Matilija Poppy, San Francisco Botanical Garden

Matilija Poppy, San Francisco Botanical Garden
Matilija Poppy, San Francisco Botanical Garden

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Banana Cream Pie I from - Sunday, July 20, 2014

I am still encumbered by this horrible summer cold, so much so that I even went
to Target the other night and bought two boxes of "day and night" cold capsules.
I've been taking them religiously and, perhaps, they are helping a bit.  My coughing
has decreased and my runny nose is not at a dripping faucet level but merely a 
constant slight leak.

I managed dinner last night at Kru, one of the most wonderful Japanese retsaurants
I've ever tried - we feasted on beautiful and delicious presentations of sashimi 
which I washed down with Tokyo Black, a Japanese beer that tastes like Guinness,
one of the only two beers I like ( the other is Newcastle Brown Ale - now this can be
added to my beer favorites ) and, yesterday, I made a banana cream pie.
My boys love banana pudding but, since I have a graham cracker crust and an
abundance of bananas, I chose to do a pie.  It was absolutely scrumptious.

I slightly altered the recipes from, based on some review
recommendations.  I did  not put whipped cream on top but made a meringue
from the three egg whites.

Here is my altered recipe and you can review the original recipe and over
eight hundred reviews at:

Banana Cream Pie I

 taken from

otiginal recipe by Ruby Pfeffer who states:
"Banana cream pie is one of the yummiest things on earth and this is a great one"

This recipe makes one 9-inch pie which is 
ready in about 1-3/4 hours


1/2 cup white sugar
3/4 cup all-purpose flour 
1/4 tsp salt
2 cups milk
3 egg yolks, beaten ( save egg whites for meringue )
2 Tbsp butter
1-1/4 tsp vanilla extra
1-9"pie crust baked ( I used the extra large Keebler graham cracker crust )
4 cups bananas sliced

For meringue:

3 egg whites
1 tsp vanilla
6 Tbsp sugar, adding gradually to the egg whites
1/4 tsp cream of tartar ( optional )

Whip at high speed, adding gradually. still egg whites form stiff peaks.  Cover
bananas to the edge of pie plate.


In a saucepan, combine the sugar, flour, cornstarch and salt.  Add milk in gradually, 
while stirring gently.  Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until the mixture is
bubbly.  Keep stirring and cook for about 2 more minutes, then remove from burner.

Stir in a small quantity of the hot mixture into the beaten egg yolks and immediately
add yolk mixture to the rest of the hot mixture.  Cook for 2 more minutes - remember
to stir keep stirring.  Remove the mixture from the stove, and add butter and vanilla.
Stir until the whole thing has a smooth consistency.

Slice bananas into cooled pastry shell.  Top with the pudding mixture.  Fix and
top with the meringue.  Bake in a 350 degree oven for about seven minutes or
until the top is browned to your liking.  Remove from oven and cool, then refrigerate
for about 2 -3 hours before serving.

This really is a terrific pie.  I love and have used the site for years.  
You can register and save recipes to your online recipe box.  For this particular
recipe there were about 800 reviews and I modified this recipe from their suggestions.
I chose to make meringue rather than use whipped cream because I put meringue
on my banana pudding.

I made the pie yesterday and it is almost gone, less than 24 hours later, with only three 
of us here ( plus Harper ).  Well, you know what they say...."feed a cold"


Monday, July 07, 2014

Whimsical Windows, Delirious Doors - #136 - Pink San Francisco Victorian - July 7, 2014

San Francisco, California, the wonderful "city by the bay," which has been a part of my 
life for nearly forty years now, boasts the most incredible Victorian houses, many
of them with "whimsical windows, delirious doors."  I would often drive around for
several hours, with camera at the ready, snapping pictures, whenever something
wonderful caught my eye.

Here is but one of the incredible houses, referred to as "Painted Ladies."

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Friday, July 04, 2014

Six Word Friday - Free - July 4, 2014

Happy 4th of July

Photo thanks to Bing Images, domain free

This is a day of celebration,
Of flags, families, fireworks, and friends,
Free and brave, we owe much,
Whisper thanks as this day ends.

We often take liberty for granted,
But I feel blessed every day,
 I was born in this country,
The best place of all - USA!

Carmen Henesy

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Tuesday, July 01, 2014

Happy 47th Anniversary to my Beloved Friends, Beth and Luther Stanton

Luther was a classmate,
Fifty years ago,
Beth, an underclassman,
Found him a worthy beau.

An Army brat outsider,
I never fit in well,
At Columbus High in Georgia,
I was not a reigning belle.

