Thursday, September 20, 2007

Peaches, Pie Crust and Procrastination

I have a low-grade headache today and so in order to avoid working on my book, I decided that what I really wanted to do was to make something delicious with the last of my summer peaches.
Since my pie crust recipe makes 3 single crusts, I decided to make a peach pie, a galette, and freeze the remaining crust.
The galette is super-easy.
Roll out 1 single pie crust worth of dough into a rough circle shape, big enough to fit the entire surface of a large round Pampered Chef baking stone.
Peel and slice 2-3 peaches, placing fruit within 2" of the crust edge.
Sprinkle liberally with sugar (about 2 T) and dot with butter.
Fold the crust over to half-cover the fruit.
Joy says to brush the edges with milk but I sometimes ignore that step.
Bake in a preheated 400 degree oven for 15-20 minutes.

The peach pie is an old favorite: crust baked blind filled with vanilla custard cream, chilled, and topped with fresh sliced peaches.
(This photo is from a family picnic at Uncle Walter's birthday last year- my current peach pie is chilling in the fridge, awaiting its crowning fruit. This time I used my deep dish pie pan and put peaches in the bottom and then custard on top. We'll have to see how that turns out, as the custard goes in warm, and may cook the peaches a bit.)

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

More Glorious Fall

I just can't get enough of American Fork Canyon in the autumn!

Saturday, September 15, 2007

Picnic up North Fork

At our picnic site, Ethan found this fuzzy and interesting caterpillar.

We had Costco roast chicken, avacados and rosemary bread.
It was yummy!

I took about 200 pictures of Ethan and/or Sophie.
Emily will no doubt post more on her blog.
But this is certainly my favorite of the two of them.
I knitted the sweater Sophie is wearing!

Early Fall Color!

It was just GORGEOUS up the canyon today!
Only the early reds were turning.
It will be several weeks before full peak color arrives.

Sunday, September 9, 2007

Family Sleepover

Last Friday night I went up Little Cottonwood Canyon to Snowbird Resort.
Dave Staples and family were staying there after the wedding.
I drove up in the evening when the light was beautiful on the rocky walls.

Jesse came too, and a friend of Laura's. We sat in the spa hot tub and visited and then Jesse went home and Laura went to spend the night at her friend's house and I stayed over.
It was like a sleepover party.
We had soda and chips and lots of fun talking until midnight.

The next morning, Susannah made breakfast and I said goodbye as they began packing up to take Susannah and Laura back up to school in Rexburg.

Monday, September 3, 2007

Mom and Dad's 47th Anniversary

On Sunday the 2nd of September, I hosted a dinner at my clubhouse in honor of Mom and Dad's 47th Wedding Anniversary.
We had pasta al forno and garlic bread (made by me), green salad (Kathleen) and carrot cake from Costco (Emily.)
We had a great time!

Wedding Reception

The Lion House Bride Room is a really nice place for primping and pampering.

Receptions are the best time to get spontaneous smiles from the bride and groom.

After the wedding and reception- everyone's tired!

Waving good-bye from the "just married" car.

Saturday, September 1, 2007

Rebekah's Wedding

Today my first cousin once removed Rebekah Staples was married to Shintaro Teranobu in the LDS Bountiful Temple.
I was delighted to be their photographer.
Weddings are fun!

Weddings are also a challenge, as the poses are often very formal and it is hard to get spontaneous facial expressions, but I managed to get some nice settings and a few cute candids, too.

I love this photo of Susannah helping carry her sister's train.