23 April 2014

Easy Delicious Peach Pie Recipe

By Sinea Pies
When entertaining family and friends, I love to make desserts from scratch. This year I've been in a peach pie mood. 

Remember the amazing peach pie with sour cream that I made? It tastes just heavenly. I wasn't able to show you a picture of the final product, though, because the filling ran. It wasn't pretty enough. Everybody definitely loved it, this I know, because nothing was left. I think somebody even licked the bottom of the pan when I wasn't looking--that's how good it was.  It truly tasted great.
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This week I decided to make a classic peach pie with tapioca, in hopes that I would get a great tasting, great LOOKING peach pie to photograph...and it worked! This pie tastes wonderful and it looks pretty, too! I started with the basic Pillsbury® recipe with frozen peaches and made a couple of little tweaks. 

Here it is:
Peach Pie Recipe 
Adapted from Pillsbury®


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Ingredients
7-8 cups frozen sliced peaches
1 ¼ cups sugar
¼ cup quick-cooking tapioca
¼ tsp. cornstarch
¼ tsp. ground cinnamon
1-2 T lemon juice* (optional)
1 box Pillsbury® refrigerated pie crusts, softened as directed on box
½ teaspoon flour

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Directions
Preheat oven to 425°F.
  • Thaw peaches (partially) according to package directions.
  • Combine peaches, sugar, tapioca, cornstarch, cinnamon and lemon juice* in a large mixing bowl. Let it sit for at least 15 minutes, gently stirring once in a while.
  • Unroll the first pie crust on a clean flat surface.
  • Dust both sides lightly with flour; place in ungreased 9-inch glass pie plate/pan, pressing it into place. 
  • Spoon peach mixture into the crust-lined plate.
  • Press filling gently against sides and bottom.
  • Place the second crust on top and flute the edges.
  • Vent by cutting slits in several places.
  • Cover crust edge with strips of foil to prevent it from burning.
  • Bake 30 minutes.
  • Remove foil.
  • Bake 20 to 30 minutes more or until golden brown.
  • Cool at least 2 hours.
  • Serve.

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Short video included at the end of this post shows you just how. 
Easy to do but helps to have a visual!
If you are reading this by email, click on the title of the post to go to the original article 
where you can view the video.

Tip about the lemon juice*: the peaches seemed tart enough to me so I left the lemon juice out. (Plus many of the comments online supported that decision.) The pie tasted absolutely great without but, next time, I will include the lemon juice. It will be even MORE delicious with that little extra zing.
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VIDEO
How To Flute the Edges of a Double Pie Crust
and
Properly Vent It

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22 April 2014

Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop #70

Welcome to our 70th Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop!
Spring break, for many families, has come to a close and life is returning to "normal" ...whatever that is! LOL  

I am challenging myself and you, too, to visit many posts this week. Make a little time for our friends. Leave nice comments, follow, tweet, and pin (from the original source) Take time to enjoy the view, so to speak. 

Editor's Pick is a new guest. Please stop by her blog and give her a little love! She shared a delicious Lemon Angel Pie.

Now, for the most popular posts from last week.  
Here are our features:

MOST VIEWED

EDITOR'S PICK



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  • Please follow our host and co-hosts in as many ways possible (social media links below) 
  • PLEASE TWEET THIS PARTY !!!!  We want everyone to know about it!
  • Add as many of your family-friendly posts as you would like, no giveaways please.
  • Visit three or more others. Let them know you've been there!
  • When you are PINNING, remember to do it from the original post. 
  • If you are new, be sure to let us know in the comments so that we can follow you back. 
  • Thanks for joining us!

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20 April 2014

Pantry Moths - Get Rid Of Them Forever!

By Sinea Pies
Is your kitchen infested with tiny little brown moths? Ever tried to kill 'em, only to have them dive-bomb you with glee?
Kill one, two take its place. 
Kill two more, and then there are three. 
It's an endless cycle and, sadly, the moths seem to be winning!
So, what are these little creatures? 
Why do you have them? 
How can you get rid of them -- for good!
Troubled by moths in your kitchen? #pantrymoths #bugs Ducks 'n a Row


PANTRY MOTHS – What are they?
Pantry moths got that name for the obvious--that is where they reside. I can think of a few more choice names for them...including "The Pests from the Pit of You-Know-Where". Weren't they one of the plagues of Eqypt? They had to be!
Having had way too much familiarity with them, I decided to learn more about them. Pantry moths most often feed off of grains and cereals, though I've found them in the most peculiar places including tea bags. (Maybe they were running out of ideas?) Another name for these moths is "Indian Meal Moths".
One of the reasons that they are so hard to permanently eradicate is their life cycle. The first you notice them is likely to be when they are flying around your kitchen. Unfortunately, they'd already set up shop a while ago, planning on a long stay.
Pantry moths lay eggs...lots of them. Each moth may lay up to 300 eggs at a given time. That will soon be 300 moths, if they have their way! Yikes! From a few days to two weeks later, larvae emerge from those eggs. Larvae have no social graces and will show up where and when you least expect it. Can I tell you that one fell from the ceiling onto our kitchen table? Yuck!

