Sunday, November 28, 2010

Happy Cactus Monday and a pie!

I'm Here!

Notocactus Magnificus

Hope everybody had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday! We had a terrific yummy time. We had about 9 at our table. Most of them were in their 20's. Alot of my kids friends families don't have a Thanksgiving dinner. Can you believe that. So our table is open to them all. It was great. After dinner Stan told some stories of our younger years that had ours kids and the others laughing there heads off. Then my 88 year old dad told them what he did after high school. He joined a couple of other people and sold stationary to businesses all over the country. This was in the early forties. They traveled from Minnesota across to California then down to L.A. What adventures he must have had. He went into business' and show'd them samples of the paper and print. They sold it in lots of 100. They were printed at another location and then sent to each individual or business. Dad said one way they got sales was to have someone at a office sign there name to the paper to see how nicely you could write on it. Then when they went to the next office they would see the signature and say, "Oh did so and so order some?", my Dad would say, "Yes she did!" And he would get a sale. Pretty sneaky. He was 19 years old.

I'm brighter...No! I'm brighter!

The three amigos!

So since there was going to be a lot of young people I decided to make a lot of pie! I made 2 pumpkin pies and two apples. They turned out so good I had to show you one!


I use my Mom's recipes. She made the best pies. I used to use fresh pumpkin when I was younger but not anymore. It is still yummy!


And I don't think I could ever make an apple pie if it wasn't for my apple peeler corer! Man I love this thing! The skin on this apple actually held together in one long piece. No one was around or I would have had someone take a picture of me with it. I used my favorite apples for these pies, Jonathan and Granny smith. Then I do something I don't know if anyone else does. Before I put on the top crust I ad a few red hot cinnamon candies. Since the pie is seasoned with cinnamon and sugar these are great. And they add a few red dots of yum in the pie. These two pies were the best I think I have ever made. Just to let you know all 4 pies were finished up tonight. Dang they went fast.

Happy Cactus Monday


Cynthia DiBlasi said...

Those blooms are just beautiful!!! I also loved hearing that story of your Dad's stationary adventures. Such different times they were, before the internet. And how nice of you to host Thanksgiving for some kids who don't get to experience it. Those pies sound amazing!

Teri C said...

Those three amigos are SO beautiful and framed so wonderfully with your camera. Real wowzers.

Sounds like you all had a fab Thanksgiving and made it fab for everyone!


Diane AZ said...

Sounds like everyone had a great time at your house! The red hot cinnamon candies in the apple pie sounds fun and creative. And that is one nifty apple corer peeler!

Mandy said...

Pretty, pretty! That goes for both the blooms and the pie!

Candy "Sweetstuff" said...

Thanks everyone! I hope that all of you are having a great start to the holiday season. Can't wait to visit again and see what you are up to!

Julie said...

Oh my! What beautiful blooms!!! Yellow is my fav I think!!!

Your pumpkin pie looked devine!!! The trick with your apple pie with the cinnamon candies is one my Mom used to adds so much more to the pie...really scrumptious!

The young people were so blessed to be at your table...and such great stories your Dad added to the mix! He was a good salesman! What a fun time in his early years!!!

donna said...

My zone 4 garden doesn't allow me to participate in Happy Cactus Monday, but I am a good pie baker. I never think about photographing food, but always enjoy looking at other blogger's photos.

Enjoyed the story your dad told about selling stationery. I could sit and listen to people his age tell stories all day long.


donna said...

Me, again. I forgot to thank you for taking the time to leave a comment on the Coo Coo Kid's blog. Very thoughtful thing to do and it's the kind of thing that leaves a good impression on a child. Thanks.