On a recent visit to an awesome new grocery store that opened up near us called Fresh Thyme, I discovered they carried big 2.5 lb bags of red sour pie cherries. I was so excited! This is something hard to find where we live. You can find dark sweet cherries everywhere, and they are delicious for eating, but to make a good old-fashioned homemade cherry pie, you have to have the sour cherries.
I snagged a couple bags and was excited to get to make a cherry pie for hubby for Valentine’s Day last week.
If you are lucky enough to find sour cherries, here is the simple, old-fashioned recipe I use to make a classic cherry pie.
In a large bowl, combine cherries, sugar, tapioca, and almond extract. Mix well, and let sit while preparing pie crust.
Prepare crust and place bottom layer in pie plate. Fill with cherry mixture. Top filling with dabs of butter followed by top crust, being sure to cut slits or a shape to allow bubbling and steam to escape. Spread a small amount of milk or water on top crust, and sprinkle with an additional tablespoon of sugar if desired.
Place pie in oven. Cover loosely with foil to prevent over browning. Bake approximately one hour. Remove foil and continue baking until filling bubbles out of top and crust is beautifully browned.
Allow to cool completely to set. Serve with scoop of vanilla ice cream.
Bake 20 minutes. Toss and flip slices. Continue baking for 10 minutes. Toss and flip slices. Bake 10 more minutes or until edges are browned and chips become crisp. Remove to paper towels to dry and drain off any excess oil. Serve immediately and enjoy!
TIP: Some type of mandoline slicer is really a must as well to get super thin, even slices.
Hope you enjoy!
Cheers & Hugs,
P.S. Do you see a familiar furry, four-legged friend in the first photo who also loves these sweet potato chips? (Charlie says “Hi” and wants you to know how good these are!)
I know we live in a world
that says do what makes you happy,
and I get that…
But the happiness you get
from making someone else happy
might just be the happiest happy of all.
Cheers & Hugs,
P.S. This photo is a section of a 3-foot tall piece of art I created for a special young lady who has a few of my other abstract pieces in her home and asked me to make another to complement them. I can’t wait to give it to her and then see how it looks in her home. I sure hope it makes her as happy as it made me creating it for her.
Mason was a monkey that many considered fickle.
Instead of eating bananas, Mason loved a sour dill pickle.
He would often pay a nickel,
and sometimes even triple
for that tart, tangy prickle
of a pickle on pumpernickel.
On tasting leaves and seeds, he was truly noncommittal,
for his taste buds and his palate, they simply did not tickle.
He loved the pleasant pucker, and he would often stickle
over anything that was even remotely artificial.
Dilled cucumbers he claimed to be the official
absolute favorite and most nutritional.
Cheers & Hugs,
Mason the Pickle-Loving Monkey is another in a series of paintings and poems I am working on for a new children’s book. This new book will be special because it is going to feature characters that are based on the grandchildren of my best friends. Mason is the grandson of Joyce, son of Nikole, and brother of Ella.
Other fun products, like pillows, canvas prints, tote bags and much more are also available at our Mx2D Society6 Shop.
I will begin putting my book together soon and let you all know about it! If you are interested in my first children’s book of watercolor animals and silly poems, you can find it here: Klaus the Mouse and Other Silly Animal Tales.
Even as a baby, Ella was an exceptional elephant.
Her charm and her wisdom were immediately evident.
Not only was she stunning and delightfully elegant,
she was also most exceedingly well-spoken and eloquent.
As Ella grew she organized an annual innovator’s event
where she spoke about the things she was going to invent.
Carrying a book wherever she traveled and went,
Ella could easily recite the most informative content.
She understood the principles of what democracy meant,
and she cared very deeply about the environment.
Ella had a backbone that simply couldn’t be bent.
She clearly was destined to be the President.
Cheers & Hugs,
Ella the Elephant is another in a series of paintings and poems I am working on for a new children’s book. This new book will be special because it is going to feature characters that are based on the grandchildren of my best friends. Ella is the granddaughter of Joyce and daughter of Nikole, and they are three very special ladies in my life, as are their guys.
I have one more special character to create before I begin putting this book together. The poem for Mason the Monkey is already written, and I can’t wait to paint him. Mason is Ella’s brother, and I’m looking forward to sharing him with you.