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Thursday, June 16, 2011

Cheerio…My Good Chap!

What shall we talk about? The weather? It was 106° here today. And that's all I got to say about that. I'm putting on a couple of vids and I would like for you to listen to them both. If you're not familiar with him, John Prine is one of America's best songwriters. Here's a couple of lesser-known dazzlers....... (the first one's a little risqué).....

a perfect peach of

What a master he is. Now, this isn't a cooking blog, but how would you like to make a delicious dessert that takes only 10 min. to fix, and cost about four dollars? My mom used to make this recipe for me, so a few years back I searched for "cherry-o pie". That's what she called it, and to my surprise, I found the recipe. The last few months, I've been doing all my shopping at Walmart. I have Walmarts listed on my GPS, as points of interest. I decided if I was going to use their facilities for overnight parking, I might as well get used to shopping in their store. You will notice that I used Walmart brand products in the manufacture of this delicious dessert. Previously, I had used name brands like Eagle Brand and Philadelphia Cream Cheese. It was just an experiment to see if the Great Value brand made the same quality pie, as I was familiar with.

this simple recipe has five ingredients

combine the cream cheese with the sweetened
 condensed milk

squirt in an extra large dose of lemon juice
use the mixer and beat on high for
a couple of minutes

pour mixture into the pie shell
top with cherry pie filling

flip the plastic insert around and cover the pie
store in the refrigerator until the next day
I'll let you know how it turned out

good neighbors are priceless
I had honestly wanted to do some touch-up painting and some carpentry work today, but it was just too hot. I went next door and sat with my neighbor, LaWayne. We sat under his patio and solved the world's problems. We still have a little work to do on that issue. 

LaWayne is retired, but he stays very active. He's a camping enthusiast, with nice fifth wheel trailer and a F350 Ford. He's been a good neighbor for many years, and I will miss him. Of course, he says our trails will cross again....'out there'. I would bet money on it!

I hope you do have some use for the pie recipe, it is delish! It really has been nice, writing my blog, inside, in the air-conditioning! Nope, not hot in here. I love this country.


Oh yeah, mmmmmmm!

I couldn't resist this


  1. Michael, the recipe sounds delicious, however as someone who's recipes all start with the words 'set your microwave at' I'm afraid it is beyond my culinary skills and would require equipment that is beyond my level of expertise(a mixer). LOL Such is the life of a bachelor full-timer.

  2. You just threw us into a lather of gustatory nostalgia. I feel a no-bake pie in our (near) future.

    We do all our grocery shopping at WalMart, too. I haven't gotten the nerve to tell our Ithaca friends.


  3. Michael... love your recipe. I never bake and am not real creative in the kitchen but I can do this pie. Thanks.

  4. John~ Don't worry, I'll no-bake us a pie when we camp together. I have been single for 15 years and have this batching thing down pat.

    Roxanne~ Lemme know how it turns out.

    Gypsy~ Send me a pic of your pie!

  5. Remember lemonade pie? It's yummy and easy, too. (And say I never read your blog.) :))

  6. You like Prine and Carlin. I guess I'll follow you and see what's up.

  7. Are you kiddin Me? It don't get much better than George Carlin and Be Bop. Course all us hip kids knew what the song was really about! :-)

    I've had the pie you made.Good stuff if your into sweets.

  8. OK update.. here's another ole time recipe to add to your collection.
    Mock Apple pie
    What You Need
    Pastry for 2-crust 9-inch pie
    36 RITZ Crackers, coarsely broken (about 1-3/4 cups crumbs)
    2 cups sugar
    2 tsp. cream of tartar
    Grated peel of 1 lemon
    2 Tbsp. lemon juice
    2 Tbsp. butter or margarine
    1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
    Make It

    PREHEAT oven to 425°F. Roll out half of the pastry and place in 9-inch pie plate. Place cracker crumbs in crust; set aside.

    MIX sugar and cream of tartar in medium saucepan. Gradually stir in 1-3/4 cups water until well blended. Bring to boil on high heat. Reduce heat to low; simmer 15 minutes. Add lemon peel and juice; cool. Pour syrup over cracker crumbs. Dot with butter; sprinkle with cinnamon. Roll out remaining pastry; place over pie. Trim; seal and flute edges. Slit top crust to allow steam to escape.

    BAKE 30 to 35 minutes or until crust is crisp and golden. Cool completely.

  9. Thanks~ Sheryl and sueb.

    Bob...welcome aboard. The best is yet to come.

    Ben~ That song is about cherry pie, right? And, I couldn't quite picture that pie. Hows 'bout whippin' one up?

  10. Well, we embarked on a full-day (so far) discussion/argument about 1) whether a no-bake pie would serve us well, 2) if it would, should we (Annie) start from scratch, or 2) buy a box (nope - that $#!† looks nasty), or 3) buy the refrigerated filling (slightly less-nasty). By the time we got done (so far) arguing, we weren't in the mood for pie and bought cookies.


  11. Michael,
    That looks so yummie. And I love me some George he was great.

  12. Roxanne~ go back and read the part about it takes 10 minutes and cost four bucks.

    jojo~ wasn't that great? i never knew he could sing like that. how did george remember all his monologues? most of them were quite complicated.