Monday, December 4, 2017

FRUIT COCKTAIL PIE & AND SOME OTHER STUFF

Before we get started, many apologies because I need to play catch up on blog visits, and I miss my friends.  Once again, I've taken on too many dang projects and am behind.  And yes, I'm guilty of watching way too many holiday movies. (lol) I can't believe December is here already! The plan is to get myself together this week.  

Most of us have probably had some form of fruit cocktail in a can, but I sure never knew it could be used in a pie!  That's what I found in the cookbook, Sweetness by Christy Jordan. (I love the recipes in this book)  *Waving at Katherine P from  iwishilivedinalibrary.blogspot.com/ * This is a vintage recipe that's very simple to make with minimal ingredients, but there are also other versions on the Internet.


FRUIT COCKTAIL PIE
INGREDIENTS
1 Can (15 Ounces) Fruit Cocktail w/juice
1 Cup Brown Sugar
1 Cup Self Rising Flour
1 1/2 Teaspoons Baking Powder
1/2 Teaspoon Salt
1 Large Egg
1-inch Deep Dish Pie Crust

DIRECTIONS
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees, then stir together the fruit cocktail, brown sugar, flour and egg in a medium sized bowl until well mixed.  Pour the mixture into the pie crust.

Bake until the top is browned, and the pie is set, 30-45 minutes.  Allow to cool before serving.  When covered and refrigerated, this yummy and creative pie can keep for up to 5 days.

TALK SHOW HOST
I was quite fascinated to know that in all the years David Letterman did the Tonight Show, he NEVER wore the same necktie twice.  That's 33 years of brand new ties, along with the record for being the longest night time host, beating out the great Johnny Carson.



CRANBERRY NEWS
Now that I've found all these fantastic recipes, I no longer eat cranberry sauce from a can. Something about it just doesn't taste the same as real cranberries. 


According to research done by Ocean Spray, an amazing 76% of people prefer store bought cranberry sauce, which includes the type served from a can.  Southerners are 50% more likely to want canned cranberry sauce, Northeasterners prefer relish made with uncooked berries, Westerners prefer cooked sauce, and those in the Southwestern hemisphere like to add something spicy.  


TITO'S CRANBERRY MULE
1.5 Oz. Tito's Handmade Vodka (or another vodka of your choice)
2 Oz. Ginger Beer
1 Oz. Cranberry Juice

Fill a copper mug with ice, then add the vodka, ginger beer, cranberry juice, and stir to combine.  Apparently using this type of cup maintains the cool temperature. Garnish with lime wedges and cranberries.  If you want more sweetness, sugar the cranberries first before using as a topping.

WRITERS TAKE OVER CHRISTMAS!
This year the focus is all about authors and journalists on 6 Christmas (if you celebrate) movies this year.  Watch on cable or stream these goodies:
The Mistletoe Inn - this movie was so hilarious!
A Joyous Christmas
The Christmas Train - get out the tissues
Snowed Inn Christmas
A Christmas Cruise
Christmas Getaway





STUMPED FOR IDEAS?


If you or someone you know is a fan of the Game of Thrones, this gift will bring lots of joy
There's actually a world globe puzzle and other 4d versions available from www.4dcityscape.com, Walmart or Amazon.  This looks pretty neat!


Get the Stranger Things Ouija Board (I didn't even know the Ouija
board was still around!) for just $20 from www.Target.com.  By the way, they've renewed this program on Netflix for Season 3.



ENTERTAINING MYSELF
I just love the spirit of Christmas because people seem kinder and full of joy, so whenever possible, I wear a Christmas hat that's usually a conversation starter.  There are a few comments when I wear the Veteran's hat, but the all time fave is the Naughty hat.  Some of the things people say are super crazy and never cease to make me giggle. 


This is the latest work on my Planner for this month, which has been fun.



WHO IN THE HECK IS THIS PERSON?
I'm a fan of movies and watch them whenever I can, but occasionally, I hang around to watch the credits at the end.  I don't know about you, but I've always wondered what in the world a Key Grip is. 
Apparently this employee is super important and in charge of equipment like dollies, tripods and cranes which support the cameras. This person also makes a ton of money.  His/her salary starts at $25-$35 per hour for television programs, or movies that are considered low budget, and a college degree is not needed.  But some training is.  If he or she is fortunate enough to work on a movie that's big budget, those earnings increase to almost $120,000 annually! 

55 comments:

  1. Whew Fruit cocktail pie really, I don't think so RO. I like fresh ingredients in my pies but I guess I could substitute fresh fruit for the canned. And wow yes I did often wonder what/who a key grip was. Thanks. Happy Monday!!

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    1. LOL! This is definitely a recipe that seems kind of out there Debbie for sure! Isn't that neat what that job really entails? Happy Tuesday! Hugs...RO

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  2. I never thought of making a pie with fruit cocktail. I can't figure out if I'd like that or not. It's certainly interesting. Let me just consult my Stranger Things Ouija Board for an answer. Oops, never mind, just opened the Upside Down. Sorry about that.

