Lemon Pie, yum

Lemon pie

This being early Spring, in spite of the 90 degree temperatures, I started the unenviable task of cleaning up the garden. This year that meant transplanting many of the herbs and trees that had long since outgrown their pots. (I have a container garden, as I have only a patio attached to my condo). It’s taken several weekends but it is finally finished, except I hope to find a water feature that will fit as I love the sound of moving water.

During the process, I was transplanting my dwarf Meyer lemon tree from its original and now much too small pot to one that, hopefully will allow the tree to flourish (although it’s not looking too good right now). But hidden on a branch that was up against the wall were two lemons, ready for juicing. Logic tells us that we must then make a lemon meringue pie, right? For it would be a shame to waste perfectly good lemons.

Last year...

Last year… boy did it smell wonderful!

After transplantation :-(

After transplantation :-(

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The lemon pie my mother made was not your typical corn starch, sugar and juice pie in a standard short crust, she made a lemon cream in a graham cracker crust. So lemon meringue pie, isn’t really lemon meringue pie to me if it isn’t like mom’s. Until we moved to Reno, we always had Meyer lemon trees, so the pies were always Meyer lemon meringue and that is my favorite – hence the dwarf Meyer lemon tree in the pot on my patio.

The lemon pie recipe used to be in the little recipe booklet that was glued to the top of the Borden’s sweetened condensed milk can, but if you have never tried it or never seen I offer it here as a wonderful alternative to your basic lemon meringue pie. For those of you who bake, I’m sure you’ll notice that it is virtually identical to the Key lime pie, but with meringue rather than whipped cream. The sweetened condensed milk makes it a much richer pie and tastier.Lemon pie slice2

Printable Lemon Meringue Pie Recipe

Lemon Meringue Pie

Graham Cracker Crust

1¼ Cup Graham Cracker Crumbs; ¼ Cup Sugar; 5 Tablespoons of Butter

Bake for 8 minutes in a 350° oven. Allow crust to cool a bit and turn the oven down to 325°

Lemon Filling

1 14oz. can Sweetened Condensed Milk; 1/3 Cup Lemon Juice; 3 Egg Yolks (be sure to save the whites)

Mix together and pour into crust

Meringue

3 Egg Whites; ¼ Cup Sugar; ¼ teaspoon Cream of Tartar

Whip egg whites and cream of tartar, adding sugar gradually, until they reach stiff peaks. Pile meringue on to filling, making sure you spread it over the edge of the crust to seal it. Bake in a 325° oven for 15 minutes. Cool on a rack and then refrigerate

That’s all there is too it, easy, quick and very tasty. Give it a try and let me know how it goes.

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I was hooked from the start.

I truly enjoyed this book. Great books to me are ones that I can visualize. This was a Hallmark movie.

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The blog tour for Days of Future Past is continuing through this week. So stop by one or more of the blogs for a chance to win the book and a $15 Amazon gift card.

March 30: Yeah Books!
March 31: Room With Books
April 1: Lisa Haselton’s Reviews and Interviews
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April 2: Undercover Book Reviews
April 3: Jbiggarblog

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March 16: Sultry, Steamy Reading
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March 17: Jen’s Reading Obsession
March 18: Long and Short Reviews
March 19: Romance Novel Giveaways
March 20: Andi’s Book Reviews
March 23: Books N Pearls
March 24: Books and Other Spells
March 25: Owltastic Promotions
March 26: Unabridged Andra’s
March 27: Queen of All She Reads

DAYS OF FUTURE PAST BLOG TOUR

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Not sure why I didn’t think of this sooner, but better late than never, right? I’m doing a blog tour with Goddess Fish Promotions and have already been spotlighted at six book blogs over the past week and now am continuing the tour through April 3. Stop by any or all of them for a chance to win a $15 Amazon gift card and copy of the book.

March 16: Sultry, Steamy Reading
March 17: My Devotional Thoughts
March 17: Jen’s Reading Obsession
March 18: Long and Short Reviews
March 19: Romance Novel Giveaways
March 20: Andi’s Book Reviews
March 23: Books N Pearls
March 24: Books and Other Spells
March 25: Owltastic Promotions
March 26: Unabridged Andra’s
March 27: Queen of All She Reads
March 30: Yeah Books!
March 31: Room With Books
April 1: Lisa Haselton’s Reviews and Interviews
April 1: A Book Addict’s Delight
April 2: Undercover Book Reviews
April 3: Jbiggarblog

Enjoy the tour, I’ll be there are a few sites you’ve never visited before, so have a great time!

A Winner!

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Deborah F of New York won a signed copy of

Days of Future Past in the Valentine’s Day giveaway at

Austen Variations!

CONGRATS DEBORAH!

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We have a winner!

Romance-is-in-the-air-2015The winner of my ROMANCE IS IN THE AIR Hop is

REGINA M-S

Congratulations!

She will receive a signed copy of my newest book, that launched yesterday (Valentine’s Day) at Austen Variations.

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Things are not always what they seem.

