Who Is Anastasia?

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New Castle, Indiana Zone 5, United States
When I was 55, I decided to embrace the things I love and hold precious and dear - regardless of anyone else's thoughts and opinion. I am a folk artist who loves flowers - my own flowers, grown by me. I love good, hearty, exotic foods, and I love to prepare them myself. I love the secret garden situated in my backyard, regardless of how junky it gets. No longer able to afford a vacation, this will have to be it for the time being. In the winter months, I still enjoy it. Anyway, here I am sharing my art, favorite recipes, cocktails, gardening tips, and just my usual vents and bantering. After all, I'm old enough to say whatever the heck I want to now ... Oh, the two pictures below are NOT of my garden, although the one with the pink French doors looks very much like the backyard I grew up with. I am searching for pictures of that wonderful place and will post soon.

JEWELS OF MY SOUL

JEWELS OF MY SOUL
My Book Available on AMAZON

Stacey Torres ART Prints

Stacey Torres ART Prints
A very limited selection of reproductions from my paintings can be found here

April 25, 2011

Easter Pie

Yesterday was Easter Sunday, and we had rain most of the day. This year, Easter was particularly said and sentimental for my mother and I, so instead of church we took a long ride. Like Thanksgiving, we ate huge cod fish sandwiches and leftovers.

Saturday night, I made a Kool-Aid Pie (yes, there's such a thing; both to my horror and delight). It's really a delightful pie. Here's my simple recipe:

1 Graham cracker pie crust (I used deep dish)
1 tub Cool Whip
1 14-oz can sweetened condensed milk
1 pkg. (unsweetened) Kool-Aid (any flavor)
Mix well - Making sure there are NO lumps and the condensed milk is blended into the Cool Whip.
Mix WELL, and pour into crust; cover & chill over night - Fabulous! - What made mine fabulous was the pint of fresh strawberries (halved) that I added to the mix (used strawberry Kool-Aid).


 
Half a Pie Gone ... Hmm

The Backyard --Today's Vacation Spot

The Backyard --Today's Vacation Spot
A simple garden meal in the shade. No, it's not my backyard, but it looks identical to the one I grew up with at our home in Queens. Looking for an original pic of it to post soon!

Old Fashioned Tips