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oh my, how i love pie…

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pie.

doesn’t everyone love pie?

if you were born anywhere before or in 1964, i guarantee you have “pie” stories.

my grandma loved pie. my mom makes the best pies ever. she has many recipes from her friends for pies from around the country. people have stories about their pies. cookbooks have entire sections devoted to pie.

pie is back!

as a matter of fact, my grandma betsy used to take me to knapps restaurant in tacoma, wa back in the day.  we would have a cup of soup, a half of sandwich and a piece of pie.  we would take one or two bites and ask for to-go boxes.  i swear we both ate our pie pieces in our cars on our way home…haha.

in the past it was all homemade.

now boxed crusts and funky new style crusts have taken over.  and pies are served with ice cream inside (not just on top).  and there are fried pies.  and the kind of pies you get at the supermarket in little bags that you will never, ever look at the calorie content on the back.  pie is pie.  it’s just good.  eat it.

so, when asked what one pie i would want at this moment…

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coconut cream pie, of course.  well, at least my version of it.

COCONUT ICE CREAM PIE

35 ritz crackers (i use one sleeve of reduced fat version because that’s what’s in our pantry at all times)

5 Tblsp. butter, melted

3 c. vanilla ice cream, softened (i like plain old fashioned vanilla ice cream. no vanilla bean.  no ultra creamy, fancy type.  just the original.  even better if it comes in a box, not a round carton.  but that’s just me.  use whatever vanilla you like)

2/3 c. sweetened shredded coconut, not toasted

1 box (3.4 oz) coconut cream instant pudding mix

3/4 c. milk (i use 1% because that’s what we drink but i’ll bet it would be really yummy with 2%)

1 c. whipping cream

3 tsp. sugar

1 c. sweetened shredded coconut, toasted

crush ritz crackers in food processor.  mix with butter.  press into bottom and up sides of pie plate.  mix ice cream, non toasted coconut, pudding mix and mil together until creamy.  pour into pie crust.  place in freezer.  whip cream until peaks form.  add sugar half way through to sweeten.  while you are doing this, put 1 c. coconut on parchment paper on cookie sheet and broil.  watch closely.  it only takes a minute or two.  do not over toast.  cool.  after coconut is cooled, top pie with whipped cream and then toasted coconut.  return to freezer until ready to eat.

side note… you can make this pie and put in a regular pie crust or even an oreo pie crust.  but the ritz cracker (sweet/salt thing) is what i like.  the photo above is the one i made for my mom… she likes the regular crust.  that’s her generation.

happy wednesday.

-tracy


the best place to eat cake…

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why not. don’t mind if i do.

(thanks for the idea pinterest)

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layer 1: bake white cake according to box in 9×11 pan. cool.

layer 2: layer with boxed ice cream.  the kind that comes in a box is easy to cut into thick slabs and place over cake.  plus I love that old fashioned kind of ice cream.  we always had it as kids.  choose your own flavor.  we had chocolate chip.

layer 3: spray on whipped cream from a can.  i hope you find it necessary to keep a can on hand at all times like i do.  you never know who is going to stop by.  and if it’s someone’s kid, i swear you will look like the best mom in the world.  we keep it in our fridge all year long. feel free to spray in mouth too.  when nobody’s watching.

layer 4: strawberries.  or if you don’t have fresh fruit, feel free to top with sprinkles or malt balls or crushed girl scout cookies.  whatever floats your boat.

eat.

in bed.

with tv on.

happy tuesday.

-tracy


sorry i was gone so long…

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i had a date with netflix.

well kind of.

i was helping our daughter find, and move into a new place in santa monica.  a friend of ours graciously offered her son’s condo to us for a week or two.  had no idea it would take 3 weeks.  and i don’t think they did either.  i owe a debt of gratitude to this family.  one, for making it affordable for us to stay.  and, two, for giving my daughter and i three weeks out of our lives we will never forget.  thank you from the bottom of my heart.  and hers too.

