Thursday, November 18, 2010

Sweet Potato Pie

This recipe has been passed down through my grandmother, whom I called Sancy. She was an excellent cook, and I am honored that I have her recipes.

This is a Thanksgiving classic, and Sancy would always make it with the variation at the end. And she would serve Syllabub with it, which is basically whipped cream with sherry in it.

Sweet Potato Pie

3 eggs
1 cup sugar
1 cup cooked, mashed sweet potato
¾ cup evaporated milk *
¼ cup milk
¼ cup butter, melted
2 tsp. vanilla
10 inch pie shell, unbaked

Preheat oven to 400°. Beat together eggs, sugar, and sweet potatoes. Add milk, butter, and vanilla. Pour into pie shell, and bake at 400° for 10 minutes. Then reduce heat to 325° and bake for 30 minutes more. When knife inserted comes out clean, the pie is done.

*¼ cup evaporated milk and ½ cup dry sherry may be substituted for ¾ cup evaporated milk.

Alli C

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

(Almost) Wordless Wednesday

A few weeks ago, one of the professors Daddyman works for got us tickets to the ECU/Navy football game. Since the boys had never been to a game, we thought it would be great fun (and it was!). ECU got beat up pretty badly, but the overall experience was great. The boys walked and walked and walked to the stadium and them walked some more to get to the very top of the second tier. Hemi got so tired that he took a 45 minute nap during the first quarter. My only real complaint was that the PA system was EXTREMELY loud. We were close to the speakers, and the noise level bothered Jack a lot. He was a trooper, and hung in there with us. I think he had a great time.

Here are some pics from that day.

Alli C

Monday, November 1, 2010

Happy Halloween

If you follow me on Twitter, you know by now that my boys decided to go as Imagination Movers (a show on Disney). Jack wanted to go as Mover Rich (he's a drummer, and dark haired, and his favorite). Hemi wanted to go as Mover Dave (he plays bass, and is laid back like Hemi, but also wears a red hat). I scoured the internet for costumes, and found the only ones I could find were on the Mover website, and were $100 each! That was WELL out our price range.

So, I looked through stores to see if I could find regular clothes that could be transformed into Mover jumpsuits. No luck there either.

I was stuck.

I thought about sewing outfits, but was nervous about making a shirt with a collar. I was concerned that I wouldn't be able to create an outfit good enough to pass for Mover jumpsuits. I studied collars on shirts, and then made a prototype. It worked! So I decided I would try my hand at it.

It was not easy, especially with no pattern, but I think they turned out great (not perfect, but great!)!

Alli C