Anya said I have too much “computer stuff” on my website again — not enough kittens and pie and fun stuff. So I am not allowed to post anything about computers for ALL OF FEBRUARY! And, if I do post about it, I get March added on. And another month for the next infraction, and so on. So … umm … pie!
Anya made a peach pie — I had extra pie crust dough from making a quiche a few nights ago, and we had frozen sliced peaches over the summer when we picked up a big pile of fresh peaches. I made a maple sugar crumble (maple sugar instead of brown sugar in a crumble recipe) for the topping. Anya used cookie cutters to decorate the pie with maple leaves and a snowflake. It was very tasty!
- 2 lbs frozen strawberries
- 1 Tablespoon lemon juice
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
Place frozen strawberries in a large pot, sprinkle with salt and drizzle with lemon juice.
Over medium heat, heat until strawberries begin to break down (stirring frequently).
Lower heat to simmer and cook until volume is reduced by about half.
Cool and refrigerate to store overnight.
Because I made two not-permitted posts since Anya started the challenge, she’s extended it by ten days! October 7th is the last day of Anya’s rule about what I can post on my own website … the one I set up for myself, on my server, so I would have somewhere to store my stuff. Yeah.
Anya has made us a scavenger hunt complete with clues — clues that are encrypted! While working out a ROT-1 or ROT-2 decryption isn’t terribly difficult, it was getting a little time consuming [especially when what was advertised as ROT-1 was actually ROT-(25) and I had to do it all over again!], so I made a quick spreadsheet to decrypt strings. The letter pairs are in the first two columns, then VLOOKUP is used to convert the printed character to the actual one. I found a trick card!
Anya made me a coconut custard for my birthday, and it was her first time successfully cracking eggs. I showed her how to do the first one, and she got the others cracked all by herself!
This year, Anya wanted a cranberry black forest cake. Which I didn’t really realize was a thing, but I found a recipe online. I used maple whipped cream between layers with maple glazed whole cranberries. It was tasty, but a little dry. If I were making it again, I would either soak it in some cranberry juice or some other liquid.
This year, Anya wanted a chocolate brownie for her cake …
Scott had a business idea for Anya — mobile concession stand at the park next door. To me, it seems an easy sell in their off-season — have thermoses of hot cocoa and mulled cider. But he was thinking in the summer, selling their ice cream and bottled water.