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Lime Pie with Graham Cracker Crust

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After supper this evening, Gabrielle and I made a lime pie to use up some limes in the fridge. No, we don’t just keep limes on hand. We just haven’t gotten around to making something with them! But right after we had eaten supper, we decided it was time to make the kitchen even more messy than it was and make something with the limes ūüôā

We had to resort to Pinterest for a no bake lime pie since we couldn’t find one in Mom’s recipe collection.¬†Although we found some yummy lime fudge and lime cheesecake bar recipes, we finally found a good pie¬†filling recipe¬†and then we used our own graham cracker crust recipe

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It is the best lime pie¬†I have ever eaten…it was also the second lime pie that I have ever eaten. The first time I ate a lime pie I didn’t like it, but this one tastes so good!! Yummmy ūüôā

We refrigerated the pie for only two hours, and it probably should have been overnight since it didn’t dish up so well, but we couldn’t wait that long!

 

Graham Cracker Crust 

1 cup graham cracker crumbs
3 Tablespoons sugar
1/4 cup melted butter
Combine ingredients and press into a 9 inch pie plate. Then here is the recipe for the pie filling

 

Thank you for visiting A Homespun Country Life!

 

Elisabeth

 

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Rustic Pork Skillet

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First, my apologies for the poor photo quality. It was in the evening, and I was cooking over the stove, which has notoriously bad lighting at all times of day! Now, this photo might not seem very yummy, and it isn’t. I mean, who would want to eat a photo anyway? But the food that is captured by the photo was delicious. I didn’t actually get any because the photo captured it before I; but I know it was yummy because I made it. I take that back; we made it; we meaning my mum and sister.

But really, where was I?

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Ah, yes. We do not make a menu plan. We should, we ought to, but we don’t. So, one afternoon not long ago, we didn’t quite know what to make for the evening meal. Brilliantly we brainstormed, and out of that crashed this container of grilled pork chops! We cooks slowly looked at each other, and then started rushing about the kitchen. We commanded the youngest cook to sa√ļte¬†a thinly sliced half an onion. After that, the potatoes hit the sizzling pan on the run, with a posse of diced pork¬†close behind. Then the fresh basil was added.¬†The whole pan coughed and choked when we added the seasonings. We experimented there a little there you see!¬†¬†Within thirty minutes we had supper. Or what might be supper if it tasted good. It was supper. But we didn’t get any because the photo captured it, remember? So wait, why did I imply that it was good? Because you see, since I was the one guarding¬†the pan of food, I sneaked some. But I only got a little, because then the photo captured it.

 

Thank you for visiting A Homespun Country Life!

 

~ Elisabeth

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Homemade Pizza Sticks and Marinara Sauce

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These pizza sticks are delicious, and so beautifully simple to make! The crispy crust and cheesy insides, paired with steamy marinara sauce are the perfect way to start the weekend.

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We were inspired by these amazing-looking pizza bread sticks from Cookies and Cups. We made a few changes to their recipe, like making our own dough and adding spinach. Overall they were a huge hit at our house!

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Basil Marinara Sauce

1 Tbsp. olive oil
1/4 cup finely chopped onion
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. Italian seasoning
1 (15 oz.) can tomato sauce*
Pinch of salt
Pinch of black pepper
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 Tbsp. chopped fresh basil leaves

 

Heat olive oil in a small pot; add onion, garlic powder, and Italian seasoning, and sauté until onion is tender, about 1 minute. Add tomato sauce, salt, and pepper, and allow the sauce to simmer gently for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. When sauce is desired thickness, remove from heat and stir in grated parmesan and basil. Serve warm, or cool and refrigerate until serving.

*We often double this recipe using 1 (15 oz.) can tomato sauce and 1 (15 oz.) can diced tomatoes to add amazing texture.

Pizza Sticks

Dough:
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 Tbsp. yeast
1 tsp. salt
1 Tbsp. honey
1/4 cup olive oil
1/2 to 3/4 cup warm water (approx. 110-115 degrees F.)
Toppings:
3 cups shredded mozzarella cheese, divided
2 ounces pepperoni, about 30 slices
1 cup baby spinach, lightly chopped, optional

 

For dough, stir together flour, yeast, and salt in large bowl. Add honey, olive oil, and enough water to form a soft, but sturdy dough. Mix until well-combined. Turn on to a floured surface and knead for about 5 minutes. Divide dough in half. Let dough rest for 5-10 minutes to allow gluten to relax.