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three weeks.   well, let me tell you… a lot can happen in 3 weeks….

our son started driving in driver’s ed…

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…no bills were paid while i was gone because i am the one who pays them (insert heavy sign and “uh oh, gotta make some calls today”).  we met some pretty colorful characters while in CA house hunting (a sweetheart neamed “kitten”… a landlord that had police visit during the move in and back up police called to assist (yes, she got her deposit back)… a dj that works nights in clubs but would teach her to surf during the day… two girls that wanted to make triple sure she was 420 friendly… yep, that’s pot, marijuana, and i think i got the numbers correct, they were worried she might be too young for them…  a place that lets their dogs poop inside their house and you walk around it or pick it up yourself…  a person that hadn’t cleaned in months and made my house at home look spotless…  a grandma who was lonely…  a mom who missed her daughters and was renting their rooms out (i wonder if they know)…  a single mom with two kids who might have really just wanted a babysitter…. oh, i could go on.  los angeles.  hollywood.  venice beach.  santa monica.  looked everywhere.

 and every night we came home to our cute little condo… two blocks from the beach… with netflix and wine as my entertainment while she did homework.  loads of homework.

and i landed on the show FIXER UPPER.

chip and Joanna gaines.  quite possible the cutest couple from texas.  with 4 of the cutest kids.  and a decorating style that seems to be a bit of country, modern, hip, sweet and based one each individual client.  i fell in love.  watched every episode.  wanted her wardrobe.  wanted my kids to be young again.  wanted their goats (i had goats as a kid and for some reason i’m missing them now…haha).  just truly enjoyed their story.

a few of the things i wanted are available on their website   www.magnoliamarket.com

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love love love Joanna’s personal style…

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leather bracelet.  Joanna wears on the show.  love it. want it. need it.   $66

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“beloved” necklace.  so sweet and simple.  unfortunately “out of stock”.  made by a local waco, tx artist so i put my name on the “to be notified when it comes back in stock” list.

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distressed leather tote.  it comes in a few shapes and sizes.  i’m not picky!  $175 – $350

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metal tube earrings.  i have got to own these. birthday is less than 2 months away.  hint.  $34

and

love love love the gaines family home style…

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everyone needs a “family rules” sign.  and these seem to be very important rules for our family also. $155

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it’s apparent i love black and white with pops of color.  these pots are so darn cute.  from $6 ea.

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metal wall pockets.  for files.  for magazines.  for whatever.  i like.  i want.  $68

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and I’ve fallen completely in love with this one. the shiplap sign.  they design a lot of their homes with “shiplap”.  i didn’t even know what that word was until i watched this show.  now i know what many of my waterfront home friends have in their home.  so, if i can’t have a waterfront home right now, i can have some shiplap.  HOME.  the perfect word.  $96

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how cute are their kids?

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and how cute are they?

i suggest you go to the store now.  get some snacks.  some wine (or if you don’t drink, some milkshake makings).  and settle in for hours of binge watching this show.

you will be glad you did.

happy monday.

-tracy


yes, i’m in CA. thank you for asking…

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she is why.  our brooke camille.

got her into her new college.  now just searching for the “appropriate” place to live.

it’s unlike like all of our friends’ stories… get kid in college. kid goes straight to dorm on campus that is secure and safe and full of kids their same age.  then join greek system.  just pay bill every month and they graduate in 4 years and everyone is happy.

um, not our path.  not even close.   i wish.

but we’ve got a kid who has already traveled to South Korea at 16, and has now left her safety net of her previous college and lacrosse and friends to get her dental hygienist requirements and to find an agent.  not the easy way.  but the kind of way that we’ve told her will make a great story one day!!

the boys are bacheloring it at home with frozen salisbury steaks, pizza and the occasional salad.  i want to personally thank all of our friends who are pampering them… i owe you!!!  oh, and I forgot… drivers ed started last week.  gotta get a photo of that!! oh boy…

us girls are flying by the seat of our pants with yogurt, fruit, cheese, crackers and lots of starbucks coffee to keep us going.

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thanks NOVOGRATZ family for the advice.  David Bowie definitely had some great words to tell.

we are truly on an adventure we will never forget.

right, brookie?

i can’t wait to post some photos that will make you smile.  and laugh.  give me a few days to get her settled.  trust me.  we’ve met some amazingly unique people along the way.

happy tuesday.

-tracy


January 1, 2016…

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today…

i slept in.  got my husband to go to mcdonalds and get us all breakfast.  made coffee.  watched tv.  stayed in my pajamas most of the day. eventually went to target for useless items.  had a bloody mary with a friend.  went out to dinner with my husband, kids and two tag a longs.  got all four of us to coordinate our calendars for the next two weeks since i will be with brooke soaking up some sun (while she goes to college, looks for a roommate and finds an agent in los angeles).  resuscitated our fish back to life.  punished the cat.  paid some bills.  and now i intend to pour a hot bubble bath with my new jo malone bath oil (thanks mom) and pour myself a glass of wine.  then put on my big fluffy white seahawks robe and turn on the boob tube (as my dad used to call it).

i think i’ve had a terrific day… according to my standards.

happy friday.

and happy new year.