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    1. It never ceases to amaze me the different type of recipes that can be found, and this one did surprise me. The Ouija Board is definitely a keeper, right? (lol) Hugs...RO

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  3. Authors are ALWAYS my rock stars. I am so very grateful for the gifts they give us.
    I am not really a lover of pie. Cranberries on the other hand have become an addiction (and I have started adding generous handfuls to my Christmas cakes.

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    1. Writers are so brilliant as they create worlds that are so thrilling and fulfilling. I don't mind pie, but I tend to gravitate to Key Lime or Cherry as my faves. Like you, I'm a fan of cranberries and went a little crazy with many recipes that include them this year. (lol) Hugs...RO

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  4. I've been by every day for a week and even stopped by early this morning. However, when I saw you left me a comment, I knew I had to come see what was up. I think my grandmother tried one of those fruit cocktail pies once. I don't think she tried it a second time, though (grin).

    I'm not a big fan of cranberry sauce because when I think of it, I think of the gelatinous solid glop that comes out of the can with the can impression still showing. I prefer the real deal, starting with real cranberries.

    Believe it or not, I knew what a key grip was, but I've often wondered what a best boy is. And if you leave before the final song title has been shown (the last thing they show, other than the copyright), I get furious. Once a friend and I were the last people in the theater and the projectionist turned the film off. We told him we hadn't seen all the credits and expected them to finish the reel. They did, too!

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    1. It sure has been crazy and hectic Elizabeth, but you were always on my mind. I'm so glad you didn't give up on me! I definitely prefer the real deal too with cranberries. Kindred minds think alike, because like you, it's something soothing and enlightening about staying until the end of the entire movie. I feel like you get info you wouldn't see normally. Thank goodness the projection guy turned that movie right back on! (lol) Hugs...RO

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  5. Hello Ro, I love your naughty hat! The fruit cocktail pie really appeals to me, and it looks super easy to make.
    Have a lovely week.

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    1. Thanks so much Barbara! I have a ton of those hats that come out of the closet just in time for the holiday season. I try to entertain myself in various ways. (lol) Hugs...

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  6. I don't think 33 years of different neckties is something to take much pride in. It sounds terribly wasteful. I wonder what happened to them all.

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    1. Andrew, you always crack me up, and you put things in great perspective. (lol) Like you, I'm wondering where in the heck are they now? Hugs...RO

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  7. Hmm, I'd be game to try that pie. I put fruitcocktail in other recipes so why not. I like cranberries both ways, but interesting how the region your from influences that.
    Wow, that's a lot of ties. Wonder if he donated them to charity shops.
    Yay for the Hallmark movies and love your Santa hats.
    And, now I know what a key grip does. I actually figured it had something to do with the equipment.

    Have a great week, Ro!

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    1. Where in the world do we come up with these job titles? (lol) I'd like to know what in the heck he did with all those ties too Sophia! Hugs...RO

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  8. I'd be willing to try the fruit cocktail pie, it actually sounds pretty good.

    I have actually wondered what a key grip was, now I'm wondering why I never checked it out and applied for the job.

    Glad to see you back RO.

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    1. Doing something different with fruit cocktail sure does sounds intriguing Jimmy. I'll bet we know lots of people who wish they would have applied for that job! (lol) Hugs...RO

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  9. I love Stranger Things but Ouija scare the shite out of me..LOL Bad experience as a child. The cranberry mule sounds yummy. 33 year and no repeat ties..wow! Wonder what he did with them. Enjoy your holiday movies :) Hugs

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    1. When we were kids, we were all quite fascinated with the Ouija Board, and used it quite a bit. Eventually we outgrew it, but there were some scary days. That's a lot of ties, right? Hope all is well! Hugs...RO

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  10. The fruit cocktail pie is a new one on me but sounds tasty:)
    Who would have thought David Leatherman was such a clothes/tie horse.
    I'm a northeasterner when it comes to my cranberries;)
    If I can't be a star I want to be a key grip:)
    Have a jolly day, Rockin Ro.
    Hugs

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    1. I was really shocked to find that out about David Letterman, and when he made the conscious choice to not wear the same tie more than once. I mean 33 years!!!! It's interesting that Fruit Cocktail Pie is considered old school, but I know I had never ever heard of it, though my parents weren't really bakers. Hope your day is fab! Hugs...RO

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  11. Sign me up to a key grip! What a fun name too. LOL That fruit cocktail pie looks so amazing. Yumm. Love your holiday planner pages - very festive!

    -Lauren
    www.shootingstarsmag.net

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    1. I thought the name of that position sounds pretty interesting too, Lauren. It's so amazing to me what people can create with food. Thanks a bunch! I really enjoy playing around with my Planner, but still have some work to do. Hope all is well over in your world. Hugs...RO

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  12. Fruit cocktail pie sounds delicious.

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    1. It's definitely creative that's for sure! Hugs...RO

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  13. Hey, real life comes first.. no need to apologize to your imaginary friends! (What my husband and I call my blogging buddies, haha!) Merry Christmas, try to have fun in your busy-ness! <3 - http://www.domesticgeekgirl.com

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    1. LOL! That's a pretty creative title for blogger friends and I love it! I sure hope you're finding some time to get some sleep Gingi! Hugs...RO

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  14. Ooh-La-La, the Fruit Cocktail Pie recipe looks easy and yummy. RO, I saw your message on my Facebook page, and can't figure out how leave a reply (LOL!). Thanks for thinking of me. You can always leave good wishes on my blog. And, thank you for a year of delicious recipes!

