Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Mr. President

Ever since we checked out The President and Mom's Apple Pie from the library, Seth's favorite word is "president" (sounds more like "ped-i-dent"). So, last night while I was away at school, this is what was going on at home after dinner. He's saying the president has a big tummy (which is true since the book is about President Taft, our largest president weighing in at over 300 pounds! Plus the illustrations in the book really emphasize his girth. :-))

And, speaking of pie, I tried a new one that was delicious for Thanksgiving. Paula Deen said it's best not to try new things for a special occasion dinner, but I don't think anyone minded being a guinea pig for my experiment. Like most pies, it is best with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream! Here it is:

Maple Dream Pear Pie

5 1/2 to 6 cups peeled 1/2" diced just-ripe pears (if they're too ripe, I'm guessing they'll get mushy when you bake it)
1 1/2 TB cornstarch
pinch of salt
1/4 c. sugar
1/4 c. maple syrup
1 TB lemon juice
1 tsp finely grated lemon zest
2 TB chopped candied ginger or 1/2 tsp ground ginger
9-inch deep-dish pie crust

Oatmeal Crumb Topping:
2/3 c. flour
1/2 c. rolled oats
1/2 c. packed light brown sugar
1/4 tsp salt
1/3 c. cold unsalted butter, cut into 1/4" pieces

Heat oven to 400 degrees. Please the diced pears in a large bowl, sprinkle with cornstarch and stir well. Add remaining filling ingredients and toss gently, until the mixture is evenly combined. Turn the filling into the chilled pie crust and smooth the top of the fruit. Place pie on oven center rack and bake for 45 minutes.

Combine topping dry ingredients in a medium bowl. Add the butter, and using your hands, rub the ingredients together until you have large crumbs. Refrigerate topping until you are ready to use it.

After 45 minutes, lower the oven temperature to 375 degrees. Remove the pie from the oven and spread the crumb topping evenly over the top of the pie. Return the pie to the oven and bake until the juices bubble thickly around the edge, about 15 minutes. If edges of crust begin to brown too much, cover with a pie shield of strips of aluminum foil. Cool at least 2 hours before serving.

While I was making our Thanksgiving meal, I heard some serious giggling coming from the family room. I knew Matt was upstairs, so I really wondered what Seth could find so funny by himself. He had pulled his winter hat down over his eyes and belly-laughed every time he ran into something. This is the kid who never likes things on his head, but he was genuinely entertained by his own cleverness. When he pulled it over his eyes, I'd say "Hey, who turned the lights out?!" so here's a moment when the "lights" were on:


Tara said...

What a cute little inauguration speech!

Jas and Kim said...

He's so stinkin cute! I loved the turban as well, glad to hear your Thanksgiving was good. We missed you guys! How are you doing/feeling? Love ya

Anonymous said...

First, your son is so adorable and creative! I am your Sassy Apron Swap partner and I as so sorry that we have to meet this way, but I was late in sending your package. But! Rest assured the package has been sent and you should receive it shortly. Please, please, please forgive me! Hopefully the apron will make up for me. If not that, than definitely the cookie recipe...

The Gee Family said...

He looks so cute in his hat! I see a lot of the Chappell side in this pic. So your pie recipe sounds super yummy! I am glad you had a good Thanksgiving. I can't believe Christmas is just around the corner. What are your plans this year for C-mas? How is the pregnancy going. I'm hope you're hangin in there. What's this you said about being at school? Are you taking classes?

Kight Family said...

Seth is so dang cute and hopefully we get to see you guys over the Christmas Holiday. Don't you wish we could be so easily entertained like our sweet babies. Ryker will laugh when you just look at him so it is the best to hear the giggles. We are going to be in Seattle Dec 24-Dec 31. Call me when you get back in town so we can hook up. Love Tons!
p.s I am hoping for a sewing machine for Christmas so I can eventually be as talented as you.

Four makes more... said...

I love the video and him of course. I can't wait to meet his little sister. I wonder what she'll be like? Cute as a button I'm sure with a kick in the pants sense of humor like her brother. Oh and I have been wanting to try the pie...I'm glad it's good.

Bon Hayden said...

Oh my gosh Jen!!! How exciting that you are expecting another babe, and a little girl to boot. I just noticed on your last e-mail your family blog. I will try to check it out from time to time. I'm glad to see and hear Seth is doing so well, and growing so fast. I have already noticed how fast the time is flying for our new little one Katherine Anne born on OCT. 23rd. We are looking forward to a quiet time at home this Christmas with her. Merry Christmas!! I can't wait to hear more from you. Your old friend.