Fate sometimes conspires to right a decades-old wrong. The 6.8 earthquake that strikes Southern California one warm March night is the fateful event that brings family therapist Ann Hart and trauma specialist Ted McConaughy back together.

Twenty years after his betrayal caused the cancellation of their wedding, Ted finds himself in need of Ann’s help. The intense, recurring dreams that are invading his sleep are thought to be memories of past lives. And hypnotherapy, one of Ann’s specialties, may be the cure he seeks.

Their journey defies time and reason, forcing them to re-evaluate their capacity for love and forgiveness.

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What people are saying about Days of Future Past:

From the intriguing dialogue to the expansive plot that wraps around a truly unforgettable couple, this book has it all!

GREAT BOOK!  I was hooked from the start.

Ms. O’Rourke has done it again. “Days of Future Past” is filled with likeable, intelligent and caring characters. Her book is a wonderful romance, but one with mystery and suspense added to the plot, coupled with just the right amount of whimsy.

This author does an amazing job of inter weaving the beauty of another day and age with the harsh modern world. Mystery lovers will be pleased, but the romantic and mystical, even supernatural fans out there, will be over the moon for this one.

ROMANCE IS IN THE AIR!

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Here’s a thought, make this wonderful Date Nut Bread (won second place at the Los Angeles County Fair), pour yourself a cup of tea. Now come join me in my garden and  enjoy yourself on the hop!DoFPwall

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As Romance is in the Air, I’m giving away a signed copy of my newest book Days of Future Past. The official launch date is February 14, so you’ll be one of the first to read it.

Excerpt from Days of Future Past.

 

It is by no means an irrational fancy that, in a future existence, we shall look upon what we think of as our present existence, as a dream. Edgar Allen Poe

Things are not always what they seem.

DoFPFNew Front Cover 600Fate sometimes conspires to right a decades-old wrong. The 6.8 earthquake that strikes Southern California one warm March night is the fateful event that brings family therapist Ann Hart and trauma specialist Ted McConaughy back together.

Twenty years after his betrayal caused the cancellation of their wedding, Ted finds himself in need of Ann’s help. The intense, recurring dreams that are invading his sleep are thought to be memories of past lives. And hypnotherapy, one of Ann’s specialties, may be the cure he seeks.

Their journey defies time and reason, forcing them to re-evaluate their capacity for love and forgiveness.

From the intriguing dialogue to the expansive plot that wraps around a truly unforgettable couple, this book has it all! Feathered Quill Book Reviews

Long time fans will enjoy this book while new readers will … seriously consider perusing her other volumes. InD’Tale

…enjoyable read…

…unique tale…

 

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It’s 2015!

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Like most families, mine has holiday traditions, but our ‘season’ tends to run until early February. A couple of January and February birthdays extend the ‘season’ for us. My birthday is the final date in the almost three month celebration. All the cooking, baking, decorating, and shopping take a heavy toll on my energy supply these days. I certainly don’t bounce back the way I used to, so need to kick back occasionally to re-charge the old batteries. And this year surgery for me added to the depletion of what little energy I still had after Christmas.

As the eye surgery (on the 30th) left me unable to do much more than sit quietly, I found myself surfing the television channels for something to keep my mind occupied. I did find a new cooking show, at least it was new to me. Chef Walter Staib does a show called ‘A Taste of History’. He has done a massive amount of research into the early cookery of the United States and he owns the City Tavern in Philadelphia where he cooks amazing things at a hearth using utensils and ingredients as close to 18th century America as he can get. Often he goes to Monticello and Mt. Vernon and gets herbs and vegetables from Thomas Jefferson’s garden and Martha Washington’s kitchen garden. Being something of a history buff, I found his show fascinating.

However, even two of his shows only take an hour, so I began hunting the channels once again, and what to my wondering eye(s) should appear, but the 1995 BBC/A&E Pride and Prejudice. I couldn’t stop watching. In spite of the fact that I own more than one copy and the commercials were annoying, I continued to watch.

I was upset that they edited the opening scene where Lizzy sees Bingley and Darcy looking at Netherfield Park, they cut the end of it where Lizzy skips down the hill, then stops at the window of her father’s library Elizabethcroppedand exchanges knowing looks with him as her mother and younger sisters argue in the background. The sequence establishes part of Elizabeth’s character so well that I really missed seeing it. However, I persevered and, for the most part, was not disappointed. I even made some notes as I watched.

Episode 1: How can one not enjoy Elizabeth and Darcy’s first encounter when he is so rude and she laughs at him. Oh no, they cut the scene after the assembly dance when Lizzy promises her mother that she will never dance with Mr. Darcy.

One of my favorite lines from the book is Miss Bingley saying ‘I am all astonishment,’ after Darcy comments on Elizabeth’s fine eyes. And even after multiple readings of the novel and as many times watching this mini-series, I still love it.

The end of the episode has Elizabeth and Jane in a carriage with Lizzy declaring that she has never been happier to leave a place (Netherfield, of course). It is already evident that Darcy is conflicted in his feelings for her by the look on his face, as her carriage rolls down the drive.

Episode 2: Mr. Collins and Mr. Wickham. The Netherfield Ball. Enough said. Although I will say that I adore Mr. Bennet’s support in Lizzy’s refusal to marry Mr. Collins.

