Tuesday, July 15, 2014

More Life Changes

In October we'll welcome our little girl into the world.  You have to make a lot of decisions when you're an expectant parent.  You decide on a name, how to decorate the nursery, which car seat and stroller is the best for you, so many things!  Colin and I just made a decision that was one of the biggest decisions of our life.  We are closing the Blue Kite storefront.  We tried to think of every solution of what to do with the store once the baby is here.  We could hire people while I was on maternity leave (not sure business owners really get maternity leave...ha!), keep the baby at the store, on and on.  Nothing seemed right for us.  Sure, we could have gone several directions, and it may have worked, but it just didn't feel right.  When I approached Colin about closing the store, we both had an instant peace.  There was a relief in knowing we wouldn't be stressing about having a newborn and running a store at the same time.  There is so much I'm responsible for at the store-- legally, financially, etc.  I couldn't ask someone to take that on for me.  My personality couldn't handle letting someone else do that either!

Blue Kite isn't going away.  We are in the planning stages of stepping up our online sales and focusing on that.  We'll take a complete break from September to the end of the year.  Once 2015 gets here, we'll open up the online store.  Having the rest of 2014 will allow us time with a newborn and having the holidays with family (with a newborn!).

Thank you to our family, friends, and new friends we've made at Blue Kite for sticking with us these past two years.  Get ready for 2015!

We'll be liquidating our inventory (including fixtures) this month and next month and will close the end of August.  Come see us!  I'll be in my third trimester, so I'm sure I'll be willing to make deals!

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Making Room for Baby

My last post was over one year ago.  Life has been busy, and the blog has taken a rest.  I'm back with some BIG news.  Colin and I are expecting our first little bundle this October!  It's a girl, which means Colin is still outnumbered in the house, since our Ruby pup is a girl too.  I don't think he minds being the only guy.  We are very excited, and I can't wait to share with you everything I'm working on for her and for her room!

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Mary Elizabeth's Peanut Butter Pie

Grandma- Mary Elizabeth, Grandaddy- Tommie Lee, me, my brother- Josh, my mom
When people talk about their grandmothers, they often talk about their cooking.  Grandmothers usually have a signature item, especially here in the South.  It may be something fried, canned, or baked.  When I think of my grandmother, Mary Elizabeth, I always think of Jello.  I know that sounds really weird, but it's the first thing that comes to mind when I think of something that she always made.  She knew I loved Jello, and she always had a bowl of it made when I came to visit.  One of the first things she'd say when I arrived was, "Marlar, I made you some Jello."  She usually added an 'r' to the end of my name.  She didn't make the Jello for herself or for my grandfather.  It was for me.

When I try to think of other things that she made, I really can't single out one dish.  That just wasn't the memory I had of her.  I remember her sitting on the bed with me, reading to me, telling me stories of her childhood.  She was born in 1911, so her stories were beyond anything I could ever imagine.  My other memories of my grandmother were her walking around the house praying out loud.  She talked to God all day, no matter who was around.  She truly prayed without ceasing.  I don't think she prayed out loud necessarily for anyone else to hear.  I think she just wanted to be so close to God that she had to vocalize it.

My grandmother passed away when I was 11.  My grandfather died 3 weeks to the day later.  It's really tough to lose grandparents when you're that young.  I try to hold on to every single memory I can of them.  Sadly, I only had a few years of memories to make with them.  If I had longer, I might have been able to tell you more about my grandmother's cooking.  After all, that's something that grandmother's share, right?

When I opened Blue Kite this past August, somehow a Facebook conversation was started between me, my mother, and two of my cousins.  The conversation mentioned my grandma's peanut butter pie.  I had never heard of her making this.  I have no memory of ever eating.  Since my grandmother was in her 80's in my childhood, maybe she had stopped making it by the time I would have remembered it.  Finding this recipe and hearing others talk about how delicious this pie was was like finding a new piece of my grandmother.  I was continuing to learn about her even though it had been over 15 years since she was gone.

I think it's amazing how recipes can be tied to memories of loved ones.  This recipe will forever be close to my heart, because it gave me one more memory of Grandma.

Today I share with you my grandma's recipe.  Please cherish it and make it for someone you love.

Mary Elizabeth's Peanut Butter Pie
1 baked pie shell
1 c peanut butter (creamy)
1 c powdered sugar
1/4 c flour
2/3 c sugar
1/4 tsp salt
2 c scalded milk
3 eggs
2 T butter
3/4 tsp vanilla

Mix powdered sugar and peanut butter together until it crumbles.  Spread 1/2 of mixture into bottom of baked pie shell. Blend flour, sugar and salt together, add to milk, stirring constantly. Cook over low heat until it thickens.  Add beaten egg yolks gradually, cook a little longer.  Remove from heat, add butter and vanilla.  Cool.  Pour into pie shell.  Make meringue, spread over filling.  Sprinkle rest of peanut butter over meringue.  Bake at 350 for about 30 mins or until meringue browns. 
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