Hi there and welcome to the weekly blessing list hosted by Susanne at Living to Tell the Story.

It hasn’t been hard this week to find five favourites.

1. The top of the list has to be Josie’s first visit out to visit Nannie and Grampie in Belfast.

What fun!

2. And of course, right up beside Josie’s first visit is the reason for the visit – her daddy’s birthday!

27 years ago! A sweet little bundle who has brought us so much joy.

Here he is playing a game of birthday basketball with his brothers, Kathleen and Sarah. I laughed when I captured that expression – such a typical John look!

3. I just shake my head in wonder, and a little disbelief, to think of Roger holding John Alec in the picture above and holding that baby’s daughter in this one . . .  our wee grandgirlie.

Such a little dollie!

I’m afraid the birthday boy was somewhat eclipsed by the newest member of the family . . . but he didn’t seem to mind one bit! It was sweet to watch the Josie love filling the room.

See the little hands clasped?

Happy sigh . . .  if only her Uncle Andrew and Auntie Hyekoo in London could have made the celebration. Soon, I hope!

4. Here’s proof that I can take pictures of other things besides a new little granddaughter *grin*

John’s Birthday pie! He requested his favourite butterscotch pie. This recipe is sooooo delicious! And aptly named “Nanny’s Butterscotch Pie“. (had to get another grandbaby reference in!!)

And my pie crust turned out perfect –  if I do have to say so myself 🙂

(that phrase makes me smile – it was one of my mom’s favourite!)

This time it wasn’t only me who said it ~ everyone agreed!  I always follow my mother’s recipe, a variation of the recipe on the Tenderflake lard box. She added 2 tsp brown sugar and a tsp of baking powder. My pie crusts are (almost) always good – as long as I don’t forget them in the oven 🙂

But this time it was exceptional.

I think I may have discovered the secret!

The directions on the box read ” Add only enough liquid to make dough cling together”.

This may have been the first time I ever, really, followed that “to the t”.

I was very sparing with the liquid mixture, adding it a bit at a time. I think I used closer to 3/4 cup of liquid rather than the whole cup. I actually thought the dough was a little dry. I had to patch it in the pie plate. But I didn’t add water like I normally would do. I just pressed it in with my fingers.

Lemon Chiffon pie

Oh. my. goodness! It really did melt in your mouth. I made 3 pies from the dough so far and there’s enough left to make 1 more pie.

Hmmm . . .  maybe Lovella’s chocolate cream pie this time!

5. My final favourite for the week? An early spring for PEI! Hooray!

I think we’re at least three weeks ahead this year.

This picture was taken at the beginning of the week. The tulips are almost open – I can see them outside the kitchen window right now. A spring rain is pouring down and the earth is drinking in all that glorious springtime freshness. A bit of sun tomorrow and everything will pop!

Happy times.

Thanks so much for coming by for a visit. I wish you and yours every blessing!

with love, 

16 thoughts on “fff ~ blessings

  1. Bev K says:

    What a beautiful baby! I can see how she attracts all the attention. Our little grand girlie is turning one this week. How quickly the time has passed. Enjoy every baby moment – soon she'll also be one and running/crawling as fast as she can go.Your pies look yummy – my mom always made her pie crust with Lard. Unfortunately I don't enjoy making pies – although since I got a new pastry mat it seems to be easier.


  2. eva says:

    OMG! how cute baby is… Thanks for allowing me to stay overnight the other day. I was far too tired to drive back home, so I really appreciated it.


  3. Susanne says:

    All those guys look absolutely smitten with that little girl! She's gonna have them all wrapped around her little finger.Oh my goodness your pies look delicious! Lemon anything is my fave. Can I come for coffee? ;v)


  4. nikkipolani says:

    I like that phrase: Josie love. Bet there's a lot of that going on from all her admiring family.


  5. Jientje says:

    What a beautiful baby, she's a real sweetie pie! :-)That butterscotch pie looks delicious, I bet there's nothing left of it now eh? Spring runs three weeks behind around here, the month of April has been terribly wet and cold!


  6. Brenda says:

    its fun to see everyone admiring the baby – we all are too from the web- you captured such beautiful moments.Wish I could have some of that pie! 🙂


  7. Deb says:

    Well, i would keep talking about being a new Nanny, too! 🙂 She's a doll, and i loved the picture of your husband and son and then of your husband and Josie! So glad you have those memories! Thanks for the pie recipe. Looks delish!


  8. Lorna says:

    The pie looked SO DELICIOUS … but the most delicious of all :>) – that precious little girl. She is just beautiful!!!! Oh, I can't wait to see her in June. Much love and keep enjoying …. xoxoxo


  9. Faith says:

    Your granddaughter is beautiful! she is just precious! and how awesome that you had a pic of your son too when a wee one…i loved it!My tulips bloomed early this year too and are already past peak! and my lilac bush is just now peaking and it doesn't usually peak until mid May..everything is so early and tonite it feels like only 34 F with the wind chill….it was downright COLD here today….I hope you have a restful enjoyable weekend! (oh, and the pie…YUMMMY!!!)


  10. Laura says:

    Beautiful pictures! Your "wee grandgirlie" is precious! And the pictures of your boys holding her are so sweet. I do love me some daffodils, too. Enjoy that granddaughter and have a great week.


  11. Erika says:

    Beautiful baby


  12. Jerri says:

    I didn't know you could still buy lard! Your pies do look yummy.Love the pictures of your grandgirlie. Babies are so adorable!I'm glad for PEI that Spring has sprung! Spring is such a delightful season.


  13. Judy says:

    So many blessings this Friday! How special to have your granddaughter visit for the first time…and to celebrate a birthday…and enjoy the blooms of spring…and to have even a wee piece of that pie!! I made the Tenderflake pie crust recipe yesterday as well…and have a few more crusts ready to roll.


  14. ellen b says:

    Oh you are having fun with your new sweet little grand girlie! Precious. The pie does look exceptional. Happy Spring to PEI and all of you!


  15. jill says:

    Funny how following dirctions often leads to excellent results! And lard is making a strong come back…new nutritional and physiology research advocates lard over other oils and even butter in baking. Interesting isn't it?If Josie can generate this level of adoration while asleep, I can just imagine what happens while she is awake and batting her gorgeous eyelashes at everyone. She is so pretty in pink!


  16. Susanne says:

    All those guys look absolutely smitten with that little girl! She's gonna have them all wrapped around her little finger.Oh my goodness your pies look delicious! Lemon anything is my fave. Can I come for coffee? ;v)


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