Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Rhubarb Custard Pie Recipe

Rhubarb Custard Pie 
An Old Fashioned Springtime Favorite
by Gazaboo

Each spring we eagerly await our fresh garden rhubarb to make this delicious old fashioned favorite. Rhubarb is one of the early garden crops and marks the new growing season and the bounty to come. This is my mother's recipe for Rhubarb Custard Pie that is sure to become your family's new old fashioned springtime favorite.

1 pastry for 9 inch (23cm) two-crust pie
4 cups (1 L) fresh rhubarb cut into ½ inch (1 cm) pieces
2 eggs
1 tablespoon (15 mL) milk
2/3 cup (150 mL) all-purpose flour
1 ½ cups (350 mL) granulated sugar
1 tablespoon (15 mL) butter

1.Preheat oven to 425ºF (220ºC).
Roll out pastry for bottom crust, and place in a 9 inch (23 cm) pie dish. Place rhubarb in crust.

2.In large bowl, beat together eggs, milk, flour and sugar until smooth and creamy.
Pour evenly over the rhubarb. Dot with butter.

3. Roll out remaining pastry and cut into strips ½ inch (1 cm) wide.
Weave strips over filling to form a lattice top. Gently press edges to bottom crust and flute.

4. Bake at 425°F (220ºC) for 10 minutes, then reduce oven to 400ºF (200ºC) and continue
baking 40 to 45 minutes more.

Friday, May 24, 2013

How Does Your Garden Grow. . .

A Time to Sow!
For the next few weeks, I will be talking about some of my favorite topics - gardening, how our garden is progressing, and sharing ideas and fun garden tips! This first post is an introduction to our garden, and where my husband and I live. For those of you who do not know the geography of Southern California, there is an area east of L.A. called the High Desert.

There are lots of small towns and plenty of fresh air. Tall, craggy mountains line the skyline and dirt paths wind through the desert terrain and can lead anywhere or nowhere. This is where we live, and and where our garden thrives.

So, you ask, why do we garden? For for a lot of reasons! It not only provides plenty of invigorating exercise, it also brings us lots of joy as we see new greens spring to life. In the long run, this garden will bring in a huge amount of food that will save those dollars on our grocery bill. I can't tell you how much I love looking out our window at the fresh bright plants poking out of the ground.

The beauty of it is we are constantly learning as we go.  Of course we have had some issues to work out due to heat, lack of nutrition in the soil, and other challenges. As we learn about each plant in our garden we know we have a chance to bring beauty and life back to the soil on our land.

We are planning and expanding our seasonal planting times in order to have veggies all year long. Right now, we have quite a lot of plants growing, but over the next few weeks, we will also be planting seeds at different times to provide a variety of food over a span of months. Our goal is to plant everywhere on our property, including fruit trees AND a greenhouse.

For this series on the EVE blog, we would love to dialog and support other gardeners. If you have comments, questions or a garden story you would like to share, please let us know in the comments!
Hope you all have a fantastic spring day!

After spending time in the garden ;)

Wednesday, May 15, 2013


By far, the most wonderful team! Not only are each and every one of you totally awesome! But look how many photos I received!! So darn cool! Thanks to everyone who makes this team so terrific! 

O CAPTAIN! my Captain! our fearful trip is done;
The ship has weather'd every rack, the prize we sought is won;
The port is near, the bells I hear, the people all exulting!

Party Hats for Everyone!



