can get them,we dont let him play with them for too long. If we leave him alone he would just chase them for hours around the room before he kills them which drives me crazy. The sun is shining,and the boy will be getting up soon,so time to start my day...
Aug 8, 2012 | 7:08 PM PST
Oh my! moles running around and I worry about mice!!..That is something I will probably never see in my life time!..They get quite big dont they?..Gosh!..How big is your cat?..Lol!
Aug 11, 2012 | 1:36 PM PST
Good for you for deciding to learn to make your own pastry. I have to warn you that you may have a few more semi-failures before you produce mouth-watering, flaky pastry to die for.
I'll post a very easy recipe in the Entertaining forum, but the secret is in the way you handle it: as little as possible!! Too many people wield the rolling pin like a weapon, rolling it back and forth with a lot of pressure.
When you have created your pastry, cut off what you guess is enouth for a pie crust. (Even after years of baking, I frequently cut off too much or too little.)
Dust the surface you're going to use with flour somewhat generously. After a few tries, you'll know how much to put down. Take a small amout of flour into your hand and rub both hands together. Rub your hands over the rolling pin. (Repeat this step whenever the pastry begins to become a bit sticky.)
Shape the pastry into a sphere. Place it onto the dusted surface. Flatten it gently with your hands. Take your rolling pin and centre it on the disk of pastry. Gently roll towards the edges. NEVER roll backwards. Turn the disc of pastry from time to time. You'll likely have to dust the surface again. Try to avoid putting too much flour down.
When you've achieved the desired thickness, take one edge and place it over the rolling pin. Turn the pin till you've managed to pick up the entire disc. Transfer to your pie plate.
My recipe makes sufficient pastry for six 2-crust pies, but I like my crusts really thin. It take lots of practice to make them as thin as I do.
Aug 11, 2012 | 1:50 PM PST
Don't give up!! If your first batch doesn't turn out as well as you'd hoped, next time it will be better.
My recipe makes six 2-crust pies, but I like my pastry very, very thin. I roll all the pastry out and place it into aluminum pans. (I re-roll the bits I take off the side of the pans only once. After that, it goes into the recycling bin. After awhile, you'll get to know how much to roll at one time. I stack the pans in a large plastic bag and exhaust as much air as possible before putting it into the freezer. This way, I don't have to make pastry every time I want to bake a pie.
Try, try again. You'll become a pastry expert in no time flat.