Friday, July 27, 2012

Flamingo PINK!

Happy PINK Saturday everyone! 
And a very special PINK Saturday it is, 
as Ms Beverly is celebrating her Birthday! 

I hope all of you will stop by How Sweet the Sound and heap the Birthday Wishes on this special Lady!
I FINALLY have some PINK to share with you, my new Flamingo PINK Fiestaware! 

This color was just released by the Homer Laughlin Company and I could not wait to get my hands on a place setting of my own.
Don't you love this shade of PINK?!
Now, I realize this post might be a little boring for some. I don't own oodles and oodles of Fiestaware. In fact; I only own one place setting of 10 different colors. And I don't own oodles and oodles of fancy accessories or matching tablecloths. But I love my small collection of Fiestaware and think surely, they must be the "happiest" dishes ever manufactured!
Here are a few of my favorite color combinations with my new Flamingo Pink. 

Flamingo Pink, Turquoise and Sunflower Yellow

Flamingo PINK, Marigold and Sunflower Yellow

Flamingo PINK and Lemongrass

Do you have a favorite combination?

Now I need your help! Our yard is almost 2 acres and the majority has never been touched by human hands. I decided THIS was the Summer I was going to work on a small area and create a little tropical get-away which, I hope to show you next week. I'm stumped on one thing, the color for the door on the old garden shed.

 So which color do you like, the paler turquoise on the left, or the brighter turquoise on the right! 
I hope y'all have a Happy PINK Saturday and a fabulous weekend! xoxo Nan

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

RED, ripe, Tomato Pie!

Would you look at all these beautiful RED tomatoes!

So what do you do when you have a bumper crop of tomatoes? Well, if you live in the South, you make Tomato Pie! Add a pie shell, some cheese, mayo and Basil and you have all the Ingredients for a wonderful, light summer meal.

Tomato pie is a very old Southern dish, going back many generations. The Ingredients were items that most cooks would have on hand and it is quick and easy to prepare. Serve it up with a salad, some garlic toast and a tall glass of sweet tea and as they say in the South... that's some good eatin!
So here is my recipe for Tomato Pie, I hope you will give it a try and let me know what you think!

Tomato Pie
1- 9 inch deep dish pie shell
1/2 sweet onion, chopped
3-4 ripe, firm tomatoes
1/4 Cup fresh, sliced basil
2 Cups grated cheese (cheddar or Monterey Jack)
3/4 Cups Mayo
1 Tsp (or more) Franks Hot Sauce
Salt & Black Pepper
and MY secret Ingredient: 5 - 6 slices cooked, chopped bacon

Preheat oven to 350º, place pie shell in oven and bake for 8 -10 minutes until lightly browned.
Cut the tomatoes in half and gently squeeze to remove excess juice then roughly chop and spread on paper towels to absorb any additional juice. I can not stress how important these two steps are! If you skip these steps, the pie shell will be soggy and your pie filling will be runny!
Next, in a large mixing bowl, put the chopped tomatoes, sliced basil, chopped bacon, onions and salt & pepper and lightly toss to mix. Spread evenly in the bottom of the pie shell.
In a separate bowl mix the cheese, Mayo and Hot Sauce. The mixture should be very soft & gooey. Spread the mixture over the tomatoes and using a spatula, spread to the edges of the pie shell. Bake at 350º for 30-35 minutes. Let cool 10 - 15 minutes and slice.
Ahhh, looks like the perfect place to sit and enjoy a slice of Tomato Pie and sip my tea!

I'm linking this post to:
Vintage Thingie Thursday at Colorado Lady
and Alphabe Thursday for the letter I for Ingredients at Jenny Matlock's