Oh My, I Love Tomato Pie!

Honestly, I never heard about tomato pie until I lived in the south. Even then, for some reason, it just held no appeal for me…oh boy,was I blind.  Finally, after several “suggestions” from Pinterest, I decided to give it a go.  Pleasant surprise…despite the simplistic nature of the ingredients, it truly tasted…well, just like a fresh late summer day.  Let me give you the recipe!


The usual cast of characters…although I have experimented with some guest ingredients like bacon and corn…

  1. Blind baked pie shell. I typically have several homemade pie crusts in the freezer, but store bought is fine…no judgment
  2. 1/2 to 1 cup fresh chopped basil, extra points if you grow your own
  3. 5-6 freshly chopped tomatoes with the juice squeezed out….I save and freeze the juice to use in stocks and broths
  4. 1/2 cup mayonnaise…I use full fat, I assume reduced fat would work, if you try it let me know.
  5. 2 cups chopped and shredded cheese…I use whatever I have on hand, for this pie I used cubed mozzarella and shredded cheddar.
  6. A few dashes of hot sauce and a sprinkling of sea salt

Easy peasy steps

  1. Placed juiced tomatoes in blind baked crust
  1. Sprinkle chopped basil and sea salt on juiced tomatoes
  1. Mix mayonnaise, cheese and hot sauce together until it is the consistency of a “slushy snowball” and spread on chopped basil…gently spread!
  1. Bake 30-40 minutes in a 350 degree oven…I don’t cover it.
  1. Remove, cool and enjoy!
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Of course, a beautiful Fall afternoon in downtown Annapolis is pretty nice as well.

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Perfect Buttery Biscuits

Opened my Facebook and found this recipe. It sounded good…No, it sounded great, actually. Sometimes you need to embrace the goodness that is butter. This recipe is fast, easy and I think, a new favorite around here.

The Usual Cast Of Characters

  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • 1 stick butter
  • 4 tsp baking powder
  • 4 tsp sugar
  • 2 tsp salt

The Steps to Glory

  1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees.
  2. Combine all of the dry ingredients in a medium sized bowl.
  3. Next, add the buttermilk and mix all of the ingredients together until a moist dough is formed.
  4. Melt the butter in a microwave safe bowl, and then pour it into an 8×8 or 9×9 baking dish (make sure that your pan is not too small or shallow so that the butter doesn’t drip out of the pan while it’s baking).
  5. Place the dough right on top of the melted butter and use a spatula to spread it evenly across the pan until it touches the sides.
  6. Cut the unbaked dough (it should be swimming in butter at this point) into 9 evenish squares.
  7. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown on top.
  8. Enjoy for breakfast, lunch or dinner! These biscuits are the perfect companion to any meal. Try them with jelly!

And on to Fall. Navy Football is back!

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A Maine State Of Mind Part 3

We rounded out our Maine trip with a visit to Bar Harbor. Hands down, Acadia is one of the most beautiful places. Before we arrived I feared large and noisy crowds pushing out our enjoyment of the national park experience, and there may have been a moment of two during the day that we had to reorganize plans, but the days spent in the park were mostly peaceful, relaxing and rejuvenating. The Princess enjoyed some family friendly hikes, complete with a snake sighting, and we all enjoyed the beautiful views from Cadillac Mountain. We could not get reservations for the carriage ride through the park, but what we did see was more than enough for us.

Our Bed and Breakfast was located very close to downtown Bar Harbor and we were able to walk…and shop…to everything we needed. The restaurants were unique, the vibe was chill and the weather could not have been better.

Maine…we will be back!

Hiking a trail perfect for kids.
Top of Cadillac mountain.
Shopping at Martha Stewart’s favorite antique shop.
Beautiful views.
The best ice cream in a lobster chair on Maine street.

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Back To School

I love late summer. My mind starts to dream about fall. It is my favorite season. I can’t wait to wear sweaters, pick apples and eat and drink pumpkin spice everything. My favorite part of September is back to school. I’m busy buying school supplies, bigger uniforms and a new backpack for the Princess and remembering my own back to school experiences. It is tradition that I decorate for this magical time and it gives me an excuse to buy more antique school items!

My fall mantel…Antique school bells and school books!
Apples and real glass marbles.
I added some rulers, school bells and antique lunchbox and vintage blocks to my coffee table.
Who does not love Curious George, especially with an antique slate?
Our little Princess off to Third Grade…yes, Third Grade.

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