Gingered Peach Pie

Love pies? Here’s an easy one to make.

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Gingered Peach Pie


  • 1 box (17.3 oz.) refrigerated piecrust
  • 1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 2 Tbs. finely chopped crystallized ginger
  • 1 tsp. lime zest
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 2 bags (16 oz. each) frozen sliced peaches, thawed
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten, divided
  • 2 Tbs. coarse sugar


  1. Heat oven t0 425°F. Place oven rack in the middle of oven. Line pie plate with 1 piecrust. Place remaining crust between 2 sheets parchment paper; roll out and cut into strips.
  2. In large bowl, combine granulated sugar, cornstarch, ginger, lime zest and salt. Add peaches and blueberries; toss gently to coat. Spoon peach mixture into prepared crust. Make a lattice to cover pie. Crimp edges.
  3. Brush piecrust with 1/2 beaten egg. Arrange star-shaped cutouts around edge of piecrust to form border. Brush stars with remaining egg. Sprinkle pie with coarse sugar. Place pie in jelly-roll pan. Bake 10 min. Reduce oven temperature to 350°F. Bake 50 min. more.
  4. Let cool before serving.
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Superb Sound

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Cannoli Cream Parfait

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Cannoli Cream Parfait


  • 1 container (15 oz.) part-skim ricotta cheese, like Polly-0
  • 1 container (8 oz.) cold mascarpone cheese
  • 1/2 cup, plus 2 Tbs. confectioners’ sugar, divided
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 Tbs. orange-flavored liqueur, like Grand Marnier, or orange juice
  • 3 cups sliced strawberries, raspberries end/or blueberries
  • 3/4 cup crushed amaretto cookies, divided (about 20 cookies)
  • 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips, divided


  1. In food processor, pulse ricotta 30 seconds, or until smooth. In bowl
  2. of electric mixer on high speed, beat ricotta, mascarpone cheese, 1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar and vanilla extract 1 minute, or until blended.
  3. In small bowl, combine liqueur and remaining confectioners’ sugar. Add berries; toss to coat.
  4. Divide crushed cookies, mini chocolate chips, berry mixture and ricotta mixture evenly among 6 parfait glasses. Garnish with chocolate chips and cookies, if desired.
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My Surprise

I was in a dilemma whether to buy my son an acoustic guitar or not. He’s been asking for one since last year and I’ve been putting it off because I know a guitar is expensive. I told this to my friend and she told me to visit musicans friend. I was very surprised to find an affordable guitar for my son. I’m sure he’ll be so excited when he sees it.

Grapes Make You Smarter

The sweet and crunchy jewels are rich in manganese, a trace mineral that improves memory by nourishing the brain, which slows the rate of cell loss. Here’s a delicious way to enjoy the fruit more.


Grapes Make You Smarter


  • 2 Tbs. fresh lemon juice
  • 1 Tbs. honey
  • 1 tsp. chopped fresh thyme
  • 4 ripe nectarines, pitted and cut into 1/4"-thick wedges [about 2 1/2 cups]
  • 1/2 lb. seedless green and/or red grapes [about 2 cups]
  • 1/2 cup fresh blueberries [optional]
  • 1/4 cup chopped toasted walnuts


  1. In small bowl, whisk together fresh lemon juice, honey and chopped fresh thyme until blended. Arrange nectarine wedges on serving platter. Top with grapes and blueberries. Sprinkle chopped toasted walnuts evenly over fruit. Drizzle with lemon dressing just before serving. Garnish with fresh thyme, if desired.
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Baking 101: Key Differences Between Single & Double Acting Baking Powder

We can all agree that sometimes we are not that great at following the directions outlined in a recipe. If you are among those of us who are just a bit inattentive, you may feel fortunate when you notice that a recipe calls for baking powder and not baking soda. While both ingredients will help baked goods rise, they are also far from interchangeable.

How Much of Each Is Appropriate to Use in a Recipe? 

Given their names, it is a common mistake to assume that a recipe that calls for single acting baking powder would require half as much of the double acting version. This is not the case, as you should use the same amount of baking powder regardless of whether it is single acting or double acting. Allergen-free double acting baking powder, which you can find online at places like, is different from single acting baking powder, and it is quite understandable if you are confused with regard to their respective characteristics. The difference between the two types of baking powders is in their chemical composition, along with the differing reaction of the carbon dioxide bubbles. One will rise when mixed, while the other will rise when baked. 


