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Tomorrow is the BIG DAY

The drawing for the April’s Green Spring Giveaway! I will do the drawing sometime around noon and will email the winner and post an announcement here!


~April’s GREEN SPRING Giveaway~DAY 3

We have arrived at DAY 3 or better yet, GOODY 3 of NotQuiteJuneCleaver’s April’s Green Spring Giveaway! Just so you know ahead of time, I am waiting on one of your goodies to arrive by post so you may or may not know what it is before the giveaway on Monday.  But it will be worth the wait!  It is being donated to this giveaway by my dear friend Tina over at My Victory Garden…so you know that will something special, and Springy and green! But for today’s addition: Think retro, think cooking, think collectible…should I show you a picture???  Oh, okay, here you go:


I mean, come on, is that a great cover or what?  Man, I want that table and stool!  Used to have both! Jessica when you read this you will remember the kitchen stool I am talking about.  We just discussed it recently when we were looking at old photos.  I have to find another!  SO Retro!

Okay, you know what to do here! Want another chance?  Leave another comment.  This time tell me about your first memory of baking something ALL BY YOURSELF.  Here is my memory.  I was in high school we lived in the house I live next door to now, commonly referred to as “the yellow house” – no longer yellow, no longer in the family.  Anywho, I decided for some reason, maybe to try to impress my boyfriend, whose mom might have rivaled any baker I had ever heard of, I decided to bake bread.  Yep, crazy for your first baking project, but I like to jump right in!  Anyway, when The Boyfriend who happens now to be The Husband 😉 came over he was VERY impressed.  And for good reason, that might have been the finest loaf of bread I have ever baked.  It was perfect.  Beautiful!  We ate the whole loaf that evening.  As far as I remember I never baked another thing until after we were married for a while.  That was pretty much the only entry in my Kitchen Resume at the time.  I couldn’t boil and egg when we got married.  But after I had my own kitchen I quickly got the hang of it. With his help.  I think he was just born with the “cooking gene”.

Alrighty, see you happy people later.  Happy Spring Holidays, whichever you celebrate!

I have to get rolling this morning.  We have company coming for supper this evening.  Homemade waffles are the menu.  With the traditional syrup or whipped cream and a variety of fresh berries.  YUM.  I will try to snap a few pictures if I remember.

I know this weekend will be a busy one for everyone, so if I don’t see you around before, I will talk at you Monday and announce the winner.  Boy, this mason jar is getting full!


Recipe of the Day: Mama's Berry Cream Cheese Pie

Mary over at Shazam in the Kitchen mentioned in a comment a couple of days ago that her favorite pie was Raspberry/Cream Cheese/Cookie Crust pie that she needed the recipe for.  I hope this is it or close enough Mary!

  • 2 cups graham cracker crumbs or other dry cookie crumbs (ginger snaps, lorna doones etc)
  • 1 cup chopped pecans or walnuts
  • 1 and 1/2 stick butter softened

Preheat oven to 350. Mix together and press into a 9 x 13 pyrex dish to form a bottom crust and bake for 30 minutes.   While this is cooling slightly, mix together:

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened

When this is well blended, spread over still warm crust and return it to the oven for 10 more minutes of baking.  Remove from oven and cool completely. When the crust and middle layer are completely cooled mix together:

  • 1 family size box of strawberry or raspberry jello with only 2 cups boiling water.
  • Add two 10 ounce bags frozen berries (strawberries or raspberries, thawed)

Pour over cooled crust.  Chill at least 24 hours before serving.  Cut into squares and serve plain or with whipped cream.

Note: This is “pie” has been a staple at our family gatherings for as long as I can remember and I am OLD!  My mom made this for every holiday, Spring, Summer, Fall or Winter.  It was always a hit and everyone expected to see it at the table.  It’s easy as pie!  And keeps well for at least 4-5 days.

Mary, I hope this is what you were looking for!