Monday, September 9, 2013

Birthdays and Deamsicle Pie

So yesterday -- Sunday -- we had the kids and grandkids here at our house to celebrate Fred's and my birthdays. Fred is exactly one week older than I, which means for one week I can say I married an older man. (Of course, for that same week, Fred likes to say he married a younger woman!) 

We picked the perfect day for a backyard party with the temperature reaching a comfortable 77 degrees. (Today the temp topped out at 94 degrees with high humidity!) Dinner consisted of fried chicken, sloppy joes, potato salad, coleslaw, baked beans, and a variety of liquid refreshment followed by a red velvet birthday cake for Fred and a chocolate birthday cake for me. 

That wasn't the end of the desserts, though. Daughter Jenni brought a homemade peach pie, the fresh peaches having come from the Elberta peach tree in her back yard. Daughter Sarah wasn't to be outdone by her younger sister; she brought homemade brownies, lemon squares, and raspberry crunch cookies.

So yes, this wasn't the most calorie conscious, fat free dinner of all time, but boy! it sure was good! :) The only thing missing was a Deamsicle pie. My sister sent me this recipe and said her family loved it. Being a Dreansicle fan -- you know, those vanilla ice cream bars covered in orange sherbet -- I intend to make this pie very soon, although I'll probably substitute a graham cracker crust for the cookie crust. I'm including the recipe below in case you'd like to try it, too.

And speaking of recipes, Carolyn Haines, author of the Bones series starring Sarah Booth Delaney, has a cookbook coming out next spring. Called BONE-A-FIED DELICIOUS, Recipes from Zinnia's Finest Chefs, the book features the best recipes out of 700 submissions sent to Carolyn from readers and writers across the country. The book will debut at Carolyn's annual Daddy's Girls Weekend, April 3-6, 2014 in Mobile, Alabama. This is a great conference for readers and writers alike with author conversations and panel discussions interspersed with fun activities like the Big Daddy contest. For more information, visit Carolyn's website at or go directly to the Daddy's Girls website,

Happy recipe testing!


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