Memorial day

Small town USA, Memorial Day 2011


Today we celebrate Memorial day. In the past few days I have heard Happy Memorial day one too many times.

Memorial day is a day we remember those who have given their lives for our freedom. My friend’s husband and my husband’s friends. Our neighbor and maybe your neighbor too. Probably some of your ancestors. Or a childhood sweetheart. If you are one of the few fortunate, it might just be that young girl who’s picture you saw on CNN.

Regardless of our political beliefs we should also take a moment to appreciate those who wake up every morning knowing they might be called upon to defend our freedom. Regardless of our faith and nationality we should all remember how precious freedom is and what we can do to secure our children never know different.

Please take a moment today to be grateful. Tell your children about the hardships our grandparents endured during World Wars. Tell them how intolerance breads hate. Tell them the truth about bravery, about responsibilities and what they can do for this world. So that their fathers never raise arms against each other again.

May your Memorial day be quiet. So you can remember why we celebrate it and enjoy this day of freedom today and everyday.

Monday Listicles

Today’s list is by a man that loves to cook. So much so he is doing a cooking challenge, following Peter Sidwell’s book and posting about it on his Facebook blog. Please show some love; visit and like his Project. I am sure his wife will love you back for it!

If you would like your list to be featured click HERE. As you can see, listicles are not just for girls.

Cooking Fantastic

(Top 10 reasons why I cook for my family)

1.       I love to cook

2.       I like making my family happy

3.       I’m result oriented (cooking gives me quick result)

4.       I’m good at following directions (producing a good meal reconfirms


5.       The cook gets to pick the music that’s being listened to

6.       The cook gets to pick the wine (so as to pair it with the meal)

7.       I love wine

8.       It’s a great segue from work to family time

9.       I like to plan and execute (collating the weekly meal recipes, shopping

for the ingredients, and cooking  the meal is extremely satisfying)

10.   I like to eat

Weekend treat

Last week I made chocolate fudge pie. It called for store-bought pie crust. The only one our store had came as a 2 pack. Left with a spare pie crust I looked for something to make with it. This looked good, was so easy to make and tasted delicious. I used Granny smith apples simply because I had them home already. This was the first time ever for me to whip something up without having to run to the store to buy any of the ingredients. Think I might be successfully domesticated one day!

Gingery Apple Crumb Pie

Gingery Apple Crumb Pie
Photo: David Prince
Serves 8| Hands-On Time: 20m | Total Time: 3hr 00m



  1. Set an oven rack in the lowest position and heat oven to 375º F. Place the pie plate on a foil-lined baking sheet.
  2. In a food processor, pulse the butter, ¾ cup of the flour, and ¼ cup of the sugar until large clumps form. Transfer to a bowl and refrigerate until ready to use.
  3. In a large bowl, toss the apples, ginger, cinnamon, salt, and the remaining ½ cup of sugar and tablespoon of flour.
  4. Transfer the apple mixture to the crust, sprinkle with the crumb topping, and bake until the top is golden and the apples are tender, 55 to 60 minutes. Serve warm or at room temperature.

By Sara Quessenberry,  November 2009

Nutritional Information
  • Per Serving
  • Calories 502
  • Fat 23g
  • Sat Fat 15g
  • Cholesterol 60mg
  • Sodium 186mg
  • Protein 4g
  • Carbohydrate 72g
  • Fiber 4g

Recipe courtesy of