PANTRY MOTHS – How to Prevent Them
Cleanliness is a good start. We all get in a hurry and, sometimes, leave a counter with crumbs-- but that isn't the best practice. Clean up counters and table-tops after meals and snacks. Sweep the kitchen floor, as well. Don't give them things to feed on.

The cupboards tend to be the breeding ground, though. Cleaning cupboards is a long, tedious job and we all lead busy lives. That may explain why more people are complaining about moth infestation than ever. We just don't have the time. But, once you've got moths, your time is going to be taken up with trying to get rid of them and, trust me, you'll hate every minute of it.

As you are swatting at them, you'll see the wisdom of what was a regular practice in our mother's and grandmother's lives: spring and fall cleaning! Yes, every spring and every fall they would empty the cupboards and what did they do?
  • They threw out expired food.
  • Checked the current food for freshness. Stale? It went in the trash, too.
  • Washed the cupboards: shelves, sides, ceilings. Yep. ALL of it.
  • Put down shelf paper. (What's that? Shelf paper is literally paper that lays on the shelf and looks pretty. But it's functional too. It can be thrown away with the next cleaning or if there is a spill.)
  • Replaced the old with new food, in air-tight containers.
Yep. They had less moths in those days. Now we know why.

Another tip: your kitchen cupboards, themselves, may be making it all-too-easy for the moths to stay. If the cupboards are not flush to the wall, or do not go up to the ceiling, then there are a lot of hiding places that you'll never get at no matter how well you clean.

Pantry Moths - How To Get Rid Of Them
And, this is what you've been waiting for: how we wipe-them-out forever!
First: get busy and do the "spring or fall cleaning" routine. Forget waiting for the right time of year. Do it now. Empty the cupboards and toss all the infested food out. Play it safe. Don't try to hang onto anything questionable. You'll get more food.

Unless it's canned soup or tuna, most things will probably have to go. Cereal, mashed potatoes, pancake mix, rice, pasta, packaged mixes like cake mix, tea bags...say "goodbye" to it.

Now, scrub! Use lots of soapy hot water to clean those cupboards. Look out...you'll run into live moths and larvae. This is combat! Be brave. If you find little webs in corners, know that that is where eggs are. Clean it out thoroughly.
Dry: using paper towel, dry the cupboards out.
KILL: now...here's the deal. You've set up a clean environment where you should be able to trust your food to be safe, but it's not. You cannot possibly seek and destroy ALL of the eggs, larvae and adult moths by cleaning. 
You have to draw them in and stomp them out. Trust me on this. I've tried Windexing the little buggers out of the sky. (Windex is NOT bug spray!) I've tried more powerful, toxic bug sprays (never a good idea in a kitchen or around people or pets) and it was only a temporary fix. The only thing that I have found to work, and work FABULOUSLY, is a moth trap.

Pantry Moth Traps
Desperate, having been under siege for well over a month, I stopped trying home remedies and began to search the internet. The chats and forums all were saying that moth traps were the only thing that really works.
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So, I found a highly recommended brand--Catchmaster--and called the local home improvement store. They did not have any in stock. Though I didn't really want to have to wait any longer, I knew that Amazon shipped quickly. I placed my order for two packs and kept on squirting the varmints out of the air with glass cleaner until my order arrived. LOL

The traps are easy to assemble and non-toxic. Small little tents. I was skeptical that just one trap could do much but I was utterly amazed to watch it work. Literally 30 seconds after I had the trap assembled, the first moth flew into it and got stuck. Then two more arrived. Whoosh. They were gone, caught in its proverbial jaws.

The trap like "fly paper" inside (very strong adhesive so don't touch it with your fingers) with a little red square of something that attracts them. Within a few hours, 22 moths had met their demise!

After a couple of days, I replaced it with a new one but only a couple more got trapped. Why? They were all gone! I mean it. I haven't seen any moths...even larvae...in many weeks. I have a spare set of traps handy for the first sighting, though. My hope is, we're done with this! 
And, I now love spring and fall cleaning--a lot! :)

Learn a lot?

Help somebody! 

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NOTE: This post is purely my opinion and NOT a sponsored post. I'm just sharing my own personal experience and what worked well for me. However, I am an Amazon affiliate so, if you buy any products from Amazon through this blog I will earn a small commission. 
In advance, "thank you."  ... Sinea


Photo Credit:
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18 April 2014

Boost Your Facebook Post Party

Welcome to the 
Boost Your Facebook Post Party!

