When life gives you lemons, make pie

The pie after it's been fully assembled and baked for that yummy brown crispiness on top

Yet another family tradition that only started a few years ago is picking the scrumptious lemons off our family’s tree in the backyard and making lemon meringue pie. Oh and is it good. The lemons are so fresh that the pie is good and tangy. I’m sure it’s fun to watch me attempt to make meringue too…getting that white stuff to “stiff peaks” just sounds dirty. My grandpa likes it, and so do I, so it’s all good, and a special treat considering we only make it the one time a year. I have to say, lemon meringue pie is about the only kind that I’ll eat, next to key lime pie and chocolate mousse.

The recipe we used came off the side of the corn starch box, which came from Kroger – just to make sure we give credit where credit is due. I bet that it’s been the same recipe since the 50s, too. How awesome is that?


“I sure do love those Christmas cookies, sugar…”

Stockings and wreaths

Bells and an ASU ornament

Holiday traditions have been followed yet again, and sugar cookies have been made and frosted. It makes me happy to bake cookies and show off my “creative genius”, even though the family likes to give me hell about it. Oh well, it’s tradition.

Masterful Creation – Spicy Sausage and Penne

So after not cooking for a long, long stint, I’ve finally picked up my wooden spoons and pans again…and the result was amazing. Born of necessity (the best inventions always are), my Spicy Sausage and Penne was delicious and my loyal “guinea pigs” (roomie and boyfriend) begged for more.


This is the pasta in the best serving bowl - the pot it's made in.

The ingredients were simple and versatile, it just took a little time and knowledge of what flavors work well together. I think it probably helps that I have experimented so much. I think this meal could probably be made for under $15 – the most expensive part are the spices (oregano and sage). Most of the ingredients can be bought at the dollar store.

The recipe for this yummy, scrumptious pasta is on my recipe page. Adjust to taste, as always.