Oh My…It’s 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

5. 1/2 cup mayonnaise…I use full fat, I assume reduced fat would work, if you try it let me know.

6. 2 cups chopped and shredded cheese…I use whatever I have on hand, for this pie I used cubed mozzarella and shredded cheddar.

7. A few dashes of hot sauce and a sprinkling of sea salt

Easy peasy steps

1. Placed juiced tomatoes in blind baked crust


2. Sprinkle chopped basil and sea salt on juiced tomatoes


3. Mix mayonnaise, cheese and hot sauce together until it is the consistency of a “slushy snowball” and spread on chopped basil…gently spread!


4. Bake 30-40 minutes in a 350 degree oven…I don’t cover it.


5. 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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Time To Get Cozy

It might have been 75 degrees yesterday but the air held the promise of a chill, so it seemed the perfect time to bring out some fall coziness. I firmly believe it’s a little early to go full on pumpkin mode, but a few showed up on some pillows and throws. I just love this time of year, especially the excitement of Back to School. I’m so thankful both the Princess and I are in an actual school building. You could feel the excitement in the air. Our school is taking recommended precautions quite seriously to ensure good health and safety for everyone. We may have to social distance at school, but we are all about the cozy together in the home!

Family is the perfect word for Fall!
A cozy spot to read a good book or watch a great movie.
This pillow and vintage blanket just speak cozy to me.
Colorful fall in the master bedroom.

And a pretty Princess off to Second Grade!

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Let’s Celebrate With Cake!

You have to do something fantastic and special this weekend. I suggest this cake…

Chocolate Espresso Pound Cake with a hint of coconut

The Usual Cast of Characters

2 t. Espresso powder

T. hot water

1/2c. buttermilk

3 sticks of butter, room temperature

1¼ c. granulated sugar

3 large eggs

½ T. vanilla

½ t. kosher salt

1/2t. baking powder

1/4 cup and 1 T cocoa powder

1 c. flour (cake or all purpose)

1t coconut essence or extract

Powdered sugar or fall sprinkles for dusting

The Steps To Glory

Preheat oven to 325° F. Spray a 5” x 9” loaf pan

1. In a small bowl dissolve espresso powder in hot water. Stir into buttermilk; set aside.

2. In the work bowl of a stand mixer, beat butter and sugar together on medium speed until light and fluffy, 5-6 minutes.

3. Add eggs one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Add vanilla, salt, baking powder, and cocoa powder, coconut and mix until combined.

4.With mixer on low add flour and buttermilk mixture alternately, beginning and ending with flour. Mix until just combined, scraping the sides of the bowl as needed.

5. Pour batter into the prepared pan. Bake for 55 to 65 minutes, or until a cake tester inserted into the center comes out clean. Allow the cake to cool 20 minutes before turning out onto a rack to cool completely. Dust with powdered sugar or fall sprinkles.

I also recommend a delightful back to school tea with your favorite people! She was very eager to end the pictures and get on with the goodies!

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Back To School

We may be wearing masks, standing six feet apart and washing hands every hour on the hour…or some of us may be greeting school friends and teachers via ZOOM. But let’s hear it for that back to school excitement. I love school! So many happy memories for me. To celebrate each year, I decorate with antique school memorabilia. Enjoy the whimsical memories of school days long ago.

So many marbles some teacher must have confiscated after recess.
Curious George counts on his abacus.
Oh the sound of a school bell…
Everything you would need in that one room schoolhouse.
The Princess said the old books are “fascinating”…I agree.

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