We Are Deep In the Heart of Texas

Nomadic seasons of farming adventures with nature thrown in to include; a pinch of family, snippets of friends, counting our blessings, paying IT forward, home school, and the spicy things I decide to rant about.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Kicking It Old School, Chores, and Chocolate Buttermilk Pie

I love playing some vintage (if you can call the 90s vintage) video games with my boys.  We still have Nintendo 64, Sega Saturn, Sega Genesis, Playstation, Playstation 2, XBOX and XBox 360 consoles.  On really boring evenings after chores are done; we hook up one of the older games and play Banjo Kazooie, Mario Racing Cart or some other games that doesn't have violence or gore. (not my style)

This week was time to refill our feed holders here little Banjo was trying to help Lisa off load the truck while his brother Sonic chased the hens about.  Next month both pups will be having a gender altering surgery.  YEAH! Less male agression is good.
Just look at those WOMAN muscles. :O) 
Our supervisor, Cubby Bear. 
Our shotgun, Banjo (Da Killah).

 These birds are called Caracara (Mexican Eagles) and are vultures.  If I see them on the ground, I know they have found a nest of chicken eggs I need to gather.
Next, Chocolate Buttermilk Piejust click the name get the recipe.  I just added 1/3 cup coco baking powder. Yummy, creamy -- great eats. 
 above is without a crust just as a custard.
This one had a store bought crust of which I am not fond of at all but, it came out well.  The top layer was crusty with a brownie texture.  My next baking foray will be sweet potato pie, butter, and breads. Another item I want to try my hand at is Chicken Pies. Yes, I know I have been baking quite a bit but, in the summer it is just way too hot. If any of ya'll who pass by here have a great flakey layered crust recipe let me know. I don't like the store bought crusts and need to learn how to make my own.

Enjoy the pie!


Sharon said...

The only way I could make a flaky crust, was when I had home rendered lard. Has been a long time. Yep store crusts are thick, tough and just yuky, I prefer some of my "pies" be crustless. Specially sweet potato or pumpkin, why mess up the flavor with a pie crust?

Joanna@BooneDocksWilcox said...

1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons granulated sugar
3/4 teaspoon table salt
6 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, small dice
1/4 cup shortening
7 to 8 tablespoons ice water
In a large bowl, mix together flour, salt, and sugar until well combined. Using clean hands, add butter and toss until just coated. Rub butter between thumb and forefingers to incorporate into flour mixture until butter is in lima bean-sized pieces and comes together in quarter-sized clumps when squeezed in palm, about 2 minutes. Add shortening, toss until just coated in flour, then rub into flour mixture until mixture forms pea-size pieces (some big chunks should remain) and comes together in fist-sized clumps when squeezed, about 1 minute. Drizzle in half ice water and rake through mixture with fingers until just moistened. Drizzle in remaining water 1 tablespoon at a time and comb through mixture with fingers to moisten. It will go from being a shaggy mess to coming together. Dough is moist enough when it is moistened through but is not wet when pressed. (Do not overwork the dough or it will become tough.)

While rotating the bowl with 1 hand, push dough between other palm and side of bowl to gather into a ball. Turn dough onto a piece of plastic wrap, press it into a flat disk, then close in wrap. Place in coldest part of refrigerator (usually back bottom shelf) at least 30 minutes before rolling out and forming into a crust.

Jabacue said...

Now you are all set with that crust recipe! It looks delicious and maybe I'll try it out......like soon!
You are such a good Mom Mal.

Nekkid Chicken said...

OMG THANKS JOANNA!!!!!!! YEAH, I hope I do this recipe justice. LOL I hate store bought crusts. I miss my Maw Maw's cooking and cat head biscuits.

WOOOP WOOOP! Dancing around

Nekkid Chicken said...

Thanks Jabacue (Jim), I try to find ways to keep all of us close and happy.

Woooo Hooo still dancing with recipe in my hawt little hand.


John Gray jgsheffield@hotmail.com said...

just read your comments on THE WALKING DEAD!!!

you know u remind me a little of a prettier Vasquez out of aliens!!!

Janet said...

ooh ! that looks yummy ! I could just eat that now ! thank you for the photo x much appreciated x

Nekkid Chicken said...

Smooches Big John, You big ole flatterer! LOL What you have a bridge to sell me? :O)

Jan, You are very welcome. More to come as we are out and about. Take care,

Greg said...

Great pictures, now I'm hungry for pie...lol

Nekkid Chicken said...


Step into the TIN! LOL Hey Greg