Hi there and welcome to the weekly blessing list hosted by Susanne at Living to Tell the Story.
It hasn't been hard this week to find five favourites.
1. The top of the list has to be Josie's first visit out to visit Nannie and Grampie in Belfast.
2. And of course, right up beside Josie's first visit is the reason for the visit - her daddy's birthday!
27 years ago! A sweet little bundle who has brought us so much joy.
Here he is playing a game of birthday basketball with his brothers, Kathleen and Sarah. I laughed when I captured that expression - such a typical John look!
3. I just shake my head in wonder, and a little disbelief, to think of Roger holding John Alec in the picture above and holding that baby's daughter in this one . . . our wee grandgirlie.
Such a little dollie!
I'm afraid the birthday boy was somewhat eclipsed by the newest member of the family . . . but he didn't seem to mind one bit! It was sweet to watch the Josie love filling the room.
See the little hands clasped?
Happy sigh . . . if only her Uncle Andrew and Auntie Hyekoo in London could have made the celebration. Soon, I hope!
4. Here's proof that I can take pictures of other things besides a new little granddaughter *grin*
John's Birthday pie! He requested his favourite butterscotch pie. This recipe is sooooo delicious! And aptly named "Nanny's Butterscotch Pie". (had to get another grandbaby reference in!!)
And my pie crust turned out perfect - if I do have to say so myself :)
(that phrase makes me smile - it was one of my mom's favourite!)
This time it wasn't only me who said it ~ everyone agreed! I always follow my mother's recipe, a variation of the recipe on the Tenderflake lard box. She added 2 tsp brown sugar and a tsp of baking powder. My pie crusts are (almost) always good - as long as I don't forget them in the oven :)
But this time it was exceptional.
I think I may have discovered the secret!
The directions on the box read " Add only enough liquid to make dough cling together".
This may have been the first time I ever, really, followed that "to the t".
I was very sparing with the liquid mixture, adding it a bit at a time. I think I used closer to 3/4 cup of liquid rather than the whole cup. I actually thought the dough was a little dry. I had to patch it in the pie plate. But I didn't add water like I normally would do. I just pressed it in with my fingers.
Oh. my. goodness! It really did melt in your mouth. I made 3 pies from the dough so far and there's enough left to make 1 more pie.
Hmmm . . . maybe Lovella's chocolate cream pie this time!
5. My final favourite for the week? An early spring for PEI! Hooray!
I think we're at least three weeks ahead this year.
This picture was taken at the beginning of the week. The tulips are almost open - I can see them outside the kitchen window right now. A spring rain is pouring down and the earth is drinking in all that glorious springtime freshness. A bit of sun tomorrow and everything will pop!
Thanks so much for coming by for a visit. I wish you and yours every blessing!