Friday, May 18, 2012

Back to the kitchen....

Well, I certainly didn't think it would be this long before I would be posting again on the blog!  It has been a busy week here!  Those of you who have been following since the beginning know that one of my hobbies is playing bridge, and that takes care of Tuesday morning.:)  You also know that I sing in the chorus at the Senior Center.  We have had two events this week - one performing at the Senior Center on Wednesday, then another "recording session" on Thursday!  So - here I am, finally motivated to do something in the kitchen.:) 

This morning on our local television program, this recipe was demonstrated by a local baker who has been in a competition-type situation on TLC earlier in the year.  It is such a simple recipe that I thought I would just bake that today for the blog.  Since The Husband likes coconut, it was a winner, as you are able to see from the picture.

                                  One slice gone!
I very rarely buy a ready-made crust at the store, so this is my usual pastry.  Crimping a nice edge has never been my strength, but the pastry is good, regardless.:)


1/2 stick (1/4 cup) butter, melted
1 can sweetened condensed milk (I used fat free)
3 eggs, slightly beaten
1/2 bag (or slightly more, if desired) coconut
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 9-inch pie crust, unbaked

- Mix first five ingredients together well.  Pour into unbaked pie crust.  Bake at 350 degrees for 45-50 minutes, until firm and lightly brown on top.

Vanilla bean paste was used on TV, but I didn't have any of that.  Those of  you who may use it know that it is more concentrated and not as much is needed as if you were using vanilla.

To expand a bit on my last post regarding Spike and Pebbles, pets of Grandson Munchkin, he also has an anole named Greeny.  Guess what color it is!  Green!:)  He has had a couple of snakes through the years, but presently none reside in the house.:)  When he comes to visit here, he loves to look for critters in our patio area and sometimes finds something that might go home with him. 

I have noticed a new follower!  Thank you so much for coming along.  I really enjoy reading your comments.

Oh - next post - Will these be seen again?

Are these from our four little plants?


  1. Oh Yumm! I love coconut pie and strawberries too. How did you know that I have a can of sweetened condensed milk that I need to use up?
    Thank you Nellie.

  2. 4 plants?? Wow! I love coconut pie and that looks wonderful and it sounds so easy. You have been busy.
    You asked me how far I am from the beach? About 3 hours It isn't that far but the traffic makes it longer.
    Everyone wants to live at the beach. :)
    Have a wonderful weekend. You are busy too. :)

  3. Well, I have said it before, and I'll repeat it here---you and The Husband are two of the busiest retired folks I know! I can say that the concert at the Senior Center on Wednesday afternoon was delightful, and it was wonderful to see you two, as always! This coconut pie does look delicious, and I'm sure it is being enjoyed even more now that the day has worn on a bit. As for your pastry, it might not always look like a picture, but it is wonderful!! Keep up the great work! As for critters, one of my friends has posted pictures of a couple of snakes, one on their deck and the other next to the garage door, a ratsnake and a red something-or-other. She is quite comfortable with allowing them to live in her flower bed, but I think I would be trying to find them another habitat!! :-)

  4. That pie looks just delicious! And it seems like it is so fast and easy to make. I just happen to have all the ingredients on hand (including a frozen pie store bught so I just may put one together today. And you know Nellie you are one BUSY lady. It sounds like you are really having your share of fun!