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    1. Thanks so much for getting back to me, and no problemo! Definitely a very creative and different recipe that would be a great conversation starter at a party. Of course, they'll be more of the same in 2018. Hugs...RO

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  15. The Mistletoe Inn was enjoyable. I am yet to watch the Christmas Train, so looking forward to it.

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    1. The Christmas Train was written by David Baldacci, one of my fave authors, so when I found they were adapting this as a movie, I was thrilled. They did a really good job with it, and hope you like it. Hugs...RO

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  16. This recipe is very appealing Ro!

    thank you for sharing it .
    loved the look at your beautiful planner

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    1. I really have fun playing around with the Planner, and it helps to keep somewhat more organized! Hugs...RO

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  17. Wow fruit cocktail pie, I have NEVER heard of that!! That fruit cocktail reminds me of school, having those little packs in my lunch bag, I never really like them. The cranberry mule looks like it would be so comforting to sip on! I agree though, I'm never buying cranberries out of a can ever again since this year when I found some fresh ones at the market! That's how my whole diet is heading though...Alex opened up a can of frozen iced tea to make and he said all he could taste was the metal from the lid. Our taste buds are certainly changing! For the better.

    Ha, fun fact about Letterman, who looks strangely Santa-ish since he retired lol...I think that Larry King did the same thing with suspenders during his run on CNN...nice and rich these people lol!

    I think your Naughty hat is great!! :) Btw, I also think everyone is pretty much in the same boat this month with catching up on blogs! :) And I just love your planner!!! I want to get one like that too. I tend to use Excel for everything, and once had a horrible scare when I got the "not responding" then blue screen terror on my screen! :)

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    1. Rain, every time you stop by, I just feel this perky energy that's contagious, and I love it! Now that you mention it, I do remember the fruit cocktail in those little packs. (lol) I'm with you, there's definitely a difference in a can for sure, and I sure hope my palate starts to change to Rain. I agree, you sure have to have a ton of cash to be able to wear different suspenders and ties for that many years! I have so much fun with that Naughty Hat, Rain. I could tell you stories of the things strangers come up wit. (lol) The Planner has been a true lifesaver, and I have fun decorating it for sure. The blue screen of death is sure no fun, so glad you got past that!!!! Happy Thursday and HUGE Hugs...RO

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  18. I dreamed about that fruit cocktail pie last night:)

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    1. Waving and really giggling loudly, Super Sandra!

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  19. I'm not normally a ouija board kinda person, but a Stranger Things one, is one I would definitely buy! I'm off to Target's website now. :)

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    1. I'm hooked on that series as well, Jenea! Hugs...RO

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  20. The fruit cocktail pie looks good, never heard of this. And interesting fact on Letterman! Enjoyed your news today Ro.

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    1. It's definitely different putting fruit cocktail in a pie for sure, Christine. I can't help myself with useless trivia. (lol) Hugs...RO

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  21. okay now, I want to be a key grip person...maybe I won't make it as I'm quite weak when it comes to carrying around equipments...

    I hardly watched Letterman but I find him amusing when I did. didn't know about the tie thing, they must have a large budget for ties...

    have a lovely day.

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    1. That person sure makes a lot of cash, but I'm with you, and don't know if I want to be responsible for all that heavy equipment. Letterman definitely has a neat sense of humor, and I agree his had to have a pretty HUGE budget for his wardrobe. Hugs...RO

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  22. That fruit cocktail pie sounds great. I remember loving fruit cocktail as a treat on its own as a kid.

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    1. I sure ate a lot of it as a kid, too Deanna, but now not so much, but it does sound different to try it in a pie. Hope your weekend is fab! Hugs...RO

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  23. Really great stuff and thanks for sharing it all. Hope your schedule improves with time, hang in there. Greetings!

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  24. Gotta be honest, Ro. I'm not on board with fruit cocktail pie. LoL It's interesting for sure but I'm not a huge fan of the canned stuff to begin with. Now, using cranberries in various recipes I'm totally down with. I plan to make a cranberry jalapeno dip this weekend. :)

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    1. LOL! I hear you Kristin, and love your honesty. When I saw it, I was initially scratching my head too because it's definitely old school. Like you now that I know how to make things using real cranberries, I went cranberry crazy(lol). You're talking two of my favorite things - tart and spicy, so it makes me want to find a recipe for that dip right now! Happy Friday! Hugs...RO

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  25. Interesting about using a copper mug for the mule. It's all about the details isn't it?
    Have a Thursday as wonderful as you are.
    Hugs

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  26. technically his was the late show, not the tonight show

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  27. Oh that looks like a really yummy cookbook. And your planner spread is so festive and pretty!

    (I'm playing blogger catch up, too. lol)

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  28. wow thats very nice post i really like it and much appreciate your effort
    Christmas Celebration

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