Set one half of dough on a greased baking sheet. Roll into a large rectangle to fit baking sheet. Top with 2 cups mozzarella cheese; cover with pepperoni slices. Add spinach, if desired. Sprinkle remaining 1 cup cheese evenly over the top.

On floured surface, roll remaining half of dough into rectangle of the same size as the first. Transfer to cover pizza.

Bake on lowest rack in the oven at 375 degrees F. for 10-15 minutes, or until pizza is golden brown. Use pizza cutter to slice into desired size sticks or triangles, and serve warm with marinara sauce. Leftovers can be reheated in the oven by broiling them on low for a few minutes to make them crisp and toasty.

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Thank you for visiting A Homespun Country Life!

~Kerstin, Elisabeth, and Gabrielle

 

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How To: DIY Rose Hair Clip Tutorial

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There are few things more romantic than roses, especially when they are adorning¬†a chic up-do on Valentine’s Day! After many experiments (and a few failures to begin with), we finally discovered the best method for making flower hair clips. If you are just looking for lovely hair flowers to purchase, you can find some beautiful ones here.

You will need:

‚ÄĘ An artificial flower (see next paragraph)

‚ÄĘ Cream or other coordinating craft felt

‚ÄĘ Alligator-style hair clip

‚ÄĘ High-temperature hot glue gun and glue sticks

‚ÄĘ Hair ūüėČ

 

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First, when you are choosing your flower, find one that has a mostly flat base. You don’t want a hard chunk of plastic, because it will stick out from your head instead of nestling into your tresses. After a few trials, you will become an expert in judging artificial flowers.

 

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Pull the rose off the stem and dissect it. Be sure to keep the layers in the order that you remove them. Oh, and it is handy to have the plastic support pieces between the right layers, too. Some flowers hold their shape without them; others need a boost to keep them looking like they are in full bloom.

 

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Usually I take the center-most piece out first, and I wait to put it in at the end to keep from squashing it unnecessarily. I might glue these petals together a little bit, just to keep them looking pristine.

 

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Cut the stem quite close to the base. It’s important to keep the plastic to a minimum.

 

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I also glued the next layer around the plastic piece, just to keep the green all together.

 

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Now it’s simply a matter of gluing the rest of the petal layers together in the right order. Don’t overuse the glue, but do make sure each layer is secure. If you feel like the flower needs the support pieces, glue them in.

 

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I sometimes glue the petals together a little closer to the edge, so the plastic support won’t show.

 

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That’s the last layer! Now for the clip, which you can see in the background.

 

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Cut two pieces of felt: one needs to be about 2″ x 3″. This is the felt base.

 

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The other should be about 1.5″ wide, and just slightly longer than your alligator hair clip, maybe 2″ long or so.

 

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Spread glue across the back of the larger piece of felt.

 

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Center it on the back of the flower and press it down until it’s cooled.

 

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Spread glue down the clip and on the felt sides.

 

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Place it neatly in the center of the large felt piece. Hold it until it’s completely hardened.

 

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We haven’t forgotten about the innermost piece that we started with! Glue the bottom of it and set it right in the center on¬†the top of the flower.

 

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Wiggle it around until it’s perfect. Finally, glue any petals that look like¬†they need held in place to give the rose more shape. Tuck¬†your hair into your favorite chignon, clip this lovely rose into it, and have a wonderful Valentine’s Day! ‚̧

 

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Thank you for visiting A Homespun Country Life!

~Kerstin, Elisabeth, and Gabrielle

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Chocolate Chip Cookies

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I love how these freshly baked chocolate chip cookies are reflected in the mixer bowl!

The secret to the yummiest looking cookies is to add a lavish amount of chocolate chips directly to the top of each cookie before baking.

Thank you for visiting A Homespun Country Life!

-Kerstin and Elisabeth