HERE WE GO :)) Starting at the top - from left to right-
Shelley-reconstitution; Wicked with her Grandma; Susan-myothermind; Gail & Ollie-Road10; Jana-luncheonettevintage.
Lydia-GardenofSimples; Amanda & Daniel-DnARiser; Karl-halfpintsalvage; Delia-AmeliaBediliaVintage; Jamie-Jaysworld
Toni-moonchildvintage; Vera & Victor-VeraVague; Laura & pup-OceansideCastle; Rhonda-ShadowJewels; Cheryl & her daughter-TheScreenPorch; 
Gail-RockyspringsVingage; Annie, Kathi and Dave-DancingWren, AllthingsWhite and rusticwren; {skip middle image I will do these next ;)} Emily & pup-mothrasue; Bev-BeeJayKay
(under Laura & her dog) Antonella(peeking up from the corner)-altmeansold; Irit (with her camera)-MeshuMash; Lisa (with her fam) - Repoville
 ROW 5
Kate-KateBlossom; Cab-CabArtVintage; {skip middle} Carolyn & David-RamshakleVintage; Christine-YellandPanic
Lizz-GinnyandHarriot; Erica & Lila the cat-LaRouxVintage; {skip middle}Kate-StoryTellersVintage; Christy-Pastoria
Julia-LittleKittenVintage; Susan-CalloohCallay {skip middle} Nicole-Dotto; Adriana-LaBiblioteca
 ROW 8
Shaun, Bella, Chrissy, Gracie - WretchedShekels; Deb & Hubby-WhimzyThyme; Julie-TheRustyScarecrow; Nan & Co-VintageFrenchLinens; Wendy-HilltopCottage
Karen-OtherLifeVintage; Valerie-MademoiselleChipotte; Mary Beth-MaryBethHale; Amanda-KindlingVintage; Jamie-Kolorize
ROW 10
Gaz-Gazaboo; Phil & Steph-Antiquissimo; Ginger-MissMagpiesShoppe; Heather & Jer-PopBam; Sheryl-Reclaimer
ROW 11
Jackie-Satorialistas; Angela-Surfaced; Suzanne-VintageCuriosityShop; Nancy-ByHeart; William-AmorofModernMen
ROW 12
Elise (on the right) & two daughters-Birdnestsandpaper; Lisa-ThatOldBlueHouse2; Kris-EitherOrFinds; JD-ThirdShift; Chris-MissFarfalla

Thank you sweet teamies for sending your photos, and best wishes! xoxo Elise

Mary Lou-RushCreekVintage

Jen-Xurple and Ruby

Brenda-PhotosPast and her sweet pup!

 Maggie-Hilltoptimes & her boys;)

Kate's Grace-AloofNewWhimsy

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

EVE Team Review: Best Shops of the Week

You know that I love to search all over Etsy and find the best shops to represent vintage, handmade and newbie! I am excited about the shops this week because they represent some new trends that I see both in the design and layout of shop merchandising, there are also interesting shop photos ;) Today I am going right for the golden ring, the Newbie shop - 

Newbie Shop of the Week: Selva Store

Although Selva Shop has only been opened since April 20th, the yummy cotton T-shirts have already made it onto the FP and into lots of treasuries. Is it any wonder? The merchandise is handsomely photographed, the product is wonderful, and the models are all men :) Are you looking for a father's day gift, by any chance!

Handmade Shop of the Week: Jump Off the Page

Humor and adventure appear to be the themes of this wonderful shop. The graphic pieces give us permission to roam, wander and love it! A great gift for a graduate, an inspiration for weddings, bridal showers and home decor.

Vintage Shop of the Week: Cute Old Things

The look and feel of this shop has a lot to do with the fact that it is based  in the Ukraine; and a lot to do with the special eye that Alex and Lena have for the beauty in minimalism. Each item in their shop, speaks for itself simply and straight forwardly. I love the colors and simplicity they strive for. 

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

EVE Team Review: Best Shops of the Week

It's May Day! Off we go full speed into Spring. I'm thinking gardens, wild flowers, fairies, and green fields. :)

Vintage Shop of the Week: Beca Reads

Have you ever found a children's book and opened it up, and gasped with delight? I guarantee that you will feel that way about each of the beautiful books in this shop! Every book she finds is a little treasure, how does she do it!!? And the photos are perfect, don't you think! Welcome to her fantastic world!

Handmade Shop of the Week:  Emerald Snow

The art of linocut is a passion for Paulina. The detail, color and composition are stunning. Geometric shapes that feel so soft in the rendering of hard lines. Doesn't shout, but whispers that Spring is here, so let's celebrate.

Newbie Shop of the Week: GMNYC

Fun new shop that has vintage clothing, and her own photography as well. Light plays an important part in the feel of her shop, carefree images too! Seems like a great combination, and perfect for the spring and summer.