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Announcing: 10 days of Thoughtful Homemade Gifts

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We are pleased to announce our first blogging series: 10 days of Thoughtful Homemade Gifts for the holidays. From quick and easy craft projects, to yummy winter treats, we want to share some of our favorite homemade holiday gifts. Since we aren’t big fans of useless clutter and knick-knacks, we are promoting useful and consumable items this month.

If all goes as well as we are hoping, we will post three times a week, on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays; of course, there will be the occasional post in between that isn’t related to the series!

So please join us in this 10 post series!

~ Kerstin, Elisabeth, and Gabrielle

Day One: Easy Knit Dishcloth

Day Two: Hot Cocoa Mix

Day Three: Soft Caramels

Day Four: Rice Babies

Day Five: Cranberry and White Chocolate Cookies

Day Six: Mini Journal

Day Seven: Adorable Gift Bags

Day Eight: Christmas Cookies

Day Nine: “Hand-Made” Music

Day Ten: Edinburgh Gingerbread

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Raisin Sour Cream Pie

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The other day Elisabeth told you about one of our favorite pies to make this time of year. In fact, it’s so good, I think we should make it year round! Anyway, she promised the recipe, and it’s definitely worth sharing.

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Start with a pre-baked pie crust, homemade if possible. : )

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Mix sugar, cornstarch, and salt in the top of a double boiler. Then in another bowl, beat eggs and add sour cream, raisins, and lemon juice. Add this mixture to the sugar mixture in the top of the double boiler and set over hot but not boiling water. Cook until thick, stirring frequently.

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Pour the thick, yummy filling into the pie shell and spread it evenly.

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Smooth it all around again with another spoon so you have a good excuse to sample the creamy filling.

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Chill the pie for about an hour.

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Top with more sour cream to make it look smooth and elegant. Chill for several hours before serving.

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Here’s the full recipe for your enjoyment!

Raisin Sour Cream Pie

(from a Sunmaid Raisin recipe book) 

¾ cup sugar
2 T. cornstarch
¼ tsp. salt
2 eggs, beaten
2 cups sour cream, divided
1 cup raisins
2 T. lemon juice
1 baked 9” pastry shell

In top of double boiler, blend together sugar, cornstarch, and salt. In a small bowl, combine eggs, 1 ½ cups sour cream, raisins, and lemon juice. Stir into sugar mixture. Set over hot—not boiling—water and cook until thick (about 1/2 hour or so), stirring frequently.  Pour into baked pie shell. When cool, top with remaining sour cream. Chill for several hours.

* For a 10” pie plate (or a Longaberger one, like we used here) double filling ingredients.

Thanks for visiting the Homespun Country Life!

~Kerstin

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Thanksgiving Table Settings and Pie

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Isn’t that bow tie cute? We did this to my dad’s napkin!

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I love how beautiful the napkin is displayed in this fold! It looks like a turkey or a fan. We found these variations of how to fold a napkin over at this blog- The Complete Guide to Imperfect Homemaking

My mom made the napkins that we used for our Thanksgiving meal. You can find her napkins at our shop The Country Bluebird

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This is absolutely my favorite pie! It is Raisin Sour Cream Pie. We will be posting its recipe soon! I love how it is sweet–almost like a custard, and yet the tart sour cream keeps the sweetness in check.

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And this is our cat, Calvin, wondering why we didn’t let him in to eat turkey with us. Funny kitty! But he enjoyed the turkey bones later.

Thanks for visiting a Homespun Country Life!

~ Elisabeth

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A Gorgeous November Sunset

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The other evening we had a beautiful sunset! I always feel that a camera cannot catch the complete beauty of a sunset, but they do a good job. : )

Oh, and speaking of cameras, we bought a new camera last week! It is a Canon, and it is soooo much nicer and faster than our old one.(Our other camera was old, had only five mega pixels, and no sound on the videos, which were only 16 seconds long.) We are really enjoying our new one- we take it everywhere with us, and get so many pictures. We love it.

Thanks for visiting a Homespun Country Life!

~Elisabeth