Episode 3:What can I say … it ends with Darcy’s first proposal, which still makes my heart flutter and then makes me as angry as Elizabeth.

lakecarriageEpisode 4: After Darcy’s letter, she puts Wickham down and tries, in vain, to stop Lydia from going to Brighton. But then, her Aunt and Uncle Gardner take her to Pemberley. In spite of the numerous times I watched this show, I still wait in anticipation for the lakeside meeting and the very end when Lizzy turns back to smile at Darcy as the carriage drives away. It’s a small smile that says so much.

 

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Episode 6: Two of my favorite scenes happen here and I wait for each in their turn. Lizzy’s refusal to promise not to marry Darcy when Lady Catherine insists on it and a little scene (that I was surprised to see they left in) has Lizzy and Jane in the still room hanging herbs to dry, while discussing the fact that Bingley is returning to Netherfield. It’s a wonderful sister scene and I love it.

The wedding, the kiss. The end. (if you’d like to see how I imagine their wedding night, click here)

kissWonderful. Six hours spent in comfort and joy. Twenty years and the mini-series stands up to time. What better way to ring in the new year? How did you re-charge your batteries?

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A final note for this January post, watch for the Valentine’s Day release of Days of Future Past, my newest novel.

As readers become attached – quite quickly, in fact – to the main characters, they will find themselves drawn into a journey that they will never forget. Not only will mystery lovers be pleased, but the romantic and mystical, even supernatural fans out there, will be over the moon for this one. From the intriguing dialogue to the expansive plot that wraps around a truly unforgettable couple, this book has it all! Feathered Quill

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Saturday, November 15 I attended the kickoff event for a young man who has decided to run for a seat on the Board of Education in the Los Angeles Unified School District. He is running for the seat representing District 5.

His home is in District 5, as are the schools his children attend. Along with his community Andrew has worked and fought to improve the schools in the District and currently serves as a representative on the LAUSD parent advisory committee. Parent advisory committee you ask, why does he need to be on the board. His explanation is simple. The board can ignore the committee’s suggestions or comments, but as a member of the Board of Education he will give parents and children a voice. A voice the Los Angeles Unified School District desperately needs.

As a politician he has no experience, his expertise is as a parent and educator. He received a Ph.D in Urban Schooling from UCLA and teaches educational policy to educational professionals around the world. He helped reorganize Fremont High School in South Central Los Angeles, in fact he has worked with schools throughout Southern California. He is grounded, sincere and real. Don’t you think it’s time for the Los Angeles School District to get back to what it’s supposed to be doing? Educating for the future!

I believe it is time for Los Angele Unified School District to have a parent on the Board of Education. Unfortunately, I do not live in District 5. If you do, please go to the website and learn more about Andrew and his platform.

Don’t ever forget that a small group of thoughtful people can change the world, it’s the only thing that ever has.

Decisions are made by those who show up.

These two Aaron Sorkin quotes exemplify what Andrew is trying to do. Gather a few thoughtful people and change the Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Education. The change can’t happen unless folks show up. Show your support for a new face and voice on the Board of Education for the Los Angeles Unified School District.

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CONGRATULATIONS!

Anji from England is our winner of Syrie James’ wonderful new book

Jane Austen’s First Love.

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We’re celebrating the launch of Syrie James’ newest blockbuster! Here’s your chance to win a copy!

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James presents readers with an evocative and sweet romance that reads like Emma
This enchanting tale will have readers recalling their first love:
the joy, the nervousness, and the sadness of parting.
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“Syrie James is magnificent!…This early Austen adventure is truly unforgettable!”
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“A fresh and engaging new story, which is a real feast for any Austen fan.
Jane–who is also the first-person narrator in the story–is enchanting,
while devilishly handsome Edward Taylor is temptingly irresistible.
This book can’t be missing on your Austenesque shelf and would be a very special
gift to young readers you want to initiate into Jane Austen’s world.”
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Rustic TriBerry Pie

TriBerry Pie

With the family growing older now, birthday celebrations tend to be joint affairs, where we celebrate two or more at a time. This past Sunday was one of those days. Sam turned 16 in early August, Clara was 14 in May and mom Tanya had a big day in June. We all met up at the home of Sara’s friend Stella. A lovely old Craftsman home that she has furnished very comfortably, the pool and hot tub (salt water) gave everyone the cooling needed on a hot summer afternoon and evening.

Sara grilled some wonderful kabobs of lamb, chicken and beef, beautiful asparagus and couscous. I did deserts. Red velvet cupcakes and a summertime berry pie.

Sam and Clara My great nephew & niece

Sam and Clara
My great nephew & niece

But the TriBerry Pie was the biggest hit, and it was wonderful. Just add ice cream or whipped cream. Here’s the recipe.

Printable TriBerry Pie Recipe and Printable Crust Recipe

This crust is the one I use for all my pies, but particularly pumpkin.

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This pie is time consuming, but definitely worth it. Get the last of the summer berries and make it for Labor Day, you won’t be disappointed.

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