Characteristics of Single Acting Baking Powder 

When you use this type of baking powder, you can expect your recipe to rise when it is mixed. This is because the powder reacts with a water-based ingredient and forms its carbon dioxide bubbles immediately, which can result in some interesting effects if you are not careful. If you mix too long or you do not bake quickly enough, you are at risk of allowing all of your bubbles to escape. This will result in your food falling flat, so make sure you understand how this baking powder interacts so that you avoid your recipe falling victim to flatness. 

Characteristics of the More Commonly Used Baking Powder 

This type of baking powder will produce some carbon dioxide bubbles when you mix up your ingredients, but most of the rising will occur in the oven. This means that some of the troubles you may encounter with the single acting version are not as likely with this one, which is why this is the more commonly used of the two. It is harder to beat your ingredients too much and there is less worry over how quickly you get your recipe in the oven. In short, this powder makes it much less likely that your food will fall flat. In fact, it is considered by many to be essentially foolproof, which is why it is such a popular and widely available option.

Three Steps to Finding the Ideal Tenant

As a landlord, you always want to find the ideal tenant – someone who won’t give you headaches, pays the rent on time, doesn’t complain a lot, and doesn’t disturb neighbors. But it is not always easy to find a worthy tenant, right? Below are some tips to help you find a good tenant.


The key to finding a worthy tenant depends on the way you market and maintain your property. The way you present it to people will affect what type of tenants you attract. Now, how do you that? The first thing you need to do is to differentiate your property from others. Keep in mind that you are not the only one who’s renting out a property and renters have many places to choose from, so let them know why your place is better than others. Is it, newer, safer, bigger and cheaper compared to other properties? A better place with a good price has a higher chance of attracting the ideal tenant.

The second thing you need to do is to place a for rent or lease sign at the rental property. Then, advertise in newspaper classified ads and specialty publications that provide rental listings. Flyers are a great idea, too.

And lastly, when people start calling you regarding your rental property, have them fill up application forms. Once you’ve narrowed down your choice, do a tenant screening – criminal background check, employment and income verification, credit check, rental history, etc. This can be easily accomplished through Tenantify, a website for landlords. Tenantify does all the verifications for you at no cost on your side. All you have to do is send a request to the possible renter via the website. The tenant will be asked to submit necessary documents and Tenantify takes care of all the verification processes. A report will be sent to you once done and the tenant will be the one to pay for the charges incurred.

Following these tips will help you find a tenant who will pay on time and take care of your property.


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Apple Cider Cream Pie

If you don’t want it too rich, you can use Neufchâtel cheese instead of cream cheese. The pie will still have a velvety texture without piling on the extra fat and calories.

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Apple Cider Cream Pie


  • 3 cups apple cider
  • 2 cups shortbread cookie crumbs
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1 package (25 oz.) plain gelatin
  • 1 can (14 oz.) sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/2 cup (4 oz.) Neufchatel cheese, softened
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 2 cups whipped topping
  • 1 red apple


  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees F. In saucepot over medium-high heat, simmer cider 20 minutes or until reduced to 1/2 cup. Let cool. In bowl, combine cookie crumbs and butter; press into greased 9" pie plate. Bake 8 minutes. Let cool.
  2. In small bowl, sprinkle gelatin over 2 tablespoon cold water. Let sit 3 minutes; microwave 15 seconds or until melted. With mixer on medium speed, beat milk, cheese, cinnamon and 1/2 teaspoon salt 30 seconds or until smooth. Reduce speed to low. Beat in cooled cider and melted gelatin. Pour mixture into prepared pie plate. Chill 8 hours or overnight until set. Top with whipped topping.
  3. Core and thinly slice apple. In pot of boiling water, cook apple slices 1 minute. Remove; place in bowl of ice water. Drain; pat dry. Arrange apple slices on top of the pie.
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Pretty Lingerie for the Bride

For cousin Melissa’s shower party, her sister and I shopped at the best bridal lingerie store in our town. She is my favorite cousin and I’m really excited that she and Rob are finally tying the knot. They’ve been together since their college days and now they are both successful human rights lawyers. The wedding is set next month in New Jersey.

Gorgeous Cake

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