Posts Tagged ‘Sawdust Pie’

I’m Having More Random Thoughts

You know what it’s like to have random thoughts much of time.  Seriously, tell me that I’m not alone. 🙂  My mind works all the time and sometimes it’s a picture that prompts me to think.  At other times, its entertainment, a magazine, or Facebook.  And, today’s blog is about sharing some of those thoughts with you.

Miss Betty, “Mom”, is with us through Tuesday morning.  We’ve already been to the casino and we’re going back tonight.  She says she has to win her money back.  Last night, we grilled out and enjoyed the beautiful, cool weather.  With the exception of the casino tonight, we’re going to continue to chill out.


Last weekend, when we had dinner guests, I made Patti’s 1880s’ (my favorite restaurant in Grand Rivers, Kentucky) “Sawdust Pie”.  Actually, I made two and froze one for Betty’s visit.  You serve them warm with cool whip and sliced bananas.

I didn’t know that bananas are the most purchased grocery item in the United States!

While that surprised me, here’s the shocker that I learned from “Time” magazine:  Bananas “are picked immature, shipped in special boats and then taken to ripening rooms that use ethylene gas to complete the job.”  So since the boats use fuel, the price of bananas increase when gas prices are high.  Stick with me and you might learn all kinds of interesting (or useless) information.




Earlier this summer, I blogged about the movies that have my attention as we head into the fall.  I still want to see “Looper” and “The Paperboy”, but I’ll probably wait to see them in the cheap theater or on DVD.

There’s also “The Perks of Being A Wallflower” and “Argo”.  “Argo”, directed by Ben Affleck, is my most heavily anticipated movie this fall.  It’s based on a true story of a rescue effort to free American hostages from Iran back in 1979.  It comes out October 12th and I’ll be seeing it in Las Vegas, one day before my birthday and Madonna.  I’ve never gone to a movie in Vegas and to be honest, do tourists even do that? 🙂

Also, the trailers for two more movies that I want to see later this year were finally released.  Both “Lincoln” and “Zero Dark Thirty” will likely have a date with Oscar in early 2013.


Since “Zero Dark Thirty” is about the search for Al-Qaeda learder Osama bin Laden and last Tuesday marked the 11th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks when terrorists flew four planes into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and a field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, killing more than 3, 000 Americans, I’ll reflect by showing some of my favorites pictures posted that day on Facebook.


While President Barack Obama gave the order for the brave U.S. Navy Seals to capture or kill Osama bin Laden in its successful mission in killing the terrorist leader in May 2011, we’ll always live with the threat that jihadists or other terrorists will attack Americans here at home or abroad.  We saw that last Tuesday in Libya when Islamic jihadis killed an American ambassador and three others.

As I read more about the man who had so much hatred for western civilizations and especially, the United States, it makes me happy that bin Laden was killed and buried deep below the North Arabian Sea.

In 1996, bin Laden said “O Lord, shatter their gathering, divide them among themselves, shake the earth under their feet and give us control over them” and then in December 2001, “We calculated in advance the number of casualties.”

It’s also very interesting that President Barack Obama announced that bin Laden was dead on May 1st.  That is also the same date back in 1945 when the German government announced that Adolf Hitler, the man responsible for the mass murder of more than six million people, most of them Jewish people, was also dead.

bin Laden and his terrorist group won the battle on 9/11, but we’ll win the war.  It may take us the rest of our lifetime and the lifetimes of our children and grandchildren, but there’s hope that one day “the world will live as one” as John Lennon so eloquently sang in “Imagine”.


The plant that grows in the wild in its native Mexico and Central America is my favorite plant.  Over the years, I’ve collected misfit poinsettias that were either marked down in the  stores because they weren’t beautiful enough or had a broken stem or from friends that just wanted to get rid of them after the holiday.  My poinsettias are huge now and I can’t wait for them to turn from green to red, white, and pink.  Here’s just one my four potted poinsettias.

My goal this year is to locate a very hard to find variety called “Harvest Orange”.  Last year, a California grower was producing them.  So, I’ll have to keep my eyes open to find that poinsettia in my favorite color!  This is what it looks like.

I hope you enjoyed my random thoughts.  What’s on your mind?

Here’s a closing thought.


“Comfort Food” & Friends Welcome In Cooler Weather

I love food.  I love cooking and eating, but I don’t like the cleaning.  Now that it appears that the heat for the summer has broken and we’re heading into cooler temperatures with fall, my mind-set has moved into “comfort food”.

The weekend kicked off Friday with a rainy day (0.89″) and a high of only 77° and lows dropping into the 50s.  That is perfect crock pot, soup, or chili weather.  So, for our dinner guests Friday night, we decided to make a hearty “comfort food” meal.

Our friends, Megan and Wayne drove up from Monmouth, Illinois.

And, Cindy and JP made a road trip from Kewanee, Illinois.

It was a great evening getting to know each other.  I’ve talked to both ladies quite a bit over the past year.  I’ve seen Megan and Wayne at several events and this summer, Cindy brought me the best homegrown asparagus and eggs from her farm, but this was the first time that we had a sit down dinner.  It started with an appetizer of buffalo chicken dip and wine (Cindy had a fruity cocktail.)

After appetizers and social hour (and a half), we started with Ray’s special leafy salad with cranberries, feta cheese, and baked pine nuts.

For dinner, Ray make two different meat loaves:  a classic meatloaf and a mushroom stuffed meatloaf.  That is the one I tried and we’ll be having leftovers today with my sister, Tammy.

To go along with the meatloaf, I made a “Harvest Vegetable Bake”.

And, Ray made his family’s recipe for “Make-Ahead Potatoes”.

And, for dessert, I made a specialty of my favorite restaurant, Patti’s 1880s Settlement, in Grand Rivers, Kentucky.  Every time I go back home, I make it a point to stop there.  While I always order different entrees, we always order the same appetizers, a blossom fried onion and thick, beer-battered cheese sticks,, and for dessert, the Sawdust Pie (and a couple of others).  While I can’t get my Sawdust Pie to taste like Patti’s, each time I make it, it is so good (and so bad for the diet)!

While I’ll include the recipe for the Sawdust Pie and some of the other recipes, here’s the pictorial of making it.

First I mixed the crushed graham crackers, flaked coconut, sugar and chopped pecans.  Then I added seven eggs whites, poured it into the shell to bake, and once it was done, I added sliced bananas and whipped topping.  If you really wanted to go over the top, add vanilla ice cream, too. 🙂

Even after looking at the pictures, I have to go walk on the treadmill.  I even baked an extra one and froze it for when Mom (Betty) is here next weekend. 🙂



Sawdust Pie:

Harvest Vegetable Bake:

Classic Meatloaf:

Mushroom Stuffed Meatloaf: