Thursday, December 17, 2009

Pear-Cranberry Crisp

I made this last night for our small group and it turned out yummy. Sorry, no pictures!

Here's the basic fruit crisp recipe from the Better Homes & Gardens cookbook.

Fruit Crisp
5 cups sliced, peeled cooking apples, pears, peaches, apricots, OR frozen unsweetened peach slices
2 to 4 tablespoons granulated sugar
1/2 cup regular rolled oats
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg, ginger, or cinnamon
1/4 cup butter
1/4 cup chopped nuts or coconut
  • For filling, thaw fruit, if frozen. Do not drain. Place fruit in 2-quart square baking dish. Stir in granulated sugar.
  • For topping, in medium bowl combine oats, brown sugar, flour, and nutmeg, ginger, or cinnamon. Cut in butter till mixture resembles coarse crumbs. stir in nuts or coconut. Sprinkle crumbs over filling.
  • Bake in a 375F oven for 30-35 minutes (40 minutes for thawed fruit) or till fruit is tender and topping is golden.

My Adaptation
  • I used 3 pears, diced and NOT peeled, and about half a bag of fresh cranberries - basically enough to cover the bottom of my dish. I kept adding pears and cranberries until I liked how the proportions looked in the dish.
  • I probably used more like 6 heaping spoonfuls of white sugar, and if I'd thought about it I probably would have stirred in a few tablespoons of flour to thicken the filling, although it was nice as it was - not too juicy but not dry.
  • I have no idea how big my baking dish was. I just picked one that looked like it would hold enough for everyone. It was an oval CorningWare dish that came with a wire carrying rack.
  • I used whole wheat flour and about 3/4 stick of butter in the topping, and I used a food processor to cut in the butter. Then I remembered the oats and used a pastry blender to add them.
  • I used nutmeg, cinnamon, AND ginger. :) And no coconut (I didn't have any) and no nuts (I didn't feel like chopping them).

I've also made this successfully with frozen blueberries and cranberries. I usually just eyeball the amounts - which is kind of how I cook everything. It's not very useful for sharing recipes, though! :)

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Wordless Wednesday.

DIY Laundry Detergent.

I've wanted to try this for a while, so today's the day. I found several recipes online, some that require cooking on the stove and others that make a dry powder. They all use basically the same ingredients, just in different proportions.

Borax, washing soda, and grated soap.

I used a 4:4:1 ratio.

You use about 1/4 cup per load.

I'll let you know how it turns out. I still have a teeny bit of my regular detergent left, so it'll probably be next week. Also, I'm not using this on H's clothes or diapers until I'm sure it works.

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Laughter is the Best Medicine, Part Two.

Twenty minutes. Seriously.

Thanksgiving Songs.

I Saw the Light

I'll Fly Away

Gracie dancing

and Hueston's first exposure to the family classic, "Groundhog"

A Very Bowen Thanksgiving.

Four generations met up at Lake Tenkiller, Oklahoma for a good old-fashioned Thanksgiving house party. There were 27 people all told: Grandma Jo; Jerry & Patty, Kimberly, Lindsey & Matthew; Brenda, Audra, Megan, Krissi & David; Sandy & Bobby, Kerry & Kit, Brett, Lexie & Kylie; Janet & Larry, Sarah & Andy, Gracie & Garret, and the three of us - David, Katrina and Hueston. We had a great time introducing Hueston to everyone (Kim, Lindsey and Matt were the only ones who'd met him before), eating a lot, and making lots of noise. David even got in a couple of games of Scrabble.

The drives there and back were blessedly peaceful.

Six bedrooms (I think) and three bathrooms.

Grandma Jo meets Hueston Parker.

There was lots of singing (video coming in a separate post).

The great-grands:
Garret, Lexie, Brett, Kylie, Gracie, and Hueston

Garret tries to rescue David from the leaf pile smackdown.

The three of us got out for a walk after our big Thanksgiving lunch on Friday. Hooray for the Ergo! This was David's first time to wear it.

New hat.

Hueston laughed for 20 minutes at Lindsey and this box of Tootsie Pops.

We didn't manage to get everyone into a family picture (wrangling 27 people is hard!), but hey, maybe we'll do it again!