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Kentucky Derby Pie

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There are a few great pies that will always be successful at the dinner table.  One of those exact creations is the Kentucky Derby Pie.  This was one of the few house recipes at Mountain Air Country Club as well as one of our highest selling desserts.  Her is the recipe for you to fill two pies. Pecan and Chocolate=Sweet Success Kentucky Derby Pie Sugar 3 cups Eggs, whole 6 ea. Pecans, chopped 3 cups Vanilla Extract 3 Tbsp. Flour 1 ½ cups Butter 12 oz. Chocolate Chips 3 cups Pie Shells  2 ea. Mix sugar and flour.  Add eggs and melted butter and blend together. Add chopped nuts, chocolate chips, and vanilla and mix. Pour into a par baked pie shell. Bake at 325°F for 40-45 minutes.

Cheese display

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This is a great way to mix wine crates with simple kitchen linens to make a great display. Aluminum baking pans were also used as risers.   My holiday display at Myers Park Country Club 

Christmas Cookies

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Its almost that time of year again.  I guess that I need to get myself together and start planning for some holiday cheer.  I already have started my holiday craft foraging.   The best recipe for sugar cookies: 1 c. Butter, softened ½ c. Sugar 1 ea. Egg 1 Tbsp. Vanilla Extract 3 c. AP Flour ½ tsp. Baking Powder Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In large bowl, with mixer on low speed, beat butter and sugar until blended. Increase speed to high; beat until light and creamy. On low speed, beat in egg and vanilla. Beat in flour, baking powder, and salt until blended. Divide dough into 4 equal pieces; flatten each piece into a disk. Wrap each disk with plastic wrap and refrigerate 1 hour or until dough is firm enough to roll. (Or place dough in freezer 30 minutes.) On light

Blackhawk Hardware Field Trip

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I just happened upon these succulents for sale at Blackhawk Hardware in the Myers Park neighborhood.   The day was the perfect amount of overcast allowing the colors to pop when photographed.      "Blackhawk Field Trip" 5x7 Colored Pencil, Marker on Grade A Plywood The Original  This project was a slow starter but once it got rolling it was so easy to get into.  When working on this succulent series I have found that it is really easy to correct the color pallet by the time that I was to the focal point of the  piece. I also just entered it in the CPSA Explore This show so wish me luck!!! I hope I get in.   Colors Used: (Prismacolor)  Kelp Green Cool Grey 90% Violet Pale Sage Deco Yellow Jade Green Black Grape Black Indigo Blue Process Magenta Dark Umber Cool Grey 90% Muted Turquoise Light Aqua The H

Mom's Zucchini Bread

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This recipe always reminds me of home.  I've augmented it a million ways, adding carrot, adding shredded pumpkin, baking it in a bundt, as muffins and as layer cakes. y= 2 loaves bread 3 eggs Beaten Heavily 1 Tbsp. Vanilla 2 c. Grated Zucchini 1 c. Oil 2 c. Sugar 1 c. Wheat Flour 1 ½ c All Purpose Flour 1 tsp. Baking Soda ¼ tsp. Baking Powder 1 tsp Salt 3 tsp. Cinnamon To Taste Walnuts Combine wet ingredients in a bowl large enough for final mixing. Combine Dry ingredients. Sift dry into wet. Add Nuts (optional). Place into 2 buttered and sugared bread molds or baking forms careful only to fill halfway. Bake 1 Hour at 350 'F.  Bread is done when toothpick inserted comes out cleanly. Gluten Free:  Flours can be directly substituted for

Engagement party

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One successful party here at the house. The Sanchez-Hayes party seemed pretty happy.