Luther, then "most handsome,"
( Well, he had a lot more hair ),
Befriended me regardless,
And it just went on from there!

I left home out of high school,
Returning now and then,
And, when I did, I'd always find,
That duo I'd call friend.

Once, they moved to Houston,
Which worked out fine for me,
 I'd see them when I'd spend time there,
To visit my friend, Sandy.

They traveled west occasionally,
And we'd try to rendezvous,
Can't miss an opportunity,
With friends so very true.

Beth and Luther see the world,
And I'm a traveler, too,
Sad we've never gone together,
It's on my bucket list to do!

Beth and Luther were my rocks,
My last months with my mom,
While I coped with her illness,
They were like a soothing balm.

Once a Stanton loves you,
You're embraced by all the clan,
So I acquired extended family,
When this relationship began.

From gatherings to eat at Country's,
To a fattening catfish meal, 
To one of Beth's five star breakfasts,
Which has the most appeal!

I haven't any shred of doubt,
This marriage was meant to be,
The Divine Wedding Planner,
For all time, did so decree!

Forty seven years of love,
Seen in their happy smiles,
I send you my best wishes,
Far across the miles!

And, no, my good friend, Luther,
No money comes from me,
You'll get your share, Beth, will, too,
When I win the lottery!

Carmen Henesy

copyright Carmen Henesy July 1, 2014

Friday, June 27, 2014

Six Word Friday - Circle - June 27, 2014

 Matillija poppy - egg yolk circle center,
Large crinkly white crepe paper petals,
Tall blooms, waving in the wind,
Enticing buzzing visitors seeking nectar nirvana.

Carmen Henesy

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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Three Word Wednesday - To Take a Chance - June 25, 2014

She had always been the shyest child, 
Never straying very far,
She walked the straight and narrow,
Avoiding anything bizarre.

She chose a college close to home,
And did her family proud,
She stayed within the limits,
Never breaching what allowed.

With her degree in finance,
Employment offers came her way,
But when she made her choice,
Her parents protested in dismay.

"A third world country," they exclaimed,
"It's such a risky place,"
"For all you knnow, you'll disapp   ear,
And be lost without a trace."

In spite of opposition,
She calmly moved ahead,
Got her passport, vaccinations,
With not a bit of dread!

"Your life will be in jeopardy,"
Her mother's chants rang out,
All felt she'd last, at best, a month,
Beyond a shadow of a doubt.

As soon as her plane landed,
A cathartic spell took hold,
And her true, adventurous spirit,
Was free, now, to unfold.

She thrived in this huge country,
With customs and cultures new,
Embracing all it offered,
And, for this, she was welcomed, too.

Carmen M. Henesy

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Saturday, June 21, 2014

UE's Weekend Challenge: Jewelry - Saturday, June 21, 2014

I love the jewelry in India.  During my 15 months of living there recently, I bought 
a few dangly earrings ( costume jewelry only, of course ) but I so enjoying wearing

I was once invited to a Hindu celebration called Karva Chauth, where women fast
from sunrise to the rising of the moon, to pray for the safety and longevity of their
husbands.  The ladies gather together, dressed in their best clothing, often their
wedding finery. beautiful jewelry, and make up and go through rituals, chanting and
rituals together until moonrise when their husbands arrive to give their wives water
to break their fasts.

It was a most beautiful event and the women were as colorful as a field of flowers 
in bloom.  I was honored to be invited to participate.

And, no, there is no reciprocal day of fasting for the safety and longevity of the wives.

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Thursday, June 19, 2014

Candy Crush Saga - June 19, 2014

Candy Crush Saga

I have a life long friend,
Who has meant the world to me,
We've always stayed in touch,
No matter where we'd be.

Camilla was my dorm mate,
Over fifty years ago,
In our freshman year of high school,
Which we said we hated so.

 In spite of being very strict,
With three study halls a day,
We  forged the strongest friendships,
And got in a little play.

We were together only 9th grade,
But if we were ever near,
We always saw each other,
And years seemed to disappear

During January, I visited Atlanta,
Spending five days with Camilla and Dave,
We shivered and reminisced together,
In the throes of an icy cold wave!

We had yummy venison sausage,
And martinis fit for a queen,
But she turned me into an addict,
On something totally unforseen.

Every night, she got out her computer,
And started frantically playing a game,
It's called "Candy Crush Saga," she said,
When I demanded to know the game's name.

But don't ever start, she admonished,
You will never be able to quit,
How right she was with her warning,
I am really having a fit.

I admit I am playing quite often,
And I don't find it very much fun.
No matter how fast my fingers are racing,
I can never pass twenty-one!!

Thanks a million, Camilla.

Carmen Henesy

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