Lemon Meringue Pie, Relaxation Day

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August 15, 2014

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★~ Today’s Quote:

Wait, for now.
Distrust everything, if you have to.
But trust the hours. Haven’t they
carried you everywhere, up to now? ~ American poet Galway Kinnell

★~ Lemon Meringue Pie:

Lemon Meringue Pie, Relaxation Day

Pucker up, sweet stuff — today is Lemon Meringue Pie Day!

Since Medieval times, we’ve had an affinity for lemon pies and custards, but meringue didn’t start rearing its pillowy head until the 1600s. Alexander Frehse had the bright idea of combining this tangy-sweet duo into a pie in the nineteenth century.

Lemon curd and cornstarch filling can be a fickle feat to pull off. However, I made a Lemon Meringue Pie, following El Morno friend Nancy’s suggestion to use the  recipe on the side of the cornstarch box.  It worked great and her bonus tip,  “if you’re ever unsure about the consistency, cook it just a minute longer.” helped me get the consistency of the pie just right. I’m going to make another one this weekend.

★~ Relaxation Day:

Lemon Meringue Pie, Relaxation Day

Last year I suggested one of the best places to go on the web to relax is Susan Piver meditation web site. Sign up for her Basic Free Mediation package and she will email you two newsletters  each week. Each newsletter contains a brand new 10-minute guided instructional video to help you build a steady meditation  practice. Susan guides, she never sells or pushes, even her web site is a relaxing mindful place to visit. I mediate with Susan every week, it’s a wonderful way to slow down, reflect and relax.

Another resource is the App: Stop Breath and Think. What’s neat about this free app is it’s a 5 minute quickie that offers a reprieve when stress when rains down.

★~ Today in History:


♥~ 1877 – Thomas Edison wrote the president of the Telegraph Company in Pittsburgh, PA. The letter stated that the word, “hello” would be a more appropriate greeting than“ahoy,” as suggested by Alexander Graham Bell when answering the telephone. And so it is that we pick up the phone anywhere in the world and say: “Allo. Alo. Bueno. Pronto. Hallo. Aloha. Mo simosi. Hello.”

♥~ 1943 – Because of his special talent to use food scraps in both unusual and appetizing recipes, the War Department awarded Sgt. Edward Dzuba the Legion of Merit.

♥~ 1911 – Crisco is introduced by Procter & Gamble. Crisco is a hydrogenated shortening made from vegetable oil, which keeps its solid form even in warm weather.

♥~1969 – Three Dog Night (Danny Hutton, Cory Wells and Chuck Negron) was awarded a gold record for the album, Three Dog Night. Where’d the name of the group come from? In Australia, the aborigine tribes of several regions slept outside all year. As the temperatures got colder, the tribesmen would sleep with a dog to keep warm. In colder weather, they would huddle with two dogs. It must have been an extremely cold night when the group was formed…

♥~1969- Woodstock 45th Anniversary – The Woodstock Music and Art Fair opened on this day in an alfalfa field on or near Yasgur’s Farm at Bethel, NY. The three-day rock concert featured 24 bands and drew a crowd of more than 400,000 people. Click for more fascinating Woodstock facts.

♥~ 1977 – 8-year-old Rebecca Chase sank a hole-in-one on the 125-yard par-3 fifth hole at Oak Knoll golf course in The Dalles, Oregon. It was the first hole she ever played

♥~ 2002 – Authorities in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, charged a 30-year-old man for public drunkenness after the slowest police chase on record. The man was cruising down the street at 3 miles an hour on a child’s Fisher Price Power Wheels car.

★~Born Today:

Julia child, Lemon Meringue Pie, Relaxation Day

♥~ 1771 – Sir Walter Scott writer: Ivanhoe, The Talisman, The Heart of Midlothian, Rob Roy, The Fortunes of Nigel; died Sep 21, 1832

♥~ 1912 –  Julia Child –  America’s beloved food authority, who didn’t take a cooking lesson until she was in her 30s, was born at Pasadena, CA. Child’s cookbooks and television shows (most famously, “The French Chef”) encouraged Americans to cook and eat well and to be skeptical of food fads and diet strictures. “Cooking is not a chore; it is a joy,” Child believed. She died at Santa Barbara, CA, Aug 13, 2004.

♥~ 1968 – Debra Messing  actress: Will & Grace, N.Y.P.D. Blue, Ned and Stacey

♥~ 1972 – Ben Affleck actor: Pearl Harbor, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Glory Daze, Good Will Hunting, Armageddon, Forces of Nature, Reindeer Games

★~ Gallimaufry:


In the foothills of Mt. Hiei, to the northeast of Kyoto City, lies a huge, 1,200-year old temple complex called Enryakuji. The Tendai-shu monks who inhabit this place are better known to the world as ‘marathon monks’ for their amazing physical feats.

The Tendai monks believe that enlightenment can be achieved during your current life, but only through extreme self–denial.For the Tendai, the ultimate act of self–denial — and the route to enlightenment — is a physical challenge known as the Kaihogyo. The trial lasts for seven years and involves walking a distance that is equal to circling the globe once over. During this test of physical and mental endurance, the monk sets on a journey to venerate Fudo-myo-o, the central deity of the Tendai, by visiting a series of religious sites located on Mount Hiei. Click to read more…..


My teen has gone fishin’ and I am heading out to the patio with a strawberry – banana smoothie to watch my campers romp and play. No work today. It’s Friday! We are going to unwind into a marathon weekend.

What cookin with you?

Odd Loves Company!

12 thoughts on “Lemon Meringue Pie, Relaxation Day

  1. Morno,
    Closing the office at 12n today so everyone can get an relaxing start to the weekend.
    Lemon M. pie looks good. I’ll keep in mind for Sunday dinner. I haven’t taken anything outstanding in awhile.
    Impressive Monks but not the life for me. They make unenlightenment look good.
    Have a good one.

    • How nice! You have to be one of the best bosses ever.
      Take the pie for Sunday dinner everyone will love it. Unless you invited Irene (below) in that case take her a lemon filled tart.
      Nothing wrong with unenlightenment if you do it right.

  2. Lemon Meringue pie is a favorite of mine. I love the Meringue.
    We have nothing planned this weekend for the first time all summer. No b-day parties, pot lucks, or agreements to meet up at a specific time. I am so looking forward to just being bored, fitting in a nap and maybe doing something unplanned with the kids.
    I’m afraid I’ll have to stay unenlightened this life time. No way I could handle that marathon for even an hour much less 7 years.
    Enjoy the sunshine.

    • Sounds like a wonderful weekend. I hope you enjoyed every single minute.
      I like the meringue best, too.
      Cheers to the well lived unenlightened life!

  3. That lemon meringue pie looks delightful. if I made one I would have to eat it all myself so not gonna do it however tempting it is. Hope the fishing is good and that your campers stay happy and cool!!!! Enjoy your smoothie.

    • Save it for when you can bake it for you and Mr. Diamond! The want-a-be fishers swam with the fish instead.

  4. Don’t care for the meringue. Will take the pie with lemon filling only or, better yet, lemon creme!
    Tendai monk’s physical feat is impressive. Are those sandals pictured on the monk? I’ll take my Brooks….
    Sport fishing for Cole or catching dinner?

    • No meringue? Interesting. Lemon creme is tasty, tho.
      I think they are sandals. I’ll take a lawn chair :-D.
      The kids opted for swimming off the boat. It was a beautiful day.

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