7/10/08

Strawberry Pie & a Visit from Apron Thrift Girl!

My friend Selena (check out her blog, Apron Thrift Girl) and her family visited us last week as they were passing through town. We didn’t know how it was going to work out – but all of that worrying for nothing.

She ended up coming with her family, late in the evening, and as her kids swam, we talked for hours. She brought me a lovely stack of Everyday Food magazines, and I had made for her a beautiful Apron Thrift Girl apron - how appropriate for both of us!

We talked about thrifting.
We talked about gardening.
We talked about photography.
We talked about football (soccer!)
We talked about football (oh, did I mention that?)
We talked about houses, fixing up houses, character of houses.
We talked about food & cooking & cookbooks.
We talked about blogging.
We talked about family and life.


And we ate strawberry pie. Cooked up by my daughter Abby, we indulged in red, delicious berries from our garden and we talked some more.

We talked as we were walking out the door, and as they were getting into the car (thank you for your patience, Dave!)
















Remember, practicing hospitality doesn’t mean you have to cook a full meal, or plan an entire dinner party.

You can start with something small, like dessert, which is simple and easy to serve. Keeping things uncomplicated takes the stress off of you, as the hostess, so that you can actually enjoy your company with ease and style!

I’m glad I opened my home to Apron Thrift Girl last week. Because not only was it enjoyable meeting a new family, I can say I’ve made a new friend!

How about you - do you like to venture out and meet new people? Or do you find it intimating and a little scary?

For those who’ve asked, here is my yummy pie recipe!


Yummy Strawberry Pie
PieCrust:
1 ½ c. flour
1/8 c. sugar
1 tsp. Salt
½ c. oil
2 Tbs. Milk
Whip oil & milk with fork; add dry ingredients. Press into pie pan, flute the edges, and probe with fork. Bake 15 minutes at 375 degrees.
Glaze:
1 c. sugar
1 c. water
2 Tbs. Cornstarch
Cook until thick and clear.
Add: 3 Tbs. Strawberry Jello (straight from the package) to the glaze and stir. Cool.
Fill the cooled piecrust with berries. Pour glaze over the top and refridgerate. Eat the same day you make the pie (crust can get soggy if you wait too long).

And of course - ENJOY!

(Abby and I being silly last summer, with her first strawberry pie that she made without my help! Read post, here. How FUN! Bev got her "Challenge Apron Giveaway" box from me! You can see how cute she looks in her apron, here.)

16 comments:

Meredith said...

I'm jealous!

When are you and/or Apron Thrift Girl heading south to my house?

~nanashouse~ said...

Thank you for another great post and thank you Abby for showing this old girl she doesn't need to be afraid to make a strawberry pie :-)

Jen said...

We have done drinks and appetizers only and coffee and dessert before...it doesnt matter as long as they feel comfy and you do too...what is important is that you bond....great pics by the way.

ellen b. said...

Oh it looks like a perfect evening and you hit on all my favorites, football (soccer), futbol, oh I said that already. Did you hear we're getting an MLS team in Seattle. My son has 4 season tickets reserved already for the season. Oh and talking about blogging and photography and food with a slice of strawberry pie in front of you, what could be more perfect.
Blessings...

Nancy said...

Definitely scary. I'm getting better at it though. I'm not quite so worried about being perfect.

~nanashouse~ said...

I clicked on Apron Thrift Girl's link. She visited some of my favorite places recently! thank you for linking us~~just like a quilt!

Rapunzel said...

That pie looks delish!! And I love dessert or cocktail/appetizers only parties, fun & easy.

Tara said...

Sounds like a lovely visit. Your daughter's confidence in the kitchen is great. We hope to cook together more once dance recital season is over.

sarah @ abeachcottage said...

oh how divine the strawberry pie looks, I will have to give that a go

funnily enough I think that entertaining new people or those you don't know is easier than those you do - new friends mean you have no expectations to live up to, for anything, house, home, life, food or kids.... I guess strawberry pie covers a lot of bases too

i have made anohter invitation, that has been accepted for this weekend, just a little afternoon tea on the deck for me and a friend, nothing big like my first toe in the water last week, but actually just as important, inviting a friend to enjoy my hositality in my home, I've planned cute little cupcakes and I am soooo excited to set a table for two with my rosy posy vintage china that hasn't seen the light of day for a few years...now I'm thinking strawberry pie could fit the bill

thanks as ever for inspiration and making it all seem do-able

sarah
abeachcottage

abeachcottage said...

p.s. of course I'll blog it...

Tammy said...

I like to meet new people but it is slightly intimidating the first time they come over to my house. Your pie recipe looks yummy! Can't wait to try it!

ValleyGirl said...

Sounds like a WONDERFUL evening!

Nadine said...

Having people over for just coffee and dessert is a favorite way to get to know someone.

Donnetta (momrn2) said...

Oh it sounds like you had a fabulously wonderful time! And a yummy time! :-)

Michelle said...

A woman after my own heart!!!!
Love your blog! Great ideas for great fun... everyday!

Michelle
www.everydaycelebrating.com

Apron Thrift Girl said...

Meeting you Sandy has honestly been the highlight of our trip. You are as warm and caring as you appear in your blog. I loved your home, your pool and your wonderful hospitality. I hope we can meet again very soon perhaps this time at our home.