Thursday, June 22, 2017

Key Lime Pie

THE BEST DESSERT    Sew Says Mimi
.. simple and a family favorite...

Sew.. I know food bloggers add all kinds of pictures to their blog..

BUT...this is Sew Says Mimi.. a I need to get back to the studio....
And..truth be told, we ate the pie.. Sorry!

Sew...When we were kids...in the 60's, 
it was a HUGE treat to go out to dinner... 
And, in Ft. Lauderdale, our favorite place was 
The Sea Grill.. It was a simple, high quality seafood place,
 but their claim to fame was the 
KEY LIME PIE. 
 It was the best.... and something I have tried to reproduce, on and off for a long time... 
Now, with Amazon providing an amazing selection of hard to find food items, and Pinterest providing recipes galore, 
I have gotten as close to the Sea Grill as I expect is possible....
 with a few of my personal ideas thrown in...


So ... to start.. you need good Key Lime Juice.... 
the only one I have found is Manhattan Key Lime Juice..
available on Amazon

There are several of brands calling their product "Key West Lime Juice"...but I don't think it's the same thing. 
I have seen key limes in the produce section occasionally..they should be yellowish when they are ripe..but they are too small to juice on my 1960's model Waring juicer...

Pie Crust.. 
Use your favorite graham cracker, or other cookie crust. 
I use a premade Keebler chocolate crust . 

They recommend brushing a bit of beaten egg white on the crust and baking it for 5 Min ant 375 degrees to crisp it up..let cool before filling. It makes a huge difference...

Filling:
4 egg yolks
1(14 oz.)can sweetened , condensed milk
1/2 cup Key Lime Juice
Whisk egg yolks and milk together, then add key lime juice.

Pour into crust and bake for 15 min at 325 degrees. Cool on an hour on a cooling rack at room temperature, then refrigerate.

Top with Whipped cream when ready to serve

Whipped Cream tip:  For every cup of cream, add 3 Tablespoons of confectioner's sugar. (Powdered Sugar, or 10x sugar). Confectioner's sugar helps the cream stay firm longer. 

Back to the studio...Sew Says Mimi!





Monday, June 19, 2017

A Busy Quilter's Garden !

I love gardens,and if there were 36 hours in a day, weeds didn't exist, and my knees were not 65 years old... I would have a big beautiful garden for both flowers and veggies.. 
But it seems the only thing I'm willing to make time for is the part where you buy the plants!  That's right..just like shopping for quilt fabric...plant shopping is so much fun!
 The grandkids love to go plant shopping..and we share the perfect garden! It's in a 24" saucer shaped container, has a path and a "shell" swimming pool (I just noticed in the picture ..the pool needs cleaning). there's a few places for the fairies to sit,  a bunny, and a variety of perfect sized plants and the stem from last year's pumpkin that looks like a fallen log. 
Our local plant center, McNaughton's, had a great selection of perfectly sized plants. We also found some at Terrain in Concordville, Pa (shopping at Terrain..a whole other post!)
Granddaughter, O, loves to play with the fairies, and she helps me weed the garden and prune the plants. The tiny fairy actually looks like her! She and the fairies were happy to discover that one of our plants...new this year...gets tiny purple flowers.

Fairy gardening is so much like quiltmaking...You get to shop, trade, and search around for different textures...and piece them together in a visually pleasing arrangement. 

And you can take care of it and still have plenty of time to quilt!


Grandson L  asked me to tell you , we also have a venus flytrap  who lives in the kitchen.
 "If only he liked the outside, he could live in the fairy garden"

Key Lime Pie

THE BEST DESSERT    Sew Says Mimi .. simple and a family favorite... Sew.. I know food bloggers add all kinds of pictures to their blog...