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How to Make a Teapot Planter

Posted by supermom on March 27, 2008


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Super Mom’s Household Tip of the Day #1

Posted by supermom on March 24, 2008

I thought it would be fun to do a Super Mom’s Household Tip of the Day post whenever I think of some household tip or trick that I’ve learned along the way to cook better, clean easier or something that just generally makes life run a bit more smoothly.

To get this started, here’s today’s Household Tip of the Day:

If the recipe calls for whipped egg white, you’ll get more volume if the whites are at room temperature.

However, it’s easier to separate eggs that are cold, so separate your eggs while cold making sure that no yolk gets into the whites. Cover and refrigerate the bowl with the yolks to use in other recipes. Cover the bowl with the whites and allow them to come to room temperature.

And since this is tip #1, I’ll add a bonus tip. Even the tiniest amount of grease on the bowl or beaters will stop the whites from whipping to the desired consistency. So wash all bowls and utensils thoroughly in warm soapy water, rinse and dry well before using.

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Super Mom’s No-Fail Pie Crust

Posted by supermom on March 20, 2008

When I was first married, I could never get my pie crusts to work.   Then in 1985, my mother started working at a small ice cream shop where they also served coffee, tea and pies.  Mom learned this recipe while working there and passed it along to me.   

5 c all purpose flour

1 lb of lard  

Cut the lard into the flour using a pastry cutter or two knives.  Work until you have little pea sized pieces in the flour mixture.  Don’t overwork. 

Next, break an egg into a measuring cup, add 1 tbsp of vinegar.  Beat well.  Add enough ice water to get 1 cup of liquid.  Pour into flour mixture.  Stir together until it forms into a ball.   

Turn out onto a floured surface and knead a few times.  Again, don’t overwork the dough.  Just knead until it all sticks together.   Wrap dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.  (Dough can be made night before.  It will also keep in the fridge for up to one week or the freezer for a couple of months.) 

After the dough has rested in the fridge, roll it out into circles approximately 3 inches bigger than your pie pans.  Roll up dough using rolling pin and then roll out into the pans.

Fill pies shells with whatever filling you like.

Roll out second circle of dough.  Brush a little water around dough on the rim of pie pan.  Carefully roll top crust onto pie.  Gently, but firmly press around rim.  Trim off excess dough.  With a fork dipped in flour, press all the way around the pie.  Again using a fork, poke holes in top crust to allow steam to vent while cooking.  (You can also cut Vs as steam vents)

Bake at 400 degrees Fahrenheit until the pies are golden brown.

This recipe makes 3 to 4 double crusted pies depending on how thick you roll the dough. 

If you have any questions, please feel free to leave a comment and I’ll answer to the best of my ability. 

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Setting the Tone: Pay It Forward

Posted by supermom on March 18, 2008

I’ve seen this on other blogs and decided that I wanted to do this to set the tone for this blog.    Different blogs have worded it differently, but the main idea can be paraphrased in this way:

To the first three people who comment on this post, I will send a small handmade gift.  It may not be tomorrow or the next day or even next week, but within the next 365 days, I promise to make and mail a gift to each of those three commenters. 

So please take a moment to comment and allow me to Pay It Forward.

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Am I Really a Super Mom?

Posted by supermom on March 12, 2008

When our oldest was born at little over 23 years ago, I remember looking down at her sweet little face and suddenly feeling completely overwhelmed and unprepared for the task ahead.   But just as quickly, I realized that being overwhelmed wasn’t an option.  That little person was depending on me to figure it out.  So with the loving support of my husband and the advice and guidance from countless mothers who had gone before me, I took on the role of mother; first to one then two and finally three children. 

My being dubbed Super Mom started out as a family in-joke shortly after the movie The Incredibles came out.   I had sorted out some problem one of our children was having and said child remarked, “Super Mom to the rescue!”  To which I replied, “No Capes!”  (If you’ve watched the movie, you’ll recognize the reference right away.  If not, see this YouTube clip: The Incredibles:NoCapes! )

So to answer the question.  No, I don’t consider myself a Super Mom, in the hero sense of the word.   But over the years, I did strive every day to be the best Mom I could possibly be.  And here in this blog it is my aim to pass along some of what I’ve learned about raising a family and making a home into a haven for them. 

I hope that you will join me by commenting on posts and sharing your own experiences.  By doing so, we’ll all learn from each other and continue the tradition of mothers (and fathers) passing on advice and encouragement to those who are making this journey with us and those who come after.

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