It's the day before the day before the first day.
The hushed lull between the birth of a Child and the birth of a new year. I've experienced much over these few weeks, I'm still ruminating over the stories and songs.
I love Christmas.
And I love this time of the year, even if it's a little odd without any snow.
Speaking of a little odd, here's a recipe I'm posting for you. Yes, a recipe. (I know, odd.)
It's a Brink family tradition during the holidays (and any other day, for that matter) and one that I've been attempting to perfect (with much help of my Grandma) this Christmas season. Enjoy.
"Be good for each other. Be better than you need to be. Make pie."
- A Prairie Home Companion
Apple Pie Cuts
10 medium sized apples
1 cup of sugar
2 teaspoons of cinnamon
2 ½ cups of flour
1 cup of shortening
1teaspoon of salt
(Mix together like pie crust, until granulated)
1 egg, separated
Place yolk in a 1 cup measuring glass and fill with milk to the 2/3 cup line. Whisk together. Set egg white aside in small bowl for later.
Take the crust mix and make a small well in the middle of the bowl. Add the egg and milk mixture all at once. Stir until completely incorporated.
Roll out half of the dough on a floured surface, on a 10 x 15 pan.
Place in pan and sprinkle 2 handfuls of dry flaked cereal (rice crispy, cornflakes etc.) on top of crust. Add apple mixture. Roll out remaining crust and place on top.
Beat egg white until frothy and smear over the top of crust.
Bake at 400˚ for ten minuets and then turn down heat to 375˚ and bake for a remaining 20 minuets.
1 generous cup of powdered sugar
Add a little bit of half& half so the consistency is thin enough to drizzle
Add ¼ teaspoon of vanilla.
From the kitchen of Grandma Jan Brink 2007
Waiting for the breaking
the heavenly host singing
churning for this coming
air and planet humming
to God in the highest
to those with whom He is pleased.
50mm, f/3.5 @ 1/40 A mid winter ev'n sky
Come and take Your Place, Jehovah Shammah