Several weeks ago we shared how frustrated many of us are with the lack of views on our Facebook pages. Loving Facebook as we do, we did not want to give up. Instead, we created this party where we help each other by boosting (liking, commenting and sharing) each other's Facebook posts.




It is working pretty well. The more activity each post gets, the more of our fans will see them. So, please try to visit as many posts as you can to boost them...at very least, the two above your own. 
We are committed to doing the same for you!

In addition, we've added a link up where we can simply become followers of each other's Facebook pages. When you like someone's page, please do it as yourself (from you personal page) so that the numbers count. This is an ongoing list. If you shared your page last week, it is there this week, as well.

Thanks to our wonderful co-hosts!
We'd love it if you'd follow us.

Christie of A Kitchen Hoor

Natasha of Serenity You

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17 April 2014

Broccoli Salad Recipe

By Sinea Pies

Broccoli salad with bacon and raisins is my utmost favorite picnic food! If there is a pot luck supper or cookout and broccoli salad is on the table, you will find me right in front of the bowl grabbing a double-helping! One of the reasons for my behavior is that I am "broccoli salad deprived." 

 
Yes. My husband doesn't like the sound of it, look of it, smell of it or taste of it. If I have it in the frig, he complains. "Really? Doesn't he understand that it is my FAVORITE?" Nuff said.

So, when I was invited to a party recently that he was unable to attend, I saw my opportunity! This was the dish I brought to pass. And I am not the only one who loves it. I made a big batch and there was nothing left! All gone! Everybody loved it. So, the problem is not me -- it is him! LOL

There are several versions of this recipe online. I took my favorite parts of a few and put them together.  

Here is my recipe:
Broccoli Salad Recipe

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16 April 2014

Glass Splashbacks: Turning an Ordinary Kitchen into an Unique One


A kitchen is the hard-working heart of almost any home. It’s subjected to a barrage of heat, steam and all manner of spills during its lifetime.

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For that reason, most homeowners use tiles or stainless steel splashbacks to protect the paint and plasterwork around the most heavily used areas; the oven hob and sink, from stains, surface damage and dreaded mould.

Although they’re undoubtedly a kitchen necessity, it doesn’t mean that you have to be like ‘most homeowners’ and live with a kitchen that’s just like all the rest, when a simple change of splashback can transform yours into something totally unique.

Whether you want to revamp your entire kitchen or just revitalise an existing one, then a fresh, modern, distinctive look can be achieved by installing a glass splashback.

Here’s everything you need to know about how they’re turning something essentially functional into something utterly fabulous.
  • They give you a smooth wall covering which is more hygienic than paint or tiles and is far easier to clean; no more scrubbing or wasting money on grease-busting, grout-cleaning products that never work quite as well as they promise.
  • Glass is timeless and because they are toughened for safety, heat resistance and durability, you can be sure that it won’t fade, chip, stain or warp, and will stay in pristine condition for as long as you decide to keep it.
  • Unlike tiles, the sleek appearance of a glass splashback is not broken by lines of grout, which tricks the eye into making a kitchen appear more spacious than it really is.
  • Glass reflects light, so installing one will instantly brighten a dull room and contribute to a feeling of space.
  • It can be cut to size so it fits seamlessly around your worktops, sockets and cupboards.
  • Although it is there to be functional, the reflective properties of glass make this a really elegant feature. Its smooth, shiny surface mirrors the colour and movement of people and things within a kitchen, and its effects can be highlighted with LED lighting.
  • Glass is so versatile that the colour of your splashback can be tailored to suit your existing kitchen and your personal taste. Any shade in the RAL colour range is available, which means that you can give your kitchen a new lease of life without having to redecorate or change any of your fixtures.
  • For a truly unique look that cannot be replicated in any other kitchen, Bespoke glass splashbacks can be personalised with images or high resolution photographs of your choice.
  • No matter which style, size or colour you choose to install in your kitchen, a glass splashback makes a statement; it shows you value design and modernity and with a limitless supply of Bespoke options available, how bold or subtle that statement is, is totally up to you.
Now you know how a deceptively simple glass splashback can transform your kitchen into something truly unique, contact the experts at LWK Kitchens who can offer you great advice, Bespoke designs and a skilled fitting service.
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15 April 2014

Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop #69

One of the many benefits of visiting blog parties is the wealth of knowledge being shared. Experts in baking, crafting, decorating, teaching, organizing, cleaning, money managing, gardening, child rearing, encouragement & inspiration tell us "just how to do it." Our lives are richer, as a result. Personally, some of my favorite posts are those that teach me how to blog better.  

This week there were two superb posts on optimizing our blog results using Pinterest. They are this week's Editor's Picks. If I were you, I would read them and PIN them for future reference.
BTW...Ducks 'n a Row has just added a link to our Blogging Tips Pinterest Board on our Blog Tips page. It is constantly growing with more and more gems so be sure to stop by once in a while to grab from the best for you!   ... Sinea

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