Category Archives: Friends & Family

4 Years on the 8th

4 Year of Happy Times with him.

I harassed Andrew enough that he took his yearly picture indicating our years of wedded bliss.  As a result, the cell phone wallpaper has been set for the year.

When we got married my Daddy was gracious enough to lend us his birthday for the occasion.  This year we celebrated his day with a family trip to see his favorite movie series of all time–007. The family went together for the first time since one of the Home Alone movies I’m pretty sure.  He was a happy man.

Consider his happy picture inserted here.  I’m fairly certain that the one we took of him at the end of the weekend is not one he would want on the world wide web.

Now on to the beginning of the fifth year…..

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Glacier

The first week of August we were here.  And ate at every good restaurant we could find. I miss it greatly—this picture should explain that.

View from the Many Glacier Hotel

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A Bailey Special

On a non-food note, she’s special.  She also looks more closely related to the swine family at present in this pic.

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Kitchen Quote

Eating is an agricultural act. 

Wendell Berry.

I’ve liked this quote since I saw it at Eataly in New York last summer.  The quote is painted above the exit of the store (would it really be called a store or more a storemarketrestaurantwinebaretc?) and I came to a complete stop as I read it.  If we all thought of eating as an agricultural act, what would change? Would we be more intentional about what we chose to eat and its impact?  I’m thinking about putting this up in the kitchen to encourage more thought when stuffing our faces.  I’m confident that both of my grandfathers got it.

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College Reunion 1: A Toll House Weekend

When trying to figure out how I could make an upcoming college reunion weekend remind us of the “good ole days,” I didn’t have to think too much further than a Toll House pie.  These pies were luxuries in our dining hall and I witnessed fights break out and women sprint to the dessert line to make sure they got a piece.  They were pure gold whether warm or cold–a very nice contribution to the freshmen 15 as well as the 5 each subsequent year.

The girls and significant others trickled in one-by-one until we were reunited on Saturday at lunch, the first time in 2 years.  We each have our own little quirks that make our personalities unique and so FUN.  They are my dearest friends and one has been gracious (and brave) enough to start the next generation by adding little Liam to the family.  He’s already taking after Eliz’s great style with a pair of New Balance kicks.

The Toll House Pie had the exact reaction that I had hoped for and even prompted Andrew to do this…

and others to say “YEAH!” or “why did you do this to us?”  I did it to us because it gave me an excuse to ignore my calorie count for the day and say I love you to my friends. And an excuse to use the recipe from the actual dining hall–it makes 3 pies!

Eliz, MB, Beth, and Michelle–thanks for being “my people.”  Let’s make sure we don’t wait another two years to share another Toll House Pie.

Recipe:

Ingredients

1 deep dish pie shell

2 large eggs

1/2 c. all-purpose flour

1/2 c. sugar

1/2 c. brown sugar

3/4 c. butter, softened

1 c. (6 oz.) Toll House Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels

Directions

Pre-heat oven to 325° F. Beat eggs in large mixer bowl on high speed until foamy. Beat in flour, granulated sugar and brown sugar. Beat in butter. Stir in morsels. Spoon into pie shell. Bake for 55 to 60 minutes or until knife inserted halfway between edge and center comes out clean. Cool on wire rack. Serve warm with whipped cream, if desired.

The Bibliography: Recipe Above Directly From Toll House Website; Recipe I Used from MC

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