Monday, April 21, 2014

Let's hear it for pie

I hope everyone had a very nice Easter.
I had a few requests for my Raspberry Custard Pie recipe so here goes...

Raspberry Custard Pie
9 inch pie crust                        1 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup raspberries                   2 cups milk
2 tsp flour                                 2 eggs
1/3 cup white sugar

Recipe from a Mennonite Cook Book..
 Method:   Sprinkle the flour around bottom of pie crust.  Sprinkle the raspberries evenly around the bottom of pie crust.   Put milk, eggs, vanilla, and sugar into blender. (I mix by hand)  Blend until mixed well, and pour on the raspberries.  Sprinkle a little cinnamon on top.  Place in 400 degree F oven for 10 minutes.  Then turn down to 350 degrees for 40 minutes or until silver table knife inserted in centre comes out clean.     Personally I don't think 1/2 cup of raspberries is very much so if you like more you could probably put in almost one cup of them.   I always thought the raspberry custard pies were a little short on raspberries  :-)

How about a slice with a BIG cup of tea? Can I twist your arm?

Easter Sunday morning I had a little surprise at my front door. I was out feeding the birds and as I went to come in a chickadee flew up to the railing on our steps and started giving me a scolding. Have you ever been scolded by a chickadee? It's very hard not to laugh. :-b. 
I looked around to see what had her tail in a knot and realized that she was building a nest in my little cat bird feeder that hangs at our front door. 
This wooden cat has hung there for fifteen years and has always meant just to be an ornament. The retired-guy thinks it's an ugly one but that's beside the point. This is a first any bird has shown an interest in it.  I'm not sure how this will work for her with all the comings and goings at our door but she'll have to figure that out herself.  The nest is already built. I hope it all works out for her. I know I'm going to have to take a peak once in awhile. Is that ok?

A little of our Easter...  

Bear in a chick suit

Rae-Rae helped with setting the table for dinner.

Then the bunnies opened their baskets and went on an egg hunt.

Riley, Brad and Gwyn really enjoyed the egg hunt.
Little Bradley likes to pretend to make a fire in the wood-stove with Gramps.

Everyone enjoyed their meal and went home feeling full to the brim.
I then headed over to where I feed the ferals and treated them all to some left-overs.

Hope you had a wonderful weekend, too. The sun was shining, flowers are popping up and as I mentioned before, nests are being built. :)

hugs, Deb


  1. Yummy and looks so easy to make! Thanks for the recipe...

  2. I wonder how long it will be before the bird wins and you start using the other door? lol I'm glad you had a lovely Easter and the kids look like they were having a great time on their Easter egg hunt!

  3. Beautiful Easter table :)
    Cute little bunnies you have at your house!

  4. How sweet was all so festive and of the children finding their eggs was too adorable! Lovely Easter table with your very enjoyable!!

  5. Oh, Deb! Your Easter table is so beautiful! Perfect in every way! And how I love the idea that the bird is building in a cat feeder! Some show no fear! Happy day!

  6. I had one build a nest in a hanging planter and would fuss at me each time I had to carefully water it to keep the plant alive to protect the nest! Fun Easter egg hunt!

  7. Looks like you all had a wonderful Easter, Deb !
    Cute bunnies ! :-)
    Lovely table setting and thanks for the recipe !
    Have a nice week,

  8. The cake looks yummy. I love your little bunny girl. I also love the bird house and I hope the bird does lay her eggs. What fun. Your Easter really did look like a lot of fun

  9. Birds are funny critters eh? Had a house finch build a nest in the fake garland around our door one year. Unfortunately there was too much activity so the eggs did not hatch. After brushing the ladies one afternoon I put the hair outside to immediately get scooped up by yes a chickadee. My Nana called them "sweetheart" birds because their mating call sounded like that to her :)

  10. Gwyn looks like she is right in there!
    Didn't do that yet...with Miss V...perhaps next year?
    Love your family photo....- the retired guy!
    Everything looks just perfect, Deb....Good Job!
    Enjoy your week...
    Linda :o)

  11. Custard in a pie is always a winner with me. Your Easter table setting looks wonderful - and didn't your grandchildren have fun! Birds do sometimes choose the strangest places, I hope it works out okay for her.