Humble Pie (Or Lemon Ice Box Pie)


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I learned this weekend that I love my husband.

Don’t look at me like I am stupid. Of course I have always been in love with him. I even like him. I found another reason yet to love him. For him.
The house was crazy, in a surprise turn of events we were told a showing was going to happen Saturday. I am still in a state of packing and getting ready for a garage sale. No Problem. I wont panic. Truly my house was BEAT UP. Not a simple dusting here folks, like carpet stained-godknowswhatgrowinginthesink-is that one of our pets or did we just find a wildthing- didn’t we bake that last year and then put it in the fridge- mess.

(Lies)

It wasn’t a simple fix, it wasn’t even a “lets power through this”. He rolled up his sleeves, dug in and was right there by my side for 48 hours straight to get done what must be done. It was exciting and truly, despite the panic, amazing. I really don’t feel moving into our future there is not ANYTHING I can’t solve with him as my team. Showing went off with out a hitch. Now as I pack each room, most tedious “stuff” is done and it will be easy to pack wipe and put out.

Relationship Lessons Learned:

Hydrate- Talk Slow – Stay in the moment.
Dont think about the past or other situations focus on now and how this is going to work.
Ask for help and be ready to give it.
Keep talking. Even if it seems you are talking too much, for  now just keep talking. No one is a mind reader.

Smile.  Even if you are scared nervous or anxious it makes it easier for another person to communicate and even for you to listen. Smiling takes effort and uses muscles in your face. You have to stop think and smile. It lets your heart brain and mind calm down for three seconds so someone else can or even you yourself can talk it through.

Let a man lay carpet. Really. It sucks.

Tell your family you love them. Often and through the day on a rough day.

Make a pie.

Lemon Ice Box Pie

Ingredients:

2 packets (14 crackers) graham crackers
6 tbs melted butter
1/2 cup sugar, divided in 1/4 portions
4 eggs, yolks and whites separated
2 cups fresh Meyer lemon juice (or any fresh lemon)
2 tbs lemon zest
2 cans condensed milk
9 inch spring form pan

Directions:

Preheat oven at 350. Process the graham crackers and 1/4 cup of sugar in a food processor until fine and add the melted butter and pulse until butter is incorporated. Pour into spring form pan and spread out the mixture evenly and 1/2 way up the sides to form the crust. Press a measuring cup against the side of the pan to even out the crust. Set aside.

In mixing bowl, whisk the condensed milk, lemon juice, zest, eggs until well incorporated. Poor mixture into the pan. Whip the meringue by combining remaining 1/4 sugar and egg whites until stiff peaks and spoon on top of the pie, spreading evenly to seal the pie. Bake for about 25 minutes or until top of meringue is golden brown, remove and allow to cool. Cover well with plastic wrap and place in the freezer overnight. To serve, do not defrost. Remove from freezer and run a knife around the edge pie to release the meringue and then release the spring form pan. Run knife in hot water, slice and serve.

Optional: torch the sides of the meringue of each slice before serving. The cake will last a week in the freezer if well wrapped.

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