-tracy


you go girl. you can do it. or just take a nap. it’s up to you…

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today:

clean house.  call cleaning lady to really clean the house.  drink coffee.  lots of coffee.  put away holiday stuff (good thing i didn’t put much up).  go to grocery store to get food.  real food as my kids call it.  search for an apartment for brooke.  pray one comes easily.  an affordable one.  book tickets to CA to get her moved in.  find people to help me with mason.  drink more coffee.  don’t forget to drink water too.  buy new comforter for mason’s room so brooke’s boyfriend is comfortable when he visits (um, shouldn’t i have done that for mason in the first place).  get ingredients for a cake.  yep, kids requested a white cake with thick fudge frosting and topped with gummy bears.  ok.  pay bills.  write some thank you notes.  buy stamps.  convince family we are all going out to dinner tonight.  get some epsom salts for sore leg (i’m sure it will be really sore by the time i’m done with this day).  pour a hot bath.  sip a glass of wine.  settle in with some tv or a movie and write down a list of what i need to do tomorrow.

happy monday.

-tracy

ps.. i promise to show you photos of the holidays… after i download them to my computer.  as you can tell, i’m too busy for that today.  heck, maybe i should just take a nap!!!



Christmas on the beach…

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i am a beach girl at heart.

don’t get me wrong, i love my Christmas moments in the pacific northwest… but oh this photo above makes me want to spend Christmas on the beach… in an old vw bus (make mine turquoise)… while i play a guitar (I guess i’d better learn how)… with champagne uncorked… and a bright beach blanket… and summer clothes on… and beat up leather puffs to sit on… and fun shiny objects just sitting there doing nothing other than making me smile.

now, that would be my dream Christmas.  with my family, of course.

love the idea  www.luluandgeorgia.com

happy wednesday.

-tracy


oh night divine…

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so many wonderful songs this time of year.

we just listened to a few of the classics in our car on the way out to dinner.  brooke wanted steak.  a good steak.  hadn’t had “real food” (as she calls it) for months.  just as we were leaving our house, my mom and her husband stopped by.  what amazing timing.  they hadn’t eaten.  so we all went out.  for “good food”.  it was nice spending time with family.

and the awesome thing is, when we got back into the car, the same Christmas music was on.  waiting for us.

it brought back some nice memories.

when i was a little girl, our family used to go to midnight church on Christmas eve.  technically it was 11pm, but by the time they sang the last song it was midnight.  every year they would end the service by singing Silent Night.  i would look over at my mom and she would have tears in her eyes.  or at least i think she did.  she wouldn’t let us see them.  i know she was missing her baby.  our little sister.  but she would sing and smile at us.

now that i am older, i get it.

i love that song.

it brings tears to my eyes.

the true meaning of Christmas.  the birth of Jesus.

and being happy for what we have.  and missing those that are no longer with us.  this will be greg’s first Christmas without his mom.  and i know that is okay.  and we are all ok.  and this is the circle of life.

but i will sit back and reflect this year at some point and thank God.  thank him a lot.

so, when those parking lots are full of angry drivers and the stores have long lines… i have changed my bad attitude to… thinking it is really special that people take time out of their hectic schedules to remember someone else.  after all, who would go to target, costco or the mall this week.  most people are there to spend their hard earned money and valuable time to do something nice for someone else.  and that’s pretty cool.

i like that thought.

wishing everyone a little happy this time of year.

happy monday.

-tracy


frozen peppermint pie. oh my…

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hello yummy in my tummy.

funny thing is i do not like candy canes.  if you ask if i’d like a candy cane, or nothing.. i’d choose nothing.  note to self.. fill candy and cookie jars with candy canes next year and i won’t eat any of the candy.  should have done that this year.  oh well.

but i do love candy cane ice cream.

i saw this on a fun site today.  and think i might want to make it.  but if you know me… you would know i would top it with fresh whipped cream as i served it.

oh how my family would love this.

thanks for the recipe  www.thirtyhandmadedays.com

happy sunday.

-tracy