Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Grandma's Rhubarb Custard Pie - #EveryBiteTakesYouHome @the100ftJourney

Every bite takes you home is the theme of the upcoming move "The Hundred Foot Journey".  So, in anticipation of the movie opening, I am sharing one of my recipes that bring me "home".  Straight from my Grandmother's recipe card, Rhubarb Custard Pie.  My grandmother would make pies from scratch for almost every family gathering.  YUM

Here is the recipe: 

1 pie shell


3 eggs
1 3/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 Tablespoons milk
4 Tablespoons flour
4 cups cut rhubarb


1/2 cup sugar
1/3 cup flour
1/2 stick oleo {1/4 cup butter}
1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Beat eggs, milk, sugar, flour and vanilla in a large bowl.  Mix until well blended.  Mix in the rhubarb then pour into a pie shell. 

Mix all the ingredients for the topping until crumbly.  Do NOT warm the butter, keep it cold or you will not get crumbly, you will end out with cat food looking topping (which still tastes good).  

Sprinkle the topping onto the pie filling and place in the over for 45 minutes or until set.  

The results:  I made this pie with Apriva (fake sugar), and it turned out good.  It didn't really have a custard flavor that I was hoping for like the inside of a Long John donut.  The rhubarb was the prevalent flavor.  That being said, I am sure my dad will give it a thumbs up tonight at dinner:)

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

The Hundred Foot Journey - #EveryBiteTakesYouHome

Every bite takes you home is the theme of The Hundred Foot Journey (coming to theaters 8/8).  Family holidays bring back such great memories and it wasn't a celebration without fudge (with my Mom's Family) and pie (with my Dad's Family).

So with that, I am sharing a few recipes from Grandma Bickham's recipe box.  This is the box that I was given shortly after her passing.   At the time, I was not much of a cook and the recipes were quite confusing, as they were written for her (and she knew what she was doing) and not for me (NO CLUE).  I had always intended on scanning these all in and putting them online, but just never got around to it.

I flipped through a few and here are some of my favorites:

Rhubarb Custard Pie: I am going to make this soon... hopefully by tomorrow and surprise my dad.  He said this was his favorite pie that Grandma made for him.  So, I am going to take a stab at it.

I simply love Rhubarb... so this is on my list too!

I have never tried this...  but I love the reference to Oleo.

Punch for Gary's Graduation: {I wasn't even born when this one was made}

Peanut Butter Fudge:

This one made me laugh a bit, it is Rhubarb Crisp, notice any missing ingredients?  Guess we will play it by ear!  

Another one of those that made me giggle... I am sure some of the directions are missing here....

Walking with Dinosaurs #giveaway A second chance to win!!!!

Dinosaurs once again roam the earth when the spectacular production, Walking With Dinosaurs The Arena Spectacular, based on the award-winning BBC Television Series, comes to The Palace of Auburn Hills for an eight-show engagement from August 6-10, 2014.

Tickets at $59.50, $49.50, $39.50, $19.50 reserved go on sale at 10 a.m., April 4 at Palacenet.com, The Palace Ticket Store and all Ticketmaster locations and online at Ticketmaster.com. Tickets may be also charged by phone to American Express, Discover, Visa and MasterCard by calling 800.745.3000.

Walking With Dinosaurs The Arena Spectacular depicts the dinosaurs’ evolution with almost cinematic realism. The show has scenes of the interactions between dinosaurs, how carnivorous dinosaurs evolved to walk on two legs, and how the herbivores fended off their more agile predators. 

This updated production will showcase changes to the dinosaurs based on the latest scientific research including the likely feathering of some species. Worldwide, more than eight million people have seen this show in 243 cities and over 2,000 performances.

Enter below for a chance to win a family four pack of tickets to Walking With Dinosaurs on August 6th, 2014

The Super Run Ann Arbor - #Giveaway #TheSuperRunA2

The Super Run is coming to Ann Arbor Michigan on September 6th, 2014 and will take place at Glaaup Park.  Dress up as your favorite super-hero (costume/cape optional) and use your super powers to zip along a 1k or 5k course. The Super Run is a great event for children and adults alike.  Each participant will receive their very own super cape and Super Run Swag.  Use the code SUPERDETROITMOMMY5 to save $5 off the adult registration.  

The Super Run in Ann Arbor will benefit the Lutheran Social Services of Michgian whose mission focuses on children and families, persons with disabilities and seniors, reaching across Michigan’s Lower Peninsula to focus on adoption, foster care, refugee services, home care, senior housing, group homes and more.

Local businesses, charities or artists can attend the event for free if you provide a family friendly activity or giveaway and share about your attendance at the event on social media. For more info please email Service@TheSuperRun.com with Vendor as they subject.  

