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Saturday, April 19, 2014

I love pie...

I started making homemade pies when I moved to my current Hanover, MD address. Before that, I was a young professional that lived alone, so I rarely cooked.

Apple pies were my favorites to experiment with. I do not know how many apple pies I made, before I understood- sautéing Gala Apples in butter, Brown and White Sugars, Nutmeg, Cinnamon, and Cornstarch, filling an uncooked crust, and then baking- would get the results I wanted.

In my quest for perfect homemade pies, I purchased all of the tools I could find. Pie crust shields, pie plates and savers. Here are a few:

Here are two Covered Pie Dishes- I added to my Amazon Store.

The following Covered Pie Saver is similar to the Apple Pie Saver I have [shown in the first photo], however this one is slightly smaller in that it is 9" and the one I have is 10".

The trick to great homemade pie using fresh fruit? Sautéing the fruit in the spices, sugars and thickening agents [i.e., Cornstarch or Flour] allowing the fruit juices to release and thicken before baking in the pie shell. I learned this through lots of trial and error.

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

thinking about my gardens...

When my parents purchased their new home in 1984, every home on the street was also brand new. This allowed them to coordinate in the purchase of curbside trees.

Every spring this is what the street looks like:

I think the planting of these curbside trees [years ago] facilitated the newer cluster of trees across the street-- which look the same, smell the same- however are smaller.

Yesterday, while out checking my gardens and taking photographs, I noticed the similarity in the trees for the first time. Though beautiful, the springtime buds on the trees have an unpleasant odor-- which also suggests the trees are of the same type [I went across the street to see if they had the same unpleasant odor].

In a week or two, I will check the leaves to see if they are similar. The leaves on the trees are kind of fig like. I like when things like this happen-- however surprised I just noticed.

Sunday, I made pork chops, cabbage, candied yams and cornbread for dinner. Yesterday for lunch I had leftovers:

I have also been doing some minor updates to my Amazon stores. Feedback on the little raincoats? Really good. I am so pleased. When I first noticed their site, I thought they were winners.

Washington News? Same news.. get ready... then nothing.

I am getting ready to do more in the garden. I would love to report-- I am getting ready to move and fix my sites and this is ordeal is almost over.

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Wednesday, April 09, 2014

not my promises...

I am told many things-- none of which ever happens. This has been a long Spring already. One bright note; my Banana Plant is thriving after the spider mite problem last year. This photo taken this morning.

So many promises have been made lately, that I have started putting on makeup and doing my hair more often. I went to the bank this morning, but that is about all.

Photos I took Monday, after doing my hair [used an electric Conair Curling Iron]. I am grimacing in the lower photo.

Lately, I have been revving my engines [so to speak], to get nowhere. That said, have come up with more ideas for the Southern Maryland Inn, and trying to stay positive.

Being given more info about who's who is Washington which I am not happy about. Why tell me. This makes me very suspicious. Makes me think they want me to clean up their crap rather than the proper authorities. I have too much noise and I am unhappy about this, given the promises this is almost over. Not sure what the truth is.

Washington, hate writing this type of post here. That said-- some are having a hard time with no. I said no.

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Tuesday, April 01, 2014

life lately, April first...

Scenes from my life lately...

This morning, tried to fix the servlet that provides the feed for this blog. Too much interference on my servers.. Believe it or not, my site is blocking program calls to resources on my site. It appears this was done- in hopes I would move my interfaces to Most of the interfaces I developed for WiredPages are hosted on Boy was I mad this morning when I noticed this problem. Also noticed the old IP is still good. Looks like an attempt to mask the 199... ip address. See Q's Wire for discussions about recent IP address reassignments by my web hosting service.

Please note, I have no plans to move any interfaces from to, even after I move the site to new servers if I can ever afford to do so. And again, no I have no plans to give nor my business [QiSoftware] away.

Nope, Washington did not opt out of the April Fools tease-- however, I expected it.

Other things going on, doing a little gardening in preparation for spring blooms. The Hydrangea on the side of the garage was too large so I cut it back and cut back some of the old blooms in the front garden to make room for spring growth.

Still loving the Southern Maryland Inn project. I regularly list fine dining menu ideas on my Tumblr blog.

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Sunday, March 30, 2014

watching movies, thinking about spring wear

I have been watching a lot of movies lately. Included:

  • Hemingway & Gellhorn
  • The Human Stain
  • The Impossible
  • Alex Cross
  • The Big Wedding

Recently, I found a pair of Ray Ban sunglasses at a great price that I added to my Amazon Store.

Sometime ago-- I noticed this site, Terra New York. I love their outer rain wear. Not available at Amazon, so check out the site.

Also checking out what's been going on with my personal list of reads. Problems with computer power cords and my own site issues have kept me busy doing other things.

Hope to get back to a normal schedule in a day or so.

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Monday, March 17, 2014

mostly working on the snow...

Seasonally late snow [for us], however beautiful.

I was up early, fixing a problem with my Amazon Store. I am not sure how things are changing on that store, but I think it should stop at once.

Then I made breakfast.

I am in such a great mood because I was able to get the driveway cleared. It felt good getting that exercise. We got about 8". I think the task was made easier because the snow did not stick to the roadways until well after the storm hit. Then, it was the flaky stuff.

No, I did not have a heart attack shovelling the snow, nor eating that grease laden breakfast. With all of the snow this season, I have had to beg off from clearing the driveway [other than some minor cleanup] and allow local kids to help because I have felt a little winded. This morning, a breeze.

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