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Happy Earth Day 2009 ~ GIVEAWAY!


UPDATE: I will not be making your surprise gift for this giveaway because my friend over at  GirlyAprons is donating a lovely tote!  Sweet! Thanks Michelle!


I would love to hear how each of you is honoring Earth Day.  Take a moment to leave me a comment and I will put your name in the now VERY VERY famous mason jar,  for something VERY VERY special for Earth Day – nope not an apron this time…though that would be lovely wouldn’t it?  Nope one of my other most favorite possessions – a book.  And not just any book – Walden by Henry David Thoreau.  If you have read it, leave your comment anyway, ’cause if you dont have a copy of your own you should…and if you do have a copy, and happen to win, then give it away to someone who needs it. Oh…and there will be a little something I made to help you celebrate Earth Day everyday…but its a surprise!

I will draw for it on Friday before I leave for a extremely exciting trip that I am going to make you wait to hear about until I return….with PICTURES!  And this trip is ALL ABOUT APRONS! Oh okay…go here and you will know why I am so excited! Scroll down and check out April 25.  Yep…I am as good as there!

Guess you might be a bit curious about what I am doing.  Planting.  Yep.  Working in my garden.  In my flowers.  Doing as much outdoors tomorrow as possible. Rachel and I have a big day planned for tomorrow.

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Now THAT'S a pie!


This is the Mama Mia Pie from yesterday’s recipe which I moved over here to today!   I wanted to use this as today’s Blue Plate post!  Hope that’s okay Kelly!  It just turned out SOOO good.

Mama Mia Pie!

Pie Crust for a double crust pie


* 1 pound whole milk ricotta

* 3 large eggs

* 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese

* 1/4 pound mozzarella cheese

* 1 cup prosciutto, finely sliced

* 1 cup pepperoni, finely sliced

* 1 cup bulk Italian flavored sausage, cooked and drained

* 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley

* 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper

* 1 large egg, lightly beaten, for brushing


1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees with rack in center. Prepare crust: Either use the pie crust recipe on page ___ or use frozen pie crusts.

2. Prepare filling: In a large bowl, stir together ricotta, eggs, Parmesan, mozzarella, meats, parsley, and pepper; set aside.

3. Divide dough into 2 pieces, one slightly larger than the other. Roll larger piece into a 12-inch circle; gently transfer to a 9-inch glass pie dish. Place filling in pie plate and spread evenly; set aside.

4. Roll remaining dough into a 9-by-9-inch square; cut into 1/2-inch wide strips. Using strips, form a lattice pattern over filling. Trim bottom crust, leaving a 1/2-inch overhang. Crimp edges to seal. Brush with egg, and bake until filling is firm, 40 to 45 minutes. Let cool slightly before serving.

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