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Monday, July 28, 2014

A Letter to My Arguing Neighbors

Dear Neighbors:

Maybe I am way out there, I know I'm not perfect, but my hubby and I have only a few times had a discussion that led to raised voices.  So it happens, I know but it is a regular occurrence in your home. I hear you yelling, swearing, calling each other names, crying.  You slam doors,  you yell at the top of your lungs inside, you tell at the top of your lungs outside.  Yes, it is disturbing us, you wake our kids at night, during their afternoon naps and my daughters are afraid of you because of all the yelling.

But this isn't about us, it's about you and your family.  Maybe you hadn't thought about it, but the fighting is having a huge effect on your children.  They see and hear you argue and they think it is normal.  So, here are some things to consider:

1. Respect - I read on a blog somewhere (wish I remember where) that the house rules were to treat the people in your home as well or better than you do your guests.  I think this is a great rule to live by.  It is hard, but showing your significant other and children respect is a great goal and standard.  Showing respect for those you love strengthens relationships and encourages honesty and thoughtfulness.

2.  You are setting the example - your children look to you to set the standard of how relationships are supposed to work.  If you are constantly screaming at your significant other, your children are going to not only think that is acceptable, but that it is normal.  They are more likely to accept a relationship with the same terms, or even worse impact your child's ability to handle their own anger.

3. Your fighting has a negative impact on your child's emotional well being - from a Parents.com article " 'frequent, unresolved fighting chips away at that confidence, triggering sadness, anxiety, and fear in children of all ages,' Dr. Cummings explains." These feelings can grow and affect other aspects of your child's life including relationships with others.  From The Telegraph:  "Those who had experienced family discord in their formative years had a smaller volume of grey matter in the brain, particularly the cerebellum (which has been linked to problems such as impaired learning, anxiety, schizophrenia, depression and bipolar)."

I can clearly see the negative impact your fighting is having on your children.  Please get help!  Find someone to talk to, work out your issues in a calm manner and show your children how adults resolve their differences in a respectful manner.

Respectfully, your neighbor!

Sunday, July 27, 2014

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Maker Faire at the Henry Ford #MakerFaireDetroit

My family and I had the pleasure of attending Maker Faire yesterday as Media guests courtesy of the Henry Ford in Dearborn.  What a fantastic experience.  

The Henry Ford is located at 20900 Oakwood Blvd in Dearborn, close to Southfield Road, I-75 and I-94. {Directions available on the Maker Faire website}.  Be sure to check out the Henry Ford website for information about parking.  It seemed that the best spots were at the Ford Motor Company, directly across from the Henry Ford on Oakwood Blvd.  

So what is Maker Faire?  From the website
"Maker Faire is an award winning, family friendly event celebrating technology, education, science, arts, crafts, engineering, food, sustainability, and more. Maker Faire has become part of pop-culture, a place for experiential marketing, debuting new technologies and inventions, and celebrating geekdom. Maker Media produces two annual flagship Maker Faires, partners with museums to produce Featured Maker Faires, and works with communities to license Mini Maker Faires around the world."
A giant Operation game... how fun!!!
Maker Faire Detroit features over 400 makers who bring their wares, ideas, inventions and solutions.  They display everything from robots, flame shooters and animatronics to solar-powered mechanical sculptures and fashionable finds. We found some amazing exhibits.  
A bridge with no nails, screws or glue.... wow!
 One tip I can share is to walk up and talk to as many presenters as you can.  (This is hard with little ones in tow) They had a ton of fun with all the hands on activities, being able to tinker, create, watch demos and more, but there is so much more available than what I got a chance to experience just because we were limited by the attention span of the two year old:)  With that said, it was worth it to bring the kids, they got a lot out of the experience.

A giant cupcake motorized vehicle?  Why? Because you can!!!

Much of the Faire is outdoors, so if you go today, bring the sunscreen.  If you need a break from the heat you can visit some of the indoor exhibits in the Henry Ford Museum.    It is overwhelming the number of Makers at this event.  There is so much to do and see.

Ben's Encore  Music Exhibit - Love it
There are plenty of places to get food and drinks.  There was pizza, barbecue, mexican food, popcorn, ice cream, fudge and so much more.  Food tickets are 5 for $10, and much of the food is 2 or 3 tickets.

Today is the last day for this fantastic event.  You can get tickets online or at the door.  There is also a free app you can download to get the most of your visit.

Find Maker Faire online, on Facebook or on Twitter.  See more images in our gallery.

The Metro Detroit Mommy family received free admission to this event in exchange for this promotional post.  All opinions are my own, your experience may differ.