Thursday, September 18, 2014

Fried Peach Hand Pies

Hello friends!
Have I told you lately how thankful I am for all of you?
And let me just say that each and every one of you are a peach :)

Speaking of a peach. . .Diane from Lavender Dreams
shared some fried peach pies on her blog this week.
Well, she didn't actually share them with her readers,
but she did share a tasty looking photo that had my mouth watering - thanks Diane!
I have never had fried peach pies - am I the only one in the dark?
I decided to change that and whipped up some fried peach pies that very night.
Oh boy. . .I can't believe I have been missing out on these for so long!
If you are like me and have never had fried peach pies
than I suggest you make some. . .now! :)

I couldn't find a recipe online that I liked
so I decided to mix my peaches with ingredients that I enjoy.
Let me share with you. . .

Ingredients needed:

- Peach filling -
2 large peaches, peeled and sliced
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon cloves (optional)
1 - 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon water

In a medium saucepan, add the peaches and mash with a fork.
Add all of the other ingredients and cook over medium heat for 7 - 10 minutes,
or until bubbly and thick.
Set aside and cool.

- Pie Crust -
1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon granulated sugar
1/3 cup vegetable shortening
4 -5 tablespoons water

In a medium bowl stir together flour, salt, and sugar.
Using a pastry blender, cut in shortening until pieces are pea-size.
Slowly add the water and gently mix with a fork.
Roll the pie dough out on a floured surface.
Cut out 6-inch circles (I used a salad bowl).
Repeat this process until the dough is used up - I got 6 circles.

Spoon the peach mixture onto the circles (don't fill it too full), 
fold the circle in half and seal the edges with a fork- 
if the dough is sticky dip the edge of the fork into cold water before pressing the dough together.

Heat up 1/2 cup vegetable shortening in a skillet, add the hand pies
and fry on each side for 3 - 5 minutes, or until golden brown.
Place on paper towels and gently dab at the grease
then transfer to another plate and sprinkle with granulated sugar.

Enjoy the sweet taste of peaches in these delicious fried pies.
Visit Diane's blog and see her yummy fried pies that inspired me :)

Have a delightful day, dear friends!
Sweet as a peach. . .

My Ebony has a little message for you. . . :)

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Don't miss out on the Tea Cup and Mug Exchange.
Click on the link below for all of the details.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Tea Cup and Mug Exchange

The time has arrived for the long-awaited tea cup and mug exchange!
The days are slowing down as Autumn draws near
and the evenings are growing cooler - a perfect time to enjoy a hot drink.

It's quite easy to participate and I know you will thoroughly enjoy yourselves.
The exchange is open to everyone from around the world.
The more the merrier and who doesn't love making friends from another country?
Also, you DO NOT need to have a blog, this is for anyone.

Let me explain what needs to be done for joining this exchange. . .

1. Email me at 
to let me know you would like to participate.
If you want to do both the tea cup and mug exchange than that is just fine.
Please let me know if you want to send out both.

2. In your email PLEASE let me know if you are okay with shipping overseas.
If you do not want to ship overseas than that is no problem, just let me know either way.

3. Purchase a tea cup or mug or you can send one from your own collection;
it's completely up to you :)
If you send one from your own collection 
please make sure it's in good condition with no stains or chips.
Tea cups or mugs from antique or thrifts stores are also fine,
but again, please make sure they are in good condition.

4. You are welcome to add additional tea items to your package,
but this is NOT NECESSARY!
You may do as you please, dear friends.

You will send a tea cup to a special someone and receive a tea cup from a special someone else
so you will be making two friends in the process.

 *** If you sign up for the exchange and then later find out you're not able to join
PLEASE let me know ASAP! ***

Sign up for the tea cup exchange will start today, September 16th
and will go until September 26th so we have 10 days to sign up and spread the word.
I will email each one of you on September 27th
with the information you need to send your special someone her tea cup.
We then have until October 4th (a week) to get the package together and shipped out.

And finally...I will have a linky on my blog towards the end of October
so that we can share our treasures with everyone.
If you do not have a blog then you can send me pictures of your new tea cup or mug
and I will put them on my blog for all to see.

So does everything make sense, lovelies?
You can email with any questions that you might have:

The tea cup exchanges in the past have been a tremendous blessing
and I know this one will be as well so please join us for some sweet fun.
You can see what others have received from the other exchanges
by clicking on the links below:

I will email each one of your throughout the exchange with updates and reminders :)
Also, if you have a blog you are more than welcome to share the tea cup and mug exchange 
with your friends and followers by using the picture below to place on your sidebar.
Just copy the HTML code and paste it onto your sidebar.

Tea Cup and Mug Exchange

I am looking forward to having you join the fun, sweet friends!

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Only One Life

Find your purpose and fling your life out into it;
and the loftier your purpose is,
the more sure you will be to make the world richer
with every enrichment of yourself!
- Phillips Brooks -

Only one life to offer - my Lord and King;
only one tongue to praise Thee and of Thy mercy sing;
only one heart's devotion - Savior,
O may it be consecrated alone to Thy matchless glory,
yielded fully to Thee.

Only this hour is mine, Lord - may it be used for Thee;
may every passing moment count for eternity;
souls all about are dying; dying in sin and shame;
help me bring them the message of Calvary's redemption
in They glorious name.

Only one life to offer -  take it, dear Lord, I pray,
nothing from Thee withholding, Thy will I now obey;
Thou who hast freely given Thine all in all for me,
claim this life for Thine own,
to be used, my Savior, every moment for Thee.
- Avis B. Christiansen -

According to my earnest expectation and my hope,
that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but that with all boldness, as always,
so now also Christ shall be magnified in my body,
whether it be by life, or by death.
For to me to live is Christ,
and to die is gain.
- Philippians 1:20, 21 -

Have a blessed Lord's Day!

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